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Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte attends a meeting between business leaders and heads of states of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC in 2016 during their annual forum in Lima, Peru. Photo: Martin Mejia / Associated Press

Duterte Refuses Call to Open His Bank Accounts to Scrutiny

MANILA — The Philippine president refused a demand by his most vocal critic to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money.
The Royal Malaysian Navy and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency trainees on board INS Tir. First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy in 2015. Photo: Indian Navy / Wikimedia Commons

Malaysia Expands Search for Missing New Zealand Swimmer

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's coast guard said Thursday it has expanded its search for a New Zealander who went missing four days ago while swimming off the country's southern coast.

Phuket's Holiday Hub Goes Quiet: Photos

In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Indonesian presidential candidates Joko Widodo, left, and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, show the ballot number that will represent them in the 2019 presidential election, during a draw at the General Election Commission office in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Achmad Ibrahim / Associated Press

Indonesia President Has Big Poll Lead as Election Nears

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Opinion surveys two weeks ahead of presidential and legislative elections in the world's third-largest democracy show Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his ruling coalition maintaining a large lead over the rival camp.
An investor walks in front of trading boards at a private stock market gallery in September in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Yam G-Jun / Associated Press

Malaysia Plans New Taxes to Help Pay off Snowballing Debt

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Tuesday the government plans to introduce new tax measures to help raise funds to...
A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Dec. 5, 2017. Photo: Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press

Thailand Follows as Asian Markets Rise

BANGKOK — The Thai economy enjoyed a smooth day on the markets, despite a small hiccup during ...

Freedom Fighters: Prison Doesn’t Deter Vietnam’s Dissident Bloggers

HO CHI MINH CITY — It was mid-morning the day 20 police officers from the Vietnam People’s Public Security barged into a downtown Saigon kindergarten and laid their gazes on Pham Chi Dung. Before the startled looks of parents, teachers and children, he was taken away. Among those staring was his three-year-old son, who he had just dropped off moments earlier.
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...
An Indonesian police car in 2016. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Balinese Man Gets 15 Years’ Prison in Murder of Japan Couple

BALI, Indonesia — An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a Balinese man to 15 years in prison for robbing and murdering an elderly Japanese couple last year on the tourist island of Bali.
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...



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