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  1. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Coup leader Prayuth gets Thailand king's backing to run the country

    Posted May 26th 2014, 01:20pm by AP

    ... by a royal endorsement yesterday to run the country after last week's coup, Thailand's junta leader warned citizens not to cause trouble, not to criticise and not to protest- or else face ... Adulyadej officially endorsed Prayuth to run the country in a royal command that called for "reconciliation among the people". Television footage showed Prayuth, standing to attention ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519626/thai-king-appoints-army-chief-new-junta-head-following-coup
  2. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai lèse-majesté cases have surged since coup, Amnesty says

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 12:35pm by AFP

    ... in the institution of the monarchy and stability," he said last Friday. Some experts believe that a struggle is unfolding to decide who will run Thailand's government when the more than six-decade reign of the ailing king eventually ends. The succession is a taboo topic in the country and its discussion is restricted under the royal defamation law. Critics say that law has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590067/thai-lese-majeste-cases-have-surged-coup-amnesty-says
  3. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai PM to visit Myanmar on first official trip

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 01:33pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... of this month or early October. “The prime minister is scheduled to visit Myanmar as his first foreign country because Myanmar currently chairs Asean,” Don said, referring to the 10-nation Association ... Myanmar’s army chief General Min Aung Hliang visited Bangkok, the Thai military said it had won the country’s backing. Since the coup, the junta has curtailed dissent in Thailand by hauling ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590815/thai-pm-visit-myanmar-first-official-trip
  4. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai PM Prayuth uses holy water and feng shui to ward off the occult

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 10:55pm by Reuters

    ... work at 9am on September 9, nine being an auspicious number in a country where numbers mean everything. Pronounced "Gaow" in Thai, it sounds like the Thai word "Gaow-Nah", ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1588925/thai-pm-prayuth-uses-holy-water-and-feng-shui-ward-occult
  5. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Toxic waste mountains threaten Southeast Asia's booming megacities

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 09:40pm by AFP

    ... are an environmental and health time bomb. Open dumping "offers a quick and easy solution in the short run", the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific says in a study, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583114/toxic-waste-mountains-threaten-southeast-asias-booming-megacities
  6. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Murder charges against former Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva dismissed

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:20pm by AFP

    ... Shinawatra- appeared in court sporting a shaven head and the orange robes of a Buddhist monk after entering the clergy. Abhisit was seen smiling after the ruling. Thailand's long-running ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581559/murder-charges-against-former-thai-premier-abhisit-vejjajiva-dismissed
  7. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai king endorses junta leader Prayuth as prime minister

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 11:35am

    ... in the coming weeks, although power will remain firmly in the junta’s hands. “His Majesty the King has endorsed General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister to govern the country from this day onwards,” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580518/thai-king-endorses-junta-leader-prayuth-prime-minister
  8. News - Asia - THAILAND

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

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

    ... military-dominated legislature has held its first meeting, taking another step in the country’s slow return to electoral democracy after more than two months under the junta’s rule. The 197-member National ... in the run-up to polls next year.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569245/thai-legislature-meets-first-time-after-appointment-military-junta-after
  9. News - Asia - THAILAND

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

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

    ... For several years before that, he held the position of army chief, a post many regard as one of the country's most powerful. Thailand's military has a history of intervening in politics ... democratic institutions have been entirely dismantled, and the country's authoritarian rulers have crushed all dissent. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1578345/thai-junta-leader-general-prayuth-chan-ocha-voted-prime-minister
  10. News - Asia - THAILAND

    UN decries Thailand’s harsh punishments for royal slurs

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

    ... allegations revived, spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said. "We are seriously concerned about the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country's lese majeste ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1577859/un-decries-thailands-harsh-punishments-royal-slurs

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