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Asia: Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres
Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa. Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometres (17,212,000 sq mi), about 30% of Earth's total land area and 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations. Asia is notable for not only its overall large size and population, but also dense and large settlements, as well as vast barely populated regions. Its 4.5 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population.

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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as transport chaos grips city

Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas at a university campus on Tuesday and residents of the Asian financial center struggled to get to work as territory-wide transport disruptions wreaked commuter..
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Police shooting rattles Hong Kong markets, investors count on Alibaba listing

Hong Kong's share index lost almost 3% as unrest in the Asian financial hub worsened on Monday, with police firing live rounds at anti-government protesters on the eastern side of island and firing..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Asia


China smashes European hopes of 'Legends' video game glory [Video]China smashes European hopes of 'Legends' video game glory

Thousands of esports fans gathered in Paris to watch two teams go head-to-head at the "League of Legends" world championship tournament final.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published

Migrants in Bosnia face deadly winter conditions [Video]Migrants in Bosnia face deadly winter conditions

The lives of hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Asia living in a camp in the forests of Bosnia are at risk, as the bitter Balkan winter approaches, an official with the International..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:49Published

Europe seeks to clinch rare League of Legends win in Asia-dominated esports world [Video]Europe seeks to clinch rare League of Legends win in Asia-dominated esports world

A team of five young European men will seek on Sunday (November 10) to overthrow Asia's supremacy at the "League of Legends", a world-known online video game whose sky-rocketing success has drawn..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

China, U.S. agree to roll back tariffs [Video]China, U.S. agree to roll back tariffs

China and the U.S. have agreed to roll back tariffs if a broader 'phase one' trade deal is agreed, but Reuters sources say the plan faces fierce opposition from some in the White House. Julian..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published

Scientists around the world have declared a climate emergency [Video]Scientists around the world have declared a climate emergency

More than 11,000 scientists around the world have signed a declaration stating planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:30Published

Asian countries agree on trade deal terms [Video]Asian countries agree on trade deal terms

Fifteen nations conclude talks on Chinese-backed economic partnership during ASEAN summit in Bangkok.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:18Published

ASEAN summit: Will Asian leaders make world's largest trade deal? [Video]ASEAN summit: Will Asian leaders make world's largest trade deal?

Thailand says the next steps in the proposal backed by China will be made in the coming hours.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:55Published

Gobal shares rise on upbeat China factory data [Video]Gobal shares rise on upbeat China factory data

Asian shares scaled three-month highs, with European markets also getting a boost on Friday, as a surprise bounce in Chinese manufacturing activity eclipsed doubts raised by a Bloomberg news report..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:30Published

North Korea tests 'multiple rocket launchers' [Video]North Korea tests 'multiple rocket launchers'

North Korea confirmed that Thursday's missile launch used "super-large multiple rocket launchers," a new weapon that first debuted in August. The test sparked a fiery response from a U.S. lawmaker, who..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:43Published

Pet cafe's 'panda dogs' go viral in China [Video]Pet cafe's 'panda dogs' go viral in China

Would you like your dog transformed into a panda? It takes about $200 at a pet café in southwest China that dyes pups in black and white streaks to resemble the country's distinctive bear. Ryan Brooks..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

Air taxi startups race for the skies [Video]Air taxi startups race for the skies

Air taxi startup Lilium is to expand production after its prototype achieved speeds in excess of 100 km/h (62 mph), the German firm said on Tuesday - while rival Volocopter has taken a 'milestone' test..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:56Published

UBS tightens investment banking belt as earnings slide continues [Video]UBS tightens investment banking belt as earnings slide continues

Swiss bank UBS is axing high-paying investment banking staff after a disappointing performance at the division prompted a 16% slide in third-quarter net profit and put the group's 2019 profit goals..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Hong Kong police detonate bomb [Video]Hong Kong police detonate bomb

Police carried out a controlled explosion of what was believed to be a bomb found on a Hong Kong street on Sunday, as protests raged into the night. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:56Published

Hyundai Motor unveils $35 bln investment plan [Video]Hyundai Motor unveils $35 bln investment plan

South Korean carmaker Hyundai said it plans to invest 41 trillion won ($35 billion) in mobility and other auto technologies by 2025, part of which will be directed to an ambitious effort to become more..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:22Published

