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Meth production surges in East and Southeast Asia as economy comes to grinding halt

Asia’s drug cartels adapted quickly to the pandemic in 2020, flooding markets with synthetic narcotics worth tens of billions of dollars even as the global economy ground to a halt, a UN report has said. Methamphetamine seizures in East and Southeast Asia surged 19% from 2019 to a new record-high, the UN Office on Drugs […]

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WATCH: Cargo crane collapses in Taiwan, tumbling containers

This year hasn’t been too good for the cargo ferrying industry. Earlier this year the Suez Canal was blocked for six after the grounding of Ever Given, and now, a cargo-carrying crane has collapsed in Taiwan. While the Suez Canal incident caused mostly monetary damage, this new incident has resulted in irreversible physical damage at […]

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Parking spot in Hong Kong sold for $1.3 million, making it the world’s most expensive

A parking spot in Hong Kong has been sold for an all-time high price of 10 million Hong Kong dollars making it the world’s most expensive parking spot. The 134.5-square-foot space is located in the basement of ultra-luxury Mount Nicholson Development that sits on ‘The Peak,’ a hill on the western half of Hong Kong. […]

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Tech World

Iran unveils $4.5 million domestically developed supercomputer

Iran unveiled a supercomputer developed domestically by Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), according to the state-run news website IRNA. The supercomputer called Simorgh after a mythical Persian bird performed a capacity of 0.56 petaflops at the moment and will reach one petaflops in two months. The supercomputer is said to be wholly designed and […]

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Turkey company shuts down electricity supply to Lebanon, plunging the country into darkness

A Turkey power company that provides electricity to Lebanon from two barges shut down supplies over payment arrears and a legal threat to its vessels amid the country’s economic crisis. Karpowership, the company that supplies 370 megawatts (MW) or about one-quarter of Lebanon’s supply, told the government it would have to shut down in the […]

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Blast near school in Afghanistan leaves at least 40 dead

An explosion west Kabul killed at least 40 people, many of them young students, Afghan government spokesperson said. The explosion hit near Syed Al-Shahda school, in the Shia majority neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said. Arian said at least 52 people were injured in the blast. Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, spokesman for the […]

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7-year-old boy brain dead after getting slammed 27 times during judo training

A boy in Taiwan is fighting for his life after being slammed to the floor 27 times during judo practice by his coach and classmate. The seven-year-old boy convinced his family he wanted to give judo lessons in April. Just two weeks after, those lessons are the reason he’s lying in a coma, and is […]

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At least 31 dead in border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Kyrgyzstan said at least 31 people have been killed in heavy clashes at its disputed border with Tajikistan, as officials from the two ex-Soviet countries met Friday in a bid to defuse tensions. Clashes between communities over land and water along the pair’s long-contested border are regular occurrences, with border guards often getting involved Shooting […]

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‘Stop Asian Hate’: Hundreds rally in Atlanta to support Asian Americans after fatal shooting

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on Saturday in support of the Asian American community after a shooting at three local day spas this week left eight people dead, six of them Asian women. The killings followed a year of mounting anti-Asian violence in the United States, which community leaders […]

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Sri Lanka: Mother kills her 9-year-old daughter in ‘exorcism’ ritual

A nine-year-old girl died in Sri Lanka after she was beaten with a cane during a ritual locally believed to drive away “evil spirits”. The child’s mother and another woman who performed the ritual were arrested in connection with the death, police said. The mother believed her daughter was “possessed by a demon”, police said. […]

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German radio host compares BTS to coronavirus during live broadcast

A German radio host who compared South Korean boy band group BTS to coronavirus during a live broadcast apologised. Matthias Matuschik said he did not intend to “racially insult,” adding that making a connection between the band and Covid-19 was “completely wrong”. The incident comes amid an increase in anti-Asian sentiment and racist attacks since […]

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China builds Asia’s largest antenna for Mars mission

China has developed a 72-meter diameter steerable radio telescope, Asia’s largest that will be ready to be used for the country’s first Mars mission, Tianwen-1. Tianwen, which was launched in July 2020, directly translates to “quest for heavenly truth.” The 72-meter long antennae weighing about 2700 tons is all set to receive its data from […]