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Monsoon rain may worsen floods in Thailand, Bangkok prepares

Sep. 27, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Seasonal monsoon rains may worsen flooding that has already badly affected about a third of Thailand, officials said Monday as flood gates and pumping stations were being used to reduce the potential damage. A tropical storm over the weekend swept through...

Concerned United Nations can only sidestep Myanmar crisis

Sep. 26, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In his speech last week to open the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations where "peace and stability remain a distant dream.” He declared unwavering support for the people of...

Thai campaign to vaccinate schoolchildren makes progress

Sep. 21, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in the Thai capital made headway Tuesday in their effort to vaccinate children against the coronavirus, giving shots of the Pfizer vaccine to students aged 12 to 18 with underlying diseases. Vaccinations for that age bracket were first...

Thailand urged not to deport trans woman charged in Malaysia

Sep. 20, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A human rights group urged Thailand not to deport a transgender businesswoman to her home country of Malaysia, where she is charged under Islamic laws for insulting Islam by cross-dressing. Malaysian police are seeking to extradite Nur...

Curry powder shortcuts savory beef skewers

Sep. 20, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

Across Southeast Asia, sidewalk hawkers offer sizzling meat skewers bathed in the smoky aroma of smoldering wood coals and a seemingly endless combination of savory sauces. n Thailand, they might be pork slathered in coconut cream, or in Singapore, they could be charred...

Idled Thai taxis go green with mini-gardens on car roofs

Sep. 16, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term “rooftop garden,” as they utilize the roofs of cabs idled by the coronavirus crisis to serve as small vegetable plots. Workers from two taxi cooperatives assembled the miniature gardens this...

China affirms UN peacekeeping role with multinational drills

Sep. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

QUESHAN, China (AP) — China has emphasized its role in United Nations peacekeeping operations with its hosting of multinational exercises that ended Wednesday. The 10 day-long drills in the central province of Henan featured around 1,000 troops from China, Mongolia,...

Report: Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warming

Sep. 15, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

Nearly every nation is coming up short — most of them far short — in their efforts to fight climate change, and the world is unlikely to hold warming to the internationally agreed-upon limit, according to a new scientific report. Only one nation — tiny The Gambia...

Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia

Sep. 13, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as...

Fire damages Thai nightclub popular with Indian tourists

Sep. 13, 2021 03:53 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A fire in Pattaya, the Thai seaside resort city southeast of Bangkok known for its racy nightlife, has badly damaged a large nightclub catering to Indian tourists, officials said Monday. There were no injuries or deaths in the Sunday night blaze, said...