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Global stocks lower after Fed says US inflation too high

Aug. 18, 2022 04:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets and Wall Street futures mostly declined Thursday after the Federal Reserve said U.S. inflation is too high despite aggressive rate hikes, suggesting support for more increases. London, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. Frankfurt opened...

UN investigator: Contemporary slavery extensive around globe

Aug. 18, 2022 01:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigator says contemporary forms of slavery are widely practiced around the world, including forced labor for China’s Uyghur minority, bonded labor for the lowest caste Dalits in South Asia, and domestic servitude in Gulf countries, Brazil and Colombia. ...

Asian stocks follow Wall St down after Fed inflation report

Aug. 18, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Thursday after the Federal Reserve said U.S. inflation is too high, suggesting support for more aggressive interest rate hikes. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Oil prices edged higher. Wall...

UN envoy tells Myanmar general: End violence, seek democracy

Aug. 17, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, met Wednesday with the head of its military-installed government and called on him to urgently halt all violence, support a political path back to civilian rule and democracy, and allow the country’s imprisoned former leader...

Bangladesh PM tells UN that Myanmar must take Rohingya back

Aug. 17, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's leader told a visiting U.N. official on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of ethnic minority Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh must return home to Myanmar, where they had fled waves of violent persecution. Prime...

Thailand's restive south hit by wave of arson and bombings

Aug. 17, 2022 04:20 AM EDT

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — A wave of arson and bombing attacks overnight hit Thailand’s southernmost provinces, which for almost two decades have been the scene of an active Muslim separatist insurgency, officials said Wednesday. At least 17 attacks occurred Tuesday night in...

UN special envoy to Myanmar arrives on inaugural visit

Aug. 16, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — United Nations special envoy Noeleen Heyzer arrived in Myanmar on Tuesday on her first mission to the country since her appointment last year. Her visit follows a call by the U.N. Security Council for an immediate end to all forms of violence there and unimpeded humanitarian access...

UN envoy travels to strife-torn Myanmar for the first time

Aug. 16, 2022 10:40 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar traveled to the Southeast Asian nation on Monday for the first time since she was appointed to the post last October. The trip by Noeleen Heyzer followed the U.N. Security Council’s latest call for an immediate end to all...

Germany flying 6 fighters 8K miles in 24 hours to Singapore

Aug. 16, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of German air force fighter jets landed in Singapore on Tuesday as part of a marathon bid to fly them some 12,800 kilometers (8,000 miles) from their home base to Southeast Asia in just 24 hours. The exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions between...

Indonesian leader calls for unity, braces for global crises

Aug. 16, 2022 06:57 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president called on all citizens to remain united, vigilant and alert as they face crises fueled by the war in Ukraine and coronavirus pandemic in his State of the Nation address Tuesday. After two years of remote meetings amid pandemic...