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Myanmar skips ASEAN summit to protest general's exclusion

Oct. 25, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders began a virtual summit Tuesday, with Myanmar skipping the annual meeting in protest after its top general was shut out for refusing to cooperate in defusing the crisis in his country since the military takeover. The...

ASEAN leaders hold summit with Myanmar’s general shut out

Oct. 25, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders are holding their annual meeting this week without Myanmar’s top general, who seized power in February and shattered hopes for one of Asia’s most dramatic democratic transitions, and was excluded for refusing to take steps to end the...

Widodo calls for ASEAN travel corridor to bolster recovery

Oct. 25, 2021 03:05 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo has urged Southeast Asian countries to speed up plans to create a regional travel corridor to help revive tourism and speed up a recovery from the economic damage of the pandemic. Citing U.N. and World...

Malaysia reopens cautiously to foreign workers, tourists

Oct. 22, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia said Friday it will reopen to foreign workers to address a labor crunch, and allow fully vaccinated tourists at the northern resort island of Langkawi next month without quarantine. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the...

Australia, UK defend AUKUS pact, say fears overhyped

Oct. 21, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia and Britain on Thursday defended their nuclear submarine deal with the U.S. amid concerns it could escalate tensions in the region and spark an arms race. U.K. Minister for Armed Forces James Heappey said there “has been a lot...

Indonesia, Malaysia concerned about Australia's nuclear subs

Oct. 18, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia expressed concern Monday that Australia’s plan to obtain nuclear-powered submarines may increase the rivalry of major powers in Southeast Asia. The U.S., Britain and Australia announced last...

ASEAN downgrades Myanmar presence in summit in major rebuke

Oct. 16, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers have agreed to downgrade Myanmar's participation in an upcoming summit in their sharpest rebuke yet of its leaders following a Feb. 1 military takeover. Myanmar objected to the decision by the Association...

ASEAN to exclude Myanmar's leader from summit in key rebuke

Oct. 15, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia’s foreign ministers decided at an emergency meeting Friday not to invite Myanmar's military leader to an annual summit for refusing to let an envoy meet ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a senior regional diplomat said. The...

The Latest: Fauci says fine to trick-or-treat this year

Oct. 10, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The government’s top infectious diseases expert says families can feel safe trick-or-treating outdoors this year for Halloween as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. decline, especially for those who are vaccinated. Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s “State of the...

Pandora Papers leak prompts calls for action in Asia

Oct. 04, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Malaysia's main opposition leader called Monday for information found in the Pandora Papers data leak to be discussed in Parliament, after learning the country's former finance minister and several current officials might have been involved with offshore firms set up in tax...