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Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of EurAsia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-EurAsia with both Europe and Africa. Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometres (17,212,000 sq mi), about 30% of Earth's total land area and 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations. Asia is notable for not only its overall large size and population, but also dense and large settlements, as well as vast barely populated regions. Its 4.5 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population.


In general terms, Asia is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Indian Ocean and on the north by the Arctic Ocean. The western boundary with Europe is a historical and cultural construct, as there is no clear physical and geographical separation between them. The most commonly accepted boundaries place Asia to the east of the Suez Canal, the Ural River, and the Ural Mountains, and south of the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian and Black Seas.


China and India alternated in being the largest economies in the world from 1 to 1800 CE. China was a major economic power and attracted many to the east, and for many the legendary wealth and prosperity of the ancient culture of India personified Asia, attracting European commerce, exploration and colonialism. The accidental discovery of America by Columbus in search for India demonstrates this deep fascination. The Silk Road became the main East-West trading route in the Asian hinterlands while the Straits of Malacca stood as a major sea route. Asia has exhibited economic dynamism (particularly East Asia) as well as robust population growth during the 20th century, but overall population growth has since fallen. Asia was the birthplace of most of the world's mainstream religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism (or Daoism), Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastranism, as well as many other religions.


Given its size and diversity, the concept of Asia—a name dating back to classical antiquity—may actually have more to do with human geography than physical geography. Asia varies greatly across and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems. It also has a mix of many different climates ranging from the equatorial south via the hot desert in the Middle East, temperate areas in the east and the continental centre to vast subarctic and polar areas in Siberia.

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The winner of the title of Best Tall Building Asia & AustralAsia will compete against the top ranking buildings in the other areas for the honour of "2018 Best Tall Building Worldwide", due to be proclaimed and presented with the award in Chicago on May 31 at the conclusion of the first annual Tall + ... Australia
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Asia and the Middle East for the week ended 13 April 2018. Short supply ... Short supply and robust demand is driving Asia and Middle East polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle grade prices higher, according to market sources on Friday.

The number of customer advisors working in the Asian region has risen markedly over the past year. The Swiss banking fraternity however is facing a challenging environment there, as finews.Asia shows. The ten largest banks operating in the Asian growth market last year increased the number ...
MSCI's broad index of shares in Asia Pacific excluding Japan was down 0.69 percent at 3:03 p.m. HK/SIN. Despite that, U.S. stock index futures were trading higher during Asia hours, but had pared some of the steeper gains seen earlier in the day. As of 12:04 p.m. HK/SIN, the implied open for Dow ... China
"Hong Kong was originally the first choice for the Asia bureau," said Wu'er Kaixi, an emeritus member of the group's board, and a student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen protests who escaped from China via Hong Kong. "But today China doesn't just suppress its own people, it is now increasingly ... Taiwan
Nevertheless, taken collectively, people like Agatha are costing the company dearly, threatening to spoil the momentum of its market debut and highlighting its rocky path to profitability in Asia. In this region, limited disposable incomes along with rampant content and software piracy - a problem that ...
TAG Aviation Asia (TAA) has opened a newtraining facility in Hong Kong. Its modern design and advanced training aids aim to provide quality simulator training to every customer and participant trainee. TAA is also the first business aircraft management company in the region to offer training services that ...
“Our aircraft today has staff from 16 countries speaking 11 languages.” This announcement on the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai echoed the pluralism I encountered giving lectures to a postgraduate workshop in the University of Malaya on how Europe has developed as a region compared to Asia.
Jason Wu, Michelle Obama's favorite designer, wants to expand in Asia. 5 Hours Ago. Fashion designer Jason Wu talks designing dresses for Michelle Obama, robots taking over the fashion industry, and the clothing trends of today. Watch CNBC Live TV ...
TOKYO -- The company that will be created through the merger of a pair of budget carriers under the wings of ANA Holdings will compete for primacy in Asia's crowded low-cost aviation market, the parent's president says. "We'll aim to become a leading low-cost carrier in Asia," Shinya Katanozaka said ...
Digital innovation across borders is another opportunity Asia can seize, said Mr Tharman, who suggested Asia connect its economies digitally and link its smart cities. Asean, which Singapore is chairing this year, is developing a network of smart cities. India, too, has its mission to build 100 smart cities.
Asia should maintain growth in 2018 but at a slower pace, says expert. 8 Hours Ago. Frederic Neumann, HSBC co-head of Asian Economics Research, discusses the impact U.S. tariffs and Fed rates could have on Asian markets. Watch CNBC Live TV ...
Asian stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, with several regional markets giving up early gains after recent trade fears waned in the last session. In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 slipped after closing higher in the past two sessions. The index closed down 0.49 percent, or 107.22 points, at 21,687.10. Financials, oil ...

