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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.

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Stocks jump on virus slowdown hopes, but oil slips on oversupply

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China's day of mourning: Other Asian nations tighten restrictions [Video]

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China closes borders to foreigners

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Asian nations struggle to contain coronavirus

With the dwindling number, China appears to have passed the worst.

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Asian Markets Tread Cautiously

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Stocks rebound on hopes for massive global stimulus

Stocks in Asia and Europe gained Tuesday after the Federal Reserve promised unlimited supplies of dollars. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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The first batch of supplies, donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to tackle the coronavirus crisis in Africa, arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday. David Doyle reports.

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Global markets bounce after a trying week

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New York will receive floating hospital to deal with COVID-19 outbreak

New York City is getting a floating hospital to deal with the coronavirus, reports CNN.

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Even a trillion dollar promise can't lift global stocks [Video]

Even a trillion dollar promise can't lift global stocks

European and Asian shares slid again Wednesday, even after Donald Trump said he planned a $1 trillion package of aid for the U.S. economy. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Israel uses geolocation data to fight the coronavirus [Video]

Israel uses geolocation data to fight the coronavirus

Israel plans to combat the coronavirus outbreak via the cyber-monitoring of its citizens, according to Reuters.

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Southeast Asia countries step up measures against coronavirus [Video]

Southeast Asia countries step up measures against coronavirus

Malaysia has rolled out some of the most drastic restrictions seen across Asia, to stop the spread of the virus.

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Asian markets slip on Wall Street tumble, hopes rise for support [Video]

Asian markets slip on Wall Street tumble, hopes rise for support

Investors and analysts are turning to policymakers, especially central banks, for stimulus measures to support markets.

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Stocks tank again as Trump puts EU in quarantine [Video]

Stocks tank again as Trump puts EU in quarantine

Global stocks tumbled again on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump's move to suspend entry into the U.S. from most EU countries. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Adidas shares tank after coronavirus warning [Video]

Adidas shares tank after coronavirus warning

Adidas shares tumbled Wednesday after it warned of a $1bln hit from the coronavirus. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Dubai plans to build sky transportation system [Video]

Dubai plans to build sky transportation system

Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority is working in collaboration with British company Beemcar to construct a sky transportation network.

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Passengers entering Israel prepare for 14-day self-quarantine [Video]

Passengers entering Israel prepare for 14-day self-quarantine

With 42 confirmed cases of the virus, Israel has already taken some tough counter-measures, forcing visitors from many countries in Asia and Europe into home isolation. The virus has hit travel and..

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