The power of dams | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating the role played by the world’s dams in renewable energy. AFP is today publishing a package on the crisis facing Asia’s great rivers looking at how climate change, pollution, geopolitics, and chronic water mismanagement threaten the future of the waterways and the billions that rely on them. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Asia’s first LGBT-focused streaming service tackles taboos | AFP

A rom-com about a lesbian flight attendant and a romance in a gay spa are among the shows featured on Asia’s first LGBT-focused streaming service, which is pushing boundaries in an often highly conservative region.

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‘Ring of fire’ eclipse wows across Asia | AFP

Skywatchers from Saudi Arabia and Oman to India and Singapore were treated to a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse. Annular eclipses occur when the Moon is not close enough to the Earth to completely obscure the Sun, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible. de la progression de l’éclipse et des spectateursN°1NB249N°1NB3Y5

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Chinese, S.Korean and Japanese leaders kick off summit in Chengdu | AFP

China hosts the leaders of squabbling neighbours South Korea and Japan on Tuesday, flexing its diplomatic muscle with America’s two key military allies in Asia and seeking regional unity on how to deal with a belligerent North Korea. IMAGES

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Migrants face freezing conditions at Bosnia camp | AFP

Several hundred migrants from Asia and Africa continue to live without heating and in freezing conditions at a makeshift camp in north-western Bosnia, close to the European Union border, despite calls for it to be closed. Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights and a Bosnian herself, says the camp is “a shame for Bosnia” and that if the camp is not closed, people will start dying.

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Pope Francis arrives at Tokyo-Haneda Airport | AFP

Pope Francis lands in Japan for a visit that will take him to Nagasaki and Hiroshima to warn of the dangers of nuclear weapons and pray for peace. He is on the second and final leg of an Asia tour that began in Thailand, where he warned of the pitfalls of modern technology and promoted religious tolerance, including by meeting the country’s senior Buddhist leadership. IMAGES

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Pope Francis holds a mass at Assumption Cathedral | AFP

Pope Francis leads a mass for young Catholics at Bangkok’s 109-year-old Cathedral of the Assumption on the last day of his visit to Thailand. He heads to Japan on Saturday for the second and final leg of his Asia tour, which will include visits to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, both devastated by atomic bombs by the US during World War II.

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Pope Francis begins Asia tour in Bangkok

Pope Francis had a busy schedule Thursday on his first full day of activities of his weeklong Asia tour, including meetings with Thailand’s prime minister and the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism. (Nov. 21)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger promoted California business in Asia. (Nov. 14)

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Romania, Hungary recruit in Asia to fill labour shortage | AFP

Sporting yellow helmets, some 30 men are busy on a construction site south of Bucharest, exchanging a few words in Vietnamese. Faced with a growing labour shortage, which threatens their economies, Romania and Hungary alike are courting Asian workers, belying Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration rhetoric.

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Taiwan revels in first pride since legalising gay marriage | AFP

Nearly two hundred thousand revellers march through Taipei in a riot of rainbow colours and celebration as Taiwan holds its first pride parade since making history in Asia by legalising gay marriage.

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Underwater hockey to debut at Southeast Asia mini-Olympics | AFP

Swimmers wearing snorkels and gripping short, curved sticks dive to the bottom of a pool in Malaysia and charge at a puck as they compete in an energetic game of underwater hockey. Invented in the 1950s in Britain — where it is known as “Octopush” — to help divers keep fit during the winter months, the game has gained a small but dedicated following from Europe to Asia.

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Underwater hockey to make waves at Southeast Asian Games | AFP

Swimmers wearing snorkels and gripping short curved sticks dive to the bottom of a pool in Malaysia, and charge at a puck as they compete in an energetic game of underwater hockey. Invented in the 1950s in Britain — where it is known as “Octopush” — to help divers keep fit during the winter months, the game has gained a small but dedicated following from Europe to Asia.

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The Bollywood dream factory in Mumbai’s slums | AFP

In a windowless attic in Dharavi in Mumbai, one of Asia’s biggest slums, some are looking to become a Bollywood star — or at least get a bit part. It is in this studio, accessible via a narrow ladder and rope, that larger-than-life Baburao Ladsaheb offers what a hand-painted sign calls “Five Star Acting Dancing Fighting Classes”.

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra kicks off world tour in US | AFP

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra holds a rehearsal ahead of its debut in Washington, performing a piece by Chinese composer Qigang Chen as well as Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. The concert on Wednesday kicked off a three-week world tour held to mark the 140th anniversary of the orchestra – Asia’s oldest – which will take them to cities such as Chicago, Amsterdam and London.

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Heavy flooding across Bangladesh as monsoon rains pound south Asia | AFP

Children have been swept away by floodwaters and others killed in landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains across south Asia. In flood-prone Bangladesh, which is criss-crossed by rivers, around one-third of the country is underwater.

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Here’s the latest for Monday July 1st: Trump back at White House after Asia trip; Plane crash kills 10 at airport near Dallas; Massive bomb in Afghanistan; Protests in Hong Kong.

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Vietnam’s first homegrown car to be delivered in days | AFP

Vietnam’s first homegrown carmaker VinFast will deliver its first cars on June 17, the company say as it officially opened its factory in the country, one of Asia’s fastest growing economies that is eagerly seeking to expand its high-tech manufacturing sector.

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Rugby injuries | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating common rugby injuries. To mark 100 days before the 2019 World Cup in Japan. With just 100 days to go until rugby’s showcase kicks off in Asia for the first time, organisers are confident everything is in place for what could be the most open World Cup yet.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Land of the rising scrum: Japan packs down for World Cup | AFP

Japan’s southern port city of Fukuoka is pulling out all the stops for the Rugby World Cup. With just 100 days to go until rugby’s showcase kicks off in Asia for the first time, organisers are confident everything is in place for what could be the most open World Cup yet.

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Chinese take to the seas in annual dragon boat races

People in China and several other parts of Asia are competing in annual dragon boat races, a tradition with roots dating back more than 2,000 years.

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How a Brit got Asia to fall for Macau’s Portuguese egg tarts | AFP

With their flaky pastry casing, creamy custard filling and brulee topping, Macau’s Portuguese egg tarts are as much of a part of the Chinese enclave’s fabric as its casinos — but their origin is surprisingly British.

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Migrants dreaming of US brave Panamanian jungle odyssey | AFP

Migrants from Haiti, Cuba, Africa and Asia brave the dangers of the Darien jungle to reach the Panamian village of La Penita, a temporary stop on their hellish journey to reach the United States.

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