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Rohingya refugee Nasima Khatun, mother of a 25-year-old man stranded on a boat, speaks with the Associated Press at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. A group of Rohingya refugees is adrift in a boat in the Andaman Sea without food or water, the United Nations said Wednesday, as their families worried that many may have already died. “Oh Allah, save all of the people that are stuck in the boat including my son with your divine magic. Put them somewhere on the coast of the river. Please fulfill the wishes of my son to go there,” said Khatun. (AP Photo/Shafiqur Rahman)
UN: Boat with Rohingya refugees adrift without food, waterThe United Nations says a group of Rohingya refugees is adrift in a boat in the Andaman Sea without food or water, as their families worry that many may have already died
The Associated Press6 hours ago
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, Thai Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta gestures during a press conference discussing the government's decision to request Facebook to block an account in Bangkok, Thailand. Buddhipongse is one of three Cabinet ministers that have been forced to leave their posts after a court found them guilty of sedition for taking part in sometimes violent protests in 2013-2014 against the government then in power. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe,file)
Thai court ousts 3 Cabinet members found guilty of seditionThree Cabinet ministers in Thailand have been forced to leave their posts after a court found them guilty of sedition for taking part in sometimes-violent protests in 2013-2014 against the government then in power
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Thai court forces 3 Cabinet ministers to step down after finding them guilty of sedition during 2013-2014 protestsThai court forces 3 Cabinet ministers to step down after finding them guilty of sedition during 2013-2014 protests
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Pakistani couple's appeal of blasphemy sentence postponed A defense lawyer says a Pakistani court has adjourned without hearing a much-awaited appeal from a Christian couple facing the death penalty for the last seven years after being convicted of blasphemy
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Imran Khan invites Sri Lankan Buddhists to visit PakistanVisiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has proclaimed his Muslim-majority nation a choice destination for religious tourism by Sri Lankans, most of whom are Buddhists
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Japanese officials punished in scandal linked to PM's sonJapan’s communications ministry has punished 11 senior officials for accepting lavish dinners paid for by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s eldest son and his fellow executives at a satellite broadcaster, the latest embarrassment for Suga’s already scandal-laden government
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Officials: Engine explosion, fire kill 10 Afghan civiliansA police official says a minivan carrying civilians caught fire after its engine exploded in southern Afghanistan killing 10 family members, including three children
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Thousands celebrate reinstatement of Nepal's ParliamentThousands of anti-government protesters have thrown confetti and chanted slogans in Nepal’s capital to celebrate Parliament’s reinstatement by the Supreme Court
The Associated Press8 hours ago
China says Japan-U.S. security treaty a product of Cold War China has called the Japan-U.S. mutual security pact a product of the Cold War following U.S. criticism of the presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in Japanese-claimed territorial waters over the weekend
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Lawmakers, rights groups ask Malaysia to explain deportationMalaysian lawmakers and rights groups have demanded that the government explain why it violated a court stay order and deported 1,086 Myanmar migrants, saying it put their lives in danger following Myanmar’s military coup
The Associated Press9 hours ago
China says Iran nuclear issue at 'critical point'China says developments surrounding Iran's nuclear program are at a “critical point" and that lifting of sanctions on the country is key to breaking the deadlock
The Associated Press10 hours ago
People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus share a light moment as they walk by foreign shoe manufacturers on display for sale at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. China’s commerce minister appealed to Washington for “join efforts” revive trade but gave no indication Wednesday when tariff war talks might resume or whether Beijing might offer concessions. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Chinese official calls for 'joint efforts' in China-US tradeChina’s commerce minister has appealed to Washington to help revive trade but gave no indication when tariff war talks might resume or whether Beijing might offer concessions
The Associated Press10 hours ago
A container containing AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccines is transported at a distribution center in Icheon, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. South Korea's top infectious disease expert has warned that vaccines will not end the coronavirus pandemic quickly as the country prepared to give its first vaccinations this week. (Yonhap via AP)
'Don't worry, come forward': Asian nations get 1st shotsMany nations in the Asia-Pacific region are rolling out the first shots for COVID-19 this week
The Associated Press10 hours ago
In this image taken from MRTV video Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, left, talks with Thailand Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, center, and Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, right, during their meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. Regional diplomatic efforts to resolve Myanmar's political crisis gathered pace Wednesday, while protests continued in Yangon and other cities calling for the country's coupmakers to stand down and Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government to be returned to power. (MRTV via AP)
Indonesia presses regional effort to resolve Myanmar crisisRegional diplomatic efforts to resolve Myanmar’s political crisis have intensified, while protests continue in Yangon and other cities calling for the country’s coup makers to step down and return Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government to power
The Associated Press11 hours ago
In this Jan. 23, 2021, file photo, a woman wearing face mask looks at her phone in Hanoi, Vietnam. Amnesty International has found that a hacking group known as Ocean Lotus has been staging more spyware attacks on Vietnamese human rights activists in the latest blow to freedom of speech in the communist-ruled country. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)
Amnesty International: Hackers attacking Vietnam dissidentsAmnesty International says it has found that a hacking group known as Ocean Lotus has been staging more spyware attacks on Vietnamese human rights activists in the latest blow to freedom of speech in the communist-ruled country
The Associated Press13 hours ago
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