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Asian shares mixed on caution over China-US trade deal

Oct. 17, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday on renewed caution over the truce in the tariff war between the U.S. and China. Hong Kong initially led regional gains after its chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced help Wednesday for the property sector. The semi-autonomous city's economy has been...

Asian shares mixed on caution over China-US trade deal

Oct. 17, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday after officials signaled work remains to be done on an agreement for a truce in the tariff war between the U.S. and China. Hong Kong led regional gains after its chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced help for the property sector. The semi-autonomous city's...

Thai Red Shirt chiefs ordered to pay for 2010 arson damage

Oct. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three leaders of the Red Shirt political movement to pay 21 million baht ($691,000) compensation to business owners whose commercial buildings were set on fire at the climax of two months of aggressive street protests in 2010. The verdict on a...

World shares mostly higher ahead of earnings reports

Oct. 15, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets mostly rose on Tuesday as investors gauged the outlook for the U.S.-China trade dispute and looked to earnings reports from large banks. Germany's DAX advanced 0.4% to 12,537 and the CAC 40 in Paris gained 0.6% to 5,674. London's FTSE 100 was down 0.4% at 7,185. In New York,...

Thai army chief rants at critics, warns of Hong Kong unrest

Oct. 11, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's powerful army chief declared Friday that the country's government is virtually at war with its critics, warning that politicians, academics and other intellectuals may "manipulate" young people to stage protests like those in Hong Kong. Gen. Apirat Kongsompong in a prepared speech...

Better protection sought for Thailand's helmeted hornbill

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Time is running out for Thailand's dwindling population of helmeted hornbills thanks to poaching of the exotic birds for the ivory-like casques atop their big red and yellow beaks. The species, known by the scientific name Rhinoplax vigil, is listed as "critically endangered" by the...

Fire hits Indonesian Embassy building in Bangkok

Oct. 11, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok emergency services say a fire broke out at a two-story building in the Indonesian Embassy compound in the Thai capital, but no casualties have been reported. The city's emergency services say the blaze erupted around noon Friday in a residential building but no one appeared to have...

Road tripping Thailand: Weekend getaways to beat the crowds

Oct. 9, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's southern beaches lure travelers with their turquoise water and dramatic limestone cliffs, but there's more to explore in the Southeast Asian country that's one of the world's most popular destinations. For a Thai road less traveled, try one of these getaways outside Bangkok, far...

Thai court sentences Taiwanese to life for smuggling heroin

Oct. 9, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday commuted a Taiwanese man's sentence for smuggling heroin to life imprisonment after sentencing him to death. A Bangkok Criminal Court official confirmed Thai media reports that 38-year-old Chen Kuan Lin had been arrested while trying to smuggle 5.6 kilograms...

Thai activist arrested for comments about fall of monarchies

Oct. 8, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested a political activist accused of threatening national security by posting a comment on Facebook about how royal families in other nations lost power. The arrest Monday night of Karn Pongpraphapan came after an unprecedented amount of social media commentary...