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Malaysia Poised to Give 10 Years in Jail for Fake News

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's government has proposed new legislation to outlaw fake news with a 10-year jail term for offenders, in a move slammed by critics as a bid to crack down on dissent ahead of a general election.
Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, center, enters the court room as he attends his sentencing hearing in 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Bay Ismoyo / Associated Press

Jakarta Governor Given 2-Year Prison Sentence for Blasphemy

JAKARTA — An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison for blaspheming the Quran at a trial that undermined the country's reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam.

Myanmar Military Denies Atrocities Against Rohingya Muslims

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Myanmar's military issued its most forceful denial yet that security forces committed atrocities during "clearance operations" in the west of the country, saying an internal investigation had absolved them of any wrongdoing in a crisis that has triggered the largest refugee exodus in Asia in decades.
SilkAir's new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft is seen through a viewing gallery window in 2017 parked on the ramp of Singapore's Changi International Airport. Photo: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

Boeing 737 Max Banned From Singaporean Airspace

SINGAPORE — Singapore's civil aviation authority says it has temporarily banned all Boeing 737 Max planes from entering and leaving the country. It noted in...
People search for relatives Sunday among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. Photo: Fauzy Chaniago / Associated Press

Somber Christmas, Prayers in Tsunami-Hit Indonesian Region

SUMUR, Indonesia — The Christmas holiday was somber with prayers for tsunami victims in the Indonesian region hit by waves that struck without warning...

Airline Strands 300 Chinese Tourists at Phuket Airport

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Thailand Holds Ceremony in Honor of 47 Chinese Boat Victims

PHUKET — Officials and local groups held a religious ceremony on Wednesday in honor of 47 Chinese tourists who died last month when their...

North and South Korea Discuss How to Cooperate in Asian Games

Sports officials from the rival Koreas met at a border village on Monday to discuss how to cooperate in the Asian Games being held in Indonesia in August
Bangladeshi border guard personnel gesture to Rohingya stuck in "no man's land" on Aug. 27, 2017, as they tell them not to cross in Tombru. Photo: Mushfiqul Alam / Associated Press

At the Border’s Cloudy Edge, Rohingya Insist They Will Stay

ALONG THE BANGLADESH-MYANMAR BORDER — From their home, a tent hastily erected in a grassy field, the young Muslim Rohingya couple can see the village they left behind last year, fleeing attacks by Buddhist mobs and ...

Rohingya Say Myanmar Targeted the Educated in Genocide

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh — The last time Mohammed Hashim saw his brother alive, he begged for his life, his arms bound behind his back as soldiers marched the 35-year-old teacher away.

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