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9 UN Security Council members urge a halt to airstrikes by Myanmar's military

Feb. 06, 2024 01:44 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine members of the United Nations Security Council condemned “indiscriminate” airstrikes by Myanmar's military against civilians before an envoy briefed the council Monday as part of regional efforts to implement a peace plan that has so far been largely ineffective. ...

Southeast Asian nations cautiously optimistic of progress on Myanmar and South China Sea conflicts

Jan. 29, 2024 05:55 AM EST

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (AP) — China’s increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea and escalating violence in Myanmar topped the agenda for Southeast Asian diplomats at their meeting in Laos on Monday, with the Laotian foreign minister expressing guarded optimism that progress could be...

Tensions simmering in the South China Sea and violence in Myanmar as Laos takes over ASEAN chair

Jan. 26, 2024 01:11 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Simmering tensions in the South China Sea between China and several Southeast Asian nations now regularly spark direct confrontation. Fighting in Myanmar against the military government that seized power three years ago has grown to the point that most say the country is now in a...

A veteran diplomat from Laos, the new ASEAN special envoy for Myanmar, embarks on inaugural mission

Jan. 10, 2024 12:04 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A veteran Laotian diplomat recently appointed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ’ special envoy to Myanmar arrived Wednesday on his first mission to the strife-torn nation, meeting with the head of the ruling military council and other top officials, state television...

Storied US Steel to be acquired for more than $14 billion by Nippon Steel

Dec. 18, 2023 17:33 PM EST

U.S. Steel, the Pittsburgh steel producer that played a key role in the nation's industrialization, is being acquired by Nippon Steel in an all-cash deal valued at approximately $14.1 billion. The transaction is worth about $14.9 billion when including the assumption of debt. The...

Japan and ASEAN bolster ties at a summit focused on security and economy amid tensions with China

Dec. 17, 2023 06:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Leaders from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at a special summit in Tokyo on Sunday, adopted a joint vision that emphasizes security and economic cooperation while respecting the rule of law, amid growing tensions with China in regional seas. Ties...