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Hong Kong leader Lee isolating with COVID-19 after APEC trip

Nov. 21, 2022 05:29 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader John Lee tested positive for the coronavirus after meeting with other regional leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Thailand, the city's government said Monday. Lee tested negative throughout his four-day stay in Bangkok but...

China's Xi seeks fresh diplomatic inroads with Asian leaders

Nov. 18, 2022 22:17 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has used his first face-to-face meetings with America’s Asia-Pacific allies since 2020 to try to forge diplomatic inroads as Washington pushes back against Beijing’s influence in the region. Xi has not backed away from China’s...

At 97, Malaysia’s Mahathir makes last election hurrah

Nov. 15, 2022 22:48 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — When two-time former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he wanted to earn his “work till death” title, he wasn’t joking. At 97, Mahathir is back again in the election race as the head of a new ethnic Malay alliance that he calls a “movement...

Germany's Scholz: Asia-Pacific 'far more than just China'

Nov. 14, 2022 06:21 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said during a visit to Singapore on Monday that his country wants to strengthen its economic ties with the Asia-Pacific region, emphasizing that it is “far more than just China." Scholz was in Singapore on the second leg of an Asian...

Dubbed torture, ID policies leave transgender people sterile

Nov. 11, 2022 00:09 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — She was the only woman soldier working in the guard room, surrounded by men who harassed and frightened her after she said she was transgender. She tried to ignore them as they opened up their shirts and pretended to rape each other, while beckoning her to join them. ...

Dubbed torture, ID policies leave transgender people sterile

Nov. 11, 2022 00:06 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — She was the only woman soldier working in the guard room, surrounded by men who harassed and frightened her after she said she was transgender. She tried to ignore them as they opened up their shirts and pretended to rape each other, while beckoning her to join them. ...

Qatar Airways CEO knocks World Cup critics at airport event

Nov. 10, 2022 07:52 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The outspoken CEO of Qatar Airways lashed out Thursday at critics of his country hosting the upcoming FIFA World Cup, saying his nation will “always rub salt into the wound” of its adversaries. Akbar Al Baker's comments show the increasingly confrontational...

Ukraine boosts Southeast Asia ties with peace accord

Nov. 10, 2022 07:09 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Ukraine signed a peace accord Thursday with Southeast Asian nations, a largely symbolic act that comes as Kyiv seeks to shore up international support in isolating Russia. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba signed the “Treaty on Amity and...

Japan PM vows to strengthen military at int'l naval review

Nov. 06, 2022 10:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at an international fleet review Sunday that his country urgently needs to strengthen its military capabilities as security risks increase including threats from North Korea’s nuclear and missile advancement and Russia’s war on Ukraine....

Amnesty: Fuel suppliers aiding Myanmar attacks on civilians

Nov. 03, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Amnesty International is urging suppliers of aviation fuel to Myanmar to suspend their shipments to prevent the military from using them to conduct an increasing number of air attacks on civilian targets. In a report released Thursday, the London-based rights group...