Brilliant Japan beat Scotland to reach World Cup quarters for first time [Video]Brilliant Japan beat Scotland to reach World Cup quarters for first time

Japan go through to meet South Africa in the last eight

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 04:11Published

Hong Kong 'silver-haired' sit-in, masked protesters rally against emergency laws [Video]Hong Kong 'silver-haired' sit-in, masked protesters rally against emergency laws

Hundreds of people in Hong Kong joined a march on Saturday against colonial-era emergency laws banning face masks at public rallies. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

Global markets cheer trade and Brexit hopes [Video]Global markets cheer trade and Brexit hopes

Asian shares jumped on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would meet with China’s top trade negotiator, stirring hopes for an agreement, while sterling resumed its climb amid optimism..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:37Published

Umbrella movement? Defiant Hong Kong protesters march in the rain [Video]Umbrella movement? Defiant Hong Kong protesters march in the rain

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday in defiance of a ban on masks. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:49Published

Hong Kong protest leader Wong condemns anti-mask law [Video]Hong Kong protest leader Wong condemns anti-mask law

Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong called for international awareness of a potential "martial law" in the city, as leader Carrie Lam announced a ban on face masks at protests. Rough cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:53Published

Global shares slide as U.S., German data deepen the gloom [Video]Global shares slide as U.S., German data deepen the gloom

European shares followed U.S. and Asian markets lower as fresh numbers on both sides of the Atlantic added to worries over a worldwide slowdown. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:27Published

Starbucks, banks among HK protest targets [Video]Starbucks, banks among HK protest targets

Hong Kong anti-government protesters are increasingly focusing their anger on mainland Chinese businesses and those with pro-Beijing links. Ryan Brooks reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:33Published

Fashion chain Forever 21 files for bankruptcy [Video]Fashion chain Forever 21 files for bankruptcy

Fashion retailer Forever 21 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday as it joined a growing list of brick-and-mortar players who have succumbed to the onslaught of e-commerce.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:56Published

 

By walking out of RCEP, has India dealt itself out of Asia?


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Asia trade pact doesn't reflect India's interests, decided not to join: PM Modi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that he could not compromise the interests of farmers and workers at home by joining a China-led regional trade pact after it failed to address..
Reuters - Published

India rejects China-backed Asian trade deal, as others move ahead

China joined 14 countries on Monday in agreeing terms for what could be the world's biggest trade pact, but India pulled out at the last minute on the grounds that the deal would hurt its farmers,..
Reuters - Published

India to continue talks on RCEP trade deal: Australian minister

India is going to continue talks on an Asia-wide trade deal that is being discussed at a summit of regional leaders in Bangkok and which Thailand has said will be signed next year, Australia's trade..
Reuters - Published

Asia-wide trade pact on course despite India, Thailand says

By Panu Wongcha-um, Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat
Reuters - Published

Trump committed to Asia, says U.S. commerce secretary Ross

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is "fully committed" to Asia, his commerce secretary said on Monday at a regional forum attended by a U.S. delegation smaller than previous years.
Reuters - Published

China, SE Asian states push trade pact despite India doubts

Leaders from China and Southeast Asia states called for swift agreement on what could become the world's largest trade bloc at a regional summit on Sunday, but new demands from India left officials..
Reuters - Published

Trade talks in balance at Southeast Asian leaders summit

Plans to finalize an Asia-wide trade deal at a summit in Bangkok this weekend were uncertain after new demands raised by India in the negotiations to create the world's largest trading bloc.
Reuters - Published

RCEP pact will deal 'body blow' to Indian economy: Sonia Gandhi

Congress prez Sonia Gandhi said, "As economic decisions have not damaged the economy enough, it is now ready to deal a body blow to it by signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership..
IndiaTimes - Published

Winter poses new threat to migrants in Bosnian forest camp

Hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Asia living in a freezing camp in the forests of Bosnia are short of food and bedding and at growing risk as the bitter Balkan winter approaches, aid..
Reuters - Published

India plans to open 100 airports in five years

India is planning to open 100 additional airports by 2024, as part of a plan to revive economic growth in Asia’s third-largest economy. The government has committed investments of Rs 1 trillion to..
IndiaTimes - Published

