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Indonesia sentences gay club workers to 2-3 years in prison
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian court has sentenced at least eight men arrested in a raid of a gay club and sauna to between two and three years in prison, an activist and a relative of one of the men said....

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian inquiry into child abuse on Friday recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional....

US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea
BANGKOK (AP) -- The U.S. special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic offer of unconditional talks, although the overture has already been contradicted by the White House....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Protesters in New Delhi, Manila, Dhaka and Jakarta burned effigies of President Donald Trump during rallies in cities across the Asia-Pacific region against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital....

Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has announced it is freezing the assets of 19 companies to step up pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development....

Pakistan moves to evict 21 foreign aid groups
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan has ordered 21 foreign aid groups to wrap up their activities and prepare to leave after they failed to re-register under tough regulations introduced two years ago, officials said Thursday....

South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Thursday that Beijing wants to improve ties that have nosedived over China's objections to the deployment of an American anti-missile system....

Reuters demands Myanmar release 2 arrested journalists
BANGKOK (AP) -- Reuters news agency called on Myanmar to immediately release two of its journalists who were arrested for possessing "important secret papers" obtained from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine state, where violence widely blamed on security forces has forced more than 630,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighboring Bangladesh....

Aid group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar
BANGKOK (AP) -- International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces....

UN chief says sanctions key to denuclearize North Korea
TOKYO (AP) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that unified efforts to fully implement sanctions on North Korea are key to resolving the country's growing missile and nuclear threat....