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Expert: UN failed before Rohingya crackdown in Myanmar

Jun. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent review of United Nations operations in the years before hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar's military concluded that the organization's many bodies failed to act together, resulting in "systemic and structural failures." The...

Indian police accuse man of spreading Islamic State ideology

Jun. 14, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police said they have arrested a Facebook friend of the suspected mastermind of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka for spreading Islamic State group ideology on social media to recruit young people to participate in a terrorist attack in southern India. A criminal case was...

Rights group cheers Bhutan's move toward legalizing gay sex

Jun. 9, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A global rights group on Sunday welcomed Bhutan's move toward becoming the latest South Asian nation to decriminalize homosexuality. The tiny Himalayan kingdom's lower house of Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to repeal provisions that said "unnatural sex" is illegal. The bill...

Man sought guns, grenades for Times Square attack, feds say

Jun. 7, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City college student accused of plotting a terrorist attack on Times Square spent months trying to stockpile guns and grenades, heaped praise on the Islamic State group and Osama bin Laden, and feared being known as the "Looney Tunes Terrorist" if his glasses fell off and he...

Modi sworn in for second term as Indian prime minister

May. 30, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Narendra Modi was sworn in for a second term as India's prime minister on Thursday after an overwhelming election victory for his Hindu nationalist party in a country of 1.3 billion people seeking swift economic change. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Modi and his...

Myanmar issues arrest warrant for nationalist Buddhist monk

May. 29, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar has issued an arrest warrant for a Buddhist monk known for incendiary comments about the country's Muslim minority and for criticism of the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, police said Wednesday. The warrant, issued in Yangon at police request, charges Wirathu with...

Japan announces aid to Bangladesh during leader's visit

May. 29, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced 132.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion) in aid to Bangladesh on Wednesday for economic development, a high-speed railway and other projects. The assistance, announced during a visit by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also will go to Japanese companies doing business in Bangladesh and...

IS claims responsibility for Bangladesh explosion

May. 27, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A global monitoring group said the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an explosion targeting a police van in Bangladesh's capital, but police said Monday they were not sure who was behind it. Police said Sunday night's explosion in Dhaka's Malibagh area left three...

India's marathon election ends, vote count begins Thursday

May. 19, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Voting in India's mammoth national election ended Sunday with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and its allies. Vote counting begins on Thursday,...

India's ruling party takes election battle to West Bengal

May. 17, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken his ruling party's fight to the state of West Bengal, where it hopes to retain a majority in staggered general elections concluding this week by diluting the strength of a formidable opponent, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The battle...