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A Remote Kyrgyz Village Fights for Survival as Mining Start Looms

A Remote Kyrgyz Village Fights for Survival as Mining Start Looms

By Emilia Sulek
Nestled in Kyrgyzstan’s picturesque mountains, along a hydropower reservoir on the Naryn River, the village of Kyzyl-Beyit strives to preserve itself.

Osaka Will Host the 2025 World Expo. Can Japan Pull It Off?

Osaka Will Host the 2025 World Expo. Can Japan Pull It Off?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is pushing a PR campaign for the embattled Osaka Expo in 2025, despite waning public enthusiasm.
Punjab’s New Defamation Law Sparks Pushback, Protests

Punjab’s New Defamation Law Sparks Pushback, Protests

By W. Tariq
Critics say the hastily passed bill will have devastating effects on free speech and the media in Pakistan’s most populous province.

Anti-Migrant Protests Expose Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Evolving Migration Landscape

Anti-Migrant Protests Expose Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Evolving Migration Landscape

By Asel Murzakulova
The recent conflict laid bare genuine challenges within the labor market and significant shifts in the country's migration landscape.

Philippine Lawmakers Pass Bill Legalizing Divorce

Philippine Lawmakers Pass Bill Legalizing Divorce

By Sebastian Strangio
The Absolute Divorce Bill is the product of years of work on the part of representatives seeking to amend the country's notoriously restrictive divorce law.

Indonesia’s Horror Scene Is Booming. Can It Conquer The International Market?

Indonesia’s Horror Scene Is Booming. Can It Conquer The International Market?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
Local horror films have topped the domestic box office, but translating that appeal to international markets is not straightforward.

Of 69,000 South Asians Displaced Last Year, 67,000 Were From Manipur: IDMC Report

Of 69,000 South Asians Displaced Last Year, 67,000 Were From Manipur: IDMC Report

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
However, the ground situation is far more serious than the numbers cited in the report, say Manipuri activists and academics.
Afghan Women Face Serious Challenges Amid Flooding

Afghan Women Face Serious Challenges Amid Flooding

By Saeedullah Safi and reporters of The Afghan Times 
A lack of access to toilets and sanitary products plague Afghan women in the wake of recent floods, problems worsened by cultural taboos and strict gender-separation. 

South Asian Students Targeted by Angry Mob in Kyrgyz Capital

South Asian Students Targeted by Angry Mob in Kyrgyz Capital

By Catherine Putz
The mob, apparently triggered by a video of a fight between foreigners and locals earlier in May, “went on a rampage” targeting mostly South Asian students while raging against illegal immigration.

Parents of Children Gone in Sri Lanka’s Civil War Seek Answers

Parents of Children Gone in Sri Lanka’s Civil War Seek Answers

By Krishan Francis
Fifteen years after the war ended, families do not know if their children are dead or alive.

New Delhi’s Quiet Student Solidarity With Palestine

New Delhi’s Quiet Student Solidarity With Palestine

By Sidra Fatima and Roopashi Semalty
Full-fledged protests in India’s capital were quickly muffled, so students have resorted to quieter means of dissent.
South Korean Court Rejects Effort to Block Plan That Would Boost Medical School Admissions

South Korean Court Rejects Effort to Block Plan That Would Boost Medical School Admissions

By Hyung-jin Kim
A standoff between the government and doctors opposed to the plan has shaken the country’s medical system for months.

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