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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Nov. 18, 2019 12:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

VP accepts Duterte's offer for her to play role in drug war

Nov. 6, 2019 8:45 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The vice president of the Philippines on Wednesday accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's offer for her to play a lead role in his deadly crackdown against drugs, even though she's been critical of the campaign and has been warned it could be a political ploy to destroy her. Vice...

US, China spar at Southeast Asian regional summit

Nov. 4, 2019 11:10 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — The rivalry between the United States and China over influence in the Asia-Pacific region was on show Monday as the two superpowers traded barbs over freedom of navigation in the region's seas. The war of words took place at the annual summit of leaders of the Association of...

Trump absent, ASEAN charts path for trade bloc led by China

Nov. 3, 2019 9:12 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders agreed Sunday to work with China and other neighbors to transcend conflicts over trade policies and territorial disputes for the sake of stronger economies and regional stability. President Donald Trump skipped the summit of the Association of Southeast...

ASEAN meeting grapples with trade war, territorial disputes

Nov. 2, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Southeast Asia should use the sway of its shared market of 650 million people and speak with "one voice" to ensure it is treated fairly in an age of protectionism, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Saturday as leaders gathered for a regional summit. The image of...

Remains of Coast Guardsman who died in WWII camp come home

Nov. 1, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lt. Thomas J.E. Crotty's capture during World War II made him the first Coast Guard prisoner of war since the War of 1812. With his burial in his hometown of Buffalo this weekend, he may end up being the last of the Coast Guard's missing service members to be repatriated, a Coast Guard...

ASEAN meet spotlights advances in trade, sea pact, and rifts

Nov. 1, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders are making last-minute efforts with wealthier neighbors led by China to conclude negotiations on one of the world's largest free-trade accords and will praise progress in talks on a nonaggression pact in disputed waters when they meet for a summit in...

19 killed when truck plummets into ravine in Philippines

Oct. 31, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities say 19 people died when a carrying more than 40 people fell down a mountain ravine in the north. Police say 22 other people aboard the truck, including the driver, were injured in the accident Thursday night in Conner town in Apayao province. The truck was...

3rd strong quake this month kills 5 in southern Philippines

Oct. 31, 2019 2:09 AM EDT

KIDAPAWAN, Philippines (AP) — The third strong earthquake this month killed five people Thursday, injured several others and destroyed buildings that were already damaged by the earlier shaking in a devastated region in the southern Philippines, officials said. Several cities and towns in the quake-hit...

Strong quake jolts southern Philippines, 6 dead, scores hurt

Oct. 29, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Tuesday, triggering landslides and loosening boulders that killed six people and injured more than 100 others in a region already damaged by a strong quake two weeks earlier, officials said. The magnitude 6.6 earthquake was...