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Visitors walk along the ground-level pathway at the newly expanded Benjakitti Park in central Bangkok, where trees and wetlands now thrive on the site of a former cigarette factory.
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Big, smoggy Bangkok gets a badly needed breath of fresh air
In the heart of a megacity, an industrial site has been turned into an oasis for residents, as well as birds, bats and mosquito-eating dragonflies.
Projections consistently show that low-lying Bangkok risks being inundated by the ocean before the end of the century.
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Projections consistently show that low-lying Bangkok risks being inundated by the ocean before the end of the century.
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May 7, 2024
In China, ruled by men, women quietly find a powerful voice
Women in Shanghai gather to reclaim their identities as the country’s leader calls for China to adopt a “childbearing culture.”
Jalian Mangampo (right) does homework while her younger brother Sherwin browses his phone at their house in Manila on Sunday.
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May 3, 2024
Kids study in overheated slum as Philippines shuts schools
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Quake warning app demand surges in earthquake-rattled Taiwan
Official earthquake apps' patchiness and the demand for better alerts have boosted the popularity of privately-developed quake warning apps.
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May 1, 2024
Nepalis challenge TikTok ban after losing earnings, fans and a voice
The lives of owners of popular accounts were transformed by the platform, which had about 2.2 million users in the country.

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