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Philippine president's fiercest critic ordered arrested

Sep. 25, 2018 3:46 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A court has ordered Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress arrested after the president revoked the senator's 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV told a news conference Tuesday...

Asian stocks lower on US-China trade worries

Sep. 25, 2018 12:49 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday after a Chinese government report accusing the Trump administration of bullying other countries dampened hopes for a settlement in their escalating tariff war. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.8 percent to 2,775.91 and Sydney's...

Vietnam jails activist for anti-government posts on Facebook

Sep. 25, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 27 months in prison for Facebook posts that judges say insulted the ruling Communist Party and government and called for anti-government protests. Doan Khanh Vinh Quang, 42, was convicted "abuse of democratic freedom to infringe...

The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran's exports

Sep. 24, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran's exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by...

Polish globe-trotter blunders into Indonesia-Papua conflict

Sep. 24, 2018 10:16 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — To the Indonesian government, the 39-year-old factory worker and globe-trotting Polish traveler is a danger to the state, a man who plotted with shadowy gunmen to foment revolt in isolated eastern jungles. But to his supporters, Jakub Skrzypski is just an idealistic tourist with...

US: Myanmar military led 'extreme' violence against Rohingya

Sep. 24, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar's military targeted Rohingya civilians indiscriminately and often with "extreme brutality" in a coordinated campaign to drive the minority Muslims out of the country. The hard-hitting State Department report released Monday is...

The Latest: Trump cites 'very good experiences' with France

Sep. 24, 2018 7:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 7:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Trump says the two men have had "some very good experiences" but...

'Rocket Man' to 'Terrific': Trump lauds Kim in UN return

Sep. 24, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump raised hopes at the United Nations on Monday that a second meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un could occur "quite soon," striking a conciliatory tone one year after he used his debut at the U.N. to deride the autocrat as "Little Rocket Man" and threaten to...

Indonesian teenager rescued after drifting 49 days at sea

Sep. 24, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian teenager who survived 49 days adrift at sea after the wooden fish trap he was employed to mind slipped its moorings says he ran out of food within a week and survived on fish and seawater he squeezed from his clothing. Aldi Novel Adilang told The Associated Press on...

Thai junta leader interested in staying in politics

Sep. 24, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand's military government declared Monday he is "interested" in participating in politics, in a new indication he may seek to remain in office after elections scheduled for early next year. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's remarks did not clarify whether he is considering...