BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday as investors awaited Britain's vote on a plan to leave the European Union.
The Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.2 percent to...
UN says methamphetamine output booming in Southeast Asia
BANGKOK (AP) — Production of methamphetamine is skyrocketing in Southeast Asia, with prices dropping and usage expanding, the U.N.'s anti-drug agency said Monday.
TOKYO (AP) — With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip Songkrasin's move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Australia signed a free trade agreement Monday that will eliminate many tariffs, allow Australian-owned hospitals to operate in the giant Southeast Asian...
Before meeting Kim, Trump oversees big Vietnamese plane deal
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump and Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong presided over the signing of several trade deals in Hanoi on Wednesday, including agreements to sell the...
Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast Asian nation.
Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts in the region.
EU parliament approves EU-Singapore trade deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament has approved a free trade deal with Singapore that the European Union hopes to use as a blueprint for further deals in southeast Asia.
The legislature approved the deal in several votes with a large majority and it will become operational after the member states give their final approval.
Cambodia blasts EU move to consider lifting trade privileges
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia issued a strong response on Tuesday to the European Union's announcement that it is beginning the process to withdraw preferential duty-free and quota-free status for imports from the Southeast Asian nation.
Australian rallies call for Thais to free Bahraini refugee
SYDNEY (AP) — Scores of demonstrators rallied in Australia's two largest cities on Friday to demand that Thailand release a detained Bahraini soccer player who has refugee status in Australia.
The demonstrations outside the Sydney Opera House and in Melbourne's Federation Square opposed Hakeem al-Araibi's potential extradition to Bahrain.
Asian markets gain after US suspends government shutdown
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares rose in Asia on Monday after President Donald Trump temporarily re-opened the U.S. government. Japan was the main regional outlier, as the Nikkei 225 index lost 0.5 percent to 20,759.48 with uncertainty over China-U.S. trade talks bringing a lull in buying sentiment.
Singapore actor’s death puts spotlight on conscription risks
SINGAPORE (AP) — A memorial service was held Sunday for a Singaporean actor and soldier who died from injuries at a military exercise, a case that has renewed scrutiny of the tiny Southeast Asian nation's system of mandatory conscription.
Reservist Aloysius Pang, 28, was taking part in military training in New Zealand last weekend when he was crushed while repairing an artillery vehicle. He died Thursday after several surgeries.
Stocks subdued as Chinese growth falls to weakest since ’90
BANGKOK (AP) — World stocks were subdued Monday after China reported its slowest economic expansion in 30 years and the International Monetary Fund cut its forecasts for global growth this year.
KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX fell 0.6 percent to close at 11,136.20 while the CAC 40 in France slipped 0.2 percent to 4,867.78. Britain's FTSE 100 added less than 0.1 percent to 6,970.59. Wall Street remained closed for Martin Luther King Jr Day.
Asian markets advance on optimism over China-US trade
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares in Asia rose Monday, extending gains on Wall Street last week. Buying enthusiasm has been spurred by renewed hopes for progress on resolving the trade standoff between the U.S. and China. Shares rose in Shanghai and Hong Kong early Monday despite news that China's economy grew at its lowest pace in three decades last year.
Malaysia’s 2018 auto sales rebounded, flat growth seen
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded last year after two straight years of contraction, thanks to a three-month tax holiday, but growth is likely to remain flat this year amid uncertainties over government policies, an automotive group said Wednesday.
Asian shares decline as China reports slowdown in exports
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were lower in Asia on Monday, extending the latest losses on Wall Street, as China reported a slowdown in exports.
Asian shares rally on hopes for China-US trade breakthrough
BANGKOK (AP) — Share prices have surged in Europe and Asia on Wednesday on hopes for progress in resolving the tariffs battle between the U.S. and China as three days of talks in Beijing wrapped up without details on their outcome.
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Thailand braces for powerful storm at southern beach towns
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities suspended ferry services and evacuated locals and tourists ahead of a tropical storm expected to pound the Southeast Asian nation's famed southern beach resorts during a peak tourism season.
Rain was already falling around the Gulf of Thailand and officials warned that torrential downpours, strong winds and rough seas were expected when Tropical Storm Pabuk makes landfall Friday evening.
