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Asia: Continent
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, more than all other continents combined.

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Myanmar put on money-laundering watchlist

An international financial watchdog placed Myanmar on its money-laundering watchlist on Friday, urging the country at the heart of Asia's illicit drug-producing "Golden Triangle" to boost its efforts..
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BOJ's Kuroda says watching with 'grave concern' as virus hits Asian economies

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he was watching the coronavirus impact on the economy with "grave concern," in a nod to the growing toll the epidemic is taking on manufacturing activity and..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Asia


Coronavirus set to top agenda at G20 meet [Video]Coronavirus set to top agenda at G20 meet

The impact of the new coronavirus outbreak on global growth will be a key issue at this weekend’s meeting of G20 finance leaders. Ciara Lee reports

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

Asian airlines could lose $27.8bln on coronavirus - IATA [Video]Asian airlines could lose $27.8bln on coronavirus - IATA

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region stand to lose $27.8 billion of revenue this year as they slash flights due to declining demand as a result of the coronavirus, according to a preliminary estimate..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:10Published

January 2020 was the warmest in weather history [Video]January 2020 was the warmest in weather history

The past month was the hottest January in weather history, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:11Published

HSBC to slash 35,000 jobs after profits fall [Video]HSBC to slash 35,000 jobs after profits fall

HSBC said on Tuesday it would shed $100 billion in assets, slashing the size of its investment bank and revamping its U.S. and European businesses - in a drastic overhaul that will mean 35,000 jobs cut..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:21Published

Global shares edge higher on Chinese support measures [Video]Global shares edge higher on Chinese support measures

Asian shares reversed losses on Monday and moved back toward a three-week top as China's persistent efforts to cushion the blow from a coronavirus outbreak calmed nervous investors, although Japanese..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:28Published

Indonesia fears grow over coronavirus threat [Video]Indonesia fears grow over coronavirus threat

The coronavirus has now been detected in more than two dozen countries, but one of Asia's most populous nations is yet to report a single case.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published

First coronavirus death confirmed in Europe [Video]First coronavirus death confirmed in Europe

The first coronavirus death outside Asia has been confirmed in France, it has been reported. Dr Nathalie MacDermott, a Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London says a death in Europe 'doesn't..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:00Published

Vietnam quarantines village of 10,000 over virus [Video]Vietnam quarantines village of 10,000 over virus

Vietnamese authorities quarantined the rural community of Son Loi, which is home to 10,000 people, including 11 of the 16 coronavirus cases in the country.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

China's economy damaged, but set to recover: poll [Video]China's economy damaged, but set to recover: poll

A Reuters poll of 40 economists from around the world predicted that China's economy will recover from the coronavirus outbreak as long as the virus is contained soon. Gloria Tso reports.

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Madsen survives heat to win South American leg of World Marathon Challenge [Video]Madsen survives heat to win South American leg of World Marathon Challenge

Kristina Madsen holds an eight minute lead going into the seventh marathon in seven days on seven continents.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:36Published

Global carbon emissions were flat last year: Report [Video]Global carbon emissions were flat last year: Report

A new report by the International Energy Agency has found that global carbon emissions flattened in 2019, following two years of increased emissions.

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South Korea welcomes home 'Parasite' cast [Video]South Korea welcomes home 'Parasite' cast

The cast of the history-making film 'Parasite' receives a heroes' welcome in their home country of South Korea. Gloria Tso reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

British Airways set new speed record for transatlantic flights [Video]British Airways set new speed record for transatlantic flights

A British Airways Boeing 747-400 set the record for the fastest ever subsonic flight across the Atlantic on Sunday.

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How the Wuhan virus is impacting airlines and car manufacturers [Video]How the Wuhan virus is impacting airlines and car manufacturers

As the Wuhan virus continues to spread at an alarming rate, it is starting to impact cruise ships, airlines and other international companies.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:25Published

European stocks shrug off virus worries, hit record highs [Video]European stocks shrug off virus worries, hit record highs

European stocks shrugged off coronavirus worries Thursday to hit record highs, with robust earnings reports among the positives for investors. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Air Canada Boeing 767 lands safely following engine failure [Video]Air Canada Boeing 767 lands safely following engine failure

On Monday, Air Canda's Toronto-bound Flight 837 had to request an emergency landing almost immediately after taking off from the Barajas International Airport in Madrid.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:00Published

Carlsberg beer sales hit by China's shuttered karaoke bars [Video]Carlsberg beer sales hit by China's shuttered karaoke bars

Empty Chinese streets and karaoke bars will hit short-term sales in Carlsberg's biggest market, the Danish brewer reported on Tuesday. Ciara Lee reports

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:55Published

Pompeo urges Kazakhstan to press China over Uighurs [Video]Pompeo urges Kazakhstan to press China over Uighurs

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Kazakhstan on Sunday, urged the country to press neighboring Beijing over its treatment of Muslim minorities such as Uighurs. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:31Published

U.S. stocks slump on coronavirus fears, weaker GDP [Video]U.S. stocks slump on coronavirus fears, weaker GDP

