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Thai court blocks anti-junta politician from joining House

May. 23, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday blocked the leader of a new anti-junta political party from taking his seat in Parliament while it determines whether he violated election rules. The ruling against Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is likely to increase political tensions in...

World shares sink as US-China spat takes center stage

May. 23, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stock markets fell sharply Thursday as traders focused on tensions between the U.S. and China and braced for the impact of their tariff hikes. Private surveys, meanwhile, showed continued weakness in the eurozone economy in May, with a slowdown in manufacturing and services. France's...

Police say 7 died in Indonesia election rioting

May. 23, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Seven people have died in election violence in the Indonesian capital, police said Thursday, as calm returned to the city and the losing presidential candidate prepared to challenge the result in court. The apparently orchestrated chaos that turned central Jakarta into a...

Defeated Indonesia candidate to challenge vote at top court

May. 23, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The defeated candidate in Indonesia's presidential election is expected to challenge the result in court Thursday as calm returned to the capital following a 24-hour spasm of apparently orchestrated violence. The campaign team of former general Prabowo Subianto has alleged massive...

Asian shares slip as US-China spat takes center stage

May. 22, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were broadly lower on Thursday as traders focused on tensions between the U.S. and China and braced for the impact of their tariff hikes. The Shanghai Composite index retreated 0.6% to 2,873.70 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng tumbled 1.2% to 27,376.69. The Kospi in South Korea was...

Canada to remove trash from Philippines by end of June

May. 22, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada said Wednesday that by the end of June it will remove truckloads of garbage which Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago. Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the government has awarded a contract to French shipping giant...

6 die in Indonesia riots, Widodo says he won't allow unrest

May. 22, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. The clashes began Tuesday night when supporters of...

The Latest: Widodo says he won't tolerate security threats

May. 22, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on post-election protests in Indonesia (all times local): 5 p.m. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo says authorities have the volatile situation in the capital Jakarta under control following riots by supporters of his rival in last month's presidential election. Police...

Thai court affirms defamation judgment against UK activist

May. 22, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An appeals court in Thailand on Wednesday upheld a 10 million baht ($313,000) judgment against a British activist who was sued by a fruit canning company whose workers complained of alleged labor abuses. The case was one of several highlighting the ability of corporations to harass labor...

Duterte's allies dominate Senate race, shut out opposition

May. 22, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president's allies won a majority of the 12 Senate seats at stake in midterm elections, official results showed Wednesday, while the opposition's shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader accused of massive human rights violations. Election officials...