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Bangladesh police banned all protests in the capital from Sunday and locked main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in her office in Dhaka as tension rose before the first anniversary of an election her party boycotted.

Bangladesh marks the first anniversary Monday of a "farcical" election that was boycotted by the opposition amid accusations that the world's eighth most populous nation is becoming a one-party state.

Until just a few weeks ago, Sri Lanka's upcoming election seemed a mere formality. Nothing, it seemed, could keep President Mahinda Rajapaksa from rolling to a third term in office.
Political revolt roils Sri Lanka presidential vote


Sri Lanka's opposition Thursday accused the government of deploying thousands of troops to deter ethnic minority Tamils from voting against President Mahinda Rajapakse in next week's election.

Two Cambodian employees accused of participating in an alleged land grab by a Chinese company have been released from detention by ethnic minority villagers, an official and an activist said Wednesday.

Bangladesh's war crimes court Tuesday sentenced a leading Islamist to death for rape, mass murder and genocide during the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

Sri Lanka's largest Tamil party Tuesday endorsed the main opposition candidate in next week's election, accusing President Mahinda Rajapakse of failing to deliver reconciliation after the country's ethnic war.
Tamil party endorses opposition in Sri Lanka polls


Twenty-four people have been killed and eight others are missing due to floods and mudslides caused by incessant rain around Sri Lanka over the past week, officials said Sunday.

Sansiri, a real estate developer, has generated great interest at U.N. for its child-friendly spaces, successful campaigning for nutrition legislation.

Sri Lanka's main Muslim party Sunday quit the government and pledged support to the opposition in a move seen as the biggest setback yet to President Mahinda Rajapakse's re-election bid.
Muslims drop Sri Lanka leader before polls


Politicians, monks and students attended a protest near the Chinese consulate in Mandalay on Dec. 27 over the Letpaduangtaung copper mine.

Around 500 people including dozens of Buddhist monks protested near the Chinese consulate in Myanmar's central city of Mandalay on Saturday demanding the closure of a flashpoint copper mine.

Six decades after its first saint was murdered for his faith amid a bloody civil war, Myanmar's Catholic Church is stepping up calls for peace and religious tolerance as it celebrates its 500th anniversary.
After decades of repression, Myanmar Catholics find voice


Residents of Myanmar's commercial hub Yangon went to the polls Saturday for the first municipal elections in six decades, with voters enthusiastic for change even though many knew little about the candidates or their policies.
Yangon holds municipal polls for first time in 60 years

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