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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand. Fed up with an archaic educational system and enraged by the military's efforts to keep control over their nation, a student-led campaign has shaken Thailand’s ruling establishment with the most significant campaign for political change in years. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

Thai students aim for ambitious political change

Oct. 27, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — He was only 7 when he saw his first military coup. He was 15 during the second. Now 21, he is among those at the front of Thailand's growing pro-democracy movement pushing for sweeping political reforms. And because of his activities, Bunkueanun Paothong has been charged with crimes that...

Supporters of the Thai monarchy display images of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Queen Suthida, late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and wave a giant national flag during a rally at Lumphini park in central Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Hundreds of royalists gathered to oppose pro-democracy protesters' demands that the prime minister resign, constitution be revised and the monarchy be reformed in accordance with democratic principles. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai royalists rally in counterpoint to student protesters

Oct. 27, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Several hundred Thai royalists staged a rally in central Bangkok on Tuesday, eager to display their loyalty to the country’s king as growing protests by young activists have made unprecedented criticism of the monarchy. The rally had been heavily publicized on social media by...

An elementary school student, wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak, receives a Td vaccine shot from a health worker during a free vaccination service for schoolchildren in Jakarta, Indonesia,Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Asia Today: Thailand: Woman probably infected in quarantine

Oct. 27, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in Thailand said Tuesday it is likely that a French woman who earlier this month tested positive for the coronavirus became infected when she stayed under quarantine at a hotel near Bangkok. The 57-year-old woman tested positive after she and her family flew on Oct. 15 from...

Pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. As lawmakers debated in a special session in Parliament that was called to address political tensions, student-led rallies were set to continue with a march through central Bangkok on Monday evening to the German Embassy, apparently to bring attention to the time King Maha Vajiralongkorn spends in Germany. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai protesters shun Parliament, ask Germany to probe king

Oct. 26, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand have expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s king has exercised political power during his extended stays in Bavaria. The...

Pro-democracy activists wave their mobile phone with flashing lights, during a protest rally at Ratchaprasong business district in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand gathered again Sunday in Bangkok, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day ahead of a special session of Parliament called to try to ease political tensions. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai protesters rally ahead of parliamentary debate

Oct. 25, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in Thailand's capital again on Sunday, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day before a special session of Parliament that was called to try to ease political tensions. The rally took place at the busy Rajprasong intersection, in the...

Pro-democracy activists display a placard with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's head attached to a cockroach during a protest outside remand prison, in which some of the activists are kept, in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Thailand's government on Thursday canceled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool student-led protests seeking democracy reforms. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters' deadline passes, but PM says he won't quit

Oct. 24, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government and the country’s pro-democracy movement appeared no closer to resolving their differences Saturday, as the protesters' deadline for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down came and went with no new action from either side, and no backing down. After...

Pro-democracy activists display images of protest leaders that are kept in detention during a protest outside remand prison, in which some of the activists are kept, in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Thailand's government on Thursday canceled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool student-led protests seeking democracy reforms. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Rally outside Thai prison demands release of protesters

Oct. 23, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand resumed their activities Friday after a one-day break, turning their attention to fellow demonstrators who remain jailed after their arrest. A crowd gathered outside Bangkok Remand Prison, with their numbers growing to as many as 2,000 after dark. The...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Vaccine promise is election issue in India state

Oct. 23, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A promise of free COVID-19 vaccination has become an issue in key state elections in India. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the promise when releasing the ruling Hindu nationalist party’s manifesto for elections that begin in Bihar state next week. Every Bihar resident...

Sailboats sit anchored off Choeng Mon beach on the resort island of Koh Samui, Thailand, on Oct. 15, 2020. Thai Health officials said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 a French woman who traveled to the resort island on the same day and later tested positive for the coronavirus there probably acquired the infection after arriving in Thailand. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)

French woman in Thailand may have acquired virus locally

Oct. 23, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A French woman on the Thai resort island of Samui has tested positive for the coronavirus and probably acquired it after arriving in Thailand in what could be one of few cases of local transmission, health officials said Friday. The finding was announced the same week that Thailand began...

Pro-democracy activists create a human chain to confront a police barricades during their march to the Government House, prime minister's office during a protest march in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Thailand's prime minister on Wednesday pleaded with his countrymen to resolve their political differences through Parliament, as student-led protests seeking to bring his government down continued for an eighth straight day. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand cancels emergency decree in bid to calm protests

Oct. 22, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government on Thursday canceled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool student-led protests seeking democracy reforms. The decree had banned public gatherings of more than four people and...