Myanmar declared independence from British colonial rule on January 4, 1948 after a long fight championed by General Aung San. To mark the 70th anniversary, officials attended a flag-saluting ceremony in the capital Naypyidaw.
Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai has been arrested under China's new national security law for the city, a close aide said.
A school textbook exploring the fictional lives of adolescents and sexually active couples has caused a real-world storm. Conservative politicians and monks argue that sex education undermines Burmese culture.
India's northern Naga tribes have been in a 50-year dispute with authorities over how they are recognized by New Delhi. Despite promises of rapprochement, armed tension continues. Ankita Mukhopadhyay reports from Kohima.
The Rajapaksa brothers could consolidate their hold on political power as Sri Lanka goes to the polls following months of delay due to coronavirus. The country has been without a parliament since March.
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