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7.1 magnitude earthquake hits off Indonesia coast

Nov. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake hit off the Indonesian coast in the Molucca Sea early Friday, prompting a tsunami warning for nearby areas. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered in the sea about 140 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Ternate in North...

International court judges authorize Rohingya investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 1:04 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Thursday approved a request from prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. A prominent rights group said the decision will give fresh hope to victims that those...

Cambodian opposition leader in Indonesia, ponders next move

Nov. 14, 2019 11:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived Thursday in Indonesia to meet some of the country’s lawmakers as he considers when and how to make his long-promised return to his homeland. Sam Rainsy, head of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, flew in from...

MH17 probe reveals close ties between Russia, Ukraine rebels

Nov. 14, 2019 10:04 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international team of investigators piecing together a criminal case in the July 2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine said Thursday that evidence suggests links between Russia and separatists in the region were closer than previously...

Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex ending elephant rides

Nov. 14, 2019 8:50 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Elephants that serve as a tourist attraction and give rides at Cambodia’s famed Angkor temple complex will be moved to a new home in a suitable jungle area, an official said Thursday. Apsara Authority, the government agency that oversees the Angkor archaeological site,...

Cambodia says it defeated opposition effort to topple govt

Nov. 13, 2019 10:42 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s government claimed victory Wednesday in its jousting with exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who was unable to meet his self-imposed deadline to return to the country in an attempt to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen. A government statement Wednesday night said it...

Suicide bomber attacks Indonesian police station, wounding 6

Nov. 13, 2019 5:51 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy police station in Indonesia's third-largest city on Wednesday, wounding at least six people. The attack came during a counterterrorism crackdown and as authorities were on heightened alert for possible attacks against police and places of...

Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

Nov. 13, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely four months into his tenure, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is making his second trek across the Pacific. And yet it is the Middle East - most recently a near-war with Iran and an actual war in Syria - that in Washington commands more attention and demands more American troops....

Asian stocks sink after Trump threatens more China tariffs

Nov. 12, 2019 10:53 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks sank Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened more tariff hikes on Chinese imports if talks aimed at ending a trade war fail to produce an interim agreement. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia all declined. Trump said Tuesday that...

3 fatally shot as long Thai legal dispute turns violent

Nov. 12, 2019 9:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Three people were fatally shot Tuesday in a courtroom in eastern Thailand when a long-running legal feud turned violent. Suriyan Hongwilai, a spokesman for the Chanthaburi Provincial Court, said in a statement that the shooting took place when the plaintiff and defendant in a perjury case...