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Fugitives from the escalating violence gripping northern Myanmar on Tuesday described fleeing airstrikes and gun battles between the army and ethnic rebels, as the country's president vowed “not to lose an inch” of territory.
 

East Timor Monday inaugurated a new prime minister at the head of a unity government, as it seeks to hand power to the next generation of leaders more than a decade after gaining independence.
East Timor swears in new PM, unity gov't

 

Escalating clashes between Myanmar's army and ethnic Kokang fighters killed dozens of rebels over the weekend, including eight who died in custody, state-backed media reported Monday as some 2,000 people fled the violence.
 

Twelve-year-old Rakib Mia was on his way to scavenge for his family when a petrol bomb exploded on the floor of his bus in Bangladesh, turning him into a human fireball.
'Slow burn' of Bangladesh turmoil ongoing

 

Myanmar troops fighting ethnic rebels near the Chinese border have recovered the bodies of 13 insurgents and captured eight others following heavy government losses this week, state media reported Sunday.
 

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi addressed a crowd of thousands Friday in the biggest celebrations honoring her independence hero father in memory, underscoring her legacy months before leading the opposition to momentous elections.
As polls loom, Myanmar's Suu Kyi honors father

 

Sri Lanka's foreign minister expressed optimism Thursday of winning a delay in the publication of a U.N. report into alleged war crimes committed in the island nation's civil war.
 

East Timor's president accepted the resignation of independence hero Xanana Gusmao as prime minister on Monday, paving the way for a major government overhaul and a new chapter in the nation's short history.
East Timor PM's resignation accepted

 

Attackers in Bangladesh threw crude fire bombs at a packed bus and a moving truck in two separate incidents, killing at least nine people and injuring 30 others, police said Saturday.
 

East Timor resistance hero Xanana Gusmao has submitted his resignation as prime minister, the government said Friday, after more than a decade leading the half-island nation during the fraught early years of its independence.
East Timor's former resistance hero PM tenders resignation

 

Sri Lanka has failed to heal its deep ethnic divide since the end of the nation's civil war five years ago, the president acknowledged Wednesday in a major speech calling for national reconciliation.
Sri Lankan leader calls for unity despite ethnic divide in speech

 

Bangladesh police Wednesday charged opposition leader Khaleda Zia with “instigating” a deadly bus firebombing as four more people were killed — allegedly by security forces — amid spiraling political unrest.
 

Anti-government protesters firebombed a bus full of sleeping passengers in eastern Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing seven in spiraling political unrest aimed at toppling Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
 

A top U.S. diplomat promised Monday that Washington would be a friend and partner of Colombo as she made the first visit by a senior American official since the toppling of Sri Lanka's long-time strongman.
 
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