French ‘Spiderman’scales HK skyscraper, unfurls ‘peace’ banner | AFP

French ‘Spiderman’ Alain Robert begins scaling a skyscraper in Hong Kong amid rising political tensions and unfurls a banner showing a handshake alongside emblems of the city and China. The key Asian financial hub has been rocked by pro-democracy demonstrations for more than 10 weeks. IMAGES

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Awkwafina: Inclusiveness ‘can’t be a trend’

At the New York premiere of comedy drama “The Farewell,” actors Awkwafina and Tzi Ma and director Lulu Wang talk about Asian representation on the big screen. (July 9)

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Adorable baby elephant takes her first steps at Belgium zoo | AFP

Taking her first steps: An adorable baby Asian elephant is seen wobbling as she tries to stand just moments after being born. The new arrival is the fourth elephant to be born at the Pairi Daiza zoo in Belgium in six years. Elephant manager Rob Conachie says the zoo feels “very lucky”.

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Single use plastics | AFP Animé

Videographic on single-use plastic pollution. Tonnes of garbage sent to the Philippines years ago was shipped back to Canada on Friday after a festering diplomatic row, as Asian nations increasingly reject serving as dumping grounds for international trash.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Trying to blend in? Elephant casually strolls through city in China

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A young, wild male Asian elephant who became separated from his herd caused havoc by taking a detour through the city in southwestern China over the weekend. Local authorities managed to capture the peculiar scene using a drone.

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Xi Jinping arrives at Quirinal Palace in Rome

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Quirinal Palace in Rome meeting his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella. It kicks off a whistlestop European tour amid growing Western unease over Italy joining the ever-expanding Asian giant’s new Silk Road project. IMAGES of Xi Jinping arriving at the Quirinal Palace.

US, Asian military forces hold annual ‘Cobra Gold’ exercise

The US and Thailand hold the annual joint ‘Cobra Gold’, the largest US-led military exercises in Asia involving gruelling drills in the Thai jungle, war games, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise. This year’s 11-day exercise is the 38th edition which sees 4500 U.S. personnel participate directly in the exercise.