Category Archives: Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas

Australia’s conservative coalition close to securing majority after shock election victory

Australia’s ruling conservative coalition is set to secure a governing majority in its shock election victory over the centre-left Labor Party, the national broadcaster ABC projected Monday.

Australia’s conservative coalition secures parliamentary majority after shock election victory

Australia’s conservative coalition secured an outright parliamentary majority on Monday following a shock election victory, allowing Prime Minister Scott Morrison to progress his legislative agenda without the support of independents.

India’s marathon election ends as exit polls predict Modi’s return as PM

Voting in India’s election ended Sunday with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party and its allies.

Final round of voting underway in India’s marathon six-week election

Indians lined up to vote amid unprecedented security in the eastern state of West Bengal on Sunday as the final phase of a massive, staggered election got underway to decide whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns for a second term.

Australian conservative PM hails ‘miracle’ election victory

Australia’s conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed a stunning victory on Saturday in a national election result that defied pre-poll projections and led to favourite Bill Shorten resigning his leadership of the Labor party.

HIV outbreak sparks panic in southern Pakistan

Parents nervously watch as their children wait to be tested for HIV in a village in southern Pakistan, where hundreds of people have been allegedly infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe.

India’s political parties accused of spreading ‘fake news’ as campaign enters final week

In the latest edition of India Votes, our team on the ground investigates claims that political parties are using social media to spread “fake news”. We also ask India specialist Christophe Jaffrelot if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategy to shift the conversation to national security during the campaign has worked.

Iran calls US reimposition of sanctions ‘unacceptable’ as tensions escalate

Iran is committed to its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite the U.S. withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said on Thursday, calling the reimposition of sanctions by Washington “unacceptable”.

Why India has the world’s highest number of selfie deaths

It’s an ignominious title for India, now known as the world’s worst place for selfie deaths. Whether by drowning, being hit by a train or falling, researchers estimate that about half of the so-called “killfies” worldwide occur in the country. Indian authorities have been trying to raise awareness about the dangers of taking extreme selfies. We tell you more.

China announces tariff hike on US goods in tit-for-tat trade war

China said Monday it will raise tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods from June 1, in retaliation to the latest round of US tariff hikes and Washington’s plans to target almost all Chinese imports.

Philippines votes in election expected to deliver greater power for Duterte

Filipinos headed to the polls on Monday in a vote that is expected to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte’s grip on power, opening the way for him to deliver on pledges to restore the death penalty and rewrite the constitution.

Gunmen storm luxury hotel in Pakistan port city of Gwadar

At least one person has been killed after three gunmen stormed a five-star hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Gwadar, the centrepiece of a multi-billion dollar Chinese infrastructure project, the military said Saturday.

Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Pakistan port city of Gwadar

Three gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistan’s southwestern port city of Gwadar on Saturday, killing at least one guard and battling security forces inside, officials and the army said.

Fight breaks out in Hong Kong parliament over extradition law

Hong Kong’s legislative assembly descended into chaos Saturday as lawmakers for and against controversial amendments to the territory’s extradition law clashed over access to the chamber.

Putting Uzbekistan on the world tourism map

Uzbekistan, in central Asia, boasts extraordinary architecture and, as a stop on the once-bustling Silk Road, fascinating history. But for nearly 30 years, former president Islam Karimov kept the country relatively closed off to foreign visitors. When he died in 2016, his successor changed course, opening Uzbekistan’s doors to the outside world. Today, the government is determined to put the country on the tourist map. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24’s Erin Ogunkeye.