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Thai Red Shirt chiefs ordered to pay for 2010 arson damage

Oct. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three leaders of the Red Shirt political movement to pay 21 million baht ($691,000) compensation to business owners whose commercial buildings were set on fire at the climax of two months of aggressive street protests in 2010. The verdict on a...

Thai army chief rants at critics, warns of Hong Kong unrest

Oct. 11, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's powerful army chief declared Friday that the country's government is virtually at war with its critics, warning that politicians, academics and other intellectuals may "manipulate" young people to stage protests like those in Hong Kong. Gen. Apirat Kongsompong in a prepared speech...

Director promises dank thrills in Thai cave boys rescue saga

Sep. 30, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Their story gripped the world: determined divers racing against time and water to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded cave deep inside a northern Thai mountain. The ordeal in late June and early July 2018 had barely ended when filmmakers began...

Thai prime minister advises masks against Bangkok smog

Sep. 30, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister urged residents of Bangkok to wear face masks on Monday after smog covered parts of the capital in what some fear is a harbinger of more pollution to come. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha warned in a statement on his Facebook page that the concentration of tiny...

The Latest: Young Mexicans urge leaders to act on climate

Sep. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of mainly young demonstrators are marching through downtown Mexico City, chanting "political change, not climate change!" That was an apparent reference to President...

Thai leader dodges opposition questions over flawed oath

Sep. 18, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister came under fire Wednesday in parliamentary debate for having omitted a key phrase when taking his oath of office in July, but dodged opposition demands that he explain why he left it out. Prayuth Chan-ocha's failure to include a sentence swearing allegiance to the...

Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news

Sep. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Tuesday denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north. A statement by Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said that while no outbreak has been confirmed, road checkpoints...

The Latest: Nagasaki archbishop welcomes Francis' visit

Sep. 13, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Thailand and Japan in November (all times local): 3 p.m. Nagasaki Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, who heads the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, has welcomed Pope Francis' upcoming visit, saying he and others in the Japanese church have been...

Thai court declines to hear case of PM's incomplete oath

Sep. 11, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court announced Wednesday it has declined to hear a case accusing the country's prime minister of violating the constitution by omitting a sentence from the oath of office he and his government took before King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The issue raised questions about...

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,...