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After a life turned upside down by conflict, Htan Wang craves peace and security in her Kachin homeland more than any democratic dividend promised by next month's Myanmar election.

Malaysia's premier has urged Indonesia to act against those responsible for raging fires that have blanketed Southeast Asia in smog for weeks, as Malaysian schools closed again Monday over health concerns.
Malaysian PM urges Indonesia to act on smoke-belching fires


Medical charity Doctors Without Borders said Sunday it has withdrawn staff from the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz, a day after an apparent U.S. bombing raid on its hospital which the U.N. said could amount to a war crime.

Malaysian authorities on Sunday ordered most of the country's schools shut for two days because of possible health risks posed by the thick haze from Indonesian forest fires.

Health-conscious Jakartans are on a shopping spree this weekend.

An Australian mosque reportedly visited by a 15-year-old boy before he shot dead a civilian police employee in an "act of terrorism" has been raided, police said Sunday.

Myanmar's government will sign a long-negotiated cease-fire on Oct. 15 but with only eight rebel forces, officials said Sunday, as several major insurgent groups declined to ink an agreement that excludes some factions.

The moment they saw the city water tanker stop in their neighborhood, Mohammed and Nayla rushed toward it. That day, the water was free -- a rare event in Karachi, where organized gangs siphon it off to sell to thirsty residents.
The 'water mafias' that suck Karachi dry


With lights flashing and sirens blaring, volunteer ambulance driver Myint Hein weaves through traffic-choked Yangon, a lifeline in Myanmar where health care was crippled by decades of chronic underfunding during junta rule.
From ambulances to funerals, volunteers prop up Myanmar health care system


A suspected U.S. airstrike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday killed 16 Doctors Without Borders staff, in a bombardment the charity said continued for more than 30 minutes after Washington was informed.
16 killed in apparent US strike on hospital


India's unofficial blockade of Nepal has put a crunch on this Himalayan nation, with cars lining up for miles around gasoline stations, schools shutting down, vegetables in short supply and taxis charging four times the normal fare.

A Cambodian opposition senator was denied bail and went on trial Friday over comments he posted on Facebook criticizing a 36-year-old border agreement with Vietnam.
Cambodian opposition senator on trial over Facebook post


As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030.
India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge


The forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, NASA has warned, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb a crisis that has persisted for nearly two decades.
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