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US, S Korea postpone joint exercise criticized by N Korea

Nov. 17, 2019 3:49 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated...

Global shares mostly rise on talk of China-US trade deal

Nov. 15, 2019 7:39 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares mostly rose on Friday after U.S. governments officials said they were getting close to an agreement with China to cool tensions over trade. Germany’s DAX rose 0.2% to 13,208, and France’s CAC 40 gained 0.4% to 5,922. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the...

Stock prices surge on bullish talk on China-US trade deal

Nov. 15, 2019 12:27 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced in Asia on Friday after White House officials said China and the U.S. were getting close to an agreement to cool tensions over trade. Markets have swung from euphoria to alarm as officials in Beijing and Washington offered conflicting opinions about the state of the...

Bespoke silk robes await Pope Francis on Thailand visit

Nov. 12, 2019 2:37 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's capital boasts garment makers ranging from bespoke tailors to sweatshops, but for a truly divine frock, you have to look a little harder. In a Catholic preparatory school, seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously snipping...

Stocks mixed as uncertainty reigns in US-China trade talks

Nov. 11, 2019 11:40 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited cues on trade talks between China and the U.S. The next hints on progress in the negotiations between Beijing and Washington could come later in the day, when Trump is scheduled to give a speech on trade and economic policy at the...

The Latest: Cambodia official says Sam Rainsy free to return

Nov. 9, 2019 6:01 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy's effort to return to his home country (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Cambodia's government claims to have reversed its ban on allowing the return of exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy, with a top officials saying...

Cambodian rival stopped from going home to challenge Hun Sen

Nov. 7, 2019 7:52 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Cambodia's most prominent opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, was stopped from boarding a flight in Paris on Thursday in his attempt to return home to challenge his country's longtime autocratic leader, but he assured his followers he will go ahead with his plan. He and fellow leaders of the banned...

The Latest: Sam Rainsy affirms determination to return home

Nov. 7, 2019 8:51 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the attempted return of opposition politicians to Cambodia (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Exiled Cambodian opposition politician Sam Rainsy has made an online broadcast affirming his determination to return home to lead a movement to oust the long-serving leader,...

Malaysia rejects US plan to host APEC in January

Nov. 7, 2019 3:29 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has rejected a U.S. plan to host an Asia-Pacific trade summit in January, after Chile canceled a November meeting because of violent anti-government protests. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah didn't give any reason for the rejection Thursday but Malaysia is next...

Cambodian opposition chief readies return from exile

Nov. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Cambodia's most prominent opposition politician says he's ready to risk imprisonment or death by returning to his country from self-imposed exile to unseat the country's longtime ruler. Sam Rainsy, co-founder of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, told The Associated Press that he hopes his...