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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