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Pro-democracy activists display a placard with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's head attached to a cockroach during a protest outside remand prison, in which some of the activists are kept, in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Thailand's government on Thursday canceled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool student-led protests seeking democracy reforms. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters' deadline passes, but PM says he won't quit

Oct. 24, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government and the country’s pro-democracy movement appeared no closer to resolving their differences Saturday, as the protesters' deadline for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down came and went with no new action from either side, and no backing down. After...

Thailand Army Chief Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae speaks during press briefing at the Thai Army headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Narongpan, 57, held his first press conference since becoming army commander on Oct. 1, and made the traditional pledge to defend country, the Buddhist religion, the monarchy and the people, but seemed to take a softer line than his predecessor toward a student-led anti-government protest movement. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

New Thai army commander defends monarchy with softer line

Oct. 6, 2020 6:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s new army chief on Tuesday made the traditional pledge to defend the country, the Buddhist religion, the monarchy and the people, but seemed to take a softer line than his predecessor toward dissenting political voices. Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae took his post on Oct. 1 in...

FILE- In this Oct.5, 2014 file photo, a Sri Lankan Muslim man throws a bundle of grass to a calf at a livestock market on the eve of Eid al-Adha festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's government announced Tuesday that it will ban cattle slaughter, saying it would help the dairy industry and thereby save money used to purchase imported milk powder. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Sri Lanka government decides to ban cattle slaughter

Sep. 29, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government announced Tuesday that it will ban cattle slaughter, saying it would help the dairy industry and thereby save money used to purchase imported milk powder. But an analyst said the decision was politically motivated to please the Buddhist majority and would...

India to spend $15 million to boost Buddhist ties in region

Sep. 26, 2020 6:08 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Saturday announced a $15 million grant for the promotion of Buddhist ties with its neighbor Sri Lanka. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the offer during a virtual summit with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Buddhism is practiced by more than 70% of Sri...

Friends and family members participate in the funeral of veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide Ang Rita, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Ang Rita, who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died Monday at age 72 after a long illness. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Sherpa guide who climbed Everest 10 times cremated in Nepal

Sep. 23, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of government officials, mountaineers, fellow Sherpa guides and supporters gathered in Nepal on Wednesday to mourn the veteran guide who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times. The body of Ang Rita was cremated Wednesday according to Buddhist rituals two days...

Hawaii police investigate desecration at Oahu cemetery

Sep. 22, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Police in Hawaii opened an investigation following the desecration of headstones at an Oahu cemetery. Headstones were toppled at the Waianae cemetery on the western side of the island last week, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The Honolulu Police Department said a family...

Visitors to Chongli, one of the venues for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, past by the Olympics logo in Chongli in northern China's Hebei Province on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. China’s repression in Tibet, the status of the exiled Dalai Lama, and its treatment of ethnic minorities spurred violent protests ahead of Beijing’s 2008 Olympics. It could happen again. China is host to the 2022 Winter Olympics with rumblings of a boycott and calls to remove the games from Beijing because of widespread human rights violations. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China

Sep. 9, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — China's repression in Tibet, the status of the exiled Dalai Lama and its treatment of ethnic minorities spurred violent protests ahead of Beijing's 2008 Olympics. It could happen again. Beijing is to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with rumblings of a boycott and calls to move the games because...