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Cambodia PM to oversee rescue operation at building collapse

Jun. 23, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Sunday that he was heading to the seaside resort town where a seven-story building under construction collapsed, killing at least 19 workers and injuring 24. Hun Sen said he would oversee the rescue operation at the site in Sihanoukville,...

ASEAN leaders call for restraint amid sea row, US-China rift

Jun. 23, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday pressed their call for self-restraint in the disputed South China Sea and renewed their alarm over the U.S.-China trade war, with one leader warning it may spiral out of control. The long-raging territorial conflicts and the protracted dispute between the...

US-China trade war, sea row in ASEAN summit spotlight

Jun. 22, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders will commit to conclude a long-delayed regional trade pact this year despite lingering odds to fend off risks from a protracted U.S.-China trade war when they gather for a weekend summit in Thailand. The Chinese sinking of a Philippine boat, which endangered 22...

Kiichiro Sato, Foster Klug named to leadership posts in Asia

Jun. 20, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press is bolstering its coverage of Asia by naming an experienced photo editor and a seasoned foreign correspondent to key leadership posts in Tokyo. Kiichiro Sato has been named deputy news director for storytelling and photography, rounding out a leadership team directing...

Thai tycoon gets additional year in prison in poaching case

Jun. 11, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai construction tycoon on Tuesday was sentenced to an additional one year in prison for bribing a park ranger in relation to a high-profile case of poaching endangered animals in a wildlife sanctuary last year. A Bangkok court said in a statement that it sentenced Premchai Karnasuta, the...

Australia seizes record 1.8 tons of crystal meth at port

Jun. 7, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian officials have seized the nation's largest haul of methamphetamine at the Melbourne waterfront, nearly 1.6 metric tons (1.8 tons) of the illegal drug hidden in stereo speakers shipped from Bangkok, authorities said Friday. The Australian Border Force said the drugs...

Thai prime minister has little to say about staying in power

Jun. 6, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha isn't feeling chatty about being elected to stay on as premier. Prayuth stayed out of the spotlight Thursday, a day after he skipped a Parliament session in which lawmakers, including hundreds he helped appoint, voted to keep him in the job he has held...

Thai coup leader uses ballot box to stay as prime minister

Jun. 5, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — When Prayuth Chan-ocha led a military coup to take over Thailand's government five years ago, he wore a dowdy officer's uniform. A five-year makeover transformed him into a politician, now styled in a well-tailored Western suit or an elegant silk "suea phraratchathan," a Thai spin on the...

UN agencies urge stronger efforts to stop illegal fishing

Jun. 5, 2019 2:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Major United Nations agencies are urging key fishing nations to join efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization and other groups made the call at a conference in Bangkok on Wednesday focused on helping protect fisheries and those...

Thai anti-military activist injured in street assault

Jun. 3, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai activist opposed to the military's role in politics said Monday that he was assaulted by a group of unknown men, in the latest in a series of such attacks as the country's parliament prepares to elect a new government. Sirawith Seritiwat said five or six men attacked him by surprise...