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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.
 
Bangladesh bank chief quits amid US$101 mil. hacking uproar
The head of Bangladesh's central bank resigned Tuesday after hackers managed to divert US$101 million from the country's account with the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.
 
Bus blast kills at least 16 in NW Pakistan
At least 16 people were killed and more than two dozen wounded when a bomb blew up inside a bus in Peshawar, the main city of Pakistan's insurgency-wracked northwest, officials said, with the toll feared to rise.
 
Communist-ruled Laos must deepen reforms to maintain its rapid expansion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief said Tuesday at the end of a rare visit to one of the world's fastest growing economies.
 
Htin Kyaw wins historic president vote in Myanmar parliament
Myanmar's parliament elected Htin Kyaw as Myanmar's new president Tuesday, a watershed moment that ushers the longtime opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi into government.
 
Palestinian teacher wins US$1 mil. Global Teacher Prize, plans to create scholarships
A Palestinian primary school teacher who grew up in a refugee camp and educates her students about non-violence won a US$1 million prize for teaching excellence on Sunday, beating out 8,000 other applicants from around the world.
 
Sri Lanka deployed troops on Monday to guard electrical installations as authorities investigated whether sabotage was behind the island's worst blackout in 20 years.
 
Myanmar's parliament votes Tuesday to pick the country's next president from a group of three final candidates, including a front-runner who is a longtime confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
 
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