Putin welcomes China’s Xi to Kremlin amid Ukraine fightingMarch 20, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly welcomed Chinese leader Xi Jinping to the Kremlin on Monday, sending a powerful message to Western leaders that their efforts to isolate Moscow over the fighting in Ukraine have fallen short.
Putin sticks to protocol during Chinese leader Xi’s visitMarch 20, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin wasn't waiting at the end of the red carpet to greet Chinese leader Xi Jinping upon his arrival in Russia on Monday for a high-profile visit.
North Korea: Latest missile simulated nuclear counterattackMarch 20, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday it simulated a nuclear attack on South Korea with a ballistic missile launch over the weekend that was its fifth missile demonstration this month to protest the largest joint military exercises in years between the U.S.
Former Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou will visit ChinaMarch 20, 2023 GMT
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou will visit China next week in what a spokesman called a bid to ease tensions between the self-ruled island and the mainland.
Ma presided over a period of warm ties with Beijing, but left office under a cloud after a trade deal with the mainland failed to win approval amid the island's largest protests since the 1990s.
Japan PM Kishida announces new Indo-Pacific plan in IndiaMarch 20, 2023 GMT
NEW DELHI (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the Group of Seven major industrial nations' summit in May and announced action plans for a new Indo-Pacific initiative aimed at countering China's influence in the region.
Former Australian soldier to be charged with Afghan’s murderMarch 20, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police on Monday charged the first Australian veteran for an alleged murder in Afghanistan three years after a war crime investigation found that 19 Australian special forces soldiers could face charges for illegal conduct during the conflict.
Australia won’t promise to side with US in Taiwan conflictMarch 20, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian defense minister says his country has made no promises to the United States that Australia would support its ally in any future conflict over Taiwan in exchange for American nuclear-powered submarines.
Nepal’s PM secures vote of confidence in ParliamentMarch 20, 2023 GMT
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's communist prime minister secured a vote of confidence in Parliament on Monday, enabling him to continue as long as he has the backing of his new coalition partners.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal got 172 votes while 89 members voted against him in the House of Representatives, the lower house of Parliament.
Thailand dissolves Parliament ahead of May electionsMarch 20, 2023 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Parliament was dissolved Monday by a government decree, setting the stage for a May general election that poses an opportunity to lessen the military’s influence in politics.
New Zealand’s foreign minister to visit counterpart in ChinaMarch 20, 2023 GMT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will visit her counterpart Qin Gang in Beijing this week in the first trip by a New Zealand minister to China in four years, officials said Monday.
Windows smashed at India consulates in London, San FranciscoMarch 20, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Windows at India's High Commission in London and at the Consulate General of India in San Francisco were smashed during separate demonstrations by Sikh protesters, police in both cities said Monday.
Millions of rotting fish to be removed from Outback riverMarch 20, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Contractors are being hired to remove millions of rotting fish from a river in the Australian Outback after a unprecedented die-off following floods and hot weather, police said on Monday.
China’s Xi meeting Putin in boost for isolated Russia leaderMarch 20, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping is due to meet with Vladimir Putin in a political boost for the isolated Russian president after the International Criminal Court charged him with war crimes in Ukraine.
Top Afghan Taliban leader issues decree against nepotismMarch 20, 2023 GMT
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The supreme leader of the Taliban has issued a decree against nepotism, barring officials in Afghanistan's Taliban administration from hiring relatives in government positions.
The shadowy leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, also ordered all Taliban officials to sack their sons and other relatives who are already working in their administration.
Lawyer: Former US pilot could have been lured to AustraliaMarch 20, 2023 GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — A former United States military pilot accused of training Chinese aviators could have been lured from China to Australia as part of a U.S. plan to extradite him to his homeland, his lawyer said Monday.
North Korea launches missile into sea amid US-SKorea drillsMarch 19, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward the sea on Sunday, its neighbors said, ramping up testing activities in response to ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal.
