UN agency warns of fentanyl production threat in SE Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infam...

US blasts China at Southeast Asian meeting on coronavirus

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Southeast Asian counterparts on Thursday that China is taking advantage of the world's preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic to push i...

Kickboxing match in Bangkok leads to spike in infections

BANGKOK (AP) — Kickboxing aficionados came from all over Thailand to attend a major Muay Thai match at Bangkok's indoor Lumpini Stadium on March 6. Dozens or more went home unknowingly carrying the co...

ILO says working conditions improve in Thai seafood sector

BANGKOK (AP) — A report issued Tuesday by the U.N.'s International Labor Organization credits Thailand with improving working conditions in the fishing and seafood processing industry, but says that s...

Thai student rallies protest dissolution of opposition party

PATHUM THANI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's normally docile students have been holding rallies around the country to express their discontent with the established political order. The r...

Court in Thailand orders popular opposition party dissolved

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader, cha...

Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus

TOKYO (AP) — Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the ...

Genocide charge dents halo of Myanmar's Suu Kyi

BANGKOK (AP) — When Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi walked into the International Court of Justice last month, she gambled the remaining shreds of her hard-won international reputation on a rebuttal of acc...

Thai reporter gets jail in libel case filed by poultry farm

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a reporter to two years in prison for criminal libel for a comment she tweeted about a labor abuse grievance at a poultry farm. ...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi's defense of army puzzles former admirers

BANGKOK (AP) — What drives Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who this week defended her country at the International Court of Justice against charges that it carried out genocide against its Mus...

Tolerant Thailand to welcome pope, but martyrs tale haunts

SONGKHON, Thailand (AP) — When Pope Francis makes his first trip to Thailand this week, he will be visiting a country that welcomed Roman Catholic missionaries more than five centuries ago and whose B...

Thai coup leader uses ballot box to stay as prime minister

BANGKOK (AP) — When Prayuth Chan-ocha led a military coup to take over Thailand's government five years ago, he wore a dowdy officer's uniform. A five-year makeover transformed him into a politician, ...

In fear for their lives, activist Thai band lives in exile

BANGKOK (AP) — They are members of a folk music group living communally in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, but they are in fear for their lives. The musicians from the band Faiye...

As coronation begins, Thai king's future role still unclear

BANGKOK (AP) — Three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies begin Saturday for the formal coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has been on the throne for more than two years. ...

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 Th...