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Military Order Media Not to Report Anti-Coup Movement

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Philippine Justice Writes Online Book on China’s Sea Claims

MANILA — A Philippine Supreme Court justice launched a book on Thursday that questions China's historic claims to most of the South China Sea and said he will distribute it online to try to overcome China's censorship and reach its people.

Indonesia Graft Suspect Detained After Doctors Clear Health

JAKARTA — Indonesia's anti-graft commission has arrested the speaker of the country's Parliament who for weeks evaded questioning over his alleged role in the theft of USD $170 million of public money.
U.S. President Donald Trump, second left, first lady Melania Trump, left, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan stand together as they tour the Forbidden City in 2017 in Beijing, China. Photo: Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Trump Isolationism Allows China to Fill Southeast Asia Void

BEIJING — When Chinese leader Xi Jinping said last month that "no country can afford to retreat into self-isolation," he might as well have been talking about Donald Trump as the U.S. president makes his first official visit to Southeast Asia.

Vietnam Allows Betting on International Soccer Competitions

HANOI — Vietnamese gamblers will soon be allowed to place bets on international soccer competitions under a pilot project.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich, left, review an honor guard in January in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Van Minh / Associated Press

Mattis Trip to Vietnam Aimed at Countering China’s Influence

WASHINGTON — By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is...
Villagers ride a dugout up the Mekong River in 1996 near Sambor, Cambodia where a major dam has been proposed. Photo: Richard Vogel / Associated Press

Study Says China-Backed Dam in Cambodia Would Destroy Mekong

BANGKOK — A Chinese-backed plan for Cambodia to build the Mekong River's biggest dam would destroy fisheries that feed millions and worsen tensions with Vietnam, the downstream country with most to lose from dams on the waterway, according to a three-year study commissioned by the Cambodian government.
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

Cambodia Surrogate Mothers Freed After Vowing to Keep Babies

PHNOM PENH — Thirty-two Cambodian women who were charged with human trafficking for serving as surrogate mothers have been provisionally released from detention after...
Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers an opening speech during the Forum on Myanmar Democratic Transition in 2017 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Photo: Aung Shine Oo / Associated Press

Myanmar Rejects Int’l Court’s Right to Rohingya Probe

NAYPYITAW — Myanmar's government on Friday rejected an International Criminal Court ruling that it has jurisdiction to investigate allegations that Myanmar security forces violated...


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