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Thailand to set up center to combat 'fake news'

Aug. 21, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Wednesday announced a plan to set up a center to combat unverified news on social media platforms, rejecting concerns that it might be used to suppress free speech. The planned center's goal would be to fight all kinds of fake news, with a focus on misinformation...

Thai court approves continued detention of 2 bomb suspects

Aug. 15, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Thursday extended the detention of two suspects accused of planting two small bombs in front of police headquarters in Bangkok while Southeast Asian foreign ministers were meeting nearby. The two men were arrested as they traveled south just hours after the devices...

Thai court acquits Red Shirts of terrorism for 2010 protests

Aug. 14, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday dismissed terrorism and other charges against 24 leaders of an extended street protest in 2010 that saw key areas of central Bangkok closed off and random violence that was ended by military force. The Bangkok Criminal Court ruled that the two-month protest...

Thai prime minister not quitting for botching oath

Aug. 9, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Friday he is not quitting despite facing mounting criticism for failing to properly take his oath of office. Prayuth led the inauguration of his Cabinet in a ceremony presided over by the king on July 16. However, he omitted a phrase in the oath of...

Thailand mum on Serbia making fugitive ex-PM a citizen

Aug. 9, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's foreign ministry had no immediate reaction Friday to reports that the country's former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been granted Serbian citizenship, joining her brother as a fugitive globe-trotting Thai with foreign nationality. Serbia's state news agency Tanjug...

Thailand's fugitive ex-premier gets Serbian citizenship

Aug. 8, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was sentenced in Thailand to five years in prison on graft-related charges, has received Serbian citizenship. State news agency Tanjug reported Thursday that the Serbian government granted her the citizenship "because it...

Thai health ministry receives cannabis oil for medical use

Aug. 7, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's health ministry received its first batch of legal medical marijuana Wednesday to be distributed in state-run hospitals. Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul presided over the ceremonial handing over of 4,500 5 milliliter bottles of extracted cannabis oil from the Government...

Thai official links Bangkok bombings to troubled south

Aug. 6, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An official in Thailand has linked groups from the country's troubled south to small bombings last week in Bangkok as it hosted a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers. Only a handful of people suffered minor injuries, and there was little damage. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit...

Asia-Pacific ministers push dialogue to end region's spats

Aug. 2, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asia-Pacific foreign ministers called for the peaceful resolution to regional disputes at Friday's close of an annual security meeting, which was eclipsed by the U.S.-China rivalry and a deepening trade spat between Japan and South Korea. Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, who chaired...

Thai leader orders investigation of Bangkok blasts; 4 hurt

Aug. 2, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Friday ordered an investigation into several small bombings in Bangkok that took place as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and several Asia-Pacific countries....