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

US, Romanian soldiers among victims of Taliban suicide attack

A Taliban suicide blast in the centre of Kabul Thursday killed at least 10 people, including a US service member and a Romanian soldier, and wounded more than 40 others, mostly Afghan civilians.

Breaking down India’s wall of silence on sexual violence

In October 2018, one year after shockwaves rippled through the US where a litany of high profile cases of sexual harassment and abuse were exposed, the #MeToo movement arrived in India. Dozens of actors, politicians and journalists were accused of sexual harassment. While the movement has had an impact in India’s largest cities, the notions of consent and sexual harassment remain alien concepts in many rural areas. Our correspondents report.

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam withdraws controversial extradition bill

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday the formal withdrawal of an extradition bill that triggered months of unrest and has thrown the Chinese-controlled city into its worst crisis in decades, Cable TV and other media said.

Deadly Taliban attack in Kabul casts shadow on draft peace deal

A massive blast in a residential area of Kabul killed at least 16 people, officials said Tuesday, following yet another Taliban attack that came as the insurgents and Washington try to finalise a withdrawal deal.

Hong Kong leader denies Beijing won’t let her resign

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she has never asked the Chinese government to let her resign to end the city’s political crisis, responding to a Reuters report about a voice recording of her saying she would step down if she could.

China’s ‘Belt and Road’ project risks Paris climate targets, says new study

Carbon-heavy development in countries part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative could render the Paris climate goals unreachable, according to a new analysis on the gargantuan global infrastructure project released Monday.

Hong Kong uni students begin boycott after protesters disrupt morning commute

University students swelled the ranks of pro-democracy protesters on Monday to kick-start a two-week boycott after morning demonstrations threw Hong Kong’s rush hour train travel into chaos.

How Hong Kong protesters’ tactics have evolved alongside those of police

This weekend’s protests have seen a fresh escalation of tensions in Hong Kong, with water cannons deployed for the first time against protesters. The demonstrators say their increasingly confrontational tactics are a response to police ‘attacks’.

India’s dangerous new relationship with opioids

The opioid problem in India is one of distribution. Those who desperately need the drugs for pain relief struggle to access them even as the black market trade is flourishing since the government amended its restrictive laws.

Hong Kong protesters surround airport, block roads after night of clashes

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Hong Kong’s international airport on Sunday, disrupting travel in a bid to focus global attention on their fight for greater democracy in a city facing its biggest political crisis in decades.

Two million people face statelessness as India publishes citizenship list

Almost two million people in India were left facing statelessness on Saturday after the state of Assam published a citizenship list aimed at weeding out “foreign infiltrators”, in a process the central government wants to replicate nationwide.

Millions face losing citizenship as India seeks to weed out ‘foreign infiltrators’

Almost two million people in India were left facing statelessness on Saturday after the state of Assam published a citizenship list aimed at weeding out “foreign infiltrators”, in a process the central government wants to replicate nationwide.

Water canons and gasoline bombs as thousands turn out for 13th week of protests in Hong Kong

Protesters in Hong Kong threw gasoline bombs at government headquarters and set fires in the streets on Saturday, while police stormed a subway car and hit passengers with batons and pepper spray.