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APNewsBreak: Lawsuit claims Utah hotel exploited immigrants

Jun. 25, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the luxury Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City of luring workers from the Philippines to a program that promised training and cultural immersion but instead forced them to work long hours doing menial jobs for low pay. The hotel misused a type of visa...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jun. 24, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

ASEAN leaders call for restraint amid sea row, US-China rift

Jun. 23, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday pressed their call for self-restraint in the disputed South China Sea and renewed their alarm over the U.S.-China trade war, with one leader warning it may spiral out of control. The long-raging territorial conflicts and the protracted dispute between the...

US-China trade war, sea row in ASEAN summit spotlight

Jun. 22, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders will commit to conclude a long-delayed regional trade pact this year despite lingering odds to fend off risks from a protracted U.S.-China trade war when they gather for a weekend summit in Thailand. The Chinese sinking of a Philippine boat, which endangered 22...

Ex-Filipino diplomat who sued Xi barred entry to Hong Kong

Jun. 21, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Philippine foreign secretary who accused in an international court Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity said he was barred from entering Hong Kong on Friday and held at the airport for hours. Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told The...

Watchdog says Filipino gangs seized 10 fishermen off Borneo

Jun. 18, 2019 1:59 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Filipino kidnap-for-ransom gangs raided two fishing boats and abducted 10 crew members Tuesday in waters off Borneo island, a Malaysian official and a maritime watchdog said. The kidnapping, which came after a 6-month lull of such activities, renewed concerns about security...

Duterte calls for calm over Chinese sinking of fishing boat

Jun. 17, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president on Monday called the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat that was hit by a Chinese vessel in the disputed South China Sea "a little maritime accident" and urged calm amid an outcry. Twenty-two crewmen aboard the sunken boat were rescued by a Vietnamese...

China denies its vessel intentionally sank Filipino boat

Jun. 15, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China has acknowledged its fishing vessel hit a Filipino boat in the disputed South China Sea in an incident that prompted an outcry in the Philippines but denies the collision was intentional. The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest after Filipino fishermen said a Chinese...

Philippines protests sinking of boat in disputed waters

Jun. 13, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday he has filed a diplomatic protest after an anchored fishing boat was hit by a suspected Chinese vessel which then abandoned the 22 Filipino fishermen as the boat sank in the disputed South China Sea. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr....

Philippine official seeks strong protest over boat sinking

Jun. 12, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief will recommend Manila file a strongly worded diplomatic protest after a fishing boat was hit in the disputed South China Sea by a suspected Chinese vessel that the abandoned the 22 Filipino fishermen as their boat sank. Defense Secretary Delfin...