• In this Friday, March 1, 2013 file photo, Chinese singer Song Zuying performs during the "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. China's military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors. Famed singer of patriotic anthems Song headlined a tour of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea's Spratly islands this week, underscoring Beijing's confidence in asserting its increasingly dominant position in the disputed region. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

    After ships and planes, Chinese singers assert sea claims

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it’s deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors.

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  • In this April 16, 2016 photo, a miner tries to balance his steps as he carries sulfur slabs on his shoulders up from the crater of Mount Ijen in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. Stunning Mount Ijen in east Java draws tourists by day and hundreds of sulfur miners by night. More than 9,000 feet above sea level, the men descend into the volcano's crater to dig out slabs of bright yellow sulfur, enduring toxic fumes and back-breaking loads to earn $10 a day delivering a substance used to bleach sugar and vulcanize rubber. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    Indonesian sulfur miners brave volcano, fumes, earn pennies

    KAWAH IJEN, Indonesia (AP) — Stunning Mount Ijen in eastern Java draws tourists by day and hundreds of sulfur miners by night. They endure toxic fumes and backbreaking loads to earn pennies hauling out a substance used to bleach sugar and vulcanize rubber.

  • Chief monk at the Wat Traimitr Withayaram temple Phra Prommangkalachan smiles as he addresses the media in a room with Leicester City memorabilia and a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, left, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Buddhist temple has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City's fans, at least in Thailand. After all, it was Prommangkalachan, who some months ago had predicted that the team, which was a 5,000-1 outsider at the start of the season, will win the English Premier League title. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    Football fans everywhere embrace Leicester’s title success

    LEICESTER, England (AP) — The partisanship that usually defines soccer in England seemed to be temporarily set aside as Leicester City’s players were acclaimed as the People’s Champions.

  • Chief monk at the Wat Traimitr Withayaram temple Phra Prommangkalachan smiles as he addresses the media in a room with Leicester City memorabilia and a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, left, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Buddhist temple has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City's fans, at least in Thailand. After all, it was Prommangkalachan, who some months ago had predicted that the team, which was a 5,000-1 outsider at the start of the season, will win the English Premier League title. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    Bangkok temple now a venerated site for Leicester City fans

    BANGKOK (AP) — Tucked in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Buddhist temple that has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City’s fans, at least the ones in Thailand.

  • Korpsin Uiamsa-ard, an assistant of chief monk Phra Prommangkalachan at the Wat Traimitr Withayaram temple, holds up a Leicester City banner in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Buddhist temple has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City's fans, at least in Thailand. After all, it was Prommangkalachan, who some months ago had predicted that the team, which was a 5,000-1 outsider at the start of the season, will win the English Premier League title. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    Bangkok temple now a venerated site for Leicester City fans

    BANGKOK (AP) — Tucked in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Buddhist temple that has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City’s fans, at least the ones in Thailand.

  • Leicester's Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, right, and his son Aiyawatt, centre, applaud the crowd after their team's 1-1 draw at Manchester United during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Leicester at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    No outfoxing Leicester: owners aim to keep winners together

    BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai owners of Premier League champion Leicester City aim to keep the victorious squad together despite expectations that many players will be lured away by lucrative offers from richer clubs.

  • Philippine senator and vice presidential candidate Antonio Trillanes IV, center, is escorted after going to a bank to meet the lawyer of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte in Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines on Monday, May 2, 2016. Allegations that the Philippine presidential frontrunner kept a fat bank account which was not publicly declared as required by law have not been resolved as hoped for after Trillanes faced Duterte's lawyer at the bank. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Wealth question hangs over Filipino mayor’s presidential run

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Allegations that the Philippine presidential election front-runner had a large sum of money in an undeclared bank account were not resolved Monday, allowing the issue to hang over the final week of the closely fought race.

  • In this Wednesday, April 27, 2016, file photo, a worker adjusts lanterns for the upcoming celebration of Buddha's birthday on May 14 at the Bongeun temple in Seoul, South Korea. Similar lanterns will be displayed in all Buddhist temples around South Korea for the public viewing. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

    Colorful lanterns in Seoul for Buddha’s birthday, an anti-Rohingya protest in Myanmar and sumo wrestlers holding babies were among editors’ picks of images from around Asia last week.

  • In this photo provided by the Office of Sulu Governor, Sulu Governor Abdusakur "Toto" A. Tan II, center, sits as Indonesian tugboat crewmen eat a meal after being freed in Jolo, Sulu province, southern Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2016. Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian tugboat crewmen who were seized at sea in March and taken to a jungle encampment in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday. (Office of the Sulu Governor via AP)

    Philippine militants free 10 Indonesian hostages

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian crewmen who were seized at sea in March in the first of three attacks on tugboats that have sparked a regional maritime security alarm, officials said Sunday.

  • In this April 13, 2016 file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese suspects involved in wire fraud are escorted off a plane upon arriving at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China. Taiwanese officials have protested Malaysia's deportation of 32 of the self-ruled island's nationals to China to face wire fraud charges. The deportation follows the sending of nearly four dozen Taiwanese from Kenya to China last month, a case that has raised concerns Beijing is exerting diplomatic pressure over the island it considers its own territory. The Taiwanese Cabinet, in a statement late Saturday, April 30, says China pressured Malaysia to deport the Taiwanese wire fraud suspects to the mainland. (Yin Gang/Xinhua News Agency via AP, File) NO SALES

    Malaysia deports 32 Taiwanese to China, draws protest

    BEIJING (AP) — Taiwanese officials have protested Malaysia’s deportation of 32 of the self-ruled island’s nationals to China this weekend to face wire fraud charges, the latest in a series of disputes that has raised new friction between China and Taiwan.