AP News

Suu Kyi sticks with ‘Burma’ despite government objections

By Tue, Jul 03, 2012 6:30PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi sees nothing wrong with calling her country Burma even though the government objects. Opposition activists have used the name Burma as a form of protest against the now-defunct army junta that renamed the country two decades ago. Burma’s election

Tour bus headed to Thai island crashes, killing 10

By Tue, Jul 03, 2012 5:17PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say a tour bus heading to a Thai resort island blew a tire and crashed into an electricity pole, killing 10 people and wounding 17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWdSvCa9hms&feature=player_embedded Police Col. Suriya Nakkaew says the passengers were heading to Koh Samui. The island is popular among Thais and foreign

Chinese city moves to gag copper plant protesters

By Tue, Jul 03, 2012 4:17PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Officials in a Chinese city where thousands of people clashed with police over a planned copper alloy project have denied anyone died in the protest and told the public not to spread false information. A government notice issued Tuesday by the city of Shifang in Sichuan province

Australia, Indonesia boost ties to fight smuggling

By Tue, Jul 03, 2012 12:30PM UTC

SYDNEY (AP) — The leaders of Australia and Indonesia have agreed to strengthen maritime ties as a way to combat people smuggling. The agreement comes after two boats carrying Australia-bound migrants capsized and left dozens dead in the past two weeks. More than 90 asylum seekers are believed to have

Burma president grants amnesty to 46 prisoners

By Tue, Jul 03, 2012 12:25PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A Burma state newspaper says President Thein Sein has granted amnesty to 46 prisoners. It was not immediately clear whether it would apply to the hundreds of political prisoners who activists and rights groups say are incarcerated in Burma. The state-run New Light of Myanmar reported