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Pope turns attention to needs of Thai church, young people

Nov. 22, 2019 4:33 AM EST

SAM PHRAN, Thailand (AP) — Pope Francis tended to the needs of Thailand’s tiny Catholic hierarchy Friday, urging priests and nuns to find ways to communicate the faith with “a Thai face and flesh” in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country. Thousands of Thais welcomed Francis as he traveled...

Pope’s cousin takes star turn in Thailand as papal whisperer

Nov. 22, 2019 2:53 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — She made him wait for her while she chatted with Thailand’s king and queen. She chided him for only visiting Bangkok and not the “real Thailand.” And she got a chuckle out of “Jorge” when she took her time translating his off-the-cuff Spanish for local...

Asian shares mostly higher despite US-China trade anxiety

Nov. 22, 2019 1:55 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Stocks logged modest gains Friday in Asia after a lackluster overnight session on Wall Street ended with the market’s third straight drop. Upbeat comments by Chinese officials helped alleviate worries over progress in resolving the tariff war between the two largest economies. Chinese...

Asian shares mostly higher despite US-China trade anxiety

Nov. 21, 2019 11:22 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Stocks logged modest gains Friday in Asia after a lackluster overnight session on Wall Street ended with the market’s third straight drop. Reports suggesting Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Beijing’s lead trade negotiator, has invited U.S. officials to China for talks helped...

Journalist arrested in Vietnam for ‘anti-state’ activities

Nov. 21, 2019 11:22 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media in Vietnam say a journalist has been arrested for “anti-state” activities. The official Vietnam News Agency said Pham Chi Dung was arrested Thursday on accusations of “producing, possessing and spreading anti-state information and documents.”...

Korean peninsula troubles pose US security challenge

Nov. 21, 2019 4:56 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper is returning from Asia with the U.S. still facing a trio of troubles on the Korean peninsula that pose risks to the national security of the U.S. and one of its most important alliances in the region. The toughest of these problems, and arguably the most...

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes take bite out of deadly dengue

Nov. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They still bite, but new research shows lab-grown mosquitoes are fighting dangerous dengue fever that they normally would spread. Dengue infections appear to be dropping fast in communities in Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil and Australia that are buzzing with the specially bred mosquitoes, an...

More protesters leave Hong Kong campus ahead of weekend poll

Nov. 21, 2019 9:48 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — More than 20 protesters inside a Hong Kong university campus surrendered to police on Thursday as the city’s largest pro-Beijing political party urged voters to “kick out the black force” in upcoming elections seen as a key gauge of public support for anti-government...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nov. 21, 2019 9:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national...

Cambodian leader willing to lose EU trade privileges

Nov. 21, 2019 8:37 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that it is more important for his country to maintain its independence and sovereignty than to retain special trading privileges that the European Union has threatened to withdraw. Hun Sent told government officials that even...