Gunmen kill 9 Chinese at mine in Central African RepublicMarch 19, 2023 GMT
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunmen stormed a Chinese-operated gold mining site that had recently been launched in Central African Republic, killing nine Chinese nationals and wounding two others Sunday, authorities said.
Pakistani police file terrorism charges against ex-PM KhanMarch 19, 2023 GMT
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Police in the Pakistani capital filed charges Sunday against former Prime Minister Imran Khan, 17 of his aides and scores of supporters, accusing them of terrorism and several other offenses after the ousted premier's followers clashed with security forces in Islamabad the previous day.
Pakistani police storm home of former PM Khan, arrest 61March 19, 2023 GMT
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police stormed former Prime Minister Imran Khan's residence in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday and arrested 61 people amid tear gas and clashes between Khan's supporters and police, officials said.
Kazakhs vote in newly competitive parliamentary electionMarch 19, 2023 GMT
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Voters in Kazakhstan on Sunday went to the polls to choose lawmakers in the lower house of parliament, which is being reconfigured in the wake of deadly unrest that gripped the resource-rich Central Asian nation a year ago.
19 die, over 20 injured in bus crash in central BangladeshMarch 19, 2023 GMT
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A speeding bus fell into a roadside ditch in central Bangladesh on Sunday apparently after the driver lost control, leaving at least 19 dead and more than 20 others injured, police said.
Millions of dead fish wash up amid heat wave in AustraliaMarch 19, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Millions of fish have washed up dead in southeastern Australia in a die-off that authorities and scientists say is caused by depleted oxygen levels in the river after recent floods and hot weather.
How a warrant for Putin puts new spin on Xi visit to RussiaMarch 18, 2023 GMT
Japan, German leaders agree to strengthen ties, supply chainMarch 18, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday held the first round of government consultations in Tokyo and agreed to strengthen economic and defense ties to better cope with China's growing influence and global security concerns.
Kazakhs to vote in newly energized parliament electionsMarch 18, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Kazakhstan will cast ballots Sunday after a short but active campaign for seats in the lower house of parliament that is being reconfigured in the wake of deadly unrest that gripped the resource-rich Central Asian nation a year ago.
West spotlights North Korea rights abuses; China opposesMarch 18, 2023 GMT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States, its Western allies and experts shone a spotlight on the dire human rights situation and increasing repression in North Korea at a U.N. meeting Friday that China and Russia denounced as a politicized move likely to further escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula.
New COVID origins data point to raccoon dogs in China marketMarch 17, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Genetic material collected at a Chinese market near where the first human cases of COVID-19 were identified show raccoon dog DNA comingled with the virus, adding evidence to the theory that the virus originated from animals, not from a lab, international experts say.
Scientists create mice with cells from 2 males for 1st timeMarch 17, 2023 GMT
For the first time, scientists have created baby mice from two males.
This raises the distant possibility of using the same technique for people – although experts caution that very few mouse embryos developed into live mouse pups and no one knows whether it would work for humans.
China’s Xi to meet Putin as Beijing seeks bolder global roleMarch 17, 2023 GMT
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit Moscow next week, offering a major diplomatic boost to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the same day the International Criminal Court announced it wants to put the Russian leader on trial for alleged war crimes.
AP Week in Pictures: AsiaMarch 17, 2023 GMT
March 10-16, 2023
This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Asia-Pacific region.
The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Hiro Komae in Tokyo.
Cambodia celebrates return of ‘priceless’ stolen artifactsMarch 17, 2023 GMT
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Centuries-old cultural artifacts that had been illegally smuggled out from Cambodia were welcomed home Friday at a celebration led by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who offered thanks for their return and appealed for further efforts to retrieve such stolen treasures.
Japan PM praises SKorea leader; biz groups vow to boost tiesMarch 17, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said hats off to South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for “making a difficult decision and action" by overcoming the troubled history between the two countries, pledging to work with him toward better future relations.
