Asia: Takeaways

October 14
State of Palestine emergency

Tajik Authorities Called Out For Enforced Disappearances, Transnational Repression

Khanty-Mansiisk Governor Denounced for Saying ‘We Didn’t Need’ Ukraine War
Where Does the ICC Palestine Investigation Stand?
US Treasury inks cybersecurity agreement with United Arab Emirates
China, Turkmenistan pledge enhanced energy cooperation
After presidential poll, Maldives hard hit by economic realities
Chinese-invested airport in Cambodia’s tourist hub expected to boost tourism, economy

Maldives: Environmental Protection Laws Bypassed
‘We don’t wear that in this country’: Man punches Sikh teen in turban on NYC bus in suspected hate crime
UK announces further assistance for Rohingya people in Bangladesh

1991 October 18: Azerbaijan Independence Day
Protesters attempt to storm Israeli embassy in Amman for second time in 24 hours
Thousands protest in Jordan’s Amman outside Israeli embassy
Yazidi genocide immortalized in memorial in Shingal
Human rights violations in Xinjiang: joint statement at the UN Third Committee

Takeaways from Russia’s Regional and Municipal Elections
Kyrgyzstan: Billions spent on preventing revolutions, says security services chief
Of dragons, data and clouds: Bhutan’s journey into carbon markets, technology, and a resilient future
Mongolia’s critical role in the global energy transition
What’s Driving the France-Mongolia Rapprochement?
Russia’s Lavrov hails deeper ties in N Korea visit
East Anglia church to host Cardinal from East Timor

Israel-Palestine conflict leaves Africa divided
Residents leave as tension grows at Israel-Lebanon border
Thousands of Jordanians rally in Amman in support of Hamas
China’s Xi offers to help Sri Lanka; buy more of its exports
The Hazaras in Afghanistan: Time to Call It Genocide
Travis King, soldier who crossed border into North Korea, charged with desertion
Reject Tibet name change, leader of Tibet’s government-in-exile says

Estonia celebrates the Finno-Ugric Peoples’ Day

1953 October 22: Laos Independence Day
Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza, Lebanon
Mohamed Muizzu: The Maldives’ new president wants India out
U.S., South Korea and Japan conduct aerial drill amid North Korean nuclear threats
Philippines and China trade blame over South China Sea collision

Israel-Palestine: Gaza death toll passes 5,000 with no ceasefire in sight
More than 19,000 displaced in Lebanon as Israel border clashes escalate: UN
Israel bombards Gaza, strikes targets in Lebanon
Stronger Baghdad hampers Kurdish dream of independence
China Increasing Its Military Presence In Tajikistan
Helpless Against China’s ‘Salami-Slicing’, India’s Neighbor Bhutan Makes Boundary Pact With The Dragon
Foxconn: Taiwan-based iPhone-maker investigated by China
Uyghur in ‘critical condition’ after jailed on return to Xinjiang
Recent Surge in Tensions in the South China Sea
A classical espionage novel with shades of Le Carré, The Idealist explores the tumultuous path to East Timorese independence

Indigenous people of Siberia join Ukraine in fight against Putin’s imperialistic regime
Tajikistan to Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Healthcare Services with World Bank Support
US Republican state senator Jeff Wilson arrested over carrying gun into Hong Kong, barred from leaving city
South Korea intercepts boat carrying North Korean defectors
Tibetan Sikyong (President) meets US leaders in Washington
NCTO urges action on Uyghur loopholes
Yesterday’s crisis: Australia cuts aid to Rohingya refugees

Turkmenistan to supply 9 Bcm/year of gas to Iraq under diversification drive
CPJ calls on Kyrgyzstan parliament to reject Russian-style ‘foreign agents’ bill
Global Gateway Forum: EU boosts employment in Tajikistan with €30 million in budget support
Hong Kong slashes property stamp tax to revive economy
Hong Kong to introduce own national security law in 2024
“What happens in the South China Sea matters globally”: UK Indo-Pacific minister to tell maritime conference in Vietnam 

2014 October 26: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement begins
Qatar sentences 8 Indians to death on charges of spying for Israel
Kurdistan CT says Turkish drone killed nine PKK members in Kurdistan Region
The 22nd meeting of SCO member states’ council of heads of government is held in Bishkek
The First International Forum on Higher Education in Mongolia

