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FILE - in this March 22, 2019, file photo, from left to right, Thailand's Suwit Mesinsee, Uttama Savanayana, Sontirat Sontijirawong and Kobsak Pootrakul, arrive for a campaign rally ahead of general elections in Bangkok, Thailand. Four key ministers in Cabinet announced their resignations Thursday, July 16, 2020 as a military clique within the ruling party continues to consolidate power. The most prominent member to depart was Somkid, a deputy prime minister who has been in several governments during the past 19 years and who has been overseeing recent economic stimulus packages. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

4 Thai Cabinet ministers resign after party leader shakeup

Jul. 16, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Four key ministers in Thailand's Cabinet announced their resignations Thursday, as a military clique within the ruling coalition's most powerful political party continues to consolidate power. The most prominent member to depart was Somkid Jatusripitak, a deputy prime minister who has been...

Thai man forced to psychiatric hospital over T-shirt motto

Jul. 15, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A man who posted a photo online showing himself wearing a shirt with a motto questioning the traditional reverence for Thailand’s monarchy has been admitted against his will to a psychiatric hospital, drawing concern from human rights activists. The legal basis for putting 45-year-old...

The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

Jul. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days. A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, and that...

A health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Waukee, Iowa. Iowa state Auditor Rob Sand said Tuesday that a coronavirus testing program brought to the state under a $28 million no-bid contract by Gov. Kim Reynolds on recommendation from actor Ashton Kutcher is violating state law in the indirect way it handles test results data. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Florida virus deaths surge, vaccine research moves forward

Jul. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) — Florida surpassed its daily record for coronavirus deaths Tuesday amid rising global worries of a resurgence, even as researchers announced that the first vaccine tested in the U.S. had worked to boost patients' immune systems. Florida's 132 additional deaths topped a state...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the new coronavirus drives a cart loaded with fabric in Beijing, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Health experts are warning that outbreaks brought under control with shutdowns and other forms of social distancing are likely to flare again as precautions are relaxed. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia Today: Another spike brings India past 900,000 cases

Jul. 14, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 28,000 on Tuesday and are fast approaching 1 million. The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the national total to 906,752. Cases have jumped by 100,000 in four days. The Health Ministry also reported another 553 deaths in the past...

People line up for the coronavirus test in Rayong province, Thailand, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Authorities set up testing for anyone concerned they might have come into contact with an Egyptian soldier who visited a shopping mall in Rayong last week and then tested positive for COVID-19. In Thailand, where there has been no reports of locally transmitted cases for seven weeks, health authorities were rushing to trace the contacts of two recent foreign arrivals in the country who were infected with the coronavirus and may have violated quarantine rules.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thais seek to fix errors that allowed infected foreigners in

Jul. 14, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

RAYONG, Thailand (AP) — Authorities in Thailand urged almost 1,900 people to quarantine themselves and get tested for the coronavirus after a breakdown in screening allowed two foreigners with the disease to pose a risk to public health. The agency coordinating Thailand’s coronavirus response also...

Peoples eat in a food court divided by plastic sheets designed to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, July 13, 2020. Daily life in the capital slowly returns to normal as Thai government has eased restrictions imposed weeks ago to combat the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Coronavirus in 2 foreign arrivals raises alarm in Thailand

Jul. 13, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health authorities in Thailand are seeking to trace the contacts of two recent foreign arrivals in the country who were infected with the coronavirus and may have violated quarantine rules. The two cases, an Egyptian military officer and the 9-year-old child of a diplomat from Africa,...

Thai schools barred from cutting students' long hair

Jul. 10, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Education Ministry has intervened to stop government schools from chopping off the hair of students whose locks they find too long or messy. The ministry affirmed the right of school authorities to punish violators of newly liberalized hair length rules, but only with...

In this photo released by the Royal Thai Army, a health officer collects a nasal swab sample from Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. James McConville to test for the coronavirus at the military airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, July 9, 2020. McConville will be the first official foreign guest to meet Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at the Government House since travel restrictions were eased for a select group of foreigners allowed to visit Thailand. (Royal Thai Army via AP)

US Army chief welcomed to Thailand with coronavirus test

Jul. 9, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.S. Army delegation led by chief of staff Gen. James McConville on Thursday became the first official visitors to Thailand since entry rules were eased as part of the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. A photo released by the Thai Army shows a medical team wearing hazmat suits taking a...

People walk under colorful ribbons at a same sex charity event in Bangkok, Thursday, July 9 , 2020. Thailand's Cabinet has approved two draft bills that would give same-sex unions legal status similar to that of heterosexual marriages. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai Cabinet approves bills allowing same-sex partnerships

Jul. 9, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet has approved two draft bills that would give same-sex unions legal status similar to that of heterosexual marriages. The draft Civil Partnership Act and amendments of the Civil and Commercial Code will be sent to Parliament soon for approval, deputy government...