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  • Thai junta leader: I’ll fight forced labor in fish industry

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai…

  • Indian companies scramble to find women directors

    NEW DELHI (AP) — As Indian companies scramble to meet a deadline to appoint women to their boards, some wealthy business owners have a solution that meets the letter if not the intention of the…

  • Stocks recover their poise ahead of US economic data

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets on Friday recovered their poise after the previous day’s losses when investors were spooked by the escalating conflict in Yemen. However, oil prices slipped back from Thursday’s sizeable advance…

  • Image of Asia: Waiting to pay respects to Singapore’s Lee

    In this photo by Wong Maye-E, tents in a grassy area in front of the Singapore skyline provide shade for people standing in line to pay their respects for the city-state’s late founder Lee Kuan…

  • Agency: 4,000 fishermen stranded on some Indonesian islands

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An estimated 4,000 foreign fishermen are stranded on a number of remote islands in eastern Indonesia, including men revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved, an aid group…

  • Thai junta leader to fight forced labor in fish industry

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai…

  • Maldives jails ex-defense minister for 11 years

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — A court in Maldives on Thursday sentenced a former defense minister to 11 years in prison for importing and possessing a firearm. A criminal court in Male, the capital island of…

  • Lioness kept as pet in Pakistan gives birth to 5 cubs

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — It’s a baby boom for the owner of a pet lioness in central Pakistan. The African lioness named Queen has given birth to five healthy cubs — double the usual two-to-three-cub…

  • Americans’ trial in Indonesia delayed after baby gets sick

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — The trial of an American couple accused of killing the woman’s mother in Indonesia adjourned after their newborn baby fell ill in prison, a prosecutor and a doctor said Thursday. Heather…

  • Envoy says Indonesia leader too busy to take Australia call

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been too busy during the past three weeks to accept a phone call from the Australian prime minister to plead for the lives of two death…

  • Indian police arrest 2 suspects in gang rape of elderly nun

    KOLKATA, India (AP) — Police arrested two suspects Thursday in the gang rape of an elderly nun in a Catholic missionary school this month in a crime that focused attention on the scourge of sexual…

  • Vietnam orders quick probe after scaffolding fall kills 13

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s prime minister on Thursday ordered a swift investigation into a scaffolding collapse that killed 13 workers and injured dozens, while a unit of South Korea’s Samsung Group involved in the…

  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against…

  • Image of Asia: Australia leaps into Cricket World Cup final

    In this photo by Rob Griffith, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson leaps in the air as he celebrates after taking the wicket of India’s Rohit Sharma during the Cricket World Cup semifinal. Australia posted a 95-run victory…

  • Yemen conflict hits stocks hard but sends oil price surging

    LONDON (AP) — Saudi Arabian strikes on key military installations in Yemen hit stock markets hard Thursday and sent oil prices surging. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 slid 1.6 percent to 4,939 while…