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Asia: Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres
Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa. Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometres (17,212,000 sq mi), about 30% of Earth's total land area and 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations. Asia is notable for not only its overall large size and population, but also dense and large settlements, as well as vast barely populated regions. Its 4.5 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population.

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Hong Kong leader vows to work closely with Beijing's new envoy

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she would work closely with Beijing's top official in the Asian financial hub to bring it "back on the right path" after more than six months of..
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Beijing's new top man in Hong Kong hopes city returns to 'right path'

The new head of China's liaison office in Hong Kong, who was unexpectedly announced at the weekend, said on Monday he hoped the Asian financial hub, roiled by more than six months of anti-government..
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Videos for Asia


Chinese paddlefish has been declared extinct [Video]Chinese paddlefish has been declared extinct

The Chinese paddlefish has been declared extinct due to overfishing and dams.

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Mysterious virus spreads in central China [Video]Mysterious virus spreads in central China

A mysterious strain of viral pneumonia has affected 59 people in Wuhan, China since mid-December 2019.

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Iran strike on U.S. forces sends stocks tumbling [Video]Iran strike on U.S. forces sends stocks tumbling

An Iranian missile attack on U.S. forces based in Iraq has sent markets into turmoil and investors racing for safety. Michelle Hennessy reports.

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China's new man in Hong Kong hopes city will return to 'right path' [Video]China's new man in Hong Kong hopes city will return to 'right path'

The new head of China's liaison office in Hong Kong, the most senior mainland official in the Asian financial hub, made his first comments to the media on Monday. Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Fireworks light up New Year's Eve in Asia [Video]Fireworks light up New Year's Eve in Asia

Fireworks and lights danced across Asia as countries across the continent rang in 2020.

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'Ghost boat' with seven bodies washes up on Japanese island [Video]'Ghost boat' with seven bodies washes up on Japanese island

Japanese authorities discovered the bow of a wooden boat believed to be from North Korea on the coast of Japan's Sado Island in the Sea of Japan on December 27.

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'Ring of Fire' eclipse enthralls skywatchers in Middle East, Asia [Video]'Ring of Fire' eclipse enthralls skywatchers in Middle East, Asia

A rare annular eclipse drew crowds astronomers, tourists, and devotees to witness the solar phenomenon across a broad swath of the globe. Zachary Goelman reports.

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The Surprising Top Travel Destination For 2020 [Video]The Surprising Top Travel Destination For 2020

Uzbekistan is a culturally rich and historically compelling country. It, along with the rest of central Asia, has been named the No. 1 travel region for the new year by travel website Lonely Planet...

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Klopp eyes Club World Cup title [Video]Klopp eyes Club World Cup title

Juergen Klopp says Liverpool want to win and he wishes Europe's perception of the competition would change.

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Goldman may admit guilt in 1MDB probe [Video]Goldman may admit guilt in 1MDB probe

Goldman Sachs is in talks with the U.S. government to pay up to $2 billion and admit guilt to resolve a probe into its role in a sweeping Malaysia corruption scandal, according to a source. Fred..

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'Little Miss Period' tackles a Japanese taboo [Video]'Little Miss Period' tackles a Japanese taboo

A new Japanese film is trying to break a national taboo around menstruation. Libby Hogan reports.

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China's Xi vows support for Hong Kong leader during 'most difficult' time [Video]China's Xi vows support for Hong Kong leader during 'most difficult' time

Chinese President Xi Jinping met Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam in Beijing on Monday, saying he recognised her courage to govern the Asian financial hub in these "most difficult" times. Francesca Lynagh..

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Mnuchin: China Trade Deal Will Juice Economy [Video]Mnuchin: China Trade Deal Will Juice Economy

A 'phase one' trade deal between the United States and China was 'very good' for global economic growth. That's according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who made his remarks on Saturday...

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Tesco shares jump on possible Asia unit sale [Video]Tesco shares jump on possible Asia unit sale

Shares in Tesco jumped Monday after it said it was reviewing its operations in Thailand and Malaysia. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Donald Trump: I like rocket-man Kim Jong Un [Video]Donald Trump: I like rocket-man Kim Jong Un

US President Donald Trump asserts that he has a very good relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, so much so that he even has a nickname for him - 'Rocketman'. Trump goes on to say that..

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North Korea fires two short-range missiles towards the Sea of Japan [Video]North Korea fires two short-range missiles towards the Sea of Japan

North Korea launched two unidentified short-range projectiles from the country's South Hamgyong province towards the Sea of Japan on Thursday, November 28.

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Vietnam: Relatives bury two cousins who were UK truck victims [Video]Vietnam: Relatives bury two cousins who were UK truck victims

Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral service in Nghe An province on Thursday for two Vietnamese men who were among 39 people found dead in the back of a British truck last month.

