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  • Thailand Moves To Halt Stock Manipulation

    Thailand Moves To Halt Stock Manipulation

    Thailand Moves To Halt Stock Manipulation Thailand is planning new rules to halt stock-market manipulation by allowing the regulator to file civil lawsuits and impose hefty fines on the violators. The rules take inspiration from the success of US regulators in getting monetary settlements, Vorapol Socatiyanurak, secretary general of the Securities & Exchange Commission, said ...
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  • Thai Junta Chief Confirmed 29th Prime Minister By King

    Thai Junta Chief Confirmed 29th Prime Minister By King

    Thai Junta Chief Confirmed 29th Prime Minister By King Thai General Prayuth Chan-ocha, 60 anni, Monday morning received the royal command formally appointing him the 29th Prime Minister of the country. Gen. Prayuth was selected by the National Legislative Assembly, or the post-coup provisional legislature, as interim premier last Thursday. The Army chief and head ...
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  • Thailand's Economy Improving After 6 Month Of Turmoil

    Thailand’s Economy Improving After 6 Month Of Turmoil

    Thailand's Economy Improving After 6 Month Of Turmoil Thailand's junta's coup is reviving a troubled economy and saving it from recession, businesses are aboard for  sustainable, broad-based recovery. Many of Thailand's companies share the military government's optimism in recent earnings reports, looking to improved conditions after the 22 May coup ended 6 months of protests that paralysed ...
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  • Thailand's Military Leader Appointed PM By Parliament

    Thailand’s Military Leader Appointed PM By Parliament

    Thailand's Military Leader Appointed PM By Parliament Thailand's junta  leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, 60 anni, was appointed prime minister  Thursday by theThai legislature, giving the Army chief  legitimacy, while the military moves to stablize the nation. The army seized power on 22 May in a bloodless coup following 6 months of sometimes deadly street protests ...
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  • ASEAN Welcomes China's New Maritime Silk Road Initiatives

    ASEAN Welcomes China’s New Maritime Silk Road Initiatives

    ASEAN Welcomes China's New Maritime Silk Road Initiatives ASEAN member states welcome China' s initiative of building the new Maritime Silk Road and wish to enhance corporation in various fields with China within the vision, ASEAN Community Affairs Development Director Danny Lee said. In a recent interview, Mr. Lee said the creation of the new ...
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  • Ms. Yingluck Returns To Thailand

    Ms. Yingluck Returns To Thailand

    Ms. Yingluck Returns To Thailand Thailand's  deposed former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has returned to Thailand from her vacation as scheduled, quashing speculation that she might flee the country to avoid a thorny case, local media reported Monday. She returned to Thai capital Bangkok at about 10 p local time Sunday via a private jet ...
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  • Thailand Wants To Export Rice To China, ASEAN Countries

    Thailand Wants To Export Rice To China, ASEAN Countries

    Thailand Wants To Export Rice To China, ASEAN Countries Thailand is looking to release millions of tons of Rice to China and a few Southeast Asian nations throughout 2-H of this year. According to Duangporn Rodphayathi, Thai Foreign Trade Department director general, a quantity of 900,000 tons of Rice is yet to be delivered to ...
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  • Asia's Emerging Economies Urged To Curb Income Inequality +

    Asia’s Emerging Economies Urged To Curb Income Inequality +

    Asia's Emerging Economies Urged To Curb Income Inequality + As rapid economic growth improves average income level in Asian economies, most emerging economies in the region have also seen a staggering rise in income inequality, prompting analysts to urge them to take concrete steps to address the disparity in income issue. The adoption of export-oriented ...
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  • Thai Military Junta Lets ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra Leave Country

    Thai Military Junta Lets ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra Leave Country

    Thai Military Junta Lets ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra Leave Country The NCOP has given permission to deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country for the first time since the 22 May coup, a military spokesman said Thursday, even as  prosecutors seek a criminal indictment of her for corruption from the country's supreme court. ...
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  • Thailand Exempts Chinese Tourists From Visa Fees

    Thailand Exempts Chinese Tourists From Visa Fees

    Thailand Exempts Chinese Tourists From Visa Fees Thailand's military junta has agreed to a proposal to exempt Chinese tourists, including those from Taiwan, from visa fees for 3 months, local media reported Thursday. In a bid to boost tourism, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) agreed to waive visa fees for Chinese tourists ...
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  • Thailand's Inflation Falls On Price Control Measures

    Thailand’s Inflation Falls On Price Control Measures

    Thailand's Inflation Falls On Price Control Measures Thailand's inflation dropped in June as a result of the military junta's measures to maintain prices of commodity products, the Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday. The Consumer Price Index stood at 107.79 in June, down 0.10% from May, adviser to the ministry Ampawan Pichalai said, adding the figure ...
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  • Human Rights Group Seeks Better Conditions For Thailand's Migrants

    Human Rights Group Seeks Better Conditions For Thailand’s Migrants

    Human Rights Group Seeks Better Conditions For Thailand's Migrants Thai authorities should treat migrant workers humanely and with compassion even as they pursue their relentless campaign against human traffickers in the country, a human rights activist has said here. Sunai Pasuk, the Bangkok-based coordinator for the Human Rights Watch, has called on the Thai authorities ...
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  • Thailand Has Completed Drafting Its Interim Charter

