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Monsoon flooding death toll climbs to 164 in South Asia

Jul. 20, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — The death toll in monsoon flooding in South Asia has climbed past 160 as millions of people and animals continue to face the brunt in three countries, officials said Saturday. At least 90 people have died in Nepal and 62 in northeastern India's Assam state over the past week. A dozen...

15 killed as van carrying migrants crashes in eastern Turkey

Jul. 18, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A van carrying migrants rolled into a roadside ditch in eastern Turkey on Thursday, killing 15 people, a Turkish official said. More than 20 other people were also injured in the accident near the town of Ozalp, in Van province, close to Turkey's border with Iran, the province's...

78 dead in Nepal as flooding wreaks havoc in South Asia

Jul. 16, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Monsoon flooding and landslides continued to cause havoc in South Asia on Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 78 in Nepal and authorities in neighboring northeastern India battling to provide relief to over 4 million people in Assam state, officials said. Nepal's National Emergency...

Rains, landslides kill dozens, affect millions in South Asia

Jul. 15, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — After causing flooding and landslides in Nepal, three rivers are overflowing in northern India and submerging parts of Bihar state, killing at least 14 people, officials said Monday. Farther east, 17 others were killed by flooding in Assam and other states in India's remote northeast....

Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

Jul. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 50 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the border in India and Bangladesh, officials said Sunday. At least 30 other people were missing in Nepal, either swept away by swollen...

Bangladesh ex-dictator H.M. Ershad dies at 89

Jul. 14, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's former military dictator H.M. Ershad, who had seized power in a 1982 coup, has died. He was 89. Ershad had long been suffering from multiple complications including infections in his lungs and kidneys, his younger brother, G.M. Quader, said Sunday. He was admitted to...

Ex-UN chief concerned over monsoon floods in Rohingya camps

Jul. 11, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern that monsoon floods could threaten the lives of Rohingya refugees in sprawling camps in Bangladesh. Ban, who was visiting in his role as head of The Hague-based Global Commission on Adaptation to climate change,...

Prosecutor seeks probe of crimes against Rohingya Muslims

Jul. 4, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court prosecutor on Thursday filed a request with judges to open a formal investigation of crimes against humanity allegedly committed against Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she wants to investigate crimes of...

Bangladesh court sentences 9 to death for '94 Hasina attack

Jul. 3, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A court in Bangladesh has sentenced nine opposition activists to death and 25 others to life in prison for an attack on a train carrying political leader Sheikh Hasina 24 years ago. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by Hasina's archrival and former Prime...

UN envoy will 'ring the alarm bell' if no action on Rohingya

Jul. 1, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Myanmar said Monday that progress on alleviating the crisis that led more than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh has been slow and if there is no action it will be time to "ring the alarm bell." Christine Schraner-Burgener was responding to...