U.S. set to disappoint Asia with downgraded delegation for Bangkok summits

The United States has downgraded its participation in back-to-back Asia-Pacific summits in Bangkok next week, a move bound to disappoint Asian partners worried by China's expanding influence.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong leader says expects city to record negative growth in 2019

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she expects the Asian financial hub to record negative economic growth for the full 2019 year, as the city grapples with five months of often..
Reuters - Published

Pakistan denies entry to Committee to Protect Journalists official

Authorities at Pakistan's Lahore airport denied entry to the Asia coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), saying his name was on blacklist managed by the Ministry of Interior, a..
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Trading tires: How the West fuels a waste crisis in Asia

When night falls in the Indian village of Nabipur, the backyard furnaces come to life, burning waste tires from the West, making the air thick with acrid smoke and the soil black with soot.
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Brazil aims to forge more trade accords as Bolsonaro heads to Asia

Brazil aims to conclude free trade agreements between the South American free trade bloc Mercosur and Singapore and South Korea by next year, as it also eyes deals with several other Asian countries, a..
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U.S. concerned about some Hong Kong protest tactics, heavier China hand: Pentagon

The senior U.S. defense official for Asia said on Tuesday that the United States has some concerns about some of the tactics used by demonstrators in Hong Kong but was also concerned about the heavier..
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U.S. wants China to press North Korea to be more constructive in talks: Pentagon official

The senior U.S. defense official for Asia said on Tuesday the United States wants China to improve its enforcement of sanctions on North Korea and take other steps to press Pyongyang to be more..
Reuters - Published

Special Report: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

He is Asia’s most-wanted man. He is protected by a guard of Thai kickboxers. He flies by private jet. And, police say, he once lost $66 million in a single night at a Macau casino.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Police chase suspected kingpin of vast Asian meth syndicate

The largest ever task force assembled to fight organized crime in Asia has identified a long-time drug trafficker, a China-born Canadian national, as the suspected kingpin of a crime syndicate that..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong violence is 'life-threatening', say police, citing crude bomb

Hong Kong police said on Monday that violence in the Asian financial hub had escalated to a "life-threatening level", citing the explosion of a small bomb and the stabbing of a police officer in..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong leader Lam does not rule out Beijing help, as economy suffers

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday did not rule out asking Beijing for help, as the Asian financial hub struggles to deal with months of often violent anti-government protests that are..
Reuters - Published

China restricts teaching of MBBS in English to 45 colleges amid big surge of students from India

Chinese universities have witnessed enrolment of a record number of Indian students to study medicine. China attracts foreign students, specially from India and other Asian countries, due to its..
IndiaTimes - Published

Hundreds return to Hong Kong streets as metro, shops shut after violence

Hong Kong’s metro system stayed shut on Saturday, paralyzing transport in the Asian financial hub after a night of chaos in which police shot a teenage boy and pro-democracy protesters torched..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong's Lam says 'extreme violence' justified use of emergency powers

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Saturday "extreme violence" in the Asian financial hub had justified her decision to invoke emergency powers for the first time in half a century, following a night..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong metro stays shut after night of violent protests

Hong Kong's metro system will stay shut on Saturday, the rail operator said, paralyzing transport in the Asian financial hub after a night of chaos in which police shot a teenage boy and pro-democracy..
Reuters - Published

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina discusses India's onion export ban

The ban has impacted price of onion in most of the Asian region
DNA - Published

Streets of Hong Kong become protest battlefield on China National Day

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at pro-democracy protesters throwing petrol bombs in the Asian financial hub on Tuesday as its Chinese rulers celebrated the 70th anniversary of the..
Reuters - Published

Brazil's Bolsonaro to attend Japanese Emperor's enthronement ceremony

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he will attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito scheduled for Oct. 22 as part of a tour of Asia and the Middle East.
Reuters - Published

Mexico busts human smuggling ring operating in Cancun, Mexico City airports

Mexican authorities on Saturday said they detained two suspected leaders of a human smuggling ring that brought migrants from South America and Asia to Mexico before transporting them toward the..
Reuters - Published

