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Sri Lanka runs out of fuel as dollar crisis worsens

Many commuters were seen using their own motorcycles and small cars Wednesday after bus operators warned of drastically scaled back schedules

Desperate Afghans resort to selling their kidneys to feed families

The practice has become so widespread in the western city of Herat that a nearby settlement is bleakly nicknamed "one kidney village"

Bananas to fish scales: Fashion’s hunt for eco-materials

Bananatex uses leaves from banana trees in the Philippines to make bags, T-shirts and a line of shoes for H&M that sold out within two hours

Thai fishing crews fear five-year recovery after oil spill

Resorts and seafood restaurants say the spill is a "nail in the coffin" for their businesses in the midst of the pandemic

‘COVID-19 pushed 148 million Asians into poverty,’ says Oxfam

The region’s billionaires, however, grew their wealth by US$1.46 trillion, leading to a staggering rise in inequality

Pandemic pushes 26.14 million Filipinos to live below poverty threshold

About 26.14 million Filipinos live below the poverty threshold, estimated at US$242, during the first half of 2021

Asia’s informal workers risk losing out in green economy push, officials...

The rate of informal employment across the region is on average 68% of the workforce

‘Dark future’: The distress of Afghan women who can no longer...

The United Nations predicts half of Afghanistan's population could run out of food during the long, cold winter

Hopes high as tourists touch down for Thailand re-opening

The pandemic hammered the kingdom's tourism-reliant economy, which last year saw its worst performance since the 1997 Asian financial crisis

Thailand prepares to welcome back tourists after devastating shutdown

The kingdom is expecting the return of at least a million visitors by March and to generate about US$30 billion in revenue through 2022

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