    Thailand Has Completed Drafting Its Interim Charter

    Thailand Has Completed Drafting Its Interim Charter Thai military junta leaderArmy Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha Friday night said the drafting of an interim constitution has been completed. The draft is expected to be promulgated in July, General Prayuth said in his weekly televised address. A legislative assembly and an interim government will be set up ...
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  • The Impact Of Iraq Conflict On Asian Equity Markets

    The Impact Of Iraq Conflict On Asian Equity Markets

    The Impact Of Iraq Conflict On Asian Equity Markets Participants and analysts are divided on how the latest Iraq conflict is impacting on  Asian stock markets and the overall growth of the Asian emerging economies. Crude Oil prices have been more volatile in here due to the conflict in Iraq, with both WTI and Brent ...
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  • Thailand's Economic Growth Forecast Raised For 2014

    Thailand’s Economic Growth Forecast Raised For 2014

    Thailand's Economic Growth Forecast Raised For 2014 Kasikorn Research Center, the renowned think tank in Thailand, announced that it had raised its forecast for Thailand's economic growth in Y 2014 from the earlier 1.8 to 2.3%. Since it took over national administration on 22 May, the military junta has rolled out a line of economic ...
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  • Most Thais Approve Of Military Junta's Performance

    Most Thais Approve Of Military Junta’s Performance

    Most Thais Approve Of Military Junta's Performance Sunday, an opinion survey released showed that the Thai military junta has recieved a high degree of approval from the people for its performance after taking over national government's administration on 22 May. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) received an approval rate of 8.82 out of ...
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  • Thai Investors, Stocks Are Too Expensive

    Thai Investors, Stocks Are Too Expensive

    Thai Investors, Stocks Are Too Expensive Two of Thailand’s biggest money managers say the rise in stocks that sent the benchmark SET Index (SET) into a Bull Market Monday has gone too far, too fast. The nation’s Social Security Office, which invests pension contributions from local workers, is holding cash in anticipation of a market ...
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  • Singapore's Non-Crude Oil Domestic Exports Fall 6.6% In May

    Singapore’s Non-Crude Oil Domestic Exports Fall 6.6% In May

    Singapore's Non-Crude Oil Domestic Exports Fall 6.6% In May Singapore's non-Crude Oil domestic exports, a Key gauge of its export performance, fell by 6.6% Y-Y, the country's trade promotion agency International Enterprises Singapore said Tuesday. The decline came after a 0.9% increase in April. The market had expected a moderate expansion in May. Statistics show ...
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  • Thailand Interim Govt To Be Set Up In August, Curfew Lifted

    Thailand Interim Govt To Be Set Up In August, Curfew Lifted

    Thailand Interim Govt To Be Set Up In August, Curfew Lifted Thailand's junta leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, said Friday that an interim government would be set up by August. "A government will be set up by August, or at the very latest September," Gen. Prayuth told senior military officials at a meeting devoted to the ...
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  • Asia's Debt Level To Climb On ECB's Latest Monetary Easing

    Asia’s Debt Level To Climb On ECB’s Latest Monetary Easing

    Asia's Debt Level To Climb On ECB's Latest Monetary Easing With global liquidity likely to remain high following the monetary easing by European Central Bank (ECB) last week, most Asian economies will see more credit-fuelled growth which may lead to higher debt level, said latest analysis. For the 1st time, ECB pushed deposit rates into ...
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  • Thailand's Anti-coup Activist Charged With Incitement

    Thailand’s Anti-coup Activist Charged With Incitement

    Thailand's Anti-coup Activist Charged With Incitement Thailand's anti-coup activist Sombat Boonngamanong has been formally charged with inciting unrest, violating the Computer Crime Act and defying the order of the military junta, Pol Col Prasopchoke Prommun said Thursday. Sombat denied all the charges after the military handed him over to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) of ...
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  • China-ASEAN Trade + 1.2% January - May

    China-ASEAN Trade + 1.2% January – May

    China-ASEAN Trade + 1.2% January - May Trade between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grew 1.2% Y-Y to CNY 1.12-T (US$81.75-B) in the 1st 5 months of this year, Chinese customs data showed Sunday. The growth came on a 2.2% decline in China's general trade during the same period in Yuan-denominated ...
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  • Thai Protesters' "3-Finger" Sign Against Martial Law

    Thai Protesters’ “3-Finger” Sign Against Martial Law

    Thai Protesters' "3-Finger" Sign Against Martial Law Thai Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked demonstrators not to make a "3-finger" sign in public in protest of last month's coup, warning such gesture is against the martial rule. In a 40-min speech broadcast nationwide on TV and radio Friday night, Gen. Prayuth, who led the ...
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  • Curfew Lifted In Thailand's Krabi, Hua Hin, Cha-am, Phang Nga

    Curfew Lifted In Thailand’s Krabi, Hua Hin, Cha-am, Phang Nga

    Curfew Lifted In Thailand's Krabi, Hua Hin, Cha-am, Phang Nga Thai military junta on Friday night announced to lift the curfew in provinces of Krabi and Phang Nga, Prachuab Khiri Khan's Hua Hin district, and Phetchburi's Cha-am district, effective immediately. These places were the latest tourist destinations to be exempted from the curfew currently imposed ...
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  • Thai Military Curfew Not To Interfere With Tourism

