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Hotel catches fire in Thai resort, 400 safely evacuated

Dec. 6, 2019 6:37 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — About 400 guests and staff were safely evacuated from a hotel in Thailand's popular seaside resort of Pattaya whose facade caught fire before dawn Friday, police said. Police Capt. Sakda Poonya said the blaze at the Holiday Inn Express caused no injuries or deaths. He said an initial...

Mekong River’s new aquamarine color may be sign of trouble

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say. The river usually has a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running...

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...

Approaching storm, snafus cast pall on Southeast Asian Games

Nov. 30, 2019 10:39 PM EST

BOCAUE, Philippines (AP) — An approaching typhoon is threatening to complicate the hosting by the Philippines of the largest biennial games in Southeast Asia, already marred by logistical foul-ups that President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to investigate. Duterte on Saturday welcomed the first few thousand...

Thai court fines Philip Morris $39.7 million for tax evasion

Nov. 29, 2019 6:20 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Friday found the local unit of tobacco giant Philip Morris guilty of evading taxes by under-declaring the value of cigarettes it imported from the Philippines. It ordered the company to pay a fine of 1.2 billion baht ($39.7 million). The Criminal Court found Philip...

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...

Thai court acquits Thaksin’s son in illegal loan scandal

Nov. 25, 2019 1:49 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Monday acquitted the son of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of money laundering in a case involving $328 million in loans extended by a state-run bank to a real estate developer when his father held power. The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and...

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...

From air, pope greets leaders of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Nov. 22, 2019 11:51 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis managed an airborne diplomatic dance by sending telegrams of greetings to the leaders of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan as he flew through their airspace on his way from Thailand to Japan. Francis made sure not to offend Beijing in the telegrams Saturday, making no...

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....