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Philippine dictator's son defeats bid vs. presidential run

Jan. 17, 2022 05:43 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The son of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos defeated on Monday a bid to disqualify him from the May 9 presidential race but still faces other petitions from human rights victims and others who have raised alarm over atrocities under his late father's rule. ...

Vaccination mandated for commuters on Manila public transit

Jan. 17, 2022 05:30 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — People who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were banned from riding public transport in the Philippine capital region Monday in a desperate move that has sparked protests from labor and human rights groups. The Philippines's vaccination campaign...

Djokovic ruling fits with Australia's tough immigration line

Jan. 14, 2022 15:14 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The treatment of tennis star Novak Djokovic by Australian immigration officials might seem harsh to people watching from afar. But Australia has long taken a severe stance on immigration, including warehousing refugees in offshore detention camps and...

Hong Kong leader disappointed over officials' large party

Jan. 06, 2022 06:47 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Thursday she was disappointed that nine government officials attended a large birthday party that has sparked fears of a new omicron cluster after a guest tested positive for the coronavirus. At least one official who was a guest,...

Indonesian prosecutors seek life for Bali bombing suspect

Jan. 05, 2022 02:00 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for a top terror suspect who eluded capture for 18 years and accused him of masterminding a series of deadly attacks in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Aris Sumarsono, 58, whose real...

Omicron's New Year's cocktail: Sorrow, fear, hope for 2022

Jan. 01, 2022 17:51 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Sorrow for the dead and dying, fear of more infections to come and hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic were — again — the bittersweet cocktail with which the world said good riddance to 2021 and ushered in 2022. New Year's Eve, which used to be celebrated...

Asia looks to China-focused trade bloc for virus recovery

Dec. 31, 2021 02:48 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Members of a China-centered Asian trade bloc that takes effect Jan. 1 are hoping the initiative, encompassing about a third of world trade and business activity, will help power their recoveries from the pandemic. The 15-member Regional and Comprehensive Economic...

Indonesian prosecutors delay sentence for top terror suspect

Dec. 29, 2021 05:18 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors postponed their sentencing demand Wednesday for a top terror suspect who eluded capture for 18 years and is accused of masterminding deadly attacks and sectarian conflict in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Aris Sumarsono,...

Another COVID Christmas brings anxiety, but also optimism

Dec. 25, 2021 17:12 PM EST

Christmas arrived around the world Saturday amid a surge in COVID-19 infections that kept many families apart, overwhelmed hospitals and curbed religious observances as the pandemic was poised to stretch into a third year. Yet, there were homilies of hope, as vaccines and other...

Philippine governor warns of looting without typhoon aid

Dec. 21, 2021 07:00 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The governor of a central Philippine province devastated last week by Typhoon Rai pleaded on radio Tuesday for the government to quickly send food and other aid, warning that without outside help, army troops and police would have to be deployed to prevent looting...