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Putin's popularity: the envy of other politicians

MOSCOW (AP) — Donald Trump's statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoys an 82 percent approval rating among his people wasn't hyperbole. Russia's two main polling agencies consistently give the man in the Kremlin ratings that would be the envy of Trump or his rival in the U.S. presidential election, Hillary Clinton.
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Duterte tells regional leaders, U.S. not to lecture Philippines on rights

VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday defended his country's human rights record at a regional summit in Laos, urging East Asian leaders and the United States to help Manila eradicate the scourge of illicit drugs....
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Vietnam moves new rocket launchers into disputed S.China Sea - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials....
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Children held at Australian camp suffer assaults, sexual abuse-leaked documents

SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than 2,000 incidents, including sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm, were reported in about two years at an Australian detention center for asylum seekers in Nauru, more than half involving children, a newspaper reported on Wednesday....
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China restates sovereignty claims amid S. China Sea tensions

BEIJING (AP) — A look at some recent key developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves:...
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Vietnam legislature convenes to elect leaders

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party-dominated National Assembly on Wednesday opened its first session following May elections to elect the country's top leaders....
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Anti-US protests staged at 11 KFC branches in China: report

Chinese people who blame Washington for an international tribunal's dismissal of Beijing's maritime claims have called for a boycott of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in protests outside branches in 11 cities, reports said....
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Info blackout in India-controlled Kashmir in bid to curb unrest

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir seized newspapers and shut down cable television on Saturday, aiming to quell a flare up of tensions in the region which has seen violent protests over the killing of a separatist commander by security forces....
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Identities, nationalities of dead in Dhaka restaurant attack

A partial list of nationalities and identities of those reported slain in the Dhaka restaurant attack, and some details on their lives, as reported by local media....
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Indonesian president to assert sovereignty in islands visit

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The Indonesian president will travel to the Natuna Islands for the first time on Thursday to assert Indonesia's sovereignty, a senior official said, after China said earlier this week it had an "overlapping claim" over nearby waters....
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