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Thailand legislature legalizes medical marijuana and kratom
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's legislature on Tuesday agreed to amend the country's drug law to allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, as well as kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller.
Thailand is the first country in Southeast Asia to take such action, which is also under consideration in neighboring Malaysia. New Zealand's government earlier this month enacted a law liberalizing the medical use of marijuana, which had previously been tightly restricted.
The Latest: Death toll climbs to 222 in Indonesia tsunami
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a tsunami that hit the coast around Indonesia's Sunda Strait (all times local):
Pope Francis has prayed for the dead, the missing and the homeless in the tsunami that struck Indonesia.
Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that his thoughts were with Indonesia's people, "struck by violent natural calamities," and said he was spiritually close to those left homeless or otherwise suffering.
St. Paul leaders decry deportations of Vietnam-era refugees
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Trump administration push for the deportation of Vietnam War-era refugees has sparked protests from St. Paul's Southeast Asian community, with elected officials and families saying they will do whatever they can to fight it.
Thailand to honor beautiful, violent Siamese fighting fish
BANGKOK (AP) — The Siamese fighting fish, a popular beauty in home aquariums and a popular bet for gamblers for their violent territoriality, is set to become Thailand's national aquatic animal.
The often brightly-hued fish is also called a betta, but government minister Suwapan Tanyuvardhana noted the species is clearly identifiable as Thai by its name: Siam is the old name for Thailand.
Philippines’ Catriona Gray named Miss Universe 2018
BANGKOK (AP) — The Philippines' Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition held in Bangkok on Monday, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation.
Gray wore a sparkling red dress that she said was inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd in the Thai capital that generally favored Southeast Asian contestants.
FIFA leader Infantino wins SE Asia support for re-election
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received another pledge of support in his campaign for re-election next year.
The ASEAN group of national soccer federations in southeast Asia says its members "unanimously declared their support for Mr. Infantino."
University faculty bucks Southeast Asia minor elimination
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Faculty at the University of Montana is bucking a recommendation to end the university's minor in South and Southeast Asian Studies.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ fails to click with Chinese audiences
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese audiences aren't exactly going nuts over the U.S. box office hit "Crazy Rich Asians," despite its all-Asian cast and theme of rising Asian prosperity.
Vermont man nominated for Cambodia ambassador
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been nominated to serve as the ambassador to Cambodia.
WCAX-TV reports W. Patrick Murphy, of Brattleboro, thanked the president and the secretary of state for the nomination during a meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Tuesday morning.
Murphy is a longtime state department employee and a University of Vermont graduate.
Philippine leader jokes he used marijuana at SE Asia meeting
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs has cost thousands of lives, says he used marijuana to keep awake at a recent regional meeting, but later disavowed his assertion as a joke.
Duterte made the comment Monday at an awards ceremony where he talked about attending last month's meeting in Singapore of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and how the schedules of such gatherings that run from morning until late at night is grueling.
Markets cautious as world leaders head to summit
TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks were modestly higher Wednesday as world leaders began heading for a G-20 summit where trade wars, oil prices and other key issues to the economy will likely be discussed.
KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 was up 0.4 percent at 5,004.04, while Germany's DAX added 0.2 percent to 11,333. Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,016. U.S. shares were set to drift higher, with Dow futures adding 0.6 percent and S&P 500 futures up 0.5 percent.
Asian stocks mixed after wobbly trading on Wall Street
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Wednesday after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street, and uncertainty loomed as investors looked toward the G-20 meeting of world leaders later in the week.
Xi: Talks on pact to avoid sea clashes could end in 3 years
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday negotiations between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations on a nonaggression pact to prevent clashes in the disputed South China Sea could be concluded in three years and promised that any differences will be dealt with peacefully.
Xi made the assurances after holding talks with President Rodrigo Duterte and other officials on a visit to the Philippines aimed at deepening relations with the American treaty ally.
Big tech firms pledge training for workers in Southeast Asia
BANGKOK (AP) — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region's burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market. Up to 28 million full-time jobs are subject to being displaced, according to a new estimate.
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Japan's Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako greeted guests at the autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden. Akihito has said he will abdicate next year.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, dancers in traditional dress waited for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, for an Asia-Pacific summit. Leaders also met during a Southeast Asian summit in Singapore.
