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Taiwan seeks to free citizens lured to Cambodia by scammers

Aug. 19, 2022 07:44 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Taiwan is seeking to free more than 300 of its citizens who were lured to Cambodia by crime groups promising high wages for tech jobs, but then were forced to work in call centers scamming mainland Chinese into making payments for non-existent government fees or...

Australia upset at Indonesia reducing Bali bomber's sentence

Aug. 19, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's leader said Friday that it's upsetting Indonesia has further reduced the prison sentence of the bombmaker in the Bali attack that killed 202 people — which could free him within days if he's granted parole. The most recent reduction of Umar...

Malaysia's Mahathir says US seeking to provoke war in Taiwan

Aug. 19, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday accused the U.S. of trying to provoke a war in Taiwan, and in a wide-ranging interview also said he expects Malaysia’s graft-tainted ruling party to hold general elections in the coming months. ...

US lawmakers meet detained Philippine opposition leader

Aug. 19, 2022 06:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, who was once banned from the Philippines by former President Rodrigo Duterte, on Friday met a long-detained Filipino opposition leader, whom he says was wrongfully imprisoned under Duterte and should be freed. Markey, a Democrat...

UN: Myanmar's ruler open to UN visit to Suu Kyi but not now

Aug. 18, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of Myanmar’s military-installed government “expressed openness to arranging a meeting at the right time” between U.N. special envoy Noeleen Heyzer and the country’s imprisoned former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the United Nations said Thursday. ...

Hong Kong seeks citizens caught in Southeast Asia scams

Aug. 18, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials said Thursday they are seeking the return of citizens who traveled to Southeast Asia for jobs that entrapped them in scams and virtual slavery. The victims, who also came from Taiwan and mainland China, took jobs in call centers that sought to...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi testifies in her official secrets case

Aug. 18, 2022 10:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi testified Thursday in a prison courtroom in the capital for the first time in her official secrets case, a legal official said. Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the military ousted her government last year, is being tried in...

Malaysia top court rebuffs bid to delay ex-PM's final appeal

Aug. 18, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court on Thursday refused to allow ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak's new lawyer to withdraw from his graft case linked to the looting of the 1MDB state fund, preventing a possible delay in his final appeal. It was another blow for Najib...

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...