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UK investigating reports sunken WWII ships in Asia looted

Aug. 19, 2018 9:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain says it will work with Indonesia and Malaysia to investigate reports that the wrecks of ships sunk during World War II have been plundered by pirates. The shipwrecks hold the remains of hundreds of sailors and civilians and are considered war graves. The Mail on Sunday newspaper...

Indonesian island hit by another quake, causing landslides

Aug. 19, 2018 9:02 AM EDT

SEMBALUN, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, causing landslides and damaging buildings, as the island tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the late-morning quake,...

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Aug. 18, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80. Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his...

Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Aug. 18, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in...

Hand-in-hand, Koreas grab spotlight at Asian Games opener

Aug. 18, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — First it was the athletes parading side-by-side in matching uniforms behind the "unification" flag carried by South Korean basketballer Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong Chol. Then it was an image of South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and North Korean Deputy...

Malaysian leader tours Alibaba, meets Jack Ma on China visit

Aug. 18, 2018 6:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia's leader courted Chinese e-commerce investment in his country on Saturday, the start of his first trip to China since his stunning electoral victory three months ago. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's visit to the world's second-largest economy is being watched for signs on the fate...

Taliban say no peace with 'occupation,' want US talks

Aug. 18, 2018 4:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. In a message released in...

Strong, deep earthquake shakes area off Indonesia; no damage

Aug. 17, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake located far below the Earth's surface shook an area in Indonesia's Flores Sea, causing shaking on land but no damage, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake Friday night had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 and was located 109 kilometers (68...

US criticizes Vietnam for jailing peaceful activists

Aug. 17, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The United States said it was deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics "troubling." A State Department statement Friday also called on the communist government...

US intensifies sanctions on Myanmar forces for rights abuses

Aug. 17, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States intensified its sanctions against Myanmar on Friday, blacklisting four commanders and two units of security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Myanmar security forces have engaged in ethnic cleansing,...