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UN expert: No peace in Myanmar if no military prosecutions

Aug. 23, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A member of the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar warned Friday that there will be no long-term peace in the country and no return of Rohingya refugees unless there is accountability for the "brutality" of Myanmar's military forces. Radhika Coomaraswamy, a...

Indonesian rescuers search for 34 missing after ferry fire

Aug. 23, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers were searching Friday for more than 30 people believed missing after a ferry caught fire off the coast of Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least three people. The vessel was carrying 277 people from Tanjung Perak port in East Java's Surabaya when it caught fire...

Young dugong dies in Thailand in blow for vulnerable species

Aug. 23, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Marine resources officials in Thailand said Friday that an ailing 5-month-old dugong died during surgery, just days after the much-publicized death of another one of the vulnerable ocean mammals from what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste. The...

Australia, Vietnam concerned about China actions in sea row

Aug. 23, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Australia and Vietnam on Friday expressed serious concern over tensions in the disputed South China Sea, where Hanoi says China's gas survey ship has infringed on its territory and has disrupted Vietnam's exploration activities. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met in Hanoi...

UN envoy challenges Malaysia's claim to near zero poverty

Aug. 23, 2019 4:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A U.N. special rapporteur on Friday challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying there was "significant poverty" with an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country considered poor. Malaysia's official poverty rate fell from 49% in 1970 to...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Aug. 23, 2019 2:17 AM EDT

Two fishermen fell into floodwaters after a rope broke during an Indian air force rescue attempt on the River Tawi in Jammu, India. Both the fishermen later swam to safety. Many waterways in South Asia are swollen by recent monsoon rains. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Hong Kong police...

Rohingya shun repatriation to Myanmar, want safety guarantee

Aug. 22, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — None of the thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh turned up for a planned repatriation to Myanmar on Thursday, demanding they first be guaranteed safety and citizenship. "Not a single Rohingya wants to go back without their demands being...

UN report condemns sexual violence by Myanmar military

Aug. 22, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, a U.N. report charged Thursday. The...

Indonesian walking 700 kilometers backward to save forests

Aug. 22, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

BEKASI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian man is walking more than 700 kilometers (430 miles) backward from his village in eastern Java to the country's capital to raise awareness about deforestation. Medi Bastoni began his arduous expedition on July 18 from his home on the slope of Mount Wilis, a dormant...

No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar

Aug. 22, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's refugee commissioner said Thursday that no Rohingya Muslims turned up to return to Myanmar from camps in the South Asian nation as they wanted their demands for citizenship and guarantees of safety met first. Abul Kalam told a news conference that no one from 295...