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FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, file image made from a security camera video and provided by Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division, shows a person alleged to have shot dead people at a gold shop robbery in a mall in Thailand's central province of Lopburi. Thai police have arrested a man on suspicion of a ruthless triple killing, including that of a toddler, during a gold shop robbery earlier this month that shocked the country.  Local media reported the suspect was the director of a primary school. (Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division via AP, File)

School headmaster charged in fatal gold robbery in Thailand

Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An elementary school headmaster said Thursday he planned a gold shop robbery in Thailand due to personal and financial problems and apologized to the families of the three people who were killed. A 2-year-old boy was among the victims of the shooting earlier this month that caused public...

South Korea, Saudi Arabia qualify for men's Olympic soccer

Jan. 22, 2020 11:07 AM EST

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — South Korea and Saudi Arabia both qualified for the men's Olympic soccer tournament after winning games on Wednesday. South Korea beat Australia 2-0 and Saudi Arabia defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the semifinals of the Asian Under-23 championship in Thailand. The final is Sunday in...

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, file image made from a security camera video and provided by Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division, shows a person alleged to have shot dead people at a gold shop robbery in a mall in Thailand's central province of Lopburi. Thai police have arrested a man on suspicion of a ruthless triple killing, including that of a toddler, during a gold shop robbery earlier this month that shocked the country.  Local media reported the suspect was the director of a primary school. (Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division via AP, File)

Thai police arrest suspect in robbery that killed toddler

Jan. 22, 2020 3:38 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested a man on suspicion of ruthlessly killing three people, including a toddler, during a gold shop robbery that shocked the country. Local media said the suspect is the director of a primary school. It was unclear when he was arrested. Thai TV stations on...

Thailand's Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit gestures to supporters at the party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Thailand's Constitutional Court acquitted the country's third-biggest political party of seeking the overthrow of the country's constitutional monarchy. The court ruled Tuesday that the Future Forward Party showed no intention of committing the offense, and that the complaint had not been filed according to the correct legal procedure. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai court acquits opposition party of sedition charge

Jan. 21, 2020 5:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court on Tuesday acquitted the country's third-largest political party of seeking to overthrow the constitutional monarchy in another legal case highlighting political divisions in the Southeast Asian nation. The court ruled that the Future Forward Party showed no...

A thick layer of smog covers central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Thick haze blanketed the Thai capital on Monday sending air pollution levels soaring to 89 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5 particles in some areas, according to the Pollution Control Department. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Unhealthy levels of smog choke Thai capital for over a week

Jan. 20, 2020 7:54 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Unhealthy levels of smog have choked Bangkok for more than a week, as the Thai capital's residents fume over the ineffectiveness of government measures to combat the problem. As thick haze blanketed the city on Monday, pollution levels soared to 95 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5...

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, right and Queen Suthida, review the royal guard during Armed Forces Day  at Adisorn military camp's Cavalry Centre at Saraburi province central Thailand, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Thailand's king has presided over an oath-taking ceremony at an army base where almost 7,000 soldiers and police paraded to mark Armed Forces Day. The king's presence at Saturday's ceremony was unusual,  as Thai monarchs have rarely, if ever, attended the occasion, even though the royal palace and the military are closely linked. (AP Photo/Thanis Sudto)

Thai military holds ceremony to swear allegiance to king

Jan. 18, 2020 8:04 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king presided over an oath-taking ceremony Saturday at an army base where almost 7,000 soldiers and police paraded to mark Armed Forces Day. King Maha Vajiralongkorn's presence at the ceremony was unusual, as Thai monarchs have rarely, if ever, attended the occasion, even though...

A traveler wears a facemask as she stands near the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. A second person has died from a new form of coronavirus in central China, health authorities said late Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China reports 2nd death from virus behind pneumonia outbreak

Jan. 17, 2020 1:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A second person has died from a new coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of pneumonia in central China, health authorities said. A 69-year-old man surnamed Xiong fell ill with the respiratory condition on Dec. 31, according to a statement late Thursday from the Wuhan Municipal Health...

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China-US trade deal a blip in seismic shifts of Asian trade

Jan. 16, 2020 6:55 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The trade agreement signed by President Donald Trump and Beijing's lead trade envoy comes amid seismic shifts in supply chains and investment hastened by the tariff war that began in 2018. For Thailand, that's meant some fallout from reduced demand for certain products but increased exports...

Wong Ka-hing, the Controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health holds a Wuhan Municipal Health Commission press statement of the new type of coronavirus, during a press conference at the Health Department in Hong Kong, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Health authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan are reporting the first death from a new type of coronavirus. The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported Saturday that seven other people are in critical condition. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China

Jan. 13, 2020 11:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese visitor to Thailand has been confirmed to be infected with a new strain of coronavirus that has been linked to a pneumonia outbreak in central China, health officials said Monday. The U.N.'s World Health Organization said Thai officials have reported that a traveler from the...

FILE - In this June 12, 2006, file photo, Bangkok traffic police officer holds back traffic as a royal motorcade passes by in Bangkok Monday, June 12, 2006. Thailand's king has directed police to reduce the blockage of traffic during royal motorcades. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, FIle)

Thailand eases royal motorcade rules to unblock traffic

Jan. 13, 2020 5:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king has directed police to reduce the closure of roads during royal motorcades. The commander of the Traffic Police Division said Monday that the new rules issued by King Maha Vajiralongkorn to ease traffic congestion have been tested in the capital, Bangkok, since October. ...