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Nepal is one of the biggest social safety spenders against the size of the economy in South Asia.

Myanmar on Wednesday announced Nov. 8 as the date for a historic general election set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition in a quarter of a century.

A Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh is serving food to hundreds of poor Muslims during Ramadan, in a rare example of social harmony between the religions in the South Asian nation.
Bangladeshi Buddhist monks feeding fasting Muslims in Ramadan


Mongolia's biggest political party has called on the prime minister to expel its key partner from a governing coalition forged last year, potentially throwing the resource-rich country's politics into renewed turmoil after months of relative stability.

Tupou VI was formally crowned King of Tonga on Saturday before thousands of people including heads of state and dignitaries from around the world, capping a week steeped in traditional rites.
Tongan king crowned in traditional ceremony in presence of world leaders, diplomats


The number of caesarean births has almost doubled in the last eight years in Bangladesh largely due to lack of accountability of profit-hungry private health care providers and absence of proper rules and regulations.

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse announced Wednesday he will lead an opposition faction at upcoming general elections, months after being defeated at presidential polls following a decade in power.

Shunned, destitute and pushed into prostitution in some cases, Sri Lanka's Tamil widows have returned to northern Jaffna since the end of the separatist war only to discover they are not welcome even in their homeland.
War widows pin hopes on Sri Lanka leader


Myanmar's parliament Thursday dealt a body blow to Aung San Suu Kyi's hopes of amending a junta-era constitution that bars her from the presidency before landmark elections, voting down a bill to end the military's effective veto on charter change.

Lawmakers in Vietnam voted Thursday to build a controversial new US$16 billion airport near Ho Chi Minh City, as the country vies to become one of the world's busiest aviation hubs.

International donors led by India and China pledged around US$3 billion to rebuild quake-devastated Nepal on Thursday, as the country's premier vowed "zero tolerance" of corruption and said all aid money would go to victims.

Thousands of Cambodians lined the streets of Phnom Penh Friday to mark the lavish funeral of Chea Sim, a former Khmer Rouge official who became a key figure in the country's ruling political party.
Funeral held for former Khmer honcho


Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a top Islamist party leader for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

Nepal reopened its temple-filled Durbar Squares to the public on Monday despite warnings over safety, seeking to woo back tourists after a deadly earthquake that left much of the country's cultural heritage in ruins.
Worries as quake-hit Nepal reopens heritage sites

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