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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is presented with flowers as he boards his plane to depart for Australia from Don Mueang International Airport, in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Photo: Jonathan Ernst / Pool Photo via AP

Snubbed by North Korea, Pompeo Hits Other Asian Turbulence

BANGKOK — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Thailand on Saturday with his hopes for resuming nuclear talks with North Korea dashed, while...
Foreign ministers, front row from left, China's Wang Yi, Thailand's Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam's Phạm Binh Minh, Australia's Marise Payne, Bangladesh's Abdul Momen and Brunei Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Erywan Yusof join hands for a group photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP

Asia-Pacific Ministers Push Dialogue to End Region’s Spats

BANGKOK — Asia-Pacific foreign ministers called for the peaceful resolution to regional disputes at Friday's close of an annual security meeting, which was eclipsed...
Foreign Ministers from left, Myanmar's Minister of State for Foreign Affaires Kyaw Tin, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Philippines' Foreign Affaires Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono prepare to pose for group photo during Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP

ASEAN Thailand’s Key to Navigating US-China Rivalry: Ex-Foreign Minister

BANGKOK — Thailand should commit to multilateral cooperation with other Southeast Asian nations amid the growing rivalry between the United States and China, a...
FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo made available by the Malacanang Presidential Photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 121st Philippine Navy Anniversary at Sangley point, Cavite province, Philippines. Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. Photo: Robinson Ninal Jr./Malacanang Presidential Photo via AP File

Philippine Leader Signs Law Punishing Sexual Harassment

MANILA — The Philippine president has signed a bill into law penalizing a range of acts of sexual harassment including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent...

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.

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