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Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

May. 26, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now, the prime minister said Thursday. Beginning June 10, Japan will allow the entry of...

Thai leader: Asia is gaining strategic, economic importance

May. 26, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thursday that a new U.S.-backed economic pact is further proof of how important and relevant Asia is today. “Asia is still expanding and gaining more influence in terms of strategic and economic importance,” Prayuth said....

US, others say APEC walkout aimed at Russia over invasion

May. 23, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The United States and four other nations that walked out of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group meeting in Bangkok over the weekend underlined their support Monday for host nation Thailand, saying their protest was aimed solely at Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine. ...

Popular independent wins Bangkok governor's election

May. 23, 2022 03:06 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Residents of the Thai capital Bangkok, in their first opportunity in nine years to vote for their city’s governor, have elected an independent politician seen as representing opponents of the country’s military-backed government, results released Monday showed. ...

Bangkok votes for governor in 1st election since 2014 coup

May. 22, 2022 05:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Voters in the Thai capital headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor in a contest delayed by a military coup that still reflects a divided country with main candidates either supported by the conservative establishment or the liberal opposition. A record 31...

U.S., other APEC delegates walk out on Russian speaker

May. 21, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Delegates from the United States and four other nations staged a walkout Saturday when a representative from Russia began his opening remarks at a meeting of trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group in the Thai capital, officials said. A...

The AP Interview: US trade rep. sees opportunity in recovery

May. 20, 2022 20:13 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With world economies all suffering from more than two years of the coronavirus pandemic and global supply problems exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States has an “incredible opportunity” to engage with other nations on a common playing field and forge...

Lo van Pham honored to be first Asian American official

May. 19, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

Lo van Pham’s journey to the NFL began when he fell in love with sports upon arriving in Texas after living in refugee camps with his family. More than 40 years later, van Pham is set to become the first Asian American to officiate in the NFL. “I never dreamed...

Bangkok governor election seen as national harbinger

May. 19, 2022 03:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Nine years after the last elections, and six years after the military government installed its governor, residents of the bustling Thai capital will finally cast their ballots Sunday for the city’s leader in a vote that could tip the balance in favor of the opposition ahead of an...

Thai archival find may resolve fate of missing WWII US flyer

May. 19, 2022 02:18 AM EDT

U-TAPAO, Thailand (AP) — The remains of an American airman who went missing in action in World War II may finally be on their way home, thanks to a chance discovery of records in flood-threatened archives in Thailand. U.S. and local authorities held a solemn ceremony Wednesday at...