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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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Asian shares firm as China data show signs of easing economic strains

Asian shares rose on Friday after data in China showed pressure on the world's second biggest economy may be starting to diminish.
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Asian shares firm as China's GDP raises hopes of recovery

Asian shares rose on Friday after global stock indexes and Wall Street posted more records, and as China's economic growth matched expectations in spite of U.S. trade pressures.
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Videos for Asia


Chinese paddlefish has been declared extinct [Video]Chinese paddlefish has been declared extinct

The Chinese paddlefish has been declared extinct due to overfishing and dams.

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Mysterious virus spreads in central China [Video]Mysterious virus spreads in central China

A mysterious strain of viral pneumonia has affected 59 people in Wuhan, China since mid-December 2019.

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Iran strike on U.S. forces sends stocks tumbling [Video]Iran strike on U.S. forces sends stocks tumbling

An Iranian missile attack on U.S. forces based in Iraq has sent markets into turmoil and investors racing for safety. Michelle Hennessy reports.

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China's new man in Hong Kong hopes city will return to 'right path' [Video]China's new man in Hong Kong hopes city will return to 'right path'

The new head of China's liaison office in Hong Kong, the most senior mainland official in the Asian financial hub, made his first comments to the media on Monday. Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Fireworks light up New Year's Eve in Asia [Video]Fireworks light up New Year's Eve in Asia

Fireworks and lights danced across Asia as countries across the continent rang in 2020.

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'Ghost boat' with seven bodies washes up on Japanese island [Video]'Ghost boat' with seven bodies washes up on Japanese island

Japanese authorities discovered the bow of a wooden boat believed to be from North Korea on the coast of Japan's Sado Island in the Sea of Japan on December 27.

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'Ring of Fire' eclipse enthralls skywatchers in Middle East, Asia [Video]'Ring of Fire' eclipse enthralls skywatchers in Middle East, Asia

A rare annular eclipse drew crowds astronomers, tourists, and devotees to witness the solar phenomenon across a broad swath of the globe. Zachary Goelman reports.

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The Surprising Top Travel Destination For 2020 [Video]The Surprising Top Travel Destination For 2020

Uzbekistan is a culturally rich and historically compelling country. It, along with the rest of central Asia, has been named the No. 1 travel region for the new year by travel website Lonely Planet...

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Klopp eyes Club World Cup title [Video]Klopp eyes Club World Cup title

Juergen Klopp says Liverpool want to win and he wishes Europe's perception of the competition would change.

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Goldman may admit guilt in 1MDB probe [Video]Goldman may admit guilt in 1MDB probe

Goldman Sachs is in talks with the U.S. government to pay up to $2 billion and admit guilt to resolve a probe into its role in a sweeping Malaysia corruption scandal, according to a source. Fred..

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'Little Miss Period' tackles a Japanese taboo [Video]'Little Miss Period' tackles a Japanese taboo

A new Japanese film is trying to break a national taboo around menstruation. Libby Hogan reports.

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China's Xi vows support for Hong Kong leader during 'most difficult' time [Video]China's Xi vows support for Hong Kong leader during 'most difficult' time

Chinese President Xi Jinping met Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam in Beijing on Monday, saying he recognised her courage to govern the Asian financial hub in these "most difficult" times. Francesca Lynagh..

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Mnuchin: China Trade Deal Will Juice Economy [Video]Mnuchin: China Trade Deal Will Juice Economy

A 'phase one' trade deal between the United States and China was 'very good' for global economic growth. That's according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who made his remarks on Saturday...

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Tesco shares jump on possible Asia unit sale [Video]Tesco shares jump on possible Asia unit sale

Shares in Tesco jumped Monday after it said it was reviewing its operations in Thailand and Malaysia. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Donald Trump: I like rocket-man Kim Jong Un [Video]Donald Trump: I like rocket-man Kim Jong Un

US President Donald Trump asserts that he has a very good relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, so much so that he even has a nickname for him - 'Rocketman'. Trump goes on to say that..

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North Korea fires two short-range missiles towards the Sea of Japan [Video]North Korea fires two short-range missiles towards the Sea of Japan

North Korea launched two unidentified short-range projectiles from the country's South Hamgyong province towards the Sea of Japan on Thursday, November 28.

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Vietnam: Relatives bury two cousins who were UK truck victims [Video]Vietnam: Relatives bury two cousins who were UK truck victims

Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral service in Nghe An province on Thursday for two Vietnamese men who were among 39 people found dead in the back of a British truck last month.

