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A Malaysian national flag is on display outside FGV Holdings Berhad, one of Malaysia's largest palm oil companies, in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia palm oil producer vows to clear name after U.S. ban

Oct. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade issued the ban...

Indonesian hostage dies in Philippine army, militant battle

Sep. 30, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One of the five Indonesians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines was killed Wednesday during a clash with troops, an Indonesian official said. La Baa was shot during an army operation against the Islamic State-linked group in Sulu province’s...

Takeaways: Labor abuses in the palm oil industry

Sep. 25, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Palm oil is almost impossible to avoid. It can be found in roughly half the products on supermarket shelves, from Dove soap and Oreo cookies to instant noodles and hand sanitizer. While most shoppers know little about the commodity or the human toll, the $65 billion industry has...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

South China Sea Watch: Taiwan alarm and Indonesia standoff

Sep. 21, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

This undated photo released on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, by Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA) shows a Chinese Cost Guard ship sails in North Natuna Sea. An Indonesian patrol ship confronted the Chinese vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and that are near the southernmost part of China's disputed South China Sea claims. (Indonesian Maritime Security Agency via AP)

Indonesian patrol confronts Chinese ship in economic zone

Sep. 15, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and are near the southernmost part of China's disputed South China Sea claims. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency said it detected...

Freshmen Lauren Tamborini and Bailey Donahue move out of Sellery Residence Hall Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The students plan on attending class online. Citing rapidly rising COVID-19 cases including two straight days in which one in five student tests came back positive, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank locked down the state's largest university campus for two weeks. (Mark Hoffmann/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Wisconsin university eliminates spring break

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison decided Monday to eliminate spring break next semester in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The university’s Faculty Senate voted 140-7 to erase the nine-day break from the 2021 spring calendar. Officials said the move is designed...

People, wearing a face mask as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak, walk on a pedestrian crossing at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Indonesia's capital on Monday begins to reimpose large-scale social restrictions to control a rapid expansion in the virus cases. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia's capital under virus order, hospitals nearly full

Sep. 14, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Main streets were less crowded as Indonesia’s capital began two weeks of social restrictions Monday to curb a rise of coronavirus infections that has pushed its critical-care hospital capacity to unsafe levels. Police at checkpoints imposed sanctions on bikers that did not...

A rickshaw puller wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus pedals through a street in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. India's coronavirus cases are now the second-highest in the world and only behind the United States. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Asia Today: India adds another 89K cases, to reopen schools

Sep. 9, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India added another 89,706 coronavirus cases to the second-highest tally in the world, and the government said schools would reopen later this month for senior students after being closed for more than five months. India’s famed white marble Taj Mahal in the northern city of Agra...

Associated Press journalist Ali Kotarumalos sits for a portrait in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2018. Kotarumalos, who worked as a newsperson at the Jakarta bureau of the Associated Press for more than three decades, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 after battling can cer. He was 68.  (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Former AP newsperson Ali Kotarumalos dies in Indonesia

Sep. 9, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Ali Kotarumalos, a journalist who reported on major news events in Indonesia for The Associated Press for more than three decades, has died. He was 68. He died Wednesday at a Jakarta hospital from lung cancer, which he had battled for three years. Kotarumalos joined AP's Jakarta...