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Nepal's new prime minister took the oath of office Monday and appointed the leaders of groups that are protesting the new constitution as his deputies.

Opposition candidates for one of Myanmar's smallest constituencies are being blocked from visiting the remote island chain, a party spokesman said Sunday, just weeks ahead of elections billed as the country's freest in decades.
Myanmar opposition says blocked from campaigning in an island seat


Nepal's parliament Sunday chose communist leader KP Sharma Oli as prime minister, tasked with unifying the quake-hit country after a new constitution triggered deadly protests, a border blockade and a nationwide fuel shortage.
Communist leader Oli is chosen as new Nepalese prime minister


After a life turned upside down by conflict, Htan Wang craves peace and security in her Kachin homeland more than any democratic dividend promised by next month's Myanmar election.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders said Sunday it has withdrawn staff from the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz, a day after an apparent U.S. bombing raid on its hospital which the U.N. said could amount to a war crime.

Myanmar's government will sign a long-negotiated cease-fire on Oct. 15 but with only eight rebel forces, officials said Sunday, as several major insurgent groups declined to ink an agreement that excludes some factions.

With lights flashing and sirens blaring, volunteer ambulance driver Myint Hein weaves through traffic-choked Yangon, a lifeline in Myanmar where health care was crippled by decades of chronic underfunding during junta rule.
From ambulances to funerals, volunteers prop up Myanmar health care system


A suspected U.S. airstrike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday killed 16 Doctors Without Borders staff, in a bombardment the charity said continued for more than 30 minutes after Washington was informed.
16 killed in apparent US strike on hospital


India's unofficial blockade of Nepal has put a crunch on this Himalayan nation, with cars lining up for miles around gasoline stations, schools shutting down, vegetables in short supply and taxis charging four times the normal fare.

A Cambodian opposition senator was denied bail and went on trial Friday over comments he posted on Facebook criticizing a 36-year-old border agreement with Vietnam.
Cambodian opposition senator on trial over Facebook post


A senior Nepali lawmaker, tipped to be the next prime minister, on Wednesday accused neighboring giant India of breaking international law by deliberately halting cross-border trade, forcing the landlocked nation to ration fuel.
Nepali leader says India 'breaking int'l law'


Taliban gunmen fanned out in full force Tuesday across a key Afghan city they captured the day before, as the U.S. military carried out an airstrike on Kunduz and President Ashraf Ghani vowed to take the northern city back from the insurgents, urging his nation to trust Afghan troops to do the job.
Afghan president vows to retake Kunduz


An explosion ripped through a speed boat carrying Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday injuring his wife and two others but leaving him unhurt, though authorities ruled out the possibility of an assassination attempt.
Maldives president escapes speed boat explosion unhurt


Nepal is considering placing new age and fitness restrictions on people who want to climb Mount Everest, officials said Tuesday, as the country looks to enhance safety on the mountain after several disasters in recent years.
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