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Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka's brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday.

On the streets of Banani, one of Dhaka's busiest commercial areas plies a tiny cycle rickshaw that is different compared to the thousands of human powered three-wheelers that we see every day. Due to this difference, people, even in this busy area, often stop to have a look and experience a shock to see how this rickshaw is moving alongside rushing buses, trucks and speedy cars. The uniqueness of this cycle rickshaw lies within its driver, Mohammad Mostofa, who has only one leg to pull this 145-kilogram vehicle ahead, with passengers. Mostofa, an elderly man of 60 years, has been pulling it with only his right leg for more than two years, on the busy streets of Dhaka.
The Bangladesh rickshaw driver who never gave up


As a child soldier with Nepal's Maoists, Mira Rai learned to fire guns, disarm opponents and race down trails, little imagining her guerrilla drills would help make her one of the world's top ultra runners.
Nepal ex-child soldier blazes ultra running trail


While an abundance of street food is readily available in Bangladesh throughout the year, there are some delectable munchies that only suit the chilly breezes of winter. Roaming the streets of Dhaka, you will come across numerous stalls that are only there for the season. Here are five street foods that you absolutely must-try this winter.

Travel trade entrepreneurs and stakeholders concerned have welcomed the Nepal and China governments' move to develop effective linkages between tourism and other economic sectors that is expected to bring about a Chinese tourist boom in 2016.

Rescuers were searching through mud and rubble Saturday after a new landslide buried workers -- possibly dozens -- in a remote jade mining region in northern Myanmar, the second such incident in just over a month.

A bomb exploded Friday at a mosque of the minority Ahmadi Muslim group in Bangladesh's northwestern town of Bagmara leaving the suspected suicide bomber dead and three other people injured, police said.

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside Thailand's embassy in Yangon Friday after two Myanmar migrants were sentenced to death by a Thai court for murdering two British backpackers, in a verdict that has sparked anger in their homeland.
Protest outside Thailand's embassy in Myanmar over verdict in Britons' murder


Bangladesh security forces early Thursday arrested seven suspected members of a banned Islamist group blamed for attacks on foreigners and minority groups in the country.

Four-year-old Aliya's life collapsed last year when her illiterate Christian parents were falsely accused of tossing out pages of the Quran in their rubbish, and then lynched and burned on a brick kiln by an angry mob.
Pakistan minorities live in fear after blasphemy mob killings


The leader of Sri Lanka's Catholics urged priests on Wednesday not to put up Christmas trees in their churches over the festive period, saying they had no religious significance.

A Bangladesh court Monday ordered the arrest of 24 people and seizure of their assets after they failed to turn up to face murder charges over the collapse of a garment factory that killed more than 1,100 people.

From glitzy malls and high-rise flats to five-star hotels, a luxury building boom in Phnom Penh is transforming a capital once reduced to a ghost town into one of Asia's fastest growing cities.
From ghost city to boomtown, Phnom Penh soars


A senior Afghan official on Sunday took the unusual step of using Facebook to implore the president to send help to his beleaguered province, saying that without assistance the area could fall to the Taliban.
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