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The Solar Impulse 2 plane takes off for a trip around the world from Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 9, 2015. The trip will take the Solar Impulse 2 to Oman, India, Myanmar and China. The plane will then cross the Pacific to Hawaii and on to the US mainland. Following a flight across the Atlanic and over the Mediterranean region, the pilots are planning to return to the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Photo: Ali Haider/EPA
Monday, 9 March 2015

The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy took off on the morning of March 9 from Abu Dhabi, heading for India and then on to Mandalay, Myanmar, in a landmark journey aimed at promoting green energy.

The takeoff of Solar Impulse 2, which was delayed on Saturday due to high winds, would cap 13 years of research and testing by Swiss pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard.

China's economy slowing. Workers at Hanwang Technology assembling electronic books in their factory near Beijing, China. Photo: Adrian Bradshaw/EPA
Thursday, 5 March 2015

China lowered its 2015 economic growth target to "approximately seven percent" on March 5, as authorities seek a more sustainable path for the world's second-largest economy after its decades-long boom.

Australians Mr Andrew Chan (L) and Mr Myuran Sukumaran (R) inside a holding cell waiting for trial at a Denpasar District Court in Bali, Indonesia. Mr Chan, 31, and Mr Sukumaran, 34, are the only members of the so-called Bali Nine drug smuggling ring on death row for trying to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes of heroin from the Indonesian resort island of Bali to Australia in 2005. Photo: Made Nagi/EPA
Thursday, 5 March 2015

Australia on March 5 suggested a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed.

Student column at Lepadan in Bago Region on March 4, 2015. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima
Thursday, 5 March 2015

Myanmar riot police March 4 corralled dozens of student protesters calling for education reform after activists defied official orders to disband and the tense deadlock entered a third day.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Student protesters calling for education reform on March 3 defied an order to disperse in a tense stand-off with police near a monastery in central Myanmar.

Worries over new and old narcotics. Farmers harvest opium poppies in Lone Twel village, Loilen Township, Southern Shan State, Myanmar, December 13, 2014. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA
Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The United Nations drugs control body says it is concerned about the proliferation of new narcotics developed to circumvent existing ...

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The New Zealand bar manager facing jail in Myanmar over religious insult accusations was solely responsible for using a Buddha image in a controversial drinks promotion, his colleague has told a court.

A girl using her mobile phone on the roadside in Yangon, Myanmar, April 4, 2014.Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Phone and Internet firms are rolling out cheaper handsets and may turn to hot-air balloons to boost network coverage in developing countries, where sales of smartphones are booming.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Trains chug around Yangon's circular railway at a stately pace barely faster than a brisk walk, but this creaking relic of colonial times is ...

Photographer Ko Aung Nay Myo. Photo: Aung Nay Myo/Facebook
Monday, 2 March 2015

A freelance photojournalist has been arrested in Myanmar for uploading a satirical post on Facebook mocking the military, relatives said on February 28.

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