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Today's news: In Russia more than 400 protesters arrested for taking to the streets in the wake of Naval'nyj's death; A survey reveals that nearly 70 per cent of Japan's 108 tsunami-prone coastal municipalities would be unprepared for the disaster; The police forcibly keep protesting farmers out of New Delhi; Thaksin Shinawatra returned to freedom; After Cop28 the United Arab Emirates set a record for non-oil exports.


The slow response to the earthquake left at least 30 victims trapped in the cold, waiting to be rescued. Furthermore, a government report reveals that many Japanese municipalities, not just those affected by the earthquake, lack emergency supplies for pregnant women and newborns.

| 08/02/2024
| JAPAN

Archbishop Paglia made the announcement in Bengaluru at the Plenary Assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (Latin rite). Meanwhile, Tsai Ing-wen, the outgoing president of Taiwan (a leading semiconductor manufacturer) wrote to Pope Francis, saying that her country is “working intelligently to develop AI technology” while “always keep[ing] humanity foremost in mind.”

| 03/02/2024
| ASIA

More than 14,000 people are still displaced struggling without running water in the cold of the West Coast winter. Local parishes are involved in helping, starting with a support centre that opened on 20 January in Kanazawa.

| 01/02/2024
| JAPAN

The number is even more significant given Japan’s demographic winter, and growing labour shortages. Topping the list are workers from Vietnam with 518,364, or 25.3 per cent of the total.

 

| 29/01/2024
| JAPAN

Today's news: China tries to push Iran to curb Houthi attacks in the Red Sea; Under threat of going underwater within the next 25 years, elections are held in Tuvalu;Taiwan initiates compulsory conscription extended to one year in response to the Chinese threat; The earth continues to shake on the border between Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China; The precision landing of its space lander on the Moon boosts the ambitions of Japan's space programme.

| 26/01/2024
| ASIA TODAY

Today's news: India won't withdraw troops from the Maldives, after archipelago's president seeks relations with Beijing; Seoul court approves seizure of funds from a Japanese company to compensate for wartime labour exploitation; Israel denies the attack on the UN shelter in Gaza that also drew a rebuke from Washington; Fuel runs out in Laos.

| 25/01/2024
| ASIA TODAY
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