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Strong quake hits Myanmar, but no death reports: official
A strong earthquake that struck Myanmar damaged at least nine Buddhist pagodas and was felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh, but an official said Thursday there were no reports of serious damage or injuries in the Southeast Asian country.
 
Twelve people, including three children, were killed after their light plane crashed in a remote part of Papua New Guinea, police said on Thursday.
 
A strong earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday night and was felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
 
Only 24 of nearly 700 clothing factories inspected in Bangladesh meet international safety standards, a group of major brands said Wednesday, three years after a deadly building collapse exposed the hazardous state of the nation's workplaces.
 
An outspoken Cambodian opposition lawmaker faces up to five years in prison after he was charged Tuesday with inciting revolt by criticizing government border maps, as Premier Hun Sen threatened to "handcuff" anyone who raises the issue.
 
The Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday the start of their "spring offensive" even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table to end their drawn-out conflict.
 
Bangladesh closing notorious 18th-century prison in Dhaka
Bangladesh is closing its notorious 18th-century prison where sensational political killings over decades have targeted people on both sides of the South Asian country's 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.
 
Sri Lanka will bring legal reforms to encourage much needed foreign investment, as the cash-strapped island tries to turn its US$8 billion Chinese debt into equity, the prime minister said Sunday.
 
Kerry visits Kabul to 'support unity government'
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul Saturday on an unannounced visit to encourage the revival of peace talks with the Taliban and show support for Afghanistan's beleaguered unity government which he helped create 18 months ago.
 
Myanmar's government began releasing political prisoners on Friday under a plan announced by the country's new de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
 
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