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Anwar Ibrahim, left, stands next to Malaysia Prima Minister Mahathir Mohamad during the 1998 UMNO Annual Meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Vincent Thian / Associated Press

Voting Opens in Malaysia By-Election for PM-in-Waiting Anwar

PORT DICKSON, Malaysia — Voting has begun in a by-election is expected to see charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim win a parliamentary seat and...

Obama Visit Opens New Era in US-Laos Relations

VIENTIANE — Acknowledging the scars of a secret war, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States has a "moral obligation" to help this isolated Southeast Asian nation heal and vowed to reinvigorate relations with a country with rising strategic importance to the U.S.

English Soccer Embraces Payback for Asian Money

LONDON — Perhaps it's just a clever ploy to sell the caffeine-packed drinks produced by the competition's title sponsor.
Myanmar's State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Japan's foreign minister Jan. 12, 2018. Photo: Hein Htet / Associated Press

Myanmar Opens Peace Conference With Ethnic Rebels

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's military commander have opened a major conference with representatives of ethnic minority groups to try to reach a lasting peace after seven decades of strained relations and armed conflict.
In this photo taken on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, and released by Intan Syari, Indonesian Intan Syari poses in her wedding dress with a bouquet of flowers on the day of her planned wedding in Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia. Photo: Associated Press

Woman Wears Wedding Gown Alone After Fiance Dies on Lion Air

JAKARTA — An Indonesian woman whose fiance died on a Lion Air flight that plunged into the sea was photographed in her wedding dress...

Aid Group Projects 48,000 Births in Crowded Rohingya Camps

DHAKA, Bangladesh — An international aid agency projects that 48,000 babies will be born this year in overcrowded refugee camps for the Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar.

Indonesia Earthquake Rattles Phuket

(The Phuket News)
A screenshot of the cartoon strip Instagram removed after the Indonesian government said it was pornographic. Image: Alpantuni / Instagram

Instagram Removes Gay Muslim Comics After Indonesia Warning

JAKARTA — Instagram has removed an account that published comic strips depicting the struggles of gay Muslims in Indonesia following a frenzy of moral...

Cambodia Shutters Independent Radio, Boots out US NGO

PHNOM PENH — Two independent Cambodian radio stations that allowed rare criticism of the government said Wednesday they are being forced to shut down, further limiting opportunities for political activity and expression ahead of next year's general election.

European Scientists Arrested for Hunting Insects Without Permits

(Chiang Mai City News)

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