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Stories with place: Southeast Asia
  • new storyPhilippine economy grew 6 percent in 3Q as services expanded 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 10:16 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - Officials say the Philippine economy expanded 6 percent in the third quarter and forecast the same growth rate for the full year.

  • Indonesia increases security after video calls for attack 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 9:10 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Authorities increased security across Indonesia after a video appearing on social media threatened attacks against police and other targets, police and officials said Wednesday.

  • Suspected match-fixer Dan Tan released from Singapore jail 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 8:39 am

    SINGAPORE - A Singaporean man detained for more than two years under suspicion of being the mastermind behind a global soccer match-fixing syndicate was ordered to be released Wednesday by the country's highest court, which ruled he was being held unlawfully.

  • Jolie Pitt accepts honorary post at Cambodian film festival 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 6:24 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The little-known Cambodia International Film Festival is getting a star-powered boost this year from Angelina Jolie Pitt.

  • Vietnam's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:46 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.

  • Third search ship joins hunt for missing Malaysian airliner 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:33 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - A third ship will join the deep sea hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner as the 13-month-old search of a huge expanse of the Indian Ocean ramps up during the southern hemisphere summer, officials said Wednesday.

  • Search ends for victims of Myanmar jade mining landslide story has photos
    Updated: Nov-25-15 12:16 am

    HPAKANT, Myanmar - Police in northern Myanmar said Wednesday they have ended efforts to find bodies in a jade mining landslide that killed more than 100 people and highlighted the perilous conditions created by a breakneck effort to dig up the world's richest deposits of the green gem.

  • Singapore cuts 2015 growth forecast to 2 percent 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 10:02 pm

    SINGAPORE - Singapore lowered its growth forecast for 2015 because of weakness in manufacturing and said gains will continue to be modest next year even as the global economy improves.

  • Experts study evidence in criminal probe into MH17 downing 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 11:27 am

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - International experts are meeting in the Netherlands to examine evidence in the criminal investigation into the downing last year of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, Dutch prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • UN human rights agency wants Thailand army jail closed 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 9:01 am

    BANGKOK - The U.N. human rights agency on Tuesday called on Thailand to immediately close a military detention center where two high-profile prisoners died in controversial circumstances over the past month.

  • Salem man dies in Philippines jail while on vacation 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 8:11 am

    SALEM, Oregon - A Salem man has died in a Philippines jail after being arrested while on vacation.

  • India's Modi stresses reforms in Singapore investment push story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 8:05 am

    SINGAPORE - In a plea for Singapore investments, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed Tuesday that reforms have been made under his watch, as the two countries elevated their relations to a strategic partnership.

  • Marcos jewelry being appraised ahead of possible auction story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 5:45 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government is appraising the dazzling jewelry collection seized three decades ago from Imelda Marcos, the former first lady famous for her massive stash of shoes, as it decides what to do with the jewels one expert compared to those owned by royalty.

  • Myanmar court prosecutes woman for Facebook posting 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 5:25 am

    MAUBIN, Myanmar - A court in Myanmar has declined to drop a charge against a young woman accused of poking fun at Myanmar's army chief on Facebook, highlighting the challenges faced by the former dictatorship as it grapples with a social media explosion and other newfound freedoms of expression.

  • Thailand indicts 2 for deadly Bangkok bombing story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 3:39 am

    BANGKOK - A Thai military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners accused of carrying out a deadly bombing at a shrine in Bangkok but questions hang over the case because of the attackers' unclear motive and an opaque investigation.

  • Report: 90 percent of disasters are weather-related 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 7:49 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Ninety percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by floods, storms, heatwaves and other weather-related events - and these weather-spawned disasters are becoming more frequent, according to a report released Monday.

  • Nestle confirms labor abuse among its Thai seafood suppliers story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 6:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestle SA's supply chains.

  • Philippines welcomes convictions of 3 abductors of Americans 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 8:46 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine police and military officials said Monday they were pressing on with a manhunt for about 30 kidnapping suspects after three Muslim militants were convicted of the 2011 abductions of an American woman, her teenage son and a Filipino relative vacationing in the country's south.

  • Hope is fading for justice after Philippines' worst massacre 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 8:13 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Six years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in the southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, relatives of the victims said Monday they are losing hope of seeing justice, especially after one of the accused was released on bail.

  • Obama warns against overreaction to Islamic State attacks story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-22-15 12:35 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Trying to reassure a nation on edge, President Barack Obama said Sunday the Islamic State group "cannot strike a mortal blow" against the U.S., and he warned that overreacting to the Paris attacks would play into extremists' hands. "We will destroy this terrorist organization," he vowed.

  • The pho empress of Anchorage 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 7:46 am

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Behind any steaming bowl of pho soup or fried rice at Pho Vietnam 8, a new Fireweed Lane restaurant, is Linda La, the mastermind behind the chain of Anchorage's Pho Vietnam restaurants.

  • The Latest: Myanmar leader thanked for move toward democracy story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 7:27 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Ten Southeast Asian heads of state and nine world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are meeting in Malaysia to discuss trade and economic issues. Terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea are also on the agenda. (All times local.)

  • China tells others don't 'stir up trouble' in S. China Sea 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 5:40 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - China on Sunday told other countries not to "deliberately stir up trouble" in the disputed South China Sea, while insisting it has no intention of militarizing the strategically vital area even though it has increased construction activities there.

  • In Asia, Obama takes softer tone on human rights, corruption story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 4:12 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - In Southeast Asia, President Barack Obama has taken a softer tone on human rights and corruption in a part of the world that rights groups claim is rife with abuses.

  • Obama: intel on Islamic State and Iraq must not be shaded 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 3:14 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - President Barack Obama says he has repeatedly made clear to intelligence officials that they should never shade their assessments to produce a "feel good story."