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23 Jun 2019 | 11:04 PM

Southeast Asian leaders emphasise economic strength in face of U.S.-China tensions

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Southeast Asian leaders agreed on Sunday to work together on the region's economy and security to strengthen their position to face growing U.S.-China tensions, as they wrapped up their summit in Bangkok.

23 Jun 2019 | 7:03 PM

Southeast Asia to launch joint bid to host 2034 World Cup - Thai PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries will jointly bid to host the World Cup in 2034, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Sunday, after meetings between the region's leaders in Bangkok.

22 Jun 2019 | 10:28 PM

Southeast Asian nations vow to combat plastic debris in oceans

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations vowed on Saturday to fight against plastic pollution in the ocean, as their leaders adopted a joint declaration during a summit in Bangkok.

21 Jun 2019 | 7:35 PM

'Unholy alliance'? SE Asian authorities accused of trading exiled activists

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Three Thai policemen approached Vietnamese refugee Nguyen Van Chung at his home in Bangkok in January and asked him whether he was in touch with another Vietnamese man, Truong Duy Nhat, who had fled to Thailand.

19 Jun 2019 | 3:54 PM

ASEAN must not turn a blind eye to plight of Rohingya, groups say

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Human rights groups on Wednesday called on Southeast Asian leaders to rethink their approach to the Rohingya refugee crisis ahead of a regional summit in Bangkok this week.

13 Jun 2019 | 3:15 PM

Stranded Rohingyas linked to human trafficking - Thai police

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Thursday there is enough evidence to press human trafficking charges against the captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 Rohingya Muslims that was shipwrecked this week on a southern Thai island.

12 Jun 2019 | 9:28 PM

Thailand manager apologises to fans after historic loss to U.S

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The general manager of Thailand's women national soccer team apologised to fans on Wednesday after the record 13-0 defeat by world champions the United States in the World Cup in France.

12 Jun 2019 | 5:38 PM

Thailand charges crew of stranded Rohingya boat

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities have charged the captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 Rohingya Muslims with assisting illegal immigration after the group was found stranded on a southern Thai island, police said on Wednesday.

6 Jun 2019 | 3:16 PM

Thai junta chief vows to 'do his best' as civilian PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha called on Thursday for national unity and thanked members of parliament after they voted him in as a civilian prime minister, five years after he seized power in a military coup.

6 Jun 2019 | 2:12 AM

How Thailand's coup leader kept power through election

BANGKOK (Reuters) - When Thailand's former army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, was confirmed as prime minister by parliament on Wednesday, he completed his transition from coup leader to head of a civilian government under a system that all but guaranteed his victory.