    Thai Military Curfew Not To Interfere With Tourism

    Thai Military Curfew Not To Interfere With Tourism Thai military junta asked a group of Chinese businessmen, who are on a visit to the country, to help promote Thai tourism during a meeting in capital Bangkok Friday. Talking to the delegation of Chinese businessmen, Thai coup leader and head of the military-run National Council for ...
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  • Assets of Former Thai PM Yingluck And Her Ministers Investigated

    Assets of Former Thai PM Yingluck And Her Ministers Investigated

    Assets of Former Thai PM Yingluck And Her Ministers Investigated Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) Thursday decided to set up a committee to investigate the assets of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and 4 former ministers involved in the controversial Rice-pledging program. According an NACC a resolution approving the inquiry, the committee's mission is to ...
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  • US Being Led On A 'Merry Chase' In Asia

    US Being Led On A ‘Merry Chase’ In Asia

    US Being Led On A 'Merry Chase' In Asia The United States might not benefit from its strategy of using disputes between China and Vietnam to contain the former, an international relations expert warned. Dong Chunling, an expert with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said in a commentary carried in Tuesday's China Daily ...
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  • Thai Military Junta Lifts Curfew In Pattaya, Samui And Phuket

    Thai Military Junta Lifts Curfew In Pattaya, Samui And Phuket

    Thai Military Junta Lifts Curfew In Pattaya, Samui And Phuket  Thai military junta, or the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO),  Tuesday lifted curfew in Pattaya, Koh Samui and Phuket Province, all popular tourist destinations in Thailand. Curfew in other areas remains in effect, the junta said. Stay tuned... HeffX-LTN Paul Ebeling
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  • Foreign Governments Scale Back Relations With Thailand

    Foreign Governments Scale Back Relations With Thailand

    Foreign Governments Scale Back Relations With Thailand Thai police and soldiers were a big presence downtown Bangkok  Saturday. They were in the city center to preempt further protests against  the 22 May coup after the Army Chief General said a return to democracy will take more than a year. In a televised address late Friday, ...
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  • Thailand Elections At Least 15 Months Away

    Thailand Elections At Least 15 Months Away

    Thailand Elections At Least 15 Months Away Thai coup leader Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said late Friday an interim government will be formed before the FY 2015 begins in October, and that  elections are expected to be held after at least 15 months. The military did not want power but it needed to seize ...
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  • Thailand's Military Ruler Bans All Protests

    Thailand’s Military Ruler Bans All Protests

    Thailand's Military Ruler Bans All Protests More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections Thursday to prevent a planned protest, authorities say they will no longer allow any demonstrations against last week's military coup. Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the capital's Victory Monument in a massive ...
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  • Abraaj Buys Stake In Thai Education Firm Amid Political Turmoil

    Abraaj Buys Stake In Thai Education Firm Amid Political Turmoil

    Abraaj Buys Stake In Thai Education Firm Amid Political Turmoil Abraaj said it bought a stake in out-of-school education provider KPN Academy, without disclosing the purchase price. Middle East private equity firm Abraaj Group bought into an education provider in Thailand, betting on a country that last week saw the imposition of military rule after ...
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  • Former Thai Protest Leaders Freed From Army Detention

    Former Thai Protest Leaders Freed From Army Detention

    Former Thai Protest Leaders Freed From Army Detention Former pro-government protest leaders were released Wednesday after a 7 day detention at undisclosed Army barracks. The activists had been detained after they had reported to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the official title of a military junta headed by Army Chief Gen. Prayuth ...
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  • Thai PDRC Leader Suthep Indicted For Murder

    Thai PDRC Leader Suthep Indicted For Murder

    Thai PDRC Leader Suthep Indicted For Murder Thailand's former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) Suthep Thaugsuban Monday was indicted by the Criminal Court on charges of murder and attempted murders. The anti-government protest leader was charged for allegedly ordering the military crackdown on Red Shirt protesters in Y ...
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  • Thai Farmers Enlisted Unde Rice Pledging Program Be Paid

    Thai Farmers Enlisted Unde Rice Pledging Program Be Paid

    Thai Farmers Enlisted Unde Rice Pledging Program Be Paid More than 800,000 Thai farmers who have not been paid for their Rice under the Yingluck government's Rice-pledging scheme are expected to receive some 92-B Thai baht (US$ 2.88-B) starting Monday. Nathawat Chancharoen, deputy spokesman of the military junta's National Council for Peace and Order said ...
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  • Thai Coup Leader Has Royal Endorsement, Suthep, Yingluck Released

    Thai Coup Leader Has Royal Endorsement, Suthep, Yingluck Released

    Thai Coup Leader Has Royal Endorsement, Suthep, Yingluck Released Thai coup leader Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha received the Royal endorsement Monday appointing him the leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). Addressing the press conference later, General Prayuth called for public understanding about the coup, affirming sincere action aimed at easing ...
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  • Thai Military Tightens Grip, Focus On Economic Problems

    Thai Military Tightens Grip, Focus On Economic Problems

    Thai Military Tightens Grip, Focus On Economic Problems Sunday, Thailand's military tightened its grip, as it moved to dampen protests fuelled by social media and to rally commercial agencies and business to revitalize its hammered economy. The military overthrew the government on Thursday after months of debilitating and violent confrontation between the populist government of ...
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  • Malaysian PM, China Considered ASEAN's Active Partner

