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Virus, Mideast turmoil stifle Eid al-Fitr celebrations

May. 13, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations on the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. In the embattled Gaza Strip, the call to prayer...

Red Cross warns that coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia

May. 12, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia and the Pacific with over 5.9 million new confirmed infections in the past two weeks, more than in all other regions combined, the International Federation of the Red Cross said Wednesday. It warned...

World Food Prize goes to nutrition expert for fish research

May. 11, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A nutrition expert who pioneered innovative ways of raising fish rich in micronutrients and fatty acids and incorporating them into diets in developing countries was named the recipient of the World Food Prize on Tuesday. Shakuntala Haraksingh...

Malaysian prime minister announces one-month virus lockdown

May. 10, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — All of Malaysia will be placed under a near lockdown for about a month to fight the coronavirus, but businesses will be allowed to continue to operate at reduced capacity, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced Monday. The lockdown,...

Malaysia arrests Abu Sayyaf militants with Philippine help

May. 10, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysian authorities have captured eight suspected Abu Sayyaf militants who may have been planning ransom kidnappings in Malaysia, Philippine military officials said Monday, adding that they provided information that helped lead to the arrests. ...

Malaysia's 1MDB, former unit file suits to recover $23 bln

May. 10, 2021 06:46 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR (AP) — Malaysia's finance ministry said Monday that sovereign wealth fund 1MDB and a former subsidiary have filed 22 lawsuits to recover assets worth over $23 billion from various institutions and individuals. 1MDB was set up by former Prime Minister Najib...

New Vegas resort passes 1st Nevada regulatory license review

May. 06, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — State gambling regulators are recommending license approval for the owners of one of the biggest casino projects ever on the Las Vegas Strip ahead of its announced opening June 24. Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Brin Gibson on Wednesday ended a...

Top Glove hopes to resolve U.S. seizure of its rubber gloves

May. 05, 2021 05:30 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Top Glove Corp., the world's largest rubber glove maker, said Wednesday it hopes to swiftly end a U.S. ban on its products due to allegations of forced labor after one of its shipment was seized at a U.S. port. U.S. Customs and...

ASEAN leaders tell Myanmar coup general to end killings

Apr. 25, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders demanded an immediate end to killings and the release of political detainees in Myanmar in an emergency summit Saturday with its top general and coup leader who, according to Malaysia's prime minister, did not reject them outright. ...

Asia Today: Indian opposition leader positive for COVID-19

Apr. 20, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rahul Gandhi, an opposition Congress party leader and scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi family, says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms. Gandhi, 50, said in a tweet on Tuesday that “All those who’ve been in contact...