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The European Union on Friday grappled with a dark new turn in its refugee crisis after Bulgarian border guards shot dead an Afghan migrant in the first such fatality in the months-long humanitarian drama.

Myanmar on Thursday signed a cease-fire with eight ethnic minority armies in a step towards ending decades of civil war, a move weakened by the refusal of several other rebel groups to join the deal.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi began her campaign in volatile Rakhine state Friday with a hundreds-strong security force, as she risks a rare brush with hostility in a region where Buddhist hardliners accuse her of sympathizing with maligned local Muslims.
Suu Kyi takes election bid to Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine


Just when Nepal was recovering from the devastating earthquake that killed thousands, flattened communities and chased away foreign tourists, protests by ethnic groups and severe fuel shortages are again keeping visitors away from the nation known for the world's highest peaks.
Unrest a new challenge for Nepal's quake-ravaged tourism industry


Cambodian activist Phymean Noun has been awarded the US$50,000 World's Children's Prize for helping children who live in garbage dumps in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

After years of crippling debt, Bangladeshi villager Rawshan Ara decided to follow in her family's footsteps -- and sell a kidney on the black market to raise cash.

Myanmar election authorities on Tuesday suggested postponing landmark November polls, a spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party said, throwing doubt over the timing of the first credible elections in generations.

Nepal's new prime minister took the oath of office Monday and appointed the leaders of groups that are protesting the new constitution as his deputies.

Opposition candidates for one of Myanmar's smallest constituencies are being blocked from visiting the remote island chain, a party spokesman said Sunday, just weeks ahead of elections billed as the country's freest in decades.
Myanmar opposition says blocked from campaigning in an island seat


Nepal's parliament Sunday chose communist leader KP Sharma Oli as prime minister, tasked with unifying the quake-hit country after a new constitution triggered deadly protests, a border blockade and a nationwide fuel shortage.
Communist leader Oli is chosen as new Nepalese prime minister


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.

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.

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.

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

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