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Thailand busts 'seasteading' effort by American

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the "seasteading" movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation's laws. Thailand's navy said they endangered national sovereignty, an offense punishable by life imprisonment or death.


Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential election

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday he was won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory.


NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon," its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations.


India's millions of young voters can swing national election

NEW DELHI (AP) — Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy.


Pakistan's finance minister quits amid criticism

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's finance minister said Thursday he will step down amid a wave of criticism over the government's handling of a financial crisis that has sent prices soaring.


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The Latest: Indonesian president says he won re-election

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on Indonesia's election (all times local):


Global stocks sink after Wall Street declines

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks fell Thursday after Wall Street declined despite encouraging Chinese economic data.


2nd phase of voting begins in India with Kashmir in lockdown

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Voting began in the second phase of India's general election Thursday amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.


Jet Airways' lenders hope bidding process can save airline

NEW DELHI (AP) — Creditors of India's beleaguered Jet Airways say that they are "reasonably hopeful" that a bidding process with potential investors for a controlling stake in the airline will save the company.


6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coast

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strong earthquake shook eastern Taiwan on Thursday afternoon, causing scattered light damage in the capital and along the eastern coast.


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Separatists kill 14 passengers on bus in southwest Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen wearing Pakistani police and paramilitary uniforms ambushed a bus before dawn Thursday and killed 14 people after going through their ID cards and forcing them out on a remote part of a coastal highway in restive southwestern Baluchistan province, officials said.


Police: SKorea man set apartment on fire, killed 5 neighbors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police are investigating a 42-year-old man accused of setting his apartment on fire and fatally stabbing five neighbors as they attempted to flee, in violence that shocked the nation.


Filipinos start evacuating from Libyan capital; 1 wounded

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine diplomats have started evacuating a small group of Filipinos from the Libyan capital after it was hit by a barrage of rocket fire that wounded one Filipino, officials said Thursday.


Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau says a 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the east of the island

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau says a 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the east of the island.


Australia officials work with social media to safeguard poll

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian electoral authorities say they have for the first time set up a cybersecurity task force and are working with social media companies to tackle misinformation in the run up to general elections on May 18.


A Pakistani official says gunmen ambush bus, kill 14 passengers on highway in the country's southwest

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says gunmen ambush bus, kill 14 passengers on highway in the country's southwest.


New Zealand officer guilty of planting camera in embassy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A naval commodore who served as New Zealand's senior military attache to the United States was found guilty Thursday of planting a hidden camera in a bathroom at the embassy in Washington.


Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Akihito is praying at a Japanese shrine in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods.


Vineeta Deepak to lead AP's coverage of South Asia region

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean.


Vegas Sands report suggests settlement amount in Macau case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Financial documents suggested Wednesday that Las Vegas Sands Corp. paid $96 million to settle a 15-year breach-of-contract dispute with a Hong Kong businessman who helped the U.S. company open its first casino in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.


Arkansas governor signs bill raising marriage age to 17
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Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

Georgia students disciplined over video disparaging Mexicans
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Sudan's military rulers arrest ousted president's brothers

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Israeli police detain Jewish suspects with sacrificial goats
Erdogan lashes out at Financial Times over report on economy
WHO: Death toll from fighting over Libyan capital now at 205

WHO: Death toll from fighting over Libyan capital now at 205

Iran flies domestically made fighter jets to mark Army Day
Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick's church in NYC

Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick's church in NYC

The Latest: Portugal confirms 29 Germans killed on Madeira

The Latest: Portugal confirms 29 Germans killed on Madeira

Poland: Talks fail between striking teachers, government

Poland: Talks fail between striking teachers, government

Kremlin says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month for talks with Putin
Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections

Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections

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