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  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant…

  • Chinese drywall company pays $3.2 million to 7 homeowners

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys say a Chinese drywall manufacturer — Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. — has paid a $3.2 million judgment to the owners of seven homes damaged by the product. A news release…

  • Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese anti-discrimination civic group said Friday it is considering legal action over a police raid on the group’s offices that was apparently prompted by its advocacy for five women’s rights activists…

  • 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…