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Boeing's first 737 MAX 9 jet at the company's delivery center before a ceremony transferring ownership to Thai Lion Air in Seattle in a March 2018 file photo. Photo: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

Pilots Say Boeing Didn’t Disclose Jet’s New Control Feature

Boeing didn't tell airline pilots about features of a new flight-control system in its 737 MAX that reportedly is a focus of the investigation...

Junta Turns to Populist Schemes to Ease Rural Tensions

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre
Reuters

BANGKOK — Thailand's junta has approved USD$1.3 billion (46.1 billion baht) in rural subsidies, akin to the populist policies of the government it ousted, to appease disgruntled and politically powerful farmers who are struggling with record low commodity prices and weak exports.
Roxanne Anderson and her daughter, Raelin, 6, react as a corpse flower blooms at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on Thursday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo: Cory Morse / Associated Press

Sumatran ‘Corpse Flower’ in Full Bloom at Michigan Garden

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Visitors are flocking to a Michigan botanical garden to get a whiff of the unpleasant-smelling "corpse flower" that's in full bloom for the first time in 18 years.
A young Rohingya Muslim boy from Myanmar carries a child on his back on and walks through rice fields after crossing over to the Bangladesh side of the border in 2017 near Cox's Bazar's Teknaf area in Bangladesh. Photo: Bernat Armangue / Associated Press

UN Condemns Violence in Myanmar Forcing Rohingyas to Flee

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a statement Monday strongly condemning the violence that has caused more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a significant step that still fell short of a stronger resolution that Western nations wanted but China opposed.

Volcano Erupts in Indonesia, Tourists Evacuated

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities say they have evacuated most tourists from Mount Barujari on Lombok island after it spewed a massive column of ash into the atmosphere.

What’s Behind Persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya

Muslim Rohingya face discrimination and violence from the Buddhist majority in the country, also called Burma. Their plight generally goes unnoticed by the world at large, even though some rights activists say their persecution amounts to ethnic cleansing. Here are several things to know about the group.

ASEAN to Discuss Economic Ties, Rohingya Issue, Korea Summit

SINGAPORE — Southeast Asian leaders are expected to discuss economic cooperation and Myanmar's refugee crisis at a summit in Singapore.

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.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, in foreground, exits a plane as his arrives from a trip to Laos at the airport in 2017 in Phnom Penh. Photo: Heng Sinith / Associated Press

Cambodia Retaliates for Visa Ban, Suspends US MIA Searches

PHNOM PENH — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday he will retaliate against a U.S. halt on the issuing of most visas to senior foreign ministry officials and their families by suspending missions by U.S. military-led teams searching for the remains of Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War.
A Rohingya Muslim girl wears a sweater outside her tent Sunday in the Balukhali refugee camp 50 kilometers from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Manish Swarup / Associated Press

Myanmar: 1st Rohingya Camp Will Be Ready Next Week

BANGKOK — A top Myanmar official said Monday that a camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who return from Bangladesh will be ready by its promised deadline next week.

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