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Cambodia paper is latest victim of intensifying crackdown

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — When Cambodia’s main opposition leader was arrested over the weekend in a surprise police raid, one of this country’s last independent media outlets rushed reporters out in the middle of night to cover the story, just as it has done for nearly a quarter-century. But the English-language Cambodia’s Daily’s reportage about …

Cambodia arrests opposition leader, alleging treason

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Police arrested the leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party in a surprise raid on his home in the capital early Sunday, and the government issued a statement accusing him of treason. The arrest of Kem Sokha dealt a major blow to the opposition ahead of elections due next year and was …

Police deploy for Thai verdict against former PM Yingluck

BANGKOK — Thousands of police deployed outside Thailand’s Supreme Court ahead of a verdict expected Friday in the contentious trial of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was overthrown three years ago by a military junta that still rules this Southeast Asian country. If convicted of negligence in implementing a national rice subsidy program, …

US spy planes help Philippine troops quell siege

ILIGAN, Philippines—American spy planes are helping Filipino troops quell a nearly three-week siege by Muslim militants in a southern city where 13 Philippine marines were killed in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, officials said Saturday. A U.S. Navy aircraft provided surveillance for the local troops as the battle raged in Marawi on Friday, …

13 Philippine marines killed in fighting with militants

ILIGAN, Philippines—Thirteen Philippine marines were killed in fierce fighting with Muslim militants who have laid siege to a southern city for nearly three weeks in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, the military said Saturday. A U.S. Navy aircraft provided surveillance for the local troops as the battle raged in Marawi on Friday, confirming …

In war shaken Philippine city, civilians struggle to escape

MARAWI, Philippines—It was during a lull in the fighting that Rohaina Salic first heard it, the bellow of a distant voice telling civilians trapped in the war-shaken city of Marawi they could finally emerge from their homes. She didn’t know whether the plea, projected from a megaphone many blocks away, had come from the Philippine …

AP Exclusive: Video shows militants in Philippine siege plot

MANILA, Philippines—It was an audacious plot sketched in chilling detail with blue pens on the back of a paper calendar: Islamic militants in the Philippines, including one of the world’s most-wanted militant leaders, would take over a key southern city in their boldest attack to date. With unsettling calm, they spoke of taking hostages from …

Philippine police say casino attacker was indebted gambler

MANILA, Philippines—The lone suspect behind a deadly attack on a casino and shopping complex in the Philippine capital that left dozens dead was a heavily indebted Filipino who was hooked on gambling, police said Sunday. Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde said the man’s immediate family confirmed his identity as Jessie Carlos—a married father of three …

Security video shows methodical gunman in casino attack

MANILA, Philippines—Security footage shows the man responsible for one of the Philippine capital’s deadliest attacks in years casually exiting a taxi just after midnight and walking calmly into a vast entertainment and gambling complex like any other visitor. Shortly afterward, he dons a black ski mask, slips on an ammunition vest and pulls an M4 …

In Philippine drug war, a family struggles to stay safe

MANILA, Philippines—The bodies terrified Betchie Salvador, because she always knew her husband could be next. They had begun turning up all over the Philippines ever since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a controversial war on drugs this year — so many that one local newspaper had to create a “Kill List” just to keep track. Dealers and addicts were …