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Thai chain's cannabis pizza: trendy but won't get you high

Nov. 26, 2021 01:35 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — One of Thailand’s major fast food chains has been promoting its “Crazy Happy Pizza” this month, an under-the-radar product topped with a cannabis leaf. It’s legal but won’t get you high. Veterans of the backpacker trail, familiar with the...

Thailand's festival honoring rivers also pollutes them

Nov. 20, 2021 03:44 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thais flocked to rivers and lakes on Friday evening to release small floats adorned with flowers and candles in an annual festival honoring the goddess of water, with thousands of the tiny boats ending up clogging and polluting the country’s waterways. ...

3 injured as Thai protesters rally for reform of monarchy

Nov. 14, 2021 12:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Three pro-democracy activists were injured during a rally in Bangkok on Sunday that criticized a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court that said the protesters’ demands for reform of the monarchy were tantamount to attempts to overthrow the system of government. ...

Thai police colonel, 6 others charged with killing suspect

Nov. 03, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai police colonel, dubbed “Jo Ferrari” for his extravagant collection of cars, and six other officers were charged Wednesday with murder for allegedly killing a suspected drug dealer while trying to extort him for money, authorities said. Col....

Australia, Thailand reopen borders after lengthy lockdowns

Nov. 01, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney’s international airport came alive with tears, embraces and laughter on Monday as Australia opened its border for the first time in 20 months, with some arriving travelers removing mandatory masks to see the faces of loved ones they’ve been separated...

Thais launch campaign for repeal of royal defamation law

Oct. 31, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Thailand on Sunday announced a campaign to gather 1 million signatures to support the abolition of the law that makes defaming the monarchy a crime. About 3,000 people turned out in central Bangkok for a rally urging the end of...

Party close to Thai ex-PM Thaksin names his daughter adviser

Oct. 28, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The youngest daughter of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose ouster by a military coup in 2006 triggered years of political instability, has taken a post with a party closely associated with her father. Thailand’s largest opposition...

Thai police: Woman cut rope holding painters 26 floors high

Oct. 27, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A resident of a high-rise condominium in Thailand cut the support rope for two painters, apparently angry she wasn't told they would be doing work, and left them hanging above the 26th floor until a couple rescued them, police said Wednesday. The woman...

Thailand easing tourist quarantine rules in November

Oct. 22, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is accelerating plans to reopen the country to foreign tourists, slashing mandatory quarantines beginning Nov. 1 for fully vaccinated visitors arriving by air from 46 countries and territories, officials announced Friday. The Center for COVID-19...

Thailand hit with more flooding amid heavy rains

Oct. 18, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Heavy rains in central and northeastern Thailand caused new flooding on Monday, with authorities forced to release water into an already swollen river after a reservoir reached full capacity, and others facing the same possibility. Authorities in the...