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Live updates | Russian official seeks base in Kherson region

May. 24, 2022 03:53 AM EDT

A Russian-installed official in Ukraine’s Kherson region says the region’s pro-Kremlin administration will ask Moscow to set up a military base there. “There should be a Russian military base in the Kherson region,” deputy head of the Russia-installed administration in...

Duterte hits Putin: I kill criminals, not children, elders

May. 23, 2022 23:52 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sharply criticized Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the killings of innocent civilians in Ukraine, saying while the two of them have been tagged as killers, “I kill criminals, I don’t kill children and the elderly.” ...

US, others say APEC walkout aimed at Russia over invasion

May. 23, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The United States and four other nations that walked out of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group meeting in Bangkok over the weekend underlined their support Monday for host nation Thailand, saying their protest was aimed solely at Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine. ...

Biden launches Indo-Pacific trade deal, warns over inflation

May. 23, 2022 07:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations Monday aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation that it is "going to be a haul” before they feel relief. The president said he does not believe an economic...

7 die in Philippine ferry fire; over 120 rescued from water

May. 23, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A ferry carrying more than 130 people caught fire in the northeastern Philippines on Monday, killing seven passengers and forcing many survivors to jump into the sea where they were rescued by other vessels. The fire rapidly spread from the engine room to...

EXPLAINER: What's in Biden's proposed new Asia trade pact?

May. 23, 2022 04:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden faced a dilemma on trade in Asia: He couldn't just rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership that his predecessor had pulled the U.S. out of in 2017. Many related trade deals, regardless of their content, had become politically toxic for U.S. voters, who associated...

Popular independent wins Bangkok governor's election

May. 23, 2022 03:06 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Residents of the Thai capital Bangkok, in their first opportunity in nine years to vote for their city’s governor, have elected an independent politician seen as representing opponents of the country’s military-backed government, results released Monday showed. ...

Bangkok votes for governor in 1st election since 2014 coup

May. 22, 2022 05:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Voters in the Thai capital headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor in a contest delayed by a military coup that still reflects a divided country with main candidates either supported by the conservative establishment or the liberal opposition. A record 31...

U.S., other APEC delegates walk out on Russian speaker

May. 21, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Delegates from the United States and four other nations staged a walkout Saturday when a representative from Russia began his opening remarks at a meeting of trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group in the Thai capital, officials said. A...

The AP Interview: US trade rep. sees opportunity in recovery

May. 20, 2022 20:13 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With world economies all suffering from more than two years of the coronavirus pandemic and global supply problems exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States has an “incredible opportunity” to engage with other nations on a common playing field and forge...