U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday, as the coronavirus epidemic fanned fears of a further hit to China's economy, while a mixed batch of earnings from technology firms also weighed on sentiment...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:11Published

Virus fears, earnings sap European shares [Video]Virus fears, earnings sap European shares

European shares followed Asia lower on Thursday as fears mounted over the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:33Published

BA cancels China flights as airlines step up fight on virus [Video]BA cancels China flights as airlines step up fight on virus

British Airways has suspended bookings on its website for direct flights from London to Beijing and Shanghai until March, after warnings over travel to China due to the coronavirus outbreak. Francis..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:31Published

Coronavirus outbreak: China's neighbours brace for economic impact [Video]Coronavirus outbreak: China's neighbours brace for economic impact

Asian economies brace for a tough year as China deals with the latest coronavirus outbreak.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:06Published

Markets: Airbus boosts Europe amid virus nerves [Video]Markets: Airbus boosts Europe amid virus nerves

After Asian shares continued to crumble on coronavirus fears, Europe got an early - if short-lived - boost from Airbus. David Pollard reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

 

Asian funds seek a sheltered shore in U.S. assets

Asian shares were under water on Friday as fears over the creeping spread of the coronavirus sent funds fleeing to the sheltered shores of U.S. assets, lifting the dollar to three-year highs.
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Asia looks to safer shores in U.S. assets as virus spreads

Asian shares were under water on Friday as fears over the creeping spread of the coronavirus sent funds fleeing to the sheltered shores of U.S. assets, lofting the dollar to three-year highs.
Reuters - Published

U.S. dollar, bonds get safe-haven rush as virus spreads

Asian shares were cast adrift on Friday as fears over the creeping spread of the coronavirus sent funds fleeing to the sheltered shores of U.S. assets, lofting the dollar to three-year highs.
Reuters - Published

Asian stocks slip as virus' regional spread spooks investors

Asian stocks slipped and so did the region's currencies on Thursday, as virus cases rose in South Korea and Japan and investors quit local assets in favor of safety further afield.
Reuters - Published

Asian stocks slip as virus' global impact puts markets on edge

Asian stocks eased and currency markets were skittish on Thursday, as virus cases rose in South Korea and Japan even as China added more stimulus via a rate cut to support its economy.
Reuters - Published

Slowing virus, China stimulus hopes support stocks, yen nurses losses

Asian stocks edged up on Thursday, supported by a fall in coronavirus cases and expectations of more Chinese stimulus to offset the economic impact of the epidemic, while the Japanese yen nursed heavy..
Reuters - Published

China revokes three Wall Street Journal reporters' credentials

China has revoked the press credentials of three journalists of the Wall Street Journal after the newspaper declined to apologize for a column with a headline calling China the "real sick man of Asia",..
Reuters - Published

China revokes press credentials of three at Wall Street Journal over opinion piece

China has revoked the press credentials of three journalists of the Wall Street Journal after the newspaper declined to apologize for a column that called China the "real sick man of Asia", the foreign..
Reuters - Published

Asia stocks rise on lull in virus worry, euro still weak

Asian shares and U.S. stock futures rose on Wednesday, as investors tried to shake off worries about the coronavirus epidemic after a slight decline in the number of new cases.
Reuters - Published

Asian shares nudge up as virus spread slows, euro fragile

Asian shares and U.S. stock futures edged cautiously higher on Wednesday, as investors tried to shake off worries about the coronavirus epidemic after a slight decline in the number of new cases.
Reuters - Published

Asian shares inch higher, euro teeters on weak economic outlook

Asian shares and U.S. stock futures edged cautiously higher on Wednesday as investors tried to shake off worries about the coronavirus epidemic following a slight decline in the number of new cases.
Reuters - Published

Chanel and Prada postpone shows in Asia owing to coronavirus

Chanel and Prada said on Tuesday they have postponed fashion shows due to be held in Asia in May over concerns linked to the coronavirus outbreak.
Reuters - Published

Stocks under pressure as Apple sounds warning on coronavirus

Asian shares fell and Wall Street was poised to retreat from record highs on Tuesday after Apple Inc said it would miss its March quarter revenue guidance as the coronavirus slowed production and..
Reuters - Published

Stocks fall after Apple warns on coronavirus impact

Asian shares fell and Wall Street retreated from record highs on Tuesday after Apple Inc said it will not meet its revenue guidance for the March quarter as the coronavirus outbreak slowed production..
Reuters - Published

U.S. stock futures retreat, Asia dips after Apple warns on virus impact

U.S. stock futures slipped from record levels on Tuesday after Apple Inc said it will not meet its revenue guidance for the March quarter as the coronavirus outbreak slowed production and weakened..
Reuters - Published

Asian shares near three-week highs on Chinese support measures; Japan skids

Asian shares reversed losses on Monday and moved back toward a three-week top as China's persistent efforts to cushion the blow from a coronavirus outbreak calmed nervous investors, although Japanese..
Reuters - Published

Asian shares ease off three-week highs as virus fears return

Asian shares stepped back from three-week highs on Monday as investors weighed the near-term hit on global growth from a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak in China, although expectations of further..
Reuters - Published

