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Rare twin elephants in Thailand receive monks' blessings a week after their tumultuous birth

Jun. 14, 2024 11:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Buddhist monks in Thailand on Friday blessed twin baby elephants, one male and the other female, a week after their rare birth came close to being a tragedy. Their mother, Chamchuri, gave birth to the pair on the night of June 7 at a camp in Thailand’s ancient...

Chinese soccer fans are pouring money into a food stall run by Singapore's goalkeeper. Here's why

Jun. 14, 2024 07:42 AM EDT

Chinese soccer fans have poured their love — and money — into a Singaporean goalkeeper’s food stall after his performance in a game this week indirectly helped China advance to the third qualifying round for the World Cup in 2026. Hassan Sunny, a 40-year-old goalkeeper on the...

Rights groups urge Thailand not to extradite Vietnamese activist, saying he's at risk if sent home

Jun. 13, 2024 06:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Human rights groups urged Thailand on Thursday not to extradite a Vietnamese activist detained in Bangkok, saying he could be at risk if handed back to Vietnam. Y Quynh Bdap, who had United Nations refugee status in Thailand, was picked up by local police on Tuesday,...

Fire at Thailand's famous Chatuchak Weekend Market kills hundreds of caged animals

Jun. 11, 2024 03:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of caged animals died Tuesday after a fire struck Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most famous markets in Thailand’s capital. The fire was reported early in the morning and quickly swept across more than 100 shops in the market's pet section, according...

Singapore Airlines offers compensation to passengers on flight that hit extreme turbulence

Jun. 11, 2024 00:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore Airlines said Tuesday it has offered compensation to passengers of a flight that hit extreme turbulence last month, in a rare case that killed one passenger and injured dozens. The Being 777 jet, carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew from...

Thailand's progressive Move Forward party braces for court case that might dissolve it

Jun. 09, 2024 01:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The former leader of Thailand’s progressive opposition Move Forward party vowed on Sunday to keep fighting as the party faces a court case that could result in its dissolution. The Constitutional Court has agreed to rule on whether the party violated the...

Indonesia is to deport a fugitive to Thailand who is wanted on murder and drug trafficking charges

Jun. 03, 2024 00:57 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One of Thailand's most wanted fugitives will be escorted home on a Thai air force plane after being arrested on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali following months on the run in connection with several killings and drug trafficking charges in his homeland, officials...

After a quarter century, Thailand's LGBTQ Pride Parade is seen as a popular and political success

Jun. 01, 2024 17:16 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand kicked off its celebration of the LGBTQ+ community’s Pride Month with a parade Saturday, as the country is on course to become the first nation in Southeast Asia to legalize marriage equality. The annual Bangkok Pride Parade Can filled one side of a major...

Police break up a network that illegally helped foreigners stay in Thailand, arresting dozens

May. 31, 2024 06:04 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have broken up a large network that illegally helped foreigners, mostly Russians, to stay in Thailand long-term through the use of company nominees or shell companies, officials said Friday. Police said a 45-year-old Russian woman who came to Thailand in...

Authorities arrest man allegedly running 'likely world's largest ever' cybercrime botnet

May. 29, 2024 20:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An international law enforcement team has arrested a Chinese national and disrupted a major botnet that officials said he ran for nearly a decade, amassing at least $99 million in profits by reselling access to criminals who used it for identity theft, child exploitation, and...