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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...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends a group photo with his cabinet members at the government house in Bangkok. On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, Prayuth reshuffled his Cabinet, with an experienced banker taking over the post of finance minister.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Cabinet reshuffle in Thailand installs new economic team

Aug. 6, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has reshuffled his Cabinet, with an experienced banker taking over the post of finance minister. The names of seven people appointed to eight Cabinet positions were published Thursday in the Royal Gazette, making them official. Four appointments fill...

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...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, bottles of extracted cannabis oil are displayed during a press conference at Thailand's Health Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Thai Cabinet approves draft law expanding access to cannabis

Aug. 4, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. Deputy government spokeswoman Trisulee Trisaranakul said Public Health Minister...

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....

1 dead, 4 missing after ferry sinks off Thai island of Samui

Aug. 2, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A ferry sank off the Thai island of Koh Samui, leaving at least one person dead and four others missing, officials said Sunday. The ferry was carrying 12 crew members and four passengers when it sank in stormy conditions Saturday night after leaving Koh Samui's port, according to a statement...

In this photo made Thursday, July 23, 2020, an upper deck view of the new Texas Rangers home baseball stadium named Globe Life Field is seen in Arlington, Texas. The Texas Rangers' new stadium isn't retro and designers wanted the first next-generation ballpark. There is the full-panel retractable roof, the split seating levels offering full views of the ballpark with plenty of natural light. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Latest: Duke says 25 returning athletes test positive

Jul. 31, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Duke says that 25 athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary practice, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school announced the results Friday...

A stock trader, left, adjusts his mask as he enters the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 30, 2020.  Strong gains for Big Tech stocks are helping to prop up Wall Street in early Friday trading following blowout profit reports from some of the market’s most influential companies.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Tech giants lead gains as S&P 500 closes 4th winning month

Jul. 31, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Big Tech continues to steamroll through the pandemic, and strong gains for some of the market’s most influential companies on Friday helped Wall Street close out its fourth straight winning month. The S&P 500 rose 24.90 points, or 0.8%, to 3,271.12 following blowout profit...

An elephant crosses the road in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Animals have had the country's world-famous wildlife parks to themselves because of lockdown rules that barred international tourists and made it illegal for South Africans to travel between provinces for vacations. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Sleepy lions, empty bars, lost jobs: A world without tourism

Jul. 31, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead. ...