A cosmetics firm in Singapore is in hot water for a racist ad that begins with a man dumping his girlfriend for a lighter-skinned woman. So the distraught ex tries a skin-lightening cream, White Pearl — the subject of the advertisement — and turns lighter-skinned, wins her boyfriend back and even becomes a famous actress. The play completed a run in London earlier this year. In , a body lotion advertisement for the brand Dove came under fire for showing a black woman taking her shirt off to reveal a white woman. In , a Shanghai-based laundry detergent firm was slammed for a similarly offensive commercial — depicting a woman tossing a black man into the washing machine, transforming him into a fair-skinned Chinese man.
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This is a list of sovereign states and dependent territories in Asia. It includes fully recognized states , states with limited, but substantial, international recognition, de facto states with little or no international recognition, and dependencies of both Asian and non-Asian states. In particular, it lists 49 generally recognized sovereign states all of which are members of the United Nations , two states with substantial, but not general, international recognition of which one is a UN observer state , four largely unrecognized de facto states, and six dependent territories and other territories. The 49 generally recognized sovereign states listed herein include two countries that generally are classified as European or African nations but with portions of their territory being in Asia, while the two states with substantial, but not general, recognition are both fully encompassed in Asia. While most of Russia 's area is in Asia, it generally is classified as a European country because its capital Moscow and most of its population is in Europe.
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Extreme weather conditions could hurt businesses — but climate change isn't all to blame, said Russell Higginbotham, CEO at Swiss Re's reinsurance Asia arm and its regional president. The migration of people and resources to coastal areas — which bear the brunt of the effects of natural disasters — have made it harder to combat economic losses from climate change, he told CNBC Wednesday. It's a little bit more complicated than that," he said.
By Sam Wong. Female Asian elephants stop reproducing towards the end of their lives, putting them among a very small number of species that experience something akin to the menopause. Only humans, orcas, narwhals, beluga whales and short-finned pilot whales are known to exhibit what biologists call extended post-reproductive lifespan.