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Bishop who won Nobel for work in Timor accused of sex abuse

Sep. 29, 2022 07:39 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Nobel Peace Prize-winning Catholic bishop has been accused in a Dutch magazine article of sexually abusing boys in East Timor in the 1990s, rocking the Catholic Church in the impoverished nation and forcing officials at the Vatican and Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo's religious...

Global stocks fall after UK's Truss defends tax cuts

Sep. 29, 2022 05:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — European stocks tumbled Thursday and Asian markets were mixed after British Prime Minister Liz Truss defended a tax-cut plan that rattled investors. London's market benchmark plunged 2.3% and Frankfurt lost 1.9% in early trading. Shanghai and Hong Kong also declined....

Suu Kyi convicted again, Australian economist gets 3 years

Sep. 29, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted former leader Aung San Suu Kyi in another criminal case Thursday and sentenced Australian economist Sean Turnell to three years in prison for violating Myanmar’s official secrets act, a legal official said. Suu Kyi...

Tropical rains flood parts of Thailand, 5,000 seek shelter

Sep. 29, 2022 03:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Water up to waist-high flooded some riverfront neighborhoods and other areas of Thailand on Thursday after a tropical depression dumped heavy rains and knocked down trees, causing at least one death. The heaviest rainfall, about 22 centimeters (8.5 inches) in 24...

Myanmar court convicts Suu Kyi again, sentences Australian economist Sean Turnell to 3 years in prison over secrets law

Sep. 29, 2022 00:34 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar court convicts Suu Kyi again, sentences Australian economist Sean Turnell to 3 years in prison over secrets law.

Model fearing Myanmar military heads to asylum in Canada

Sep. 29, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A fashion model from Myanmar who feared being arrested by the country's military government if she was forced back home from exile has arrived in Canada, which she says has granted her asylum. Thaw Nandar Aung, also known as Han Lay, left on a flight from Bangkok’s...

Rohingya seek reparations from Facebook for role in massacre

Sep. 28, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

With roosters crowing in the background as he speaks from the crowded refugee camp in Bangladesh that's been his home since 2017, Maung Sawyeddollah, 21, describes what happened when violent hate speech and disinformation targeting the Rohingya minority in Myanmar began to spread on Facebook. ...

Typhoon Noru weakens over Vietnam, dumps rain in Thailand

Sep. 28, 2022 03:56 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Typhoon Noru weakened into a tropical storm over central Vietnam on Wednesday, causing blackouts and blowing off roofs and billboards with strong winds and putting Thailand on alert for more floods and downpours. There were no immediate reports of casualties...

UN General Assembly meeting of world leaders, by the numbers

Sep. 27, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The barricades are down, the world leaders have left and New Yorkers are complaining slightly less about traffic. The gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly is over. Here, we break down the stats for you: U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSIONS: 77 ...

New Thai rules allow abortions up to 20th week of pregnancy

Sep. 27, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand will allow abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy under new regulations issued by the Public Health Ministry, a government spokesperson announced Tuesday. The regulations, published Monday in the Royal Gazette, come into effect Oct. 26 and liberalize...