The Latest: Pence cites progress on N. Korea but more needed
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's new tactical weapon test (all times local):
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says "great progress" has been made on North Korea but more had to be done, after Pyongyang reported a successful test of a new weapon.
Pence spoke from a Southeast Asian summit in Singapore on Friday as North Korea's state media reported that leader Kim Jong Un had observed the successful test of "a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon."
Putin: Arms control to top agenda for his meeting with Trump
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly talked with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Thursday about issues that will likely top the agenda of his planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Putin said he and Pence spoke on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Singapore, discussing arms control and other issues.
US, China rivalry challenging entwined Asia-Pacific region
SINGAPORE (AP) — The rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific is proving "awkward" for Southeast Asian nations that do not want to have to choose between their friends, Singapore's prime minister said Thursday as he wrapped up a regional summit.
The Latest: Singapore PM says China-US rivalry ‘awkward’
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which ends Thursday in Singapore (all times local):
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (LEE SEE'-yan LONG) has said the rivalry between the U.S. and China for influence in Southeast Asia is proving awkward for countries that do not want to have to choose between them.
Putin: Japan may review Soviet proposal on disputed islands
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signaled readiness to discuss a Soviet-era proposal on settling a decades-old territorial dispute.
Putin said that during their meeting Wednesday on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Singapore, Abe said that Tokyo could resume discussions on a 1956 Soviet proposal to return two of four disputed Pacific islands to Japan.
Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays
SINGAPORE (AP) — Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have again pushed back an agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy Wednesday at their annual summit.
In convening talks among the leaders of countries participating in the plan, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a final agreement on the deal, which is expected to encompass nearly half the world's population and 40 percent of world trade, will be delayed until 2019.
The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, meeting this week in Singapore (all times local):
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a final agreement on a Southeast Asian-centered free trade agreement will be pushed back until 2019.
Japan’s Abe, Pence to visit Australia amid China concerns
SYDNEY (AP) — Regional security and the strengthening of ties with Japan and the U.S. will be high on the agenda for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison when he meets leaders from both countries amid continuing concerns about the growing influence of China in the Asia-Pacific.
China’s premier reassures region on growth, South China Sea
SINGAPORE (AP) — China's premier sought Tuesday to reassure its neighbors that Beijing will push ahead with reforms needed to support growth across the region and also keep the peace in contested waters in the South China Sea.
Premier Li Keqiang said his government will favor reforms in the world's No. 2 economy over temporary boosts from economic stimulus as China copes with a gradual slowing of growth and a trade war with the United States.
At Southeast Asian summit, pushback against going it alone
SINGAPORE (AP) — The annual gathering of Southeast Asian leaders began Tuesday with a warning from the host, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, about threats against international rules that underpin world stability and economic growth.
"The international order is at a turning point," Lee said at the opening ceremony of the summit of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
The Latest: Southeast Asian meet starts with call for unity
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the meeting in Singapore of leaders from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (all times local):
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have begun their annual summit with calls to work together to resolve tensions over trade and other issues.
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong welcomed fellow members of the 10-nation grouping by saying that joint efforts are more urgent than ever.
Red bull drawn in Indonesian cave dated to 40,000 years ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found the oldest known example of an animal drawing: a red silhouette of a bull-like beast on the wall of an Indonesian cave.
The sketch is at least 40,000 years old, slightly older than similar animal paintings found in famous caves in France and Spain. Until a few years ago, experts believed Europe was where our ancestors started drawing animals and other figures.
Malaysia court to resume Kim Jong Nam murder trial on Jan. 7
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Wednesday set Jan. 7 for two Southeast Asian women charged with murdering the North Korean leader's half brother to begin their defense, as their lawyers complained that some witnesses were unreachable.
A High Court judge in August found there was enough evidence to infer that Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, along with four missing North Korean suspects, had engaged in a "well-planned conspiracy" to kill Kim Jong Nam.
Japan to provide loan to help Malaysia battle debt problem
TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Malaysia and Japan agreed Tuesday that Japan will issue yen-denominated bonds of up to 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion) to help the Southeast Asian country battle its large government debt.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan also will provide loans to help Malaysia in areas such as education, transportation and people exchanges.