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  1. News - Asia - THAILAND

    US says ‘scaled-down’ military drills to go ahead in Thailand

    Posted Oct 25th 2014, 07:39pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Cobra Gold exercises since 1980. In recent years it has become a key element of a US strategy to pivot power to Asia amid concerns by several nations over China’s rise.   ... seized power from an elected government in May. In June the United States said it was also considering moving next year’s Cobra Gold joint military drills – the largest US multilateral exercise ...

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    Thai scholar faces criminal complaint for 'insulting' long-dead king

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:27am by AP

    ... years, with various political factions contending for power, is linked to such concerns. Police Colonel Thiravit Busaban said Sulak, a British-educated scholar with expertise in Thai history ...

  3. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Toilet graffiti suspect, 67, charged for insulting Thailand's monarchy

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 06:13pm by AFP

    ... The accused will now be tried in a military court – with no right to appeal – under martial law, which was imposed by the army two days before it seized power in May’s coup. Burin added that a raid ... of expressing anti-royal views, Amnesty said. Since seizing power Thailand’s junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who in August was also appointed as premier, has made several warnings that his regime ...

  4. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai PM hints elections could be delayed

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 03:18am by Reuters

    ... if the road map can be completed. Elections take time to organise." The army seized power in a bloodless coup following months of tumult- a move condemned by Western nations who urged Thailand to return to elections. Despite Prayuth hanging up his military uniform- he retired as army chief last month- he has kept a firm grip on power. The military has quashed most dissent, threatening ...

  5. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai television soaps under fire for plotlines depicting rape as romantic

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 05:20pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Bangkok Thai TV soaps blasted for romanticising rape In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera The Power of Shadows, the handsome protagonist gets ... and murder of a girl on an overnight train in Thailand has focused national outrage on messages in popular culture that trivialise — and some say even encourage — rape. Even the powerful general who ...

  6. News - Asia - THAILAND

    New Bangkok 'Super Tower' to be tallest in Southeast Asia at 615 metres

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 03:18am by AP

    ... seized power from the elected government on May 22, the 12th coup in Thailand since the end of its absolute monarchy in 1932. Martial law remains in place but business and daily life continues ...

  7. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Myanmar leader asks Thai PM for ‘fair’ investigation into tourist murders

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 04:51pm by Agence France-Presse in Yangon

    ... was discussed during talks between President Thein Sein and Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is visiting Myanmar on his first overseas foray since seizing power in a coup. The charges ...

  8. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai king has gall bladder removed

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 05:25am by AFP

    ... who seized power from the elected administration on May 22, shortly after Yingluck Shinawatra was booted from office by a controversial court ruling. Prayuth visited the hospital early ...

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    No hope for rights, Thai professors say after junta halts democracy seminar

    Posted Oct 03rd 2014, 10:24pm by AP

    ... Shinawatra was deposed by the army in 2006. His downfall was part of a power struggle that pits the rural north against a traditional, military-backed elite based in Bangkok and the south. ...

  10. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai junta leader apologises for his remarks on bikinis that followed brutal backpacker murders

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 09:51am by AFP

    ... The incendiary words from Prayuth, who seized power from the elected government in May, prompted the British Embassy in Bangkok to ask for a "clarification" over his remarks. John Sifton, Asia ...




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