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Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

Oct. 21, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Qantas Airways on Friday brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to Australia this year. Vaccinated Australian permanent residents and...

UN envoy: Myanmar is now in conflict, could be failed state

Oct. 21, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned Thursday that the country already faces “an internal armed conflict” and if power isn’t returned to the people in a democratic way “we will go in the direction of a failed state.” Christine...

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...

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,...

EU commissioner on climate action: 'Leave no one behind'

Oct. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — All nations have a responsibility to ensure that no one gets left behind and that changes are as fair as possible in the transition to a greener economy that's needed to address the climate crisis, European Commission for Climate Action Frans Timmermans said...

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....

Philippine forces kill 4 suspected Chinese drug dealers

Oct. 18, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine law enforcers backed by troops killed four suspected Chinese drug dealers who opened fire at them during a sting operation on Monday, the national police chief said. He said more than 262 million pesos ($5.2 million) worth of methamphetamines were...

Thailand hit with more flooding amid heavy rains

Oct. 18, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Heavy rains in central and northeastern Thailand caused new flooding on Monday, with authorities forced to release water into an already swollen river after a reservoir reached full capacity, and others facing the same possibility. Authorities in the...

Rare Sumatran tiger found dead in animal trap in Indonesia

Oct. 18, 2021 06:34 AM EDT

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — A critically endangered Sumatran tiger was found dead after being caught in a trap on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, authorities said Monday, in the latest setback for a species whose numbers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400. The...