GREATER NOIDA, India (AP) — The Amalawa brothers were wandering through a mall in a New Delhi suburb when the phone rang with warnings from a friend: Hurry home, mobs of Indians are attacking Africans across the area. The brothers, Nigerians who came to India to seek better education and work opportunities, rushed out and tried to hail an autorickshaw, just as a mob of Indian men saw them and ran toward them. The Amalawas ran back inside the mall but dozens of screaming men followed them. Precious Amalawa hid inside a changing room but Endurance got dragged out. "They attacked him with bricks, sticks, belts," 23-year-old Precious said Friday as he sat, still stiff with shock and fear, in their apartment.
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The 11-year-old boy set out for a stroll with a friend in the main city of the disputed region of Kashmir. It was a sunny spring day, and quiet, during a general strike and after anti-India protests and clashes had subsided with no injuries reported. But Wednesday's walk quickly became traumatic, Mir Mehran recounted, as he and his friend were stopped by Indian paramilitary soldiers who mocked them and questioned why they were out walking and then punished the boys in the street. "They asked us to hold our earlobes and do situps for 10 times. As we were doing so, they laughed at us," Mehran told The Associated Press after photographs began circulating and sparked outrage among local Kashmiris.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Waving the national flag, the U.S. stars and stripes and shouting military-style slogans, tens of thousands of supporters of arrested former South Korean President Park Geun-hye rallied Saturday for her to be released from detention on corruption allegations. Park was jailed Friday over allegations that she colluded with a confidante to extort money from businesses, take bribes and allow the friend to unlawfully interfere with state affairs. The Constitutional Court ruled March 10 to remove her from office after she was impeached in December. Reflecting a nation deeply split over its future, Park's opponents held their own protests in nearby streets, celebrating her arrest and calling for her conservative policies to be erased.
PONOROGO, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers on Saturday searched for more than two dozen people who were missing after a rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia's main island of Java. One body was found before the search was suspended as rain started to fall. The landslide hit some 23 houses and farmers harvesting ginger on a hillside in Banaran village in East Java province's Ponorogo district, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency. Nugroho said the discovery of one dead victim left at least 26 villagers missing. The local army chief, Lt. Col. Slamet Sarijanto, said that according to villagers, 38 people were buried by the landslide — 22 in their houses and 16 while harvesting ginger.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Voter went to the polls Saturday for 19 by-elections in Myanmar, in the first test of the popularity of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy since it formed the government a year ago. Results are not expected until Sunday at the earliest. No incidents of violence were reported by the time the polls closed. Nine of the contested seats were in the Lower House, three in the Upper House and the rest in state and regional assemblies in ethnic minority areas. Some seats became vacant because the lawmakers were promoted to the Cabinet. Some were open because of deaths, while others were never filled in the 2015 general election after security concerns in the areas forced the cancellation of voting.
GAUHATI, India (AP) — Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday recalled his 1959 flight to India from Tibet ahead of a visit to northeast India's Arunachal Pradesh state despite objections by China, which considers it a disputed region. The Dalai Lama said he had no option but to escape Tibet in view of Chinese military action. He spoke at a function organized by an Indian newspaper, The Assam Tribune, in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state. The state's governor and its top elected official were among an audience of nearly 1,500 people. The Dalai Lama last visited Arunachal Pradesh in 2009.
BOSTON (AP) — Hotels offer congee and other Chinese staples for room service. Casinos train staff members on Chinese etiquette. Restaurants, tourist sights and shopping malls translate signs, menus and information booklets into Chinese. The American hospitality industry is stepping up efforts to make Chinese visitors feel more welcome, since they are projected to soon surpass travelers from the United Kingdom and Japan as the single largest overseas demographic. And it's not just the typical tourist hubs of New York and Los Angeles, where such efforts have long been commonplace. Smaller cities like Boston, Las Vegas, Seattle and Washington, D.C., are increasingly getting into the act, industry officials say.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A cargo ship being used by a South Korean shipping company went missing in seas near Uruguay with 24 crew members and authorities said Saturday that two people had been rescued. The ship went out of contact late Friday, South Korea time, shortly after one of the crew members sent a text message to the shipping company saying the ship was taking on water, according to an official from Seoul's Foreign Ministry. The official said the Uruguayan maritime police and a commercial vessel that had been in neighboring waters were searching for the Stella Daisy, which had departed from a port in Brazil on March 26.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's whaling fleet returned home Friday after killing 333 whales in the Antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling program. The Fisheries Agency said the five-ship fleet finished its four-month expedition without major interference from anti-whaling activists who have attempted to stop it in the past. Japan says the hunt was for ecological research. Research whaling is allowed as an exception to a 1986 international ban on commercial whaling. Opponents of the Japanese program say it's a cover for commercial whaling because the whales are sold for food. The International Court of Justice ruled in 2014 that Japan's Antarctic whaling program should stop because it wasn't scientific as Tokyo had claimed.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's police chief said Friday that three North Koreans who had been hiding out in their country's embassy for weeks were allowed to fly home after investigators cleared them of wrongdoing in the death of Kim Jong Nam. Malaysia and North Korea struck a deal this week to end a diplomatic standoff over the Feb. 13 murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un. Although details of what led to the agreement were not released, it gave North Korea custody of the body and allowed Malaysia to question the three men who were hiding in the embassy.