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Indonesia sending back 547 containers of waste from West

Sep. 18, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is sending 547 containers of waste back to wealthy nations after discovering they were contaminated with used plastic and hazardous materials, amid a growing backlash in Southeast Asia against being a dumping ground for the developed world's trash. Nine containers with...

Thai leader dodges opposition questions over flawed oath

Sep. 18, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister has come under fire in a parliamentary debate because he omitted a key phrase in taking his oath of office in July, but dodged opposition demands to explain why he had left it out. Prayuth Chan-ocha's failure to speak the words swearing allegiance to the...

Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news

Sep. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Tuesday denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north. A statement by Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said that while no outbreak has been confirmed, road checkpoints...

Filipino coast guard men convicted in Taiwan fisherman death

Sep. 18, 2019 3:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court found eight Filipino coast guard personnel guilty Wednesday of conspiring to shoot and kill a Taiwanese fisherman in a 2013 incident at sea that strained ties between the neighboring nations. Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Eduardo Ramon Reyes said in a...

Comparing streaks of sub-70 rounds for Hovland, Estes

Sep. 17, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

Viktor Hovland tied the PGA Tour record on Sunday at The Greenbrier with his 17th consecutive round in the 60s, closing with a 64 to tie for 10th. He matched the mark set by Bob Estes in the fall of 2001, and it could shed some light on how much golf at the highest level has changed in two decades. Both had every...

UN expert: Suu Kyi's role in Rohingya abuses still unclear

Sep. 17, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.N. investigator said Tuesday "it's still an open-ended question" about how much Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be implicated in human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. Marzuki Darusman said it was "probably the case" that Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace prize laureate, may not...

More than 320 Chinese arrested in Philippines

Sep. 17, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine immigration bureau says its agents, backed by troops, have arrested 324 Chinese accused of involvement in illegal online gambling and other crimes in a raid on eight hotels and other establishments in a western province. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said...

Stocks mixed, oil down as markets await news on Saudi plant

Sep. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mixed on Tuesday and oil prices eased back pending updates on restoring output at a Saudi Aramco oil processing plant damaged by an attack over the weekend. Chinese benchmarks led declines in Asia after the credit ratings agency Moody's downgraded Hong Kong, citing its...

20 dead as truck falls off cliff in southern Philippines

Sep. 17, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Twenty villagers were killed and 14 others were injured when the truck they were riding in lost control and fell off a cliff Tuesday in a remote mountain village in the southern Philippines, police and the Red Cross said. Provincial police chief Joel Limson said the truck was...

Indonesia sends more people, aircraft to battle forest fires

Sep. 17, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president traveled to the area hardest hit by forest fires, as neighboring countries urged his government to do more to tackle the blazes that have spread a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia. President Joko Widodo flew to Riau province, where nearly 50,000...