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Stories with place: Southeast Asia
  • Robot sub returns to water after 1st try cut short 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:43 pm
  • PERTH, Australia - A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner.

  • Teething troubles for Chinese tourists in Thailand 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:59 am
  • CHIANG MAI, Thailand - The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists.

  • Pliskova breezes into Malaysian Open 2nd round 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:54 am
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic made a winning start to her defense of the Malaysian Open title by easing past Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-2 in the first round on Tuesday.

  • Teething troubles for Chinese tourists in Thailand 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:26 am
  • CHIANG MAI, Thailand - The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists.

  • Hawaii, Bali form sister state relationship 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:17 am
  • HONOLULU - Hawaii and the Indonesian province of Bali on Monday took a step toward forging closer ties by becoming sister states.

  • Doping ban reversed for Olympic champion Lee 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:01 am
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Badminton World Federation has reversed a one-year ban handed to Olympic gold medalist Lee Yon-dae for failing to comply with doping requirements.

  • Killing of environmental activists rises globally 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:13 pm
  • BANGKOK - As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff - until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him.

  • Asian fans only have eyes for European soccer 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:35 am
  • HANOI, Vietnam - There were so few people watching Vietnam play Hong Kong in a recent Asian Cup qualifier that turnstile staff hardly bothered checking tickets on the damp, cold Hanoi evening.

  • False leads in search for missing jet 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:08 am
  • If the signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are truly from the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, they ultimately will close the book on a frustrating long list of false leads in the effort to find the jet. Here are the most prominent moments in which hopes of solving the tragic aviation mystery were dashed:

  • Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:26 am
  • HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government Monday called a "policy of leniency."

  • Vietnam police probe football match-fixing 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 5:23 am
  • HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnamese police are investigating an alleged match-fixing incident involving 11 players from a top-flight local team.

  • Asian fans only have eyes for European football 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:20 am
  • HANOI, Vietnam - There were so few people watching Vietnam take on Hong Kong in a recent Asian Cup qualifier that turnstile staff hardly bothered checking tickets on the damp, cold Hanoi evening.

  • Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 3:34 am
  • MUMBAI, India - Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There's a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S., Uber faces a slew of competitors using similar technology.

  • 2 Abu Sayyaf militants killed in Philippine raid 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 12:07 am
  • MANILA, Philippines - Police commandos stormed a southern Philippine hideout of suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists blamed for kidnappings and extortion, triggering a firefight that led to the killing of two militants and the capture of six others, officials said.

  • Manny Pacquiao back on top after Bradley win 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 6:38 pm
  • LAS VEGAS - The old Manny Pacquiao returned for thrilling bursts, hounding Timothy Bradley onto the ropes and battering the welterweight champion with whip-quick combinations that recalled the Pacman's magical prime.

  • 'Running priest' in Philippines campaigns for poor 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 3:46 am
  • MANILA, Philippines - As the band of protesters approached a red stoplight, a cry went up from the priest leading them: "Run! Run! Run!"

  • Waiting for water: Myanmar villages left behind 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 5:49 am
  • DALA, Myanmar - Every afternoon, the long lines start to form, hundreds of men, women and children waiting to dip their plastic buckets into the lotus-filled reservoir just outside Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon. It's their only source of clean drinking water, they say, and during the dry season, April and May, there is only so much to go around. Â 

  • Fliers' thoughts, from 'no fear' to 'it's scarier' 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 2:10 am
  • JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Indonesian mother of three had flown without her kids before, but this was the first time she gave her eldest a to-do list in case something happened on the flight she and her husband were taking.

  • Cambodia sends 13 to prison for insurrection plot 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:37 am
  • PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - A Cambodian court on Friday sentenced 13 men to prison terms ranging from five to nine years for plotting to overthrow the government in a case that was criticized by a human rights group as a political setup.

  • 9 Cambodians killed in Thai road accident 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:52 am
  • BANGKOK - Nine Cambodians on their way home for a holiday break died when their van crashed into a tree and burst into flames in eastern Thailand, police said Friday.

  • Myanmar papers protest sentencing of reporters 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:16 am
  • YANGON, Myanmar - Several private newspapers in Myanmar printed black front pages on Friday to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists, in the latest sign the country's media climate is worsening.

  • Black box data lost for 2012 Malaysia Air flight 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:25 pm
  • LONDON - Malaysia Airlines failed to properly preserve flight recordings during an incident at London's Heathrow Airport in 2012 when a plane had to turn back because of technical problems, a report by Britain's air accidents investigator found Thursday.

  • 2 nations leading jet search have turbulent past 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 10:17 am
  • CANBERRA, Australia - The leaders of Malaysia and Australia have used warm and glowing terms to assure the world that their partnership in the desperate hunt for a missing airliner is built on a firm and abiding friendship. But it's also an odd-couple relationship that has proved brittle in the past and has been blighted by hostility, rivalries and cultural misunderstandings.

  • Suu Kyi, Germany's Merkel discuss Myanmar's future 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 9:29 am
  • BERLIN - Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is discussing Myanmar's future with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, a city Suu Kyi describes as a symbol of success in achieving unity.

  • US envoy urges Myanmar to help aid groups return 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 9:13 am
  • YANGON, Myanmar - As Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar face acute shortages of water, food and medical care, a visiting U.S. State Department official urged the government to work quickly to facilitate the return of aid groups, saying the word was watching.