Economy

Philippines backs down in S. China Sea after Beijing protest

Nov 8, 2017

The Philippine defense secretary says President Rodrigo Duterte has stopped construction work on a newly formed sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after a protest from Beijing

Pacific Rim countries seek accord on open markets at APEC

Nov 8, 2017

Foreign and trade ministers of 21 Pacific Rim economies meet in Vietnam, hoping to preserve progress toward regional free trade

Vietnam jails student activist for anti-state propaganda

Oct 25, 2017

A court in northern Vietnam sentences a student activist to 6 years in prison for promoting multiparty system and press freedom

King's legacy still felt strongly as Thailand bids goodbye

Oct 21, 2017

As Thailand prepares to cremate its king of 70 years, an era comes to an end amid tears, nostalgia and anxiety

Qatar's leader urges end to trade embargo, calls for talks

Oct 18, 2017

Qatar's emir has urged neighboring states to lift an "unfair" 4-month-old trade embargo and said he's ready to open talks to end the diplomatic crisis

Duterte says he refused British aid, ready to lose Europe

Oct 14, 2017

The Philippine president says he's asked his finance secretary to reject an unspecified British financial aid package and that he's ready to lose diplomatic ties with all European countries critical of his deadly anti-drug crackdown

International mission urges stop to killings in Philippines

Oct 9, 2017

A mission of international parliamentarians and civil society leaders has urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's government to stop what it says is the alarming number of drug suspects being killed in the campaign against illegal drugs

Philippines accepts Malaysia's rejection of ASEAN statement

Sep 25, 2017

The Philippines says it respects Malaysia's decision to dissociate itself from a statement on Myanmar's Rakhine state issued by the Filipino chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

AP Interview: Mahathir says opposition can win Malaysia vote

Sep 18, 2017

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says in an AP interview the opposition alliance campaigning to topple the country's corruption-tainted leader can win the next general elections

Thai court to issue arrest warrant after ex-PM doesn't show

Aug 25, 2017

Thailand's Supreme Court will issue an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after she failed to appear for a trial verdict in which she could face 10 years in prison