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AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Dec. 5, 2019 10:53 PM EST

Families in Vietnam mourned the 39 people who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month. The last bodies of the victims were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, laborers repaired a road in India, where the last quarter's economic...

Mekong River’s new aquamarine color may be sign of trouble

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say. The river usually has a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running...

UN says 13 people reportedly killed in Philippines typhoon

Dec. 5, 2019 2:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. humanitarian officials say typhoon Kammuri reportedly killed 13 people and displaced nearly 400,000 others as it crossed the Philippines with fierce winds and rain this week. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday that the humanitarian experts also reported that more than...

Indonesia to fire airline CEO over smuggling accusation

Dec. 5, 2019 9:44 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's state-owned enterprises minister said Thursday he will fire and seek the prosecution of the head of the national airline after he was implicated in the smuggling of a Harley Davidson motorcycle into the country on a new jet. The minister, Erick Thohir, said at a news...

3 charged over Australia’s largest crystal meth seizure

Dec. 5, 2019 2:55 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two customs agents and an information technology worker appeared in a court on Thursday charged with drug offenses over Australia’s largest seizure of methamphetamine, which had been smuggled to Melbourne from Bangkok in stereo speakers. Police estimate the 1.6 metric tons...

Australia death is 25th from faulty Takata air bag inflators

Dec. 4, 2019 2:20 PM EST

Authorities are reporting the death of another driver who was injured by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, raising the worldwide death toll to 25. The unidentified driver was killed in Australia in a 1998 BMW 3 Series car. The location and date of the death and the driver's identity are unknown. Takata's...

Defense chief tells Duterte martial law in south can now end

Dec. 4, 2019 10:26 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief said Wednesday he recommended that President Rodrigo Duterte not extend martial law in the country’s south, where it was imposed in 2017 to help troops quell a bloody siege by Islamic State group-aligned jihadists in Marawi city. Defense...

AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

Dec. 4, 2019 9:24 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the...

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines

Dec. 3, 2019 7:52 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Kammuri barreled across the Philippines with fierce winds and rain Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead, forcing hundreds of thousands of villagers to abandon high-risk communities and prompting officials to shut Manila’s international airport. Kammuri...

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib seeks to show he’s victim of fugitive

Dec. 3, 2019 1:52 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak sought to show he was the victim of a cunning fugitive financier as he opened his defense Tuesday in his first corruption trial linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund. Najib is defending himself...