German Cabinet minister to visit Taiwan, 1st in 26 yearsMarch 17, 2023 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's education and research minister is making an official trip to Taiwan next week, officials said Friday. It will be the highest-level visit by a German official since 1997 to the island that China claims as part of its territory.
Thailand’s opposition party unveils policies and candidatesMarch 17, 2023 GMT
PATHUM THANI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand’s main opposition party on Friday paraded its slate of parliamentary candidates and outlined its policy pledges in a well-choreographed show of confidence ahead of the approaching general election.
China appeals for fair treatment after latest TikTok bansMarch 17, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China appealed Friday to other governments to treat its companies fairly after Britain and New Zealand joined the United States in restricting use of TikTok due to fears the Chinese-owned short video service might be a security risk.
At least 10 people dead in house fire in northwest PakistanMarch 17, 2023 GMT
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — At least 10 people, including women and children, were killed and three others were injured when a massive fire broke out early Friday at a wooden house in northwest Pakistan, police and rescue workers said.
Pakistan athlete who died in migrant boat crash laid to restMarch 17, 2023 GMT
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Mourners attended the funeral Friday of a Pakistani female field hockey player who died in a migrant boat crash off Italy’s coast last month, sending a wave of shock and grief through this impoverished Islamic nation.
North Korea says ICBM test aimed to strike fear into enemiesMarch 17, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday it fired an intercontinental ballistic missile to “strike fear into the enemies” as South Korea and Japan agreed at a summit to work closely on regional security with the United States and staged military exercises around the region.
Japan, South Korea renew ties at Tokyo summitMarch 17, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan and South Korea agreed to resume regular visits between their leaders and take steps to resolve a trade dispute during a long-awaited summit Thursday. Japan's prime minister called their meeting a “big step” to rebuilding the two nations’ security and economic ties as they try to overcome a century of difficult history.
New Zealand lawmakers banned from TikTok amid data use fearsMarch 17, 2023 GMT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers and other workers inside the nation's Parliament will be banned from having the TikTok app on their government phones, officials said Friday.
The ban, which takes effect at the end of the month, follows similar moves in many other countries.
Pakistan court rejects ex-PM Khan’s plea to suspend warrantMarch 17, 2023 GMT
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Thursday rejected a petition from former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s lawyers to suspend a warrant for him to appear in court in a graft case linked to his term in office — a development that increases the likelihood of another police attempt to arrest the ousted premier.
Hong Kong’s Mirror launches English song, revives CantopopMarch 17, 2023 GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s most popular boy band Mirror, a major driving force behind the revival of the local pop music scene, launched its first English song on Friday, hoping to bring the city’s tunes to music lovers globally.
US, partners stage military drills amid Japan-S. Korea talksMarch 17, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — The United States, Canada, India, Japan and South Korea are staging joint anti-submarine warfare drills amid talks between Japanese and South Korean leaders aimed at strengthening their alliance with Washington against threats from China and North Korea.
China foreign minister in rare call with Ukraine counterpartMarch 17, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — In a rare phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Thursday, China’s foreign minister says Beijing is concerned about the year-old grinding conflict with Russia spinning out of control and urged talks on a political solution with Moscow.
Australia to buy up to 220 Tomahawk missiles from the USMarch 17, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said it's planning to buy up to 220 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the United States after the U.S. State Department approved the sale Friday.
The deal comes days after Australia announced it would buy nuclear-powered attack submarines from the U.S.
UN envoy: Wide resistance to Myanmar military’s repressionMarch 16, 2023 GMT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Widespread popular resistance to brutal repression by Myanmar’s military shows no sign of abating across much of the country, and with both sides intent on winning by force “there is no prospect for a negotiated settlement,” the U.N.
UN announces new advisers to bolster young voices on climateMarch 16, 2023 GMT
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres named seven young climate leaders Thursday to be his Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, underlining the role of youth advocates in climate action.
Thai police to get mental health checks after fatal standoffMarch 16, 2023 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand will be subject to random checks of their physical and mental health, officials said Thursday, after a 27-hour standoff in which a senior officer holed up and fired a gun into the air until he was subdued by fellow officers.
