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  1. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai PM hints elections could be delayed

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

    ... depend on whether wide-ranging national reforms could be completed within a year. The former army chief's remarks add to speculation that a general election promised for late 2015 could ... 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 ...

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    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 ...

  3. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai king has gall bladder removed

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

    ... turbulent nation. The world's longest-serving monarch was driven from his coastal palace to Bangkok's Siriraj hospital with a fever on Friday evening. He had an increased heart rate, ... and patients tend to recovery quickly from the operation. Bhumibol, who is officially King Rama IX, left the Siriraj last month after a stay of almost six weeks for a check-up. He lived in the same ...

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

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

    ... The 125-storey tower will rise 615 metres and include a luxury six-star hotel with 260 rooms, offices and an observation deck with panoramic views of the Thai capital and rooftop garden, developer Grand ...

  5. News - Asia - THAILAND

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

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

    ... the nation's military rulers have jailed opponents who dared to speak out and silenced the rest with the threat of prosecution. They have censored the media, dispersed protesters and forbidden open debate over the nation's fate. So when 150 people showed up to attend the latest in a series of talks Thammasat University called "Democracy Classroom", one weary student reminded ...

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    Thai television soaps under fire for plotlines depicting rape as romantic

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

    ... The premise is so common in Thailand’s popular primetime melodramas that it could be called a national twist on the universal romantic plotline. But calls for change are growing. The recent rape 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 ...

  7. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thailand backpacker murder suspects retract confessions

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 05:13am by GDN

    ... The Nation, said public prosecutors had returned the police report, asking officers to supply "more crucial information". The paper quoted Parinya Sirisarakarn, of Thailand's national ...

  8. 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

    ... tourists receive a fair trial Myanmar’s president has asked Thailand’s visiting premier to ensure a “clean and fair” investigation for a pair of Myanmar nationals charged with murdering two British ... accountable,” national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung told reporters in Bangkok on Friday. The battered bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found on the popular resort island, ...

  9. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Amnesty urges probe into allegations police tortured Koh Tao case suspects

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 05:17am by AP

    ... trial." On Tuesday, Thailand's national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung held a press conference in Bangkok to quash speculation and allegations on social media that his officers had framed ...

  10. News - Asia - THAILAND

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

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

    ... government after six months of violent anti-government protests. "I have ordered that scripts be written, including plays on reconciliation, on tourism and on Thai culture," Prayuth said. ...




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