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Correction: Myanmar-ASEAN story

Aug. 16, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In a story July 30 about Malaysia's position on Myanmar's responsibility for Rohingya refugees, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to which Malaysia belongs, has agreed to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice for rights...

Thai court approves continued detention of 2 bomb suspects

Aug. 15, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Thursday extended the detention of two suspects accused of planting two small bombs in front of police headquarters in Bangkok while Southeast Asian foreign ministers were meeting nearby. The two men were arrested as they traveled south just hours after the devices...

Thai court acquits Red Shirts of terrorism for 2010 protests

Aug. 14, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday dismissed terrorism and other charges against 24 leaders of an extended street protest in 2010 that saw key areas of central Bangkok closed off and random violence that was ended by military force. The Bangkok Criminal Court ruled that the two-month protest...

Tiger Woods has effect on Thai sports like few others

Aug. 8, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Tiger Woods' first vacation to Thailand was a lot different from when he goes there for work. "No one knew who I was," Woods said Wednesday with a smile. That might be true when no one's trying to bother him at a resort with his mother, children and girlfriend. Still, there's no...

Thai official links Bangkok bombings to troubled south

Aug. 6, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An official in Thailand has linked groups from the country's troubled south to small bombings last week in Bangkok as it hosted a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers. Only a handful of people suffered minor injuries, and there was little damage. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit...

Thai dissident musicians celebrate getting French haven

Aug. 6, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Members of a Thai folk music group who feared for their lives because of their fiercely antiestablishment songs are celebrating this week after being admitted to France to seek refugee status. The band Faiyen fled to Thailand's neighbor, Laos, after a military government took power in...

UN study finds businesses fund Myanmar army abuses

Aug. 5, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A United Nations fact-finding mission called Monday for an embargo on arms sales to Myanmar and for targeted sanctions on businesses with connections to the military after finding they are funding human rights abuses. The mission released a report detailing how businesses run by...

Snubbed by North Korea, Pompeo hits other Asian turbulence

Aug. 3, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Thailand on Saturday with his hopes for resuming nuclear talks with North Korea dashed, while facing an escalating trade war with China and a potentially devastating breakdown in relations between key American allies Japan and South Korea. After three...

Trump plays down latest North Korea missile tests

Aug. 2, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed recent missile tests by North Korea and flattered the country's leader as a friend with a "great and beautiful vision for his country," as the U.S. tries to lure Kim Jong Un back to nuclear talks. Trump's series of three tweets — which...

The Latest: US says Japan-South Korea committed nuke efforts

Aug. 2, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japan downgrading South Korea's trade status (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Senior U.S. officials say they don't expect an escalating dispute between Japan and South Korea to affect cooperation on efforts to get North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons. Four officials say...