A third of girls in South Asia miss school during periods: report

A third of girls in South Asia miss school during periods: report

KATHMANDU – More than a third of girls in South Asia miss school during their periods, a report said Tuesday, with a lack of toilets and cultural taboos about menstruation among the factors impeding their education. The study by WaterAid and UNICEF also found many girls across the region did not know about menstruation before […]

A Major Canal May Be Coming To Asia

By editor • 47 minutes ago Central America has the Panama Canal. The Middle East has the Suez Canal. Now there’s talk of an Asian addition to that group: the Kra Canal in southern Thailand. Michael Sullivan reports. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Source link

Asia markets subdued as investors digest weekend US-China trade developments

Asia markets subdued as investors digest weekend US-China trade developments

Developments in the U.S.-China trade relationship were digested by investors as markets opened for trade this week. In particular, immediate fears of a trade war were likely put to rest after U.S. Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that the countries were “putting the trade war on hold” as they worked out an agreement. Both countries […]

'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee; Asia Argento tears into Weinstein at Cannes

'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee; Asia Argento tears into Weinstein at Cannes

A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d’Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters,” a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed justice will come to all sexual predators. At the closing ceremony for the 71st edition of the French Riviera extravaganza, the Cate […]

Alibaba out to dominate mobile pay in Southeast Asia

Alibaba out to dominate mobile pay in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK/SINGAPORE/SHANGHAI — The Southeast Asian market for mobile payment services is undergoing an upheaval, with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding at the center of the tumult. The group is backing Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand’s TrueMoney payment service, which will expand to subway trains in Bangkok as early as September. Passengers will be able to pay […]

The Missing Piece in Macron's Asia Vision: Japan

The Missing Piece in Macron's Asia Vision: Japan

A few weeks before a historical meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, with major developments going on around the Korean Peninsula, the future of Northeast Asia is the focus of the world’s attention. Despite this, while visiting Australia in early May, French President Emmanuel Macron appeared oblivious of the close strategic connections between the […]

NEC signed to build Southeast Asia Japan 2 cable

NEC signed to build Southeast Asia Japan 2 cable

(Image: SJC2) The consortium behind the 144Tbps Southeast Asia Japan 2 cable (SJC2) has signed NEC to construct the 10,500km cable. SJC2 will have 11 landing stations — located in Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea, with a pair of landings in Taiwan and Japan — and be made up of […]

The elderly backpacker who’s inspiring young Chinese

The elderly backpacker who’s inspiring young Chinese

Image copyright Pear Video Image caption Retired teacher Ms Qi has got China talking about the choices they have in their old age An elderly woman who has chosen a life of backpacking in her retirement has won millions of fans on Chinese social media. The 73-year-old retired teacher, identified by Pear Video as Ms […]

Amazon Japan offices raided over anti-trust suspicions

Amazon Japan offices raided over anti-trust suspicions

Image copyright Getty Images Amazon Japan said its offices have been raided by the country’s fair trade regulator on suspicion of anti-trust violations. The online retailer is suspected of asking suppliers to shoulder costs incurred for selling their products at a discount, according to media reports. The firm said it is cooperating with the investigation […]

Quolls back from brink and out in the wild

Quolls back from brink and out in the wild

Image copyright WWF Australia Image caption The eastern quolls have been fitted with GPS tracking devices A species of marsupial, the eastern quoll, has returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in about half a century. The native animals were once found along Australia’s east coast until they were devastated by […]

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