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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Visiting China Amid Crackdown Criticism

BEIJING — Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting friendly neighbor China as international criticism over Myanmar's persecution of Rohingya Muslims grows.

Pope Demands ‘Decisive Measures’ to Resolve Rohingya Exodus

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take "decisive measures" to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what the United Nations has declared to be a textbook case of "ethnic cleansing."

Surin Pitsuwan, Former ASEAN Secretary General, 68

BANGKOK — Former Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan has died in Thailand. He was 68.

Flights Trickle From Bali After Airport Reopens

KARANGASEM, Indonesia — Bali's airport is operating at far from its usual capacity of more than 400 flights a day after reopening while ash from the Mount Agung volcano was moving southward away from the airport.
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Bali Volcano Ash Drifts 4.7 Miles High, Airport Shut 3rd Day

KARANGASEM, Indonesia — An erupting volcano with a deadly history on Indonesia's Bali, one of the world's most popular resort islands, has spread drifting ash 7,600 meters (4.7 miles) into the atmosphere and closed the island's international airport for a third day Wednesday.

Pope Preaches Forgiveness in First Mass in Myanmar

YANGON — Pope Francis urged Myanmar's long-suffering people to resist the temptation to exact revenge for the hurt they have endured, preaching a message of forgiveness Wednesday to a huge crowd in his first public Mass in the predominantly Buddhist nation.

Volcano Gushing Ash Over Bali Closes Airport for a 2nd Day

KARANGASEM — A volcano gushing towering columns of ash closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali for a second day Tuesday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands, as authorities renewed their warnings for villagers to evacuate.

Pope Meeting Suu Kyi on Myanmar Refugee Crisis Amid Outcry

YANGON — Pope Francis begins his first full day in Myanmar traveling to the country's capital Tuesday to meet with the civilian leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a day after hosting the military general in charge of the crackdown on the country's Muslim Rohingya minority.

Doctor: Kim Jong Nam’s Underwear Soiled, Pupils Contracted

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — A Malaysian doctor has testified in the trial of two women accused of murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader that the victim's pupils contracted and his underwear was soiled with feces, both signs of poisoning.

Pope’s Trip to Myanmar, Bangladesh Boiling Down to 1 Word

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' aim in visiting Myanmar and Bangladesh is to encourage their tiny Catholic communities and bring a message of friendship and peace to some of Asia's most peripheral and poor. The big question looming is whether he'll utter the word "Rohingya" while he's there.

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