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AP Interview: Thai PM hopeful wants constitutional changes

Mar. 20, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of Thailand's oldest political party said Wednesday that if he becomes prime minister after elections on Sunday, he will make forceful but careful efforts to undo undemocratic provisions in the constitution imposed by the military government that seized power in 2014. Abhisit...

World markets mostly lower as investors await Fed report

Mar. 20, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly falling in Europe after a lackluster day of trading in Asia and U.S. markets appeared set for a slightly higher open ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy statement. Germany's DAX sank 1.2 percent to 11,644, dragged down by a profit warning by BMW and a court ruling...

Pocketbook issues eclipsed by military role in Thai election

Mar. 20, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pocketbook issues may not sway the outcome of Sunday's election in Thailand, given the bigger debate among voters over whether they support or oppose the military junta that has ruled the country since a 2014 coup. Experts say that widespread dissatisfaction, especially among the have-nots,...

Philippines seizes drugs in upscale area, arrests 4 Chinese

Mar. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Wednesday that they have seized methamphetamine concealed in tea wrappers and biscuit cans in their second-largest drug haul this year in a sign of how the problem has persisted despite the president's bloody anti-drug crackdown. Three Chinese...

Asian markets trend lower, tracking Wall St losses

Mar. 20, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Markets in Asia are mostly lower after a lackluster day of trading on Wall Street. Mixed signals on the progress of China-U.S. trade talks also revived caution in Chinese markets. The Shanghai Composite lost 1 percent to 3,059.17 in early trading Wednesday and Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.5...

Pro-Thaksin candidates adopt his name in Thai election

Mar. 19, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

PHIMAI, Thailand (AP) — It's election season in Thailand and a campaign truck is rolling at the crack of dawn through the streets of the northeastern town of Phimai, blaring the slogan "Vote Thaksin, Get Thaksin." It's a bit disconcerting, since the Thaksin everyone in Thailand knows is former Prime...

Thai exec guilty in poaching case, cleared of panther charge

Mar. 19, 2019 3:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai construction tycoon was convicted Tuesday on charges related to a high-profile poaching case last year but was found not guilty of possessing the carcass of an endangered black panther seen in photos that had sparked a public outcry. The Thong Pha Phum Provincial Court sentenced...

Asia bracing for destruction by alien pest: fall armyworms

Mar. 19, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

THA MUANG, Thailand (AP) — Fall armyworms, a longtime American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm now in Asia after entrenching themselves in Africa. Experts say the insect was first found outside the Americas in 2016, in Africa, where it has infested up to half of some crops of...

China's moves on foreign investment help shore up markets

Mar. 15, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hopes that the U.S. and China will resolve their trade dispute as Beijing tweaked rules on foreign investment has helped shore up global stock markets on Friday. Following a week dominated by Brexit uncertainty, traders focused on the annual session of China's ceremonial congress, which ended...

Thai parties woo young voters, but one may hit the mark

Mar. 15, 2019 4:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — You could call it the 7 million-voter question: Will young people like the ones who turned out on a recent Saturday night to listen to politically hip rappers also make it to the polls for Thailand's upcoming general election? And do they share the anger at the established order being sung...