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Cambodian opposition leader in Indonesia, ponders next move

Nov. 14, 2019 11:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived Thursday in Indonesia to meet some of the country’s lawmakers as he considers when and how to make his long-promised return to his homeland. Sam Rainsy, head of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, flew in from...

Japan, US say 3-way ties with S. Korea are key to security

Nov. 12, 2019 10:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, agreed with Japanese officials Tuesday that three-way cooperation with South Korea is key to regional security and that an intelligence sharing pact between Tokyo and Seoul should not be scrapped. Japanese Foreign Minister...

Argentine, Mexican leaders meet on trade and cooperation

Nov. 4, 2019 10:29 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández met with his Mexican soon-to-be counterpart Monday seeking to boost bilateral and regional cooperation in his first foreign trip since winning election last month. Fernández said topics of discussion with Andrés Manuel López...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Nov. 4, 2019 2:12 AM EST

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. ___...

India, Pakistan to allow visa-free access to Sikh shrine

Oct. 24, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Pakistan signed a long-awaited visa-free border crossing agreement on Thursday allowing Indian Sikhs to easily visit a shrine in Pakistan, a rare instance of cooperation between the countries amid heightened tensions over Kashmir. The agreement was signed at a border crossing in...

UNHCR probes Libya-Malta interception in migrant rescue

Oct. 22, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is investigating why Malta last week allegedly asked the Libyan coast guard to intercept a migrant boat in a zone of the Mediterranean under Maltese responsibility, in possible violation of maritime law, a U.N. official said Tuesday. Vincent Cochetel, the U.N. High...

The Latest: US troops leaving Syria to stay in Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops he has ordered to leave Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State threat. In a written statement Monday announcing...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

Iran asks West to leave Persian Gulf as tensions heightened

Sep. 22, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president called Sunday on Western powers to leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran, criticizing a new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region's waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic's military arsenal. Hassan Rouhani...

A year in the ice: Scientists set sail on Arctic expedition

Sep. 20, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An international team of researchers set off Friday on the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic, a yearlong journey they hope will sharpen the scientific models that underpin human understanding of climate change. The 140-million euro ($158 million)...