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Thai media report death of ex-PM Prem Tinsulanonda

May. 26, 2019 1:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Prem Tinsulanonda (tee-NAH'-soo-lah-nohn), one of Thailand's most influential political figures over four decades who served as army commander, prime minister and adviser to the royal palace, has died at age 98. Thai media reported he died Sunday morning in a Bangkok hospital, and an...

Thailand's parliament votes in pro-army house speaker

May. 25, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A military-aligned candidate won majority support to become Thailand's house speaker on Saturday, signaling further dominance of the army in the next government, five years after it staged a coup. Former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, 80, was named speaker after the House of Representatives...

Memorial service, burial in Bozeman for World War II soldier

May. 25, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A World War II soldier from Montana who died on an island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago has been buried in his home state after his remains were identified last year. A memorial and funeral with full military honors was held Saturday in Bozeman for Army Pvt. William A. Boegli, who...

The Latest: World War II soldier buried in Montana

May. 25, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on funeral services for a WWII solider from Montana whose remains were identified last year. (all times local): 5 p.m. A World War II soldier from Montana who died on an island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago has been buried in his home state after his remains were...

Volcano on Bali erupts, briefly disrupting flights

May. 25, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Bali's airport has returned to normal operations after some flights were canceled on Friday night following an eruption of the Mount Agung volcano that spread ash over the south of the Indonesian island. The national disaster agency said the eruption lasted 4 minutes and 30...

Losing Indonesian candidate challenges election in court

May. 24, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The defeated candidate in Indonesia's presidential election filed a challenge against the result in the country's top court, just days after seven people died in rioting by his supporters in the capital. The legal move is the latest step in what analysts say has been a monthslong...

Asian-Americans fastest-growing group in Southern Nevada

May. 24, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's growing crowded inside the Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang in Las Vegas. What began in 2000 as a few dozen Vietnamese Catholics gathering at local homes on Sundays has flourished into a church with a growing campus and native-language Mass every day. Across three Sunday services, some...

Thai king opens 1st session of elected assembly since coup

May. 24, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king on Friday addressed the first session of an elected parliament since the military staged a coup in 2014, advising lawmakers to take their responsibilities seriously because their actions will affect national security and the people's well-being. King Maha Vajiralongkorn...

Cambodian court upholds life sentence for critic's killer

May. 24, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's Supreme Court on Friday upheld a life prison term given to a man convicted of murdering a prominent government critic. The court rejected the appeal of Oeut Ang for a reduction in his sentence for shooting dead political analyst Kem Ley at a convenience store in the...

US official urges Pacific nations to keep ties with Taiwan

May. 24, 2019 1:29 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat for Southeast Asia on Friday urged Pacific island nations not to withdraw diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, warning that Chinese pressure to change Taiwan's international standing threatens to increase the possibility of conflict. U.S. Acting Assistant...