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Asia is World’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 (as of June 2019) constitute roughly 60% of the world’s population.

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SKorea’s Moon could seek exemption of UN sanctions on NKorea

 South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday that he could seek exemptions of U.N. sanctions placed on North Korea to bring about...

Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava into the sky and trembled constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous...

Hong Kong pledges $1.3 billion in economic relief amid unrest

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday pledged HK$10 billion ($1.3 billion) in relief measures to prop up the economy as it...

Anger in Iran over jet’s downing; gunfire disperses protests

Popular anger swelled Monday in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government’s attempt to conceal its role...

China’s exports end 2019 up 0.5% despite US tariff war

China’s global exports ended 2019 up 0.5% despite a tariff war with the United States as Beijing and Washington prepared to sign...

Lava gushes from volcano near Manila; tens of thousands flee

Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as tens of thousands of people fled the area...

Indonesia, UAE sign business deal worth about $23 billion

Indonesia signed 11 business deals with the United Arab Emirates worth a combined 314.9 trillion rupiah ($23 billion) covering investment in energy...

Hong Kong denies entry to Human Rights Watch director

Hong Kong authorities barred the head of Human Rights Watch from entering the Chinese territory Sunday, the advocacy group said.

Asian stocks rise ahead of US-China trade pact

Asian stock markets rose Monday as investors shrugged off weaker-than-expected American jobs data and looked ahead to the signing of a U.S.-Chinese...

Tiny Philippine volcano ejects smoke and ash, villagers flee

A tiny Philippine volcano that draws many tourists because of its picturesque setting amid a lake belched steam, ash and small rocks...

Israel foreign minister postpones Dubai visit over security concern

Israel’s foreign minister has postponed a visit to Dubai this month due to security concerns, diplomats said on Sunday, linking the decision...

Oman’s new ruler vows to uphold peaceful policy of Qaboos

Oman’s new ruler, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, vowed Saturday to uphold his predecessor Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s foreign policy approach,...

Taiwan president takes early lead in election closely watched by China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took an early lead on Saturday in vote counting for a presidential election that will be closely watched...

Death toll in Pakistan mosque suicide bombing rises to 15

The death toll from a bombing at a mosque in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta rose to 15 on Saturday, officials...

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