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Bid to change Thailand's military-backed constitution faces legal fight

Soldiers shoot rubber bullets at protesters in 2010. Photo: AFP

Thai lawmakers moved to change parts of a military-backed constitution after the country's highest court agreed to hear a case that may block them from doing so, signalling a renewed round of political tension.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 3:40am

Thaksin is busy talking, but is anyone listening?

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Thai politics is never dull but too much excitement is a cause for concern. Just as the mercury starts to soar, political foes are gearing up for a dry season offensive. First, there's the news that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be taken to task for financial irregularities that could jeopardise her tenure in office.

2 Apr 2013 - 3:43am

'Red shirt' supporters acquitted of arson in 2010 Bangkok mall fire

The Central World mall after the fire in May 2010. Photo: EPA

Two supporters of Thailand's "red shirt" protest movement were acquitted yesterday of setting fire to a shopping mall during mass anti-government rallies that rocked Bangkok in 2010. A court in Bangkok freed the pair because there were no witnesses to the arson attack on Central World, Thailand's biggest shopping mall, which was gutted by the blaze.

26 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

Election of Bangkok governor turns into mini-referendum

Democrat Party's Bangkok governor candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra. Photo: AP

Almost three years after the Thai capital was engulfed by weeks of deadly violence between the "red-shirt" supporters of exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the opposition "yellow shirts", today's election to decide who will be Bangkok's next governor has become a mini-national referendum.

3 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

Support for Cathay hostess sacked for threatening to throw coffee

More than 100 Facebook users have vowed not to travel with Cathay Pacific after the airline confirmed that the cabin attendant who declared she wanted to throw coffee at the daughter of ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra is out of a job.

It is not clear if the hostess was sacked or resigned.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:57am 1 comment

Coffee threat to Shinawatra daughter by Cathay attendant

Cathay Pacific is now under pressure to sack the flight attendant who posted the coffee threat on Facebook.

Getting served a cup of coffee is a routine part of flying, but the thought now has uncomfortable associations for one frequent business class patron, especially on board Cathay Pacific.

3 Dec 2012 - 7:28am 11 comments

Trial of Thai ‘red shirt’ leaders postponed

"Red shirt" supporters hold a picture of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra during a rally in Bangkok. Photo: Xinhua

A Thai court on Thursday postponed till next month the start of the terrorism trial of 24 leaders of the “red shirt” protests that rocked Bangkok in 2010, because one of the defendants was ill.

29 Nov 2012 - 3:40pm

Thailand should brace for more bruising politics

Yingluck Shinawatra will likely serve a full four-year term and this will infuriate her political opponents. Photo: Xinhua

Thailand could be heading towards a new round of violent political confrontations. Late last month, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reshuffled the cabinet for the third time in just over a year. She brought in a number of trusted allies of her brother Thaksin, the country's former premier who is believed to be the real power behind the current government.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:36am

Thaksin scales back Myanmar visit after reports of assassination plot

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When Thailand's former premier Thaksin Shinawatra announced plans to visit the Myanmese border town of Tachileik tomorrow and Saturday, it prompted thousands of his supporters to book out hotels in the neighbouring town of Mae Sai on the Thai side of the border.

8 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Briefs, October 12, 2012

Arrest warrant issued for Thaksin over loans

12 Oct 2012 - 3:19am

Thai court issues arrest warrant against Thaksin

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Photo: AP

Thailand’s Supreme Court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, in the latest abuse of power charges brought against the controversial tycoon.

11 Oct 2012 - 5:21pm

Talking points

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11 Oct 2012 - 1:52am

Thaksin should stay out of Thai politics, says panel chief

Red Shirt supporters hold a picture of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra during a rally in the central business district of Bangkok on May 19, 2012. Photo: Xinhua

The head of an independent Thai reconciliation panel called on former leader Thaksin Shinawatra to stay out of the country’s turbulent politics ahead of a key report on deadly 2010 protests on Monday.

17 Sep 2012 - 1:32pm

Thaksin return won't bring reconciliation

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a fugitive from Thai law, continues to raise the political temperature at home. Recently, while visiting South Korea, he said he would return to Thailand at the end of the year.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Conversations with Thaksin

Conversations with Thaksin by Tom Plate Marshall Cavendish

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am