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There has been a dramatic increase in extreme weather events over the past twenty years. That’s according to the United Nations, which says the region hit hardest by these developments is Asia.

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We’re now less than two weeks away from the date when Hawaii will open the door to visitors a bit wider. As the state continues to refine the points of pre-travel testing, other destinations are finding some complications when it comes to visitors.

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The next U.S. presidential debate is scheduled for two weeks from tonight. In the Asia Pacific, many who watched the first one are still voicing their reactions.

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Airlines are making plans to increase their flights to Hawaii as pre-travel COVID testing begins next month. Many people are still hesitant to get on an airplane, but in parts of the Asia Pacific, a number of carriers are offering flights that don’t go anywhere.

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One of the most influential financial groups in the Asia Pacific warns that tens of millions of people in the region may be pushed below the poverty level by the coronavirus. The Asian Development Bank expects improvements next year, but prospects vary from country to country.

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The timing of a broad return of tourism to Hawaii remains a question mark.  Some airlines are betting that by next summer demand will increase for mainland routes to the islands. But airlines around the world are struggling—and some in the Asia Pacific are announcing new plans for survival.

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The Rim of the Pacific military exercises are underway this week and next week in the waters around Honolulu. The event known as RIMPAC is scaled back in size and scale from its original plans, but it’s also not the only military exercise going on in the Asia Pacific.

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It will be at least another month until Hawaii hosts any out of state visitors who don’t go through a two-week quarantine. In the Asia Pacific, some locations are slowly opening to visitors, but generally not from overseas.

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Sports fans are likely looking forward to a couple of dates later this month. Major League Baseball is scheduled to open its season in two weeks — while the National Basketball Association plans to get underway a week later.

But in Asia, sports are adding a component the U.S. won't have: fans in the stands.

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Many businesses are re-opening in the state and across the country, and they are all adjusting to change. That includes the auto industry in the Asia Pacific.

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Governor David Ige says he’s “having discussions” about international air travel to Hawaii — including what he calls “safe travel corridors.” Those are also called “travel bubbles” which has become a buzz phrase for a growing number of locations in the Asia Pacific.

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Any talk about lifting travel quarantines in Hawaii starts with neighbor island travel. But more work is planned before opening the gates to immediate entry to out of state visitors. Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific, a similar way of thinking is leading to consideration of what some are calling “travel bubbles.”

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Travel quarantines are getting more attention around the world. The two-week isolations help block the spread of the coronavirus, but they also bring their own challenges. Some of those have popped up this week in the Asia Pacific.

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Police across the islands are starting to crack down on people who are disobeying “stay at home” orders. On Oahu, police are moving from warnings to misdemeanor arrests. Across Asia, authorities are facing a slightly different challenge: dealing with those who break quarantine.

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Hawaii Governor David Ige has asked tourists to stay away from the islands for at least the next month. Elsewhere, travel restrictions are going into effect that are much more specific and strict. And that includes in the Asia Pacific.

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While the death toll continues to rise from the coronavirus, attention remains focused on efforts to contain it. One situation that’s drawing differing reactions in Asia: what to do about special events.

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While the conflict between the United States and Iran seems to have cooled in the last couple of days, tensions remain. And that is continuing to affect U.S. allies in the Asia Pacific.

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The new round of tension between the United States and Iran is affecting some U.S. allies in the Asia Pacific.

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Officials in the Trump Administration are still working on regulations that would cover the vaping industry. That’s also true in the Asia Pacific, where several countries are making adjustments to their policies.

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Electric scooters made a brief but memorable appearance in Honolulu about a year and a half ago — lasting for all of one week. The vehicles remain a point of controversy in many cities around the world, and over the last couple of weeks have been making news in the Asia Pacific.

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There’s a trend that’s taking place around the world — a growing number of households occupied by just one person. It’s a pattern that is becoming especially clear in Asia.

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Several construction and maintenance projects in Hawaii face delays because of President Trump’s diversion of government funding to build a wall at the southern border of the United States. More details have now emerged about other projects around the Asia Pacific that will also feel an impact.

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It’s been a volatile week on world stock markets. Investors have focused on slowdowns in China and Europe, but other economic developments are taking place in the Asia Pacific.

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As you kick off another work week today, how are you feeling about your work-life balance? According to a recent study, some of the lowest scores in the world are in Asia.

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President Trump has announced a new round of trade tariffs against China. The 10% charge on another 300-billion dollars of Chinese goods will go into effect next month. It’s another escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China, but what’s the impact on the rest of Asia?

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This week the International Monetary Fund again cut its outlook for world economic growth—blaming trade tensions as one reason. But there’s one part of the economy that’s showing surprising growth in Asia—and it’s related to media.

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One concern that Hawaii shares with other island nations is the sustainability of ocean fish. Overfishing is a concern in many areas of the Pacific, but last week eight economies agreed to set limits for one kind of fish.

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President Trump is spending Memorial Day in Japan. He spent part of the day visiting U.S. forces there — a reminder of how many U.S. servicemen and women are spending this Memorial Day in the Asia Pacific.

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How much cash do you carry? For many people, the answer to that question has changed over time. And in parts of Asia, it’s changing at different speeds.

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A new report out this week from the United Nations shows growing concern about air pollution. The problem is getting markedly worse in many areas — especially in parts of Asia.

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