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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.
 
World's youngest stock market struggles in Myanmar
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 notifies neighbors of plans to move ahead with contentious third dam on Mekong River
Laos has notified its Southeast Asian neighbors that it's moving ahead with a third contentious hydro dam on the Mekong River's mainstream.
 
UNESCO urges halt to plan for Bangladesh coal plant in delta
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.
 
Historical Yangon's historic transformation
A section of a colonial-era building undergoes renovation into a commercial shop in Yangon, Myanmar on Saturday, Sept. 24.
 
Afghan child labor
Afghan children help their father's work at a local brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 19. While it is common for children in the county to engage in simple labor, tens of thousands of underage workers -- some as young as 5 -- are forced to work dangerous jobs, according to Human Rights Watch.
 
WORLD ECONOMIC SLUMP Group of 20 extols merits of free trade and globalization
 
Tax-exempt NATO, Afghan military fuel sold
Tax-exempt military fuel imported into Afghanistan is being sold on the open market, industry officials and a new anti-corruption report reveal, causing the government huge revenue losses as Kabul struggles to wean itself off foreign aid.
 
Galloping growth
A Cambodian farmer prepares an oxcart after her day's work in a rice farm at Samroang Teav village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Cambodia's Ministry of Economy and Finance has predicted solid 7-percent GDP growth for the country in 2016.
 
Nepal gov't introduces new rules to promote its adventure tourism
The Nepalese government has enforced the Recreational Aviation Regulation 2016 amending the Aviation Sports Regulation 2012 in a bid to promote adventure tourism -- touted as one of the fastest growing sectors.
 
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