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  • Quake damages scores of Myanmar's heritage Bagan temples

    BAGAN, Myanmar (AP) — It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale never seen before. Over 250 years, from the 11th century onwards, the rulers of Bagan built more than 10,000 magnificent religious monuments.

    Associated Press
  • Myanmar weighs damage after earthquake rattles Bagan pagodas

    Myanmar took stock of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in the ancient capital Bagan on Thursday after a powerful earthquake hit the country, killing three and damaging the top tourist destination. In nearby Bagan, home to a vast plain of some 2,500 Buddhist monuments that are among…

    AFP
  • Myanmar sends police, soldiers to protect ancient temples damaged in quake

    By Aye Win Myint and Shwe Yee Saw Myint BAGAN/YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar sent truckloads of soldiers and squadrons of police to protect and rebuild centuries-old Buddhist pagodas around the ancient capital of Bagan on Thursday, a day after at least 187 of the brick temples were damaged in a…

    Reuters
  • Indonesia finds ship that was taken by disgruntled crew

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's navy said Thursday it has located a fuel tanker that was missing for a week after being taken from port by its disgruntled crew.

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  • Myanmar earthquake kills three, damages scores of ancient temples

    By Shwe Yee Saw Myint and Wa Lone YANGON (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least three people including two children, and damaging scores of centuries-old Buddhist pagodas around the ancient capital of Bagan. The 6.8 magnitude quake shook buildings…

    Reuters
  • Image of Asia: Developing football skills in Pyongyang

    In this photo by Dita Alangkara, youths play with a ball during a break at Pyongyang International Football School in North Korea's capital. The country has poured funds into the development and training of promising athletes over the past several years in an effort to fulfill one of leader Kim…

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  • In a Powerpoint, Philippine police detail body count in drug war

    By Manuel Mogato and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA/BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Philippine police report on an anti-drugs campaign that has killed 1,900 people in seven weeks shows an openness and even pride in an escalating body count that has horrified rights activists and unsettled allies such as the…

    Reuters
  • Philippines' Duterte says willing to allow online gambling resumption

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he's willing to allow a resumption of online gambling in the Southeast Asian nation if correct taxes are paid and gaming parlor are far from schools and churches. The new president added online gambling to his hit list of vices, with the…

    Reuters
  • India to receive normal rains, not surplus, as La Nina chances fade

    By Rajendra Jadhav and Mayank Bhardwaj MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will receive normal rainfall over the 2016 monsoon season, not surplus as previously expected, with the chances of a La Nina weather pattern emerging over the period seen as unlikely, three senior officials at state-run…

    Reuters
  • Asian stocks meander, dollar up on North Korea's missile

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks meandered Wednesday as investors awaited fresh cues from Federal Reserve on the outlook for interest rates. Markets were steady following the submarine launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea.

    Associated Press
  • Montenegro's Luksic drops out of race to be next UN chief

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Montenegro's Foreign Minister Igor Luksic withdrew from the race to be the next U.N. secretary-general on Tuesday, leaving 10 candidates vying to succeed Ban Ki-moon.

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  • Philippines' Duterte says talks with China on sea dispute 'within the year'

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he expects talks with China on their South China Sea dispute within a year and he would not raise an international ruling rejecting China's claims there when he attends a regional summit next month. An…

    Reuters
  • When mere paint won't do it: Bike lanes around the world

    BOSTON (AP) — Bike lanes are evolving. Cities are increasingly changing them to make them safer in light of fatal crashes involving cyclists and cars.

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  • PM Lee's health scare exposes Singapore's leadership uncertainty

    By Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) - One of Singapore's greatest strengths is its predictability: in a region where coups and economic meltdowns are not uncommon, it has long been a haven of stability for investors and businesses. The economy has lost some of the zest it had under the open…

    Reuters
  • Image of Asia: Floodwaters cover low-lying land in Allahabad

    In this aerial photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh, floodwaters cover low-lying areas of Allahabad, India. The area's two major rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, are overflowing after heavy rains. People have been forced to move to higher ground in the city, and the government says about 12,000 people…

    Associated Press
  • US, Biden face tough task to mend relations with Turkey

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With suspicions on both sides mounting, the United States is struggling to preserve its wobbly partnership with Turkey as the Turks entertain closer relations with Russia and fume over a U.S.-based cleric blamed for orchestrating last month's failed coup.

    Associated Press
  • Sudanese migrant killed in Calais clashes

    One Sudanese migrant was killed and another injured in clashes with Afghan migrants outside the French port of Calais, authorities said Tuesday. The two migrants were among a group of people from the "Jungle" camp who tried to access a motorway to smuggle onto trucks crossing the Channel to…

    AFP