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  • Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House story has photos
    Updated: Jul-07-15 5:53 pm

    WASHINGTON - Bolstered by new trade negotiating powers from Congress, President Barack Obama held an unprecedented meeting Tuesday with the head of Vietnam's Communist Party as the U.S. pressed ahead to conclude talks on a groundbreaking Asia-Pacific economic pact.

  • Prosecutor requests match-fixing trial for Italy coach Conte story has photos
    Updated: Jul-07-15 12:33 pm

    ROME - Italy coach Antonio Conte was among 104 people whom a prosecutor requested Tuesday be brought to trial on match-fixing charges in a wide-ranging case that allegedly has its roots in Singapore.

  • Image of Asia: Commemorating 1962 Myanmar student uprising 
    Updated: Jul-07-15 8:47 am

    In this photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe, students participate in a ceremony to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of a student uprising in Yangon, Myanmar. The military government led by dictator Gen. Ne Win brutally suppressed the 1962 uprising at Yangon University, killing dozens of students in the crackdown that culminated with troops blowing up the historic student union building. The university has produced many of Myanmar's most famous dissidents and intellectuals, but it was closed repeatedly for long stretches under the military junta, which saw urban campuses as hotbeds of political dissent. About 30 students took part in the unauthorized gathering Tuesday morning, watched closely by police, though the gathering appeared to end without incident.

  • Thai military court to release 14 students ahead of trial story has photos
    Updated: Jul-07-15 7:47 am

    BANGKOK - A military court in Thailand said Tuesday it will release 14 student activists from detention but they will still face sedition charges - and the prospect of years in prison - for defying the junta's ban on political gatherings.

  • WHO says too few countries taxing tobacco products enough 
    Updated: Jul-07-15 6:31 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Taxing cigarettes up to 75 percent of their retail price is among the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use, but too few governments levy high enough taxes, according to a World Health Organization global report released Tuesday.

  • Malaysia freezes 6 bank accounts in probe linked to premier story has photos
    Updated: Jul-07-15 5:34 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities have frozen six bank accounts as part of an investigation into allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred from a state investment fund to the personal accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

  • Documents reveal details of Chicago woman's killing in Bali 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 3:05 pm

    CHICAGO - A man convicted of killing a Chicago woman in Bali arrived on the island hours before the killing and checked into a resort using her credit card, according to Indonesian court documents.

  • China to snub arbitration hearing on feud with Philippines 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 8:46 am

    MANILA, Philippines - China is standing pat on its decision to reject arbitration by an international tribunal that will begin formal hearings this week to resolve a long-seething feud between Beijing and Manila over the South China Sea, the Chinese ambassador to Manila said Monday.

  • Thailand seizes illegal ivory in crates marked as 'marble' 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 5:06 am

    BANGKOK - Thai customs officials said Monday they seized 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of ivory - or about 130 tusks and pieces - hidden in crates being shipped from Africa to Asia.

  • Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 2:20 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday.

  • World heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites story has photos
    Updated: Jul-05-15 3:24 pm

    BONN, Germany - The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U.N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday.

  • Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charges over fund story has photos
    Updated: Jul-05-15 9:25 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations.

  • Storm causes floods, knocks out power in north Philippines 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 8:16 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities.

  • Zoo tram accident in northeastern Thailand kills 5 people 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 6:13 am

    BANGKOK - Two trams used to shuttle visitors around a zoo in northeastern Thailand collided Sunday, killing five people and injuring more than 30, police said.

  • US, wooing Vietnam, readies red carpet for communist chief 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 1:10 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country.

  • Groups' support helps Burmese immigrants resume weaving 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 10:40 am

    WATERLOO, Iowa - In the front room of an east Waterloo home, four master weavers gather to practice their craft.

  • Murder complaints filed over capsized Philippine ferry story has photos
    Updated: Jul-04-15 8:10 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Police in a central Philippine city said Saturday that they have filed murder complaints against the owner and the crew of a ferry that capsized shortly after pulling out of port, leaving more than 50 people dead.

  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 8:29 pm

    HANOI, Vietnam - The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year.

  • CAS explain how Vanessa-Mae cleared of Olympic ski race fix 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 11:45 am

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from Alpine race officials "smitten" by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport's highest court.

  • Could searchers' sonars have missed wreckage of Flight 370? story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 11:14 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing.

  • China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 9:14 am

    BEIJING - Beijing expressed displeasure with Turkey on Friday for accepting 173 ethnic Uighurs who fled China.

  • Man tied to 2013 Myanmar hotel blast gets life in prison 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 8:04 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - A court in Myanmar on Friday sentenced a man linked to a 2013 bombing that wounded an American tourist in one of the country's most prestigious hotels to life imprisonment and hard labor.

  • Bangkok-bound flight from China makes emergency landing 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 7:16 am

    BEIJING - A Bangkok-bound flight operated by a Chinese airline made an emergency landing Friday afternoon after an engine fire warning lit up, China Southern Airlines said.

  • Thailand's only known MERS patient is virus-free 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 6:53 am

    BANGKOK - A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus was declared free of the illness by the Health Ministry on Friday.

  • Asian women's teams show up male rivals 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 1:17 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - The contrast between the fortunes of Asia's women's soccer teams and their male equivalents could not be more striking.