• 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:

  • US refuses to add sailors’ names to Vietnam Memorial

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Pentagon has refused a long-standing request to add the names of 74 U.S. sailors who died in a 1969 ship collision to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  • Pacific ministers commit to move ahead with pact without US

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam committed Sunday to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out.

  • Aussie woman whose Bali drug saga gripped nation going home

    SYDNEY (AP) — She has riveted Australia for more than a decade, the everyday Aussie beach girl who somehow sparked diplomatic rows, furious protests and a media bonanza on par with America’s O.J. Simpson trial. She is so notorious Down Under that she needs no last name: She’s just Schapelle.

  • 5 dead after Indonesian ferry catches fire in Java Sea

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A search for survivors of a ferry that caught fire in the Java Sea, killing five people, has been suspended for the night, an Indonesian search and rescue official said Saturday.

  • Asian funerals go green, high-tech at Hong Kong trade fair

    HONG KONG (AP) — Death is inevitable but it doesn’t have to be bad for the environment.

  • Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country’s moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy.

  • After missile tests, NKorea’s Asian Cup qualifier postponed

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea’s match against Malaysia in 2019 Asian Cup qualifying has been postponed a second time amid new missile tests by the host nation.

  • Asian soccer body to investigate claims of Kuwaiti bribery

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A new investigation into claims that Kuwaiti leaders of the Olympic Council of Asia bribed the region’s soccer officials has been opened by the Asian Football Confederation.

  • Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country’s moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy.