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Thai army chief rants at critics, warns of Hong Kong unrest

Oct. 11, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's powerful army chief declared Friday that the country's government is virtually at war with its critics, warning that politicians, academics and other intellectuals may "manipulate" young people to stage protests like those in Hong Kong. Gen. Apirat Kongsompong in a prepared speech...

Better protection sought for Thailand's helmeted hornbill

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Time is running out for Thailand's dwindling population of helmeted hornbills thanks to poaching of the exotic birds for the ivory-like casques atop their big red and yellow beaks. The species, known by the scientific name Rhinoplax vigil, is listed as "critically endangered" by the...

Fire hits Indonesian Embassy building in Bangkok

Oct. 11, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok emergency services say a fire broke out at a two-story building in the Indonesian Embassy compound in the Thai capital, but no casualties have been reported. The city's emergency services say the blaze erupted around noon Friday in a residential building but no one appeared to have...

Road tripping Thailand: Weekend getaways to beat the crowds

Oct. 9, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's southern beaches lure travelers with their turquoise water and dramatic limestone cliffs, but there's more to explore in the Southeast Asian country that's one of the world's most popular destinations. For a Thai road less traveled, try one of these getaways outside Bangkok, far...

Thai court sentences Taiwanese to life for smuggling heroin

Oct. 9, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday commuted a Taiwanese man's sentence for smuggling heroin to life imprisonment after sentencing him to death. A Bangkok Criminal Court official confirmed Thai media reports that 38-year-old Chen Kuan Lin had been arrested while trying to smuggle 5.6 kilograms...

Ex-Aussie boxer Fenech set for surgery to fix heart valve

Oct. 7, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Former Australian boxing champion Jeff Fenech will undergo surgery in Bangkok to repair an infected heart valve. Australian boxer Jack Brubaker told The Associated Press on Monday his mentor is hospitalized with a bad lung infection but remains conscious. Brubaker is one of many boxers who...

6 elephants drown, 2 rescued in Thai national park

Oct. 6, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging waters in Thailand's national park, drowning six, while rangers helped steer two animals out of a deep ravine. Staff at Khao Yai National Park discovered the two struggling elephants and the carcasses after dawn Saturday near the Haew Narok...

Thailand's king puts key army units under palace authority

Oct. 1, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered some key army units to be put under his direct command in his latest move asserting the authority of the royal palace. The king's decree, effective Tuesday, puts two army units closely associated with royal security under the palace's Royal...

World markets subdued as investors eye trade, Brexit

Oct. 1, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World markets were mixed on Tuesday after a global agency cut its forecasts for trade and as investors monitor developments in Britain's exit from the European Union. After Asia largely closed higher, the FTSE 100 in Britain was down 0.3% at 7,385. The CAC 40 in Paris was 0.2% lower at 5,668...

Thai prime minister advises masks against Bangkok smog

Sep. 30, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister urged residents of Bangkok to wear face masks on Monday after smog covered parts of the capital in what some fear is a harbinger of more pollution to come. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha warned in a statement on his Facebook page that the concentration of tiny...