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Myanmar president pardons 83 political prisoners: official
Myanmar President Htin Kyaw pardoned 83 political prisoners on the country's traditional New Year Sunday, a spokesman from his office said, as the fledgling civilian-led administration seeks to cast off the shackles of nearly half a century of military rule.
 
Nepal's female climbers blaze their way to the highest peaks
When a deadly avalanche hit Mount Everest a year ago, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, one of the few Nepali women with expertise in climbing the world's highest peaks, headed straight there to help.
 
Bangladesh police on Saturday arrested a magazine editor over an alleged plot to kill the prime
 
Will and Kate end India trip with historic Taj Mahal visit
Prince William and his wife Kate will wrap up their trip to India and Bhutan Saturday with a visit to the Taj Mahal that carries poignant echoes for Britain's royal family.
 
Leading human rights groups on Friday accused Nepal's new prime minister of attempting to intimidate officials from a national watchdog, after it criticized Kathmandu's handling of recent violence-hit protests.
 
Strong quake hits Myanmar, but no death reports: official
A strong earthquake that struck Myanmar damaged at least nine Buddhist pagodas and was felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh, but an official said Thursday there were no reports of serious damage or injuries in the Southeast Asian country.
 
Twelve people, including three children, were killed after their light plane crashed in a remote part of Papua New Guinea, police said on Thursday.
 
A strong earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday night and was felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
 
Only 24 of nearly 700 clothing factories inspected in Bangladesh meet international safety standards, a group of major brands said Wednesday, three years after a deadly building collapse exposed the hazardous state of the nation's workplaces.
 
An outspoken Cambodian opposition lawmaker faces up to five years in prison after he was charged Tuesday with inciting revolt by criticizing government border maps, as Premier Hun Sen threatened to "handcuff" anyone who raises the issue.
 
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