G20 Agrees to Tackle Ocean Plastic Waste

KARUIZAWA, JAPAN Group of 20 environment ministers agreed on Sunday to adopt a new implementation framework for actions to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste on a global scale,…

Earthquake Strikes Island Chain off New Zealand; No Tsunami

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck an arc of islands off New Zealand on Sunday, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it may cause only minor…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s Misfires on Iran, Trade and That Wall

WASHINGTON – In President Donald Trump’s reckoning, an Iran tamed by him no longer cries death to America, the border wall with Mexico is proceeding apace, the estate tax has…

No End in Sight for Thailand’s Turbulent Politics

BANGKOK – When Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha swears in his new cabinet this month, the ex-general who toppled Thailand’s elected government five years ago will officially return civilian rule to…

Rights Czar Visit to China Contingent on ‘Full Access’ to Xinjiang Internment Camps: UN

The United Nations is demanding unfettered access to internment camps in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) after Beijing’s envoy invited U.N. human rights chief Michele Bachelet to see…

Twenty-three Chinese Banana Plantion Workers Deported From Myanmar

Ten Chinese nationals were deported from Myanmar last month after having been discovered illegally staying in the country in connection with their work on banana plantations in Kachin state. An…

Lao Officials Strengthen Anti-Trafficking Controls at Border Crossings

Lao authorities have recently stepped up surveillance at border crossings with China and other neighboring countries in a bid to stop the trafficking of Lao women and girls for sexual…

Taiwanese Man Faces Thai Trial for Allowing Radio Broadcasts into China

A Taiwanese businessman is scheduled to face trial in Thailand’s northern Chiang Mai city next week on charges that he illegally hosted a radio station that broadcast uncensored news to…