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Cuba launches commercial exports of COVID-19 vaccines

Sep. 27, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has begun commercial exports of its homegrown COVID-19 vaccines, sending shipments of the three-dose Abdala vaccine to Vietnam and Venezuela. President Miguel Díaz-Canel announced the arrival in Vietnam on his Twitter feed Sunday. The official...

Monsoon rain may worsen floods in Thailand, Bangkok prepares

Sep. 27, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Seasonal monsoon rains may worsen flooding that has already badly affected about a third of Thailand, officials said Monday as flood gates and pumping stations were being used to reduce the potential damage. A tropical storm over the weekend swept through...

Asian shares up, Shanghai slips as virus fears cloud outlook

Sep. 26, 2021 23:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday, but fears of further waves of coronavirus outbreaks were clouding the economic outlook for the region, tempering the rally. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.3% to 30,35.62. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.7%...

Concerned United Nations can only sidestep Myanmar crisis

Sep. 26, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In his speech last week to open the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations where "peace and stability remain a distant dream.” He declared unwavering support for the people of...

Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep

Sep. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It’s 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. “Welcome to the party!" says third officer...

Pastor reported killed, town abandoned in Myanmar fighting

Sep. 23, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Baptist pastor and three other men were killed and a town of 2,000 homes all but abandoned this past weekend in fighting in Myanmar’s western Chin State that escalated after a call for a nationwide uprising against the country’s military government, a resident said...

Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement

Sep. 23, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming more assertive in their approach toward a rising...

Detained Australian economist appears in Myanmar court

Sep. 23, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An Australian economist who was arrested when Myanmar’s military seized power in February made an appearance Thursday in a court in the capital Naypyitaw, where he will be tried for violation of the official secrets law, his lawyer said. Sean Turnell...

Indonesia leader lays out priorities for G-20 presidency

Sep. 22, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Indonesia's leader said Wednesday that inclusiveness and a sustainable, green economy would be among his priorities when he assumes the G-20 presidency next year. In a recorded statement to the U.N. General Assembly, Indonesian President Joko Widodo...

Manila mayor, ex-scavenger and actor, to seek presidency

Sep. 22, 2021 01:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The popular mayor of the Philippine capital said Wednesday he will run for president in next year’s elections, the latest aspirant in what is expected to be a crowded race to succeed the controversial Rodrigo Duterte. Manila Mayor Isko...