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Voyager 2 detected high temperatures and gaps in the heliopause sphere: NASA [Video]Voyager 2 detected high temperatures and gaps in the heliopause sphere: NASA

NASA's Voyager 2 reached the edge of the solar system in early November.

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Big deals: trade hopes, M&A lift world shares [Video]Big deals: trade hopes, M&A lift world shares

World stocks hit their highest in almost two years on Tuesday, putting record highs within easy reach. David Pollard reports.

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LVMH to buy Tiffany for $16.2 bln [Video]LVMH to buy Tiffany for $16.2 bln

LVMH has agreed a deal to buy U.S. jeweler Tiffany for $16.2 billion. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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China says confident of Central Asia support before Pompeo visit

Attempts to sow discord over Chinese policies in its Xinjiang region will fail, China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to neighboring central..
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Singapore diplomat defends 'fake news' law in Hong Kong paper

A Singapore diplomat defended the Asian city-state's controversial law against "fake news" in a letter published on Tuesday in the South China Morning Post, saying the Hong Kong newspaper reported..
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Hong Kong marchers target malls on third day of Christmas protests

Hundreds of protesters marched through Hong Kong shopping malls on Thursday, disrupting business in the Asian financial hub for a third day over the festive period and prompting riot police to close..
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'I'm still scared' - Asia remembers tsunami that killed 230,000

Communities across Asia commemorated the more than 230,000 victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Thursday, the 15th anniversary of one of the world's most deadly disasters.
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230,000 people lost in a day: Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami

Communities across Asia commemorated the 230,000 victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Thursday, the 15th anniversary of one of the world's most deadly disasters.
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$5 billion leaves Hong Kong funds amid unrest, Bank of England says

Unrest in Hong Kong has caused as much as $5 billion of capital outflows from the Asian financial hub since April, the Bank of England said, though its Hong Kong equivalent noted this did not..
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Iran's Rouhani to visit Japan amid heightened tensions with U.S.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit Japan on Dec. 20-21 and meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as the Asian country, a U.S. ally, looks to resolve Tehran's nuclear impasse with Washington.
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China's Xi vows support for Hong Kong leader during 'most difficult' time

Chinese President Xi Jinping met Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam in Beijing on Monday, saying he recognized her courage to govern the Asian financial hub in these "most difficult" times.
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Chinese President Xi vows support for Hong Kong leader: media

Chinese President Xi Jinping met Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam in Beijing on Monday where he said he recognized her courage to govern the Asian financial hub in "exceptional times" and supported the..
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Chinese Premier says Hong Kong not yet out of protest 'dilemma'

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam in Beijing on Monday, saying the Asian financial hub was not yet out of the "dilemma" facing the city's economy after months of sometimes..
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U.S. and 'like-minded' partners will keep security in Asia: admiral

A partnership between the United States and "like-minded nations" will keep Asian countries secure in the face of competition from a rising China, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said on..
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Philippines to end martial law in restive south

The Philippines will lift martial law on the southern region of Mindanao at the end of this month, citing an improving security climate and a reduced threat of extremism two years after one of Asia's..
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Nearly 50 per cent of imported Asian food 'loaded with undeclared allergens'

Australians with severe food allergies have been warned products imported from Asia are full of unlisted ingredients that can cause life-threatening reactions.
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Food imports full of unlisted allergens

Australians with severe food allergies have been warned products imported from Asia are full of unlisted ingredients that can cause life-threatening reactions.
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Students stage global strikes to pressure U.N. climate summit

Thousands of people in Asia and Europe joined rallies demanding more action on climate change on Friday, aiming to force political leaders to come up with urgent solutions at a United Nations..
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Pope Francis visits Japan, bearing anti-nuclear message

Pope Francis arrived on Saturday in Japan, the second leg of a week-long Asian trip whose main aim is to bring an anti-nuclear message to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the world's only cities to suffer..
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Billionaires invest 'tens of millions' in Aussie solar farm that could power Singapore

The world's largest solar farm will be built in the Northern Territory, with the goal of supplying energy to Australia and Asia, and creating local jobs and growth.
SBS - Published

Pope Francis begins visit to Thailand as faithful jostle for selfies

Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on Wednesday to meet with its small but devoted Catholic minority on a seven-day Asian trip that will include a family reunion in Bangkok and take his anti-nuclear..
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Asian airlines cancel annual gathering as Hong Kong violence escalates

A group of Asian airlines canceled an annual gathering of their executives next week due to the "unpredictability" of the situation in Hong Kong, they said late on Wednesday.
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Protesters blockade universities, business district as chaos grips Hong Kong

Hong Kong anti-government protesters paralysed parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day on Wednesday, with some transport links, schools and many businesses closing as police warned of a rise..
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Highlights: Hong Kong on edge as violence intensifies