UAE will not host next year’s COP29 climate talks, official says
US strikes Iran-linked targets in Syria
Central Asia: New trade deals signed on sidelines of BRI forum
Pakistan, India trade fire across Kashmir border
Cross-border shelling shatters fragile peace after ceasefire revival in Jammu and Kashmir
China nudges Mongolia to join Eurasian security bloc
Water Wars: Two Collisions Near Second Thomas Shoal as Territorial Dispute Escalates
Ethnic rebels launch attacks across northern Myanmar

Turkmenistan, EU Explore Energy Collaboration Expansion

1923 October 29: Turkey Republic Day
Why more Southeast Asian artists and entrepreneurs are working with indigenous communities
Second Khalistan vote to be held in B.C. as Sikh diaspora members seek independent state in India
Sikh independence vote takes place in B.C. amid Canada-India tensions
Sikh independence vote in Surrey sees steady voter turnout amid Canada-India tensions
EuroTrough chosen for China’s latest CSP in Tibet

Israel announces that it cannot guarantee the safety of journalists in the Gaza Strip
SCO Council meeting in Bishkek: Outcomes and implications
Kazakhstan And ArcelorMittal’s Toxic Relationship Ends In Worst-Ever Mining Tragedy
ArcelorMittal agrees to transfer its Kazakhstan operations to government
MRG urges UN members to address indigenous peoples’ situation in Bangladesh
Industry Minister makes historic visit to Mongolia to boost UK critical minerals supply chains
Stopping US imports from Xinjiang: So far so good?

Our people have been forced to fight for Putin in Ukraine. Now we want to reclaim our identity
Jordan fears the crossfire if Gaza war pulls Iran into wider conflict
Pentagon: 27 Attacks Target US Forces in Iraq, Syria
Ambitious China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Project Faces Major Funding Challenges
Macron pursues nuclear deals in Russia’s back yard
Hate crime charges filed after 66-year-old Sikh man is killed
From India and Taiwan to Tibet, the living assist the dead in their passage
China to develop Xinjiang free trade zone despite Western sanctions
Chinese embassy in France compares Gaza with Xinjiang
Myanmar seeking to repatriate Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh

1984 November 1: Anti-Sikh Riots
Gaza Conflict Dominates Kuwait National Assembly as it Opens New Term
Jordan recalls envoy in Israel over Gaza bombardment
‘They will kill me’: Hazaras being deported by Pakistan to Afghanistan fear renewed persecution
China Sends 43 Planes and 7 Ships Near Taiwan
Taiwan’s presidential rivals seek a deal in bid for power
China is getting away with cultural genocide in Tibet
How an Australian couple’s mid-life crisis led to the first buffalo dairy farm in Laos

Bahrain recalls envoy to Israel, suspends economic ties amid Gaza assault
India thrash Sri Lanka to book Cricket World Cup semifinal spot
World Sindhi Congress expresses solidarity with Sindhis in Pakistan
Kashmir: Rohingya refugee women lured by trafficking gangs

Moscow’s War On Indigenous Siberian Cinema May Have Long-Reaching Implications
Tory MP Bob Stewart who told activist ‘go back to Bahrain’ found guilty of racial abuse
India will collaborate with Sri Lanka on debt treatment: Nirmala Sitharaman
Father Of Sindhi Classical Music: Remembering Bhagat Kanwar Ram
Singapore public health services hit by DDoS attacks
Myanmar ethnic minorities claim gains in junta offensive

Oman calls for international court to investigate ‘war crimes’ by Israel in Gaza
Israel’s Military and Hezbollah Exchange Fire Along Tense Lebanon-Israel Border
Pakistan: Insurgents kill 14 soldiers in Balochistan
Japan, Philippines Boost Alliance to Counter China, Analysts Say
Japan PM Kishida: cooperating with Philippines, US to protect South China Sea

Indigenous Peoples Statement In The 5th ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue
Kuwait Petroleum will borrow to close $45 bln gap in 5-year spending plan
Yazidi girl in Turkey placed under state protection following public outcry
India, Bhutan agree on new initiatives to bolster trade, connectivity
Hong Kong kicks off Asia’s first gay games despite opposition
China urges Tibetan students to denounce Dalai Lama
China urges Myanmar to cooperate on border stability amid fighting

Avoid religion, oppose Dalai Lama, China tells Tibet’s Ngari schools
The 2023 Earthshot Prize winners unveiled at star-studded awards ceremony in Singapore
‘Cheaper than beer’: Laos meth prices plummet as Myanmar chaos fuels trade
Myanmar junta facing biggest challenge yet after new offensive by armed groups, analysts say

