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Aussie doctors bestowed Thai royal honors for cave rescue

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Australian doctors in Thailand to receive royal honors for helping rescue a boys soccer team from a flooded cave say they are looking forward to a reunion with the people they helped save. Richard Harris and Craig Challen were given the award at a ceremony Friday presided over by Thai Prime […]
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Thailand busts ‘seasteading’ effort by American

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the “seasteading” movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation’s laws. Thailand’s navy said they endangered national sovereignty, an offense punishable […]
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Vineeta Deepak to lead AP’s coverage of South Asia region

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean. From her base in the Indian capital, […]
Tags: News, Ap, Nation, Himalayas, Associated Press, Bangkok, South Asia, Nation & World, Vineeta Deepak


Dog rescued while swimming 135 miles off Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land. A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that the dog […]
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Dog rescued while swimming 220 kilometers off Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land. A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that the dog […]
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Officials say bad vent may have spread Bangkok mall fire

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials in Thailand’s capital say that a small but deadly fire at one of the city’s biggest shopping malls may have started in a basement room before spreading to an eighth-floor document room because of a bad vent. City officials said at a news conference Thursday that the investigation was still in […]
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Western diplomats deny Thai accusation of protocol breach

BANGKOK (AP) — Western diplomatic missions have responded to charges from Thailand’s foreign ministry that they violated protocol by observing a Thai politician being charged by police with sedition, calling the action standard diplomatic practice. They were responding Wednesday to Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, who said foreign countries are barred from closely observing such internal […]
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CentralWorld: Deadly blaze at Bangkok shopping complex

A fire started at the popular CentralWorld complex on Wednesday evening, leaving at least two dead.
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Fire breaks out at Bangkok mall complex, killing 3

BANGKOK (AP) — A fire broke out at a major mall complex in Thailand’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring seven others, officials said. The extent of the fire at Bangkok’s Central World complex, which includes a hotel and an office tower, was small, but it caused the mall’s evacuation, which […]
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Thai minister says envoys breached diplomatic etiquette

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s foreign minister says he will summon representatives from the embassies of the European Union and the United States to discuss why he believes they breached diplomatic etiquette by observing a Thai politician being charged with sedition by police. Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said Tuesday that foreign countries are barred from closely […]
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Thai man accused of raping and killing German tourist

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say a local man has been arrested on suspicion of raping and killing a German tourist on the island of Koh Si Chang in the Gulf of Thailand. Thai police said the victim was approached and attacked by Ronnakorn Romruen, a native of the small island, while she was traveling […]
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Popular Thai party leader answers junta sedition summons

BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of a popular new Thai political party has met with police to hear criminal charges of sedition against him filed by the ruling military junta. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party that ran a strong third in elections last month, was greeted by a crowd of around 300-400 […]
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Thai election officials say 66 winners risk disqualification

BANGKOK (AP) — Election officials in Thailand said Friday that 66 winning candidates in last month’s elections face possible disqualification because of complaints filed against them. If any of the 66 candidates who won the most votes in their districts are disqualified, it would directly affect the final election results, including the number of party-list […]
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US envoy says China activities near Philippines ‘of concern’

BANGKOK (AP) — A senior U.S. defense official says the presence of large numbers of Chinese ships near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines is “a concern.” Joseph Felter, deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, said Friday that the Chinese activities were “somewhat aggressive and provocative.” He was asked about […]
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Asia shares mostly higher on upbeat talk on China-US trade

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares are mostly higher in Asia after President Donald Trump and a senior Chinese envoy said trade talks in Washington were making progress. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 0.4% to 21,807.50 while the Kospi in South Korea edged 0.1% higher to 2,209.61. The S&P ASX in Australia dropped 0.8% to 6,181.30, while […]
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Fiction: Two Thai Novelists Explore Bangkok’s Swirl of Remembering and Forgetting

The city becomes a fever dream in Pitchaya Sudbanthad’s “Bangkok Wakes to Rain” and Veeraporn Nitiprapha’s “The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth.”
Tags: News, Bangkok, Books and Literature, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, Bangkok Wakes to Rain (Book, The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth (Book, Veeraporn Nitiprapha


