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Indonesia nabs 2 suspected smugglers of leopard, lion cubs

Dec. 16, 2019 12:14 AM EST

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Sunday that they have arrested two men suspected of being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals and seized from them several lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtles. One of the suspects, identified only as Yatno, was arrested...

Rescuers search building rubble after Philippines earthquake

Dec. 15, 2019 10:05 PM EST

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — Search and rescue efforts continued Monday at a three-story building in the southern Philippines that collapsed in a strong earthquake. The Bureau of Fire Protection said six people have been rescued from the building in Davao del Sur province's Padada town since Sunday's...

Strong quake kills 1, collapses building in Philippines

Dec. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EST

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least one person and causing a three-story building to collapse, setting off a search for people feared to have been trapped inside, officials said. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck an area about 6 kilometers...

Supporters of embattled Thai opposition party hold big rally

Dec. 14, 2019 8:13 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Several thousand supporters of a popular opposition party in Thailand that is under threat of dissolution rallied Saturday in the nation's capital in one of the largest political demonstrations since a 2014 coup. The crowd, which gathered mostly on an elevated walkway connecting malls and...

Police arrest 7 suspected militants in Indonesia's Papua

Dec. 14, 2019 10:03 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Saturday that they have arrested seven suspected Islamic militants in the country's easternmost Papua province as authorities beef up security ahead of Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Papua police's deputy chief, Yakobus Marjuki, said the elite...

Alleged militants kill police officer in eastern Indonesia

Dec. 14, 2019 5:54 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Alleged members of an Islamic militant group shot a police officer to death in eastern Indonesia in the latest assault targeting security officials in the world's most populous Muslim country, police said Saturday. Five gunmen ambushed and took hostage villagers and police...

US Pacific commander says China seeks to intimidate region

Dec. 13, 2019 7:46 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — China's activities in territory it claims in the South China Sea are meant to intimidate other nations in the region, the commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet said Friday. Adm. John Aquilino said China's actions, including constructing islands in the disputed waters, are intended to...

Norway's Telenor drops Huawei for Ericsson in 5G contract

Dec. 13, 2019 10:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Norway's biggest wireless carrier, Telenor, on Friday chose Sweden's Ericsson to supply part of its new 5G network, ending its cooperation with Chinese tech giant Huawei after a decade. The company signaled it would gradually remove Huawei equipment as it upgrades radio gear for the next...

Obama says Paris climate deal is still the way forward

Dec. 13, 2019 6:28 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday the Paris Agreement on climate change may fall short of expectations but is still the way forward to achieve progress and encourage businesses to invest in clean energy. Nearly 200 nations pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi's defense of army puzzles former admirers

Dec. 13, 2019 12:25 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — What drives Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who this week defended her country at the International Court of Justice against charges that it carried out genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority? There was a time when Suu Kyi was the hero of human rights advocates, whose...