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Winning Myanmar's election turned out to be easier than expected for Aung San Suu Kyi and her opposition party, but steering the country will be a test of how the Nobel Peace laureate balances her moral vision with political realities.
Real challenge for Suu Kyi comes after polls


As an army of laborers churns out limestone bricks, archeologist Prashantha Mandawala reflects on the ambitious task of restoring Sri Lanka's centuries-old Jaffna fort, destroyed by ethnic war.
Sri Lanka's icon of colonial rule rises from rubble


Police detained more than 50 protesters and were seeking out others Sunday after violent clashes marred the largest anti-government demonstrations in South Korea's capital in more than seven years.
Scores held as biggest rally in years in Seoul turns violent


Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in Seoul on Saturday in what police believed was the largest protest in the South Korean capital in nearly a decade.

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwestern coast of Japan early Saturday, authorities said, with a small tsunami observed on one island but no major damage reported.

Japan's nuclear regulator issued a rare warning Friday to the science minister, telling him to disqualify the operator of a plutonium-fueled reactor plagued with a poor safety record, a step that could finally shut it down.

Two U.S. B-52 bombers flew close to disputed islands in the South China Sea claimed by Beijing and were given verbal warnings from a Chinese air traffic controller, the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) said Thursday.

Blogger Nay Phone Latt spent years in prison under Myanmar's former junta, but preparing to enter parliament as a newly minted MP for Aung San Suu Kyi's democracy party, he refuses to let the darkness of the past dull optimism for the country's future.
Hope guides former prisoners after Suu Kyi win


Australia on Friday announced six sites, including some in Outback areas, on a shortlist for the nation's first nuclear waste dump, risking fresh controversy after an earlier plan was scuttled by opposition from Aboriginal landowners.

Eight men who had been held as slaves at South Korean salt farms for several years took the government to court on Friday for alleged negligence and police inaction they say largely caused and prolonged their ordeal.
South Koreans sue government over salt farm slavery


Bangladesh security forces Friday arrested three suspects wanted over the murder of a Japanese farmer who was shot dead last month in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

South Korean authorities have warned they will take a hard line against a large-scale anti-government protest planned for central Seoul on Saturday.

Thousands of men around the world are to be sterilized Friday in what organizers dubbed a global "vasectomy-athon," to encourage men to take a bigger role in family planning and combat resistance to the procedure.

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party attained a historic majority in Myanmar's Parliament on Friday, making it possible for them to form the Southeast Asian country's first truly civilian government in more than half a century.
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