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Strong quake shakes main Indonesia island; no tsunami alert

Dec. 03, 2022 06:09 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake shook parts of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Saturday, causing panic and sending people into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Officials said there was no danger of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological...

UN human rights chief decries new Myanmar death sentences

Dec. 02, 2022 22:53 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military-installed government has sentenced more critics to death, bringing the total to 139, and is using capital punishment as a tool to crush opposition, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said Friday. High Commissioner Volker Türk said at...

Remains of WWII POW from Massachusetts accounted for

Dec. 02, 2022 15:21 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An American service member who survived the notorious Bataan Death March during World War II but later died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp has finally been accounted for, military officials announced Friday. The remains of Army Air Forces Pvt. Joseph E. Lescaut,...

Malaysian PM Anwar to be finance minister in new Cabinet

Dec. 02, 2022 09:52 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR. Malaysia (AP) — New Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Friday he will also serve as finance minister as he unveiled a leaner Cabinet with many new faces in his unity government. In a move that appeared to contradict his anti-corruption platform, Anwar named...

US cancels trip by LGBTQ envoy to Indonesia after objection

Dec. 02, 2022 07:31 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The United States has canceled a trip to Indonesia by a special envoy on LGBTQ rights after the country's most influential Islamic group objected to the visit. Special envoy Jessica Stern was to have visited Indonesia next week as part of a trip to...

25 years later, Bangladesh closer to peace in border region

Dec. 02, 2022 06:21 AM EST

RANGAMATI, Bangladesh (AP) — A quarter century ago, Modhumala Chakma says it was impossible to leave her house in the evening and walk around the nearby hills because they were controlled by a tribal insurgent group seeking autonomy in southeastern Bangladesh. “It was a difficult...

Asian shares sink on revived worries over recession, China

Dec. 02, 2022 00:33 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares retreated in Asia on Friday after a mixed day on Wall Street as optimism over signs the Federal Reserve may temper its aggressive interest rate hikes was replaced by worries the economy might be headed for a recession. A U.S. measure of inflation that’s...

Seoul places new sanctions on North Korea over arms buildup

Dec. 01, 2022 23:31 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Friday sanctioned eight people and seven companies suspected of engaging in illicit activities to finance North Korea’s growing nuclear weapons and missile programs. The move, which prohibits South Koreans from conducting any type of...

Dutch prosecutors won't appeal sole acquittal in MH17 trial

Dec. 01, 2022 15:23 PM EST

THE HAGUE (AP) — The Dutch prosecutor's office said Thursday that it will not appeal the acquittal of a man charged in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as it flew over eastern Ukraine in 2014, citing concerns over the stress it would place on the families of the 298 people...

Australian jailed in Myanmar applauded in Parliament

Dec. 01, 2022 03:34 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sean Turnell, an Australian economist who spent almost two years imprisoned in Myanmar, received a hero’s welcome Thursday at Australia’s Parliament House where lawmakers rose in a standing ovation and the prime minister praised his courage, optimism and resilience....