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Stories with place: Southeast Asia
  • Thai police find new trafficker camps; crackdown intensifies story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 9:05 am

    PADANG BESAR, Thailand - Police found two more camps Tuesday believed to have held human trafficking victims in southern Thailand - one recently abandoned and the other containing a buried skeleton - days after the grim discovery of 26 bodies at a separate location exposed a thriving human smuggling network in the country.

  • Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare public appearance story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 6:22 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.

  • Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers 
    Updated: May-04-15 8:49 am

    PADANG BESAR, Thailand - Police arrested three Thai officials and a Myanmar citizen in a crackdown on a long-existing criminal network that smuggles persecuted ethnic Muslims from Myanmar into Thailand and holds them captive in camps where scores have died before they can pay ransoms demanded for their freedom.

  • Philippine military chief confirms wanted militant killed 
    Updated: May-04-15 1:01 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed.

  • Australia says Europeans seek advice on stopping migrants 
    Updated: May-03-15 11:13 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Europeans grappling with mass migration from Libya were seeking information about Australia's controversial success in stopping asylum seeker boats reaching its shores, the Australian prime minister said Monday.

  • Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat story has photos
    Updated: May-03-15 11:26 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero.

  • Filipino baker makes life-sized cake of Pacquiao story has photos
    Updated: May-02-15 1:47 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Fans of Manny Pacquiao have a new way of showing how much they love the boxing superstar - by eating him.

  • May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 1:21 pm

    HAVANA - Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day.

  • Filipinos urged to turn off appliances during Pacquiao fight story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 8:56 am

    MANILA, Philippines - An officer at a Philippine electric company has urged customers to turn off major appliances to help prevent outages that have recently plagued his province so people can watch the much-awaited fight between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

  • Myanmar ethnic rebels meet to discuss nationwide ceasefire 
    Updated: May-01-15 8:06 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - Ethnic rebel group leaders began meeting Friday in northeastern Myanmar to discuss how to end the current fighting in the region and finalize a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government.

  • Singapore's Lee says he's free of cancer after treatment 
    Updated: May-01-15 8:04 am

    SINGAPORE - Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong says he is free of prostate cancer after treatment.

  • As Philippine congressman, Pacquiao seen as underachieving 
    Updated: May-01-15 2:29 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao has been an inspiration for millions of Filipinos not just as a boxer, but as a philanthropist. As a politician, not so much.

  • Last US Marines to leave Saigon describe chaos of war's end story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 12:54 pm

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - As the Marines scrambled to the roof of the U.S. Embassy, they locked a chain-link gate on every other floor to slow the throng of panicked Vietnamese civilians sure to come behind them. They knew if the crowd pushed through to the top, they could easily be overrun by hundreds of people desperate to get a seat on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon.

  • Australian opposition to capital punishment questioned 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:53 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's political opposition accused the government of winding back the country's rejection of the death penalty during a heated debate Thursday following Indonesia's execution of two Australian drug traffickers.

  • Thai inquest lays no blame in killing of Reuters cameraman story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:31 am

    BANGKOK - Five years after a Reuters video journalist was shot dead during a protest in Thailand, a court said Thursday that its inquest was unable to determine if the shot was fired by Thai soldiers or protesters.

  • Vietnam War 40 years on, enemies now friends but still pain story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:04 am

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - This city once known as Saigon was blanketed in red banners on Thursday that read "Long Live the Glorious Communist Party of Vietnam," 40 years after northern forces seized control of the country and America walked away from a divisive and bloody war that remains a painful sore.

  • Australia wary of escalating rift after Indonesia executions story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 2:04 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia said it would withdraw its ambassador to Indonesia after two Australians were among eight drug traffickers executed by the Southeast Asian country Wednesday, but was wary of escalating hostilities with its neighbor despite a public outcry.

  • 40 years after Vietnam War, north-south wounds fester 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 6:44 am

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - When Luu Dinh Trieu was drafted into the South Vietnamese army, he literally went to war against his father.

  • UN rights office: Indonesia executions 'incomprehensible' 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 5:14 am

    BERLIN - The U.N. human rights office has criticized Indonesia's decision to execute eight people convicted of drug smuggling.

  • Filipino boxers try to follow Pacquiao's path out of poverty story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 4:37 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao's rise from crushing poverty to global fame and fortune has inspired a whole generation of Filipino fighters, who look up to his legend as their dream and boxing as a ticket out of harsh lives and uncertainties.

  • Vietnamese-Americans recall losses, gains since Saigon fell story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 3:08 am

    SANTA ANA, California - In the chaotic final days before the Vietnam she knew collapsed in 1975, Bang Van Pham was rushed onto a U.S. military plane with her newborn son, headed to a land she had learned about in school but never seen.

  • Golf course debate reflects Vietnam army's capitalist streak story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-15 10:02 pm

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Vietnam's busiest airport, once a major gateway for thousands of U.S. troops headed for battle, is now the scene of a slow-burning controversy linked to the commercial clout of the country's powerful military.

  • Profiles of 8 drug traffickers executed in Indonesia 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 9:44 pm

    CILACAP, Indonesia - Indonesia early Wednesday executed eight people convicted of drug smuggling, according to foreign governments and local media reports, although a Philippine woman was granted a stay of execution.

  • Indonesia's attorney general says female Philippines drug convict spared from execution 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 2:55 pm

    CILACAP, Indonesia - Indonesia's attorney general says female Philippines drug convict spared from execution.

  • Vietnam and the US test their hard-won friendship 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 3:38 am

    BANGKOK - After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.