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Malaysia shuts schools after chemical pollution sickens kids

Jun. 25, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has shut more than 400 schools in a southern state after chemical pollution sickened dozens of students for the second time in three months. The education ministry ordered 111 government schools and several hundred private educational institutions in...

American accused of Vietnam overthrow plot gets 12-year term

Jun. 25, 2019 4:24 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court has sentenced an American to 12 years in jail for what was described as an attempt to overthrow the Communist nation's government. The state-owned Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Tuesday that 55-year-old Michael Nguyen was also convicted of inciting people to...

Cambodia charges 7, including Chinese, in building collapse

Jun. 25, 2019 4:23 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia said Tuesday that seven people, including four Chinese nationals, have been charged with crimes related to a building collapse that killed 28 construction workers who were sleeping in the unfinished structure that doubled as their housing. The Preah Sihanouk...

Singapore probes drones at airport that disrupted 63 flights

Jun. 25, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Drones buzzing around Singapore's Changi Airport have caused 63 flights to be delayed or diverted in the past week, triggering an investigation and raising questions about the motives of the offenders. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said Tuesday that 18 flights at the airport...

Thai cave boys mark year since ordeal with Buddhist rites

Jun. 24, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — The 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach who grabbed global attention last year when they were trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks marked the anniversary of their ordeal with a religious ceremony Monday. The boys who became known as the Wild Boars, their...

Rescuers find 2 alive in collapsed building in Cambodia

Jun. 24, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — Rescuers on Monday found two survivors in the rubble of a building that collapsed two days earlier while under construction in a Cambodian beach town, killing 28 workers and injuring 26 others as they slept in the unfinished condominium that doubled as their housing. A...

World shares mixed ahead of Trump-Xi meet at G-20 summit

Jun. 24, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global shares were mixed on Monday as investors watched for movement in the China-U.S. trade dispute ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping planned for this week in Osaka, Japan, at the Group of 20 summit. Oil prices rose as uncertainties over U.S. tensions with...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jun. 24, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Strong quake recorded in Indonesia's Banda Sea, no tsunami

Jun. 24, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Monday in Indonesia's Banda Sea, but authorities said there is no tsunami threat. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 208 kilometers (129 miles) below the earth's surface. It was felt in parts of Indonesia and in East...

Underage fighters drawn into Indonesian separatist conflict

Jun. 23, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The long-simmering armed conflict between Indonesia's military and Papuans seeking independence includes indigenous teenagers and boys who appear barely adolescent, The Associated Press has found, highlighting how Indonesia's heavy-handed attempts to extinguish the movement have...