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.
As the UN climate conference wraps up, Asia's emission-producing economic powerhouses have said their growing wealth doesn't guarantee they can fully comply with the Paris agreement without assistance.
The recent attack on construction workers in Papua has raised questions about Indonesian President Joko Widodo's strategy in the volatile region. The Papuan demand for autonomy is getting louder.
Bangladeshis living in Germany have expressed hope the December 30 polls will strengthen democracy in the South Asian country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has come under criticism for "stifling dissent."
As a bilateral agreement to return Rohingya refugees to Myanmar is set to take effect, there have been unconfirmed reports of refugees disappearing from camps to avoid a forced return to the violence-marred country.
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