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Voyager 2 detected high temperatures and gaps in the heliopause sphere: NASA [Video]Voyager 2 detected high temperatures and gaps in the heliopause sphere: NASA

NASA's Voyager 2 reached the edge of the solar system in early November.

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Big deals: trade hopes, M&A lift world shares [Video]Big deals: trade hopes, M&A lift world shares

World stocks hit their highest in almost two years on Tuesday, putting record highs within easy reach. David Pollard reports.

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LVMH to buy Tiffany for $16.2 bln [Video]LVMH to buy Tiffany for $16.2 bln

LVMH has agreed a deal to buy U.S. jeweler Tiffany for $16.2 billion. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Asian shares firm after Wall Street records; China GDP awaited

Asian shares inched higher on Friday after global stock indexes and Wall Street posted more records, with strong corporate earnings and upbeat U.S. economic data adding to optimism after China and the..
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Asian Shares Mostly Up After Signing of China-U.S. Trade Pact

asian shares mostly up after signing of china-u.s. trade pact
Share prices were mostly higher Thursday in moderate trading in Asia after the U.S. and China signed a preliminary trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the two..
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Stocks tick lower ahead of U.S.-China 'Phase 1' trade deal signing

Stocks slipped in Asian trade on Wednesday as investors awaited the signing of an initial U.S.-China trade deal, with sentiment somewhat dented by comments from the U.S. Treasury Secretary that tariffs..
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Stocks tread water ahead of signing of initial U.S.-China trade deal

Stocks were steady in early Asian trade on Wednesday as investors awaited the signing of an initial U.S.-China trade deal, with sentiment somewhat dented by comments from the U.S. Treasury Secretary's..
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India visit to salvage Donald Trump's foreign policy legacy?

Having torched United States’ relations with a host of countries in Europe, Middle-East, Latin America, and Asia, President Donald Trump may be looking at an India visit to salvage his foreign policy..
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U.S. bike firms face uphill slog to replace Chinese supply chains

When Mehdi Farsi decided to shift production of State Bicycle Co's niche fixed-gear urban bikes out of China to escape U.S. tariffs, it took months to find another factory in Asia willing to do..
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Yuan, stocks rally as investors bet on imminent U.S.-China deal signing

Asian shares rose, China's yuan jumped and safe-harbor assets slipped on Tuesday, amid signs of goodwill between China and the United States, as the world's two biggest economies prepared to sign a..
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Yuan soars, stocks scale heights as markets cheer imminent Sino-U.S. deal signing

Asian shares hit a 7-month high, China's yuan jumped and safe-harbor assets slipped on Tuesday, amid signs of goodwill between China and the United States, as the world's two biggest economies prepared..
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Asian stocks rally to record high ahead of trade deal; yen slips

Asian share markets rose on Tuesday and safe-haven assets slid as signs of goodwill between China and the United States supported optimism for global growth, with the world's two biggest economies..
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Asian shares at 19-month highs ahead of U.S.-China deal

Asian shares shook off a quiet start to reach new 19-month highs on Monday ahead of the expected signing of a Phase 1 China-U.S. trade deal, although markets have yet to see the details of the..
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Asia shares flatline, wait for U.S. and China to seal trade deal

Asian shares paused near 19-month peaks on Monday ahead of the expected signing on a Sino-U.S. trade deal, though talks on a phase two package are likely to drag on for months.
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First lunar eclipse of the decade: What’s there to know about this penumbral eclipse?

The first lunar eclipse of this decade is going to occur tonight. The penumbral eclipse will be partially visible in Asia, Africa, Australia and parts of Europe and Americas . The eclipse will last for..
IndiaTimes - Published

Asian shares rebound as U.S. and Iran stand down, yen retreats

Asian stocks had their best session in weeks on Thursday, as the United States and Iran backed away from the brink of conflict in the Middle East and investors reversed their flight to safety.
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Asian shares erase losses as Mideast tensions ease, oil ticks up

Asian stocks rebounded on Thursday and oil edged up as the United States and Iran backed away from the brink of further conflict in the Middle East and investors unwound safety plays.
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Asia dominates 2020 passport power

asia dominates 2020 passport power
Asian countries have firmly established their lead on the Henley Passport Index, the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access..
WorldNews - Published