Military chief says US will defend Indo-Pacific freedomsMarch 16, 2023 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — United States Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. John Aquilino said Thursday that Washington does not seek to contain China, nor seek conflicts in the region, but it would take action to support the region against coercion and bullying by authoritarian regimes.
Japan, UK, Italy push joint fighter jet development by 2035March 16, 2023 GMT
Japan, Britain and Italy reaffirmed their commitment Thursday to push joint development of a next-generation fighter jet as a centerpiece of their increasingly close defense ties in the face of growing threat from China, Russia and North Korea.
Indonesia acquits 2 police, jails 1 for deadly soccer crushMarch 16, 2023 GMT
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Thursday acquitted two police officials charged with negligence leading to the deaths of 135 people in October when police fired tear gas inside a soccer stadium, setting off a panicked run for the exits.
BEIJING (AP) — China accused the United States on Thursday of spreading disinformation and suppressing TikTok following reports that the Biden administration was calling for its Chinese owners to sell their stakes in the popular video-sharing app.
North Korea launches ICBM before South Korea-Japan summitMarch 16, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday just hours before the leaders of South Korea and Japan were to meet at a Tokyo summit expected to be overshadowed by North Korean nuclear threats.
China, Japan trade accusations over maritime incursionsMarch 16, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China’s dispute with Japan over tiny Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea is heating up again, with both sides accusing the other of infringing on their maritime territory.
Honduras ditching Taiwan raises larger geopolitical concernsMarch 16, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Honduras' decision to cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China is yet another sign of growing Chinese influence in Latin America.
For decades the Asian superpower funneled billions of dollars into investment and infrastructure projects across the region.
TikTok dismisses calls for Chinese owners to sell stakesMarch 16, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — TikTok was dismissive Wednesday of reports that the Biden administration was calling for its Chinese owners to sell their stakes in the popular video-sharing app, saying such a move wouldn't help protect national security.
Chinese businessman arrested in $1 billion fraud conspiracyMarch 15, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — A business tycoon long sought by the government of China and known for cultivating ties to Trump administration figures including Steve Bannon was arrested Wednesday in New York on charges that he oversaw a $1 billion fraud conspiracy.
Trudeau names ex-governor general to examine China meddlingMarch 15, 2023 GMT
TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named a former governor general Wednesday as a special investigator to look into allegations of Chinese interference in Canada’s last two elections.
Trudeau announced Wednesday that David Johnston will take the role of special rapporteur.
Watchdog pledges ‘demanding’ oversight of nuclear sub dealMarch 15, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the global nuclear regulatory agency pledged Wednesday to be “very demanding” in overseeing the United States' planned transfer of nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, amid complaints that the U.S.
Garcetti confirmed as India ambassador after 20-month fightMarch 15, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti won confirmation Wednesday from a divided Senate as the nation’s next ambassador to India, more than a year and a half after he was first nominated by President Joe Biden and after weathering doubts about his truthfulness in a sexual harassment scandal involving a City Hall adviser.
Pakistan: 8 insurgents, 2 kids killed in battle with troopsMarch 15, 2023 GMT
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani security forces attacked a militant hideout near the Afghan border Wednesday, prompting a shootout that killed eight of the insurgents and two children and wounded two soldiers, the military said.
Here’s how an AI tool may flag parents with disabilitiesAP InvestigationMarch 15, 2023 GMT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — For the two weeks that the Hackneys’ baby girl lay in a Pittsburgh hospital bed weak from dehydration, her parents rarely left her side, sometimes sleeping on the fold-out sofa in the room.
Arctic sea ice thins in 2 big jumps, and now more vulnerableMarch 15, 2023 GMT
Climate change attacked crucial Arctic sea ice thickness in two sudden big gobbles instead of steady nibbling, a new study says.
Thai officials search for radioactive cylinder from plantMarch 15, 2023 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand expanded their search Wednesday for a metal cylinder with radioactive contents that has gone missing from a power plant, warning the public that it poses a danger to health.
