Stranded in Bali tourists lampooned online for complaints
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Stranded in Bali tourists lampooned online for complaints

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AP) — Australian tourists who complained about being stranded on tropical Bali when volcanic ash closed its airport have been roasted online as out of touch with the hardships faced by Indonesians forced to flee their homes. Bali’s airport reopened Wednesday after being closed for 2 1/2 days and thousands of tourists are … Continue reading

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Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning
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Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country’s moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy. The court, whose sentencing Wednesday coincided with International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, said … Continue reading

Zika travel advisory issued for 11 Southeast Asia countries
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Zika travel advisory issued for 11 Southeast Asia countries

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to postpone travel to 11 countries in Southeast Asia because of Zika outbreaks in the region. The advisory issued Thursday, Sept.29, targets travel to Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading

Indonesia blows up illegal toothfish ship sought by Interpol
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Indonesia blows up illegal toothfish ship sought by Interpol

PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities on Monday, Mar. 14, bombed the last major ship internationally wanted for years of illegally taking toothfish from southern waters, reiterating a strong message to would-be poachers who enter the country’s waters. The navy seized the Nigeria-flagged Viking on Feb. 25 operating in waters off Tanjung Berakit in Riau Islands … Continue reading

Q&A: As Zika rages in the Americas, should Asia be worried?
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Q&A: As Zika rages in the Americas, should Asia be worried?

Zika virus continues to rage in the Americas, and the World Health Organization has declared it a global health emergency. Taiwan has recently issued a travel advisory for Thailand, warning expectant mothers or women trying to get pregnant to postpone their trips there. But how big of a concern is Zika virus for Asia? Here’s … Continue reading

Obama welcomes Southeast Asian leaders to US for talks
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Obama welcomes Southeast Asian leaders to US for talks

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama opened a meeting of leaders from a 10-nation bloc of Southeast Asian nations on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 calling the landmark gathering on U.S. soil a reflection of his personal commitment to an enduring partnership with the diverse group of countries. Obama and leaders of the Association … Continue reading

Obama administration designates 2 new marine sanctuaries
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Obama administration designates 2 new marine sanctuaries

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is announcing the designation of two new National Marine Sanctuaries — the first chosen in 15 years — as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to protect the environment. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will designate a marine sanctuary in the tidal waters of Maryland, and another in … Continue reading