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Analysis: NKorea's Kim back to military optics to raise heat

Apr. 18, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is cautiously turning up the heat after his unsuccessful summit with President Trump in Hanoi two months ago. Returning to military optics for the first time in five months, Kim on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to an Air Force base to inspect fighter combat...

Thailand says US man's seasteading home violates sovereignty

Apr. 18, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the "seasteading" movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation's laws. Thailand's navy said Chad Elwartowski and...

NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

Apr. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon," its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn't appear to be of a banned mid- or...

Redaction nation: US history brims with partial deletions

Apr. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere in the shadows of federal bureaucracy, there was an issue about the drinking habits of Augusto Pinochet. The National Security Archive, an advocate for open government, had for years tried to gain access to intelligence files about the Chilean dictator, his human rights abuses and...

Evangelical group says Laos deports 3 American missionaries

Apr. 18, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers who were detained in Laos more than a week ago for proselytizing have been freed and deported. The operations manager for Vision Beyond Borders, Eric Blievernicht, said in an e-mail that the three crossed...

Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential election

Apr. 18, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday he has won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory. Widodo, after meeting with parties in his...

The Latest: Indonesian president says he won re-election

Apr. 18, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on Indonesia's election (all times local): 6 p.m. Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he's the winner of the country's presidential election with preliminary results showing he received 54% of the vote. He told reporters about 20 leaders of nations from Southeast Asia...

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he won election with 54% of votes, world leaders have called to congratulate him

Apr. 18, 2019 6:32 AM EDT
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he won election with 54% of votes, world leaders have called to congratulate him.

Filipinos start evacuating from Libyan capital; 1 wounded

Apr. 18, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine diplomats have started evacuating a small group of Filipinos from the Libyan capital after it was hit by a barrage of rocket fire that wounded one Filipino, officials said Thursday. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Emmanuel Fernandez said in Manila that three...

Vineeta Deepak to lead AP's coverage of South Asia region

Apr. 17, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean. From her base in the...