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Rohingya who moved to island in Bangladesh are learning job skills, says Japanese charity chief

Apr. 09, 2024 02:25 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Japan's Nippon Foundation will spend $2 million to help move tens of thousands more Rohingya refugees to a remote island in Bangladesh and provide them with skills training, the charity's chairman said. Speaking to The Associated Press on Sunday after a...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Mar. 29, 2024 04:47 AM EDT

March 22-28, 2024 Lawyers file a lawsuit against the presidential election results in Indonesia, Thailand tries to help displaced people in Myanmar, and the Myanmar military holds the annual Armed Forces Day parade. Christian, Muslim and Buddhist devotees participate...

Buddhists use karmic healing against one US city's anti-Asian legacy and nationwide prejudice today

Mar. 19, 2024 21:01 PM EDT

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) — For one afternoon, on Antioch’s main street and tranquil riverbank, the fragrance of burning incense was paired with the sound of Buddhist and Tao chants. Their cumulative calming energy was meant to be a balm of sorts to soothe the racial and religious hate that cast a...

A California city wrestles with its history of discrimination against early Chinese immigrants

Mar. 19, 2024 20:47 PM EDT

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) — In 1939, after attending the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, Alfred Chan and his friends were headed back home to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. “They got really hungry and decided to stop halfway in Antioch for a meal,” his son...

Tep Vong, the leader of Cambodia's Buddhist community, dies at 93

Feb. 26, 2024 11:01 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Tep Vong, the senior monk who headed Cambodia’s Buddhist community and was vital for its rejuvenation in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide in the late 70s, has died. He was 93. Cambodia's Ministry of Cult and Religion said Tep Vong died Monday...

Solemn monument to Japanese American WWII detainees lists more than 125,000 names

Feb. 18, 2024 23:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Samantha Sumiko Pinedo and her grandparents file into a dimly lit enclosure at the Japanese American National Museum and approach a massive book splayed open to reveal columns of names. Pinedo is hoping the list includes her great-grandparents, who were detained in Japanese...

Churches, temples and monasteries regularly hit by airstrikes in Myanmar, activists say

Jan. 23, 2024 04:29 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A study issued Tuesday by researchers collecting evidence of war crimes in Myanmar supported reports that air strikes by the military government damaged churches in the Buddhist-dominated country’s sole Christian-majority state. The 10 reported attacks on churches...

Remains of fireworks explosion victims taken to Thai temple where families give DNA to identify them

Jan. 18, 2024 20:36 PM EST

MUEANG SUPHAN BURI, Thailand (AP) — Rescue workers carried out the grim task Thursday of recovering the remains of the 23 apparent victims of a fireworks factory explosion in central Thailand. Only part of the building frame stood at the site of the devastated factory in an...