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Thai party challenging army rule holds first Bangkok rally

Feb. 15, 2019 11:14 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The political party seen as the main challenger to military-dominated government in Thailand held its first rally in the capital on Friday, as campaigning heats up for the first election since a 2014 military coup. Several thousand Pheu Thai party supporters gathered outside Bangkok's city...

Thai party that nominated princess faces court decision

Feb. 14, 2019 6:41 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court said Thursday that it will decide whether to dissolve a political party that broke tradition by nominating a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister in next month's general election. The Constitutional Court made the announcement a day after the Election...

Thai party fighting for survival after princess's nomination

Feb. 13, 2019 8:31 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai political party that took the unprecedented and ultimately unsuccessful step of nominating a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister was fighting for its political life Wednesday, while the princess herself appeared to criticize the fallout. The country's...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

Feb. 12, 2019 7:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were waiting...

Thai polls regulator heeds king, blocks princess' candidacy

Feb. 11, 2019 11:51 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission on Monday disqualified the sister of the country's king from becoming a candidate for prime minister in next month's general election, saying all royals have to be above politics and the monarchy must remain politically neutral. The commission's decision came...

Bahrain refugee soccer player freed by Thailand, heads home

Feb. 11, 2019 1:03 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A refugee soccer player was freed by Thailand and left on a flight to Australia early Tuesday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that has drawn worldwide attention. Thailand had come under great pressure from Australia's government,...

Thailand puzzles over political surprises from royals

Feb. 9, 2019 7:35 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai political party swore loyalty to the king after its stunning decision to nominate the monarch's sister as its candidate for prime minister backfired when the king called the move inappropriate and unconstitutional. The statement of fealty comes as the country ponders a whirlwind...

Thai princess' political bid sunk by her brother, the king

Feb. 8, 2019 3:16 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's chaotic politics took two astonishing turns Friday when the sister of the king made a historic bid to become prime minister, only to have him shut down her effort as "inappropriate" because it violated tradition and the constitution, which keep the monarchy from getting involved...

Royals' roles in politics vary, but few join electoral fray

Feb. 8, 2019 12:54 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An order by Thailand's king that quashed a bid by his older sister to run for prime minister illustrates the sensitivity of royal involvement in politics in many nations. Most but not all modern monarchies steer clear of direct involvement in electoral politics or governing. Here is a look...

The Latest: Thai king vetoes sister's election candidacy

Feb. 8, 2019 12:19 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Thai princess's decision to run for prime minister (all times local): 11 p.m. Thailand's king has issued an order stating that no member of the royal family should be involved in politics, quashing a bid by his older sister to run for prime minister in next month's elections....