US voices frustration over democracy progress in Thailand

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has expressed deep frustration over the lack of democratic progress in Thailand after last year's military coup, saying a new constitution there won't pass the "smell test" unless civil society helps to draft it.

  • Written by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

Southeast Asia summit to launch regional economic community

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders gathered Friday for a weekend summit at which they will formally create a unified economic community in a diverse region far larger than the European Union or North America, with hopes of competing with China and India.

  • Written by EILEEN NG, Associated Press VIJAY JOSHI, Associated Press

Civil rights leaders, police differ over protest response

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Civil rights leaders appealed Thursday for Minneapolis police to exercise restraint but the head of the police union said officers should get tougher with protesters after a night of tense confrontations over the fatal shooting of a black man by an officer.

  • Written by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Health authorities: 1 confirmed Ebola case in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health authorities are reporting one confirmed Ebola case, a 10-year boy who is currently being attended to at the treatment center on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Behind pomp of APEC summit, crushing poverty endures

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Just a few miles from the gleaming venue hosting President Barack Obama and other world leaders sits Manila's slum of slums on a mountain of trash, a potent reminder to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc that the globalization agenda it promotes has left many behind.

  • Written by JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press