Super typhoon slams into Philippines, 1 million evacuated

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A super typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines with ferocious winds early Sunday and about a million people have been evacuated in its projected path, including in the capital where the main international airport was ordered closed.

Queensland premier wins state vote on tough virus response

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - The incumbent premier of Queensland won a third consecutive term in Australian state elections in which voters strongly endorsed her government's tough policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including closing state borders.

Philippine officials say super typhoon has slammed into the eastern Philippines with 'catastrophic violent winds.'

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine officials say super typhoon has slammed into the eastern Philippines with 'catastrophic violent winds.'.

Some Thai students choose protest option at graduation

BANGKOK (AP) - For a second straight day Saturday, many university students in Bangkok boycotted a graduation ceremony attended by Thailand's king and queen, as part of an unprecedented push for reform of the monarchy.

Asia Today: Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia has announced it will spend 500 million Australian dollars ($351 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia "as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic."


Huge crowd joins LGBT march in Taiwan, where COVID is at bay

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - A huge and festive crowd marched in Taiwan's capital on Saturday in an annual LGBT Pride event.

Indonesian leader condemns France attacks, Macron's comments

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Saturday strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice and comments by French President Emmanuel Macron that were deemed offensive toward Islam and the global Muslim community.

Kashmir shuts down to protest India's new land laws

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Shops and businesses were shut in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a general strike to denounce new laws that allow any Indians to buy land in the disputed region.

Chinese manufacturing expands in October but at slower pace

BEIJING (AP) - China's manufacturing activity expanded in October for the eighth straight month, though at a slightly slower rate than in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said Saturday.

Pandemic takes center stage in Australia's Queensland vote

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - The response to the coronavirus pandemic is a central theme as Australia's tourist-popular Queensland state votes for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between the incumbent premier and an opposition challenger.


Mahathir says remarks on French attacks taken out of context

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad stood by his widely condemned comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France, saying Friday that they were taken out of context and criticizing Twitter and Facebook for removing his posts.

Thai king hands out diplomas at protest movement stronghold

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's king presided over a university graduation ceremony Friday at a stronghold of a protest movement seeking to reduce the monarchy's powers, after activists issued a call for students to boycott the event.

Asia Today: Japan crosses 100,000 cases, 9 months after 1st

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's coronavirus cases have topped 100,000, nine months after the first case was found in mid-January, the health ministry said Friday.

Tens of thousands protest in Bangladesh over French cartoons

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Tens of thousands of Muslims marched in Bangladesh's capital on Friday 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.

Protest outside Japan's Mitsubishi over wartime forced labor

TOKYO (AP) - About a dozen people protested outside Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Tokyo on Friday, demanding Japanese companies pay compensation for their wartime abuse of Korean laborers.

Japan picks Mitsubishi Heavy to develop own stealth fighter

TOKYO (AP) - Japan 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 defense minister said Friday.

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike 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.

Chinese promise market opening amid technology push

BEIJING (AP) - China will promote "technological self-reliance" under the ruling Communist Party's latest five-year plan but will open further to trade, officials said Friday.

Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - In 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.

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

OCT. 23-29, 2020

N. Carolina voter rally ends with pepper spray, 8 arrests
Halloween in the pandemic: Costumes and candy, at a distance

Samantha Ruiz-Bueno, left, passes out candy to Boaz Pettis, 6, of Millcreek Township, Pa., and his sister Callista Pettis, 8, during the Drive-thru Trunk or Treat event for kids at the Fairview United Methodist Church, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Fairview, Pa. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP)

US priest who founded Knights of Columbus is beatified

In this photo provided by the Archdiocese of Hartford, a tapestry showing Rev. Michael McGivney hangs above the alter at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Conn, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. The late Connecticut priest who founded the Knights of Columbus moved a step closer to possible sainthood with his beatification Saturday, as authorized by Pope Francis. (Archdiocese of Hartford via AP)

Gospel star Bishop Rance Allen dead at 71
Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett dies after fall at 49
Thousands protest in Jerusalem against Israeli PM

Protesters chant slogans and hold signs during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Thousands of Israelis protested in Jerusalem on Saturday in the latest weekly demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his handling of the coronavirus crisis and the corruption charges he faces. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Sudan says deal with US blocks further compensation claims

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, the Sudanese news agency said Hamdok's senior advisor, Al-Sheikh Khedr, his office manager, Ali Bakheet, and the governor of the Central Bank Mohamed Alfatih Zain Alabdeen have tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo, File)

Iraq clears sit-in square, a year after mass protests began

Security forces remove protesters' tents in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Iraqi security forces reopened Saturday Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the long-running anti-government protest movement and Al-Jumhuriyah Bridge, which was sealed off by protesters since the protests began in October last year. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Sudan deal plunges migrants in Israel into new uncertainty

Sudanese migrant Attom Alialdom 56, poses for a photo as he holds a photo of his old restaurant decorated with Sudanese and Israeli flags, outside his house in south Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. After Israel and Sudan agreed this month to normalize ties, some 6,000 Sudanese migrants in Israel are again fearing for their fate. Israel has long grappled with how to deal with its tens of thousands of African migrants. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Saudi man crashes car into gates of Mecca's Grand Mosque
Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie

England to enter new lockdown; UK virus cases pass 1 million

Demonstrators hold a silent vigil in Parliament Square to rise awareness on entertainment and arts world, in London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Backstage technicians and crews are calling for more fundingfrom the government for the performing arts and hospitality sectors as the coronavirus lockdown is widely anticipated to be extended in England to help control the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Orthodox priest shot at church in France, motive unknown

Police officers and rescue workers block the access to the scene after a Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday Oct.31, 2020 while he was closing his church in the city of Lyon, central France. The priest, a Greek citizen, is in a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit in the abdomen, a police official told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Death toll reaches 39 in quake that hit Turkey, Greek island

Medics and rescue personnel carry into an ambulance an injured person from the debris of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Rescue teams on Saturday ploughed through concrete blocs and debris of eight collapsed buildings in Turkey's third largest city in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey's Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, killing dozens of people. Hundreds of others were injured. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Georgia's ruling party claims victory in parliamentary vote

In this handout photo released by Georgian Dream Party Press office, Georgian businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who created Georgian Dream party, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Ivanishvili quickly congratulated his supporters on winning the vote after several exit polls showed his party with a strong lead.(Georgian Dream Party Press office via AP)