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Protests against citizenship law continue unabated in IndiaHundreds of demonstrators have perched themselves on the steps of an iconic mosque in the Indian capital to protest against a new citizenship law that excludes Muslim immigrants
The Associated Press6 hours ago
FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, South Korean Army soldiers patrol during the demonstration of search operation at a training field near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Cheorwon, South Korea. In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine next week whether to discharge a solider who recently undertook gender reassessment surgery, officials said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
South Korea to decide fate of 1st transgender soldier In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine next week whether to discharge a solider who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery
The Associated Press7 hours ago
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, SoftBank founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
SoftBank to invest $40 billion for new Indonesia capitalAn Indonesian official says SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital on Borneo island
The Associated Press7 hours ago
China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallsChina's population has crept past 1.4 billion last year for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Hong Kong airline stops pregnancy tests for Saipan travelersHong Kong Express has apologized for requiring some passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Pakistani court hands down 55-year sentences to 86 IslamistsA Pakistani court has sentenced 86 members of a radical Islamist party to 55-year prison terms each for taking part in violent rallies in 2018 over the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case
The Associated Press10 hours ago
A late-arriving passenger runs to catch his train at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. As the Lunar New Year approached, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
World's biggest yearly human migration begins again in ChinaAs the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese travelers are flocking to train stations and airports to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Menstruation huts destroyed in Nepal, where exile persistsAuthorities are knocking down tiny huts in western Nepal where women have been exiled during menstruation and exposed to cold weather and threats from animals and even sexual assaults
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi speaks during a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Japan's popular environment minister Koizumi said he will to take paternity leave when he expects his first child later this month, seeking to be a good example for working fathers in Japan where men are largely absent in child raring and other family roles because of persisting expectations for men to focus on work. (Kyodo News via AP)
It's a boy for 1st Japan Cabinet member on paternity leaveJapan's environment minister has become father to a boy and is going ahead with his planned paternity leave _ still a rarity in Japan where men are under pressure to put work before family
The Associated Press14 hours ago
A traveler wears a facemask as he walks in front of the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. A second person has died from a new form of coronavirus in central China, health authorities said late Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
China reports 2nd death from virus behind pneumonia outbreakChinese health authorities say a second person has died from a new coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of pneumonia in central China
The Associated Press14 hours ago
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in AsiaImages from the Asia-Pacific region this week show a family fleeing the eruption of Taal volcano in the northern Philippines, Bangladeshis on a train following the conclusion of an Islamic congregation and kite flying in India
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Municipal workers sweep on a road near a welcoming billboard to Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. China's President Xi Jinping was heading to Myanmar on Friday for a state visit likely to deepen the countries' already close bilateral relations at a critical time. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
Chinese president heads to Myanmar for crucial state visitChina's President Xi Jinping was given a lavish welcome to Myanmar as he arrived Friday for a state visit meant to deepen bilateral relations at a critical time
The Associated Press15 hours ago
A worker wipes off volcanic ash at a restaurant near the Taal Volcano at Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Friday Jan. 17, 2020. Taal volcano remains life-threatening despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors, an official said Friday and advised thousands of displaced villagers not to return to the danger zone. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Philippine volcano still 'life threatening' despite lullA Philippine official says an erupting volcano remains life threatening despite weaker emissions of steam and ash and fewer tremors
The Associated Press15 hours ago
In this Jan. 3, 2020, photo, workers make sneakers in a factory in Jinjiang city in southeastern China's Fujian province. China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low of 6.1% in 2019 as consumer demand weakened and Beijing fought a trade war with Washington. Government data Friday, Jan. 17, showed growth was down from 2018’s 6.6%, already the lowest since 1990. Economic growth in the three months ending in December held steady at the previous quarter’s level of 6%. (Chinatopix Via AP)
China's 2019 economic growth weakens amid trade warChina’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said an interim U.S.-Chinese trade deal might help to revive consumer and business activity
The Associated Press16 hours ago
China's 2019 economic growth weakens to 6.1%, a new multi-decade low, amid trade war with WashingtonChina's 2019 economic growth weakens to 6.1%, a new multi-decade low, amid trade war with Washington
The Associated Press16 hours ago
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