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Rohingya boy floats across river to flee Myanmar violence

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh — Nabi Hussain owes his life to a yellow plastic oil container. The 13-year-old Rohingya boy couldn’t swim, and had never even seen the sea before fleeing his village in Myanmar. But he clung to the empty container and struggled across the water with it for about 2.5 miles, all the …

India’s river waters cleanse spirits at Hindu festival

NASIK, India (AP) — It’s just water. But to the millions of Hindus expected at the Kumbh Mela festival, held this year along the Godavari, touching that water is reverential. It’s a way to cleanse themselves of sin, to come close to God, to immerse themselves in a tradition that dates to antiquity. They have …

Thousands spend night outdoors as death toll rises in Nepal

View image | gettyimages.com CHAUTARA, Nepal — Thousands of fear-stricken people spent the night outdoors after a new earthquake killed dozens of people and spread more misery in Nepal, which is still reeling from a devastating quake that killed more than 8,000 people nearly three weeks ago. A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter carrying six Marines …