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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...

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...

Malaysia's Anwar: Opposition has 'fair chance' to win polls

Sep. 22, 2022 07:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday he believes his three-party alliance has a “fair chance” of winning a general election that could be called as early as November. Anwar leads the Hope Alliance, which earlier teamed up with an ethnic Malay...

Malaysian dad pleads help for scam victims after son died

Sep. 21, 2022 06:28 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The parents of a Malaysian man who died after falling prey to a human trafficking scheme appealed Wednesday to the government to rescue other scam victims trapped in Myanmar and Cambodia, saying they hoped there would be no more fatalities. ...

Thai soldier arrested after allegedly killing 2, injuring 1

Sep. 14, 2022 02:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A clerk shot at his co-workers at Thailand's Army War College in Bangkok early Wednesday, killing two people and wounding another, the army said. One man died at the scene and another died after being taken to the hospital, the Thai army said in a statement. The...

Thai protester accused of mocking queen gets 2 years' prison

Sep. 12, 2022 09:25 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Monday sentenced an activist to two years in prison for allegedly insulting the country’s queen by wearing traditional Thai attire at a demonstration for reform of the monarchy two years ago, a legal aid group said. Jatuporn “New”...

Beijing hounds Chinese church seeking safety overseas

Sep. 07, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Days after flying to Thailand to seek asylum, members of a Chinese church huddled in a restaurant to share their stories with journalists. But when they peered over their shoulders, they spotted strangers taking videos of them with cellphones. In seconds, they...

Sri Lanka's ousted president returns home after fleeing

Sep. 03, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s former president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country in July after tens of thousands of protesters stormed his home and office in a display of anger over the country’s economic crisis, returned to the country early Saturday after seven weeks. ...

Myanmar court convicts Suu Kyi of vote fraud, adds jail time

Sep. 02, 2022 03:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Friday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to three years’ imprisonment with labor after finding her guilty of election fraud, adding more jail time to the 17 years she is already serving for other offenses prosecuted by the military government. ...