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Thai activists plan more protests ahead of coup anniversary in May

February 17, 2018

BANGKOK: A group of pro-democracy activists in Thailand said on Saturday that it plans to hold more public protests, despite threat of arrests, to demand the military government not to delay a general election scheduled for November this year. The junta has promised and postponed elections several ...
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Thailand decorates Myanmar’s army chief amid Rohingya crisis

February 16, 2018

Thailand awarded Myanmar's army chief a royal decoration on Friday amid allegations of crimes by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims that have prompted international condemnation.
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Myanmar army chief honoured by Thailand despite Rohingya crisis

February 16, 2018

Myanmar's army chief received a royal decoration from Thailand on Friday, despite accusations his security forces have carried out ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state.
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Thailand bets on ‘magic pills’ to boost declining birth rate

February 14, 2018

BANGKOK: Thailand has tried cash bonuses and tax incentives to boost the country's birth rate, but on Valentine's Day today it adopted a new approach: Handing out vitamin pills. Like several other Asian countries, Thailand is ageing rapidly. Birth rates have dropped sharply from more than ...
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Thailand’s Mr Bean plays jails for laughs

February 14, 2018

With the signature red tie, brown blazer, briefcase and teddy bear, a Thai computer technician has become a national sensation through his uncanny Mr Bean impersonations that are tickling a country that loves slapstick comedy.
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Biggest US force in years joins Thai military exercise

February 13, 2018

BANGKOK: The biggest U.S. force in years joined an annual military exercise in Thailand on Tuesday despite controversy over the Thai junta's invitation to neighboring Myanmar's army, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing. The United States scaled back attendance at Cobra Gold, Asia's largest ...
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Proposed Kra Canal not current government project: Thailand

February 11, 2018

BANGKOK: The Thai Government has made it clear that the proposed Kra Canal project is neither a priority currently nor does it have a policy on the proposed man-made waterway which will link the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. A government spokesman, Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Prime ...
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Thailand issues arrest warrants against four activists, one caught

February 10, 2018

BANGKOK: A Thai court issued arrest warrants for four pro-democracy activists on Friday for staging a public protest amid growing pressure on the junta to hold elections as promised, police said. Rangsiman Rome, Sirawich Seritiwat, Ekachai Hongkangwan and Anond Nampa were charged with illegal ...
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Thailand issues arrest warrants against four activists

February 9, 2018

BANGKOK: A Thai court issued arrest warrants for four pro-democracy activists on Friday for staging a public protest amid growing pressure on the junta to hold elections as promised, police said. Rangsiman Rome, Sirawich Seritiwat, Ekachai Hongkangwan and Anond Nampa were charged with illegal ...
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Global cyberfraud gang’s ‘co-founder’ arrested in Thailand

February 9, 2018

A Russian man accused of co-running a global cybercrime network shuttered in a US-led crackdown this week has been arrested in Bangkok and will face extradition, Thai police said Friday.
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US voices concern over 11 Uighur China wants Malaysia to deport

February 9, 2018

WASHINGTON/KUALA LUMPUR: The United States on Friday expressed concerns over Malaysia's possible deportation of 11 Uighur Muslims to China, following a Reuters report that Beijing wanted the Southeast Asian country to hand over the Uighur who escaped from Thailand. Citing sources, Reuters reported ...
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China confirms Swedish citizen and HK bookseller in detention

February 6, 2018

BEIJING: China confirmed on Tuesday that it had detained Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, after his daughter said Chinese police had seized him from a train last month. Gui was abducted in Thailand while on holiday in 2015, one of five Hong Kong booksellers who went ...
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Tick, tock; calls grow for Thai deputy PM to quit over watch scandal

February 5, 2018

A petition calling for the resignation of Thailand's deputy prime minister attracted thousands of signatures on Monday, heaping pressure on the junta's second-in-command to step aside amid a scandal over a luxury watch and undeclared assets.
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Penis whitening fad in Thailand worries surgeons

February 3, 2018

PARIS: Plastic surgeons raised red flags this week about a penis whitening fad in skin colour-fixated Thailand, dismissing the procedure as a phallic "fashion" with uncertain benefits and many risks. Requiring the use of lasers, acid, or chemicals, the latest craze in genital beautification can ...
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Cambodia criminalises criticism of king

February 2, 2018

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's government on Friday (Feb 2) approved the country's first lese majeste law handing a five year sentence to anyone found guilty of insulting the king, a move rights groups fear will be used to target dissent. Unlike neighbouring Thailand where royal defamation often results ...
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Thailand bans smoking, littering at popular tourist beaches

