Bangladesh court orders 231 factories closed to save river

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladesh's High Court has asked authorities to shut down 231 factories surrounding the highly polluted main river in the nation's capital, lawyers and activists said Tuesday.

As virus spreads, anxiety rises in China and overseas

Face masks sold out and temperature checks at airports and train stations became the new norm as China strove Tuesday to control the outbreak of a new virus that has reached four other countries and territories and threatens to spread further.

Thai officials meet with major Southern insurgent group

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Officials from Thailand have held their first formal meeting in recent years with Muslim separatists from southern Thailand belonging to the Barisan Revolusi Nasional Melayu Patani, or BRN, the major rebel group operating in the area., officials said Tuesday.

Other countries join China in responding to new coronavirus

Countries in Asia and elsewhere are checking the body temperatures of arriving airline passengers and adopting precautionary quarantine procedures in response to a new coronavirus that has sickened nearly 300 people and killed six in China. 

China sentences ex-boss of Interpol to 13 years for bribes

BEIJING (AP) - China has sentenced the former president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, to 13 years and six months in prison on charges of accepting more than $2 million in bribes.


8 Indians die after falling unconscious at resort in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Eight Indian tourists, including four children, were declared dead Tuesday after being found unconscious in their room at a mountain resort in Nepal, officials said.

Thai court acquits opposition party of sedition charge

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's Constitutional Court on Tuesday acquitted the country's third-largest political party of seeking to overthrow the constitutional monarchy in another legal case highlighting political divisions in the Southeast Asian nation.

China sentences former president of Interpol Meng Hongwei to 13 years in prison on charges of accepting bribes

BEIJING (AP) - China sentences former president of Interpol Meng Hongwei to 13 years in prison on charges of accepting bribes.

AP EXPLAINS: How India ended up in turmoil over citizenship

NEW DELHI (AP) - India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. The new law provides a fast track to naturalization for some migrants who entered the country illegally while fleeing religious persecution. But it excludes Muslims, which critics say is discriminatory and a violation of India's Constitution. Here's a brief look at how India has grappled with citizenship:

London teen's family sues Malaysian resort over her death

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) - The family of a London teen found dead after she mysteriously vanished from a Malaysian nature resort last year has sued the resort owner for alleged negligence and appealed to the government for an inquest to determine what happened to her, their lawyer said Tuesday.


Indonesia says 5 citizens kidnapped by Philippine militants

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian authorities said Tuesday that five of the country's citizens have been kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines.

Thailand's Constitutional Court acquits third-biggest political party of seeking overthrow of constitutional monarchy

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's Constitutional Court acquits third-biggest political party of seeking overthrow of constitutional monarchy.

Myanmar panel: Security forces likely committed war crimes

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) - An independent commission established by Myanmar's government has concluded there are reasons to believe that security forces committed war crimes in counterinsurgency operations that led more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

Nepalese-owned operators take lead on world's highest peaks

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Once relegated to support staff, Nepalese climbers famous for their skills on the world's highest peaks are emerging out of the shadows of their Western peers.

Nepal rescuers search for 7 as avalanche hits hiking trail

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Special Nepalese army and government rescue personnel continued searching Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides missing since since an avalanche swept across popular mountain trekking route .

Unhealthy levels of smog choke Thai capital for over a week

BANGKOK (AP) - Unhealthy levels of smog have choked Bangkok for more than a week, as the Thai capital's residents fume over the ineffectiveness of government measures to combat the problem.

Human-to-human transmission confirmed in China coronavirus

BEIJING (AP) - The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more quickly and widely.

US envoy say it's his mustache; South Koreans say otherwise

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The U.S. ambassador to South Korea has some unusual explanations for the harsh criticism he's faced in his host country. His mustache, maybe? Or a Japanese ancestry that raises unpleasant reminders of Japan's former colonial domination of Korea?

Head of Chinese government expert team confirms human-to-human transmission of new coronavirus, state media says

BEIJING (AP) - Head of Chinese government expert team confirms human-to-human transmission of new coronavirus, state media says.

Sri Lanka to treat war-missing as dead, issue certificates

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka's president has decided that tens of thousands of people still missing from the country's quarter-century civil war will be formally declared dead and death certificates will be issued, his office said Monday.

Coast Guard officer accused of terror plot asks for leniency
Lawyer says 'loving' emails' are key to Weinstein defense

Harvey Weinstein leaves court during his rape trial, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Minnesota man exposed as commander of Nazi-led unit dies
Man accused of terror plot may be mentally unfit for trial

FILE- This Feb. 17, 2012 file photo shows the National Harbor, a multi-use waterfront development along the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Md. and entertainment complex near Washington, D.C. A court-appointed psychologist was appointed for Rondell Henry after he was arrested before carrying out an Islamic-State attack on the National Harbor complex. The psychologist found that Henry is

Phoenix police: 3 children found dead, mother arrested

A Phoenix woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her three children after they were found dead inside the family home at this location Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Violence in northern Syria kills 17, including whole family

In this frame grab from video taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, a family with their goods loaded on a lorry drives towards the Turkish border in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib province. The UN says that some 60,000 Idlib residents have been displaced in recent weeks by a government offensive aimed at dislodging the rebels from their last stronghold in the country.(AP Photo/APTN)

Hamas official threatens more explosive balloons into Israel

Family members of Hamouda Abu Amra gather around campfire to get warm in the winter's cold outside their destroyed house in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The five-story house, where 19 people lived, was bombed and destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in November during the last cross-border fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Survivor stories spotlight Auschwitz liberation anniversary

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, photo, Holocaust survivor Maurice Gluck, poses for a photo in his home in Ya'ad, northern Israel. Shortly before they were rounded up by Nazi troops in Belgium and deported to Auschwitz in 1942, the parents of three-year-old Maurice Gluck placed their only child in the care of a local Christian family. Gluck forgot his Yiddish mother tongue and that he even had parents of his own. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Many Lebanese say acting FM has no business being at Davos

FILE - This Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil arrives to attend the first meeting of the Lebanese cabinet at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanese are campaigning against the participation of their acting foreign minister in the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, saying Bassil, who was the target of popular anger in the ongoing nationwide protests,  should not represent them on the international stage. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

American journalist freed in Lebanon after questioning

Riot police fire rubber bullets against anti-government protesters, during ongoing protests against the political elites who have ruled the country for decades, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Lebanese security forces used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in clashes with hundreds of anti-government protesters outside the country's Parliament on Sunday, as violence continued to escalate in a week of rioting in the capital. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Backatcha: Thunberg returns Trump's climate jibe

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg takes her seat prior to the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum will take place in Davos from Jan. 20 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Putin names new Cabinet as key members of Russian govt stay

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and new Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attend a new cabinet meeting in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Putin formed his new Cabinet Tuesday, replacing many of its members but keeping his foreign, defense and finance ministers in place. (Dmitry Astakhov, Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP)

UK Lords slam Brexit bill for not addressing child migrants

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson steps outside 10 Downing Street, in London, to welcome Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Trump lauds US economy in Davos, says little on climate woes

President Donald Trump delivers the opening remarks at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

NATO chief seeks beefed-up training role in Iraq

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg addresses European Parliament Foreign Affairs committee members at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Stoltenberg told lawmakers that NATO needs to beef up its military training operation in Iraq once the government in Baghdad requests that it resume work. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)