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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, a woman wearing face mask and face shield to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus checks surgical gown at a packing session of a garment factory at Industrial Zone in Yangon, Myanmar. The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the apparel industry, leaving many of the 65 million Asian garment factory workers struggling as factories close or cut back on wages, and the International Labor Organization is urging the industry to do more to protect them. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw, File)

ILO says garment industry should do more to help workers

Oct. 21, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the apparel industry, leaving many of the 65 million Asian garment factory workers struggling as factories close or cut back on wages, and the International Labor Organization is urging the industry to do more to protect them. The ILO issued a report...

A women’s rights activist among those protesting against gender based violence holds a placard outside the Parliament in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Oct.9, 2020. Bangladesh's Cabinet has approved an increase in the maximum punishment in rape cases to death from life imprisonment after a series of recent sexual assaults triggered protests.  (AP Photo/ Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Bangladesh's Cabinet approves death penalty in rape cases

Oct. 12, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Cabinet on Monday approved an increase in the maximum punishment in rape cases to death from life imprisonment after a series of recent sexual assaults triggered protests on streets and in social media. Cabinet spokesman Khandaker Anwarul Islam said President Abdul...

FILE - In this June 24, 2014, file photo, Rohingya children gather at the Dar Paing camp for Muslim refugees, north of Sittwe, western Rakhine state, Myanmar. The de facto detention of 130,000 ethnic Rohingya in squalid camps in Myanmar amounts to a form of apartheid, a human rights group alleged Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in urging the world to pressure Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to free them. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

Rights group decries Myanmar's camps for displaced Rohingya

Oct. 7, 2020 11:41 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The de facto detention of 130,000 ethnic Rohingya in squalid camps in Myanmar amounts to a form of apartheid, a human rights group alleged Thursday in urging the world to pressure Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to free them. The camps are a legacy of long discrimination against the...

4 Rohingya refugees killed in factional clash in Bangladesh

Oct. 7, 2020 4:20 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least four people died late Tuesday when members of two criminal factions attacked each other in a sprawling camp for Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh police said. Twenty other refugees were injured as the two groups opened fire with locally made guns and used sharp weapons at...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. (Rick Bajornas/UN Photo via AP)

UN meeting that began with unity concludes with divisions

Sep. 30, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — This year's U.N. General Assembly meeting began with calls for multilateralism and cooperation — a declaration that the urgency for countries to unite “has rarely been greater.” It concluded with a parade of divisive grievances that echoed when the final gavel...

In this image made from UNTV video, Kyaw Tint Swe, Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. (UNTV via AP)

Myanmar says militants hampering return of Rohingya refugees

Sep. 29, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A top Myanmar official on Tuesday accused a militant group and its supporters of hampering the repatriation of over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled a military crackdown in 2017 and are now in camps in Bangladesh. Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar’s minister for the office of the state...

Supporters hold placards showing former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, above, who is now transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, below, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup and who is now transitional vice president, outside a swearing-in ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali,  Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali's transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Mali notable in its absence from UN meeting

Sep. 29, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ 5:06 p.m. A country missing from the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders is the West African nation of Mali, whose leadership is in mid-overhaul after a military coup last month. The country late last week...

North Macedonia: 61 migrants held following police raids

Sep. 21, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained 61 migrants and arrested five suspected traffickers following highway checks and raids on Sunday and Monday. Thirty migrants from Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia were found hidden in a truck near the central city of Veles. The...

FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo, trainees work at Snowtex garment factory in Dhamrai, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. After months of decline in exports of its garment products, Bangladesh’s economy is showing signs of recovery. The Asian Development Bank in a new report said Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, the country's economy's comeback was encouraging and it is expected to grow by 6.8 percent in the current fiscal year ending in June if this recovery sustains. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

Bangladesh economy shows early signs of pandemic recovery

Sep. 18, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — A rebound in garment orders after demand crashed during spring shutdowns is helping to revive the Bangladesh economy. Apparel makers, the country’s main export industry, say they are looking ahead to Christmas orders from the U.S. and other major markets. Remittances from...

UN council members urge halt to Myanmar-Arakan Army fighting

Sep. 11, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A majority of U.N. Security Council members called for an immediate halt to fighting between Myanmar government forces and the Arakan Army guerrilla force following a closed council meeting on the latest situation in the southeast Asian nation. A joint statement from eight of the 15...