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Vineeta Deepak to lead AP's coverage of South Asia region

Apr. 17, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean. From her base in the...

Malaysia says 41 Rohingya land up north, 200 still at sea

Apr. 8, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Monday that 41 Muslim Rohingya men and boys have been detained in the northernmost state of Perlis, the second group to land in the country in just over a month, and that some 200 others are still believed to be at sea. Perlis police chief Noor Mushar...

Henson, Hadid give emotional remarks at Variety honors

Apr. 5, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson teared up as she discussed suicide rates among young black people. Gigi Hadid did the same as she spoke about the fate of the Rohingya people in refugee camps in Bangladesh. The two were among five celebrities honored Friday for their philanthropic work at Variety's annual...

UN: Climate disasters imperil Bangladesh kids' lives, future

Apr. 4, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The lives and futures of more than 19 million Bangladeshi children are at risk from the colossal impact of devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change, according to a report by the United Nations children's agency released Friday. The...

Bangladesh former PM Zia sent to hospital from prison

Apr. 1, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is being treated at a state hospital where she was taken from the centuries-old jail where she has been imprisoned since a corruption conviction, an official said Monday. The director of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib...

1 migrant killed, 6 injured in North Macedonia car accident

Mar. 31, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police say one migrant from Bangladesh has been killed and six Pakistani migrants seriously injured when their driver told them to jump from the speeding vehicle, apparently because he had spotted a police patrol. North Macedonian police say the vehicle, which was carrying...

Bangladesh police arrest building owners over fatal blaze

Mar. 31, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh's capital have arrested two of the owners of a commercial complex that caught fire this past week, killing 26 people and injuring about 70, an official said Sunday. F.R. Tower's owners Tasvir-ul-Islam and S.M.H.I. Faruque were arrested in Dhaka and charged with...

Bangladesh building fire exposes safety vulnerabilities

Mar. 29, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh imposed tougher safety rules after more than 1,100 people died when a garment factory complex collapsed near Dhaka in 2013. But continuing corruption and lax enforcement have resulted in many more deaths from safety lapses since the Rana Plaza disaster,...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Mar. 29, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

Thailand's recent general elections, its first since a 2014 military coup, set off jubilation among party loyalists and efforts by various party leaders to build a governing coalition even though the official results aren't required until May. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a fire in an...

Criminal case to be filed in Bangladesh fire that killed 25

Mar. 29, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi housing official said Friday criminal charges would be filed against the owner of a building where a fire killed 25 people and which had four upper floors constructed illegally. Minister for Housing and Public Work S.M. Rezaul Karim also pledged to take action against...