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Aung San Suu Kyi's party moved Thursday to make her a special state advisor, as she cements control over Myanmar's first civilian government in decades from a position that could be akin to a prime minister.
 
Htin Kyaw is sworn in as Myanmar's president
Htin Kyaw, a trusted friend of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, took over as Myanmar's president Wednesday, taking a momentous step in the country's long-drawn transition toward democracy after more than a half-century of direct and indirect military rule.
 
A rare public protest in Mongolia's capital on Wednesday drew thousands of demonstrators who criticized foreign mining concessions and demanded action to prop up the tottering economy.
 
Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar's president
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar -- Htin Kyaw, a trusted friend of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, took over as Myanmar's president Wednesday, taking a momentous step in the country's long-drawn transition toward democracy after more than a half-century of direct and indirect military rule.
 
Myanmar's outgoing government on Tuesday lifted a state of emergency in conflict-hit Rakhine, a parting gesture that coincides with turbulent relations between Aung San Suu Kyi's new administration and the western state's powerful Buddhist political party.
 
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar -- Htin Kyaw, a trusted friend of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, took over as Myanmar's president Wednesday, taking a momentous step in the country's long-drawn transition toward democracy after more than a half-century of direct and indirect military rule.
 
Bangladesh court rejects scrapping Islam as state religion
Bangladesh's high court on Monday rejected a petition by secular activists to scrap Islam as the state religion in the wake of nationwide protests by hard-line Islamist groups.
 
A U.S. soldier shot and killed an Afghan boy on Monday near an American airfield close to the capital Kabul, a senior Afghan police officer said.
 
In Cambodia, zeal for rubber displaces indigenous
For generations, the indigenous Bunong were famous as the elephant keepers and masters of the forests in eastern Cambodia. They called the fertile, rolling hills of their ancestral homeland "meh ne," or mother. From its rich red soil, they harvested rice, pumpkins and bananas.
 
Myanmar's powerful army chief vowed Sunday to keep the nation "on the path to democracy," days before Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government takes office after decades of army rule.
 
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