Stocks, gold and oil whipsawed as Iran strikes spark Mideast war fears

Asian shares tumbled on Wednesday, while oil, safe-haven Treasury prices and gold shot higher after Iran fired rockets at U.S.-led forces in Iraq, stoking fears of a wider conflict in the Middle East.
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Stocks tumble, gold and crude soar after Iran strike on U.S. forces

stocks tumble, gold and crude soar after iran strike on u.s. forces
By Andrew Galbraith SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Asian shares and U.S. treasury yields tumbled on Wednesday, while the yen, gold and oil shot higher after Iran fired rockets at Iraqi airbases hosting U.S...
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Asia stocks rally, oil skids as investors reassess Mideast risk

Asian shares rebounded on Tuesday as investors' reassessed the risk of an all-out conflict between the United States and Iran, while Wall Street battled back to the black as tech stocks climbed.
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Hong Kong leader vows to work closely with Beijing's new envoy

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she would work closely with Beijing's top official in the Asian financial hub to bring it "back on the right path" after more than six months of..
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Asia stocks bounce, oil slips as Iran anxiety ebbs

Asian shares rebounded on Tuesday as a day passed without any new escalation in the Middle East and Wall Street erased early losses to end in the black as tech stocks climbed.
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Philippines braces to evacuate its workers in Iraq, Iran

philippines braces to evacuate its workers in iraq, iran
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice” to evacuate thousands of Filipino..
WorldNews - Published

Beijing's new top man in Hong Kong hopes city returns to 'right path'

The new head of China's liaison office in Hong Kong, who was unexpectedly announced at the weekend, said on Monday he hoped the Asian financial hub, roiled by more than six months of anti-government..
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Gold, oil soar, shares slip as U.S. and Iran rattle sabers

Tensions in the Middle East after the killing of a top Iranian general by the United States pushed an index of Asian shares off an 18-month high on Monday as investors pushed safe-haven gold near a..
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Gold, oil jump in Asia as US and Iran trade threats

gold, oil jump in asia as us and iran trade threats
SYDNEY: Asian share markets ran into turbulence on Monday as a flare-up of tensions in the Middle East sent gold to its highest in almost seven years while oil flirted with four-month peaks. The United..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Asian shares stumble, oil, gold up after U.S. strikes in Iraq

Asian shares slipped on Friday, erasing early gains, while gold shone and oil prices spiked after U.S. air strikes in Iraq killed a top Iranian commander, heightening geopolitical tensions.
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Stocks extend New Year cheer, Mideast air strikes drive oil higher

Asian shares extended their New Year's rally on Friday after Wall Street struck another record high on fresh Chinese stimulus while oil spiked after U.S. air strikes in Iraq heightened geopolitical..
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Asian shares outperform global peers in December, but yearly gains lag

Asian shares gained for the fourth successive month in December as appetite for regional shares improved after the U.S. and China agreed on a preliminary deal to end their 17-month long trade war.
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Asian shares jump on China policy easing, trade deal hopes

Asian shares kicked off 2020 on a strong note on Thursday, spurred by Chinese markets after Beijing eased monetary policy to support the slowing economy.
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Asia's richest man takes on retail giant Amazon

Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries has started rolling out its online retail service in India.
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China says confident of Central Asia support before Pompeo visit

Attempts to sow discord over Chinese policies in its Xinjiang region will fail, China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to neighboring central..
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Asian shares slip as investors lock in gains from 2019 rally

Asian shares were mostly lower on Tuesday, in their last trading day of the decade as investors locked in profits after a buoyant year of gains, driven in recent weeks by hopes of an imminent..
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Singapore diplomat defends 'fake news' law in Hong Kong paper

A Singapore diplomat defended the Asian city-state's controversial law against "fake news" in a letter published on Tuesday in the South China Morning Post, saying the Hong Kong newspaper reported..
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Asian shares lower as investors book decade-end profits

Asian shares slipped on the last trading day of the decade, echoing falls on Wall Street, as investors locked in gains made since the United States and China reached a preliminary trade deal earlier..
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World stocks hold onto gains, dollar under pressure

World stocks clung to recent gains on Monday following healthy advances in Asia on hopes for a U.S.-China trade deal, a more optimistic growth outlook and a softer dollar, while the euro climbed to a..
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China-Japan-South Korea summit: Business alone won't heal deep wounds

china-japan-south korea summit: business alone won't heal deep wounds
Why is China pushing for a free-trade deal and better relations with its two Northeast Asian neighbors? The answer resides in Beijing's attempt to establish close political ties with Tokyo and Seoul,..
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