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Myanmar skips ASEAN summit after its military ruler excluded

Oct. 26, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders began their annual summit without Myanmar on Tuesday amid a diplomatic standoff over the exclusion of the leader of the military-ruled nation from the group's meetings. Myanmar skipped the summit in protest after the...

Biden announces $100 million spending at ASEAN summit

Oct. 26, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a $100 million initiative meant to beef up the U.S. relationship with the organization of Southeast Asian nations. Biden made the new spending announcement at a virtual summit with the 10-member Association of...

Former top UN official appointed next UN envoy for Myanmar

Oct. 25, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday announced the appointment of former U.N. undersecretary-general Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore as the new U.N. special envoy for conflict-torn Myanmar. She will succeed Christine Schraner Burgener of...

Unusual small pro-military rallies held in Myanmar

Oct. 25, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Rare demonstrations in support of Myanmar's military-installed government were held Monday in several of the country's towns and cities, as militants opposed to the army’s February seizure of power continued their resistance. The relatively small...

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...

Myanmar upset its military leader barred from regional meet

Oct. 22, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military-installed government on Friday sharply challenged a pronouncement by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations barring its leader from from attending the regional bloc's summit next week. Myanmar said the declaration, issued by...

Official: US at turning point in dealing with Myanmar crisis

Oct. 21, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The United States is at a turning point in deciding how to handle the crisis in military-ruled Myanmar, weighing further political and economic steps to pressure the government to change its behavior, a senior U.S. official said Thursday. ...

Crowds outside Myanmar's prisons greet freed detainees

Oct. 19, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Crowds gathered Tuesday outside prisons around Myanmar, waiting for at least a glimpse of friends and relatives who were being freed under an amnesty for people arrested for protesting against military rule. The head of the army-installed government,...

Myanmar leader says ASEAN blind to opposition's violence

Oct. 18, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of Myanmar’s military-installed government said Monday that other Southeast Asian countries should share responsibility for failing to help quell the violence that has engulfed his nation since the army seized power in February. Senior Gen....