    Malaysian PM, China Considered ASEAN’s Active Partner

    Malaysian PM, China Considered ASEAN's Active Partner China has long been considered ASEAN's most active partner and this trend looks certain to continue, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said Saturday. In Y 2010, ASEAN and China signed a 5-yr Plan of Action ( 2011-2015) to implement the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership for ...
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  • Thailand's King Has Been Informed Of Military Coup

    Thailand’s King Has Been Informed Of Military Coup

    Thailand's King Has Been Informed Of Military Coup The Thai military junta said Saturday that the nation's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has acknowledged its report about the power seizure by the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council. In a statement, the junta said it had submitted letters to the King through the Office of His Majesty's Principal ...
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  • Thailand’s Military Names Economic Minister

    Thailand’s Military Names Economic Minister

    Thailand’s Military Names Economic Minister Thailand’s military junta ordered 35 more people to report to Saturday afternoon or risk arrest, including ruling party members ousted in the coup, academics and a former protest leader who once seized Bangkok’s airports. The junta has detaining 3 ousted prime ministers and leaders of rival street protest movements. The ...
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  • Thai Senate Dissolved, Key Officials Moved To Inactive Posts

    Thai Senate Dissolved, Key Officials Moved To Inactive Posts

    Thai Senate Dissolved, Key Officials Moved To Inactive Posts Saturday night , Thai coup leader, Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, dissolved the Senate and transferred a few important government officials to inactive posts following Thursday's coup. Prayuth said that he had taken over the authority of the House of Representatives and the Senate for the ...
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  • ASEAN Risks Being Divided In US Pivot To Asia

    ASEAN Risks Being Divided In US Pivot To Asia

    ASEAN Risks Being Divided In US Pivot To Asia While the United States, with the pivot to Asia, is testing China's capability to handle diplomatic challenges in ties with its neighborhood, it is carrying out the strategy increasingly at the expense of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by driving wider the rifts among ...
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  • US Suspends $3.5-M In Military Aid To Thailand Following Coup

    US Suspends $3.5-M In Military Aid To Thailand Following Coup

    US Suspends $3.5-M In Military Aid To Thailand Following Coup  The United States has suspended about US$3.5-M in military assistance to Thailand following a coup, the State Department said Friday. The United States is reviewing the rest of the annual direct assistance to Thailand, which totaled  US$10.5-M in FY 2013, as well as other aid ...
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  • Thailand Army Chief General Begins Governing Country

    Thailand Army Chief General Begins Governing Country

    Thailand Army Chief General Begins Governing Country Thailand's General Prayuth Chan-ocha, 60 anni, will begin to govern his country Friday, a day after he seized power in a bloodless coup in a bid to end 6 months of turmoil. General Prayuth launched his coup after factions refused to give ground in a struggle for power ...
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  • Thailand Under Curfew After Army Coup

    Thailand Under Curfew After Army Coup

    Thailand Under Curfew After Army Coup Thai's Army Chief General declares himself as the Prime Minister after military seizes power in country's 12th coup since Y 1932 A nationwide curfew has been imposed in Thailand after the country's military seized power by dissolving the government and suspending the constitution. Chief General Prayut Chan-Ocha announced Thursday ...
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  • Thailand's Army Chief Announces Military Coup

    Thailand’s Army Chief Announces Military Coup

    Thailand's Army Chief Announces Military Coup Thai Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha  Thursday declared a coup to prevent any more loss of life and prevent the conflict from escalating further. The Peace and Order Maintaining Command has taken the power from the caretaker government, General Prayuth announced on national television. The development followed 2 days of meetings ...
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  • Thai Army Chief Takes Command, Calls Meeting Of Political Sides

    Thai Army Chief Takes Command, Calls Meeting Of Political Sides

    Thai Army Chief Takes Command, Calls Meeting Of Political Sides Thailand's Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan- ocha Wednesday called a meeting of representatives from various parties involved in the country's protracted political crisis. The meeting is to be attended by representatives from the Pheu Thai Party, Democrat Party, the pro-government United Front of Democracy against ...
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  • Asian Security, Asians' Responsibility

    Asian Security, Asians’ Responsibility

    Asian Security, Asians' Responsibility Asia is a throbbing continent, not only because of its breath-taking momentum in economic growth, but also in terms of the heart-wrenching stack of security threats it faces. From Afghanistan to Iraq and to Syria, and from the South China Sea disputes to the Korean Peninsula and Iranian nuclear issues and ...
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  • Thailand's Army Chief Declares Martial Law

    Thailand’s Army Chief Declares Martial Law

    Thailand's Army Chief Declares Martial Law The Army said that the military took action to "keep peace and order" as soldiers entered several private TV stations in Bangkok, the nation's capital. Thailand was declared under martial law Tuesday in the face of a looming street chaos in Bangkok, the Thai capital. Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha declared ...
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  • APEC Roadmap: Plan A Free Trade Area

    APEC Roadmap: Plan A Free Trade Area

    APEC Roadmap: Plan A Free Trade Area A ministerial meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has reiterated its resolution to draft a Roadmap aimed the establishment of a Free Trade Area (FTA) of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). The annual APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting, which wrapped up Sunday in China's eastern city of Qingdao, released ...
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  • Thai Protest Leader Sets 27 May As D-Day

