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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...

A woman walks a depiction of a Rat with the words

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...

FILE- In this April 11, 2013 file photo, Thai soldiers examine the wreckage of a personnel carrier that was exploded after suspected insurgents detonated a roadside bomb in Pattani Province, southern Thailand . An intelligence-sharing agreement signed by the army chiefs of Thailand and Indonesia is unlikely to significantly help Thailand end a Muslim separatist insurgency in its deep south, analysts said Wednesday. More than 7,000 people have died since the insurgency flared up in 2004. (AP Photo/Sumeth Parnpetch, File)

Thai army chief signs intelligence pact with Indonesia

Jan. 15, 2020 8:15 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An intelligence-sharing agreement signed by the army chiefs of Thailand and Indonesia is unlikely to significantly help Thailand end a Muslim separatist insurgency in its deep south, analysts said Wednesday. More than 7,000 people have died since the insurgency flared up in 2004. The pact...

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...

In this image released by the Phattalung Rescue Organization, a base jumper is rescued after his parachute was caught on a rock's edge, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phattalung, Thailand. An Austrian base jumper, Johannes Grasser, 28, was rescued in southern the Thai province after being stuck on a near vertical cliff for hours when his parachute caught a rock’s edge, almost 200 meters (656 feet) above the around. (Phattalung Rescue Organization via AP)

Austrian BASE jumper rescued from side of Thai cliff

Jan. 13, 2020 8:14 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An Austrian BASE jumper was rescued in southern Thailand on Monday after being stuck for hours almost 200 meters (yards) above the ground when his parachute became snagged on the rocky side of a cliff. Nearby residents of Phattalung province spotted 28-year-old Johannes Grasser dangling by...

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. ...

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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...

Eggs from endangered sea turtle stolen from Thai beach

Jan. 6, 2020 9:07 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A community in southern Thailand has offered a reward for catching whoever stole dozens of unhatched eggs of an endangered turtle species. The Pacific Leatherback turtle eggs were stolen before dawn Sunday from a beach in the southern province of Phang-nga, said Pratom Rassamee, head of the...