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Indonesia investigates online insults of Brunei’s sultan

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The Sultan of Brunei has made a complaint of defamation to the Indonesian police about an Instagram account that criticized the wealthy autocratic leader of Southeast Asia’s smallest nation. Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said Monday the complaint was made on behalf of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah by the deputy director of the …

Police: House fire kills 7 children in United Arab Emirates

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Police in an eastern region of the United Arab Emirates say a house fire has killed seven children while they were sleeping at home. Police in Fujairah, one of the UAE’s seven emirates, say the fire began early Monday morning in the seaside village of Dhadna. Firefighters later extinguished the …

50 years after key Vietnam battles, Mattis seeks closer ties

WASHINGTON — A half-century after the Tet Offensive punctured American hopes of victory in Vietnam, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win. He’s looking for incremental progress as partners in a part of the world that the Pentagon has identified as vital for the U.S. …

Trial in Kim Jong Nam’s murder resumes in Malaysia

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — The trial of the two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader has resumed after a seven-week recess, with witnesses taking the stand to verify the authenticity of security camera footage showing the attack. Prosecutors at the trial in Malaysia on Monday called three technicians working …

Tokyo holds evacuation drill to prepare for N. Korean threat

TOKYO — People huddled into an amusement park basement and a subway station in Japan’s capital and others ducked and covered their heads at a community centre Monday during a drill based on the scenario of an incoming North Korean missile. Loudspeakers in Tokyo’s first such drill warned that the activities involved a scenario of …

Doctor who aided hunt for bin Laden languishes, forgotten

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years — since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden’s home, aiding U.S. Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaida leader. Americans might wonder how Pakistan could imprison a man who helped track down …

Dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope’s trip

LIMA, Peru — Pope Francis ventured into the Amazon to demand rights for indigenous groups, decried the scourge of corruption afflicting the region’s politics and denounced a culture of “machismo” in which violence against women is too often tolerated. Yet his latest visit to South America is likely to be remembered most for 27 dismissive …

Among Rohingya, refugee squalor can seem better than home

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Both Bangladesh and Myanmar insist the repatriations of Rohingya Muslims will go smoothly, with thousands of refugees who fled their homes in terror just a few months ago crossing the border back into Myanmar and returning safely to their villages. Eventually, more than 650,000 Rohingya are supposed to leave Bangladesh in a …

Vietnam jails former oil execs in high profile graft case

HANOI, Vietnam — A former oil executive has been sentenced to life in prison and a former high-ranking Vietnamese government official has received a lengthy prison term in a major corruption case. The court in the capital Hanoi sentenced former Politburo member Dinh La Thang, ex-chairman of state energy giant PetroVietnam, to 13 years in …

S. Koreans burn Kim’s photo as N. Korean band leader passes

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Dozens of conservative activists have attempted to burn a large photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the head of the North’s hugely popular girl band passed by them at a Seoul railway station. About 150 to 200 activists used a blowtorch to burn Kim’s photo and a …

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