In this May 16, 2015 photo, former slave fisherman Myint Naing, left and his mother Khin Than, cry as they are reunited after 22 years at their village in Mon State, Myanmar. Myint, 40, is among hundreds of former slave fishermen who returned to Myanmar following an Associated Press investigation into the use of forced labor in Southeast Asia’s seafood industry. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Photos by Gemunu Amarasinghe

All he did was ask to go home.

The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. Continue reading

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A novice Buddhist monk playfully holds another, as other novice monks, nuns and children gather for an assembly at the beginning of a school day at a monastic school in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, June 12, 2015. Monastic schools, founded and run by the monks with a little support from the government, provide education for over 150,000 children. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

For this week’s installment of AP’s Daily Life series, we feature photography from all over the world: Waiters nap at a table as they wait for customers in Beijing, a couple kiss during the early morning hours in central Athens, and a surfer carries her board while walking along the shore in South Carolina.  Continue reading

In this June 20, 2015 photo, laborers walk through a field with bags used for carrying harvested coca leaves, in Samugari, Peru. Nearly all the coca they pick ends up being processed into cocaine, and many worry that the government will finally begin destroying the crop, as it has elsewhere. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Photos by Rodrigo Abd

Just before sunrise, Raul Rua joins 15 others, including women, teens and children, for a half-hour walk to pick coca in the world’s No. 1 coca-producing valley. Continue reading

Members of the LGBT movement hold a gay pride flag during a parade celebration in Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, to celebrate a freshly endorsed right to marry.

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Photos by Amr Nabil

Many visitors to Cairo are familiar with the whirling dervishes — the stylized spinning dancers who perform across the city at cultural centers, cruise ships, hotels and weddings. Continue reading