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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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China’s animal trade to spawn more viral outbreaks: experts

The animal-borne SARS virus 17 years ago was supposed to be a wake-up call about consuming wildlife as food, but scientists say...

Residents fear aftershocks more than cold after Turkey quake

A dozen people bundled up in colourful blankets crouched around a makeshift fire in eastern Turkey. It is an icy night in...

‘Sesame Street’ comforts children displaced by Syrian war

“Sesame Street” in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to substance abuse. Now its latest effort is trying to...

India honours 2 Brazilian women with Padma Shri

(PTI) On the eve of the Republic Day which will have Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as chief guest, India on Saturday honoured two...

Vivo to launch iQOO premium phone in Feb in India

(IANS) Chinese handset maker Vivo is set to introduce a premium smartphone under the iQOO sub-brand in India next month.

Death toll from eastern Turkey earthquake climbs to 21

The death toll from a strong earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey climbed to 21 Saturday, with more than 1,000 people injured, emergency...

Global brands urge Cambodia to reform labor amid EU sanction threat

Global clothing and shoe brands, including Adidas, PUMA and Levi Strauss have written again to Cambodia’s longtime leader saying the country’s record...

Malaysian rights group sues Singapore minister over ‘fake news’ directive

A Malaysian rights group filed a suit in a domestic court against a Singapore minister on Friday, seeking to challenge his order...

No Mickey Mouse parade as Shanghai Disney shuts to prevent spread of virus

Walt Disney Co’s Shanghai Disney Resort will be closed from Saturday to help prevent the spread of a flu-like virus that broke...

N Korea names sharp-tongued army figure as foreign minister

North Korea has named a sharp-tongued former army officer with little foreign policy experience as its top diplomat, in a possible indication...

China seals off more cities as virus toll climbs

China sealed off millions more people near the epicentre of a virus outbreak on Friday, shutting down public transport in an eighth...

Indian Women in Science – The Unsung Heroines

"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity."- Mae Jemison, Astronaut & Physicist Science...

Arrested Hong Kong protesters stuck in limbo as cases grind forward

Derek Tai was arrested outside Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building last June, early in the city’s anti-government protests, which have seen millions...

Downtown Tokyo’s homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics

Shelters made of cardboard start popping up in the basement of Tokyo’s Shinjuku train station right before the shutters come down at...

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