64% glaciers in Hindu Kush Himalayan region may be lost by 2100: IPCC report

Bearing the brunt of global warming, Hindu Kush Himalayan region, an area covering high mountains chains of central, south and inner Asia, face the risk of losing over 60% of its glaciers by 2100, a..
IndiaTimes - Published

'Do your jobs': Striking students demand leaders act on climate

Tens of thousands of students were taking to the streets across Asia and Europe on Friday for a global strike demanding world leaders gathering at a U.N. climate summit adopt urgent measures to avert..
Reuters - Published

Japan says South Korea move on fast-track trade status 'regrettable'

Japan on Wednesday said South Korea's decision to remove Tokyo's fast-track trade status without sufficient explanation was "regrettable", as a diplomatic and trade row between the two Asian neighbors..
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong faces commuter chaos after rare train derailment

A rare train derailment disrupted services in Hong Kong on Tuesday, train authorities said, threatening commuter chaos during rush hour in the heart of the Asian financial hub.
Reuters - Published

U.S. crude export demand surges after attack on Saudi facilities

U.S. crude export demand at the Gulf Coast surged on Monday, traders said, as the window to export crude profitably to Asia and Europe was thrown open after attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities..
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Saudi Aramco swaps crude on tanker to heavy from light grade: source

Saudi Aramco has changed the type of crude loading onto a tanker due to go to Asia to Arab Heavy from Arab Light, a source familiar with the matter said.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong police break up scattered clashes between rival protesters

Baton-wielding Hong Kong police moved in to break up scuffles on Saturday between pro-China protesters and those denouncing perceived Chinese meddling in the Asian financial hub, the latest in months..
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Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Pope Francis will visit Asia in November and will be the first pope in nearly four decades to make a trip to Thailand and Japan, Vatican sources said.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong leader to prioritize housing, jobs to try to appease protesters

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam promised to prioritize housing and jobs to try to appease deep-rooted discontent about the way the Asian financial hub has been governed, as scuffles broke out between..
Reuters - Published

South Korea asks IOC to ban Japan's use of 'Rising Sun' flag at Olympics

South Korea has asked the International Olympic Committee to bar Japan from using the "Rising Sun" flag at next year's Games, Seoul's sports ministry said on Wednesday, as the Asian neighbours engage..
Reuters - Published

Fitch downgrades Hong Kong as city braces for more protests

Global credit rating agency Fitch Ratings on Friday downgraded Hong Kong's long-term foreign currency issuer default rating to "AA" from "AA+" following months of unrest and protests in the Asian..
Reuters - Published

China hacked Asian telcos to spy on Uighur travelers: sources

Hackers working for the Chinese government have broken into telecoms networks to track Uighur travelers in Central and Southeast Asia, two intelligence officials and two security consultants who..
Reuters - Published

Fashion brand Zara seeks to distance itself from Hong Kong controversy

Spanish fashion brand Zara, seeking to avoid becoming embroiled in controversy over protests in Hong Kong, issued a statement on Chinese social media expressing support for China's sovereignty over the..
Reuters - Published

Letter threatening to hunt Koreans sent to South Korean embassy in Japan: media

A letter threatening to hunt Koreans and containing what appeared to be a bullet has been sent to the South Korean embassy in Japan amid worsening ties between the Asian neighbors, Japanese media said..
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Zara seeks to distance brand from HK protest controversy

Spanish apparel giant Zara, seeking to avoid becoming embroiled in controversy over protests in Hong Kong, issued a statement on Chinese social media late on Monday expressing support for China's..
Reuters - Published

Ruckus at Maldives meet on development goals as Pak raises Kashmir, India hits back

Maldives Parliament was hosting the 4th south Asian speakers summit on achieving the sustainable development goal where Pak delegation started raising Kashmir issue.
DNA - Published

Ruckus in Maldives Parliament as Pak raises Kashmir issue during meet on development goals, India hits back

Maldives Parliament was hosting the 4th south Asian speakers summit on achieving the sustainable development goal where Pak delegation started raising Kashmir issue.
DNA - Published

China rotates new batch of troops into Hong Kong

China's military has rotated a new batch of troops into Hong Kong describing the move as routine, state media said on Thursday, as protests against Beijing continue to rock the Asian financial hub.
Reuters - Published

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