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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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Philippines to end martial law in restive south

The Philippines will lift martial law on the southern region of Mindanao at the end of this month, citing an improving security climate and a reduced threat of extremism two years after one of Asia's..
Reuters - Published

Students stage global strikes to pressure U.N. climate summit

Thousands of people in Asia and Europe joined rallies demanding more action on climate change on Friday, aiming to force political leaders to come up with urgent solutions at a United Nations..
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Videos for Asia


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..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

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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In Nagasaki, Pope Francis calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons [Video]In Nagasaki, Pope Francis calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons

Pope Francis appealed for the abolition of nuclear weapons during a message in one of Japan's two cities hit by atomic bombs on Sunday. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Pope Francis continues Asia trip with anti-nuclear message in Japan [Video]Pope Francis continues Asia trip with anti-nuclear message in Japan

Pope Francis continues Asia trip with anti-nuclear message in Japan

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Pope Francis calls for nuclear disarmament as he lands in Japan [Video]Pope Francis calls for nuclear disarmament as he lands in Japan

Pope Francis arrived on Saturday in Japan, the second leg of a week-long Asian trip whose main aim is to bring an anti-nuclear message to Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Post 9/11 Wars Have Cost the US $6.4 Trillion [Video]Post 9/11 Wars Have Cost the US $6.4 Trillion

A new report says U.S. taxpayers have paid this amount for military presence around Asia and the Middle East.

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New skyscraper proposed for Chicago [Video]New skyscraper proposed for Chicago

American architectural firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill has unveiled updated design plans to build a 1,422-foot tall skyscraper in Chicago.

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Pope Francis arrives in Thailand at start of Asia trip [Video]Pope Francis arrives in Thailand at start of Asia trip

The pontiff arrived in Thailand to meet with the country's small but devoted Catholic minorityView on euronews

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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..

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Pope Francis visits Japan, bearing anti-nuclear message

Pope Francis arrived on Saturday in Japan, the second leg of a week-long Asian trip whose main aim is to bring an anti-nuclear message to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the world's only cities to suffer..
Reuters - Published

Pope Francis visits Thailand's small Catholic community

Pope Francis is visiting Thailand as part of a trip across Asia. It's his first visit to the mainly Buddhist country. The Vatican says he's trying to increase dialogue between the various religions as..
CBS News - Published

Pope Francis begins Asia tour in Bangkok

Pope Francis had a busy schedule Thursday on his first full day of activities of his weeklong Asia tour, including meetings with Thailand's prime minister and the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism. (Nov...
USATODAY.com - Published

Pope Francis arrives in Thailand at start of 7-day Asia trip

Pope Francis is beginning a week-long trip to Asia with a visit to Thailand. It's his first trip to the country, and it coincides with the 350th anniversary of the first papal mission there. CBS News'..
CBS News - Published

Pope Francis begins visit to Thailand as faithful jostle for selfies

Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on Wednesday to meet with its small but devoted Catholic minority on a seven-day Asian trip that will include a family reunion in Bangkok and take his anti-nuclear..
Reuters - Published

Protesters and police locked in tense standoff at Hong Kong university

A standoff between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong is underway at a university. CBS News Asia correspondent Ramy Inocencio joined "CBSN AM" from outside the school.
CBS News - Published

Asian airlines cancel annual gathering as Hong Kong violence escalates

A group of Asian airlines canceled an annual gathering of their executives next week due to the "unpredictability" of the situation in Hong Kong, they said late on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Protesters blockade universities, business district as chaos grips Hong Kong

Hong Kong anti-government protesters paralysed parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day on Wednesday, with some transport links, schools and many businesses closing as police warned of a rise..
Reuters - Published

Highlights: Hong Kong on edge as violence intensifies

Hong Kong prepared for more clashes on Wednesday as anti-government protesters planned to paralyze parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with some transport, schools and many businesses..
Reuters - Published

Protesters block central Hong Kong streets as chaos grips city

Hong Kong anti-government protesters paralyzed parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with some transport links, schools and many businesses closing after an escalation of violence.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong readies for more chaos as violence spreads citywide

Hong Kong prepared for more clashes on Wednesday as anti-government protesters planned to paralyze parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with transport, schools and many businesses closing..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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

George Shultz on Secretary Tillerson's decision to leave behind travel corps

Former Secretary of State George Shultz talks about the current Secretary's decision not to bring the press corps with him on a recent trip to Asia
CBS News - Published

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

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

2019: What to expect in Asia in the New Year?

CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy discusses what the coming year may bring for North Korea and its nuclear program, and the duel of tariffs between the Trump administration and China.
CBS News - 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

Hundreds of thousands celebrate Pride parade in Taiwan

Every year, Taipei hosts the largest Pride parade in Asia. This year, it was extra special
CBS News - 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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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

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

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

'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

Climate change front and center as U.N. gathers for annual summit

An initiative sparked by a young climate activist will steal a lot of limelight, but crises in the Mideast, Asia and even the U.K. will also come to the fore in New York
CBS News - 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..
Reuters - Published

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

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