Myanmar earthquake: One dead and temples damaged

Myanmar earthquake: One dead and temples damaged

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Dhammayangyi temple in Bagan pictured as the earthquake struck A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan and killing at least one person. The quake struck 25km (15.5 miles) west of Chauk, at a depth of 84km, the US Geological Survey […]

Kabul attack: Gunmen target American University

Kabul attack: Gunmen target American University

Image copyright AP Image caption Afghan forces rushed to the scene after the blast and gunfire were heard A militant attack is taking place at the American University in the Afghan capital, Kabul. A large explosion has been heard and frightened students barricaded inside rooms in the building say they can hear gunfire close by. […]

Vietnam woman ‘cuts off limbs for insurance payout’

Vietnam woman ‘cuts off limbs for insurance payout’

Image caption The woman originally claimed to have been involved in a train accident A Vietnamese woman has admitted to paying for her foot and part of her arm to be cut off in order to claim an insurance payout, police say. In May, the 30-year-old woman, named as “Ly Thi N”, pretended she had […]

‘It’s about freedom’: Ban boosts burkini sales ‘by 200%’

‘It’s about freedom’: Ban boosts burkini sales ‘by 200%’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aheda Zanetti, the Australian designer credited with inventing the burkini, at a swimsuit shop in western Sydney The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales. The clothing – which combines “burqa” with “bikini” – leaves only the […]

Why wearing the burqa is on the rise in South Asia – Deutsche Welle

Even the feminists and the liberal sections in the West are divided on whether the burqa, a garment that covers the entire body, or the niqab, the facial veil, represent personal freedom or suppression. While most experts agree that women, like men, should have the right and liberty to decide what to wear, it […]

Samsung, Tencent Surge in Race to Become Asia’s Most Valuable Firm – Fortune

Tencent Holdings tcehy and Samsung Electronics ssnlf are racing to be crowned Asia’s most valuable company as expectations for robust earnings growth push their share prices to record highs. Their surge – both have gained by a third this year – has made them the world’s best performing large-cap tech stocks and highlights how these […]

William Shatner Remembers Spending a Month in Asia with Celebrity Strangers – Vanity Fair

William Shatner Remembers Spending a Month in Asia with Celebrity Strangers – Vanity Fair

If someone offered you an all-expenses-paid trip to Asia, would you take it? Well, yeah. That, dear readers, is the split-second consideration process William Shatner says he underwent after being asked to appear on Better Late than Never—NBC’s four-episode series premiering Tuesday that sounds like it was created in a Mad Libs laboratory. (In actuality, […]

With Audience Shrinking, NBC Looks Cautiously to Olympics in Asia – New York Times

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Japanese shares slip as yen edges higher, amid gains in other Asia markets – CNBC

“It’s still early days yet for the Jackson Hole conference … but the markets seem to be already discounting the possibility that Yellen may look to talk up a September rate hike,” said Angus Nicholson, a market analyst at spreadbettor IG. In the currency market, the dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket […]

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