The continuous whirl of hair dryers is a novel sound at the Blush Beauty Point parlor in Nepal's capital Kathmandu, which until just five months ago had to close at regular intervals because of power cuts.
In this Feb. 12 photo provided by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Mongolian herder Munkhbat Bazarragchaa drags two recently dead sheep through the snow in a rural area of Khuvsgul province in northern Mongolia.
"I make my money for me," declares Afghan beekeeper Jamila pointing emphatically at her chest.
Myanmar is expected to launch an 1,800-megahertz mobile internet network that can provide 4G for smartphones in March, according to the Directorate of Telecommunications.
Whizzing across a blue-lit platform with a whirr and a squeak, liquid plastic emanating from its chrome tip, the 3-D printer seems a far cry from the muddy, crop-filled fields that fringe Yangon.
Fast-growing Asia-Pacific economies will strike more trade deals among themselves as opposition grows in Europe and the U.S. to globalization, analysts say, warning the West will lose out as the dynamic region powers ahead.
The day's trading is about to begin on the world's youngest stock exchange, and the MYANPIX index and opening share prices flash across an electronic screen, but barely a footfall or a voice are heard within the cavernous, colonial era building in the bustling heart of Myanmar's commercial capital.
Laos has notified its Southeast Asian neighbors that it's moving ahead with a third contentious hydro dam on the Mekong River's mainstream.
The U.N. agency devoted to preserving world heritage has joined environmental groups urging Bangladesh to halt plans for a massive coal-fired power plant near ecologically sensitive mangrove forests on the coast. UNESCO says it poses a "serious threat" to a region that protects the nation from flooding and holds one of the world's last populations of wild tigers.
A section of a colonial-era building undergoes renovation into a commercial shop in Yangon, Myanmar on Saturday, Sept. 24.