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Thai king hands out diplomas at protest movement strongholdA university graduation ceremony presided over by Thailand’s king has been held after pro-democracy activists issued a call for students to boycott it
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Tens of thousands protest in Bangladesh over French cartoonsTens of thousands of Muslims have marched in Bangladesh’s capital to protest the French president’s support of secular laws allowing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, burning effigies of him and calling for a boycott of French products
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Protest outside Japan's Mitsubishi over wartime forced laborAbout a dozen people have protested outside the headquarters of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Tokyo, demanding Japanese companies pay compensation for their wartime abuse of Korean laborers
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Mahathir says remarks on French attacks taken out of contextFormer Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad is standing by his widely condemned comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France, saying they were taken out of context and criticizing Twitter and Facebook for removing his posts
The Associated Press11 hours ago
A SpaceJet, formerly known as MRJ, takes off during a test flight at an airport in Nagoya, central Japan, on March 18, 2020.  Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is slashing spending for its repeatedly delayed regional jet, amid economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic.(Yuya Shino/Kyodo News via AP)
Japan picks Mitsubishi Heavy to develop own stealth fighterJapan says it has picked Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a main contractor to develop the country’s own next-generation stealth fighter for launch in the 2030s
The Associated Press13 hours ago
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, leads other Chinese leaders attending the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing, China on Oct. 29, 2020. China's leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant "technology power" after a meeting to draft a development blueprint for the state-dominated economy over the next five years. (Liu Bin/Xinhua via AP)
Chinese promise market opening amid technology pushChinese officials say the ruling Communist Party will promote “technological self-reliance” in the coming five years but will open further to trade
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged communityIn late July, volunteers from a Bangladeshi charity started getting calls seeking support from people from the country’s vast coastal region that had been flooded for months during this year’s monsoon
The Associated Press16 hours ago
AP Week in Pictures: Asia
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Lesbian couple Chen Ying-hsuan, right, and Li Li-chen attend a military mass weddings ceremony in Taoyuan city, northern Taiwan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass ceremony held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic step for the island. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized gay marriage, passing legislation in this regard in May 2019. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Two same-sex couples in military marry in first for TaiwanTwo lesbian couples have tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan’s military in a historic celebration with their peers
The Associated Press17 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc elbow for a photo ahead of a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, 30, 2020. Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation, anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam on Friday with a call for regional unity to counter Beijing's growing assertiveness, as the fierce American presidential election race entered its final stretch. (Hoang Thong Nhat/VNA via AP)
Asia Today: Japan crosses 100,000 cases, 9 months after 1stJapan’s health ministry says coronavirus cases have topped 100,000, nine months after the first case was found in mid-January
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Fire burns in the grass near Bumbalong, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. The threat is posed by a blaze on Canberra's southern fringe that has razed more than 21,500 hectares (53,000 acres) since it was sparked by heat from a military helicopter landing light on Monday, the Emergency Services Agency said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Australia wildfires probe recommends climate risk forecasts An investigation into Australia’s catastrophic wildfire season has recommended greater efforts to forecast the impacts of climate change on specific parts of the country, warning fire behavior was becoming more extreme
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Malaysian PM's key ally demands early polls in new snagThe key ally in Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s coalition has called for elections to establish a stable government once the coronavirus pandemic subsides
The Associated Press19 hours ago
FILE -  In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, a cyclist rides past a sign in support of making marijuana legal in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealanders have voted on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 in favor of legalizing euthanasia in a binding referendum. But in preliminary results they were rejecting a measure to legalize marijuana. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
New Zealand votes to legalize euthanasia but not marijuanaNew Zealanders have voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia in a binding referendum
The Associated Press20 hours ago
New Zealanders are rejecting legalizing marijuana in referendum, with some votes still to be countedNew Zealanders are rejecting legalizing marijuana in referendum, with some votes still to be counted
The Associated Press20 hours ago
New Zealanders have voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia in a binding referendumNew Zealanders have voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia in a binding referendum
The Associated Press20 hours ago
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