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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.
Myanmar's real-estate market would become more buoyant if regulations on pricing and related issues were to be strengthened, experts said recently. At the "Property Report Congress Myanmar 2016," developers and bankers urged the government to improve infrastructure and regulatory reforms.
Mekong crossing
A passenger stands on the foredeck of a ferry as it crosses the Mekong river from Arey Ksat to the main city of in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, July 1. Ferries are used daily to transport villagers and products over the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers from Arey Ksat to Phnom Penh.
Myanmar's newly reformed investment commission will this month start scrutinizing some US$2.3 billion in proposed foreign investment projects that have been held up since April, a senior official said on Friday.
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