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  • Bangladesh bans Islamist group accused of killing bloggers 
    Updated: May-25-15 11:42 am

    DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladesh on Monday banned a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist bloggers and writers.

  • Candlelight vigil marks 1 month since deadly Nepal quake story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 10:16 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil in Nepal's capital Monday evening to mark one month since the earthquake that killed thousands of people and affected millions.

  • Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark 
    Updated: May-25-15 9:56 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more Muslim-friendly environment than in Thailand.

  • Image of Asia: Damage and loss a month later in Nepal 
    Updated: May-25-15 8:49 am

    In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, a man who lost his family members in the deadly earthquake one month ago walks into his damaged house in Kathmandu, Nepal. Two powerful earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed nearly 8,700 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of buildings in the Himalayan nation. Hundreds of families are still living in open camps and temporary shelters and many schools remain shut. The coming monsoon season is a concern, and the government has sent geologists to remote villages to assess their risk of landslides before the rains begin in a few weeks.

  • The movies that will keep buzzing after Cannes 
    Updated: May-25-15 8:40 am

    CANNES, France - The Cannes Film Festival is a grand hierarchy with strictly defined elevations of movies and media access, where films are met by high praise or lowly boos. And so there was a strange fittingness that the scandal of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, where all status is measured, came down to the importance of a few inches.

  • Malaysia: Human traffickers' camps had 139 suspected graves story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 7:16 am

    WANG KELIAN, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people.

  • Son of Pakistan's president escapes bomb attack killing 3 
    Updated: May-25-15 3:49 am

    QUETTA, Pakistan - Police say the son of Pakistan's president has escaped a roadside bomb attack unharmed after the blast killed three people and wounded 15.

  • Nepali villagers return to homes after river gets unblocked 
    Updated: May-25-15 12:33 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Thousands of villagers in northwestern Nepal were able to return to their homes Monday after a mountain river swept away debris from a landslide that had blocked it, allowing waters to flow normally again.

  • Company behind giant telescope moves forward amid talks 
    Updated: May-24-15 5:19 pm

    HILO, Hawaii - Aside from the ongoing standstill atop Mauna Kea, those behind the Thirty Meter Telescope are moving forward with the $1.4 billion project.

  • Susan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal 
    Updated: May-24-15 8:07 am

    KALLABARI, Nepal - Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation's vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt.

  • Florida couple recount hardships after April quake in Nepal 
    Updated: May-23-15 1:56 pm

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Florida - A Florida Panhandle couple was finishing a monthlong tour of Nepal and Tibet when a massive earthquake disrupted their travels.

  • Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-23-15 12:23 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Saturday that the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there.

  • Southeast India heat wave kills about 230 in past 5 weeks story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 11:20 am

    HYDERABAD, India - About 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states, officials said Saturday.

  • Boat by boat, how 3,000 stranded migrants reached land story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 1:16 am

    More than 3,000 migrants abandoned by human traffickers have been rescued or washed ashore this month in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Some are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, while others are Bangladeshis seeking better economic prospects. Many more are feared to still be stranded at sea, abandoned by traffickers amid a regional crackdown.

  • China contributing experts, troops to disaster relief drills 
    Updated: May-23-15 1:07 am

    BEIJING - China is contributing 600 personnel, including 49 from the military, to multinational disaster relief exercises in Malaysia, the first time it has taken part in such an effort, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.

  • Home fans rejoice in Lahore as Pakistan beats Zimbabwe story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 2:12 pm

    LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets in the country's first international match against a major team in six years on Friday in a stadium encircled by police and filled to capacity.

  • Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis 
    Updated: May-22-15 10:14 am

    BEIJING - Malaysia has begun searching for thousands of boat people believed stranded in the Andaman Sea. From a hemisphere away in Washington, the U.S. said it will send navy planes. Even the small African nation of Gambia has offered help, saying it could take in the migrants.

  • The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 9:01 am

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  • Q&A on origins of Rohingya conflict and why it persists 
    Updated: May-22-15 5:50 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - Many of the thousands of migrants abandoned at sea in Southeast Asia this month are Rohingya Muslims who fled their home country of Myanmar. Here are facts about the history and persecution of the ethnic and religious minority:

  • Sri Lankan immigrant drama 'Dheepan' finds a home at Cannes 
    Updated: May-21-15 1:10 pm

    CANNES, France - Before making the Sri Lankan immigrant drama "Dheepan," French director Jacques Audiard acknowledged he couldn't have even found his characters' native country on a map.

  • The frustrations of allied warfare - al-Qaida-style 
    Updated: May-21-15 3:45 am

    WASHINGTON - If President Barack Obama or his predecessor thought fighting a war with coalition partners was hard, they might consider Osama bin Laden's frustrations.

  • Indian forces try to stop separatists' march in Kashmir 
    Updated: May-21-15 3:04 am

    SRINAGAR, India - Hundreds of government forces with automatic weapons patrolled the streets of Indian Kashmir's main city to stop a rally by separatists to mark the anniversaries of the assassinations of two Kashmiri leaders.

  • Legion of foreign fighters battles for Islamic State story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-20-15 10:26 pm

    PANKISI GORGE, Georgia - One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war.

  • Despite Mauna Kea pause, work continues on telescope project 
    Updated: May-20-15 9:32 pm

    HILO, Hawaii - It's not clear when construction of a giant telescope will resume near the summit of Mauna Kea, but work on the project is going on elsewhere.

  • Rights group: Qatar making little progress on labor reforms 
    Updated: May-20-15 9:20 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Amnesty International said Thursday that Qatar is failing to deliver on reforms for its migrant workers a year after the wealthy Gulf nation announced plans to improve conditions for low-paid laborers building its highways, hotels, stadiums and skyscrapers.