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Thai PM sails through last no-confidence vote ahead of polls

Jul. 23, 2022 00:30 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sailed through his fourth and final no-confidence vote in Parliament on Saturday with no surprises, ahead of a general election next year. The vote came after four days of debate targeting Prayuth and 10 of his Cabinet members...

Thai lawmakers begin no-confidence debate against PM

Jul. 19, 2022 05:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai lawmakers began debate Tuesday on the fourth and final no-confidence vote targeting Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government before its four-year term ends next year. With general elections due in March, the government faces its last no-confidence vote...

Blinken hits at ASEAN for lack of pressure on Myanmar

Jul. 10, 2022 06:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is criticizing Southeast Asian nations for not doing enough to press Myanmar’s military government to return the country to the path of democracy following last year's power seizure. But as Blinken lamented the lack of...

Thailand says Myanmar apologized for airspace violation

Jul. 01, 2022 01:12 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand said Friday that neighboring Myanmar has apologized after one of its fighter jets crossed into Thai airspace on a bombing run along the border, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of schoolchildren and scramble air force jets to the area. Prime Minister...

US Defense Secretary Austin meets Thai leader to boost ties

Jun. 13, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Thailand’s prime minister on Monday as part of an effort to strengthen what Austin says is Washington’s “unparalleled network of alliances and partnerships" in the region. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is...

Plant giveaway promotes Thailand's medical marijuana sector

Jun. 10, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s health minister kicked off a marijuana giveaway Friday, handing out the first 100 seedlings of a planned distribution of 1 million plants a day after the country legalized cultivation and possession of the drug. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who...

Thailand makes marijuana legal, but smoking discouraged

Jun. 09, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand made it legal to cultivate and possess marijuana as of Thursday, like a dream come true for an aging generation of pot smokers who recall the kick delivered by the legendary Thai Stick variety. The public health minister's plan to distribute 1 million...

China, Cambodia breaking ground on joint port project

Jun. 07, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia denied again Tuesday that it will allow any Chinese military presence at a port where it and China are beginning an expansion this week that has prompted concern in the United States and elsewhere that it will be used by Beijing as a naval outpost on the Gulf...

Thailand urged to let UN evaluate refugee status of Rohingya

Jun. 07, 2022 03:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of ethnic Rohingya left on a Thai island after a dangerous boat journey from Bangladesh should be given help and the opportunity to determine if they are refugees, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The mostly Muslim Rohingya have long been persecuted in...

Thai leader: Asia is gaining strategic, economic importance

May. 26, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thursday that a new U.S.-backed economic pact is further proof of how important and relevant Asia is today. “Asia is still expanding and gaining more influence in terms of strategic and economic importance,” Prayuth said....