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Asian Americans lobby to name Navy ship for Filipino sailor

Jun. 23, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Asians Americans, veterans and civilians in the U.S. and the Philippines are campaigning to name a Navy warship for a Filipino sailor who bravely rescued two crew members when their ship caught fire more than a century ago, earning him a prestigious and rare Medal of...

Rights group: Facebook amplified Myanmar military propaganda

Jun. 22, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

Facebook's recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company's own policies in Myanmar following the country's military coup in February, a new report by the rights group Global Witness has found. A month after the...

Raid on hideout of Myanmar militants sparks deadly shootout

Jun. 22, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A deadly shootout between security forces and militants opposed to army rule erupted Tuesday in Myanmar’s second biggest city when a raid was carried out on a building that the government described as a hideout of “terrorists.” At least eight people...

UK pushes Pacific trade talks amid broader new focus on Asia

Jun. 22, 2021 06:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.K. launched negotiations Tuesday to join a trans-Pacific trade bloc as it looks to explore new opportunities following its departure from the European Union and strengthen its strategic interests in Asia. The start of talks to join the Comprehensive...

Duterte threatens to arrest Filipinos who refuse vaccination

Jun. 22, 2021 06:31 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has threatened to order the arrest of Filipinos who refuse COVID-19 vaccination and told them to leave the country if they would not cooperate with efforts to end a public health emergency. President Rodrigo Duterte,...

Duterte on possible ICC killings probe: 'You must be crazy'

Jun. 22, 2021 05:23 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he’s ready to face possible charges in any local court for the thousands of killings under his anti-drug crackdown but never before the International Criminal Court, which he has repeatedly ridiculed. ...

Asian shares track rebound on Wall Street

Jun. 21, 2021 23:38 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares have rebounded from their retreat a day earlier, tracking Wall Street's recovery from the Federal Reserve's reminder it will eventually provide less support to markets. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 2.8% in morning trading to 28,785.24....

Biden outlines vaccine plan, set to miss global-sharing goal

Jun. 21, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to fall short of his commitment to shipping 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June because of regulatory and other hurdles, officials said as they announced new plans Monday for sharing the shots globally. ...

Suu Kyi tells lawyers trial testimony against her is wrong

Jun. 21, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Lawyers for Myanmar's ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said Monday she told them some of the testimony against her was wrong in her trial on criminal charges that could send her to prison and end her political career. In the trial, now in its second week....

EU slaps coup-related sanctions on top Myanmar officials

Jun. 21, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on several senior officials and organizations in Myanmar over the military coup in February and the security crackdown that followed. The EU imposed travel bans and asset freezes on 8 officials and froze the...