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The Latest: COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri tourist areas

Jun. 16, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

O’FALLON, Mo. — A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time — as tourists eager to get out after being cooped up for a year make their way to popular destinations like Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. ...

Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

Jun. 16, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry, the prime minister announced Wednesday. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said fully...

French conspiracist accused in kidnapping expelled home

Jun. 16, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Frenchman accused of inspiring the kidnapping of a young girl arrived in his home country Wednesday to face changes following his expulsion from Malaysia. France had issued an Interpol arrest notice for Remy Daillet-Wiedemann, who was detained on...

Junta troops burn Myanmar village in escalation of violence

Jun. 16, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Government troops in Myanmar have burned most of a village in the country’s central heartland, a resident said Wednesday, confirming reports by independent media and on social networks. The action appeared to be an attempt to suppress resistance against the ruling military...

Malaysian king says Parliament must resume despite emergency

Jun. 16, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king said Wednesday that Parliament, which has been suspended under a coronavirus emergency since January, must resume as soon as possible, but stopped short of saying the emergency should end. The monarch's comments contrasted...

Malaysian court rejects coroner's verdict in teen's death

Jun. 16, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian high court found Wednesday that a coroner erred in ruling that the death of a French-Irish teenager whose body was found near a jungle resort was likely due to a misadventure that didn't involve other people. High Court Judge...

Malaysian PM switches back to real name after court bungle

Jun. 16, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has issued a directive ordering all civil servants to use the legal spelling of the prime minister's name, after a court earlier squashed a detention order that was signed by the leader using his more widely known unofficial spelling. ...

Quake shakes part of east Indonesia, people warned off beach

Jun. 16, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A shallow, 5.8 magnitude undersea earthquake shook parts of eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, cracking some walls and sending panicked coastal residents in Maluku province to higher ground. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said...

Myanmar prosecutors present sedition charge against Suu Kyi

Jun. 15, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Prosecutors in the trial of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi presented arguments on Tuesday that she incited public disorder and flouted coronavirus restrictions, part of a package of charges the ruling military junta is seen as using to discredit her and consolidate...

Philippines: Int'l court probe of drug killings is insulting

Jun. 15, 2021 05:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will never cooperate with a possible International Criminal Court investigation into the thousands of killings under his anti-drugs crackdown, his spokesman said Tuesday, calling an international inquiry insulting to the...