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Thailand delays deporting family of Rakhine insurgent leader

08 Dec 2019

BANGKOK Thailand will delay the deportation of the wife and children of the top commander of the Arakan Army insurgent group that is fighting Myanmar's army while authorities carry out a full investigation, Thai officials said on Sunday.

Small in numbers, Thai Catholics preserve centuries-old traditions

19 Nov 2019

BANGKOK The last time Vararunee Khonchanath was in the presence of a pope was before she was born just over 35 years ago, but when Pope Francis visits Bangkok later this week to bless Thailand's tiny Catholic minority she will be singing in the choir.

India rejects China-backed Asian trade deal, as others move ahead

04 Nov 2019

BANGKOK China joined 14 countries on Monday in agreeing terms for what could be the world's biggest trade pact, but India pulled out at the last minute on the grounds that the deal would hurt its farmers, businesses, workers and consumers.

Thailand says new Asian trade deal to be signed in 2020

04 Nov 2019

BANGKOK Thailand said on Sunday that Southeast Asian nations are committed to signing a pact by February 2020 on forging what could become the world's largest trade bloc, even after new demands by India dealt a blow to the process backed by China.

Trade talks in balance at Southeast Asian leaders summit

04 Nov 2019

BANGKOK Plans to finalise an Asia-wide trade deal at a summit in Bangkok this weekend were uncertain after new demands raised by India in the negotiations to create the world's largest trading bloc.

Southeast Asian leaders meet FIFA chief amid World Cup bid talks

02 Nov 2019

BANGKOK Southeast Asian countries signed a deal with soccer's global governing body FIFA on Saturday to jointly boost the sport as its president said he was happy with the region's plan to bid for the 2034 World Cup.

Thai king creates boot camp-style 'unity' courses

01 Nov 2019

BANGKOK Thousands of civil servants, police and teachers are being sent to a military camp in Thailand for intensive training in community service and loyalty to the monarchy, according to the Royal Palace and interviews with trainees and organisers.

New Mekong dam in Laos opens to protests, dried-out downstream

29 Oct 2019

BAN NAMPRAI, Thailand The first hydropower dam on the lower Mekong River began commercial operations in Laos on Tuesday amid protests from villagers in Thailand who say the Xayaburi Dam and several others in the works will destroy their livelihoods.

Thailand's ousted 'royal consort' had swift rise and fall

22 Oct 2019

BANGKOK When Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn named one of his bodyguards as Noble Royal Consort on his birthday in July, no one had held the title for nearly a century, dating back to the days of absolute monarchy.

Thai king strips 'disloyal' new royal consort of titles

22 Oct 2019

BANGKOK Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his newly named royal consort of her titles and military ranks for being "disloyal" and conducting a rivalry with Queen Suthida, the palace said late on Monday. | Video

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U.S. House committee postpones votes on articles of impeachment

U.S. lawmakers will vote Friday on whether to move forward with impeaching Republican President Donald Trump, as the Democratic head of the Judiciary Committee shocked Republicans by declining to hold a late-night vote after a hearing that lasted more than 14 hours.