• King May 4, 2019 11:00 am

    Thai King is Officially Crowned, Boosting His Regal Power

    Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned Saturday amid the splendor of the country’s Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy’s power after the October 2016 death at age 88 of Vajiralongkorn’s revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It also...

  • Prime Minister March 24, 2019 10:09 pm

    Military-Backed Party Takes Lead in Thai Election

    A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power, helped by an electoral system tilted in the military’s favor. With 93 percent of votes counted late Sunday, the Palang Pracharat party was first with nearly 7.6 million votes, according...

  • Instagram February 8, 2019 2:58 pm

    Thai Princess' Political Bid Sunk by Her Brother, the King

    Thailand’s chaotic politics took two astonishing turns Friday when the sister of the king made a historic bid to become prime minister, only to have him shut down her effort as “inappropriate” because it violated tradition and the constitution, which keep the monarchy from getting involved in politics. The royal order from King Maha Vajiralongkorn was read on national television...

  • Donald Trump February 5, 2019 11:21 pm

    Trump Says He Will Meet North Korean Leader Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will hold a two-day summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam to continue his efforts to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. Trump has said his outreach to Kim and their first meeting last June in Singapore opened a path to peace. But there is not...

  • Saudi Arabia January 7, 2019 2:03 pm

    Saudi Woman Seeking Asylum Can Stay Temporarily in Thailand After Barricading Herself in Hotel Room

    An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family over alleged abuse and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in a desperate bid for asylum will be allowed to stay in Thailand while her case is evaluated by the U.N. refugee agency, immigration authorities said Monday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun grabbed global attention when she sent out pleas for help...

  • Donald Trump December 28, 2018 8:33 pm

    Trump and China Loom Over a Tumultuous Year in Asia

    To judge by the stream of extraordinary images on the Korean Peninsula, you might think 2018 marked the beginning of an elusive peace in one of the world’s last vestiges of the Cold War. Just months after a barrage of threats of missile strikes and personal insults had many fearing the worst, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim...

  • spokesman November 11, 2015 7:16 am

    Suu Kyi's Party Heads for Landslide in Historic Myanmar Vote

    Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party says it has won 44 of the 45 lower seats for Yangon in Myanmar’s parliamentary elections. The National League for Democracy announced Monday that it has also swept the upper house, winning all 12 seats for Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. The results were not confirmed by the government’s Election Commission, which has been...

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