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Sri Lanka introduces reform bill to clip presidential powers

Aug. 10, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's justice minister submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to Parliament on Wednesday that would clip the powers of the president, a key demand of protesters calling for political reforms and solutions to the country’s worst economic crisis. ...

Thai pub owner charged in connection with deadly blaze

Aug. 08, 2022 04:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The owner of a music pub in eastern Thailand where a fire last week killed 15 people and injured more than three dozen others was released on bail when he was brought to court Monday to hear criminal charges against him. Pongsiri Panprasong, owner of the Mountain B...

14 die in fire at pub in Thailand, many critically injured

Aug. 05, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen people were killed and dozens badly injured when a fire broke out early Friday at a crowded music pub in eastern Thailand, police and rescue workers said. At least a dozen survivors were in critical condition. Videos on social media showed thick black smoke...

Pacific rim economies in doldrums, sapped by inflation, war

Aug. 05, 2022 06:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Economies in the Asia-Pacific are forecast to hit the doldrums this year as decades-high inflation and the war in Ukraine compound geopolitical uncertainties and the aftereffects of the pandemic. A report on Pacific Rim economies by the Asia Pacific Economic...

Indonesia's leader invites Chinese counterpart to G20 summit

Jul. 26, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday formally invited Chinese leader Xi Jinping to the Group of 20 summit in Bali this fall, although it's unclear whether he would attend in person. The invitation came during a meeting in Beijing where the two discussed...

Myanmar executions of 4 activists spur global outrage

Jul. 26, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — International outrage over Myanmar's execution of four political prisoners intensified Tuesday with grassroots protests and strong condemnation from world governments, as well as fears the hangings could derail nascent attempts to bring an end to the violence and unrest that has...

Indonesia's Widodo to meet Xi on rare China trip before G20

Jul. 25, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was heading to Beijing on Monday for a rare visit by a foreign leader under China's strict COVID-19 protocols and ahead of what could be the first overseas trip by Chinese President Xi Jinping since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago....

Researchers say Thai pro-democracy activists hit by spyware

Jul. 18, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Cybersecurity researchers reported details Monday of cases where Thai activists involved in the country’s pro-democracy protests had their cell phones or other devices infected and attacked with government-sponsored spyware. Investigators of the internet watchdog...

Reviled and revered Russian arms dealer is back in spotlight

Jul. 14, 2022 02:34 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian arms dealer labeled the “Merchant of Death” who once inspired a Hollywood movie is back in the headlines with speculation around a return to Moscow in a prisoner exchange. If Viktor Bout, 55, is indeed eventually freed in return for WBNA star Brittney...

Blinken hits at ASEAN for lack of pressure on Myanmar

Jul. 10, 2022 06:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is criticizing Southeast Asian nations for not doing enough to press Myanmar’s military government to return the country to the path of democracy following last year's power seizure. But as Blinken lamented the lack of...