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Myanmar plans to make left-hand drive cars compulsory, state media reported Sunday, causing concern in a country where the vast majority of vehicles remain right-hand drive despite cars driving on the right.

Nepal Sunday adopted a new constitution aimed at bolstering its transformation to a peaceful democracy after decades of autocratic rule and a long civil war, even as protests raged over its terms.
Violent protests break out after Nepal adopts  controversial charter


Nepal's parliament passed a new national constitution on Wednesday, weeks after political leaders reached a historic agreement to create a federal state following an earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people.
Nepal's parliament passes new constitution


A Saudi Arabian diplomat accused of repeatedly raping and abusing two Nepalese maids has left India under cover of diplomatic immunity, while Nepal on Thursday called for justice for the women.

With an eye on Nov. 8 polls, Myanmar's president has ticked off a list of accomplishments during his five-year term -- noting with apparent pride a number of anti-Muslim policies that he hopes will help him win re-election.
Myanmar leader seeks to capitalize on anti-Islam sentiment


The illicit timber trade between Myanmar and mainland China is rebounding to near its peak of a decade ago as loggers push deeper into Myanmar to strip its forests, according to a report released Thursday by an environmental group.

The Department of Information and Media (DoIM) in Kuensel is currently conducting a survey to determine what civil servants think about the ban on social media in government agencies.

A set of small explosions at two churches and a police station led Nepal to step up security Wednesday, amid parliamentary voting on a new constitution that has sparked weeks of protests that have left more than 40 people dead.

The United Nation's top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka's long civil war, which left tens of thousands dead.
UN rights chief seeks int'l role in Sri Lanka war probe


Nepal will introduce a long-awaited new constitution within days, a parliament spokesman said Tuesday, despite opposition from minority groups that has triggered deadly protests across the south of the country.

Nepal's Constituent Assembly rejected calls to revert the Himalayan nation to a Hindu state during voting Monday on a draft of the country's long-delayed new constitution, sparking violent protests.
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Nepal rejects calls to make nation Hindu


Two Nepalese maids who alleged they were beaten and raped by a Saudi diplomat in India were taken to a women's shelter in Nepal on Thursday.
Allegedly raped Nepalese maids return home


International bodies have demanded that funds be used for quake recovery The international donor community, which has collectively pledged US$4.4 billion for the reconstruction process, is worried about the Nepali government's "tardy approach," coupled with uncertainties surrounding the National Reconstruction Authority.

When Tajik programmer Amirbek Isayev invited friends to celebrate his 25th birthday in the capital Dushanbe in June, he could never have imagined the consequences.
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