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Thai court rules PM can stay, did not exceed term limit

Sep. 30, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled Friday that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha can remain in his job and did not violate a constitutional provision limiting him to eight years in office. Opposition lawmakers had petitioned the court to decide on their...

Court rules Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth did not exceed constitution's 8-year term limit, can stay in office

Sep. 30, 2022 04:30 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Court rules Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth did not exceed constitution's 8-year term limit, can stay in office.

Tropical rains flood parts of Thailand, 5,000 seek shelter

Sep. 29, 2022 03:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Water up to waist-high flooded some riverfront neighborhoods and other areas of Thailand on Thursday after a tropical depression dumped heavy rains and knocked down trees, causing at least one death. The heaviest rainfall, about 22 centimeters (8.5 inches) in 24...

Model fearing Myanmar military heads to asylum in Canada

Sep. 29, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A fashion model from Myanmar who feared being arrested by the country's military government if she was forced back home from exile has arrived in Canada, which she says has granted her asylum. Thaw Nandar Aung, also known as Han Lay, left on a flight from Bangkok’s...

Typhoon Noru weakens over Vietnam, dumps rain in Thailand

Sep. 28, 2022 03:56 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Typhoon Noru weakened into a tropical storm over central Vietnam on Wednesday, causing blackouts and blowing off roofs and billboards with strong winds and putting Thailand on alert for more floods and downpours. There were no immediate reports of casualties...

New Thai rules allow abortions up to 20th week of pregnancy

Sep. 27, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand will allow abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy under new regulations issued by the Public Health Ministry, a government spokesperson announced Tuesday. The regulations, published Monday in the Royal Gazette, come into effect Oct. 26 and liberalize...

Police in Laos seize meth pills in one of biggest busts

Sep. 24, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Laos have made their third largest seizure ever of methamphetamine, confiscating a haul of 33 million tablets along with 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, an official with the U.N. anti-crime agency said Saturday. The huge bust...

At least 1 dead, 19 missing after boat sinks off Cambodia

Sep. 23, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two Cambodian crew members abandoned their boat with 41 Chinese nationals on board as it sank in the Gulf of Thailand, leaving at least one person dead and 19 missing, authorities said Friday. The small wooden fishing vessel foundered near Cambodia’s...

Model who criticized Myanmar's military fears repatriation

Sep. 23, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A model from Myanmar who denounced her country’s military rulers last year from the stage of a beauty pageant in Thailand said Friday she fears she may be forced back home. Thaw Nandar Aung, also known as Han Lay, told The Associated Press by phone that she has...

Thailand downgrades COVID-19 threat, lifts emergency decree

Sep. 23, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government will lift an emergency decree it imposed in March 2020 to battle the coronavirus, officials said Friday, as it relaxes most pandemic restrictions. From Oct. 1, foreign visitors will no longer be required to show proof of being vaccinated, and...