By Jake Pearson The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, whose escape from house arrest to the U.S. embassy in Beijing sparked a diplomatic crisis last year, will be leaving his position at New York University at the end of this month, the university confirmed.
Obama hosts Japan PM amid tensions in Asia
By Matthew Pennington The Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed Japan’s new prime minister to the White House on Friday, Feb. 22, pledging continued close economic cooperation and a shared determination to mount a strong response to a North Korean nuclear test.
Japan talk of warning shots heats up China dispute
By Eric Talmadge The Associated Press TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Japan says it may fire warning shots to keep foreign aircraft from violating its airspace in the latest verbal blast between Tokyo and Beijing that raises concerns that a dispute over hotly contested islands could spin out of control.
Philipines, Muslim rebels agree on peace pact
By Jin Gomez and Eileen Ng The Associated Press Manila, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group have reached a preliminary peace deal that is a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long insurgency that killed tens of thousands and held back development in the south.
Aung San Suu Kyi visits US as Myanmar releases prisoners
By Matthew Pennington THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, renowned for her peaceful struggle against military rule, began a marathon tour of the United States on Monday, Sept. 17, the latest milestone in her remarkable journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman.
Chinese activist who fled house arrest lands in U.S.
By Andrew Duffelmeyer, Didi Tang, and Gillian Wong The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A blind Chinese legal activist who was suddenly allowed to leave the country arrived in the United States on Saturday, ending a nearly month-long diplomatic tussle that had tested U.S.-China relations. Chen Guangcheng had been hurriedly taken from a hospital […]
Ex-junta prisoner Suu Kyi takes office in Myanmar
By Aye Aye Win and Todd Pitman The Associated Press NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) ― Aung San Suu Kyi capped a tenacious, decades-long journey from political prisoner to office holder in long-repressed Myanmar as the country’s main opposition party moved its struggle for democratic rule inside government for the first time.
North Korea to suspend key nuclear activities
By Matthew Pennington The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and nuclear and long-range missile tests in a breakthrough in negotiations with the United States, which is set to provide food aid in return.
Obama, Clinton gamble on Myanmar
By Matthew Lee The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking a foreign policy gamble by sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on a historic trip to the isolated Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar this week. The administration is betting that the first visit to the country, also known as Burma, […]
China says Vietnam put fishermen’s lives in danger
BEIJING (AP) — China demanded that Vietnam stop “all invasive activities” after accusing it of illegally entering its waters and endangering Chinese fishermen’s lives