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Thai high court affirms guilt of 2009 Pattaya rioters

Sep. 11, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the prison sentences of 12 members of the "Red Shirt" political movement convicted in connection with rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009. The 12 had received four-year prison sentences for their actions on April 11,...

Philippines: China wanted to restrict foreign forces at sea

Sep. 11, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary said Wednesday that China has sought to restrict the presence of foreign military powers in the South China Sea and foreign involvement in oil and gas projects in the disputed region under a pact it's negotiating with Southeast Asian nations....

Thai trade minister says progress made in free trade pact

Sep. 10, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific region have made some progress toward completing a long-awaited free trade agreement, and final details are expected to be worked out later this month at talks in Vietnam, a Thai official said Tuesday. Speaking at the end of five days of meetings in...

US promotes free and open Indo-Pacific at naval exercise

Sep. 2, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

SATTAHIP, Thailand (AP) — A senior U.S. naval officer underlined Washington's commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific as the United States on Monday launched its first joint naval exercise with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell spoke at the opening ceremony of the...

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...