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  • Bangkok ferris wheel catches fire, but no injuries reported story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-16 6:57 am

    BANGKOK - The ferris wheel at a newly opened dinosaur theme park in Bangkok caught fire on Saturday, but the park said no one was on it at the time, and no injuries were reported.

  • Home game: Gerina Piller leads in stormy Texas 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 7:42 pm

    IRVING, Texas - Gerina Piller made herself right at home Friday in the LPGA Tour's Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, shooting a 6-under 65 to take the lead in the suspended second round.

  • Navy commander sentenced to 78 months in bribery scandal 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 5:48 pm

    SAN DIEGO - A Navy commander who fled Cambodia's killing fields as a boy to grow up to become a decorated U.S. military officer was sentenced Friday to 78 months in prison for providing classified ship schedules in exchange for the services of prostitutes, theater tickets and other gifts from a Malaysian defense contractor.

  • Philippine presidential front-runner: I've no illegal wealth 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 11:30 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine presidential race front-runner said Friday he has no ill-gotten wealth after a senator alleged that he had more than 200 million pesos ($4.2 million) in a bank account in 2014 that he failed to declare publicly as required by law.

  • Cambodia: 5 rights activists helped hide politician's affair 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:39 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Cambodian authorities arrested five human rights workers Friday on accusations they tried to help cover up a woman's affair with the deputy leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The action is the latest in a series by Prime Minister Hun Sen's government putting legal pressure on its critics and political opponents.

  • Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 3:21 am

    BEIJING - Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.

  • Video shows British family getting attacked in Thailand story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 11:28 am

    BANGKOK - A British couple and their son were savagely attacked during a family vacation in Thailand in the latest blow to the country's image as a welcoming tourist paradise. Police said Thursday they have arrested the four suspected attackers.

  • Protest in Myanmar targets US Embassy use of term 'Rohingya' 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 10:32 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - Buddhist monks joined several hundred protesters outside the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on Thursday to demand it stop using the term "Rohingya" to refer to a Muslim ethnic minority group.

  • Pacquiao presses senatorial campaign despite kidnap threat 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 10:29 am

    SAN PABLO, Philippines - Boxing star Manny Pacquiao pressed on with his campaign for a seat in the Philippine Senate on Thursday, barnstorming in a province south of Manila despite a reported militant plot to kidnap him.

  • FIFA president says Leicester proves fairytales are possible 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 9:30 am

    BANGKOK - FIFA President Gianni Infantino visited the headquarters of Leicester's ownership company on Thursday and said the club's Premier League title run shows that fairytales are still possible.

  • After hostage beheading, is Philippines facing IS threat? story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 9:11 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Months before Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded retired Canadian mining executive John Ridsdel in the tropical jungles of the southern Philippines, they showed him pleading for life in a video with three other hostages that demanded a record-high ransom.

  • China to join exercises with rival South China Sea claimants 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 6:28 am

    BEIJING - China said Thursday it will send a warship and special forces for a multinational exercise next month that is also expected to include troops from the Philippines and other rival claimants in the South China Sea.

  • Lawmaker urge more US naval operations in South China Sea 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Members of Congress urged the Obama administration on Wednesday to order more naval operations close to disputed islands in the South China Sea. The State Department said Beijing risks conflict and isolation through its assertive behavior in those waters.

  • Thailand's military government cracks down on opponents 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 10:22 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand's military government on Wednesday turned up the pressure on its opponents, filing a legal complaint against critics of a proposed new constitution and detaining 10 people in connection with social media postings.

  • US targets 11 countries for lax copyright protection 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 9:35 am

    WASHINGTON - China, Russia and India are among 11 countries targeted by the Obama administration for leaving American producers of music, movies and other copyrighted material open to rampant piracy.

  • Aquino: Canadian's killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-16 8:29 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president said Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants may have plotted to kill him and kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, disclosing previously unknown details about an extremist group blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage.

  • German tourists in Myanmar recovering from land mine blast 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 7:21 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - Two German tourists and their local guide were recovering Wednesday from wounds suffered when they accidentally set off a land mine in eastern Myanmar.

  • Thailand is used to hot Aprils, but not this hot! story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-16 6:53 am

    BANGKOK - Animals at Bangkok's zoo are being fed special frozen fruit pops. People are flocking to shopping malls just to soak up the air-conditioning. Authorities are telling people to stay out of the blazing sun to avoid heat stroke.

  • Indonesia's search for mass graves met with skepticism 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 6:24 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Indonesian government's decision to investigate anti-communist massacres in 1965 is being met with wariness by rights groups, some of which are reluctant to share information about mass graves until the government shows how it will conduct the probe.

  • 64 hurt when packed Cambodian garment worker truck flips 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 1:18 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - An overloaded truck carrying Cambodian garment workers swerved and flipped over after a tire exploded Wednesday, leaving 64 passengers injured including several in critical condition, authorities said.

  • Philippine troops hunt extremists who beheaded Canadian story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-16 3:23 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives.

  • Cambodian elephant tour agency eases animals' workload 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 12:25 pm

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The owner of a company that provides elephant rides to tourists at Cambodia's fabled Angkor Wat temple complex has reduced the working hours of his animals after one collapsed and died in the debilitating heat enveloping Southeast Asia.

  • PM Hun Sen says all Cambodians must help deal with drought 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 9:31 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The prime minister Tuesday called upon all elements in Cambodian society to mobilize to help deal with the worst drought in at least four decades, which has left about two-thirds of the country's 25 provinces short of water for drinking and other necessities.

  • Indonesia to hold regional talks after kidnappings at sea 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 6:52 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's president said Tuesday that his government will host talks with Malaysia and the Philippines this week to boost maritime security following the kidnappings at sea of Indonesians by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants.

  • Gay couple wins custody battle against Thai surrogate mother story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-16 6:19 am

    BANGKOK - A same-sex American-Spanish couple won a high-profile custody battle Tuesday against a surrogate mother in Thailand who gave birth to their child but then decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were gay.