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In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Rohingya Muslim women, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, stand holding their sick children after Bangladesh border guard soldiers refused to let them journey towards a hospital and turned them back towards the zero line border in Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Photo: Dar Yasin / Associated Press

UN Rights Agency Condemns Combat in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

BANGKOK — The main United Nations human rights agency expressed concern Friday about an upsurge in fighting between Myanmar's army and guerrillas of the Rakhine minority's Arakan Army, especially attacks on civilians by both sides.
In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Indonesian presidential candidates Joko Widodo, left, and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, show the ballot number that will represent them in the 2019 presidential election, during a draw at the General Election Commission office in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Achmad Ibrahim / Associated Press

Indonesia President Has Big Poll Lead as Election Nears

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Opinion surveys two weeks ahead of presidential and legislative elections in the world's third-largest democracy show Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his ruling coalition maintaining a large lead over the rival camp.
In this photo taken March 29, 2014, a Chinese Coast Guard ship attempts to block a Philippine government vessel as the latter tries to enter Second Thomas Shoal to relieve Philippine troops and resupply provisions. Photo: Bullit Marquez / Associated Press

Philippines Issues Strongly Worded Rebuke at China Flotillas

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government protested on Thursday the presence of large numbers of Chinese vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea as illegal and vowed to take "appropriate action."
In this Oct, 10, 2013, photo, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah speaks during the closing ceremony and handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Myanmar in Bandar Seri Begawan. Photo: Vincent Thian / Associated Press

Brunei’s Anti-Gay Law Comes Into Effect

SINGAPORE — New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny Southeast Asian nation's shores.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, walks into a courtroom Wednesday at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Vincent Thian / Associated Press

Malaysian Ex-PM Najib Attends 1st Day of Graft Trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared in court Wednesday for the start of his corruption trial, exactly 10 years after he was first elected to office only to suffer a spectacular defeat last year on allegations he pilfered millions of dollars from a state investment fund.
In this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses congressmen and Government officials during the presentation of Republic Act bills in a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Bullit Marquez / Associated Press

Philippine Supreme Court Orders Release of Drug War Evidence

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the release of police documents on thousands of killings of suspects in the president's anti-drug crackdown, in a ruling that human rights groups said could shed light on allegations of extrajudicial killings.
A file photo of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. Photo: Bernard Spragg / Flickr

Germany Protests to Brunei Envoy Over Anti-Gay Law Plans

BERLIN — Germany's Foreign Ministry has protested Brunei's plans to implement Islamic criminal laws that punishes gay sex by stoning offenders to death.
In this March 31, 2017, file photo, Boeing employees walk the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner down towards the delivery ramp area at the company's facility in South Carolina after conducting its first test flight at Charleston International Airport in North Charleston, S.C. Photo: Mic Smith / Associated Press

Singapore Carrier Grounds 2 Boeing 787-10 Jets After Checks

SINGAPORE — Singapore Airlines has grounded two of its Boeing 787-10 aircraft due to engine issues, the carrier said Tuesday.
In this March 25, 2019, file photo, masked members of the outlawed National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the umbrella organization of the Philippine communist movement, listen during a demonstration in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Aaron Favila / Associated Press

Philippine Police Kill 14 Men Rights Groups Say Were Farmers

BACOLOD, Philippines — Philippine police said Sunday 14 suspected communist rebels were killed after they opened fire during raids in a central province, but rights groups countered the men were farmers and the latest victims of extrajudicial killings.
This combination of file photos shows George Clooney in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 11, 2019, left, and Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in Brussels on Oct. 18, 2018. Photo: Willy Sanjuan and Francisco Seco / Associated Press

George Clooney Calls For Boycott of Hotels Over Brunei’s Anti-Gay Law

LOS ANGELES — George Clooney is calling for the boycott of nine hotels in the U.S. and Europe with ties to the sultan of Brunei, which next month will implement Islamic criminal laws to punish gay sex by stoning offenders to death.

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