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December, 6, 2016

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Crowds dice with death in Myanmar festival
The skies of central Myanmar were set ablaze this week with the beginning of the Taunggyi fire balloon festival, one of the most beautiful and dangerous celebrations in Asia.
 
Bangladesh Supreme Court orders demolition of long standing illegal building of the country's apparel exporters' headquarters.
 
A gunman who killed 10 people in an attack on a police station in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty this summer has been sentenced to death, a court said Wednesday.
 
Storyteller uses photos and a few lines to reveal lives
It started with a photograph of a smirking, young man wearing a heavy-metal band T-shirt and selling tea on the streets of Kathmandu. It has become a wildly popular blog chronicling street life in the Himalayan nation of Nepal.
 
An angry mob vandalized at least five Hindu temples and attacked property in Bangladesh after an alleged Facebook post mocking one of Islam's holiest sites, police and residents said Monday.
 
Bangladesh telecoms caught up in $500 million tax row
By government accounts, four foreign-backed cellphone operators owe $500 million to Bangladesh in unpaid taxes. By the companies' accounts, the figure is closer to $50 million -- if it isn't zero.
 
Cricket: Bangladesh erupts in joy after historic England win
Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Bangladesh as the perennial under-achievers beat England by 108 runs on Sunday to post one of their most momentous cricketing victories.
 
Former Cambodian Prime Minister Pen Sovann, who was installed then imprisoned by the Vietnamese after they defeated the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, has died. He was 80.
 
Deal reached for Antarctic marine reserve
The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.
 
IS abduct and kill 30 in Afghanistan
Militants linked to Islamic State jihadists abducted and killed around 30 civilians, including children, in central Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, raising concerns about the group's expanding presence beyond its eastern stronghold.
 
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