New Thai government may be unstable, short-lived

World 03/22/19, 22:35

Thailand's election Sunday is likely to produce a weak unstable government whether it's a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new phase of uncertainty in a country that's a U.S. ally in Southeast Asia and one of the world's top tourist destinations.The election is ...

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

World 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 ...

New Thai election rules make it hard to trump junta’s pick

World 03/21/19, 22:02

Thailand heads to the polls Sunday to vote in the country's first general election since the military toppled an elected government in a coup nearly five years ago. Once the junta was in power, it tore up the constitution and had a new one written that significantly changed the nation's political ...

Fraser and Elvira share Maybank Championship lead

Golf 03/21/19, 07:59

Former champion Marcus Fraser and Nacho Elvira turned in 7-under-par 65s for the joint lead of the Maybank Championship after the opening round on Thursday.A shot behind were Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, Angelo Que of the Philippines, and Matthias Schwab of Austria. Thomas Pieters of Belgium was two shots behind ...

Long Thai crisis morphed coup leader’s career into politics

World 03/20/19, 20:28

Prayuth Chan-ocha became prime minister in a very Thai way: He led a military coup. Now after five years of running Thailand with absolute power, he's seeking to hold on to the top job through the ballot box. The military's thinly veiled proxy party has put forward Prayuth as its nominee ...

Interview: Thai PM hopeful wants constitutional changes

World 03/20/19, 20:24

The leader of Thailand's oldest political party said if he becomes prime minister after Sunday's elections, he will make forceful but careful efforts to undo undemocratic provisions in the constitution imposed by the military government that seized power in 2014.Abhisit Vejjajiva, head of the Democrat Party and a former prime ...

Pocketbook issues eclipsed by military role in Thai election

World 03/20/19, 00:46

Pocketbook issues may not sway the outcome of Sunday's election in Thailand, given the bigger debate among voters over whether they support or oppose the military junta that has ruled the country since a 2014 coup.Experts say that widespread dissatisfaction, especially among the have-nots, with how the economy is doing ...

Asia bracing for destruction by alien pest: fall armyworms

World 03/19/19, 00:36

Fall armyworms, a longtime American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm now in Asia after entrenching themselves in Africa.Experts say the insect was first found outside the Americas in 2016, in Africa, where it has infested up to half of some crops of maize, sorghum and ...

Pro-Thaksin candidates adopt his name in Thai election

World 03/18/19, 20:30

It's election season in Thailand and a campaign truck is rolling at the crack of dawn through the streets of the northeastern town of Phimai, blaring the slogan "Vote Thaksin, Get Thaksin."It's a bit disconcerting, since the Thaksin everyone in Thailand knows is former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted by ...

Thai parties woo young voters, but one may hit the mark

World 03/14/19, 20:06

You could call it the 7 million-voter question: Will young people like the ones who turned out on a recent Saturday night to listen to politically hip rappers also make it to the polls for Thailand's upcoming general election? And do they share the anger at the established order being ...

Thailand PM on official trip croons, brags about successes

World 03/13/19, 09:16

Thailand's military-installed prime minister has crooned a love song and boasted of his government's achievements during an official visit to the country's northeast ahead of the March 24 election.Prayuth Chan-ocha led a 2014 coup ousting an elected government and is seeking to stay in power.He appeared Wednesday before a crowd ...

Refugee soccer player happy he’s now an Australian citizen

Soccer 03/11/19, 22:34

A former Bahraini soccer player and refugee has become an Australian citizen, after a detention in a Thai prison and an extradition request from his homeland raised international concern.Hakeem al-Araiby told reporters he's "an Aussie now" and is happy to be safe.The 25-year-old soccer player fled Bahrain citing political repression ...

UN says methamphetamine output booming in Southeast Asia

World 03/11/19, 20:05

Production of methamphetamine is skyrocketing in Southeast Asia, with prices dropping and usage expanding, the U.N.'s anti-drug agency said Monday.Even as seizures of the drug known as speed, ice and "ya ba" in its various forms reached a record high last year, street prices have dropped, indicating increased availability, said ...

Thai court disbands political party for nominating princess

World 03/07/19, 09:43

A court in Thailand on Thursday ordered the dissolution of a major political party ahead of this month's general election because it nominated a member of the royal family to be its candidate for prime minister.The Constitutional Court also banned members of the Thai Raksa Chart Party's executive board from ...

Asian shares mostly higher as congress lifts Chinese markets

Business 03/06/19, 02:37

Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday, led by gains in Chinese markets as officials promised to enact measures to boost the economy and cool trade tensions. The Shanghai Composite index jumped 1.5 percent to 3,102.10 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.2 percent to 29,030.17. Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 0.6 percent ...

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