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A rolling transport blockade organized by the opposition is taking a huge toll on Bangladesh's economy, with the vital garment industry hit particularly hard, a business leader warned Sunday.

As it ushers in "Visit Bhutan Year" in the hope of boosting tourism, the tiny mountainous country in South Asia faces the challenge of finding a balance between getting its economy back on track and preserving its unique culture and environment.

Sri Lanka's new government on Sunday accused toppled strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa of having tried to stage a coup to cling to power after losing last week's presidential election.
Coup averted in Sri Lanka: new government


New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena began assembling a cabinet Saturday on his first day in office as he looks to deliver on pledges to repair the war-torn nation's diplomatic standing and implement democratic reforms.

A mass HIV outbreak in a Cambodian village was most likely caused by contaminated medical equipment, the World Health Organization and Cambodian health ministry said Saturday.

Sri Lanka went to the polls Thursday in its tightest election in decades, with its strongman president battling for survival after accusations of corruption and a failure to bring about national reconciliation.

Myanmar's first cardinal said Tuesday he would push for an end to sectarian violence in his country, two days after he was elevated to the heights of the Roman Catholic Church.
Myanmar cardinal pleads for religious tolerance


Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who was ousted as Cambodia's prime minister by a bloody coup in 1997, launched his latest political comeback Monday, pledging an alliance with the man who toppled him.
Cambodian prince cozies up to PM in political comeback


Bangladesh's besieged opposition leader accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Monday of trying to cling on to power by force, as police clamped down on protests on the first anniversary of Hasina's re-election.

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.
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