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A police officer tries to speak to a crowd at an anti-government gathering Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Hundreds rally against detention of Thai protest leaders

Aug. 8, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Thailand on Saturday, after police arrested two leading anti-government protest leaders in an apparent attempt to stifle growing political unrest. Around 800 demonstrators packed a concourse near a shopping mall in central Bangkok to hear speeches...

Pro-democracy activist and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampha talks to police at a police station, Friday, Aug, 7, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. The government cracked down on Friday with the arrests of some high profile members of the pro-democracy movement. Among them was  Arnon, who was arrested on charges of sedition and defying an emergency decree the government instituted months ago to try to control the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters threaten escalation as police make arrests

Aug. 7, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed Friday to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. Protest leaders warned that they will expand their activities if the government fails to meet their...

Police officer, 3 others shot dead at Thai gambling den

Aug. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Four people including a police major were killed in a shootout at an illegal gambling den in Thailand's capital, an official said Tuesday. Police who responded to a call about gunshots being fired at the venue in the southern part of Bangkok found the bodies of two women and two men,...

Spokesperson of the Office of the Attorney General Prayuth Bejraguna, left, talks to Director General of Department of Thonburi Criminal Litigation Poramate Intarachumnum during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. An Attorney General special committee suggested that the charge of causing death by reckless driving against Vorayuth

Thai prosecutors suggest drug charge against Red Bull scion

Aug. 4, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Facing renewed public outrage, prosecutors in Thailand said Tuesday that police should file drug charges against a scion of the Red Bull energy drink fortune in connection with the 2012 hit-and-run death of a police officer. An Office of the Attorney General committee also suggested that the...

ADB to lend Thailand $1.5 billion to aid virus response

Aug. 4, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Asian Development Bank announced Tuesday it will provide a $1.5 billion loan to Thailand to aid its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Thailand’s Cabinet approved the borrowing plan at its weekly meeting, deputy government spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek announced separately....

Thai court allows Cambodian class action against Thai firm

Jul. 31, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court ruled Friday that several hundred families in Cambodia who were displaced from their homes may file a class action suit against the Thai company they believe was responsible, a decision hailed as trailblazing by land rights activists. The Bangkok South Civil Court issued the...

Supporter of Thailand's monarchy lift a giant national flag during a gathering stating their concern over the country's pro-democracy movement which they feel besmirches the royal institution in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, July 30, 2020. The demonstration was held at Democracy Monument, a traditional venue for protests of all political stripes that in recent weeks has hosted several larger pro-democracy, anti-government protests organized by students. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Royalists in Thailand rally against pro-democracy protesters

Jul. 30, 2020 7:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hardcore supporters of Thailand’s monarchy held a small rally Thursday in the capital to express their concern over the country’s pro-democracy movement, which they feel besmirches the royal institution. Their demonstration was held at Bangkok's Democracy Monument, a...

FILE - In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Vorayuth

Thai PM orders probe into dropping of Red Bull scion's case

Jul. 29, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister responded Wednesday to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run accident eight years ago. The case involving...

FILE - In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Vorayuth

Charges dropped against Thai Red Bull heir in fatal crash

Jul. 24, 2020 6:23 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Prosecutors in Thailand have dropped all charges against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who was accused of killing a Bangkok police officer in a 2012 car crash, officials said Friday. Police Lt. Col. Thanawuth Sanguansuk confirmed that all charges against Vorayuth...

A Buddhist monk talks to media after putting the coffin of the infamous Si Ouey into an incinerator for cremation at Wat Bang Phraek Tai temple Nonthaburi province, Thailand, Thursday, July 23, 2020. The corpse of Si Ouey, a notorious figure who was convicted of murder in 1959 and accused of cannibalism, was put on museum display for six decades, but an online campaign last year was successful in having him be given a proper funeral. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai serial killer cremated after decades as museum display

Jul. 23, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — For decades, some Thai parents warned their naughty children that if they didn’t behave, Si Ouey would come eat their livers. If the threat of a ghostly visit from the executed child killer, long called a cannibal, proved ineffective, those children could always be taken...