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  1. 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

    ... an elected government and parliament in a May 22 coup. More than half of the new lawmakers hold military ranks. In their inaugural meeting, they voted unanimously to elect former Harvard-educated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569245/thai-legislature-meets-first-time-after-appointment-military-junta-after
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1578345/thai-junta-leader-general-prayuth-chan-ocha-voted-prime-minister
  3. 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

    ... staying said the bodies were found behind a set of large rocks on the beach. “It was the first time this has happened on the island, I have never seen anything like this,” the staff member added, ...

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

    Thai army's post-coup actions in deep south hardening insurgency, observers say

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 06:53am by AFP

    ... timed to remind the junta that new political realities in Bangkok had little bearing on the battle for the deep south. The three southern provinces bordering Malaysia are under emergency powers ... exact numbers of the detained are hard to gather across remote communities stalked by fear, Anchana says false arrests are a "story that is told many times", hardening mistrust ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591877/thai-armys-post-coup-actions-deep-south-hardening-insurgency-observers-say
  5. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai police question three Myanmese men over murder of British tourists found dead on beach

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 01:42pm

    ... Speaking a few hours later he said Thai authorities must tell “tourists when the safe times are to be outside, we have to help them understand.” Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said police were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593786/thai-police-question-three-myanmese-men-over-murder-british-tourists
  6. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai PM to visit Myanmar on first official trip

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

    ... was forced to take power after months of protests against ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded. He has ruled out holding new elections before ...

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

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

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

    ... there have been some arrests during this time," he said, adding there had been no human rights violations under the junta. Amnesty says more than 570 people were officially ordered to report ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590067/thai-lese-majeste-cases-have-surged-coup-amnesty-says
  8. 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

    ... of the people," said Veerachon Sukhontapatipak, deputy spokesman for the army. The timing of yesterday's move into the prime ministerial offices was minutely planned. Prayuth's cabinet started ... of politics should be dictated by the will of the living rather than politicians' belief in spirits and the stars. "It is not uncommon to use astrologers to decide what day and time to stage ...

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

    Your government needs you: Thai leader says reform council open to all

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 11:43pm by Reuters

    ... General Prayuth Chan-ocha yesterday set out broad criteria for the selection of a 250-member council to draw up sweeping political reforms and approve a new constitution, saying people from all ... of reform. The NRC is expected to approve a new constitution in 2015. The army denies accusations that it sided with anti-government, staunchly royalist protesters whose action led to Yingluck's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1585341/your-government-needs-you-thai-leader-says-reform-council-open-all
  10. News - Asia - THAILAND

    UN decries Thailand’s harsh punishments for royal slurs

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

    ... Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin clashed with the royalist establishment before being overthrown in a coup in 2006. New York-based Human Rights Watch said the arrests of the two activists, 10 months ... 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 ...

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

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