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US Pacific commander says China seeks to intimidate region

Dec. 13, 2019 7:46 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — China's activities in territory it claims in the South China Sea are meant to intimidate other nations in the region, the commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet said Friday. Adm. John Aquilino said China's actions, including constructing islands in the disputed waters, are intended to...

Norway's Telenor drops Huawei for Ericsson in 5G contract

Dec. 13, 2019 10:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Norway's biggest wireless carrier, Telenor, on Friday chose Sweden's Ericsson to supply part of its new 5G network, ending its cooperation with Chinese tech giant Huawei after a decade. The company signaled it would gradually remove Huawei equipment as it upgrades radio gear for the next...

Obama says Paris climate deal is still the way forward

Dec. 13, 2019 6:28 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday the Paris Agreement on climate change may fall short of expectations but is still the way forward to achieve progress and encourage businesses to invest in clean energy. Nearly 200 nations pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi's defense of army puzzles former admirers

Dec. 13, 2019 12:25 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — What drives Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who this week defended her country at the International Court of Justice against charges that it carried out genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority? There was a time when Suu Kyi was the hero of human rights advocates, whose...

Malaysian court approves US bid to extradite North Korean

Dec. 13, 2019 12:02 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court Friday approved the extradition of a North Korean man to the U.S. to face money laundering charges in a case he says is politically motivated. Defense lawyer Jagjit Singh said Mun Chol Myong, 54, was shocked by the ruling and will appeal to the High Court. ...

Nobel winner's army defense blasted in Myanmar genocide case

Dec. 12, 2019 12:54 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers seeking to halt what they allege is ongoing genocide in Myanmar slammed leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s defense of her country’s armed forces, saying Thursday that the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former pro-democracy icon chose to ignore...

Thai king takes part in royal barge procession in Bangkok

Dec. 12, 2019 6:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of Thais and tourists flocked to the Chao Phraya River banks in Bangkok to witness an ancient ceremony of a royal barge procession on Thursday, marking the end of the coronation ceremony for King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The king, together with Queen Suthida and 14-year-old Prince...

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi defends Myanmar army in genocide case

Dec. 11, 2019 11:31 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi denied Wednesday that Myanmar's armed forces committed genocide, telling the United Nation's top court that the mass exodus of Rohingya people from the country she leads was the unfortunate result of a...

Rohingya refugees reject Aung San Suu Kyi’s genocide denial

Dec. 11, 2019 9:39 PM EST

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Rohingya refugees accused former Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi of lying to the International Court of Justice in testimony Wednesday in which she denied that her country's armed forces were guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority group. Suu Kyi, who is...

Volcanoes an ever-present, if usually distant danger

Dec. 11, 2019 9:30 PM EST

The eruption of an island volcano in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty killed up to 16 people, injured dozens and prevented rescuers from retrieving the bodies of eight victims believed to be on the island. A famed tourist attraction, White Island is one of several active volcanoes in New Zealand and one of the...