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Police in Myanmar have rejected a lawsuit by monks who suffered phosphorus burns at the hands of officers when they protested against a controversial copper mine in 2012, a lawyer said Tuesday.
 

Every morning Su Wai Phyo wakes before dawn to do something that was until recently banned in Myanmar: study politics.
Myanmar's students seize new political freedom

 

The roof from what was once the home of Headmistress Melizabeth Uhi and her staff is now folded over branches high in the trees that border her school. She's now living with two other staff members in the only classroom that's still habitable. And she's running low on the rice she had before Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu a week ago, upending her life.
After cyclone, Vanuatu revives, rebuilds

 

An Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob was buried in Kabul on Sunday, her coffin carried aloft by women's rights activists.
Afghanistan buries woman killed by mob

 

Shiite militia in Yemen seized the airport in a key central city on Sunday as deteriorating security prompted the United States to evacuate personnel and the U.N. Security Council to call an emergency session.
Shiite militia seize airport in Yemen city

 

Sri Lanka's new government Sunday conferred the highest military rank of field marshal on retired army chief Sarath Fonseka, who had been jailed for alleged treason by the previous regime.
 

Michelle Obama called on schoolgirls to stay in school to push for equality and hold their leaders accountable on Saturday during the first trip by a sitting U.S. president's wife to Cambodia.
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Mrs. Obama urges Cambodia girls stand up to authority

 

Puruchuco, an ancient Incan complex, sits at the fast-moving edge of Lima's real estate boom, forcing authorities in the Peruvian capital to get creative as they seek to preserve the archeological treasure.
 

Nepal has cleared more than 300 mountaineers to climb Mount Everest after they had to abandon last year's efforts when an ice avalanche killed 16 guides in the mountain's deadliest disaster, an official said Friday.
 

The death toll from Cyclone Pam which devastated Vanuatu rose to 13 Friday, the U.N. said, as concerns mount about supplies of fresh water across the ravaged Pacific nation.
 

A court in southern Nepal has sentenced a man to 35 years in prison for the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, officials said Wednesday, in a case that sparked outrage in the Himalayan nation.
 

Relief workers rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water Wednesday to survivors living on Vanuatu's outer islands after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes of the South Pacific nation's landscape.
Relief groups rush aid to Vanuatu's cyclone-stricken islands

 

A New Zealand bar manager and his two Myanmar colleagues were jailed for two and a half years with hard labor by a Yangon court Tuesday for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.
Myanmar jails New Zealander over Buddha 'insult'

 

Vanuatu's president pleaded with the world Monday to help the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation rebuild its "completely destroyed" infrastructure as aid agencies warned conditions were among the most challenging they have faced with fears of disease rife.
 
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