    Thai Protest Leader Sets 27 May As D-Day

    Thai Protest Leader Sets 27 May As D-Day Thailand's anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said Saturday that if not enough people joined his campaign to pressure the remaining caretaker ministers to resign by 26 May, he will stop fighting and turn himself in the next day. Suthep urged more than 1-M people to come out ...
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  • ASEAN: Maritime Silk Road Brings New Opportunity

    ASEAN: Maritime Silk Road Brings New Opportunity

    ASEAN: Maritime Silk Road Brings New Opportunity Accelerating the maritime Silk Road development became a heated topic at the 8th Pan-Beibu Gulf (PBG) Economic Cooperation Forum, as the initiative is expected to inject new impetus to regional growth. The forum, which was held in Nanning Thursday, drew government officials, experts and business people from China ...
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  • Thailand Violence Heats Up, Acting PM Flees Meeting, 3 Killed

    Thailand Violence Heats Up, Acting PM Flees Meeting, 3 Killed

    Thailand Violence Heats Up, Acting PM Flees Meeting, 3 Killed Protesters seeking to oust Thailand's government broke into the grounds of an Air Force compound Thursday where the acting prime minister was meeting the Election Commission to fix a date for new polls, forcing him to flee. The disruption of acting Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan's ...
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  • Thai Anti-Government Protest Continue, 2 Killed In Bangkok

    Thai Anti-Government Protest Continue, 2 Killed In Bangkok

    Thai Anti-Government Protest Continue, 2 Killed In Bangkok Unidentified gunmen attacked anti-government protesters in Bangkok Thursday, killing 2 people as Thailand's rival political factions squared off over who should be the nation's prime minister. Protests aimed at ending the influence of ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra have brought occasional violence to Bangkok since November, with ...
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  • Crisis In Thailand Continues, Pressure Builds On Senate

    Crisis In Thailand Continues, Pressure Builds On Senate

    Crisis In Thailand Continues, Pressure Builds On Senate Thailand's Senate is due to meet Tuesday to try to find a solution to protracted political turmoil, with both sides putting pressure on the only legislative assembly still operating in the divided country. The deadlock, the result of anti-government protests that began in November, has crippled government, ...
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  • Security Tightened In Thailand, Risk Of Violence Seen

    Security Tightened In Thailand, Risk Of Violence Seen

    Security Tightened In Thailand, Risk Of Violence Seen Thai security officials said they will arrest protest leaders seeking to install an appointed prime minister as rising tensions threaten to spark fresh clashes between supporters and opponents of the government. “We ask people to leave protest sites and warn your children and family members to stay ...
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  • Thailand's Army Standing By For The People In Political Crisis

    Thailand’s Army Standing By For The People In Political Crisis

    Thailand's Army Standing By For The People In Political Crisis Saturday, Thailand's army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha noted that a military coup would not solve the nations political predicament. But soldiers will always be the people's last resort, General Prayuth was quoted by Bangkok Post as saying. He called on all parties involved to end the ...
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  • Yingluck's Supporters Gathering To Protest Her Removal As PM

    Yingluck’s Supporters Gathering To Protest Her Removal As PM

    Yingluck's Supporters Gathering To Protest Her Removal As PM Supporters of Thailand's deposed government gathered Saturday on the outskirts of Bangkok saying they were determined to safeguard democracy and avert a coup as anti-government protesters, based at a central park, planned their "final push". Thailand's polarized politicians have been unable to compromise over a nearly ...
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  • Thailand's Deposed Prime Minister Faces Problems On Graft Issues

    Thailand’s Deposed Prime Minister Faces Problems On Graft Issues

    Thailand's Deposed Prime Minister Faces Problems On Graft Issues Thursday, Thailand's anti-corruption agency to deside whether to pursue charges against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that could see her banned from politics, and criminal proceeding could follow. Ms. Yingluck was thrown out of office Wednesday by the Constitutional Court for abuse of power, the latest ...
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  • Thai Caretaker PM Removed From Office For Abuse Of Power

    Thai Caretaker PM Removed From Office For Abuse Of Power

    Thai Caretaker PM Removed From Office For Abuse Of Power Wednesday, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the prime minister status of Yingluck Shinawatra was ended for abusing power in a personnel transfer in Y 2011. Nine other caretaker Cabinet members were also removed from office for their involvement in the transfer of Thawil Pliensri from ...
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  • Thai PM Yingluck Removed From Office For Abuse Of Power

    Thai PM Yingluck Removed From Office For Abuse Of Power

    Thai PM Yingluck Removed From Office For Abuse Of Power Thailand's Constitutional Court Wednesday ruled that the prime minister status of Yingluck Shinawatra has been terminated for abusing power in a personnel transfer in Y 2011. Some caretaker cabinet members were also removed from office for their involvement in the illegal transfer. Ms. Yingluck's removal ...
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  • Thai Court Will Rule On Yingluck's Personnel Transfer Case Wednesday

    Thai Court Will Rule On Yingluck’s Personnel Transfer Case Wednesday

    Thai Court Will Rule On Yingluck's Personnel Transfer Case Wednesday The Thai Constitutional Court said Tuesday that it would deliver a verdict at Noon Wednesday on the allegation that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had abused power in a personnel change. Ms. Yingluck denied the allegation at the court Tuesday, saying she did not violate ...
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  • Too Late To Suspend Thailand Elections

