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The Buddhist, ultra-nationalist Committee to Protect Nationality and Religion is seeing its power falter under the new democratically elected government.
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Though same-sex marriage faces deep opposition in the Philippines, where about 90 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, activists are still taking their fight to the Supreme Court.
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Burma's march toward stable democracy is beset by grave threats on all sides, especially the entrenched power of former junta leaders brokering the new system in their own interest.
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Burma's largest monk-led rallies since 2007 supported the president's proposal to deport Rohingya Muslims, one of the world's most persecuted minorities.
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Catholic and human-rights activists criticize Duterte's heavy-handed tactics in achieving his goal of a drug-free Philippines.
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Burma's ex-tyrant Than Shwe was not friendly toward media. But the new government of former general Thein Sein is taking steps to open up the long-isolated country.
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As the Philippine presidential elections heat up on a host of controversies, the winner is more likely than ever to guide the nation into a conversation on same-sex marriage.
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Burma has showcased a series of “reforms”, but homecoming remains a dream for thousands of war refugees in neighbouring Thailand.
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Hardline monks and nationalists have branded Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) too sympathetic to Muslims and unwilling to protect Buddhism.
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In a dramatic confluence of events, ailing former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was ordered arrested by a regional court for tampering with elections.
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