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Officials say bad vent may have spread Bangkok mall fire

Apr. 11, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A small but deadly fire at one of the Thai capital's biggest shopping malls may have started in a basement room before spreading to an eighth-floor document room because of a bad vent, officials in Bangkok said Thursday. City officials said at a news conference that the investigation of the...

Fire at Bangkok mall complex kills 2, forces big evacuation

Apr. 10, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A fire at one of Bangkok's biggest mall complexes spread smoke over the city's central commercial district, caused a large evacuation during the Wednesday evening rush and killed at least two people. Officials said 20 others were hurt. The extent of the fire was small and flames were quickly...

Western diplomats deny Thai accusation of protocol breach

Apr. 10, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Western diplomatic missions responded Wednesday to charges from Thailand's foreign ministry that they violated protocol by observing a Thai politician being charged by police with sedition, calling their action standard diplomatic practice. They were responding to Foreign Minister Don...

Thai minister says envoys breached diplomatic etiquette

Apr. 9, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's foreign minister said Tuesday that he will summon representatives from the embassies of the European Union and the United States to discuss why he believes they breached diplomatic etiquette by observing a Thai politician being charged with sedition by police. Foreign Minister Don...

Thai man accused of raping and killing German tourist

Apr. 9, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said a local man has been arrested on suspicion of raping and killing a German tourist on the island of Koh Si Chang in the Gulf of Thailand. Police said the victim was approached and attacked by Ronnakorn Romruen, a native of the small island, while she was traveling on her...

Leader of new Thai political party charged with sedition

Apr. 6, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of a popular new Thai political party that ran a strong third in last month's general election was formally charged with sedition on Saturday and expressed concern that he is to be tried in a military court. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was greeted by hundreds of supporters...

US envoy says China activities near Philippines 'of concern'

Apr. 5, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The presence of large numbers of Chinese vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines is "a concern," a senior U.S. defense official said Friday. The Philippine government protested the Chinese ship movements Thursday after its military monitored more than 200 Chinese vessels...

Thai election body orders redo in places over irregularities

Apr. 4, 2019 5:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai election authorities on Thursday ordered a recount of votes and new elections in some polling areas after finding irregularities in last month's general election. The Election Commission said in a statement that it had ordered a recount for two polling stations and new elections at six...

Thai junta files sedition complaint against new party leader

Apr. 3, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling military junta has filed a complaint accusing the leader of a popular new political party of sedition and aiding criminals, a move he described as politically motivated. The party, Future Forward, ran a strong third in elections last month that were also contested by a...

Thai army chief sends warning to critics of the monarchy

Apr. 2, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's influential army chief warned Tuesday that the military will fight any moves that threaten the country's system of constitutional monarchy with the king as head of state, in an apparent threat directed at supporters of a new anti-junta party. "The army does the army's duty, which...