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Rockets, mud and phalluses: all in a day's praying for the farmers of Laos
In central Laos dozens of loud explosions pockmark the sky as men dressed in female clothing wielding large wooden phalluses dance, while others lubricated by the local rice whiskey simply roll in the mud.
 
Democracy helps fulfill late teen's last wish
Dying from soldiers' bullets, the young protester told her father not to lay her soul to rest until democracy reigned in her homeland, Myanmar. It has taken 28 years, but it is done.
 
Nepal honors 9 Sherpas who paved way for Everest climbers
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Nepal celebrated Everest Day on Sunday by honoring nine Sherpa guides who fixed ropes and dug the route to the summit so hundreds of climbers could scale the world's highest mountain this month, following two years of disasters.
 
The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau said Friday it had torched an illegal fishing boat in a stark warning for poachers to stay away from its prized maritime sanctuary.
 
Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death
The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor.
 
A landslide in Myanmar's northern jade mining region has killed at least 12 people and many more are missing, officials said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident to hit the shadowy but lucrative industry.
 
Cambodia may be suffering the worst drought for half a century but a ritual involving royal oxen on Tuesday nevertheless predicted a bountiful harvest this year.
 
An Indian climber has died while being helped down Mount Everest, just a couple of days after a Dutch and an Australian died near the peak. Two other Indian climbers are missing, and experts say some of the tragedy may have been avoidable.
 
People in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan have voted overwhelmingly to approve changes to the Constitution allowing the longtime authoritarian president to rule indefinitely, election officials said Monday.
 
Thousands homeless in Bangladesh after a cyclone & heavy rain
Thousands of Bangladeshis were left homeless on Sunday after Cyclone Roanu battered the impoverished southern coastal region, ripping apart flimsy houses and killing at least 24 people.
 
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