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Myanmar: Suu Kyi to lead team to fight genocide accusation

Nov. 20, 2019 12:12 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s government announced Wednesday that its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will head a legal team it will send to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands to contest a case of genocide filed against it by Gambia on behalf of the Organization of Islamic...

Thai court removes pro-democracy politician from Parliament

Nov. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that a popular pro-democracy opposition leader violated election laws and cannot keep his seat in Parliament. The court said Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the 40-year-old head of the new Future Forward Party, violated a regulation barring...

Thai Supreme Court affirms death sentence for Spaniard

Nov. 20, 2019 7:51 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence given a Spanish man convicted of murdering a compatriot and dismembering his body in 2016. Artur Segarra Princep had been convicted of killing David Bernat to steal his money. He had pleaded innocent. Police believe Segarra held...

Esper accuses China of intimidating smaller Asian nations

Nov. 20, 2019 6:20 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday accused China of using coercion and intimidation against smaller Asian nations to impose its will in the South China Sea. He urged Vietnam and others in the region to push back. “We will not accept attempts to assert unlawful...

Australian bank Westpac faces massive fine for breaches

Nov. 20, 2019 5:33 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Major Australian bank Westpac is facing a potentially massive fine after being accused of 23 million breaches of the anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing act. The financial crime regulator AUSTRAC said Wednesday it was pursuing Westpac, one of Australia’s four...

Thai Constitutional Court finds leader of maverick Future Forward Party violated election law, ousts him from Parliament

Nov. 20, 2019 3:17 AM EST
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Constitutional Court finds leader of maverick Future Forward Party violated election law, ousts him from Parliament.

Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

Nov. 20, 2019 1:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, beginning a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking. He is expected to highlight...

Pope Francis arrives in Bangkok to begin tour of Thailand, Japan

Nov. 20, 2019 12:17 AM EST
BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrives in Bangkok to begin tour of Thailand, Japan.

Pope heading to Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

Nov. 19, 2019 11:02 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to Thailand to encourage members of a minority Catholic community in a Buddhist nation and highlight his admiration for their missionary ancestors who brought the faith centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution more recently. After an overnight flight,...

Shooting deaths rattle small, tight-knit US Hmong community

Nov. 19, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Fresno has been the heart of California’s Hmong community for decades, drawing refugees from war-torn Southeast Asia who built a tight-knit population in the farm town. Now, they’re reeling from the shooting deaths of four Hmong American men at a weekend party. The central California city has the...