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Thailand

Weapons grade

Eight years of escalating violence have left the children of Thailand's deep south traumatised and depressed yet inured to the carnage. In the second of a two-part series, David Eimer assesses the human cost of an insurgency. Pictures by Andrew Chant.

Saturday, 19 January, 2013, 10:52pm

A far cry

How can a raging conflict claim so many lives yet be so overlooked, asks David Eimer, in the first of a two-part series on the insurgency in southern Thailand. Pictures by Andrew Chant.

12 Jan 2013 - 11:24pm

Thai Senate to reject controversial amnesty bill, says speaker

The Thai Senate will reject an amnesty bill critics say is aimed at bringing back convicted former premier Thaksin  from exile, the Senate speaker said on Wednesday, a move that could defuse rising tension on the streets of Bangkok.

6 Nov 2013 - 3:43pm

Thailand jails Swedish-Lebanese man over bomb material

A Swedish man of Lebanese origin accused of having militant links was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison by a Thai court on Wednesday for possessing explosive material.

Atris Hussein, a 49-year-old Swedish citizen, was found guilty of possessing material that could be used to make explosive devices but the court stopped short of implicating him in any plans to plant bombs.

18 Sep 2013 - 12:48pm

Thai court frees man accused by brother of royal insult

A court in Thailand has dismissed the case against a man whose brother accused him of insulting the monarchy, letting him walk free after 11 months in prison.

Thailand’s 85-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej is often portrayed as an almost divine figure and, under tough lese-majeste laws, anything deemed an insult or a threat to the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

14 Sep 2013 - 1:42am

Thailand under pressure to end rubber protest after violence

Thailand faced pressure on Friday to end a two-week protest by rubber farmers after violent overnight clashes between riot police and a group of protesters who hurled rocks and bottles filled with an acidic liquid.

6 Sep 2013 - 12:10pm

Thai court jails Iranian pair over botched Bangkok bomb plot

Two Iranian men were sentenced to between 15 years and life on Thursday for their parts in a botched bomb plot last year in Bangkok that ended with one of them having his legs blown off.

Saeid Moradi, 29, who lost his limbs as he hurled an explosive device at police, was found guilty on charges including attempted murder and handed a life term by the Bangkok Southern Criminal court.

22 Aug 2013 - 8:10pm

Thai ‘red shirt’ wins appeal over royal seating claim

A leading Thai “red shirt” leader was on Tuesday cleared of slander over claims that he accused the former premier of sitting incorrectly during an audience with the king, his lawyer said.

Jatuporn Prompan, who was last year found guilty of slandering former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in 2009, had his conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal in Bangkok.

13 Aug 2013 - 6:03pm

One killed, nine wounded in Thai south blast

A policeman was killed and nine other people wounded on Tuesday in a bomb attack in Thailand’s insurgency-hit deep south, officials said, as authorities vowed talks with rebels will continue.

13 Aug 2013 - 4:04pm

Rebels threaten to quit Thai peace talks

Rebels in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south have threatened to quit peace talks with the government, as bloodshed during a Ramadan ceasefire dampened hopes of an end to years of fighting.

8 Aug 2013 - 5:05pm

Protesters mass outside Thai parliament

Around 2,000 Thai anti-government demonstrators converged near parliament on Wednesday in an opposition-led rally against a controversial bill offering amnesty for political violence in the divided nation.

7 Aug 2013 - 3:56pm

Yingluck Shinawatra fears violence at Bangkok rally

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday warned that violence could erupt during planned anti-government protests in Bangkok this weekend, following unrest at rallies in the capital over recent years.

4 Aug 2013 - 2:32am

Thailand riveted by jet-setting monk scandal

He’s known as Thailand’s jet-setting fugitive monk, and his story has riveted the country with daily headlines of lavish excess, promiscuity and alleged crimes ranging from statutory rape to manslaughter.

18 Jul 2013 - 5:24pm

Tourists injured in Thailand train accident

A passenger train derailed on old tracks in the mountains of northern Thailand early on Wednesday, slightly injuring at least 30 passengers, mostly foreign tourists. It was the second derailment on the popular route in a month.

17 Jul 2013 - 4:22pm

Thailand may reduce troop levels in south

Thailand is considering reducing the number of troops in its insurgency-riven south if a lull in violence holds, the deputy prime minister said on Tuesday.

“We won’t withdraw troops from the area but we can reduce the number and focus on development rather than fighting,” Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnog, who oversees national security, told reporters.

16 Jul 2013 - 4:19pm

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