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  1. News - Asia - THAILAND

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

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

    ... Lumpur, the tallest building in Southeast Asia, stand at 452 metres. The tallest building in Hong Kong, the International Commerce Centre, is 484 metres tall. The Thai developer intends the tower ... Canal Land chairman Yotin Boondicharern said. The ambitious plans are a vote of confidence in the Thai economy, which has struggled to grow during several years of political strife. The military ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1617227/new-bangkok-super-tower-be-tallest-southeast-asia-615-metres
  2. News - Asia - THAILAND

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

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

    ... as a weapon to harass political enemies. The complaint comes during a period of heightened nationalism under a military-installed administration after a May coup. The role of the monarchy has come ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1619519/thai-scholar-faces-criminal-complaint-insulting-long-dead-king
  3. News - Asia - THAILAND

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

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

    ... discuss". The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission condemned the incident. Academic leaders asked the junta how they were supposed to work with such prohibitions. Prayuth said ... the fact that the deep societal tensions that have fuelled a decade of political upheaval here are not being healed, but suppressed. "The military says they want unity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1609036/no-hope-rights-thai-professors-say-after-junta-halts-democracy-seminar
  4. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai PM hints elections could be delayed

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

    ... or arresting critics of the coup. The reforms are partly aimed at ending the political influence of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a former telecoms tycoon who upset the establishment ... later. Prayuth has outlined a three-phase road map designed to mend a country that plunged into political crisis almost a decade ago following the coup against Thaksin. Last month Prayuth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1617160/thai-pm-hints-elections-could-be-delayed
  5. News - Asia - THAILAND

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

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

    ... for a corruption conviction. Thailand’s long-running political conflict broadly pits a Bangkok-based middle class and royalist elite, backed by parts of the military and judiciary, against rural ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1618588/toilet-graffiti-suspect-67-charged-insulting-thailands-monarchy
  6. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai king has gall bladder removed

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

    ... King Bhumibol Adulyadej has had his gall bladder removed, the palace said yesterday, two days after the 86-year-old was rushed to hospital, sparking fears for his health in the politically ... States, Bhumibol came to the throne aged 18 in 1946. After finishing his studies in Switzerland he was crowned in 1950. The king has no official political role, but Thais see him as a unifying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1610914/thai-king-has-gall-bladder-removed
  7. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai king, 86, back in hospital with fever and suspected blood infection

    Posted Oct 05th 2014, 05:51am by Reuters, AP

    ... in 1946. Bhumibol, a constitutional monarch, is revered by many Thais. Worries about his health and succession have contributed to Thailand's political instability of the past eight years. He ... and culminated in the bloodless May 22 military coup. Bhumibol made several interventions in the 1970s and 1990s to call for calm during political crises. The latest round of tumult began in 2005 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1609790/thai-king-86-back-hospital-fever-and-suspected-blood-infection
  8. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai prime minister decries soap operas, and threatens to write his own

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 12:08am by Reuters

    ... of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, a telecoms tycoon who shook up politics by winning over poor voters with populist policies. Prayuth bemoaned hugely popular television soap operas which he said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1601208/thai-prime-minister-decries-soap-operas-and-threatens-write-his-own
  9. 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

    ... "under pressure". Thailand's image as a tourist haven was battered by months of political protests that ended in May's army coup and has been further damaged by the murder. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595257/thai-prime-minister-asks-if-tourists-bikinis-are-safe-after-british
  10. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai police hunt British man after backpackers murdered with hoe and left naked on beach

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:17pm by AFP

    ... been battered in recent months after a prolonged political crisis ended a coup which saw the army blanket the country with a curfew and strict martial law. Although the curfew was swiftly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593136/naked-bodies-two-murdered-british-tourists-found-thailand-beach

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