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Introduction

Globe centered on Asia, with Asia highlighted. The continent is shaped like a right-angle triangle, with Europe to the west, oceans to the south and east and Oceania to the south-east.

Asia (/ˈʒə, ˈʃə/ (About this soundlisten)) 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 border of Asia with Europe is a historical and cultural construct, as there is no clear physical and geographical separation between them. It is somewhat arbitrary and has moved since its first conception in classical antiquity. The division of Eurasia into two continents reflects East-West cultural, linguistic, and ethnic differences, some of which vary on a spectrum rather than with a sharp dividing line. The most commonly accepted boundaries place Asia to the east of the Suez Canal separating it from Africa; and to the east of the Turkish Straits, the Ural Mountains and Ural River, and to the south of the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian and Black Seas, separating it from Europe.

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25 November 2018 – Cannabis in South Korea
South Korea becomes the first East Asian country to legalize medical cannabis. (Sputnik News)
23 November 2018 –
Khadim Hussain Rizvi, chief of Pakistani political party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), together with his party leaders, is arrested after TLP's refusal to postpone their call for a public rally planned for 25 November at Liaqat Bagh, Rawalpindi. Pakistan's Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry clarifies that the action has no connection with the Asia Bibi case. (Dawn), (Pakistan Today)
18 November 2018 – APEC Papua New Guinea 2018
The APEC summit in Papua New Guinea ends without a communiqué for the first time in the forum's history. (Reuters)
7 November 2018 – Asia Bibi blasphemy case
Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, sentenced to death by hanging in 2010 and recently acquitted, is released from prison. Bibi has reportedly boarded a plane; however, its destination was not known. Several countries have offered her asylum. (BBC)
2 November 2018 – Blasphemy law in Pakistan
According to a pact between Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and two Federal & Provincial Religious Affairs Ministers of Pakistan, the name of Asia Bibi will be placed on the Exit Control List which would prevent her leaving the country. TLP has already filed a review petition against the verdict of Supreme Court of Pakistan in the Asia Bibi blasphemy case. (Dawn News) (The Guardian)
31 October 2018 – Blasphemy law in Pakistan
A Pakistani court overturns the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy. (BBC)

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