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Thai court blocks anti-junta politician from joining House

May. 23, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday blocked the leader of a new anti-junta political party from taking his seat in Parliament while it determines whether he violated election rules. The ruling against Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is likely to increase political tensions in...

Thai police summon activists to hear sedition charges

May. 22, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thirteen Thai political activists appeared at a Bangkok police station Wednesday to answer a summons on sedition charges that critics say are part of a plan to remove a rising progressive politician from the political scene. The action came on the fifth anniversary of a military coup that...

Turkey seeks 249 suspects over cheating at ministry exam

May. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Authorities in Turkey have issued detention warrants for 249 people as part of an investigation into alleged cheating during exams to recruit staff to the country's foreign ministry between 2010 and 2013. The Ankara Chief Prosecutor's office says 91 of the suspects were detained on...

Thailand's oldest political party chooses new leader

May. 15, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's oldest political party chose an experienced insider as its new leader Wednesday following an abysmal performance in recent elections that led to the resignation of its previous chief. The Democrat Party voted for Jurin Laksanawisit to succeed Abhisit Vejjajiva, a former prime...

Newly appointed Thai Senate includes many soldiers, police

May. 14, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's newly appointed 250-member Senate, which will play a crucial role in selecting the country's next prime minister, will include more than 100 members of the police and military who have wielded power since a 2014 coup, according to the list of appointees issued Tuesday. Along with...

11 small Thai parties support army-backed candidate for PM

May. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Eleven small political parties in Thailand announced Monday they will support the military-backed candidate to form the next government, seven weeks after the country's first general election in five years of army rule. Their announcement came after no single party won an absolute majority...

Thai exile's parents seek information on his disappearance

May. 13, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The parents of a self-exiled Thai activist who disappeared after reportedly being extradited from Vietnam visited government offices and diplomatic missions in Bangkok on Monday to seek information about his fate. Siam Theerawut is one of three exiles about whom human rights groups have...

2 Russian spies sentenced in Montenegro in coup attempt

May. 9, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A Montenegro court on Thursday sentenced two Russian military intelligence operatives and 11 others to up to 15 years in prison for plotting to overthrow the Balkan country's government and prevent it from joining NATO. The two Russians, identified as Eduard Shishmakov and...

Final count of 1st vote since coup leaves Thailand divided

May. 8, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission on Wednesday announced the final results of the March 24 general election — the first since a military coup in 2014 — that gave no party an absolute majority and likely will prompt legal challenges. The commission distributed 150 party list seats...

As Sudan uprising grew, Arab states worked to shape its fate

May. 8, 2019 2:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — As the popular uprising against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gained strength earlier this year, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia began reaching out to the military through secret channels to encourage his removal from power, according to Egyptian and Sudanese officials....