US to send security envoy, commerce secretary to ASEAN meet

Asia & Pacific 10/30/19, 03:08

U.S. national security adviser Robert C. O'Brien and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will represent President Donald Trump at two regional summits in Thailand this weekend, the White House announced, a move that would widely be viewed in the region as a snub. The decision to send O'Brien, who is a presidential ...

Elephants kneel in ritual tribute to Thailand’s new king

Asia & Pacific 05/07/19, 03:38

Eleven white-painted elephants, their tusks garlanded, gathered with their handlers before Bangkok's Grand Palace on Tuesday to pay respects to Thailand's newly crowned king.Hundreds of mahouts, or handlers, dressed in royal yellow sang the royal anthem and kneeled with their elephants before a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The ceremony ...

Newly crowned Thai king hopes for unity, prosperity

World 05/06/19, 07:58

Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn told thousands of cheering people gathered outside Bangkok's Grand Palace on Monday that he was grateful for their good wishes and believed they were a sign everyone would work together for the country's prosperity.Vajiralongkorn became king after the 2016 death of his father, King ...

Newly crowned Thai king begins 2nd day of coronation events

Asia & Pacific 05/05/19, 00:35

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has launched the second day of coronation activities with a ceremony to grant new titles to members of the royal family.Vajiralongkorn on Saturday took part in an elaborate set of rituals, a mix of Buddhist and Hindu Brahmanic traditions, which established his status as a full-fledged ...

Update: Thai king is officially crowned Rama X

Asia & Pacific 05/04/19, 00:27

The Latest on the coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (all times local):12:25 p.m.Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned in a coronation ceremony taking place more than two years after he assumed the throne.In this image made from the video, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn sits on the throne as ...

Coronation this weekend will boost Thai king’s regal power

Asia & Pacific 05/03/19, 19:50

After a more than a decade of political strife, including a military coup and a contentious election less than two months ago, the people of Thailand are witnessing this weekend the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago.The coronation represents a ...

Was There: 1950 Coronation of Thailand’s King Bhumibol

Asia & Pacific 05/02/19, 23:24

Seven decades ago, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, then 22, was crowned in ceremonies replete with ancient rituals that will be seen again when his son King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascends the throne on Saturday as King Rama X.AP correspondent Milton Marmor and photographer Charles P. Gorry were in Bangkok to report ...

Thailand’s king appoints his consort as queen

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 10:21

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who will have his official coronation on Saturday, has appointed his consort as the country's queen.An announcement Wednesday in the Royal Gazette said Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya is legally married to the 66-year-old king, and is now Queen Suthida.Although she has been in the public eye ...

Netflix announces deal for film about Thailand’s cave boys

Soccer 04/30/19, 07:37

Netflix has announced it will join with the production company for the movie Crazy Rich Asians to make a film about last July's dramatic rescue of 12 village boys in northern Thailand who were trapped with their soccer coach in a flooded cave for more than two weeks.Netflix and SK ...

Fire breaks out at Bangkok mall complex, killing at least 2

Asia & Pacific 04/10/19, 09:29

A fire broke out at a major mall complex in Thailand's capital on Wednesday, killing at least two people and injuring more than a dozen, officials said.The extent of the fire at Bangkok's Central World complex, which includes a hotel, a convention center and an office tower, was small, but ...

Popular Thai party leader answers junta sedition summons

Asia & Pacific 04/05/19, 23:00

The leader of a popular new Thai political party that ran a strong third in last month's elections met with police Saturday to hear criminal charges of sedition against him filed by the ruling military junta.Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was greeted by a crowd of around 300-400 supporters chanting "Keep fighting, Thanathorn!" ...

US envoy says China activities near Philippines ‘of concern’

Asia & Pacific 04/05/19, 04:27

The presence of large numbers of Chinese vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines is "a concern," a senior U.S. defense official said Friday.The Philippine government protested the Chinese ship movements Thursday after its military monitored more than 200 Chinese vessels from January-March in a disputed area named ...

Thai election body orders redo in places over irregularities

Asia & Pacific 04/04/19, 01:45

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 ...

Thai junta files sedition complaint against new party leader

Asia & Pacific 04/03/19, 03:52

Thailand's ruling junta has filed a complaint accusing the leader of a popular new political party of sedition and aiding criminals, a move that its target described as politically motivated.The party, Future Forward, ran a strong third in elections last month that were also contested by a pro-military party.Future Forward's ...

Air is so dirty in northern Thailand, leader flies to see it

Asia & Pacific 04/02/19, 02:02

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 ...

Analysis: Thai polls show divisions and instability remain

Asia & Pacific 04/01/19, 20:17

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, ...

Key developments from Thailand’s post-coup election

Asia & Pacific 03/25/19, 00:01

A military-backed party appears to have won the most votes in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup after tilting the electoral system in its favor. If the preliminary results hold, it will likely add to nearly two decades of political instability in Thailand. Some key developments from the election.___MILITARY ...

Update: Military party takes lead in Thai election

Asia & Pacific 03/24/19, 09:42

The Latest on Thailand's general election (all times local):9:40 p.m.Figures from Thailand's Election Commission show a military-backed party has taken the lead in the country's first election since a 2014 coup.A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, March 24, 2019, during Thailand's first general ...

Voting underway in Thailand’s first election since 2014 coup

Asia & Pacific 03/23/19, 20:10

Voters in Thailand were heading to the polls Sunday in the country's first election since the military ousted an elected government in a 2014 coup.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who led the coup, is hoping to extend his hold on power after engineering a new political system that ...

A look at those jockeying to be Thailand’s next leader

Asia & Pacific 03/22/19, 00:52

More than 70 parties are contesting Sunday's general election in Thailand, the first since a military coup nearly five years ago.Up for grabs are 500 seats in the House of Representatives, where parties will need to win at least 25 seats to be able to nominate their preferred candidate for ...

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