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U.S., other APEC delegates walk out on Russian speaker

May. 21, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Delegates from the United States and four other nations staged a walkout Saturday when a representative from Russia began his opening remarks at a meeting of trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group in the Thai capital, officials said. A...

Bangkok governor election seen as national harbinger

May. 19, 2022 03:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Nine years after the last elections, and six years after the military government installed its governor, residents of the bustling Thai capital will finally cast their ballots Sunday for the city’s leader in a vote that could tip the balance in favor of the opposition ahead of an...

Thailand providing free cannabis plants for home cultivation

May. 11, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s public health minister, who has spearheaded the country’s drive to decriminalize cannabis, says the government will distribute 1 million of the plants free when most legal restrictions on production and possession of the drug are lifted next month. ...

Japan's Kishida holds talks with Thailand's leader

May. 02, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met Monday with his Thai counterpart, Prayuth Chan-ocha, for talks about economic, security and geopolitical issues, including political upheaval in Myanmar and Russia’s war in Ukraine. The two leaders also oversaw the signing...

Thailand ends mandatory quarantine for vaccinated visitors

Apr. 22, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Visitors to Thailand who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will no longer need to undergo any test or quarantine on arrival starting May 1, a measure the authorities hope will help rejuvenate the country’s lucrative tourism industry. “Many countries...

Thai progressive leader indicted on charge of defaming king

Apr. 12, 2022 04:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A popular leader of Thailand’s progressive political movement has vowed to continue his activities despite being indicted on charges of defaming the king and violating a law on online activity which carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison. Thanathorn...

Thai and Malaysia leaders discuss insurgency, Myanmar crisis

Feb. 25, 2022 10:19 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob met with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday in the first official visit of a foreign leader to Thailand since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The two leaders reviewed an honor guard outside Prayuth’s...