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Thailand busts 'seasteading' effort by AmericanThai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the "seasteading" movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation's laws
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Incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, delivers a speech as his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, right, Chairwoman of Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle Megawati Sukarnoputri, left, and Chairman of Golkar Party Airlangga Hartarto, rear right, listen during a press conference after a coalition parties meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Widodo said Thursday he was won re-election after securing an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential electionIndonesian President Joko Widodo says he has won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger claimed an unlikely victory
The Associated Press4 minutes ago
A currency trader stretches at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Asian stocks fell Thursday after Wall Street declined despite encouraging Chinese economic data. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Global stocks subdued as investors eye earnings, dataStock markets are subdued as investors look to corporate earnings reports and mixed economic data
The Associated Press1 hour ago
India's millions of young voters can swing national electionMillions of young Indians will play a crucial role in an ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy
The Associated Press1 hour ago
In this May 12, 2016, photo, then Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Japan's top court rejected an appeal by former Nissan Chairman Ghosn's lawyers against his extended detention after his fourth arrest on allegations of financial misconduct. The decision Wednesday, April 17, 2019 conveyed to foreign media on Thursday, April 18, turns down the appeal by Ghosn's lawyers against an extension of his detention through April 22 that was approved Monday by the Tokyo District Court. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Nissan ex-chair Ghosn appeal on extended detention rejectedJapan's top court rejects appeal by Nissan ex-chairman Ghosn's lawyers against extended detention
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Jet Airways' lenders hope bidding process can save airlineCreditors of India's beleaguered Jet Airways say they are reasonably hopeful that a bidding process with potential investors for a controlling stake in the airline will save the company
The Associated Press2 hours ago
FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 file photo, Pakistan's Finance Minister Asad Umar attend a meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan's finance minister says he will step down amid a wave of criticism over the government's handling of a financial crisis that has sent prices soaring. Umar tweeted Thursday, April 18, 2019 that Prime Minister Imran Khan offered him the energy portfolio in the Cabinet but he refused. He defended Khan's leadership, calling him the "best hope" for Pakistan.(AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
Pakistan's finance minister quits amid criticismPakistan's finance minister says he will step down amid a wave of criticism over the government's handling of a financial crisis that has sent prices soaring
The Associated Press2 hours ago
The Latest: Indonesian president says he won re-electionIndonesian President Joko Widodo says he's the winner of the country's presidential election with preliminary results showing he received 54% of the vote
The Associated Press2 hours ago
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as Kashmiri voters wait in a queue to cast their votes outside a poling station during the second phase of India's general elections, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Kashmiri separatist leaders who challenge India's sovereignty over the disputed region have called for a boycott of the vote. Most polling stations in Srinagar and Budgam areas of Kashmir looked deserted in the morning with more armed police, paramilitary soldiers and election staff present than voters. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
India enters 2nd phase of elections with Kashmir in lockdownVoting has begun in the second phase of India's general election amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he won election with 54% of votes, world leaders have called to congratulate himIndonesian President Joko Widodo says he won election with 54% of votes, world leaders have called to congratulate him
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Filipinos start evacuating from Libyan capital; 1 woundedPhilippine diplomats say they have started evacuating a small group of Filipinos from the Libyan capital after it was hit by a barrage of rocket fire that wounded one Filipino
The Associated Press2 hours ago
People take photos of buildings damaged by an earthquake in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, April 18, 2019. A strong earthquake rattled eastern Taiwan early Thursday afternoon, causing scattered light damage in the capital and the eastern coast region. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coastA strong earthquake has rattled eastern Taiwan and caused scattered light damage in the capital and the eastern coast region
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Police: South Korean man sets fire, kills 5 fleeing peopleSouth Korean police are investigating a 42-year-old man accused of setting his apartment on fire and fatally stabbing five neighbors as they attempted to flee, in violence that shocked the nation
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Japanese Emperor Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko, seen in a car, arrive at Ise Jingu Shrine in Ise, central Japan, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Kazushi Kurihara/Kyodo News via AP)
Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto godsEmperor Akihito is praying at a shrine in western Japan in a ritual to report his abdication to Shinto gods
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Australia officials work with social media to safeguard pollAustralian electoral authorities say they have for the first time set up a cybersecurity task force and are working with social media companies to tackle misinformation in the run up to general elections on May 18.
The Associated Press7 hours ago
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