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Brexit chaos stirs bafflement in UK ex-colonies

Fpo - Across much of Britain's former Asian colonies, many are greeting the UK's impending departure from the European Union with a mixture of bafflement, apathy, amusement -- and a touch of schadenfreude.

A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

New Delhi - Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth.

Australia slammed for backing Asian football boss's new term

Sydney - Australia's football body announced its support for the re-election of under-fire Asian soccer chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa on Monday, drawing criticism from a prominent campaigner who called it "sickening".

Remote Cape with 'world's cleanest air' offers smog respite

As much of Asia wheezes, coughs and sniffles its way through another smog season, one isolated and windswept corner of Australia is serving as the global standard for clean air.

Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia

- In the world's coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar's air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice...

Swastikas and statues, SE Asia's fixation with Nazi iconography

Bangkok - Thai teen idol Namsai feared being booted from her band after a photo of her wearing a t-shirt with a Nazi swastika went viral, but without the uproar she says she would have remained ignorant about the offensive implications of her fashion choices.

Chinese communities around world welcome Year of the Pig

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

Activists slam Asian Cup 'gagging' over torture-risk footballer

Al Ain - Activists for the detained Bahraini footballer who fears torture and even death if he is extradited from Thailand have criticised the "gagging" of talk about the case at the Asian Cup, warning it is harming his cause.

Arabian knights send Korea, Australia crashing out of Asian Cup

Al Ain - Asian Cup hosts UAE and Gulf rivals Qatar pulled off titanic upsets as they sent defending champions Australia and Son Heung-min's South Korea crashing out in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Pakistan journalist wins AFP's Kate Webb Prize

Islamabad - Freelance reporter Asad Hashim was named as winner of the 2018 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize on Monday for his coverage of the plight of ethnic Pashtuns and blasphemy issues in his native Pakistan.

Syria take field in Asian Cup with fans divided by war

Damascus - Syria take the field this weekend for their first international football tournament in eight years of war, but not all fans are happy.

With help from diaspora, Palestinians hope for Asian Cup surprise

Ramallah - The Palestinian football team are taking part in their second-ever Asian Cup in the coming days, and team members born in various parts of the world are hoping to spring a few surprises.

Britain can punch above its weight even after Brexit: Hunt

Fpo - Britain can still punch above its weight globally even after it exits the European Union (EU), Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Wednesday ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote at home.

French restaurants often 'lamentable' says top French guide

Paris - The standard of French cuisine is on the slide, the head of the authoritative La Liste ranking warned Thursday despite a Paris restaurant being declared the best in the world for the third year running.

'Substantial progress' made on massive China trade deal that excludes US

Fpo - Substantial progress has been made on hammering out a China-backed trade deal, Singapore's leader said Wednesday, driving ahead the world's largest commercial pact which the United States is excluded from.

Europe, Asia back free trade in face of Trump's 'America first'

Apo - More than 50 European and Asian leaders backed free trade and the fight against climate change on Friday in a veiled swipe at US President Donald Trump and his increasingly protectionist approach.

EU builds ties with Asia in face of US protectionism

Apo - European leaders sought to build support from Asia Thursday in defence of free trade and the fight against climate change, to counter the growing protectionism of President Donald Trump's America.

'Not about football anymore': Indonesia hit by hooligan violence

Jakarta - From deadly fan beatings to teams being transported to matches in armoured personnel carriers, Indonesia is fast gaining a reputation as Asia's most violent football nation.

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Paris - Girls are the primary victims of humanitarian crises, suffering abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are "14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict," the Plan International NGO said Sunday.

China-backed trade pact talks at 'critical stage': Singapore PM

Fpo - Talks on a China-backed free-trade pact have reached a "critical stage", Singapore's leader said Wednesday as he urged regional economic ministers to seal the deal by the end of the year.

Ride sharing app Grab rakes in $2 billion post Uber deal

Grab announced $2 billion in new capital from their two-part Series H round. Since striking a deal to get Uber out of Southeast Asia, what does the company have planned for this funding?

Investigator of Cambodian genocide wins 'Asia's Nobel'

Manila - A Cambodian who has devoted his life to documenting the killing of almost two million of his countrymen in the 1970s was named Thursday among the winners of this year's Magsaysay Awards, widely regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel prize.

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Vietnam - A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian "paradise" islands -- grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia.

China general slams 'irresponsible comments' on S. China Sea

Fpo - A Chinese general Saturday lashed out at "irresponsible comments" on Beijing's military build-up in the South China Sea after the US defence chief accused China of intimidation and coercion in the disputed waters.

Mattis accuses China of S. China Sea 'intimidation and coercion'

Fpo - China's military build-up in the South China Sea and its deployment of high-end weapons systems in the disputed waters is designed to intimidate and coerce neighbours, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday.

In nod to India, US military renames its Pacific Command

Ewa Beach - The Pentagon is renaming its oldest and largest military command to reflect the growing importance of the Indian Ocean in US strategic thinking, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

Surge in anonymous Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears

Fpo - It has been jokingly referred to as "Botmageddon". But a surge in new, anonymous Twitter accounts across swathes of Southeast and East Asia has deepened fears the region is in the throes of US-style mass social media manipulation.

Asian push to crack down on 'fake news' sparks alarm

Kuala Lumpur - Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace.

IMF sees emerging Asia as top global growth engine

Bejing - The IMF said Tuesday it remains upbeat about the economic prospects of emerging Asia, labelling the region "the most important engine of global growth" despite concerns over trade disputes and mounting debt.

Americans world's biggest TV addicts watching four hours a day

Cannes - The average person around the world spent nearly three hours a day in front their television last year, according to a report released Monday.
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