Russia detains man in Buryatia for allegedly trying to convince soldiers to defect to Ukraine
Iraqi government, oil companies discuss fate of Kurdish oil exports
A Step Toward Healing: Yazidi Genocide Memorial Opens in Solagh, Sinjar, Iraq
As Iran tries to revive Tajikistan ties, Saudis pledge financial support
U.S. counters China’s Belt and Road with announcement of $553m investment in Sri Lanka port
Laos is spiraling toward a debt crisis as China looms large

1953 November 9: Cambodia Independence Day
Mossad, CIA chiefs meet Qatar PM in Doha on Gaza hostage deal -source
Gaza War: Expected Socio-Economic Impacts on the State of Palestine
No oil exports from Kurdistan before overdue payments solved -DNO
Putin, Toqaev Discuss Bilateral Cooperation In Astana
Forced Uyghur labor undergirds Xinjiang’s export boom
Armed rebellion risks break-up of Myanmar: junta-backed president

Readout of US President Joe Biden’s Call with Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq Al Said
Kurdistan’s Oil Industry Standoff Intensifies
Russia’s central Asian neighbour holds key to Moscow’s gas export hurdles
China denies accusations of forced assimilation, curbs on religious freedom in Tibet
Economic empowerment heals trauma wounds in Timor-Leste

What makes Mongolia the world’s most ‘socially connected’ place? Maybe it’s #yurtlife

Readout of US President Biden’s Call with Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar
Nepal Is Investigating New Airport Made by China
Hmong New Year celebrated at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds

1839 November 13: Baloch Martyrs’ Day
BP and Spotify bought carbon credits at risk of link to forced Uyghur labour in China
Walking the Line of Justice and Stability: East Timor and ASEAN
Betrayal and dirty dealings at East Timor’s new dawn

The Lethal War On Journalists And Journalism Must End
Israel Gaza: Hospitals caught on front line of war
How social media is breathing new life into Bhutan’s unwritten local languages
Nepal to ban TikTok, alleges damaging social impact
Archbishop of Beijing visits Diocese of Hong Kong
South Korea fears Hamas-style attack from the North

1988 November 15: Palestinian Declaration of Independence
Russia Jails Buryat Activist 7 Years in Absentia for ‘War Fakes’
Ban of Sakha Films Signals Uncertain Future for Russia’s Regional Movie Industries
Fleeing Russian Persecution, Yakutian Anti-War Punk Now Awaits Deportation in Kazakh Jail
Far East Region Struggles to Meet Kremlin’s Military Recruitment Quotas, Leaked Video Shows
The Soviets Conducted Dozens of ‘Peaceful’ Nuclear Explosions. Their Radioactive Contamination Lingers On.
Chinese troops will not replace Indians, Maldives leader says
Dust, hail and bank loans: the Mongolian herders facing life without grass
Taiwan’s opposition parties join forces for crucial presidential poll
Taiwan’s Participation at APEC Forum Offers Rare Chance to Break China’s Bonds
Cambodia accused of forced evictions at Angkor Wat Unesco site

Activists targeted by Uzbekistan face ‘torture’ if deported from Kazakhstan
Bangladesh: UN Rights Review Amid Violent Crackdown
Xi told Biden Taiwan is biggest, most dangerous issue in bilateral ties
China’s New ‘White Paper’ on Tibet: Ominous Silence Amid Barrage of Party Language
Singapore to pilot use of wholesale central bank digital currencies in 2024
China becomes Laos’ top investor
Myanmar junta’s war against rebels displaces millions: UN
Myanmar’s military junta appears to be in terminal decline
About 250 Rohingya refugees reach Indonesia’s west on decrepit boat

Asian indigenous peoples seek greater participation, respect in climate fight
What’s Israel’s next target after Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital?
Death By Starvation Or Execution: Hazara Shia Refugees Dread Forced Deportation
5 militants killed in Kashmir gunfight, claim regional police
Vietnam ramps up South China Sea island expansion, researchers say
What Do US Indo-Pacific Allies Think of the Biden-Xi Summit?
Xi says China, Brunei should jointly safeguard peace, stability in South China Sea

1650 November 18: National Day of Oman
1943 November 22: Lebanese Independence Day
November 29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
1967 November 30: Yemen Independence Day
1971 December 2: United Arab Emirates National Day
December 3, 1st Sunday of December: Sindhi Culture Day
1948 December 10: Human Rights Day
1971 December 16: Bahrain National Day
1991 December 16: Kazakhstan Independence Day
1907 December 17: National Day of Bhutan
1928 December 17: Kurdistan Flag Day
2010 December 17: Arab Spring
December 18: International Migrants Day
1878 December 18: Qatar National Day