Hong Kong is headed into its sixteenth consecutive weekend of anti-government protests, as police warned the level of violence is escalating potentially beyond control, as the force faced renewed allegations of brutality. Source link
Political activist Gloria Steinem was in high school when the Korean War started. Now 85, she is urging politicians to bring it to an end. Source link
Indonesia is set to pass a highly controversial new penal code that would criminalize consensual sex outside of marriage and effectively outlaw same-sex relations, in a move human rights groups have criticized as a violation of basic freedoms. Source...
As smog from Indonesia's sprawling forest fires chokes neighboring Malaysia, authorities there have distributed 2 million face masks to students in affected areas, state news agency Bernama reported Thursday. Source link
Dozens of people have been arrested over suspected involvement in massive forest fires in Indonesia, where thousands of hectares of ecologically rich land have been burned, engulfing the region in a thick toxic haze. Source link
A beloved giant panda on loan to Thailand has died suddenly in a northern Thai zoo, prompting an investigation by Chinese experts. Source link

Lunar New Year Fast Facts

Read CNN's Fast Facts about the Lunar New Year, which is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Source link
Indonesia's parliament has raised the minimum age at which women can marry to 19, in a ruling which is expected to curb child marriage in the country. Source link
China's economic slowdown keeps getting worse. That could give the country incentive to repair its trading relationship with the United States and take more steps to stimulate its economy. Source link
Seven-strong boy band BTS are back, just a month after they announced they were taking "an official and extended period of rest and relaxation." Source link

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