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The Latest: West Virginia hits daily record in new cases

Sep. 12, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia set two daily records in the past week for positive coronavirus cases as the pandemic continues to ravage the state. Thursday’s total of confirmed cases was a record 1,738, only to be broken by Saturday’s total of 1,821, according...

Firebrand Myanmar monk Wirathu released from prison

Sep. 06, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A nationalist Buddhist monk in Myanmar notorious for anti-Muslim remarks was freed from prison on Monday after charges that he tried to stir up disaffection against the country's previous civilian government were dropped. The monk, Wirathu, became...

Bangladesh court sentences 6 militants to death in slayings

Aug. 31, 2021 04:49 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh anti-terrorism tribunal on Tuesday sentenced six Islamist militants to death in the brutal slayings of two men, including a prominent gay rights activist, five years ago, lawyers said. In April 2016, assailants hacked to death...

Passenger boat in Bangladesh sinks after collision, 22 dead

Aug. 28, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — At least 22 people died when a Bangladeshi passenger boat sank with more than 100 aboard, and the driver of a cargo vessel suspected of colliding with the boat was arrested, officials said Saturday. The boat sank Friday evening in a large body of...

Myanmar says Rohingya minority will get COVID-19 vaccine

Aug. 27, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A spokesman for Myanmar’s military-installed government said Friday that COVID-19 vaccines will be given to members of the country’s persecuted Rohingya ethnic group. The Muslim minority was the target of a fierce counter-insurgency campaign in 2017...

Bangladesh factories open as economic worries trump virus

Aug. 20, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh is suffering through its deadliest surge of the pandemic, but you wouldn't know it looking at its factories, markets and malls. The South Asian nation home to 165 million people has done away with most virus restrictions, allowing...

Bangladesh disputes study into alleged forced disappearances

Aug. 19, 2021 01:52 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Wednesday disputed a Human Rights Watch investigation into disappearances of government critics and others as built on questionable, uncorroborated allegations that security forces were involved. The government has long denied...

UN urged to probe alleged disappearances in Bangladesh

Aug. 16, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A global human rights group urged the United Nations on Monday to lead an independent investigation into the alleged disappearances of government critics and others at the hands of security forces in Bangladesh, an allegation the country's government has long...

2 dozen Rohingya refugees feared drowned in Bangladesh

Aug. 15, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — More than two dozen Rohingya refugees were missing and feared drowned after a boat carrying them capsized in the Bay of Bengal, the United Nations and Bangladeshi police said Sunday. The refugees were apparently trying to flee a remote...

Bangladesh vaccinating Rohingya refugees amid virus surge

Aug. 10, 2021 02:20 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's government and aid agencies started vaccinating Rohingya refugees Tuesday as a virus surge raises health risks in the sprawling, cramped camps where more than 1 million people who fled Myanmar are sheltering. The highly transmissible...