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China, Singapore Agree to Step Up Belt & Road Cooperation

CHONGQING (Xinhua) — China and Singapore on Tuesday announced that the upgraded version of the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement will take effect on Oct. 16.
Journalists Uon Chhin, left, and Yeang Sothearin, right, arrive at the municipal court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A Cambodian court has ordered a new investigation and postponed a verdict in the espionage trial of two journalists who had worked for a U.S. Government-backed radio station. Photo: Heng Sinith / AP

Cambodian Judge Orders New Probe in Reporters’ Spying Case

PHNOM PENH (AP) — A court in Cambodia on Thursday ordered a new investigation and postponed a verdict in the espionage trial of two...
People gather as shops burn in the background during a protest in Wamena in Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Sept 23, 2019. Hundreds of protesters in Indonesia's restive Papua province set fire to homes and other buildings Monday in a protest sparked by rumors that a teacher had insulted students, and a soldier was killed in another protest in the region, police said. Photo: AP

20 Killed, 70 Hurt in Protests in Indonesia’s Papua Province

JAKARTA (AP) — At least 20 people were killed Monday, including three shot by police, in violent protests by hundreds of people sparked by...

Nearly 80% of China-Laos Railway Project Completed

NANNING (Xinhua) — Nearly 80 percent of the construction of the China-Laos railway has been completed, said Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone on Saturday.
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.

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