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Ethnic ministry 'vital' for peace: Myanmar leader
Myanmar's new president-elect told lawmakers Monday that plans to create a new ethnic affairs ministry were "vital" as he put efforts to heal relations with minorities at the heart of policy in a nation torn by civil wars and sectarian conflict.
 
Myanmar president to include Aung San Suu Kyi in his Cabinet
NAYPYITAW, Myanma -- Myanmar's president-elect on Tuesday proposed an 18-member Cabinet that will include party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the former dissident who for decades had campaigned for a democratically elected government to replace the country's military junta.
 
Bangladesh on Monday banned boats from sailing through a key southwestern river after a ship loaded with coal capsized, threatening the sanctuaries of rare dolphins in the world's largest mangrove forest.
 
Voters in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan headed to the polling stations Sunday for an election intended to confirm the ruling party's solid grip over parliament.
 
The Bangladesh finance minister has accused central bank officials of being complicit in an audacious US$81 million theft from an overseas account, in an interview with a leading Bengali newspaper published Friday.
 
Hundreds of thousands of farm animals have perished in a slow-moving natural disaster in Mongolia and the international aid response has been insufficient, the Red Cross said Friday.
 
Eight Hindu cow rights activists drank pesticide as part of a protest in India calling for the animals to be given greater protection, with one protester dying of his injuries, police said.
 
Conflict-plagued Myanmar plans ethnic ministry
Myanmar's incoming government announced plans Thursday to create a ministry for ethnic affairs, marking the importance it places on relations with minorities in a country scarred by festering civil wars and sectarian tensions.
 
A Cambodian student plans to appeal an 18-month jail sentence he received for making a reference on his Facebook page to a "color revolution" in the country, his lawyer said Wednesday.
 
Historic vote gives Myanmar 1st civilian president in decades
Myanmar got its first civilian president in decades on Tuesday after lawmakers elected a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is expected to hold the real reins of power in the formerly junta-run nation.
 
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