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Thai campaign to vaccinate schoolchildren makes progress

Sep. 21, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in the Thai capital made headway Tuesday in their effort to vaccinate children against the coronavirus, giving shots of the Pfizer vaccine to students aged 12 to 18 with underlying diseases. Vaccinations for that age bracket were first...

Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia

Sep. 13, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as...

Thai Parliament approves election system charter change

Sep. 10, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Parliament on Friday approved a constitutional amendment changing how lawmakers are elected, a move expected to allocate more seats to big parties at the expense of smaller ones. The change, passed at a joint session of the House and Senate...

Thai leader sacks 2 Cabinet members suspected of disloyalty

Sep. 09, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sacked two Cabinet members on Thursday, including one who was widely reported to have unsuccessfully plotted for him to lose a parliamentary no-confidence vote last week. Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao...

Thai protesters keep up fight to oust prime minister

Sep. 05, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters gathered Sunday in the Thai capital Bangkok, seeking to rejuvenate their movement to oust the country’s prime minister and institute political reforms. More than 1,000 people gathered peacefully at central Bangkok’s busy Asoke intersection,...

Thai PM Prayuth wins confidence vote amid criticism on virus

Sep. 04, 2021 01:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha won votes of confidence in Parliament on Saturday, helping to steady his government after it had come under intense criticism for bungling its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Prayuth still faces pressure from...

Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha wins confidence vote in Parliament after a frenzy of speculation over coalition makeup

Sep. 03, 2021 23:39 PM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha wins confidence vote in Parliament after a frenzy of speculation over coalition makeup.

Restaurants, malls reopen as Thai virus restrictions eased

Sep. 01, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shopping malls, restaurants, parks and schools reopened in Thailand's capital on Wednesday after the government eased restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A surge that began in April sent new cases and deaths soaring, and...

Thai lawmakers' no-confidence debate focuses on pandemic

Aug. 31, 2021 02:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai lawmakers on Tuesday began a no-confidence debate targeting Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and five of his Cabinet members, with the opposition focusing on charges the government bungled its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The debate is...

Protest on wheels in Thai capital seeks government's ouster

Aug. 29, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A long line of cars, trucks and motorbikes wended its way Sunday through the Thai capital Bangkok in a mobile protest against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The protesters on wheels hope their nonviolent action, dubbed a “car mob,” can help force the...