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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...

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...

Thai king strips fugitive ex-PM Thaksin of royal decorations

Mar. 30, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king has stripped fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his royal decorations, citing his 2008 flight to escape serving a two-year prison term on a conflict of interest conviction and other legal cases against him. Thai media reported that the royal command from...

Thai parties jostle for power after 1st election since coup

Mar. 25, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The two top parties began angling for the upper hand in forming a new government in Thailand on Monday after partial results showed no group won a majority of seats in the country's first national election since a 2014 military coup. One outcome: many accusations of cheating in Sunday's...

Military-backed party leads Thailand's post-coup election

Mar. 24, 2019 11:05 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power, helped by an electoral system tilted in the military's favor. With 93 percent of votes...

Dubai denies there were plans for R. Kelly concert

Mar. 24, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B singer R. Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel here despite facing sexual-abuse charges. In a rare statement, the...

Timeline: Key events since Thailand's last general election

Mar. 23, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Sunday held its first general election since the military ousted the elected government in a coup nearly five years ago. Thailand has a long history of cycling through elected governments that are then ousted by the army, which in time allows fresh elections. Here's a look the...

Thailand's new government could be unstable, short-lived

Mar. 23, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's election Sunday is likely to produce a weak, unstable government whether it's a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new phase of uncertainty in a country that's a U.S. ally in Southeast Asia and one of the world's top tourist...

Exiled Thai leader is father of the bride ahead of election

Mar. 22, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thailand's exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra won't know until Sunday whether people in his homeland are still fans of his politics, but he was happy as he hosted a wedding reception in Hong Kong for his youngest daughter. Though ostensibly a family affair with a raft of VIP...