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Military-backed party takes lead in Thailand's election

Mar. 24, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed Sunday, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power. With 92 percent of votes counted, the Palang Pracharat party was first with 7.5...

The Latest: Leader of oldest Thai political party resigns

Mar. 24, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Thailand's general election (all times local): 10:20 p.m. The leader of Thailand's oldest political party has resigned after his party's poor showing in the country's general election. Abhisit Vejjajiva, a former prime minister, announced his resignation after an unofficial but...

Military-backed party takes lead in Thailand's election with 89 percent of votes counted

Mar. 24, 2019 10:34 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Military-backed party takes lead in Thailand's election with 89 percent of votes counted.

Scott Hend wins Maybank Championship in playoff

Mar. 24, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Scott Hend of Australia closed with a 5-under 67, had to wait nearly two hours to see if it would be good enough, and then made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the Maybank Championship on Sunday. Hend was one shot ahead of overnight leader Nacho Elvira...

Indonesia's first subway opens in its gridlocked capital

Mar. 24, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's long-awaited first subway opened Sunday in the country's capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Minutes after inaugurating the 16-kilometer (10-mile) transit line running south from Jakarta's downtown,...

Voting ends in Thailand's first election since 2014 military coup; some results expected within several hours

Mar. 24, 2019 6:03 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Voting ends in Thailand's first election since 2014 military coup; some results expected within several hours.

Russian arrested smuggling drugged orangutan in Indonesia

Mar. 24, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Russian tourist who was attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the resort island of Bali, a conservation official said Sunday. Andrei Zhestkov, 27, was arrested late Friday at Bali's international airport after customs officers...

Sri Lanka begins work on $3.9B refinery near China-run port

Mar. 24, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Work began Sunday on a $3.9 billion oil refinery to be funded by a Singapore-Oman joint venture next to a Chinese-run port in what will be Sri Lanka's largest foreign investment ever. The refinery and a tank farm will be built on 237 hectares (585 acres) of land lying about 235...

Timeline: Key events since Thailand's last general election

Mar. 23, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Sunday held its first general election since the military ousted the elected government in a coup nearly five years ago. Thailand has a long history of cycling through elected governments that are then ousted by the army, which in time allows fresh elections. Here's a look the...

Yu Liu shoots 7-under 65 to take 1-shot lead in Founder Cup

Mar. 23, 2019 11:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Yu Liu got through a stressful final-group pairing Saturday to take the Founders Cup lead, outplaying top-ranked Sung Hyun Park. She'll have do it again Sunday, this time alongside Carlota Ciganda, to win her first LPGA Tour title. Liu shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Ciganda...