February 1, 2018

Thailand banned smoking and littering at 24 beachside locations that are popular with tourists over environmental concerns on Thursday, the ministry of natural resources and environment said.
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Thai teens handed years-long sentences for burning royal portraits

January 31, 2018

BANGKOK: Five Thai teens and a 20-year-old were sentenced to between nearly 3.5 and 11.5 years in prison on Wednesday (Jan 31) for setting fire to royal portraits, their lawyers said. Thailand has one of the harshest royal defamation laws in the world and aggressively polices any perceived slight ...
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Thailand charges eight activists as public frustration at junta grows

January 31, 2018

BANGKOK: Thailand on Wednesday charged eight activists of a civil rights group with violating the military government's ban on public gatherings, after it kicked off a cross-country march on Jan. 20 in a rare display of public discontent. Since military rule began in Thailand in 2014 ...
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Thailand’s PM says needs a little more time in office to prepare for vote

January 30, 2018

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday said he needed a little more time in office to prepare the country for a general election, just days after his deputy said a vote planned for this year could be delayed.
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Thai activist faces up to 15 years in jail for posting BBC article

January 30, 2018

BANGKOK: A Thai pro-democracy activist said on Sunday (Jan 28) she had fled Thailand after learning she would be prosecuted for defaming the monarchy for sharing on Facebook a 2016 BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand's king. Chanoknan Ruamsap said in a post on her Facebook account on Sunday ...
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Thai activist flees royal insult charge for posting BBC article

January 28, 2018

BANGKOK: A Thai pro-democracy activist said on Sunday she had fled Thailand after learning she would be prosecuted for defaming the monarchy for sharing on Facebook a 2016 BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand's king. Chanoknan Ruamsap said in a post on her Facebook account on Sunday that she ...
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Thai pro-democracy activists protest against junta delaying polls

January 27, 2018

BANGKOK: Pro-democracy activists in Thailand and more than a hundred supporters gathered on Saturday in a rare show of dissent to protest against the country's military government for delaying a general election. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had said a general election would take place in ...
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Bangkok’s Chatuchak market to go cashless by June

January 26, 2018

BANGKOK: From cashless payments to automated parking lots, Bangkok's famous Chatuchak market will be undergoing a "4.0" digital transformation.    According to the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), the market will become a cashless commercial area by June, reported Bangkok Post on Friday (Jan 26) ...
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Ousted Thai party slams fresh election delay to 2019

January 26, 2018

BANGKOK: Thailand's former ruling party on Friday (Jan 26) slammed the junta's latest postponement of elections until 2019, accusing the generals of buying time to consolidate support ahead of a return to voting. The junta has delayed several poll dates since toppling the elected government of ...
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Flights diverted after fire at Thai airport

January 26, 2018

BANGKOK: A domestic airport in Thailand's northeast was closed on Friday (Jan 26) after an electrical short-circuit sparked a fire, the country's airport authority said. Khon Kaen airport, an transport hub and a gateway to Thailand's northeast, serves flights arriving from the capital Bangkok and ...
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Thai navy says 11 million pill haul a record from Laos

January 25, 2018

Thailand's navy has seized 11 million meth pills from traffickers crossing from Laos via the Mekong River, a record bust from a communist state that is emerging as a key Asian drug route.
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Thai navy says 11 million pill haul a record fom Laos

January 25, 2018

Thailand's navy has seized 11 million meth pills from traffickers crossing from Laos via the Mekong River, a record bust from a communist state that is emerging as a key Asian drug route.
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Bangkok air pollution at unhealthy levels: Reports

January 25, 2018

SINGAPORE: The air quality in Thailand's capital of Bangkok has been at unhealthy levels in recent days, said the Pollution Control Department on Thursday (Jan 25).  On five of the last eight days, the PM2.5 reading exceeded the safe level of 50 microgrammes per cubic metre, said air and noise ...
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Thailand charges nine in anti-government protests dating to 2013

January 24, 2018

BANGKOK: Thailand on Wednesday charged nine leaders of anti-government protests in 2013 and 2014 with inciting insurrection and sedition in an attempt to oust Yingluck Shinawatra, who was prime minister at the time. The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and its supporters took to the ...
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Firebrand who prodded Thai coup indicted on terrorism, treason

January 24, 2018

BANGKOK: The firebrand leader of anti-government protests that presaged Thailand's 2014 military coup was indicted on treason and terrorism charges on Wednesday (Jan 24) linked to the deadly demonstrations. Suthep Thaugsuban, whose protest movement paralysed Bangkok for months and led to the ...
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