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In this Wednesday, April 1, 2020, photo, Rohingya refugees stand at the Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Aid workers are bracing for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in one of the world's largest refugee camps in Bangladesh, but officials are already warning that containing the disease among more than 1 million tightly packed Rohingya Muslims will be a daunting task. (AP Photo/Suzauddin Rubel)

Crowded in camps, Rohingya refugees vulnerable to virus

Apr. 2, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Aid workers are bracing for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in one of the world's largest refugee camps in Bangladesh, with officials warning that containing the disease among more than 1 million tightly packed Rohingya Muslims will be a daunting task. With about 40,000...

Myanmar officially brands Rakhine rebels a terrorist group

Mar. 24, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has officially designated an armed ethnic rebel group known as the Arakan Army a terrorist organization. The declaration, published in official notices in Tuesday's newspapers, came after more than a year of bitter fighting between government forces and the guerrilla group,...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori listens questions from journalist during a press conference Monday, March 23, 2020, in Tokyo. As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: US officials working on $2 trillion rescue deal

Mar. 24, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 381,000 people and killed over 16,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 101,000 people have recovered so...

U.S. military guard of honor carry a coffin covered with U.S. national flag during a repatriation ceremony at Mandalay International Airport Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Mandalay, central Myanmar.  The U.S. military has repatriated what may be the remains of service personnel who were lost in action during World War II.  The U.S. Embassy said the remains from Myanmar’s central Sagaing region were repatriated at the ceremony at the airport after being recovered in a mission carried out by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Myanmar repatriates suspected remains of US WWII servicemen

Mar. 12, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — The U.S. military on Thursday repatriated what may be the remains of service personnel who were lost in action in Myanmar during World War II. The remains from Myanmar's central Sagaing region were repatriated at a ceremony at Mandalay International Airport after being recovered in...

Military representatives stand upon arrival of Parliament Chairman T Khun Myat during a regular session of the Union Parliament Wednesday, March. 11, 2020, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar MPs reject bid to allow Suu Kyi to become president

Mar. 11, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament rejected on Wednesday a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to officially become president. The rejection had been expected because the proposal was opposed by the military, which under the...

FILE - In the May 7, 2019, file photo, Myanmar national Shein Latt, left, and his boss U.S. national John Fredric Todoroki leave a local court after being arrested for operating a marijuana plantation in Ngazun Township, Mandalay region, central Myanmar. A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced Shein Latt to twenty years in prison under the country's drug laws concerning marijuana. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Employee of US-owned hemp farm in Myanmar gets 20 years jail

Mar. 11, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

YANGON (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Tuesday sentenced a local employee of an American-owned hemp farm to 20 years in prison for violating drug laws concerning marijuana. Shein Latt was one of three people arrested last April when police raided the 20-acre (8-hectare) plantation on an industrial estate in...

FILE- In this Dec.2, 2016 file photo, members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) guard at a common transit point for Rohingya along the banks of the Naf River, which marks the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Bangladeshi security officials on Monday fatally shot seven suspected members of a Rohingya refugee gang allegedly involved in drug dealing and human trafficking, officials said. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

8 suspected Rohingya gangsters shot dead in Bangladesh

Mar. 2, 2020 9:07 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi security officials on Monday fatally shot seven suspected members of a Rohingya gang allegedly involved in drug dealing and human trafficking, officials said. The killings occurred near a refugee camp in Teknaf in Cox's Bazar near Bangladesh’s border with...

Thai police find bodies of suspected smugglers in reservoir

Feb. 27, 2020 10:36 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in northern Thailand said the bodies of seven people believed to be drug smugglers were found Thursday in a reservoir in an area under military control. Police in Chiang Rai province's Mae Sai district said the seven are thought to have been involved in an armed clash with soldiers on...

Rescuers cover the bodies of victims of a boat capsize at St. Martin's Island, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2010. An overcrowded boat carrying about 125 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps sank early Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal, leaving at least 16 dead, Bangladeshi officials said Tuesday. The coast guard, navy divers and other rescuers recovered the bodies of more than a dozen people after the wooden boat capsized off St. Martin's Island, the top elected official on the island told The Associated Press. (Joynal Abedin via AP)

Rohingya boat capsizes in Bay of Bengal; at least 15 dead

Feb. 11, 2020 8:38 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An overcrowded boat carrying about 138 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps sank Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal, leaving at least 15 confirmed dead, mostly women, Bangladeshi officials said. The coast guard, navy divers and other rescuers recovered the bodies after the wooden...

Workers wearing protective masks sit inside their booth promoting China during a travel fair in Manila, Philippines on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The organizer said the impact of travel bans due to the new virus has already affected tourism in the Philippines due to the huge Chinese market. Asian nations have profited handsomely from the impressive growth in tourists from China over the past decade, but the specter of a rapidly spreading virus has raised concerns over the industry prospects. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: WHO says mask demand may hurt health workers

Feb. 7, 2020 11:04 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on a virus outbreak that began in China (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The World Health Organization is warning that demand for masks and other protective equipment might jeopardize health workers responding to the outbreak of the new virus in China. Dr. Michael Ryan, the U.N....