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Stories about Asia

31 October 2014

India's Loud, Messy, Not-So-Happy Diwali Celebrations

What prevents Indians from addressing the environmental damages inflicted by Diwali? Is it that the public is simply ignorant about the threats to their own health and safety?

Myanmar Reporter Detained by the Military, then Killed

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More than a thousand people gathered in Myanmar's capital to call for an investigation into the death of a journalist who supporters allege was tortured and killed by the army.

28 October 2014

GV Face: Asylum Seekers Are Fleeing Conflict to Face Brutal Politics in Europe and Australia

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According to the UNHCR, 612,700 applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific last year – the highest since 2001.

As Taiwan Considers Marriage Equality, Tens of Thousands Attend Pride Parade

Hope was in the air at the colorful 2014 LGBT Taiwan Pride Parade, where two participants in particular wrote on their T-shirts that the looked forward to getting married.

Taiwanese Facebook Users Are Tagging a Death Row Inmate in Their Travels to Demand Justice

Cheng Hsin-Tse was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of a police officer. Due to the lack of hard evidence, his supporters want a review of his sentence.

27 October 2014

Japan’s Cabinet Members Are ‘Falling Like Dominoes’ to Corruption Scandals

The month of October has seen a tidal wave of allegations against members of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet. Has Abe lost control of the narrative?

‘Hunger Games’ Salute Gives Hope to Democracy Activists in Thailand

Attendees at a cremation of a former public official made a three-finger salute which was last used by activists denouncing the coup and loss of democracy in Thailand.

26 October 2014

Thai Students to Hong Kong Protesters: ‘Do Not Give Up’

It is illegal in Thailand today to organize or join rallies, but a group Thai students expressed their support for Hong Kong's protesters in a special Google Hangout discussion.

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