    Too Late To Suspend Thailand Elections

    Too Late To Suspend Thailand Elections The proposals raised at the weekend by former Thai Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva that an election be suspended for a 6 month period was obviously"too late," according to Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn. The call for the suspension of the nationwide election, scheduled for 20 July, to give way for "national ...
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  • Asian Exports' May Have 'Decoupled' From Western Economies

    Asian Exports’ May Have ‘Decoupled’ From Western Economies

    Asian Exports' May Have 'Decoupled' From Western Economies The lack of significant rise in exports across Asia despite the steady recovery in the US and Eurozone economy in recent months has baffled analysts, which led some to speculate that a "decoupling" may have taken place or that the performance of developed economies may not have ...
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  • Thai Opposition Leader Wants July Election Delayed For Reforms

    Thai Opposition Leader Wants July Election Delayed For Reforms

    Thai Opposition Leader Wants July Election Delayed For Reforms Saturday, Thai opposition leader, Abhisit Vejjajiva urged that a general election planned for July be delayed by up to 6 months to allow time for reforms aimed at ending a protracted political crisis that threatens to explode. Protesters have been trying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck ...
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  • Thailand Will Hold General Election On 20 July, Yingluck Undecided

    Thailand Will Hold General Election On 20 July, Yingluck Undecided

    Thailand Will Hold General Election On 20 July, Yingluck Undecided The Thai caretaker government Wednesday agreed with the Election Commission (EC) to hold a general election on 20 July. The agreement was reached during talks between the government and EC at the Royal Thai Air Force Academy. The government agreed with all EC proposals such as enhancing ...
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  • Thai Economic Growth In 2014 Likely To Be Less Than 2.7%

    Thai Economic Growth In 2014 Likely To Be Less Than 2.7%

    Thai Economic Growth In 2014 Likely To Be Less Than 2.7% MCO Friday, the Bank of Thailand, the country's central bank, said that Thailand's  economic growth in Y 2014 would likely be lower than the 2.7%  target. F-Y 2015 budget may be delayed by up to 6 moths, which will hurt the economy, the bank's ...
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  • ASEAN, Chinese Cultural Ministers Meet In Vietnam

    ASEAN, Chinese Cultural Ministers Meet In Vietnam

    ASEAN, Chinese Cultural Ministers Meet In Vietnam Chinese cultural minister Cai Wu attended the 2nd meeting of China-ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA+China) and the 6th meeting of cultural ministers of ASEAN and its dialogue partners China, Japan, and South Korea (AMCA+3) in Hue city in central Vietnam Saturday. During the 2nd AMCA+China ...
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  • ASEAN Faces Challenges In Achieving Regional Economic Integration

    ASEAN Faces Challenges In Achieving Regional Economic Integration

    ASEAN Faces Challenges In Achieving Regional Economic Integration The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is facing a number of challenges in the full implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC), the vehicle for regional economic integration, by end of Y 2015. At the AEC Forum held in Manila late last week, government officials and ...
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  • Thailand, New Elections Expected In July

    Thailand, New Elections Expected In July

    Thailand, New Elections Expected In July Thailand is likely to have a new election in July, said Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn Wednesday. The Election Commission will hold talks with the caretaker government about the new election by the end of this month so that it will be held in the next 90 days or by ...
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  • Thai Consumers Cautious, Recession Looms

    Thai Consumers Cautious, Recession Looms

    Thai Consumers Cautious, Recession Looms AAPL, NOK The  economy of Thailand known for its dynamism is ailing, headed towards recession and held hostage by crippling turmoil in an 8-yr power struggle being fought in Bangkok's commercial heart and in its courts. This crisis centers on the political dominance of the billionaire Shinawatra family, and the ...
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  • Thai's Ignore Political Unrest, Indulge In Songkran Joy

    Thai’s Ignore Political Unrest, Indulge In Songkran Joy

    Thai's Ignore Political Unrest, Indulge In Songkran Joy Sunday, people across Thailand began their 3-day merrymaking for the water-splashing Songkran Festival, or the Thai New Year, under little shadow of the prolonged political tension. Thousands of people in all age groups and from numerous countries crowed into Silom Road in downtown Bangkok, one of the major ...
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  • Dynamic Asia-Pacific Region Needs Reforms

    Dynamic Asia-Pacific Region Needs Reforms

    Dynamic Asia-Pacific Region Needs Reforms The Asia-Pacific region is the most dynamic in the world, but more reforms are need to keep the momentum, said an IMF official Friday. "We believe the Asia-Pacific region will continue to remain as the most dynamic in the world although the growth rate in Y 2014 will not be ...
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  • Bangkok Unrest Feared To Resume After Songkran Festival

    Bangkok Unrest Feared To Resume After Songkran Festival

    Bangkok Unrest Feared To Resume After Songkran Festival A new round of street protests by pro and anti-government supporters is feared to resume after the Thai Songkran Festival (New Year) and the issuance of a verdict by the Constitutional Court on an administrative case filed against besieged acting Premier Yingluck Shinawatra expected later this month. ...
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  • Thailand: "Lame Duck' Yingluck Can't Be Replaced With Non-elected PM

    Thailand: “Lame Duck’ Yingluck Can’t Be Replaced With Non-elected PM

    Thailand: "Lame Duck' Yingluck Can't Be Replaced With Non-elected PM As the street protests in Bangkok continue to simmer, the Big Q question now among Thai opinion-makers is whether caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra will continue to stay or be deposed either by the Constitutional Court or the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). Ekachai Chaiyanuvat, vice dean ...
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  • Terrorist Attack in Thailand

