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  1. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai junta leader appointed new prime minister by hand-picked parliament

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 11:51am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Bangkok Overwhelming vote sees sole candidate bolster the military's grip on power Junta leader steps into job as new Thai PM Three months after overthrowing ... the military's grip on power. Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly yesterday to name General Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since Prayuth ...

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    UN decries Thailand’s harsh punishments for royal slurs

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:38pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok UN slams Thai penalties for royal slurs The UN human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand's monarchy, warning of "chilling effects" on freedom of expression under the junta. Since the army seized power in May, at least 13 new royal defamation cases had been opened and other ...

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    Thai junta leader General Prayuth allowed to stay in power until elections held

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 11:12pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Bangkok Legal adviser says Prayuth can remain in charge until elections, as martial law stays in effect Junta leader can stay in power Thailand's junta chief could stay ... of the ruling council added that martial law, imposed two days before the army seized power on May 22, would remain in force for the foreseeable future. The military, under army chief General Prayuth ...

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    Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra returns home as legal threat lingers

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:12pm by Reuters

    ... 7 for abusing her power by transferring a top state official. The military ousted her government in a coup on May 22. She faces jail and a political ban if the rice case goes to court and she ... said. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) says the rice-buying scheme, the flagship policy that brought Yingluck to power in 2011, had incurred billions of dollars in losses that she ...

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    Thai legislature meets for first time after appointment by military junta after coup

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:53pm by Associated Press in Bangkok

    ... Supreme Court Judge Pornpetch Wichitcholchai as the assembly president. The dominance of active and retired military officers in the legislative body will reinforce the army’s hold on power ...

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    Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha appoints interim assembly

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 11:26pm by BLOOM

    ... 7, according to a statement in the Royal Gazette. The members are to choose a prime minister and cabinet ministers under an interim constitution introduced last week that gives Prayuth power ... positions and desires." The junta, which seized power on May 22, has said a new election could be held late next year. Almost all the new assembly members are men and more than half come from ...

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    Thailand’s junta arrests army general for Bangkok red-light district extortion

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 04:15pm

    ... bars catering mainly to foreigners attracted by Thailand’s huge sex industry. The military, who took power in a May 22 coup, began investigating the general after complaints from street vendors ... four civilians accused of working with Jenronnarong. Since seizing power, Thailand’s new junta rulers have vowed to root-out corruption across the kingdom. The coup followed nearly seven months ...

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    Revealed: the pivotal last hours that led Thai general to declare, 'Sorry, I'm taking power'

    Posted May 25th 2014, 05:25am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Bangkok At last meeting with political factions, general moved swiftly to seize power when it became clear government wouldn't agree to step down Pivotal events that led toarmy takeover revealed Thailand's all-powerful army chief started the extraordinary meeting by asking participants to give a progress report on their "homework". ...

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    Thai junta commanders travel to China for regional security talks

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 03:36pm by Reuters

    ... comes after Western powers, including old ally the United States, criticised the May 22 coup and called for a speedy return to democracy. The junta has said it has China's support. ... Reuters in Bangkok Junta commanders in China for security talks A delegation of Thai military commanders travelled to China yesterday for talks on regional security and joint training amid ...

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    Revamping Thai Airways will test business acumen of military junta

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Reuters

    ... declined to be interviewed, will be chairing the upcoming meeting with a smaller board this week. Five members have resigned since the junta came to power, reducing the board to 10 members. Among ...




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