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With new Cabinet, Thailand replaces junta with army allies

Jul. 16, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the swearing-in of the Cabinet, whose 36 members pledged their loyalty...

World shares mixed as China reports economic slowdown

Jul. 15, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global shares were mixed Monday after China reported that its economy grew at the slowest pace in at least 26 years in the last quarter, leading investors to opt for caution despite Friday's record highs on Wall Street. Tariff hikes by President Donald Trump have battered Chinese and U.S....

Thai police seize over a ton of crystal meth in raids

Jul. 15, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said they have seized more than a ton of crystal meth and over 10 million methamphetamine tablets in a series of drug raids this month, amid increased production and use of the drugs in Southeast Asia. Thai authorities often make several large seizures a year of...

Asian shares mixed as China reports economy slowed in 2Q

Jul. 15, 2019 3:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday, with gains in Chinese markets on hopes for fresh stimulus measures after the government reported that the economy grew at the slowest pace in a decade in the last quarter. Analysts said the 6.2% annual rate of growth reported for April-June suggests the...

Thai farmers race their buffaloes in show of gratitude

Jul. 13, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Farmers in eastern Thailand on Saturday celebrated the start of the sowing season by racing their buffaloes, whose usual duty is to plow the fields. The annual Wooden Plow Buffalo Race in Chonburi, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southeast of Bangkok, is held to express gratitude...

Thai court sentences German tourist killer to death

Jul. 12, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai man has been sentenced to death for raping and murdering a German tourist on a popular resort island. The Chonburi provincial court, in a ruling seen Friday, sentenced Ronnakorn Romruen to death after he confessed. It convicted him of rape, murder, concealing the body and driving a...

World shares mostly higher after Wall St sets new records

Jul. 12, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly higher on Friday after Wall Street ended overnight with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 27,000 for the first time. Germany's DAX edged 5.68 points higher to 12,337.80 while the CAC 40 in France surged 0.6% to 5,585.27. Britain's FTSE climbed 0.3% to...

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall St sets new records

Jul. 12, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares in Asia are mostly higher after a turbulent day on Wall Street ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 27,000 for the first time. Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged 0.1% higher to 21,674.14 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.5% to 28,575.96. The Shanghai Composite...

World shares mostly rise after Fed signals US rate cut

Jul. 11, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global shares mostly rose Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell suggested the U.S. central bank is ready to cut interest rates for the first time in a decade. The Fed chairman told Congress in his semi-annual report that many in the U.S. central bank believe a weakening...

ASEAN defense ministers discuss security proposals

Jul. 11, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Defense ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations met Thursday in the Thai capital to discuss issues including border controls, terrorism and illegal fishing. The host, Thai Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, said the annual get-together of the ministers "guarantees...