EU eyes more naval visits in disputed South China SeaMarch 15, 2023 GMT
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The European Union wants to step up its naval visits and possibly engage in joint military training exercises to promote freedom of navigation and respect for international law in the disputed South China Sea, an EU official said Wednesday.
After clashes, Pakistani police pause siege at ex-PM’s homeMarch 15, 2023 GMT
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — After clashing with supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan outside his home for a second day Wednesday, police paused their efforts to arrest the ousted premier for failing to appear in court last week on graft charges.
China, Russia, Iran hold joint naval drills in Gulf of OmanMarch 15, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Naval forces from China, Iran and Russia — countries at odds with the United States — are staging joint drills in the Gulf of Oman this week, China’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
Other countries are also taking part in the “Security Bond-2023” exercises, the ministry said without giving details.
Honduras will seek ties with China, spurning TaiwanMarch 15, 2023 GMT
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras President Xiomara Castro announced Tuesday that her government will seek to establish diplomatic relations with China, which would imply severing relations with Taiwan.
Thai policeman injured, detained after 24-hour standoffMarch 15, 2023 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police on Wednesday detained a senior police officer who fired multiple gunshots from his home in Bangkok, ending a standoff of over 24 hours after his colleagues tried to take him to a mental institution.
Yoon: Seoul-Tokyo ties key to address N Korea, supply chainsMarch 15, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president wants to quickly overcome decades of lingering hostility left over from Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula and forge a united front on North Korea’s nuclear threats and other regional security and economic challenges facing the neighbors.
Indonesia arrests 4 foreigners for alleged drug smugglingMarch 15, 2023 GMT
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said Wednesday they have arrested four foreigners for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the country, including a Nigerian man who had swallowed dozens of capsules filled with more than a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine.
Sri Lankan state workers strike, protesting high taxesMarch 15, 2023 GMT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan health, railway, port and other state workers were on a daylong strike Wednesday to protest against sharp increases in income taxes and electricity charges, as the island nation awaits approval of an International Monetary Fund package to aid its bankrupt economy.
AP PHOTOS: Behind the runway glamour, a fashion army at workMarch 15, 2023 GMT
MUMBAI, India (AP) — From the front-row seats, fashion shows could be mistaken for a spectacular party with models sashaying down the ramp in stunning ensembles. But this confluence of fashion, designers, celebrities and buyers is hardly possible without an army of people furiously working behind the scenes to make sure the show goes smoothly.
Mongolia looks to copper to transform stagnant economyMarch 15, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Mongolia plans to channel revenue from rising copper exports into an economic development fund as part of changes to reap more benefit from its mineral riches and root out corruption, the North Asian nation’s prime minister said in an interview Tuesday following the opening of a major expansion of its biggest mine.
Long-serving Cambodian leader Hun Sen hints at retirementMarch 14, 2023 GMT
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen hinted strongly Tuesday that he intends to step down as the country’s long-serving leader when a new government is installed after July’s general election.
China to reopen to tourists, resume all visas WednesdayMarch 14, 2023 GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — China will reopen its borders to tourists and resume issuing all visas Wednesday as it tries to revive tourism and its economy following a three-year halt during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scientists say climate change goosed New Zealand storm furyMarch 14, 2023 GMT
Climate change worsened flooding from a tropical cyclone that shut down much of New Zealand last month in one of the country's costliest disasters, scientists said, but they couldn't quite calculate how much it magnified the catastrophe.
Army, resistance trade accusations over Myanmar killingsMarch 14, 2023 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military government has denied reports of a new mass killing of civilians by its troops, instead blaming pro-democracy resistance groups for the deaths of more than 20 people, including three Buddhist monks and a woman.
China says AUKUS on ‘dangerous path’ with nuclear subs dealMarch 14, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom are traveling “further down the wrong and dangerous path for their own geopolitical self-interest,” China's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, responding to an agreement under which Australia will purchase nuclear-powered attack submarines from the U.S.