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Thai gov’t revokes passport of fugitive Red Bull heir

BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai government has cancelled the passport of the fugitive heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who is wanted on deadly hit-and-run charges. Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya will no longer be able to enter other countries on that passport and …

Thai prime minister accepts Trump’s invitation to visit US

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister has accepted President Donald Trump’s invitation to visit the United States as the U.S. leader made an unexpected diplomatic initiative toward his Southeast Asian counterparts. Trump telephoned Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday to reaffirm traditional …

Thai PM warns against protesting missing democracy plaque

BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand’s military government on Tuesday warned people against making a political issue of the vandalism of a plaque marking the country’s 1932 transition to democracy that was ripped and stolen from a public plaza. It was replaced by one celebrating the monarchy. Prime Minister …

Thai police search for more firearms in said plot to kill PM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Monday that they’re looking for more weapons believed to be part of a plot to assassinate the prime minister, after police discovered guns and thousands of bullets allegedly belonging to an anti-establishment leader. Police found over a dozen guns, around 6,000 bullets, knives, drugs, …

Groups urge Thai action against torture, disappearances

BANGKOK (AP) — Rights groups are urging Thailand’s government to enact legislation banning torture and forced disappearances as its human rights record comes under United Nations review. Tuesday’s review in Geneva by the U.N. Human Rights Committee comes shortly after Thailand’s legislature unanimously ratified a U.N. treaty against forced disappearances. …

Thailand hands out prenatal vitamins for Valentine’s Day

BANGKOK (AP) — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Thai government is handing out pills it calls “very magical vitamins” to prospective mothers to boost the country’s falling birthrate. Government workers started distributing 1 million baht’s ($28,600) worth of prenatal vitamins Tuesday to women between the ages of 20 …

Thai PM plans driving crackdown after deadly van crash

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister vowed Wednesday to crack down on the country’s private van transportation industry after a fiery crash that killed 25 people. Thailand has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world, and vans — especially used for commuting, but also for inter-provincial travel …

Thai police charge man in hacking attacks on gov’t sites

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand on Monday charged a suspect with participating in recent hacking attacks on government computers that were billed as a protest against a restrictive law governing internet use. Natdanai Kongdee, 19, was one of nine people arrested in connection with the attacks that blocked access …

Thailand: ‘No exceptions’ on lese majeste for news outlets

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish “illegal” content, the defense minister said Wednesday, after the BBC’s bureau in Bangkok came under scrutiny for an article about the country’s new king. The British broadcaster’s Thai-language service, a relative newcomer, caused a stir …

Thailand’s new king appoints a smaller council of advisers

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun named an 11-member council of advisers on Tuesday, bringing in three new officials, including a former army chief and two representatives of the ruling junta. The so-called Privy Council he named is smaller than the 16-member council of his father, the …