News in Asia

Welcome to another week of news. We’ve got election news from countries other than the U.S., natural disasters, and a different version of the events of 9/11 from Afghanistan’s former leader.

Japan is currently dealing with the aftermath of massive flooding after the Kinugawa River overflowed its banks due to a tropical storm. This shows the satellite imagery before and after the flooding.

It seems like the upcoming presidential election is dominating the news in the States (though it’s more than a year out), but other countries are in the midst of their own elections. The governing party in Singapore won in pretty much a landslide. Something like 93% of citizens voted in the election, but that may be because voting is a mandatory in Singapore.

In other election news, campaigning has begun in Myanmar’s first open general election in 25 years.

Also, Japan’s current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was re-elected as the head of the ruling party.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai denied the existence of al-Qaeda and stated they and Osama bin Laden were not responsible for the attacks on 9/11. This is of course opposite of the narrative U.S. leaders have espoused.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that, despite a slowdown in its economy, China will hit all its economic goals this year. Translation: despite stock market crashes, there is nothing to worry about and nothing to see here.

A court in Mumbai convicted 12 people for the 2006 bombings of commuter trains in the city; they now face the death penalty.

The man who attacked the U.S. ambassador to South Korea with a knife a few months ago was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The Pakistani Supreme Court ordered a total hunting ban on the Houbara bustard because of the species’ eminent threat of extinction. Many believe the bird’s meat is an aphrodisiac.

In a “no-shit, Sherlock” op-ed piece, Trump’s policy towards Asia would be “disastrous.”

Finally, in good news for ex-pats everywhere, Netflix announced it is expanding into Asia early next year.


By Stephens

Florida girl, would-be world traveler and semi-permanent expat. Her main strategy of life is to throw out the nets and hope something useful comes back, but many times it's just an old shoe. She also really, really hates winter and people who are consistently late.

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