NEW DELHI • Indian police say a 16-day-old baby boy, believed to have been snatched by a monkey, has been found drowned in a well. Police said the infant was sleeping under a mosquito net at his home in the eastern state of Odisha last Friday when his mother saw him being taken away by a rhesus ...
Since his appointment in December 2016, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has focused on rekindling regional ties in Central Asia, which had long been neglected by his predecessor Islam Karimov. Mirziyoyev's first official trip as president was to Turkmenistan, the most isolated of the five Central Asian ...
Australia's recent excoriation of Russia shows it still views the relationship as expendable and “severely underestimates” the Kremlin's increasing projection of power into the Asia-Pacific region, a close observer of Russian foreign policy has warned. Curtin University's Alexey Muraviev said Australia's ...
Counterfeiting has reached an alarming level, causing huge revenue losses to governments across Southeast Asia, says Piotr Stryszowski, senior economist of public governance and territorial development directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Stryszowski ...
No region in the world has more women in positions of power and influence in finance than Asia. finews.asia explains why and names the region's top twelve female bankers. Banking in Asia is firmly male territory – not least due to the casino-like trading mentality still prevalent in many pockets of the region.
The weaker investor sentiment in Asia came after major U.S. stock indexes moved into correction territory in the overnight session. On Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 1.9 percent. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 sank 2.23 percent — re-entering correction territory and closing below its 200-day ...
A lot of things are happening behind the scene in the cryptocurrency industry. As of right now, it seems a fair few companies are relocating from Asia. Given the mixed regulatory landscape in that part of the world, such changes are not uncommon. Even so, it seems Europe is quickly becoming a prominent ...
Over the last five decades or so, Asia's economies have relied largely on an export-oriented development model to support rapid economic transformation and growth. But with US President Donald Trump fulfilling his promise to adopt a more protectionist approach to trade – an effort that could spur ...
Asia Pacific stocks were poised for a muted open on Monday, with several markets remaining closed for the Easter holiday. Meanwhile, new tariffs imposed on U.S. goods by China were likely to be in focus. Stocks in the region looked set for a subdued start on the first trading day of the quarter, with Nikkei ...
Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., waits to speak during a meeting of the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Sen. Warren says chaos in the Trump administration is harming its ability to formulate coherent policy toward North Korea's nuclear program and other important issues in Asia.
Sorry to break the news, President Trump, but Asia is way ahead of you in holding back from intervention. In 2017, remember, the Bank of Korea stood back as the won rallied 13% against the dollar. And Seoul is not alone. Chinese and Indian officials tolerated 6% gains by the yuan and rupee, and the ...
NEW DELHI • Ten people died after a car crashed into a dilapidated building in central India, causing it to collapse, and bury the victims under the rubble, police said yesterday. The accident in Indore last Saturday was the latest building disaster in a country notorious for poor construction and safety ...
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says chaos in the Trump administration is harming its ability to formulate coherent policy toward North Korea's nuclear program and other important issues in Asia. Vacancies in the foreign service are undermining Washington's ability to advance U.S interests, Warren told ...
Otherwise, data-driven political campaigning has become commonplace in the West, and here in Asia. In the United States and Britain, millions of dollars have been spent in recent elections on data-driven digital campaigning. Barack Obama and wife, Michelle, celebrate winning the 2012 US presidential ...
MACAU -- Bubbling with fountains of champagne and tabletop fields of sushi and caviar, Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Awards boasted the glitz of a red-carpet Hollywood opening and the suspense of a potboiler novel. Often referred to as the Academy Awards of Asian cuisine, there was no mishap here over ...
The Asian Development Bank's March regular survey of nine domestic bond markets, with insights from the last quarter of 2017 through February, alerted the region to higher long-term government yields and private financial stability concerns around global central bank liquidity retreat and economic growth ...
