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High in the hills of Myanmar's Chin state, Shwe Mana plays a gentle song on a bamboo flute using only her nostrils — one of the last of her tribe to preserve this ancient skill. A dark, intricate web of tattoos covers her face, harking back to a time, it is said, when women disfigured themselves to dampen the lust of lowland marauders.
Ethnic traditions vanish as Myanmar opens up

 

Garment workers pressing for higher wages joined opposition activists in protests in the Cambodian capital on Thursday, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Hun Sen.
 

A former Tajik government minister turned opposition leader has been convicted on an array of criminal charges and sentenced to 26 years in prison.
 

Nepal's Maoists agreed Tuesday to join the country's constituent assembly, ending a monthlong political deadlock and raising hopes of long-awaited political stability in the Himalayan nation.
 

Bangladesh security forces have arrested 37 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals after raiding an illegal Internet telephone operation they were allegedly running in an upscale Dhaka neighborhood, an official said Monday.
 

Bangladesh police Sunday laid the first charges over the nation's deadliest-ever garment factory fire 13 months ago, accusing the owners and 11 others of an offence punishable by life imprisonment.
 

Opium production in Myanmar soared this year to its highest level in over a decade, the U.N. said Wednesday, with poor poppy farmers increasingly reliant on the crop in unrest-hit borderlands.
Myanmar opium production at 10-year high: UN

 

Bangladesh's ruling party is set to win most of the seats in an upcoming election even before votes are cast, nomination figures showed Sunday, in a further blow to the credibility of the boycott-hit polls.
 

An Islamist political party has vowed to deepen the role of Islam in Bangladesh to avenge the execution of a party leader who was hanged for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.
 

Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the execution of an Islamist war criminal, rejecting his request for a review of the death sentence, in a case that has heightened political tension less than a month before elections are due.
 
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