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Popular independent wins Bangkok governor's election

May. 23, 2022 03:06 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Residents of the Thai capital Bangkok, in their first opportunity in nine years to vote for their city’s governor, have elected an independent politician seen as representing opponents of the country’s military-backed government, results released Monday showed. ...

Bangkok votes for governor in 1st election since 2014 coup

May. 22, 2022 05:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Voters in the Thai capital headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor in a contest delayed by a military coup that still reflects a divided country with main candidates either supported by the conservative establishment or the liberal opposition. A record 31...

Bangkok governor election seen as national harbinger

May. 19, 2022 03:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Nine years after the last elections, and six years after the military government installed its governor, residents of the bustling Thai capital will finally cast their ballots Sunday for the city’s leader in a vote that could tip the balance in favor of the opposition ahead of an...

Japan's Kishida holds talks with Thailand's leader

May. 02, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met Monday with his Thai counterpart, Prayuth Chan-ocha, for talks about economic, security and geopolitical issues, including political upheaval in Myanmar and Russia’s war in Ukraine. The two leaders also oversaw the signing...

Thailand ends mandatory quarantine for vaccinated visitors

Apr. 22, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Visitors to Thailand who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will no longer need to undergo any test or quarantine on arrival starting May 1, a measure the authorities hope will help rejuvenate the country’s lucrative tourism industry. “Many countries...

Thai progressive leader indicted on charge of defaming king

Apr. 12, 2022 04:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A popular leader of Thailand’s progressive political movement has vowed to continue his activities despite being indicted on charges of defaming the king and violating a law on online activity which carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison. Thanathorn...

Court in Thailand rules sticker on portrait defamed king

Mar. 04, 2022 09:54 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand sentenced a political activist to two years in prison on Friday for violating a law against defaming the monarchy by affixing a sticker on a portrait of the country’s king. The conviction for lese majeste appeared to be the first among scores of...

Thai and Malaysia leaders discuss insurgency, Myanmar crisis

Feb. 25, 2022 10:19 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob met with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday in the first official visit of a foreign leader to Thailand since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The two leaders reviewed an honor guard outside Prayuth’s...