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Japan's weaker yen a blessing to some, burden for others

May. 24, 2022 23:59 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese yen has weakened, trading in recent weeks at 20-year lows of 130 yen to the U.S. dollar just when prices of oil and other goods are surging partly due to the war in Ukraine. The yen's value against the U.S. dollar and other currencies has fallen mainly...

Biden names envoy to SE Asia bloc, stressing US attention

May. 13, 2022 21:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced he's nominating one of his top national security aides as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aiming to underscore his administration's commitment to the Pacific region. Biden announced his decision to...

Delayed Southeast Asian Games begin in Vietnam's capital

May. 12, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Southeast Asian Games officially kicked off Thursday with a mask-optional opening ceremony in Vietnam's capital, the first major gathering in the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. “Despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19, we are...

Today in History: May 7, Germany's surrender

May. 07, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 7, the 127th day of 2022. There are 238 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims (rams), France, ending...

Japanese, Vietnamese leaders reject use of force in Ukraine

May. 01, 2022 05:49 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida discussed the war in Ukraine with Vietnamese leaders on Sunday and said they agreed on the respect for international law and rejection of the use of force. Japan has condemned Russia's invasion and joined Western nations...

Australia urges Vietnam to free jailed democracy supporter

Apr. 05, 2022 02:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government is urging Vietnam to free on health grounds a 72-year-old Vietnamese-born Australian serving a 12-year prison sentence for supporting a pro-democracy group. A court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced Chau Van Kham in 2019 on terrorism...

Vietnam drops COVID-19 restrictions for foreign visitors

Mar. 16, 2022 06:47 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam on Wednesday scrapped quarantine and other travel restrictions for foreign visitors in an effort to fully reopen its border after two years of pandemic-related closure, the government said. Visitors entering the Southeast Asian country only need to...

In Ukraine, female war reporters build on legacy of pioneers

Mar. 14, 2022 23:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarissa Ward interrupted her live TV report on Ukrainian refugees to help a distraught older man, then a woman, down a steep and explosion-mangled path, gently urging them on in their language. A day later, Lynsey Addario, a photographer for The New York Times,...