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BANGKOK | Life of Thai princess entering politics wasn’t always smooth

BANGKOK (AP) — Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, the first child of Thailand’s beloved late king, has always been a bit of a rebel, and on Friday she shook Thai society by becoming the first member of the royal family to enter party politics. It wasn’t the first unexpected turn in a somewhat turbulent life. Ubolratana, 67, … Continue reading BANGKOK | Life of Thai princess entering politics wasn’t always smooth

BANGKOK | Princess’s run for prime minister shocks Thai politics

BANGKOK (AP) — The older sister of the king of Thailand said Friday she will run for prime minister in elections next month, upending the palace’s decades-long tradition of eschewing politics and setting up a surprise contest with the leading military-backed candidate. Princess Ubolratana Mahidol’s nomination by the opposition Thai Raksa Chart Party marks a … Continue reading BANGKOK | Princess’s run for prime minister shocks Thai politics

BANGKOK | World shares mixed following Trump’s State of Union speech

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell in early European trading Wednesday following President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union address to Congress. The address raised no fresh concerns, though Trump reiterated his determination to protect American jobs and get China to make structural changes to its economy to help curb its trade surplus with the U.S. … Continue reading BANGKOK | World shares mixed following Trump’s State of Union speech

BANGKOK | Asian shares higher following strong gains on Wall Street

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares have advanced in Asia following a rally on Wall Street led by technology companies. There was little if any immediate reaction to President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union address. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.1 percent to 20,874.06 early Wednesday. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 rose 0.3 percent, helped by buying … Continue reading BANGKOK | Asian shares higher following strong gains on Wall Street

BANGKOK | World shares steady before Trump’s state of union address

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher Tuesday ahead of President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union address to Congress. European benchmarks advanced, with Germany’s DAX up 0.6 percent at 11,241.44 and the FTSE 100 in Britain jumped 0.8 percent to 7,093.36. France’s CAC 40 added 0.5 percent to 5,027.24. Wall Street looked set for … Continue reading BANGKOK | World shares steady before Trump’s state of union address

BANGKOK | Asia shares mixed, most markets closed for Lunar New Year

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were lower in most of the markets open in Asia on Tuesday, though much of the region took a break for the Lunar New Year. Australia’s benchmark surged 2.1 percent to 6,017.20 following a report on a probe into banking malpractices that was less severe than anticipated. The lackluster trading followed … Continue reading BANGKOK | Asia shares mixed, most markets closed for Lunar New Year

BANGKOK  | Thailand sets March election date after 5-year military rule

BANGKOK  —January 23, 2019—Thailand’s Election Commission on Wednesday announced that the nation’s first general election since the military seized power in a 2014 coup will be held on March 24. The long-awaited announcement came just hours after Thailand’s royal palace issued a decree authorizing the polls. The decree published Wednesday in the Royal Gazette put … Continue reading BANGKOK  | Thailand sets March election date after 5-year military rule