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Rebels celebrate the signing of a peace agreement at Camp Darapanan in the town of Sultan Kudarat on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the biggest Islamic rebel group in the Philippines, signed a pact on Thursday to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland. Read more
An Aboriginal man performs a traditional “smoking” ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw. Hosts Australia were handed a tough draw for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday when they were paired with twice former champions South Korea in the group stage. Read more
US First Lady Michelle Obama performs t’ai chi with students from the Chengdu No 7 High School in Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan province. Michelle Obama arrived in China last week with her mother and daughters to start a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange. Read more
A child plays on a swing beneath a poster of a policeman in Busan, South Korea
Sixty-five-year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women’s Day. Ms Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, “I love to live here, among good people”. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women’s Day falls on Saturday Read more