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Third bank robbed in Myanmar's largest city in three months

Oct. 22, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Five men robbed a bank in Yangon on Friday, in at least the third major bank heist in Myanmar's largest city in just over three months, the military-installed government said, The government blamed the previous robberies on opposition groups opposed to...

Malaysia reopens cautiously to foreign workers, tourists

Oct. 22, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia said Friday it will reopen to foreign workers to address a labor crunch, and allow fully vaccinated tourists at the northern resort island of Langkawi next month without quarantine. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the...

Thailand easing tourist quarantine rules in November

Oct. 22, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is accelerating plans to reopen the country to foreign tourists, slashing mandatory quarantines beginning Nov. 1 for fully vaccinated visitors arriving by air from 46 countries and territories, officials announced Friday. The Center for COVID-19...

6 Rohingya die in clashes between two groups in Bangladesh

Oct. 22, 2021 04:30 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Two groups of Rohingya refugees clashed Friday in a camp in southern Bangladesh, leaving at least six refugees dead and 10 others injured, police said. The violence broke out in Cox’s Bazar district when one side opened fire, killing four...

UN envoy: Myanmar is now in conflict, could be failed state

Oct. 22, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar has warned that February's military takeover has led to armed conflict and if power isn’t returned to the people in a democratic way the country “will go in the direction of a failed state.” Christine...

Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

Oct. 21, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Qantas Airways on Friday brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to Australia this year. Vaccinated Australian permanent residents and...

UN envoy: Myanmar is now in conflict, could be failed state

Oct. 21, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned Thursday that the country already faces “an internal armed conflict” and if power isn’t returned to the people in a democratic way “we will go in the direction of a failed state.” Christine...

Australia, UK defend AUKUS pact, say fears overhyped

Oct. 21, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia and Britain on Thursday defended their nuclear submarine deal with the U.S. amid concerns it could escalate tensions in the region and spark an arms race. U.K. Minister for Armed Forces James Heappey said there “has been a lot...

Official: US at turning point in dealing with Myanmar crisis

Oct. 21, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The United States is at a turning point in deciding how to handle the crisis in military-ruled Myanmar, weighing further political and economic steps to pressure the government to change its behavior, a senior U.S. official said Thursday. ...

Crowds outside Myanmar's prisons greet freed detainees

Oct. 19, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Crowds gathered Tuesday outside prisons around Myanmar, waiting for at least a glimpse of friends and relatives who were being freed under an amnesty for people arrested for protesting against military rule. The head of the army-installed government,...