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Shariah Court in Indonesia Sentences Gay Couple to Caning

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — A Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy.

40 Hostages Briefly Held by Karen Villagers

KANCHANABURI — Forty Thai tourists were reportedly held hostage by members of a Karen community Saturday morning as they were attempting to return to Thailand from Myanmar.
Tammy Davis-Charles, right, an Australian charged with providing commercial surrogacy services, hides her face as she enters the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo: Heng Sinith / Associated Press

Australian Gets 1 Year in Jail in Cambodia Surrogacy Case

PHNOM PENH — A Cambodian court has sentenced an Australian woman to one and a half years in prison for providing commercial surrogacy services in the country.

Cambodian Court Denies Bail for Australian Who Filmed Rally

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia's Supreme Court has rejected an application for bail for an Australian filmmaker who was charged with endangering national security last year for flying a camera-loaded drone over an opposition party campaign rally.

UN Envoy: Sexual Attacks Against Rohingya May Be War Crimes

UNITED NATIONS — Widespread atrocities against Rohingya Muslim women and girls have been orchestrated and perpetrated by Myanmar's military and may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the U.N. envoy on sexual violence in conflict said Wednesday.

Myanmar Buddhists Seek Tougher Action Against Rohingya

YANGON — Several hundred Buddhist nationalists, including monks, rallied in Myanmar's largest city on Wednesday to urge stronger action against insurgents from the Muslim Rohingya minority for attacks on police last week.

Vietnam Court Condemns 8 to Death for Heroin Trafficking

HANOI — Vietnamese state media say a court in Hanoi has condemned eight people to death for heroin trafficking.

U.S. Delivers 6 Coastal Patrol Boats to Vietnam

HANOI — The United States has delivered six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam's coast guard in a move that expands the two nation's security cooperation amid tension in the disputed South China Sea.
A car carrying United States President Donald Trump enters Sentosa island where the summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place at the Capella Hotel in Sentosa, Singapore. Photo : Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

Singapore Scare Highlights US Anxiety Over Mystery Injuries

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump was heading to Singapore for a historic summit with North Korea's leader, a State Department diplomatic security agent who was part of the advance team reported hearing an unusual sound he believed was similar to what was experienced by U.S. diplomats in Cuba and China who later became ill.

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