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Aussie doctors bestowed Thai royal honors for cave rescue

Apr. 19, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Australian doctors were given royal honors in Thailand on Friday for helping rescue a boys soccer team from a flooded cave and said they are looking forward to a reunion with the youngsters they helped save. Richard Harris and Craig Challen were given the award at a ceremony presided...

Thailand says US man's seasteading home violates sovereignty

Apr. 18, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the "seasteading" movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation's laws. Thailand's navy said Chad Elwartowski and...

Evangelical group says Laos deports 3 American missionaries

Apr. 18, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers who were detained in Laos more than a week ago for proselytizing have been freed and deported. The operations manager for Vision Beyond Borders, Eric Blievernicht, said in an e-mail that the three crossed...

Vineeta Deepak to lead AP's coverage of South Asia region

Apr. 17, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean. From her base in the...

Thai oil rig workers rescue dog swimming 135 miles offshore

Apr. 17, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land. A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that they saw...

Evangelical group says 3 US volunteers detained in Laos

Apr. 13, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three American volunteers for a U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization have been detained in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, the group said. Vision Beyond Borders, based in Casper, Wyoming, said in a statement late Friday that the three, whom it identified only by the names Wayne,...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Apr. 12, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

Indian elections officials and paramilitary soldiers carry election materials along the Brahmaputra River as the country holds the first phase of a 6-week-long vote, the largest democratic exercise in the world. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, the leader of Thailand's Future Forward Party...

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...