Myanmar's dethroned international beauty queen lashed back at her accusers after she was stripped her Miss Asia Pacific World title. Organizers of the South Korean-based pageant accused May Myat Noe, 16, of being dishonest and fleeing with a $100,000 tiara. Noe said she did not intend to steal the crown, but said she won't return it until they apologize for calling her a liar and thief.
Myanmar is one of the hardest places to get care for HIV and AIDS patients. Of the estimated 190,000 people who lived with the virus, only about a third were receiving treatment, and more than 15,000 died from the disease, according to UNAIDS.
A fashion photo shoot of five victims of acid attacks drew wide attention in India, where there are regular reports of assaults on victims to disfigure or blind them, often because of spurned sexual advances. The photos posted on the Facebook page of the charity Stop Acid Attacks showed five friends laughing and striking playful poses while wearing some of the fashion designs by one of the young women. They have been widely shared and picked up by TV stations and newspapers.
The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been hit by the worst flooding in 50 years amid heavy rains that has killed nearly 300 people. Violence also flared between militants and Indian soldiers in the disputed region, which has been wracked by on-and-off fighting for decades amid competing claims of sovereignty by India and Pakistan and calls for independence from some Kashmiris.
Photos from North Korea's capital of Pyongyang captured people enjoying a ride at an amusement park and others riding the city's subway.
Scientists from Britain are engaged in an unprecedented joint effort with North Korea to study a huge volcano in straddling the border between North Korea and China. Because of politics and its remote location, Mt. Paektu has been almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists until recently.
In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new Cabinet, matching a past high. The move sends a signal that he wants to make good on his goals to revive the economy by promoting women into positions of leadership and better utilizing their talents in companies and government.