News in Asia

Hi lovelies, this week’s news is a little heavy with a shooting at a university in Pakistan, but there’s good news on the women’s education and health fronts. So here we go. 

Four unidentified gunmen opened fire at Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda. Students and faculty were gathered for a poetry recital and the gunmen killed 21 people. The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Geedar group claimed responsibility for the attack, though another faction of the Pakistani Taliban released their own video, claiming responsibility for the attack. They have promised, however, that there will be more attacks.

In better news, Afghanistan’s First Lady Rula Ghani, announced that there are plans to build the country’s first women’s-only university.

In health news, the Pakistani government and WHO are pushing to fully eradicate polio from the country.

This series from Dawn chronicles gender roles on the streets of Karachi.

North Korea is currently detaining Otto Frederick Warmbier, a student of the University of Virginia, for unspecified “hostile acts.”

Classical Indian dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai passed away this week at the age of 97. The video at the link tells the history of Indian dance styles.

Myanmar’s outgoing president has ordered that 100 prisoners be released.

John Kerry is visiting Southeast Asia ahead of a summit that will include U.S. President Obama.

This story from The Atlantic tells how the Trans-Pacific Partnership is applying uneven regulations on worker’s rights.

The U.S. isn’t the only place experiencing brutal weather this week; parts of Asia are experiencing frigid temperatures.


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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