Pope Francis calls for action to safeguard women, children

BANGKOK (AP) - Pope Francis has called for migrants to be welcomed and for women and children to be protected from exploitation, abuse and enslavement as he began a busy two days of activities in Thailand.

Suu Kyi to lead Myanmar team contesting genocide court case

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - Myanmar said Wednesday its leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head the legal team contesting a genocide case filed against it in the International Court of Justice over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims two years ago that set off their exodus to Bangladesh.

Earthquake shakes Thailand, Laos, sways Bangkok high-rises

BANGKOK (AP) - A strong earthquake shook a border area between northern Thailand and Laos on Thursday morning, swaying Bangkok high-rises.

Last campus protesters hold out as Hong Kong schools reopen

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day shutdown, but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last anti-government protesters remained holed up on a university campus, surrounded by police.

India to create registry to identify undocumented immigrants

NEW DELHI (AP) - India will conduct a national citizen survey to weed out those living illegally in the country, the government said Wednesday.


Sri Lankan PM to step down, clearing way for new president

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Wednesday he will step down, clearing the way for Parliament to choose a prime minister to work with newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

A Hong Kong protester on why he won't surrender to police

HONG KONG (AP) - Pale and thin, a teenager wandered the nearly deserted campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. He wrapped his arms around his body - although it was unclear whether it was to ward off the cold or to reassure himself.

OxyContin maker thrives in China with abandoned US tactics

SHANGHAI (AP) - Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspecting nation, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history.

Esper accuses China of intimidating smaller Asian nations

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday accused China of using coercion and intimidation against smaller Asian nations to impose its will in the South China Sea. He urged Vietnam and others in the region to push back.

E-commerce giant Alibaba raises $11 billion in share listing

BEIJING (AP) - The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has raised about $11 billion in a share offering in Hong Kong, the city's biggest offering since 2010.


Australian bank Westpac faces massive fine for breaches

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Major Australian bank Westpac is facing a potentially massive fine after being accused of 23 million breaches of the anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing act.

Ex-British Consulate staff says Chinese police tortured him

BEIJING (AP) - A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong says he was detained and tortured by Chinese secret police trying to extract information about massive anti-government protests in the territory.

Thai court removes maverick politician from Parliament

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that the maverick leader of a new political party that finished third in a general election in March violated election laws and cannot keep his seat in Parliament.

Thai Constitutional Court finds leader of maverick Future Forward Party violated election law, ousts him from Parliament

BANGKOK (AP) - Thai Constitutional Court finds leader of maverick Future Forward Party violated election law, ousts him from Parliament.

2 US service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Two U.S. service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said without providing more details.

Abe becomes Japan's longest-serving prime minister

TOKYO (AP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made history by becoming Japan's longest-serving political leader, though he hasn't achieved his biggest goal of revising the nation's pacifist constitution.

Seoul faces major decision over military pact with Tokyo

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Squeezed between a growing North Korean threat and a shaky alliance with the United States, South Korea must decide this week whether its national pride and deep frustrations with Japan are worth killing a major symbol of their security cooperation with Washington.

Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

BANGKOK (AP) - Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, part of a mission to boost the morale of those countries' tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking.

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

SHANGHAI (AP) - The Sackler family's opioid empire in the United States is collapsing under an avalanche of litigation over marketing tactics. Their Purdue Pharma company is in bankruptcy, but the family continues to profit from sales of their signature painkiller OxyContin abroad. Sales reps at their international affiliate, Mundipharma, have been chasing profits in China using many of the same tactics that Purdue was forced to abandon in the U.S. as the death toll from opioid overdoses soared, interviews and documents obtained by the AP show.

Pope heading to Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is heading to Thailand to encourage members of a minority Catholic community in a Buddhist nation and highlight his admiration for their missionary ancestors who brought the faith centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution more recently.

Blackouts hit Northern California again during fire danger

A shopper looks at extension cords at B&C Ace hardware store, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Grass Valley, Calif., in preparation of the planned Pacific Gas & Electric power shutdown scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

Esper doesn't regret delaying drills, despite N. Korea snub

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, and U.S. Ambassador to Hanoi Daniel Kritenbrink prepare before a meeting with Vietnamese Defense Minister  Ngo Xuan Lich in Hanoi, Vietnam Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Esper is on a visit to Vietnam to strengthen the military relations with the Southeast Asian nation. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Syracuse U says report of supremacist screed was likely hoax

Peter Fitzgerald from the FBI addresses questions about a series of racist messages and hate crimes that have occurred at SU in the last two weeks during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at the Public Safety Building in Syracuse, N.Y. On the far left is Syracuse University DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado. Next to him is Major Philip Rougeux, Troop D Commander for the New York State Police. At right is Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner. (Lauren Long/The Syracuse Newspapers via AP)

Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover

Eloy Martinez, who took part in the Native American occupation, raises a fist while making his way to ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the occupation on Alcatraz Island, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers, friends, family and others assembled Wednesday morning for a program that included prayer, songs and speakers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Colombia ambassador criticizes State Department in recording

FILE - In this June 4, 2008 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, foreground, meets Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos, in Moscow, Russia. Santos who as of Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, is Colombia’s ambassador in Washington has been embarrassed by publication of a recording in which he trashes the State Department as a feckless institution subjugated to the whims of the White House. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)

Syrian shelling of camp housing displaced people kills 15
Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz addresses media in Tel Aviv,Israel. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Gantz has failed to form a new government by a deadline, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister Netanyahu and pushing the country closer toward an unprecedented third election in less than a year. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Syrian opposition activists say government shelling of camp housing displaced people in northwestern Idlib kills 15
Main Gulf port in southern Iraq shut for a third day

Protesters sit-in on the bank of Tigris River during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Anti-government protesters blocked access to a second major commercial port in southern Iraq on Tuesday, as bridge closures effectively split the capital in half, causing citizens to rely on boats for transport to reach the other side of the city. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iran blames deadly unrest on outsiders, including US

Mourners surround the flag-draped coffin of Revolutionary Guard member Morteza Ebrahimi, seen in a poster at the bottom left, during a funeral procession that passed protest-damaged buildings in the town of Shahriar, Iran, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Ebrahimi was killed during protests over government-set fuel prices rising last week, demonstrations that quickly spiraled in violence. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Climate activist's remarks downplaying Holocaust spark anger

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, an Extinction Rebellion logo is seen on the gloved hand of a climate change protester in London.  A co-founder of British environmental activist Extinction Rebellion group, Roger Hallam has sparked anger in Germany after appearing to downplay the Holocaust in an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit released Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

Germany offers expert group in bid to end NATO rift

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, is welcomed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after arriving for a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

Bosnia: Lawmaker shares photos of alleged child abuse
Malta arrests exec, apparently linked to journalist slaying

Police aboard the yacht

Britain's Prince Andrew says he is stepping back from public duties with queen's permission