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Malaysia to revive 2nd major China-linked project

Apr. 19, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government said it will resurrect a multibillion-dollar property and transportation project in Kuala Lumpur involving a Chinese state company, calling it a contribution to China's global "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who...

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

Apr. 19, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max's flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised...

Cambodian evictions trigger villagers' brawl with police

Apr. 19, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Eight protesters were arrested and six policemen hurt Friday in southern Cambodia when villagers angry about being evicted tried to block a main road, police said. Gen. Chuon Narin, the police chief of the coastal city of Sihanoukville, said fighting broke out when police tried...

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Apr. 19, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Several Roman Catholic devotees were nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering. Four men and a woman, some wearing crowns of twigs, were...

Aussie doctors bestowed Thai royal honors for cave rescue

Apr. 19, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Australian doctors were given royal honors in Thailand on Friday for helping rescue a boys soccer team from a flooded cave and said they are looking forward to a reunion with the youngsters they helped save. Richard Harris and Craig Challen were given the award at a ceremony presided...

Analysis: NKorea's Kim back to military optics to raise heat

Apr. 18, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is cautiously turning up the heat after his unsuccessful summit with President Trump in Hanoi two months ago. Returning to military optics for the first time in five months, Kim on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to an Air Force base to inspect fighter combat...

Thailand says US man's seasteading home violates sovereignty

Apr. 18, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the "seasteading" movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation's laws. Thailand's navy said Chad Elwartowski and...

NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

Apr. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon," its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn't appear to be of a banned mid- or...

Redaction nation: US history brims with partial deletions

Apr. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere in the shadows of federal bureaucracy, there was an issue about the drinking habits of Augusto Pinochet. The National Security Archive, an advocate for open government, had for years tried to gain access to intelligence files about the Chilean dictator, his human rights abuses and...

Evangelical group says Laos deports 3 American missionaries

Apr. 18, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers who were detained in Laos more than a week ago for proselytizing have been freed and deported. The operations manager for Vision Beyond Borders, Eric Blievernicht, said in an e-mail that the three crossed...