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Singapore's designated future leader steps aside, citing age

Apr. 08, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's designated future leader, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, has taken himself out of the running in a surprise decision, saying in a letter released Thursday that a younger person with a “longer runway” should be the next prime minister. ...

Chartered flight from Macao carries stranded passengers home

Apr. 08, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — About 50 people of various nationalities boarded a chartered flight from Macao to Malaysia on Thursday after many were stranded for months by the pandemic and border restrictions. The flight to Kuala Lumpur was organized by Malaysia's consulate in Hong...

Alvarez, Mighty Mouse back on US TV with One Championship

Apr. 07, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez have never gone this long without a proper fight in their lengthy mixed martial arts careers. Sure, they both missed competition when they couldn't get it in 2020. But these former UFC champions both believe...

China foreign minister in talks with SE Asian counterparts

Apr. 01, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is meeting with counterparts from four Southeast Asian countries this week as Beijing seeks to expand its influence in the region amid a sharp downturn in relations with Washington. Talks with Singapore’s Vivian...

Myanmar junta uses force on streets; US, UK target finances

Mar. 25, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar's junta used violence again Thursday to try to suppress protests against the military's takeover, the United States and Britain announced tough sanctions against two holding companies that provide financial sustenance for the army regime. ...

White House: North Korea conducted short-range missile test

Mar. 23, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea fired short-range missiles this past weekend, just days after the sister of Kim Jong Un threatened the United States and South Korea for holding joint military exercises. The missile tests were confirmed by two senior Biden administration...

Thai woman now in California over huge Navy corruption case

Mar. 09, 2021 22:59 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former executive for a Singapore-based defense contractor linked to a sweeping corruption scandal that cost the Navy some $35 million appeared Tuesday in a California courtroom to face federal charges. Pornpun “Yin” Settaphakorn appeared before a...

NKorea man fails in bid to halt US extradition from Malaysia

Mar. 09, 2021 22:29 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court ruled that a North Korean man can be extradited to the United States to face money laundering charges, rejecting his assertion that the U.S. charge was politically motivated. The Federal Court on Tuesday refused to...

Airline IT provider hacked, frequent flyer data breached

Mar. 05, 2021 17:12 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The hack of a company that manages ticket-processing and frequent-flier data for major global airlines — including Star Alliance and OneWorld members — has compromised the personal data of an unspecified number of travelers. The hackers were able to...

Southeast Asian nations urge halt to violence in Myanmar

Mar. 04, 2021 10:43 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers urged a halt to violence and the start of talks on a peaceful solution in Myanmar, where the military seized power from an elected government and is escalating its use of mass arrests and deadly force against peaceful protesters. ...