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Maldives' young democracy sliding back to its former autocratic past
With most opposition leaders in jail or exile, public protests tightly controlled and courts rendering verdicts decried for lack of due process, the Maldives has nearly slid back to where it was eight years ago: an autocratic state that quashes dissent.
 
Police in Myanmar seized more than US$30 million worth of heroin and methamphetamine, a senior investigator told AFP Sunday, a bust that highlights the country's continued role as a major global drugs manufacturer.
 
Sri Lanka's police Sunday re-introduced wartime road blocks and random checks on vehicles following a surge in gang-related shootings in the capital, a spokesman said.
 
Laos is the latest country to report a local transmission of Zika virus, according to the World Health Organization, as fears mount over the mosquito-borne illness that has been linked to birth defects.
 
A plane with nine passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing at Kathmandu airport Wednesday, an aviation official said, a week after two deadly crashes highlighted Nepal's dismal air safety record.
 
Famed for its intense floral tones, Cambodia's Kampot pepper has won protection from the European Union, joining an exclusive club of gourmet favorites including champagne, Cornish pasties, Gorgonzola cheese and Darjeeling tea.
 
Climbers turned back from Mount Everest by a deadly earthquake and avalanche last year will be able to attempt to scale the world's tallest peak again this year or next without paying new permit fees, Nepal said Tuesday.
 
Pakistan hangs ex-governor's killer, sparking tensions, fear of repercussions
Pakistan on Monday hanged the convicted killer of a former governor, shot in 2011 by his bodyguard who accused him of blasphemy, officials said.
 
Mongolia's livestock in danger after drought, harsh winter
The Mongolian herder gazed out of his felt tent at the half-eaten carcass of what was his riding horse, now lying in blood-stained snow and being devoured by hungry dogs.
 
Myanmar grassroots activists march to destroy poppies
Opium is a scourge to many of Myanmar's poor communities ravaged by drug addiction, but to the farmers who grow it, it is a living.
 
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