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Indonesia gay Muslim comic strip vanishes from Instagram after outrage

An Instagram account that published comic strips about the struggles of a gay Muslim in Indonesia vanished from the site Wednesday after it sparked a backlash in the world's biggest Islamic nation.

With ‘on-the-go’ loans and tech, social firm boosts Myanmar farmers

A social venture in Myanmar is boosting farm outputs with customised technologies and giving loans for seasonal migration to raise incomes in one of the world's poorest countries.

Chinese communities around world welcome Year of the Pig

Chinese communities around the world welcomed the Year of the Pig, ushering in the Lunar New Year with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees.

Thaw of Himalayas set to disrupt Asia’s rivers, crops: study

At least a third of the ice in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush will thaw this century as temperatures rise, disrupting river flows vital for growing crops from China to India, scientists said.

Pope Francis makes history with Muslim dialogue in UAE

Pope Francis, the first leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to visit the Arabian Peninsula, will attend an interfaith meeting in the UAE on Monday as part of his outreach to Muslims.

Asian markets rise after bumper US jobs data

Asia's major markets mostly rose Monday as investors were cheered by a blockbuster US jobs report last week, while trade was thin owing to the three-day Lunar New Year break

‘Inkjet’ solar panels poised to revolutionise green energy

What if one day all buildings could be equipped with windows and facades that satisfy the structure's every energy need, whether rain or shine?

Pompeo says Trump-Kim summit to be held somewhere in Asia

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he was dispatching a team to make preparations for the next summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be held somewhere in Asia late in February

Pakistan rejects challenge against Asia Bibi acquittal

Pakistan's Supreme Court rejected Tuesday a challenge against its decision to acquit Asia Bibi, lifting the last legal hurdle in the years-long blasphemy case and potentially paving the way for the Christian mother to leave the country

Philippine referendum returns big ‘yes’ vote on Bangsamoro self-rule

A predominantly Muslim area of the southern Philippines has returned a resounding "Yes" in this week's referendum on greater autonomy, boosting hopes for peace in one of Asia's most conflict-torn regions.

Dyson switches HQ from Britain to Singapore: company

British electric appliance pioneer Dyson will switch headquarters to Singapore this year due to booming Asian demand but not because of Brexit, the company said.

Asian markets swing as dealers battle uncertainty

Asian markets fluctuated following a negative lead from Wall Street as investors grow nervous about the chances of success in China-US trade talks ahead of a crunch meeting next week.

Asian markets post fresh gains, China growth slows to 28-year low

Asian markets today built on last week's rally as investors cheered a report that China had offered to eliminate its massive trade surplus with the United States, while data showed Chinese economic growth hit forecasts in 2018 amid a pledge from Beijing to ramp up spending on US goods over the next five years

One in three Christians in Asia faces persecution: report

One in three Christians in Asia faces high levels of persecution after a "shocking increase" of religious-based threats and violence across the world, particularly in China and sub-Saharan Africa, a global advocacy group said Wednesday.

Russia condemns UK foreign army base plans, says ready to defend interests

Russia on Friday condemned British plans to open military bases in south-east Asia and the Caribbean and said it stood ready to take retaliatory measures if its own interests or those of its allies were threatened.

Asia markets rally after Wall St surge as US-China trade talks begin

Asian markets rallied Monday after a blockbuster performance on Wall Street as US jobs data beat forecasts and the head of the Federal Reserve hinted at a slower pace of interest rate hikes

Southeast Asia wary of China’s Belt and Road project, sceptical of U.S.: survey

Southeast Asian countries should be cautious in negotiating with China on its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to avoid being trapped in unsustainable debt, 70 percent of respondents said in a policy survey released on Monday.

Death toll from Philippine landslides, floods climbs to 85

The death toll from landslides and devastating floods in the central Philippines triggered by a tropical depression climbed to 85, officials said on Wednesday, and 20 people were missing as rescuers slowly reached cut-off communities.

Sri Lanka leader keeps control of police as alleged assassination plot probed – minister

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a 30-member cabinet on Thursday, retaining control over the police while they investigate an alleged plot to kill him that triggered a row with the premier and led to a lengthy political crisis.

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister, ending power struggle

Sri Lanka's president on Sunday reappointed as prime minister the same man he sacked from the job nearly two months ago, ending a messy power struggle that had paralysed the island nation.
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