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Lessons learned: A divided world will continue to struggle in 2022

Lessons learned: A divided world will continue to struggle in 2022

Bu Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: Although 2021 cannot be really described as “annus mirabilis” compared with 2020, a dramatic “annus horribilis”, I will always recall it as the year of renewed hope even though new tragedies have struck a world that has lamentably remained divided and lacking in general care. No matter how many books and […]

The charm of packing your travel bag into 2021

The charm of packing your travel bag into 2021

By Ashraf Aboul Yazid Dali President of Asia Journalist Association CAIRO: You are now traveling to 2021, and you have to prepare your travel bag, which will help you in the coming days. What will you put in it? I suggest that you take hope, for you will need it to resist difficult times. And […]

South Korea: Virus changes year-end holiday plans, but connection still possible

South Korea: Virus changes year-end holiday plans, but connection still possible

  SEOUL: Baek Soo-bin, 28, was all set to finally reunite with her friends for a year-end party after a series of canceled dinners and get-togethers amid toughened coronavirus social distancing rules. But instead of visiting a fancy bar or restaurant, Baek was at her home in Paju, north of Seoul, wearing pajamas with a […]

Asian leaders look to 2020 with more hope than worry

Asian leaders look to 2020 with more hope than worry

Manama: Leaders of six Asian countries have expressed optimism that 2020 will be more positive than 2019, pledging policies that would be about hope, stability and success. Indonesia President Jokowi: 2020 is the year of challenges and opportunities By Eddy Suprapto Jakarta: Indonesian President Joko Widodo thanked his people for being able to weather many […]

Leave the dark memories behind, get on with life

Leave the dark memories behind, get on with life

By Eddy Suprapto  Contributor to AsiaN Jakarta: 2020 has a double meaning in celebrating the transition of the New Year of Christ and the Chinese New Year. At least there are prayer, hope, and optimism that need to be built in 2020 to be more successful. We have left 2019, meaning that we have entered […]

Moon urges inter-Korean efforts to realize Kim Jong-un visit to South Korea

Moon urges inter-Korean efforts to realize Kim Jong-un visit to South Korea

Seoul: President Moon Jae-in proposed Tuesday that the two Koreas make concerted efforts to create the conditions for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to visit South Korea as agreed. In his New Year’s address, he also reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to pushing for the resumption of two major inter-Korean projects — the Kaesong industrial complex […]

Gulf countries welcome 2020 with extravagance and color

Gulf countries welcome 2020 with extravagance and color

By Habib Toumi Dubai: Gulf countries welcomed the New Year with extravagant light and firework displays and spectacular shows that lit up the skies and brought joy to millions of locals and expatriates. In the United Arab Emirates, 28 locations around the famed city of Dubai came alive with fireworks and light shows. The epicenter […]

Koreans greet new year with bell-ringing ceremonies nationwide

Koreans greet new year with bell-ringing ceremonies nationwide

Seoul: South Korea welcomed the new year with traditional bell-ringing ceremonies in Seoul and other cities nationwide at midnight Tuesday. The most attention-grabbing bell-ringing ceremony took place at Bosingak Belfry in Jongno, central Seoul, as several prominent celebrities rang the bell 33 times amid cheers from tens of thousands of citizens gathered to celebrate the […]

North Korea: economy, denuclearization, summit

North Korea: economy, denuclearization, summit

“I am ready to meet the U.S. president again anytime”     In the New Year speech, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un mentioned, “I am ready to meet the U.S. president again anytime, and will make efforts to obtain without fail results which can be welcomed by the international community.” On the other hand, U.S. […]

Turks Celebrate ‘Nevruz’ Festival

Turks Celebrate ‘Nevruz’ Festival

Nevruz, a traditional feast, which has been accepting the beginning the first day of the spring since thousands of year celebrated across Turkey, Middle East and Central Asian countries. As the people was celebrating the Nevruz also they jumped over from the fires which lit by them. <Photo: Gihan> news@theasian.asia

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