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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. ...

Supporters of the anti-military Future Forward Party participate in a run dubbed as

Thousands run against 'dictatorship' in Thai capital

Jan. 12, 2020 2:48 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters took part in the “Run Against Dictatorship” in the Thai capital Sunday in the biggest political demonstration in years. Organizers said more than 13,000 people turned up for the run at a park, demanding that Prime Minister Prayuth...

This Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, 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 were hunting Friday, Jan. 10, for a masked assailant who went on a shooting spree at a shopping mall, killing three people and wounding others as he robbed a jewelry store. (Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division via AP)

Gunman kills 3, including toddler, in Thailand mall robbery

Jan. 10, 2020 6:01 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police were hunting Friday for a masked assailant who went on a shooting spree at a shopping mall, killing three people, including a 2-year-old boy, and wounding four others as he robbed a jewelry store. Security camera footage from the Thursday night spree at a Robinson mall in Lopburi...

A doctor show containers of cannabis oil at the first full-time clinic prescribing cannabis oil for medical treatment in the Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi province, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The opening of the clinic is another step forward in the government's policy of promoting the licensed medical use of marijuana products to relieve the symptoms of a range of conditions. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand launches full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil

Jan. 6, 2020 5:06 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand on Monday opened its first two full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil for medical treatment, a step forward in the government's policy of promoting the licensed use of marijuana products to relieve the symptoms of a range of ailments. About 400 patients, many of...

Thai officials say prison cameras were hacked, broadcast

Dec. 25, 2019 5:57 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand say they are investigating an apparent online break-in by a computer hacker that allowed him to broadcast surveillance video from inside a prison in the country's south. Thai media reported that the video was broadcast live on YouTube for several hours Tuesday by an...

Thai reporter gets jail in libel case filed by poultry farm

Dec. 24, 2019 10:26 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a reporter to two years in prison for criminal libel for a comment she tweeted about a labor abuse grievance at a poultry farm. The case against Suchanee Cloitre, then working for Voice TV, is one of 20 lawsuits launched by Thammakaset Co. against 25...