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Indonesia arrests 22 militants following attack on minister

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 22 suspected militants plotting bombings and other attacks have been arrested in a counterterrorism crackdown following last week's assault by a knife-wielding militant couple who wounded Indonesia's top security minister, police said Monday. National police spokesman...

Indonesia province shuts schools as haze from fires returns

Oct. 14, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

PALEMBANG, Indonesia (AP) — Thick, noxious haze from new deliberately set fires blanketed parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday after days of improving air quality, causing school closings and flight delays. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said nearly 1,200 fires were...

Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegations

Oct. 14, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine national police chief resigned on Monday after he faced allegations in a Senate hearing that he intervened as a provincial police chief in 2013 to prevent his officers from being prosecuted for allegedly selling a huge quantity of illegal drugs they had seized....

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 14, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

Indonesia nabs 2 accused of planning to attack Bali police

Oct. 12, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's counterterrorism squad has arrested two suspected militants accused of plotting an attack on police on the tourist island of Bali, police said Saturday. Bali police spokesman Hengky Widjaja said the man and his son were arrested Thursday, just hours after a militant...

Another day, another record for Simone Biles

Oct. 12, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Another day, another record for Simone Biles. In a week where she's written even more history than she usually does, the U.S. gymnastics star won her 23rd world championship medal on Saturday in vault. That matches the all-time record by any gymnast, male or female — and...

Thai army chief rants at critics, warns of Hong Kong unrest

Oct. 11, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's powerful army chief declared Friday that the country's government is virtually at war with its critics, warning that politicians, academics and other intellectuals may "manipulate" young people to stage protests like those in Hong Kong. Gen. Apirat Kongsompong in a prepared speech...

Malaysia offers incentives to boost growth in 2020 budget

Oct. 11, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government offered incentives to attract investment and wide-ranging financial goodies for ethnic Malays and the poor but hiked taxes for the rich in a smaller national budget for 2020 seen as appeasing critics in its second year of power. The budget, unveiled in...

Indonesia: Minister's attacker was under police surveillance

Oct. 11, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Muslim militant who wounded the country's security minister in a brazen knife attack was under government surveillance for some time but police did not attempt to arrest him because he didn't seem to pose an immediate threat, a police official said Friday. National police...

Better protection sought for Thailand's helmeted hornbill

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Time is running out for Thailand's dwindling population of helmeted hornbills thanks to poaching of the exotic birds for the ivory-like casques atop their big red and yellow beaks. The species, known by the scientific name Rhinoplax vigil, is listed as "critically endangered" by the...