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Thai court affirms defamation judgment against UK activist

May. 22, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An appeals court in Thailand on Wednesday upheld a 10 million baht ($313,000) judgment against a British activist who was sued by a fruit canning company whose workers complained of alleged labor abuses. The case was one of several highlighting the ability of corporations to harass labor...

Thai police summon activists to hear sedition charges

May. 22, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thirteen Thai political activists appeared at a Bangkok police station Wednesday to answer a summons on sedition charges that critics say are part of a plan to remove a rising progressive politician from the political scene. The action came on the fifth anniversary of a military coup that...

Thailand's oldest political party chooses new leader

May. 15, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's oldest political party chose an experienced insider as its new leader Wednesday following an abysmal performance in recent elections that led to the resignation of its previous chief. The Democrat Party voted for Jurin Laksanawisit to succeed Abhisit Vejjajiva, a former prime...

Thai exile's parents seek information on his disappearance

May. 13, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The parents of a self-exiled Thai activist who disappeared after reportedly being extradited from Vietnam visited government offices and diplomatic missions in Bangkok on Monday to seek information about his fate. Siam Theerawut is one of three exiles about whom human rights groups have...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

May. 10, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw She Oo walk out of Myanmar prison after 511 days in detention on charges of illegally possessing official documents for a story they wrote about a massacre of Rohingya Muslims by government forces. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Kashmiri Muslims offer...

Official Thai election results favor anti-military party

May. 7, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission on Tuesday officially endorsed results from the country's March 24 general election, declaring that the Pheu Thai party associated with fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra topped the field by winning 136 constituencies. The commission said the...

Elephants kneel in ritual tribute to Thailand's new king

May. 7, 2019 4:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Eleven white-painted elephants, their tusks garlanded, gathered with their handlers before Bangkok's Grand Palace on Tuesday to pay respects to Thailand's newly crowned king. Hundreds of mahouts, or handlers, dressed in royal yellow sang the royal anthem and kneeled with their elephants...

Newly crowned Thai king hopes for unity, prosperity

May. 6, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn told thousands of cheering people gathered outside Bangkok's Grand Palace on Monday that he was grateful for their good wishes and believed they were a sign everyone would work together for the country's prosperity. Vajiralongkorn became king...

Newly crowned Thai king carried in spectacular procession

May. 5, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen Sunday, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a procession through Bangkok's historic quarter. Hundreds of other soldiers marched in front,...

Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power

May. 4, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned amid the splendor of the country's Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy's power after the...