Thai election body orders redo in places over irregularities

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai election authorities have ordered a recount of votes and new elections in some polling areas after finding irregularities in last month’s elections. Thailand’s Election Commission said in a statement Thursday that it had ordered a recount in two polling stations and new elections in six polling stations due to the number […]
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Asian shares waver following lackluster Wall St session

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with the Shanghai Composite jumping 0.7% to 3,237.43 on reports of possible progress in China-U.S. trade talks. The U.S. and China opened a ninth round of talks Wednesday, aiming to further narrow differences in an ongoing trade war that has deepened uncertainty for businesses and […]
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Thai junta files sedition complaint against new party leader

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s ruling junta has filed a complaint accusing the leader of a popular new political party of sedition and aiding criminals. The Future Forward Party ran a strong third in the elections last month that were also contested by a pro-military party. Future Forward’s leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said the criminal complaint filed […]
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Thai army chief sends warning to critics of the monarchy

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s influential army chief has warned that the military will strongly fight any moves that threaten the country’s system of a constitutional monarchy with the king as head of state. At a news conference on Tuesday, Gen. Apirat Kongsompong appeared to be targeting intellectuals supporting the Future Forward Party, which according to […]
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Air is so dirty in northern Thailand, leader flies to see it

BANGKOK (AP) — The air hanging over Thailand’s far north has become so polluted, the prime minister went Tuesday to see in person what’s been called a severe health crisis. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived by helicopter at an army base in Chiang Mai, a city that’s a popular tourist destination where seasonal haze has […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Thailand, Nation, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Prayuth Chan, Nation & World


Car of Thai anti-junta activist torched after protest rally

BANGKOK (AP) — An activist opposed to military rule in Thailand says his car was set on fire and gutted early Monday, just hours after he attended a rally protesting the Election Commission’s alleged mismanagement of the March 24 general election. Ekachai Hongkangwan has been the repeated target of physical and legal attacks, including a […]
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Analysis: Thai polls show divisions and instability remain

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta leader looks set to return as prime minister after a general election stacked heavily in his favor, but the process reveals that more than a decade’s polarization in Thai politics is as strong as ever. Rather than ensuring stability, the sharply divided vote almost guarantees new struggles over power, which […]
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Asian markets rally, extending gains on Wall Street

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares surged Monday in Asia after the release over the weekend of encouraging manufacturing data in China that suggest government stimulus efforts may be yielding results. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 1.6 percent to 21,539.75, easing off earlier highs after newly released economic data showed conditions deteriorating. The Shanghai Composite index jumped […]
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Thai king strips fugitive ex-PM Thaksin of royal decorations

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s king has stripped fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his royal decorations, citing his 2008 flight to escape serving a two-year prison term on a conflict of interest conviction and other legal cases against him. Thai media reported that the Royal Command from King Maha Vajiralongkorn was published Saturday in […]
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Thai Election Commission blames software for counting errors

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Election Commission, facing widespread criticism for inconsistent and delayed vote totals from last Sunday’s general election, says computer software was partly to blame. It said Friday that during early reporting of the election results, its tabulation software had trouble handling data entered simultaneously from several points and sometimes displayed incorrect numbers. […]
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Rangers free 6 trapped baby elephants in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Rangers at a national park in northeastern Thailand have rescued six baby elephants that were trapped in a mud pit. Park officials say the elephants were unable to climb up the pit’s slippery banks. Rescuers took five hours on Thursday to dig a path for them to clamber out. A video taken […]
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Thai Election Commission says junta party won popular vote

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Election Commission said Thursday that 100 percent of the votes from the recent general election had been counted and a party allied with the ruling junta has won the most votes, though the results are not yet official. In a surprise news conference, the commission did not say how many seats […]
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UN rights envoy says Laos focus on big projects hurting poor

BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert is urging Laos to focus less on big, foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, said Laos’ economy can only thrive if its leaders do a better job of educating […]
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Thai anti-military parties say they have seats to form govt

BANGKOK (AP) — Seven Thai political parties led by one ousted from power in a military coup say they believe they have won enough seats to form the next government. The announcement came amid concerns about potential irregularities in Sunday’s vote, and before a full preliminary vote count has even been released. Official results aren’t […]
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