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Thailand's new Cabinet sworn in, ending rule by army junta

Jul. 16, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the swearing-in of the 36-member Cabinet, during which they pledged...

ASEAN defense ministers discuss security proposals

Jul. 11, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Defense ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations met Thursday in the Thai capital to discuss issues including border controls, terrorism and illegal fishing. The host, Thai Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, said the annual get-together of the ministers "guarantees...

Thai leader names new Cabinet with military colleagues

Jul. 10, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday officially named his new Cabinet, a mix of members of the military government he headed after leading a 2014 coup and key politicians who helped him assemble a majority in the House of Representatives after March elections. Prayuth will be...

Thai activist rejects police offer of conditional protection

Jul. 9, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai pro-democracy activist who was attacked and left unconscious on a Bangkok sidewalk said Tuesday he will refuse an offer of police protection that would require him to stop political activities. Sirawith Seritiwat, widely known as Ja New, was severely beaten by four assailants near his...

Thai authorities urged to investigate attacks on activists

Jul. 3, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Rights groups urged Thai authorities Wednesday to investigate attacks against pro-democracy activists after one was beaten and left unconscious on a sidewalk in the latest case of growing violence. Amnesty International submitted open letters to Thailand's defense minister and its police...

Thai anti-military activist attacked and left unconscious

Jun. 28, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai activist who opposes the military's role in politics was assaulted Friday and left unconscious in the second attack on him this month, as violence against pro-democracy advocates becomes more aggressive. Sirawith Seritiwat was attacked before noon by four men who used baseball bats to...

Thai court lets pro-army lawmakers keep seats during probe

Jun. 26, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court said Wednesday it would let 32 pro-military lawmakers keep their seats while it decides whether they violated election rules, in a decision criticized as unfair because the court earlier suspended an opposition leader over a similar allegation. The Constitutional Court agreed to...

ASEAN leaders call for restraint amid sea row, US-China rift

Jun. 23, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday pressed their call for self-restraint in the disputed South China Sea and renewed their alarm over the U.S.-China trade war, with one leader warning it may spiral out of control. The long-raging territorial conflicts and the protracted dispute between the...

Thai junta chief proclaimed second-time prime minister

Jun. 11, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader was officially proclaimed prime minister on Tuesday after the king endorsed Parliament's vote for him to serve another term. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha knelt before a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and performed three elaborate bows during a ceremony at his...

Thai court sentences ex-PM to prison over lottery program

Jun. 6, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday sentenced former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in absentia to two years in prison over his handling of a state lottery program he initiated while in office more than a decade ago. His conviction by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political...