On This Day: 14 November 2005

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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Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Taiwan’s first official same-sex weddings kick off in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia as gay couples take the historic step of registering as married, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality. IMAGES of couples at wedding celebration. COMPLETES VID1348201_EN ATTN CLIENTS: HD EDIT TO FOLLOW

Daniel Wu’s unusual journey to movie stardom

Daniel Wu took an unconventional path to becoming a major movie star in Asia. The “Into The Badlands” star grew up in California and got his first commercial gig while finishing university in Hong Kong. (May 17)

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Taiwan votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. (May 17)

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Taiwan gay couples plan weddings ahead of marriage deadline

Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan are making preparations to get married on May 24 – the deadline set by Taiwan’s top court to allow same-sex couples to legally wed. However, the Taiwanese parliament is still debating the details of the proposed marriage bill, which nonetheless promises to be a new milestone for Asia.