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Supporters of embattled Thai opposition party hold big rally

Dec. 14, 2019 8:13 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Several thousand supporters of a popular opposition party in Thailand that is under threat of dissolution rallied Saturday in the nation's capital in one of the largest political demonstrations since a 2014 coup. The crowd, which gathered mostly on an elevated walkway connecting malls and...

US Pacific commander says China seeks to intimidate region

Dec. 13, 2019 7:46 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — China's activities in territory it claims in the South China Sea are meant to intimidate other nations in the region, the commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet said Friday. Adm. John Aquilino said China's actions, including constructing islands in the disputed waters, are intended to...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi's defense of army puzzles former admirers

Dec. 13, 2019 12:25 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — What drives Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who this week defended her country at the International Court of Justice against charges that it carried out genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority? There was a time when Suu Kyi was the hero of human rights advocates, whose...

Thai king takes part in royal barge procession in Bangkok

Dec. 12, 2019 6:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of Thais and tourists flocked to the Chao Phraya River banks in Bangkok to witness an ancient ceremony of a royal barge procession on Thursday, marking the end of the coronation ceremony for King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The king, together with Queen Suthida and 14-year-old Prince...

UN: Nearly a half-billion in Asia-Pacific still going hungry

Dec. 11, 2019 2:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Nearly a half-billion people in the Asia-Pacific are still malnourished and eliminating hunger by 2030 requires that millions escape food insecurity each month, according to a report released Wednesday by UN agencies. Data compiled by the United Nations show slow progress and even...

Paralyzed Humboldt crash survivor takes first steps

Dec. 9, 2019 9:56 AM EST

The day Ryan Straschnitzki underwent surgery that would turn his body into something like a remote-controlled robot, the paralyzed hockey player had one deep worry: The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman who once didn't miss a shift even after dislocating a shoulder told his dad he was afraid of needles. "I said,...

3 charged over Australia’s largest crystal meth seizure

Dec. 5, 2019 2:55 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two customs agents and an information technology worker appeared in a court on Thursday charged with drug offenses over Australia’s largest seizure of methamphetamine, which had been smuggled to Melbourne from Bangkok in stereo speakers. Police estimate the 1.6 metric tons...

Norwegian ends some long-haul flights to US, Thailand

Nov. 27, 2019 7:07 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle said Wednesday it is ending some of its long-haul routes to the United States and Thailand from Scandinavia, citing technical issues with the Rolls Royce engines on Boeing 787s and low demand. Norwegian Air said it would not resume flying to...

Pope denounces ‘evil’ of nukes as he fulfills Japan dream

Nov. 23, 2019 7:11 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the “evil” of nuclear weapons on Saturday as he began a three-day visit to Japan and fulfilled a dream to be a missionary in a land with a rich but bloody Christian past. The pope’s plane landed in the rain in Tokyo, where he received a small welcome...

Pope urges Thais young and old to practice faith with joy

Nov. 22, 2019 10:31 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis ministered to Thailand’s tiny Catholic community Friday, urging Thais young and old to practice their faith with joy and with “a Thai face and flesh” in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country. Thousands of Thais welcomed Francis as he traveled to St....