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Forget Boring Summit and Head to ASEAN Film Fest

BANGKOK — Though we couldn’t join world leaders at last week’s ASEAN Summit, us average Joes and Somchais can explore the region over the next two weeks through the annual Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival.  

Myanmar Court Rejects Appeal of Jailed Reuters Reporters

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
Damaged St. Catherine church is seen Tuesday following a 6.1 magnitude earthquake that also caused the collapse of a commercial building in Porac township, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo: Bullit Marquez / Associated Press

Powerful Quake Hits Philippines Day After Deadly Temblor

PORAC, Philippines — A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a day after 6.1 quake hit the country's north and killed at least 11 people.
In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, a security official stands near a display showing different models of Chinese trains at a maintenance yard during a media tour ahead of the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing. Photo: Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press

Malaysia Revives China-Backed Rail Link

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia's government said Friday it has decided to resume a China-backed rail link project, after the Chinese contractor agreed to cut construction cost by one-third.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, shakes hands with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Tuesday after a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Photo: Vincent Thian / Associated Press

Singapore PM Defends Law Combating Fake Online News

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday defended Singapore's proposed law to fight "online falsehoods," but his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Mohamad, warned that anti-fake news laws were a double-edged sword that could be abused by governments to stay in power.
Protestors outside The Dorcester hotel on Park Lane in London, demonstrating against the Brunei anti-gay laws, Saturday April 6, 2019. Photo: Sophie Hogan / PA via AP

Dozens Protest in London Against Brunei’s Anti-Gay Laws

LONDON — Dozens of people protested in London on Saturday against new Islamic laws in Brunei that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death.
This photo provided by WESMINCOM Armed Forces of the Philippines Sunday, April 7, 2019, shows recovered firearms from Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf kidnappers following a rescue operation that freed Indonesian hostage Heri Ardiansyah and two others off Simisa island, Sulu province in southern Philippines. Photo: WESMINCOM Armed Forces of the Philippines via AP

1 Drowns as 3 Hostages Escape Muslim Militants in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Three hostages held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines have made a daring escape that left one drowned, another shot in the back in critical condition and another safe after swimming to his freedom, officials said.
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."

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