A last look back at Asia this year

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The Bangkok Post

2022 could not have come fast enough. For many in Thailand and no doubt the rest of the world, new hope based on increased vaccination rates against Covid-19 was overwhelmed by the spread of the Omicron variant at year-end. Thailand’s travel and tourism sector continues to be particularly hard hit as entry and quarantine rules continue to change. In a last farewell to 2021 and our annual look back at Asia’s winners and losers, we find even the good news was bad. WORST YEAR: AFGHAN WOMEN The chaotic US withdrawal in August brought to an end an era of advancements in Afghanistan, and hunger and …

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