    Terrorist Attack in Thailand

    Terrorist Attack in Thailand 1 dead 28 wounded in bomb attacks in Thailand. 4 bombs including a car bomb exploded in Thailand Sunday killing at least one person and wounding 28 others. Car bombs are rare in the south, which has seen near-daily shootings and bomb attacks in a decade-long rebellion by Islamic extremists against ...
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  • Pro-government "Red Shirts" Converge In Bangkok To Support Yingluck

    Pro-government “Red Shirts” Converge In Bangkok To Support Yingluck

    Pro-government "Red Shirts" Converge In Bangkok To Support Yingluck Thousands of supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra traveled by bus, pickup truck and train Saturday to join a 3-day rally on the outskirts of Bangkok aimed at countering months of often violent anti-government protests. In their largest show of force in months, the pro-government ...
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  • Thai Clears Rice Stockpiles, Price War Coming

    Thai Clears Rice Stockpiles, Price War Coming

    Thai Clears Rice Stockpiles, Price War Coming Asian rice costs will keep falling from near a 6-yr low as Thailand clears out record stockpiles, threatening a price war with Vietnam and India. The thai government plans to sell about 1-M metric tons a month, compared with average monthly exports of 558,000 tons last year. The ...
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  • Thai Constitutional Court Accepts Petition Against Caretaker PM

    Thai Constitutional Court Accepts Petition Against Caretaker PM

    Thai Constitutional Court Accepts Petition Against Caretaker PM The Thai Constitutional Court Wednesday accepted for consideration a petition filed by a group of Senators against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The petition submitted by 28 senators argued that Yingluck's order to transfer Thawil Pliensri from the post of Secretary General of the National Security Council (NSC) ...
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  • Thailand's Caretaker PM's Legal Woes Grow

    Thailand’s Caretaker PM’s Legal Woes Grow

    Thailand's Caretaker PM's Legal Woes Grow A Thai court accepted a new case Wednesday against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, compounding her many serious legal problems as she resists pressure to step down over 5 months of often violent street protest. Twenty-four people have already died in the crisis, including an anti-government protester Tuesday after weeks ...
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  • ASEAN: Central Banks To Cooperate In Implementing Monetary Policy

    ASEAN: Central Banks To Cooperate In Implementing Monetary Policy

    ASEAN: Central Banks To Cooperate In Implementing Monetary Policy Vice-Governors of ASEAN member states' central banks have met in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss co-operation in implementing monetary policy and ASEAN banking services in line with ASEAN monetary affairs framework, state media reported Wednesday. Chaired by Myanmar, the 22nd ASEAN Conference of Vice Governors of ...
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  • Thai Caretaker PM Yingluck Defended Herself In Person Monday

    Thai Caretaker PM Yingluck Defended Herself In Person Monday

    Thai Caretaker PM Yingluck Defended Herself In Person Monday Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Monday defended herself in person against charges of negligence of duty in the Rice-pledging scheme.  Ms, Yingluck made an oral defense at the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) against allegations that she, as Chairperson of the National Rice Policy Committee, failed ...
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  • Violent Attack On Thailand's Anti-graft Office

    Violent Attack On Thailand’s Anti-graft Office

    Violent Attack On Thailand's Anti-graft Office Grenades were thrown at the offices of Thailand's anti-corruption agency, which has summoned the Prime Minister to answer charges of dereliction of duty next week, as protesters trying to oust her prepare for a big weekend rally. Nobody was injured in the overnight attack, the 2nd on the agency's ...
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  • Thailand Remains World’s Best Country

    Thailand Remains World’s Best Country

    Thailand Remains World's Best Country  As regular readers would know, I am a big fan of my adopted homeland, Thailand.  And while all that has been in the news lately is a focus on the politics of Thailand, here some real news, Thailand is still the world's hottest tourist destination, and for good reason.  For ...
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  • ASEAN Culture Mini Festival Opened In Brunei

    ASEAN Culture Mini Festival Opened In Brunei

    ASEAN Culture Mini Festival Opened In Brunei The 2-day ASEAN Mini Festival, themed "Festival of ASEAN Cultural Expressions," aimed to showcase the regional identity of ASEAN to the world, opened at the Airport Mall, Brunei Wednesday. In the opening remarks, minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair, said "ASEAN countries ...
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  • Thailand Crisis or Opportunity with Kitichai Taechangamlert‏

    Thailand Crisis or Opportunity with Kitichai Taechangamlert‏

    Thailand Crisis or Opportunity with Kitichai Taechangamlert‏ Thailand has a very strong and well regulated stock market. The SET has not been concerned by the political crisis and has continued to rally. but there must be some real concerns about the final outcome and how that will impact the market in the mid term. Some ...
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  • Thia PM Facing Impeachment, Red Shirts Rally

    Thia PM Facing Impeachment, Red Shirts Rally

    Thia PM Facing Impeachment, Red Shirts Rally Supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra say they will take to the streets as moves to impeach her gather momentum, raising the specter of confrontation with protesters who helped skuttle a February election she had been expected to win. The Constitutional Court annulled the election Friday and ...
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  • Thai Court Declares 2 February Snap Election Void

