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A gang armed with machetes hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka Friday, sparking protests in the capital over the fourth such murder in Bangladesh this year.

Large quakes in Nepal this year only partially relieved stress on a major Himalayan fault line, and chances for a big tremor are as high as before, researchers said Thursday.

The Myanmar government, army and ethnic armed groups met in Yangon on Friday in last ditch efforts to thrash out a historic peace agreement before the former junta-run nation goes to the polls in November.
Myanmar holds peace talks ahead of poll


Myanmar's president called Thursday for the evacuation of low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy river threatened to breach embankments, leaving villagers with just sand bags to hold back churning waters that have hit much of the country.
Myanmar villagers fight floods with sand bags, hope


The United Nations said on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Taliban and other insurgents.

Tens of thousands of people huddled Wednesday in monasteries and other makeshift evacuation centers in remote areas of Myanmar cut off by deadly floods, as rescuers struggled to deliver desperately needed aid.

The head of the Taliban's Qatar-based political office has stepped down, a statement said, a high-profile resignation within leadership ranks highlighting growing discord over the movement's recent power transition.

Rescuers raced Monday to help tens of thousands stranded by rooftop-high floods in Myanmar, as the U.N. warned that swollen rivers threaten more areas and large swathes of Asia were hit by deadly monsoon rains.
Myanmar rescuers race to flood zones


U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria likely have killed hundreds of civilians, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The coalition had no immediate comment.

The road blocks and military checkpoints are gone, and the restrictions on foreign tourists and journalists visiting the area have been lifted.

Nepal's proposed new constitution has sparked fury from women who say their citizenship, property and other rights are being curtailed by the document designed to draw a line under centuries of inequality.

Rescue workers in Myanmar raced on Monday to help tens of thousands of people in remote areas enduring roof-top high floods, as the death toll climbed to at least 46.
Myanmar rescuers race to flood zones, 46 dead


The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar after days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the U.N. warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours brought misery to thousands across the region.
UN warns Myanmar flood toll to increase as rains lash region


The Afghan Taliban issued a written statement Sunday purportedly quoting Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of the notoriously brutal Haqqani insurgent group, in an effort to quell rumors of his death.
Afghan Taliban issues statement quoting Haqqani

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