The Asia Society aims to create a new Tokyo facility, slated to open later this year, where experts and policymakers can come together to discuss domestic and international affairs, including North Korea's security threats and trade, an issue crucial to the region, an executive of the nonprofit organization said ...
Though the U.S. still attracts the largest number of migrants, Asia has gained prominence as a destination. Puskar arrived in Japan in 2004. After attending a language school, he earned a degree in international management, hoping to start a company. While working part-time at a beef-bowl eatery, Puskar ...
Markets in Asia traded higher on Friday for the last trading day of the quarter, following a rally in U.S. stocks overnight. Trading volume is set to be thin as many markets in the region, including Australia, Singapore, India and Indonesia, are closed for the Good Friday public holiday. Japan released economic ...
Four tiny heads sculpted about 500 years B.C. were just the start of Sam and Myrna Myers' Asian art collection. The American couple, who moved to Paris in the 1960s, acquired more than 5,000 pieces, about 450 of which are on display in From the Lands of Asia, which runs through Aug. 19 at the Kimbell ...
Evangelists Rudy and Rose French have been visiting Old New Hope Baptist Church in Fairview for the last six years, sharing with the congregation stories and photographs of their missionary travels in Southeast Asia. Eighty-plus-year-old Ethel Russell, who attended Old New Hope Baptist before ...
Chinese central bank to tighten regulation on cryptocurrencies (China). The People's Bank of China (PBOC) will launch a clampdown on all types of digital currencies, said one of its vice governors in a statement released yesterday. The PBOC started researching and developing its own virtual currency in ...
Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Beijing this week after the North Korean leader traveled by train for his first foreign trip since succeeding his late father in 2011. Their talks appeared to be a way for both leaders to strengthen their positions before Kim's anticipated summits in the coming ...
While all the stock markets in Asia together do not reach the size of the US equity market, some of them are quite large. Using data provided by the World Federation of Exchanges for year-end 2016 domestic market capitalization (reported in millions of US dollars), China's equity markets, at $7,311,460 ...
TAIPEI • A Taiwanese author whose novel is nominated for the renowned Man Booker International Prize said he will protest to the awards organiser for changing his nationality to "Taiwan, China". Mr Wu Ming-yi's The Stolen Bicycle is among the 13 books longlisted for the prestigious award. AGENCE ...
On March 29, this year's iteration of the annual U.S.-led Pacific Partnership, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission in the Asia-Pacific, moved to Southeast Asia beginning with Indonesia. The ongoing exercise has once again put the spotlight on the ...
SEOUL • South Korea has summoned Tokyo's ambassador to protest against new educational guidelines requiring high school students to be taught that disputed islands belong to Japan. Seoul has controlled the islets in the Sea of Japan, also known as East Sea, since 1945, when Tokyo's brutal colonial ...
Now in their second year, the AHEAD Asia 2018 awards were presented in a ceremony at the Andaz hotel in Singapore earlier this month, celebrating the best in hospitality design from across the continent. In this movie, which Dezeen filmed in Singapore for AHEAD, the judges claim that design was just ...
Last week, Binance, easily the biggest digital currency trading platform with a $1.4 billion daily trading volume, moved out of Asia and relocated to Malta, a country within the European Union. In its official statement, the Binance team and its CEO Changpeng Zhao, better known to the community simple as ...
Russia seems unconcerned about China's economic dominance of Central Asia or regional leaders' embrace of Beijing. Moscow knows it can do little about China's presence. Russia's stagnant economy limits its ability to compete with China. And Russia's growing economic and diplomatic dependence on ...
Transgender artists have been giving a colourful makeover to the red-light district of Sonagachi in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). The picture above shows a mural painted on a building which houses a co-operative of sex workers. Said to be Asia's largest red-light district, Sonagachi, a warren of narrow ...
The Trump administration seems set on pursuing a destructive protectionist path. But, rather than retaliate, Asian economies should use the threat of broader US tariffs as an opportunity to revamp their development models, thereby boosting their own prosperity and resilience, not to mention their positions ...
That cut short a rally seen in Europe and Asia's Tuesday session linked to an apparent easing in trade-related tensions. In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.34 percent, or 286.01 points, to close at 21,031.31, paring steeper losses of more than 2 percent seen earlier. The broader Topix was down 1.02 percent, ...


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