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This Dec. 20, 2017, satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe, shows the village of Zone Kar Yar, about 24 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar. Satellite images of Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state, released to The Associated Press by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, show that dozens of empty villages and hamlets have been completely leveled by authorities in recent weeks, far more than previously reported. Photo: Associated Press

Myanmar Bulldozes What Is Left of Rohingya Muslim Villages

BANGKOK — First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth – in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.
In this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 photo, a man pushes his motorbike at a palm oil plantation in Nagan Raya, Aceh province, Indonesia. Photo: Dita Alangkara / Associated Press

Indonesia Imposes Moratorium on New Palm Oil Plantations

JAKARTA — Indonesia's president has signed a moratorium on new palm oil development and ordered a review of existing plantations, an official said Thursday,...

Rights Groups Deplore Worsening Repression in Cambodia

BANGKOK — Rights groups say foreign governments should refuse to recognize Cambodia's next elections and consider sanctions on its leaders if the main opposition party is dissolved.
Standing left to right are Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief Justice and Chief Advisor of the interim government of Bhutan Dasho Tshering Wangchuk, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Myanmar's president Win Myint, Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Thursday at the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation on summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters via AP

South Asian, Southeast Asian Leaders Discuss Closer Ties

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Leaders of seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations including Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha are meeting in Nepal to discuss regional trade, economic cooperation, security and peace.

Kerry Visits Vietnam on Last Trip as US Secretary of State

HANOI — Secretary of State John Kerry met Vietnamese leaders Friday during his last trip as the top diplomat for the United States.

Cambodian PM Promises Vigorous Probe into Critic’s Killing

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia's prime minister said Monday that authorities will conduct a vigorous investigation to uncover any conspiracy behind the shooting death of a government critic, and urged the opposition not to use the assassination to incite people.

Cambodia Acknowledges Arrest of Briton Wanted for Pattaya Murder

PHNOM PENH — A British man suspected of involvement in the gangland-style slaying of another Briton in the Thai resort town of Pattaya has...

Emoji Advisor to Bali Murder Gets 9 Years Sentence

CHICAGO — An Illinois man who typed out emoji and other text messages to advise his cousin thousands of miles away on how to kill a wealthy Chicago woman vacationing in Indonesia was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison.

Suu Kyi Says Trust Must Precede Peace in Myanmar (Photos)

BANGKOK — Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday there must be trust between conflicting groups in the country before there can be full peace.

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