Two European Tour tournaments off because of coronavirus

Two European Tour golf tournaments in Asia are postponed because of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
BBC News - Published

Asian shares aim for second week of gains amid virus scare

Asian shares inched higher on Friday, on course to post the second straight week of gains, helped by hopes governments will make provisions to soften the impact on their economies from the coronavirus..
Reuters - Published

Jump in new coronavirus cases stymies stock rally

Asian stock markets wobbled on Thursday while safe-havens such as the yen, gold and bonds rose as the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in the outbreak's epicenter jumped.
Reuters - Published

Cruise operator Carnival sees hit to earnings from coronavirus fallout

Carnival Corp , the operator of a cruise ship quarantined in Japan due to coronavirus cases, warned on Wednesday of a hit to its annual earnings from a potential suspension of its operations in Asia..
Reuters - Published

Top oil gathering in London subdued as virus fears cut travel plans

The gathering of the world's top oil traders, London International Petroleum Week, will be less crowded this year as the bulk of traders in Asia plan to either cut or cancel their Feb. 24-27 travel..
Reuters - Published

Stocks inch higher as new coronavirus cases fall

Asian shares and Wall Street futures nudged higher on Wednesday amid hopes the worst of the coronavirus in China may have passed, although prevailing uncertainty about the outbreak has kept investors..
Reuters - Published

Not just Chinese travellers staying away as virus shakes Asian tourism

As a driver of one of Thailand's renowned "tuk tuk" motorised rickshaws, Amonchai Laodoungdee is used to busy days ferrying tourists around Bangkok, but on Tuesday he waited for four hours at a..
Reuters - Published

Asian shares rally, slow pace of China factory reopenings a worry

Asian share markets followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday as China's factories struggled to re-open after an extended break, though analysts warned investors might be underestimating how economically..
Reuters - Published

Asian shares bounce, China factories fight to re-start

Asian share markets followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday even as doubts grew about how quickly China's factories could get back to work given that the coronavirus continues to spread and deaths..
Reuters - Published

Asia shares inch up, coronavirus anxiety keeps investors edgy

Asian share markets looked set for another cautious session on Tuesday as investors tried to judge how quickly China's factories could return to work as the coronavirus continues to spread and deaths..
Reuters - Published

China's return to work lifts local stocks while rest of Asia trails

Asian shares fell on Monday as the death toll from a coronavirus outbreak exceeded the SARS epidemic of two decades ago, though Chinese shares gained as authorities lifted some work and travel..
Reuters - Published

Asian markets stem losses as China returns to work but sentiment jittery

Asian shares pared early losses on Monday as Chinese authorities lifted some coronavirus-related restrictions on work and travel, helping businesses resume work though overall sentiment was still..
Reuters - Published

Asian markets fall as coronavirus concerns weigh on sentiment

Stocks and oil fell while safe-haven gold rose on Monday as the death toll from a coronavirus outbreak surpassed the SARS epidemic, raising alarm bells about its severity.
Reuters - Published

U.S. energy secretary hopes Mexico, Canada will help export American coal

U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Friday that Canada and Mexico could help export U.S. coal to Asia to get around the blocking of shipments by West Coast states concerned about the impact..
Reuters - Published

Singapore kicks off depleted air show amid coronavirus clampdown

Organizers scrambled on Sunday to shore up the Singapore Airshow, which is going ahead under a cloud of health and economic concerns after dozens of exhibitors pulled out of Asia's largest aerospace..
Reuters - Published

Seafood salesman convicted for trying to smuggle millions of pounds-worth of critically endangered baby eels to Hong Kong

Rare fish would have fetched 10 times their UK price on the east Asian black market
Independent - Published

Cardboard trafficking gang busted by police in Madrid

The gang is accused of shipping waste worth €10 million (£8.4m) from Madrid to Asian countries.
BBC News - Published

China scientists identify pangolin as possible coronavirus host

The deadly coronavirus outbreak in China could have spread from bats to humans through the illegal traffic of pangolins, the world's only scaly mammals, which are prized in Asia for food and medicine,..
Reuters - Published

Rally in stocks runs out of steam as coronavirus toll climbs

A mid-week rally in Asian share markets halted on Friday and oil prices steadied as the growing death toll and economic damage from a new virus spreading from China curbed further gains.
Reuters - Published

Dozens of Asia trade fairs, conferences postponed amid coronavirus fears

More than two dozen large trade fairs and industry conferences in Asia have been postponed because of the spread of the China coronavirus, shuttering events where billions of dollars worth of deals..
Reuters - Published

Britain urges doctors to step up vigilance after third citizen infected with coronavirus

Britain said on Thursday a British national was confirmed to have contracted coronavirus after traveling to an Asian country other than China and told doctors to be vigilant to those showing symptoms..
Reuters - Published

Britain says citizen infected with coronavirus outside China

Britain said on Thursday a British national was confirmed to have contracted coronavirus after travelling to an Asian country other than China and told doctors to be vigilant to those showing symptoms..
Reuters - Published

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