Hong Kong prepared for more clashes on Wednesday as anti-government protesters planned to paralyze parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with some transport, schools and many businesses..
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Protesters block central Hong Kong streets as chaos grips city

Hong Kong anti-government protesters paralyzed parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with some transport links, schools and many businesses closing after an escalation of violence.
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How Western Australia can cut emissions to zero – and grow our economy

"As LNG demand begins to peak in Asia there would be a rising market for hydrogen and guess what? WA has all the technology, capacity and infrastructure."
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Hong Kong readies for more chaos as violence spreads citywide

Hong Kong prepared for more clashes on Wednesday as anti-government protesters planned to paralyze parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with transport, schools and many businesses closing..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as transport chaos grips city

Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas at a university campus on Tuesday and residents of the Asian financial center struggled to get to work as territory-wide transport disruptions wreaked commuter..
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Police shooting rattles Hong Kong markets, investors count on Alibaba listing

Hong Kong's share index lost almost 3% as unrest in the Asian financial hub worsened on Monday, with police firing live rounds at anti-government protesters on the eastern side of island and firing..
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Asia trade pact doesn't reflect India's interests, decided not to join: PM Modi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that he could not compromise the interests of farmers and workers at home by joining a China-led regional trade pact after it failed to address..
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India rejects China-backed Asian trade deal, as others move ahead

China joined 14 countries on Monday in agreeing terms for what could be the world's biggest trade pact, but India pulled out at the last minute on the grounds that the deal would hurt its farmers,..
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India to continue talks on RCEP trade deal: Australian minister

India is going to continue talks on an Asia-wide trade deal that is being discussed at a summit of regional leaders in Bangkok and which Thailand has said will be signed next year, Australia's trade..
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Asia-wide trade pact on course despite India, Thailand says

By Panu Wongcha-um, Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat
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Trump committed to Asia, says U.S. commerce secretary Ross

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is "fully committed" to Asia, his commerce secretary said on Monday at a regional forum attended by a U.S. delegation smaller than previous years.
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China, SE Asian states push trade pact despite India doubts

Leaders from China and Southeast Asia states called for swift agreement on what could become the world's largest trade bloc at a regional summit on Sunday, but new demands from India left officials..
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Trade talks in balance at Southeast Asian leaders summit

Plans to finalize an Asia-wide trade deal at a summit in Bangkok this weekend were uncertain after new demands raised by India in the negotiations to create the world's largest trading bloc.
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Winter poses new threat to migrants in Bosnian forest camp

Hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Asia living in a freezing camp in the forests of Bosnia are short of food and bedding and at growing risk as the bitter Balkan winter approaches, aid..
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U.S. set to disappoint Asia with downgraded delegation for Bangkok summits

The United States has downgraded its participation in back-to-back Asia-Pacific summits in Bangkok next week, a move bound to disappoint Asian partners worried by China's expanding influence.
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Hong Kong leader says expects city to record negative growth in 2019

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she expects the Asian financial hub to record negative economic growth for the full 2019 year, as the city grapples with five months of often..
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Pakistan denies entry to Committee to Protect Journalists official

Authorities at Pakistan's Lahore airport denied entry to the Asia coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), saying his name was on blacklist managed by the Ministry of Interior, a..
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Trading tires: How the West fuels a waste crisis in Asia

When night falls in the Indian village of Nabipur, the backyard furnaces come to life, burning waste tires from the West, making the air thick with acrid smoke and the soil black with soot.
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Brazil aims to forge more trade accords as Bolsonaro heads to Asia

Brazil aims to conclude free trade agreements between the South American free trade bloc Mercosur and Singapore and South Korea by next year, as it also eyes deals with several other Asian countries, a..
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U.S. concerned about some Hong Kong protest tactics, heavier China hand: Pentagon

The senior U.S. defense official for Asia said on Tuesday that the United States has some concerns about some of the tactics used by demonstrators in Hong Kong but was also concerned about the heavier..
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U.S. wants China to press North Korea to be more constructive in talks: Pentagon official

The senior U.S. defense official for Asia said on Tuesday the United States wants China to improve its enforcement of sanctions on North Korea and take other steps to press Pyongyang to be more..
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Special Report: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

He is Asia’s most-wanted man. He is protected by a guard of Thai kickboxers. He flies by private jet. And, police say, he once lost $66 million in a single night at a Macau casino.
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Exclusive: Police chase suspected kingpin of vast Asian meth syndicate

The largest ever task force assembled to fight organized crime in Asia has identified a long-time drug trafficker, a China-born Canadian national, as the suspected kingpin of a crime syndicate that..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong violence is 'life-threatening', say police, citing crude bomb

Hong Kong police said on Monday that violence in the Asian financial hub had escalated to a "life-threatening level", citing the explosion of a small bomb and the stabbing of a police officer in..
Reuters - Published

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