- Obama faces challenge in forging front vs. China sea actions Updated: Feb-14-16 7:19 am
MANILA, Philippines - With the symbolic handshakes and unity photo-op, President Barack Obama's high-profile summit with Southeast Asian leaders in California this week aims to step up pressure against China's increasingly worrisome behavior in disputed waters.
- Indonesian officials, clerics ban Valentine's Day observance Updated: Feb-14-16 6:05 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Officials and clerics in the world's most populous Muslim nation have banned young Indonesian Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day, arguing that the observance runs against Islamic teachings.
- Obama uses California's Sunnylands as Western White House Updated: Feb-14-16 2:54 am
RANCHO MIRAGE, California - The guest list at Sunnylands reads like a roster of the rich and famous, from years past to today: Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Queen Elizabeth II, to name a few.
- Broken trumpet from sunken ship holds its secrets from WWII Updated: Feb-13-16 9:01 am
WASHINGTON - The old, bent trumpet is dripping with water as Shanna Daniel lifts it from its basin in the conservation lab at the Washington Navy Yard.
- Things to know about Obama's summit with SE Asian leaders Updated: Feb-13-16 3:07 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited - neighboring power China - will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes.
- Obama to push trade agenda at summit with Southeast Asia Updated: Feb-13-16 1:06 am
MANILA, Philippines - A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China.
- Bangladesh begins survey of undocumented Rohingya Muslims Updated: Feb-13-16 1:04 am
NEW DELHI - Authorities in Bangladesh began a survey to determine the number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar.
- Strong earthquake rocks east Indonesia; communications lost Updated: Feb-12-16 9:45 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A strong earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Friday, apparently knocking out communications on islands near the epicenter.
- Philippines, rebels fortify truce amid stalled peace pact Updated: Feb-12-16 8:31 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting.
- Image of Asia: Commemorating Union Day in Myanmar Updated: Feb-12-16 8:14 am
In this photo by Aung Shine Oo, an ethnic Shan woman takes a selfie during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of Union Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Union Day marks the anniversary of a 1947 agreement among the country's ethnic groups that paved the way to independence from Britain. The military ruled Myanmar with an iron fist for many years following independence, but after elections late last year, the country soon will have its first democratically elected government in more than 50 years. Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's party has a majority in both houses of parliament, so is certain to get the president's post and one of the two vice presidential positions that are scheduled to be announced March 17.
- Thai police say slain Spaniard's DNA found in suspect's home Updated: Feb-12-16 6:21 am
BANGKOK - Police in Thailand said Friday they have found bloodstains and DNA from a Spanish victim in the apartment of the Spanish man who was arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering him.
- Congress bans import of forced labor products Updated: Feb-12-16 3:19 am
A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.
- Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons Updated: Feb-12-16 12:14 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.
- Worawi hopes depend on appeal against FAT elections Updated: Feb-11-16 11:47 pm
BANGKOK - Worawi Makudi's attempts to cling onto power in Thai football depend on an appeal against this week's Football Association of Thailand elections which voted in a new president.
- US criticizes Cambodia for intimidation ahead of PM's visit Updated: Feb-11-16 4:56 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is criticizing Cambodia's government for threats against the political opposition as the Southeast Asian nation's prime minister prepares to make his first official U.S. visit during 31 years in power.
- 2 foreign race callers among 4 finalists for Santa Anita job Updated: Feb-11-16 12:55 pm
ARCADIA, California - Race callers from Britain and Singapore are among the four finalists to become the permanent track announcer at Santa Anita.
- Thai deputy PM sets July 31 vote on charter, 2017 election Updated: Feb-11-16 10:26 am
BANGKOK - A referendum on a new Thai constitution will be held July 31 and will be followed by a general election before the end of next year, whether or not the new charter is approved, the deputy prime minister of the military government said Thursday.
- Report charges Thai government ignores torture allegations Updated: Feb-10-16 10:59 am
BANGKOK - A group of human rights organizations in southern Thailand said in a report Wednesday that complaints of torture by security forces have not been addressed by authorities.
- Indonesia air force plane crashes into home; 4 dead Updated: Feb-10-16 7:21 am
MALANG, Indonesia - An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house on the main island of Java on Wednesday, killing both people on board and two people in the house, a senior official said.
- Myanmar military plane crash kills 4 Updated: Feb-10-16 3:02 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - Four Myanmar military personnel were killed and one survived Wednesday when an air force utility aircraft crashed after taking off from the airport in the capital Naypyitaw, officials said.
- Australia commits to legal growing of medicinal marijuana Updated: Feb-09-16 11:20 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.
- Senate confirms Obama's choice for ambassador to Myanmar Updated: Feb-09-16 2:51 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as ambassador to Myanmar.
- Jordan Spieth: the target inside and outside the ropes Updated: Feb-09-16 12:26 pm
PEBBLE BEACH, California - Jordan Spieth had to work his way through about 100 people who blocked his path to the first tee at Pebble Beach. They held out tournament tickets, caps, glossy photos and Masters flags for him to sign, and some asked him to stop for pictures.
- US intel: China to keep building on artificial islands Updated: Feb-09-16 12:15 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. intelligence chief says he expects China to keep building on artificial islands to sustain its "exorbitant" territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.
- Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway Updated: Feb-09-16 11:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine presidential candidates launched their campaigns Tuesday in festive showbiz-style rallies to draw in the crowds in what is emerging as a closely fought contest to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.