AP PHOTOS: Grand and heartfelt send-off for late Thai king

BANGKOK (AP) — Near Thailand's Grand Palace, a crematorium is being built to represent Mount Meru, the place where Buddhist and Hindu gods reside. Artists and craftsmen, many of them volunteers, have ...

Myanmar police arrest journalist ahead of defamation trial

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar have arrested a prominent journalist, accusing him of attempting to flee the country just days ahead of his trial on defamation charges brought by a controvers...

AP Explains: India and China face off in border standoff

NEW DELHI (AP) — It was the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan that sounded the alarm: Chinese soldiers had arrived with bulldozers and excavators, and were building a high-mountain road near India's bo...

Myanmar propaganda? Army takes media on reporting trip

KYAR GAUNG TAUNG, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's military has a big public relations problem: It stands accused of committing genocide. Which is why I was among 14 international journalist...

'Jet-set monk' is back in Thailand after extradition from US

BANGKOK (AP) — A former Buddhist monk wanted on charges including child molestation and fraud is back in Thailand after being extradited from the United States, where he fled in 2013. ...

Buddhists protest UN human rights envoy in western Myanmar

SITTWE, Myanmar (AP) — Buddhist demonstrators have protested the arrival of the U.N. human rights envoy to Myanmar for an information-gathering trip in troubled Rakhine state, where security forces ha...

Buddhist monk convicted of abusing children in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — A Bavarian court has convicted a Buddhist monk of more than 25 counts of sexually abusing children and sentenced him to seven years and nine months in prison. The dpa n...

Despite winning freedom, many former fishing slaves struggle

On the day they were freed from slavery, the fishermen hugged, high-fived and sprinted through a stinging rain to line up so they wouldn't be left behind. But even as they learned they were going home...

Despite winning freedom, many former fishing slaves struggle

On the day they were freed from slavery, the fishermen hugged, high-fived and sprinted through a stinging rain to line up so they wouldn't be left behind. But even as they learned they were going home...

US envoy urges Myanmar to give visas to UN rights mission

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is urging the international community "to stand together" and call on Myanmar's government to cooperate with a U.N. mission charged with probing alleg...

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TOP STORIES: CHINA-JAILED NOBEL LAUREATE — China's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo's two brothers are being allowed to travel to a northeastern city to visit him in ...

Owners of poached elephants in Sri Lanka may escape sanction

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A group of wealthy businessmen, a Buddhist priest and other social higher-ups on trial in Sri Lanka for allegedly keeping illegally captured elephants may get their animals b...

UN refugee head calls for citizenship for Myanmar's Rohingya

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N.'s top official for refugee affairs says granting citizenship to members of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority is crucial for achieving peace in the country's western state of R...

In Myanmar, one girl's plight epitomizes Rohingya struggle

DAR PAING, Myanmar (AP) — Ever since she was born in a squalid displaced camp for Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya minority that authorities won't let anyone leave, Rosmaida Bibi has struggled to do somethin...

Mob in western Myanmar kills Rohingya despite police guards

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A mob in Myanmar's western Rakhine State has killed a member of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority who had been on a police-guarded trip from the displacement camp where he liv...