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Gay couples plan mass weddings after Taiwan legalizes unions

May. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Legislators pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organizations...

Thai election body advises disqualifying major party leader

May. 16, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission recommended Thursday that the leader of major political party opposed to military rule be barred from taking his seat in the soon-to-be-convened parliament because he is accused of violating electoral rules. The commission announced that evidence showed that...

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...

Student who shared BBC story about Thai king freed from jail

May. 10, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A student activist who was imprisoned for sharing a BBC article about Thailand's king on Facebook was released Friday under a royal pardon. Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, also known as Pai Dao Din, was sentenced in August 2017 to 2 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty on charges of...

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...

Official Thai election results favor anti-military party

May. 7, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission on Tuesday officially endorsed results from the country's March 24 general election, declaring that the Pheu Thai party associated with fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra topped the field by winning 136 constituencies. The commission said the...

Netflix announces deal for film about Thailand's cave boys

May. 1, 2019 1:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Netflix is joining with the production company for the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" to make a film about last July's dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks. Netflix and SK Global Entertainment said they...

Thai Election Commission to investigate popular politician

Apr. 23, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's state Election Commission has agreed to investigate whether the leader of a popular new political party that ran a strong third in last month's general election may not have been qualified to run as a candidate. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the progressive Future...