- Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud Updated: Nov-28-15 3:59 am
CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines - The Philippines on Saturday took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets - the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade - as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China.
- Indonesia says Australia forced back asylum seekers Updated: Nov-27-15 9:02 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Australian officials destroyed a boat carrying asylum seekers and then pushed them back to sea in another vessel, Indonesia said Friday.
- Philippine website to seek tips on missing Marcos paintings Updated: Nov-27-15 4:43 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government will launch a website to crowd-source tips on the whereabouts of some 200 missing art works, including paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt that were owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos, an official said Friday.
- Vietnam passes law abolishing death penalty for 7 crimes Updated: Nov-27-15 1:45 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Death sentences imposed on corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made.
- Hopes for Singapore resurgence as Malaysian partnership ends Updated: Nov-26-15 8:07 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Fifty years ago Malaysian and Singapore parted ways to form two separate countries, a decision that helped to kick start the economic miracle that subsequently took place in the Lion City.
- Thai poultry producers accused of labor abuses Updated: Nov-26-15 11:04 am
BANGKOK - Poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights, two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility charged Thursday. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from allegations that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on fishing boats.
- Thai police allege armed plot by government opponents Updated: Nov-26-15 9:30 am
BANGKOK - Thai police said Thursday they have uncovered a plot by opponents of the military government involving an armed attack during upcoming events commemorating the country's monarchy.
- Image of Asia: Trying to reclaim what's left of their homes Updated: Nov-26-15 9:15 am
In this photo by Bullit Marquez, fire survivors sift through the debris after a huge fire razed an informal settlers' community in suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. The fire destroyed about 800 houses that were home to thousands of people, many of whom returned to the community Thursday to try to salvage what remained of their belongings. People without a place to go were staying at a city gymnasium. Fire officials reported no casualties.
- Philippine forces kill 8 suspected to have IS sympathies Updated: Nov-26-15 8:57 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine marines killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in a clash in the southern Philippines on Thursday, seizing bomb-making equipment, assault rifles and black flags, military officials said.
- Philippine economy grew 6 percent in 3Q as services expanded Updated: Nov-26-15 1:05 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine economy expanded 6 percent in the third quarter and officials Thursday forecast at least the same growth rate for the full year but warned of risks from the El Nino dry spell and presidential elections in 2016.
- Indonesia increases security after video calls for attack Updated: Nov-25-15 9:10 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Authorities increased security across Indonesia after a video appearing on social media threatened attacks against police and other targets, police and officials said Wednesday.
- Suspected match-fixer Dan Tan released from Singapore jail Updated: Nov-25-15 8:39 am
SINGAPORE - A Singaporean man detained for more than two years under suspicion of being the mastermind behind a global soccer match-fixing syndicate was ordered to be released Wednesday by the country's highest court, which ruled he was being held unlawfully.
- Jolie Pitt accepts honorary post at Cambodian film festival Updated: Nov-25-15 6:24 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The little-known Cambodia International Film Festival is getting a star-powered boost this year from Angelina Jolie Pitt.
- Vietnam's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries Updated: Nov-25-15 2:46 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.
- Third search ship joins hunt for missing Malaysian airliner Updated: Nov-25-15 2:33 am
CANBERRA, Australia - A third ship will join the deep sea hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner as the 13-month-old search of a huge expanse of the Indian Ocean ramps up during the southern hemisphere summer, officials said Wednesday.
- Search ends for victims of Myanmar jade mining landslide Updated: Nov-25-15 12:16 am
HPAKANT, Myanmar - Police in northern Myanmar said Wednesday they have ended efforts to find bodies in a jade mining landslide that killed more than 100 people and highlighted the perilous conditions created by a breakneck effort to dig up the world's richest deposits of the green gem.
- Singapore cuts 2015 growth forecast to 2 percent Updated: Nov-24-15 10:02 pm
SINGAPORE - Singapore lowered its growth forecast for 2015 because of weakness in manufacturing and said gains will continue to be modest next year even as the global economy improves.
- Experts study evidence in criminal probe into MH17 downing Updated: Nov-24-15 11:27 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - International experts are meeting in the Netherlands to examine evidence in the criminal investigation into the downing last year of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, Dutch prosecutors announced Tuesday.
- UN human rights agency wants Thailand army jail closed Updated: Nov-24-15 9:01 am
BANGKOK - The U.N. human rights agency on Tuesday called on Thailand to immediately close a military detention center where two high-profile prisoners died in controversial circumstances over the past month.
- Salem man dies in Philippines jail while on vacation Updated: Nov-24-15 8:11 am
SALEM, Oregon - A Salem man has died in a Philippines jail after being arrested while on vacation.
- India's Modi stresses reforms in Singapore investment push Updated: Nov-24-15 8:05 am
SINGAPORE - In a plea for Singapore investments, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed Tuesday that reforms have been made under his watch, as the two countries elevated their relations to a strategic partnership.
- Marcos jewelry being appraised ahead of possible auction Updated: Nov-24-15 5:45 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government is appraising the dazzling jewelry collection seized three decades ago from Imelda Marcos, the former first lady famous for her massive stash of shoes, as it decides what to do with the jewels one expert compared to those owned by royalty.
- Myanmar court prosecutes woman for Facebook posting Updated: Nov-24-15 5:25 am
MAUBIN, Myanmar - A court in Myanmar has declined to drop a charge against a young woman accused of poking fun at Myanmar's army chief on Facebook, highlighting the challenges faced by the former dictatorship as it grapples with a social media explosion and other newfound freedoms of expression.
- Thailand indicts 2 for deadly Bangkok bombing Updated: Nov-24-15 3:39 am
BANGKOK - A Thai military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners accused of carrying out a deadly bombing at a shrine in Bangkok but questions hang over the case because of the attackers' unclear motive and an opaque investigation.
- Report: 90 percent of disasters are weather-related Updated: Nov-23-15 7:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Ninety percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by floods, storms, heatwaves and other weather-related events - and these weather-spawned disasters are becoming more frequent, according to a report released Monday.