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Thai pub owner charged in connection with deadly blaze

Aug. 08, 2022 04:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The owner of a music pub in eastern Thailand where a fire last week killed 15 people and injured more than three dozen others was released on bail when he was brought to court Monday to hear criminal charges against him. Pongsiri Panprasong, owner of the Mountain B...

14 die in fire at pub in Thailand, many critically injured

Aug. 05, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen people were killed and dozens badly injured when a fire broke out early Friday at a crowded music pub in eastern Thailand, police and rescue workers said. At least a dozen survivors were in critical condition. Videos on social media showed thick black smoke...

Pacific rim economies in doldrums, sapped by inflation, war

Aug. 05, 2022 06:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Economies in the Asia-Pacific are forecast to hit the doldrums this year as decades-high inflation and the war in Ukraine compound geopolitical uncertainties and the aftereffects of the pandemic. A report on Pacific Rim economies by the Asia Pacific Economic...

China stresses ties with Southeast Asia in Cambodia meeting

Aug. 04, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed his country's efforts to strengthen ties with Southeast Asian countries at a meeting Thursday with their foreign ministers, which came as Beijing seeks to expand its influence in the region. Wang's talks with top...

Myanmar charges Japanese journalist with spreading fake news

Aug. 04, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Japanese video journalist detained in Myanmar while covering a brief pro-democracy march has been charged with violating a law against spreading false or alarming news, the Southeast Asian country’s military government announced Thursday. Toru Kubota, a...

Asian shares, oil prices mostly higher after Fed rate hike

Jul. 28, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Thursday after the Federal Reserve ratcheted up its campaign against surging inflation by raising its key interest rate three-quarters of a point. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index slipped 0.6% to 20,554.09 after the...

Indonesia's leader invites Chinese counterpart to G20 summit

Jul. 26, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday formally invited Chinese leader Xi Jinping to the Group of 20 summit in Bali this fall, although it's unclear whether he would attend in person. The invitation came during a meeting in Beijing where the two discussed...

Myanmar executions of 4 activists spur global outrage

Jul. 26, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — International outrage over Myanmar's execution of four political prisoners intensified Tuesday with grassroots protests and strong condemnation from world governments, as well as fears the hangings could derail nascent attempts to bring an end to the violence and unrest that has...

Indonesia's Widodo to meet Xi on rare China trip before G20

Jul. 25, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was heading to Beijing on Monday for a rare visit by a foreign leader under China's strict COVID-19 protocols and ahead of what could be the first overseas trip by Chinese President Xi Jinping since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago....

Thai PM sails through last no-confidence vote ahead of polls

Jul. 23, 2022 00:30 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sailed through his fourth and final no-confidence vote in Parliament on Saturday with no surprises, ahead of a general election next year. The vote came after four days of debate targeting Prayuth and 10 of his Cabinet members...