Myanmar rebels

YANGON — At least 19 people, including a police, four militias and 14 civilians, were killed and 27 others injured in attacks by armed groups in Muse township, Myanmar’s Shan state Saturday morning, said a release from the office of the Commandar-in-Chief of Defense Service.
The attacks were launched by a 50-strong combined force of Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) at 05:00 a.m. local time. A police outpost at the Pan Kham bridge was targeted. (Myanmar-Attack)
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DHAKA — May 12 is a red-letter day for Bangladesh when the country moved to a new era by launching its first “Bangabandhu-1” satellite.
The launch made Bangladesh the 57th nation in the world and fourth in South Asia after India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to own a satellite. Early on Saturday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, Falcon-9 rocket of SpaceX propelled the satellite into space at about 2:14 a.m. Bangladesh local time. (Bangladesh-Satellite)
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KUALA LUMPUR — Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday named three ministers in his “small cabinet” and announced the establishment of a “council of elders” to advise the government, taking the first step in governing the country.
The three new ministers, all leaders of the component parties of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, are finance minister Lim Guan Eng, defense minister Mohamad Sabu and minister of home affairs Muhyiddin Yassin. (Malaysia-New Cabinet)
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KATHMANDU — Nepal and India agreed on Saturday to take bilateral relations to a new high by expanding partnership for the socio-economic development on the basis of the principles of equality, mutual trust, respect and mutual benefit, said a joint statement.
In the 16-point statement, Nepali Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli and his visiting Indian counterpart Narendra Modi shared the view that effective implementation of the bilateral initiatives in agriculture, railway linkages and inland waterways development as agreed upon by the two sides during recent exchange of high level visits would have transformational impact in these areas. (Nepal-India-Visit)
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KUALA LUMPUR — Former Malaysian Prime Minster Najib Razak said Saturday that he is stepping down as head of his United Malays National Organization (UMNO) and the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition following the defeat in the general elections.
“As the president of UMNO and the chairman of Barisan Nasional, I made the decision that I am stepping down as president of UMNO and chairman of Barisan Nasional with immediate effect,” Najib told a press conference at the UMNO headquarter in Kuala Lumpur. (Malaysia-Najib) Enditem

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