A humanitarian crisis emerged in Asia last week as hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people landed on the shores of Indonesia and Thailand.

Thousands more Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority from Myanmar, and other migrants are believed to be adrift in Malacca Strait waters, but surrounding countries have made it clear they are not welcome, even turning some boats away.

In Seoul, the glow of lanterns brightened the Lotus Lantern Festival that celebrates the birthday of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, later this month.

Just as Nepalis were striving to get back on their feet after last month's massive earthquake, the country was shaken by another, weaker quake that killed more than 110 people.

A fire at a rubber slipper factory near Manila, Philippines, left 72 people dead last week. Witnesses said many victims were trapped behind iron grill bars that prevented their escape.

In more tranquil scenes, a fisherman held his net as the sun set over Dal Lake in Srinigar, India, while at dawn on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, a man drove passengers into town on a motor cart past palm trees.