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Aussie doctors bestowed Thai royal honors for cave rescue

Apr. 19, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Australian doctors were given royal honors in Thailand on Friday for helping rescue a boys soccer team from a flooded cave and said they are looking forward to a reunion with the youngsters they helped save. Richard Harris and Craig Challen were given the award at a ceremony presided...

Thai minister says envoys breached diplomatic etiquette

Apr. 9, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's foreign minister said Tuesday that he will summon representatives from the embassies of the European Union and the United States to discuss why he believes they breached diplomatic etiquette by observing a Thai politician being charged with sedition by police. Foreign Minister Don...

Leader of new Thai political party charged with sedition

Apr. 6, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of a popular new Thai political party that ran a strong third in last month's general election was formally charged with sedition on Saturday and expressed concern that he is to be tried in a military court. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was greeted by hundreds of supporters...

Thai junta files sedition complaint against new party leader

Apr. 3, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling military junta has filed a complaint accusing the leader of a popular new political party of sedition and aiding criminals, a move he described as politically motivated. The party, Future Forward, ran a strong third in elections last month that were also contested by a...

Thai army chief sends warning to critics of the monarchy

Apr. 2, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's influential army chief warned Tuesday that the military will fight any moves that threaten the country's system of constitutional monarchy with the king as head of state, in an apparent threat directed at supporters of a new anti-junta party. "The army does the army's duty, which...

Air is so dirty in northern Thailand, leader flies to see it

Apr. 2, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The air hanging over Thailand's far north has become so polluted, the prime minister went Tuesday to see in person what is being called a severe health crisis. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived by helicopter at an army base in Chiang Mai, a popular tourist destination...

Analysis: Thai polls show divisions and instability remain

Apr. 2, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader looks set to return as prime minister after a general election stacked heavily in his favor, but the process reveals that more than a decade's polarization in Thai politics is as strong as ever. Rather than ensuring stability, the sharply divided vote almost...

Car of Thai anti-junta activist torched after protest rally

Apr. 1, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An activist opposed to military rule in Thailand says his car was set on fire and gutted early Monday, just hours after he attended a rally protesting the Election Commission's alleged mismanagement of the March 24 general election. Ekachai Hongkangwan has been the repeated target of...

Thai king strips fugitive ex-PM Thaksin of royal decorations

Mar. 30, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king has stripped fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his royal decorations, citing his 2008 flight to escape serving a two-year prison term on a conflict of interest conviction and other legal cases against him. Thai media reported that the royal command from...

Thai Election Commission blames software for counting errors

Mar. 29, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission said that computer software was partly to blame for inconsistent and delayed vote totals from last Sunday's general election. During early reporting of the election results, its tabulation software had trouble handling data entered simultaneously from several...