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World shares advance as centrists lose ground in EU vote

May. 27, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced Monday in Europe after centrists lost ground to pro-business and environmentalist groups in elections for the 28-nation bloc's parliamentary assembly. Germany's DAX climbed 0.5% to 12,066.21 and the CAC 40 in France added 0.3% to 5,332.66. Markets were closed in Britain. With...

Asian shares mixed as markets await news on China-US trade

May. 27, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed early Monday in Asia in the absence of fresh news on the tariffs standoff between the U.S. and China. U.S. markets will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.3% to 21,173.27 after visiting President Donald Trump said he expects a deal...

Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98

May. 26, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Prem Tinsulanonda, who as an army commander, prime minister and adviser to the royal palace was one of Thailand's most influential political figures over four decades, died Sunday at age 98. A statement from the palace said Prem died of heart failure at Bangkok's Phra Mongkutklao hospital,...

Thailand's parliament votes in pro-army house speaker

May. 25, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A military-aligned candidate won majority support to become Thailand's house speaker on Saturday, signaling further dominance of the army in the next government, five years after it staged a coup. Former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, 80, was named speaker after the House of Representatives...

Thai king opens 1st session of elected assembly since coup

May. 24, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king on Friday addressed the first session of an elected parliament since the military staged a coup in 2014, advising lawmakers to take their responsibilities seriously because their actions will affect national security and the people's well-being. King Maha Vajiralongkorn...

Thai court blocks anti-junta politician from joining House

May. 23, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday blocked the leader of a new anti-junta political party from taking his seat in Parliament while it determines whether he violated election rules. The ruling against Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is likely to increase political tensions in...

Thai court affirms defamation judgment against UK activist

May. 22, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An appeals court in Thailand on Wednesday upheld a 10 million baht ($313,000) judgment against a British activist who was sued by a fruit canning company whose workers complained of alleged labor abuses. The case was one of several highlighting the ability of corporations to harass labor...

World markets subdued amid trade uncertainty

May. 22, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets were subdued Wednesday as investors monitored developments in the U.S.-China trade war and looked ahead to the release of minutes to the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting. After a day of modest gains in Asia, Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.5% to 7,362, while the DAX...

Thai police summon activists to hear sedition charges

May. 22, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thirteen Thai political activists appeared at a Bangkok police station Wednesday to answer a summons on sedition charges that critics say are part of a plan to remove a rising progressive politician from the political scene. The action came on the fifth anniversary of a military coup that...

World shares mixed with no easing of China-US trade dispute

May. 20, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares declined in Europe on Monday after a mixed day in Asia in the absence of positive updates on the trade standoff between the U.S. and China. Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.7% at 7,297.67 while Germany's DAX declined 1.2% to 12,091.38. The CAC 40 in France shed 1.2% to 5,374.14. Wall Street...