- Asia stocks extend global sell-off, Japan down 5.1 percent Updated: Feb-08-16 10:51 pm
Asian markets tumbled Tuesday as renewed jitters about the global economy set off a wave of selling in banking stocks.
- Ian Mader named AP's news editor in Florida Updated: Feb-08-16 10:45 am
MIAMI - Ian Mader, a veteran foreign correspondent with a reputation for breaking news and challenging reporters, has been named The Associated Press Florida news editor based in Miami.
- Philippine autonomy delay stalls disarming of Muslim rebels Updated: Feb-08-16 10:15 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine rebel leader said Monday that Congress' failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact would delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas in the country's south.
- Top Philippine diplomat and China critic resigns over health Updated: Feb-08-16 8:02 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' top diplomat, who was behind a bold government move to challenge the validity of China's vast territorial claims in the South China Sea at an international tribunal, has resigned due to health reasons, officials said Monday.
- Name of Myanmar's next president to be known March 17 Updated: Feb-08-16 1:32 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - The names of Myanmar's next president and two vice presidents will be revealed on March 17, an official said Monday, setting a clear timeline for the transition of power from a military-controlled government to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's party.
- Murder suspect of dismembered Spaniard arrested in Cambodia Updated: Feb-07-16 11:50 pm
PNHOM PENH, Cambodia - A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow Spaniard was arrested in Cambodia, where he is believed to have fled after the victim's dismembered body was recovered piece by piece from Bangkok's Chao Phraya River, police said Monday.
- Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback Updated: Feb-06-16 12:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat.
- Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease Updated: Feb-06-16 4:04 am
BEIJING - The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey - the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.
- Businessman seeks leniency in halal beef export fraud case Updated: Feb-05-16 5:36 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Supporters of a prominent businessman and Muslim community leader packed a federal courtroom Friday to ask a judge to spare him prison time for committing fraud in exporting halal beef products to Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Thai police find pipe bomb rocket in southern insurgent zone Updated: Feb-05-16 10:47 am
HAT YAI, Thailand - Police in southern Thailand, where Muslim separatists are staging an insurgency, said they found and disarmed a small improvised explosive rocket on Friday similar to ones discovered for the first time last month.
- Furniture giant IKEA loses its trademark in Indonesia Updated: Feb-05-16 10:12 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - There is Samsung of South Korea, Sony of Japan, BMW of Germany and IKEA of Indonesia. Wait! IKEA of Indonesia? Yes, at least in Indonesia, if not worldwide.
- Thai police suspect Spaniard involved in countryman's death Updated: Feb-05-16 9:31 am
BANGKOK - Thai police on Friday released photos of a Spanish man suspected of involvement in the killing of a fellow Spaniard whose dismembered body was recovered piece by piece over the past week from Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.
- UN: At least 200 million females estimated to be circumcised Updated: Feb-04-16 7:21 pm
UNITED NATIONS - At least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries are estimated to have undergone female circumcision - half of them in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the U.N. children's agency said in a report released Thursday night.
- Western retirees at Thai resort busted for playing bridge Updated: Feb-04-16 6:41 am
BANGKOK - Add aging Western bridge players to the list of desperadoes in Thailand's seaside resort of Pattaya, a sin city rife with prostitution, corruption and foreign and home-grown gangsters.
- Expert: Parents often won't take surrogate kids with defects Updated: Feb-03-16 11:36 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - A newborn Down syndrome baby left by his Australian biological father with his poor surrogate mother in Thailand was one of several cases of surrogate children abandoned because of defects, an expert told a parliamentary inquiry on Thursday.
- Malaysian officer to serve 9 months for New Zealand assault Updated: Feb-03-16 11:19 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A Malaysian military officer whose legal case prompted outrage after he left New Zealand under the protection of diplomatic immunity was sentenced Thursday to nine months of home detention after pleading guilty to indecent assault.
- US, 11 other countries sign free-trade deal in New Zealand Updated: Feb-03-16 8:14 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will significantly boost trade.
- Thai border market vendors torpedo crackdown on counterfeits Updated: Feb-03-16 9:57 am
BANGKOK - Thai police were licking their wounds Wednesday after an enraged mob of vendors chased them away when they tried to seize fake goods at a famous border market.
- Russian tourist loses leg to speedboat in southern Thailand Updated: Feb-03-16 9:06 am
BANGKOK - Two Russian tourists were badly injured Wednesday at a Thailand beach resort when a speedboat's propeller severed one man's leg and cut deep gashes in the other man's leg, police said.
- APNewsbreak: Missing reporter tells wife he's back in China Updated: Feb-03-16 8:52 am
BEIJING - The wife of a Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad said she was able to speak to him by phone Wednesday and he told her he had voluntarily returned to China for investigation, but she believes he was forced back and spoke against his own will.
- Malaysian politician ousted after criticizing prime minister Updated: Feb-03-16 8:09 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The son of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned as the top leader of a federal state Wednesday, saying he was ousted because he had criticized Prime Minister Najib Razak over a $700 million financial scandal.
- Asian champion Evergrande fined for filming training session Updated: Feb-03-16 5:00 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Asian Champions League winner Guangzhou Evergrande has been fined for secretly filming its opponent's training session before the second-leg match of the final.
- Ambassador: US to continue South China Sea flights, sail-bys Updated: Feb-03-16 4:01 am
MANILA, Philippines - The U.S. ambassador said Wednesday joint patrols with the Philippines are possible in the South China Sea, where the United States has asserted its freedom to navigate by sending planes and ships into China-claimed areas.
- Furyk opts for wrist surgery, will miss 3 months and Masters Updated: Feb-02-16 1:35 pm
SAN DIEGO - Jim Furyk was No. 7 in the world, No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings and already assured a spot on the Presidents Cup team when he tied for fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his seventh top 10 of the year.
- New democratic era dawning in Myanmar Updated: Feb-02-16 8:49 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - Led by a triumphant Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar is preparing to take a historic leap into uncharted territory, having only known democracy for 14 of its 1,000 years of recorded history. Suu Kyi, who scored a stunning victory in last year's elections, follows a procession of absolute monarchs, British colonial rulers and home-bred generals who are still standing tall in the wings.