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Thai court blocks anti-junta politician from joining House

May. 23, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday blocked the leader of a new anti-junta political party from taking his seat in Parliament while it determines whether he violated election rules. The ruling against Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is likely to increase political tensions in...

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...

World markets subdued amid trade uncertainty

May. 22, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets were subdued Wednesday as investors monitored developments in the U.S.-China trade war and looked ahead to the release of minutes to the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting. After a day of modest gains in Asia, Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.5% to 7,362, while the DAX...

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...

World shares mixed with no easing of China-US trade dispute

May. 20, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares declined in Europe on Monday after a mixed day in Asia in the absence of positive updates on the trade standoff between the U.S. and China. Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.7% at 7,297.67 while Germany's DAX declined 1.2% to 12,091.38. The CAC 40 in France shed 1.2% to 5,374.14. Wall Street...

Asian shares mixed; election results buoy India, Australia

May. 20, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday, with India and Australia leading gains for the region following elections that looked set to keep incumbents in office. Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.3% to 21,343.09 after the government reported Monday that the economy grew at a...

Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard has 2019 PGA's only hole-in-one

May. 19, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Lucas Bjerregaard (BEER'-gard) and playing partner Lucas Glover did the old 1-2 on No. 17 at Bethpage Black in the final round of the PGA Championship. Bjerregaard, a 27-year-old Dane, made the first hole-in-one in the tournament on Sunday, one-bouncing a 6-iron into the cup on the...

Garcia, Stricker miss the cut at the PGA Championship

May. 17, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods wasn't the only prominent player to miss the cut at the PGA Championship. Bethpage Black also claimed Sergio Garcia; Steve Stricker, who had not missed a cut in a major since the 2009 PGA Championship; Jon Rahm; Bryson DeChambeau; Jim Furyk; Bubba Watson; Ian Poulter;...

Gay couples plan mass weddings after Taiwan legalizes unions

May. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Legislators pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organizations...

Thailand's Jazz makes music with 68 at PGA Championship

May. 17, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Jazz man from Thailand made some music at the PGA Championship on Friday, and it was really good. So remember this name: Jazz Janewattananond. He is a 23-year-old playing in his first PGA Championship. He has shot rounds of 70 and 68 and his 2 under total has him on the...