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The United Nations said on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Taliban and other insurgents.

Tens of thousands of people huddled Wednesday in monasteries and other makeshift evacuation centers in remote areas of Myanmar cut off by deadly floods, as rescuers struggled to deliver desperately needed aid.

The head of the Taliban's Qatar-based political office has stepped down, a statement said, a high-profile resignation within leadership ranks highlighting growing discord over the movement's recent power transition.

Rescuers raced Monday to help tens of thousands stranded by rooftop-high floods in Myanmar, as the U.N. warned that swollen rivers threaten more areas and large swathes of Asia were hit by deadly monsoon rains.
Myanmar rescuers race to flood zones


U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria likely have killed hundreds of civilians, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The coalition had no immediate comment.

The road blocks and military checkpoints are gone, and the restrictions on foreign tourists and journalists visiting the area have been lifted.

Nepal's proposed new constitution has sparked fury from women who say their citizenship, property and other rights are being curtailed by the document designed to draw a line under centuries of inequality.

Rescue workers in Myanmar raced on Monday to help tens of thousands of people in remote areas enduring roof-top high floods, as the death toll climbed to at least 46.
Myanmar rescuers race to flood zones, 46 dead


The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar after days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the U.N. warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours brought misery to thousands across the region.
UN warns Myanmar flood toll to increase as rains lash region


The Afghan Taliban issued a written statement Sunday purportedly quoting Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of the notoriously brutal Haqqani insurgent group, in an effort to quell rumors of his death.
Afghan Taliban issues statement quoting Haqqani


Jubilant crowds celebrated Saturday as Bangladesh and India swapped tiny pockets of land, ending one of the world's most intractable border disputes that has kept thousands in limbo for nearly seven decades.
Crowds cheer land swap between India, Bangladesh


The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released Saturday, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader.

Masked gunmen opened fire at an election rally headlined by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in Sri Lanka's capital Friday, killing a woman and wounding 12 other ruling party activists, police said.

At least 16 people have died and dozens more are missing after landslides triggered by heavy rains swept away two villages in quake-hit Nepal on Thursday.
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