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Lawyer: 290 relatives file for compensation in MH-17 downing

Apr. 15, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A lawyer for relatives of people killed in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine told a court hearing Thursday that 290 relatives and partners of the victims have filed compensation claims for “emotional distress" against the...

Ousted Myanmar ambassador appeals for UK government help

Apr. 15, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The ousted Myanmar ambassador to Britain has appealed to the British government to help him as he faced eviction from his London residence. Kyaw Zwar Minn had to spend a night in his car last week after his country’s military attache barred him from the...

Bangkok nightlife clusters expose Thailand's virus stumbles

Apr. 15, 2021 01:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — When Thailand's transport minister was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, it was Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who got a headache. Prayuth was not particularly lauded for his leadership last year against the coronavirus, but for much of 2020 Thailand...

Cambodia orders strict 2-week lockdown of Phnom Penh

Apr. 15, 2021 00:50 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s leader ordered a strict stay-at-home two-week lockdown in the capital Phnom Penh starting Thursday to slow a surge in coronavirus cases, warning “we will die unless we act responsibly.” With the vaccination campaign still at...

Myanmar charges doctors over civil disobedience protests

Apr. 14, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's ruling junta has charged at least 19 medical doctors for participating in civil disobedience protests against the military's Feb. 1 coup, a state-run newspaper reported Wednesday. Doctors, nurses and medical students have marched and...

Thailand's daily COVID infections hit record, topping 1,300

Apr. 14, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand reported more than 1,300 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, setting another daily record and adding pressure on the government to speed up a nearly nonexistent vaccination drive and do more to control a surge that comes amid mass travel as the country celebrates...

"Sour Grapes" wine fraud con man deported to Indonesia

Apr. 13, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A one-time California man who bilked wine collectors out of millions by selling cheaper booze he rebottled in his kitchen has been deported to his native Indonesia, U.S. immigration officials said Tuesday. Rudy Kurniawan, 44, was deported last week on...

Column: Matsuyama goes from inspiration to Masters champion

Apr. 13, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The idea was to create golfing heroes, not necessarily a Masters champion. Hideki Matsuyama is now both. “I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the members of Augusta National,” Matsuyama said on the night before he became...

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

Apr. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month's signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there were...

Grab to list in US via $40 bln merger with Altimeter Growth

Apr. 13, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company, Grab Holdings, said Tuesday that it plans to merge with U.S.-based Altimeter Growth Capital in a deal that would value it at nearly $40 billion and allow it to trade on the Nasdaq Stock Market. That would...