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Asia Week (July 11-17): Seven highlights you can’t miss

An artist applies finishing touches to a painting of Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui, after he was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan, outside an art school in Mumbai, India, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

By: Shilpa Sharma

As nations and people across the world are busy fighting the coronavirus pandemic, you might have missed some of the key developments that took place in Asia this week.


Asian Times brings to you seven major highlights of this week to keep you updated:

1. Pulitzer-winning photo journalist killed in Afghanistan

Pulitzer Prize winner Danish Siddiqui, whose photographs of mass cremations and cemeteries in India during the second wave of Covid-19 were published by various media outlets worldwide, died on Friday (16) while reporting in Afghanistan’s Kandahar.

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2. South Africa violence: Indians picked cricket bats in self defence

Charred remains of cars on a street in violence-ravaged South Africa. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Shameen Thakur-Rajbanshi, the chief of South Africa’s Minority Front (MF), which has a major support in the country’s Indian community, said that the “Indian community is devastated” by the riots.

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3. US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form new quad group

Representational image (iStock)

The US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform to enhance regional connectivity, the Biden administration said.

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4. Afghan forces clash with Taliban to retake Pakistan border crossing

Paramedics treat men injured during fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters, at a hospital in Chaman, a Pakistani town in the border with Afghanistan, on July 16, 2021. (Photo by ASGHAR ACHAKZAI/AFP via Getty Images)


Afghan forces clashed on Friday (16) with Taliban fighters in Spin Boldak after launching an operation to retake the key border crossing with Pakistan, as regional capitals stepped up efforts to get the warring sides talking.

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5. WhatsApp blocks over 2 million Indian user accounts

(Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)


Messenger service provider WhatsApp blocked over two million accounts in India during May-June for violating rules.

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6. Nine Chinese nationals among 12 killed in Pakistan bus blast

Soldiers move an injured Chinese national after a bus fell into a ravine following a blast, at a military hospital in Gilgit, on July 14, 2021. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)


Nine Chinese nationals were among 12 people killed on Wednesday (14) in a bomb attack on a bus in the northwestern part of Pakistan, government and police officials said.

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7. Exodus in Dhaka as government lifts lockdown for festival

Crowds of people gather on ferries as they travel back home ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ in Dhaka. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)


A large number of people fled the Bangladesh capital on Thursday (15) after authorities lifted a coronavirus lockdown despite soaring infections and deaths.

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