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Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants

Dec. 13, 2018 12:50 PM EST

FATUKOKO, Indonesia (AP) — The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future. It was a chance for 16-year-old Marselina Neonbota to leave her isolated village in one of the poorest parts of Indonesia for neighboring Malaysia,...

Markets steady after solid run as focus turns to ECB

Dec. 13, 2018 8:02 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Shares around in the world traded in narrow ranges Thursday after a solid couple of days largely related with hopes that the U.S. and China are ironing out their trade issues. The focus now turns to the European Central Bank press briefing with President Mario Draghi in the wake of the bank's...

Cambodian lawmakers pass measure to ease political ban

Dec. 13, 2018 7:09 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's Parliament passed legislation Thursday that could allow the lifting of a five-year ban on political activity by some top opposition politicians. The action is the latest in a low-key charm offensive to improve relations with Western nations that accuse Prime Minister...

Indonesia arrests 5 foreigners in Bali for drug smuggling

Dec. 13, 2018 3:16 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said some of the five foreigners who have been arrested for alleged drug smuggling on the tourist island of Bali since the end of November face the death penalty if convicted. Police paraded the citizens of Peru, Britain, China, Malaysia and Germany at a news...

Scores of migrant girls quietly vanishing from Indonesia

Dec. 13, 2018 1:37 AM EST

FATUKOKO, Indonesia (AP) — The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future. It was a chance for 16-year-old Marselina Neonbota to leave her isolated village in one of the poorest parts of Indonesia for neighboring Malaysia,...

The Latest: France issues wanted poster for shooting suspect

Dec. 12, 2018 7:59 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on a shooting attack at a Christmas market in France (all times local): 8:15 French authorities have issued a wanted poster and are calling for witnesses amid a massive manhunt for the suspected shooter nearly 24 hours after a deadly attack at the Strasbourg Christmas...

Malaysia's Proton launches 1st SUV with China's Geely

Dec. 12, 2018 7:53 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian national car maker Proton launched its first SUV on Wednesday in a fresh effort to transform its stale brand and turn around its fortunes, more than a year after China's Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. bought a key stake in the company. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad...

Gunman from Christmas market attack in France still at large

Dec. 12, 2018 7:26 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Hundreds of security forces combed eastern France for a 29-year-old man with a long criminal record who shouted "God is great!" in Arabic and sprayed gunfire during a deadly rampage in Strasbourg's famous Christmas market, officials said. Tuesday night's attack at the Christmas...

United CEO: No more pilot training needed on new Boeing jet

Dec. 12, 2018 6:07 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of United Airlines says his pilots don't need any additional training on the new Boeing jet that is at the center of the investigation into a deadly crash in Indonesia. Oscar Munoz says that's because United's pilots are prepared to respond to problems that might surface with...

Thai policeman arrested in killing of French man

Dec. 12, 2018 11:12 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A policeman in Thailand was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a French man Wednesday at a shopping plaza in Bangkok. Security video of the killing posted online by Thai media allegedly shows the officer in street clothes running after the French man and shooting him at close range...