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Myanmar census shows population 9 mil. fewer than previous estimates
Myanmar's first census in three decades shows the country has a population of 51 million people, authorities said Saturday, around nine million fewer than an earlier estimate.
 

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday withdrew from a U.N.-supervised audit of the fraud-tainted election, tipping the country deeper into crisis less than a week before the scheduled inauguration.
Abdullah rejects Afghan election audit

 

Thousands of people on Tuesday came together in Ankara to form the world's largest portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish republic who remains its number one national hero.
Turks claim record for 'world's largest Ataturk portrait'

 

Police in the global gambling hub of Macau have arrested five people involved with an informal poll to measure support for direct elections of the Chinese-controlled city's leader.
Macau police arrest 5 over informal democracy poll

 

Tens of thousands of people holding colored boards gathered in Nepal's capital on Saturday in an attempt to break the record for the largest human national flag.
Thousands gather in Nepal to hail new record for largest human flag

 

Turkish director Erol Mintas won the “Heart of Sarajevo” prize on Saturday for the best picture at the 20th Sarajevo film festival.
 

Divers stand on the edge of a small wooden fishing boat gazing at the murky, choppy waters below. After receiving blessings from Buddhist monks, they lower their masks and plunge one-by-one into the mighty Yangon River, clinging to garden hoses that will act as primitive breathing devices during their dizzying descent into darkness.
Spirits, prayers mark hunt for Myanmar's lost bell

 

Fiji's navy said Wednesday it was confident an online video claiming to show fishermen being shot dead at sea did not involve its citizens, amid speculation the apparent victims were Somali pirates.
 

The head of Hong Kong's Law Society resigned Tuesday following a no-confidence vote after he backed a Chinese government policy document which many lawyers saw as a threat to the rule of law and judicial independence in the city.
 

The U.N. on Monday warned that widespread criminal activity in Myanmar was undermining stability and development, as it hailed a new partnership with the government to tackle “significant” crime and drug problems in the impoverished country.
 
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