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How Thailand's Thaksin Shinawatra went from prime minister to fugitive abroad and back home again

Feb. 19, 2024 09:04 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thaksin Shinawatra, the billionaire former prime minister of Thailand, made a dramatic return home after more than a decade of self-imposed exile. He was detained in a hospital for six months and on Sunday, Thaksin was released on parole for corruption-related...

Thai ex-Prime Minister Thaksin, just freed from detention, may still face a royal defamation charge

Feb. 19, 2024 03:15 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai prosecutors said Monday that further investigation is needed to decide whether to bring former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to trial for defaming the monarchy, just a day after he was freed from a prison sentence on other charges he was serving in a hospital. ...

Thai ex-Prime Minister Thaksin is free on parole, but can he restore his old political luster?

Feb. 18, 2024 23:32 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the Southeast Asian nation’s most controversial politician for more than two decades, was released on parole early Sunday from a Bangkok hospital where he spent six months serving time for corruption-related offenses. ...

GOP candidates elevate anti-transgender messaging as a rallying call to Christian conservatives

Feb. 18, 2024 12:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Thousands of people in one of South Carolina’s most conservative counties roared when Donald Trump promised to cut federal funding on “Day 1” for schools pushing what he called “transgender insanity” onto children. “And I can’t even believe I...

UK voters deliver double blow to Rishi Sunak, electing Labour lawmakers in two special elections

Feb. 16, 2024 10:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Beleaguered British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Friday urged voters, and his restless party, to stick with him after two English districts elected opposition-party lawmakers in seats that Sunak’s Conservatives had held for years. The results will worsen fears...

Special counsel who questioned Biden's memory to testify at House hearing

Feb. 15, 2024 18:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to keep a spotlight on President Joe Biden's age, House Republicans will hold a public hearing next month with the Justice Department special counsel who found evidence that the president had mishandled classified information when he was out of office but who also...

South Carolina House approves Sunday liquor sales, potentially lifting another religious restriction

Feb. 15, 2024 14:19 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has given key approval to a bill allowing liquor stores to stay open on Sundays for a few hours if their local governments allow it. Supporters said it is time to update antiquated, centuries-old rules based on religion that designated...

Voters in two UK special elections deliver their verdict as gloom mounts for Sunak's government

Feb. 15, 2024 09:03 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Voters in two districts of England are casting ballots Thursday to replace lawmakers who left suddenly – one in protest, the other under a cloud. The outcome could deepen gloom among the governing Conservatives, and add momentum to rivals plotting against Prime...

Voters choose new Georgia state senator as runoff set in state House race

Feb. 13, 2024 22:46 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Voters in west Georgia chose a former state House member as their new state senator on Tuesday, while a race in a state House seat near Augusta is headed for a March 12 runoff. In state Senate District 30, Republican Tim Bearden of Carrollton won the majority of...

Trump's pick to lead the RNC is facing skepticism from some Republicans

Feb. 13, 2024 20:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In pushing Michael Whatley as the next leader of the Republican National Committee, Donald Trump zeroed in on the North Carolina GOP chairman's dedication to “election integrity," baselessly suggesting he would ensure the 2024 race “can't be stolen.” Some of...