    Thai Court Declares 2 February Snap Election Void

    Thai Court Declares 2 February Snap Election Void Thailand’s Constitutional Court has nullified a 2 February snap general election in a ruling. This will further delay the formation of a new government after months of street protests aimed at bringing down Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The court said the vote did not take place on ...
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  • Best time to visit Thailand? Anytime

    Best time to visit Thailand? Anytime

    Best time to visit Thailand? Anytime It is a fact, I manage to spend most of my time in the best Country in the World, Thailand. For a holiday, or a new lifestyle, Thailand is the place to be. I know most of the news on Thailand in focused on the Political issues, having been ...
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  • Hong Kong Lowers Travel Alert For Bangkok

    Hong Kong Lowers Travel Alert For Bangkok

    Hong Kong Lowers Travel Alert For Bangkok The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government Wednesday lowered the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Bangkok to "amber" the same level as for other parts of Thailand. The move followed a Thai government decision Tuesday to end the "State of Emergency" for the city and surrounding provinces ...
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  • Thai Political Uncertainty Causing Long Term Damage To Economy -  IHS Global Insight

    Thai Political Uncertainty Causing Long Term Damage To Economy – IHS Global Insight

    Even as the rival parties staking claim to the power center in Thai government trade pot shots at each other  and encourage their supports to disrupt the normal functioning of the Thai government in order to gain a upper hand in the political arena, the country’s economy continues to suffer. This has been caused by ...
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  • The 3rd Arrest Warrant Has Been Issues For Thai Protest Leader

    The 3rd Arrest Warrant Has Been Issues For Thai Protest Leader

    The 3rd Arrest Warrant Has Been Issues For Thai Protest Leader Wednesday, the Thai Criminal Court approved another, the 3rd, arrest warrant against Suthep Thaugsuban the leader of the anti-government street rally, on charges of murder and attempted murder in a protest crackdown in Y 2010, the local press reported. This is the 3rd arrest ...
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  • Thailand Re-runs Disputed Elections In 5 Provinces

    Thailand Re-runs Disputed Elections In 5 Provinces

    Thailand Re-runs Disputed Elections In 5 Provinces Thailand is holding elections Sunday in 5 provinces where voting was disrupted in last month's poll by anti-government protesters trying to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Election re-runs planned for April in other provinces have been suspended pending a court decision on procedures. Voting was disrupted in 18% ...
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  • Thai Protest Leader Signals End To Bangkok Shutdown

    Thai Protest Leader Signals End To Bangkok Shutdown

    Thai Protest Leader Signals End To Bangkok Shutdown Thai anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban Friday night announced the operation to paralyze the capital Bangkok, which has lasted from 13 January, will be ended on 3 March. Protesters will withdraw from all rally sites in the city except the one at the Lumpini Park, Suthep said ...
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  • Thai Anti-Graft Commission To Conclude Yingluck Case In Few Months

    Thai Anti-Graft Commission To Conclude Yingluck Case In Few Months

      Thai Anti-Graft Commission To Conclude Yingluck Case In Few Months Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) said Thursday that the case in which caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is charged with dereliction of duty would be wrapped up in months. Ms. Yingluck has been given 15 days to prepare her clarification on the charges, NACC ...
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  • Thai Deputy PM Proposes UN To Join Solving Crisis

    Thai Deputy PM Proposes UN To Join Solving Crisis

    Thai Deputy PM Proposes UN To Join Solving Crisis Thai caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul Wednesday proposed inviting the United Nations to help Thailand resolve the current political conflict. "If we could bring the UN in to initiate talks, a solution to the conflict in Thailand might be reached," Surapong was ...
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  • Partial Payment For Thai Rice Farmers Approved

    Partial Payment For Thai Rice Farmers Approved

    Partial Payment For Thai Rice Farmers Approved Thailand's Election Commission Tuesday approved an earlier request by the caretaker government to use 712-M Baht (US$21.9-M) from the Central Fund to pay farmers owed under the Rice-pledging scheme. The approved payment will go to 3,971 farmers in provinces of Chachoengsao, Phetchabun, Prachin Buri, Uthai Thani and Ayutthaya, ...
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  • Thai PM Yingluck Condemns Bangkok Violence

    Thai PM Yingluck Condemns Bangkok Violence

    Thai PM Yingluck Condemns Bangkok Violence Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Sunday condemned the 2 attacks in Bangkok's rally sites which killed 2, including a 4-yr-old child and injuring 22 others. Ms. Yingluck posted a message on her Facebook Wall that she was sad that children were killed and she would like to extend ...
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  • Lame-Duck Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra Denies Corruption Charges

    Lame-Duck Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra Denies Corruption Charges

    Lame-Duck Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra Denies Corruption Charges Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has denied charges the National Anti- Corruption Commission (NACC) has pressed against her for alleged negligence of duty in the Rice-pledging scheme. "I wish to assure you that as I have served my duty with righteousness and contrary to the charges ...
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  • Thailand, Death Squad Could Complicate Political Crisis

    Thailand, Death Squad Could Complicate Political Crisis

    Thailand, Death Squad Could Complicate Political Crisis The emergence of a mysterious death squad that has killed both anti-government protesters and law enforcement personnel has baffled authorities and complicated the already worsened political crisis in the Thai capital Bangkok. Both the caretaker government headed by lame-duck Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and protesters' leader and former ...
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