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Martial Law Scares Off Tourists, Official Warns

BANGKOK - A prominent trade organisation has claimed that the military's declaration of martial law has frightened many potential tourists away from Thailand, where the tourism industry was already facing a prolonged slump due to the political turmoil.

What Trump’s Trade and Geopolitical Moves Mean for China

BEIJING — With his rejection of an Asian trade pact, U.S. President Donald Trump has tackled the first in a promised series of far-reaching policy changes that could inadvertently give China room to assert itself as a regional leader and worsen strains over the South China Sea and Taiwan.

Paul Weitz, Commander of 1st Challenger Flight, 85

PHOENIX — Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early 1970s, has died. He was 85.

Perpetrators in Fatal Beating of Soldier Not Yet Named

BANGKOK — Military and police officials said justice would be served for a young recruit who was reportedly beaten to death in an army prison over the weekend, yet as of Tuesday not a single perpetrator had been identified.
People hold signs against Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the killing of the Rohingya people during a remembrance event to mark the one-year anniversary of the attacks that sent them fleeing to safety in Bangladesh, while holding a rally on Parliament Hill on Saturday in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. Photo: Justin Tang / The Canadian Press via AP

UN Team: Myanmar Military Chiefs Should Face ‘Genocide’ Case

Investigators working for the U.N.'s top human rights body say top Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide ...

Wanted: Assistant Pokemon Trainers

NEW YORK — Too busy with your real life to play the hit augmented reality game "Pokemon Go?" For a price, some entrepreneurs will play the game for you.

China Rushes Thailand for Tourist Visa Waiver

(28 October) The Chinese tourist authority has asked the Thai government to hasten the process that would allow Chinese tourists to visit Thailand without visa, said Minister of Tourism and Sports Somsak Pureesrisak.

Draft Order Shows Trump Intends to Stop Accepting Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON — A draft executive order obtained by The Associated Press shows that President Donald Trump intends to stop accepting Syrian refugees and suspend the United States' broader refugee program for 120 days.
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Vest-Case Scenario: Motosai Accuse Mall of Discrimination

BANGKOK — When is an orange vest fashionable and when is it uncouth? At a downtown shopping mall, it may depend on who’s wearing it.
Retired footballer David Beckham poses Saturday for a group photograph during a sponsored promotional event in Bangkok. Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press

Beckham Adds Star Power to Thai Football Clinic

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid football star David Beckham made a brief appearance Saturday in Bangkok where he conducted drills and addressed a crowd of around 100 young football fans as part of a sponsored promotional event.

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