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Thai anti-junta party hits back at fresh legal troubles

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:37 PM

Thanathorn was suspended from parliament in May when the constitutional court accepted a case alleging he violated election rules by holding shares in a media company

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks to the media before the parliamentary vote for Thailand’s new prime minister in Bangkok in June 5, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defense spending

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The country spends among the most on defense in Southeast Asia and recent big purchases have drawn criticism in a state riddled with inequality and corruption

DEFENSE SPENDING. In this file photo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at Government House before a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:21 PM

One of the military's first acts after seizing power in May 2014 was to outlaw political activity of all kinds. The ban is officially lifted on Tuesday, December 11.

A man waves a giant national flag at Democracy Monument in Bangkok on May 23, 2014. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Funeral held for Thai cadet at center of army abuse scandal

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:05 AM

There is mounting pressure on Thailand's army to explain what happened to 18-year-old Pakapong Tanyakan

Supicha Tanyakan, the sister of Pakapong Tanyakan, a first year cadet in the Thai army, carries his photo during a cremation ceremony in Chonburi on December 10, 2017. A Thai army recruit whose murky death has raised concerns about the treatment of new conscripts suffered physical assault, his family said on December 10, citing the results of an autopsy as they held a funeral for the cadet. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT

Thai junta under fire from allies over Yingluck escape

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:50 PM

The junta says it does not yet know how Thailand s first female prime minister managed to flee

THANKING SUPPORTERS. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai ex-PM Yingluck defies army with selfie and smiles tour

Jun 12, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Yingluck s yim su tour – or fighting with smiles as her aides dub it – carries a message of defiance to the hard pressed northern portion of the country

SMILES. Ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra (C) poses for pictures with supporters as part of her 'fighting with smiles' tour in the northern Thai province of Phrae. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thai junta files sedition charges against cable channel

Nov 20, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Soldiers raid the Bangkok office of Fahhai TV on Thursday night arresting five staff members and closing the station a junta legal advisor tells reporters

File photo of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Thai junta plans new military unit to curb online dissent

Oct 20, 2015 - 8:23 PM

This comes as the regime expresses mounting concerns over perceived royal defamation with prosecutions skyrocketing since the May 2014 military takeover

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for the ASEM summit in Milan, Italy, 16 October 2014. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Former Thai MPs survive impeachment vote

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:58 PM

A successful impeachment would have seen the ex lawmakers banned from politics for five years

Thai police detain 3 demonstrators in Bangkok

Feb 22, 2015 - 9:37 PM

The demonstrators were calling for a public forum with the junta appointed government to brainstorm ideas with people across the country

UNREST. A Thai demonstrator shouting slogans holds a sign in support of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a protest against the military coup in Bangkok, Thailand, 24 May 2014. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

Thai army to appoint national assembly but junta to remain

Jun 26, 2014 - 9:03 PM

In the first real hint of the shape the politically fraught country s next administration may take army sources say that the military will select the 200 assembly members and that the junta itself will not be dissolved

Thai armed soldiers on guard during the meeting of the 2015 national budget at the Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 June 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Cambodia worker exodus hits 220,000, Phnom Penh blames Thailand

Jun 18, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Panicking Cambodians – who help keep major Thai industries afloat but often lack official work permits – have streamed across the border since the junta warned last week that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation

LEAVING. Cambodian migrant workers carry their belongings as they arrive in the city of Poipet after crossing the Thai-Cambodian border, in the northeastern Cambodian province of Banteay Meanchey on June 17, 2014. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

More than 150,000 Cambodians flee Thailand post-coup

Jun 16, 2014 - 10:46 PM

The mass exodus of laborers is sparked by an army warning that illegal foreign workers would be arrested and deported

FLEE. Illegal Cambodian migrant workers returning from Thailand arrive at Poipet city, Cambodia on June 16, 2014. Thai authorities returned more than 140,000 thousands of Cambodians who illegally worked in Thailand to Cambodia after the military coup in Bangkok. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Thai junta relaxes curfew for full moon party

Jun 07, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand near Koh Samui draws thousands of backpackers to its hedonistic full moon event billed as one of the biggest beach parties in the world

RAVERS PARADISE. The Full Moon Party is attended predominantly by young western travelers and has been held for more than 25 years. From its beginnings as a small alternative gathering, it is nowadays an often controversial event that has drawn criticism about morals, alcohol and drug use. Photo by George Henton/ EPA

Hunger Games salute now a symbol of Thai resistance

Jun 03, 2014 - 2:33 PM

The gesture is the unofficial symbol of resistance against a military regime that has suspended democracy and severely curtailed freedom of expression

SALUTE. Malaysian NGO members hold a poster before handing a memorandum to a representative of the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 02 June 2014. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Thai junta chief rules out elections for at least a year

May 31, 2014 - 7:42 AM

Only after a phase of reconciliation and the enactment of reforms can elections be held said General Prayut Chan O Cha

MILITARY JUNTA. Thai soldiers stand after the declaration of martial law, later confirmed as a coup, at the Army Club in Bangkok on May 20, 2014. File photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA