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ThaiPBS World – Conversation with Phetchompoo Kijburana

Phetchompoo Kijburana one of the youngest politician in this upcoming election. The oversea-educated politician who has full of ambitions...

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ThaiPBS World – Conversation with Thanathorn

Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit the leader of Future Forward Party Just less than a year ago, he was virtually unknown to...

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Election2019 Highlight Election

Palang Pracharat promises 400-450 baht minimum wage to woo voters

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party has come up with a set of populist policies ahead of the general election just...

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General News

PM orders review of duty free concession bidding process

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered a review of the bidding process for the concession to operate duty free shops at Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai,...

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Ex-TRC candidates to be probed for trying to “influence” voters

The Election Commission (EC) has ordered an investigation into the conduct of some former candidates of the disbanded Thai...

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Election2019 Key Players

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha: Fighting to protect his legacy

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the prime minister and head of the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), has...

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Abhisit Vejjajiva: On the horns of a dilemma

Abhisit Vejjajiva was once a young political heartthrob, but his tough choice now has nothing to do with girls....

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Sudarat Keyuraphan: Riding on anti-military wave to political rebirth

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, widely tipped to become only the second female prime minister of Thailand, has more political experiences...

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Chadchart Sittipunt: A reluctant prime minister candidate?

Chadchart Sittipunt is featuring highly in popularity polls, being in many cases neck and neck with strong favourite Gen...

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Thanathorn: How a rich kid transforms himself

Dubbed somewhat ironically as the “billionaire commoner”, Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is relatively new to politics but...

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Election2019 Key Players

Anutin Charnvirakul: From low-profile businessman to PM aspirant

Anutin Charnvirakul is a pilot, and quite a few analysts believe he can fly high politically after the March...

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Highlight Highlight Election News Politics

Fighting populism with more populism?

The lead–up to the March–24 general election sees an unprecedented clash of populist policies.  Absent in the debate, however,...

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News Politics

EC urged to allow international monitoring of election

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has been urged to speed up its approval of requests from international organizations to send...

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Food and Travel

A Detour Back to Food

Good day from the delicious den of Bangkok. This new column is going to be about foods and places...

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Election2019 News Politics

Thai embassy in KL overwhelmed with early voters

Over 4,000 Thai nationals working in Malaysia turned up at the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur today to cast their ballots...

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News Politics

Ex-TRC core members vow to fight on against junta

Core members of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party vowed today to carry on with what they claim to...

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Election2019 News Politics

Sudarat questions credibilty of senator selection

Pheu Thai party’s chief election strategist Sudarat Keyuraphan has questioned the credibility of the selection of 194 senators by the military...

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Election2019 Highlight News Politics

Military officers to dominate NCPO-appointed Senate

The 194 senators to be handpicked by the Thailand’s military junta, which is officially known as the National Council...

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Debating the Future Election2019 News Politics

Political parties unveil environment and clean air policies

Despite the overwhelming news coverage given to on-going political bickering dominating the current election campaign, several politicians still manage...

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Debating the Future Election2019 News Politics

Populist policies dominate election campaigning

Populist polices in one form or another seem to be dominating the debate for the upcoming general election. And...

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News Politics

Thai Raksa Chart supporters urged to vote for Pheu Thai

A deputy leader of the dissolved Thai Raksa Chart party has called on supporters to vote for the Pheu...

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Analysis: How dissolution changes complexion of Thai political game

The mathematical context of the March 24 Thai general election does not change in the wake of the Constitutional...

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News Politics

Srisuwan seeks probe of election commissioners for overseas trips

One-man crusader Srisuwan Janya has threatened to petition the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate seven election commissioners for...

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Highlight News Politics

Constitutional Court orders Thai Raksa Chart dissolved

The Constitutional Court this afternoon ordered the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart Party dissolved as a punishment for its failed...

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News Politics

Constitutional Court security tightened ahead of Thai Raksa Chart verdict

Security has been tightened in and around the Constitutional Court building in anticipation of a big turnout Thursday when...

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General News

Thailand ranks world’s 23rd most polluted country

Thailand has been ranked the world’s 23rd most polluted country and Bangkok ranks 24th in the list of cities...

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Quotes of the week

Quote of the week

Dr. Chumpol Krootkaew, leader of Klang (Moderate) Party, on how they hope to tackle corruption problem in the Thai...

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Debating the Future Highlight News Politics

How politicians think they can fight corruption

Politicians competing in the March-24 general election agree that corruption is a scourge that is undermining the Thai society...

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Highlight News Politics

Palang Pracharat drops plan for PM to address rallies

The pro-junta Palang Pracharat party has decided to abandon its plan to have its prime ministerial candidate, Prime Minister...

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News Politics

Thanathorn’s “unfinished mission” of 1932 revolution questioned

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s controversial remark, that one of the party’s policies is to complete the unfinished...

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Exclusive talk with the leader of the Democrat Party.

Thai PBS World x Abhisit Vejjajiva at Lalai Sap Market, Soi Surasena, Silom Road.

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Business News

Is the EEC’s future hanging in a balance?

The future of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) could hang in a balance as it remains uncertain which parties...

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News Politics

Administrative Court rejects Thai Raksa Chart’s bid to block dissolution ruling

The Central Administrative Court has quashed an attempt by the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party to spare itself from...

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General News Politics

Appeals Court upholds 2-year prison term on ex-Pheu Thai leader Yongyuth

The Appeals Court today upheld the two-year prison sentence imposed on former Pheu Thai party leader Yongyuth Vichaidit for...

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Debating the Future News Politics

Politicians agree dealing with China is major challenge for post-election administration 

In an election dominated by political polarization and bread-and-butter issues, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that foreign policy...

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General News Politics World

Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un collapsed today...

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EC non-committal on PM Prayut joining debates

Thailand’s Election Commission has given mixed signals as to whether current Prime Minister and head of the NCPO, Prayut...

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General News

Smog in 9 northern provinces to increase March-April

Smog problem in nine of Thailand’s Northern provinces is likely to get worse during March and April due to...

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What you should know about Thailand's election 2019

The electoral system is the key

The March-24 general election is being seen as a major political transition for Thailand. It will see a contest...

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What you should know about Thailand's election 2019

Why the role of the non-elected Senate will be crucial

Though not elected, the Senate will play a very important role in Thailand’s Thai post-election politics.   The non-elected 250...

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What you should know about Thailand's election 2019

Why first-time voters are important

The last time Thai people went to the poll was back in 2011. In this upcoming election, out of...

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News Politics

Pressure rises on Gen Prayut to debate other PM candidates

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is coming under increasing pressure to take part in political debates with other prime ministerial candidates.   The People’s Network for Elections in...

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General Highlight News World

North Korea’s Kim leaves by train for summit with Trump in Hanoi

SEOUL/HANOI (Reuters) – North Korea on Sunday confirmed for the first time that its leader, Kim Jong Un, will...

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General News

Lampang to continue to face minor aftershocks for about a month

The northern province of Lampang will continue to be shaken by minor aftershocks for about a month after a...

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Highlight News Politics

Thai Raksa Chart party to go all out for election campaigning

In an apparent about-face, the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party has decided to go full steam on election campaigning...

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News Politics Video

Democrat Party candidates hit the campaign trail at Soi Surasena, Bangkok.

Democrat Party candidates recently hit the campaign trail at Soi Surasena, Bangkok. They made their election promises. But what...

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The Future Forward Party candidates visit to Kru Whee market on Rama 3 Road in Bangkok.

The Future Forward Party led by its leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit made its presence felt during a recent campaign visit...

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Thai Raksa Chart’s defence claims it was Princess’s wish to be its PM candidate

The pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party submitted its written defence to the Constitutional Court today against the Election Commission’s...

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General News Politics

Defence spokesman defends military budget

The Thai military has defended its spending of about 1 trillion baht, or 7% of the fiscal budget, over...

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News Politics

Suthep’s party to support Gen Prayut as next PM

The Action Coalition for Thailand Party (ACT) which has former anti-Thaksin protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban as its de facto...

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General Highlight News

Major quake feared in Lampang following minor tremors

The Earthquake Watch Division of Thailand’s Meteorological Department is closely monitoring a series of tremors in Wang Nua district...

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General News Politics

Army chief tells media to listen to “Nak Paendin” ultra-nationalist song

Thailand’s Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong responded to a reporter’s question this morning about his view of the current...

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General News

Thai motorcycle taxi drivers block Thai-Malaysian border to protest tighter immigration checks

About 50 Thai motorcycle taxi drivers blocked the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint Sunday morning to protest what they allege are...

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General News

6 billion baht request to Cabinet for sugarcane harvesters to reduce smog

Thailand’s Finance Ministry will seek cabinet approval for 6 billion baht, to be distributed by the state-run Bank of...

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Breaking News News Politics

Election Commission decides to dissolve Thai Raksa Chart, Constitutional Court to have final say

The Election Commission has voted unanimously to ask the Constitutional Court to consider disbanding the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart...

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General Highlight News

Voice TV to seek court reprieve after 15-day closure order

Thailand’s broadcast regulator, the NBTC, has ordered Voice TV, a broadcaster known for its critical coverage of the military, ...

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News Politics

Election Commission to ask Constitutional Court to dissolve Thai Raksa Chart party

The  pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party today suffers another major setback that might lead to its dissolution after the...

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General News

‘I love Australia’ says refugee Bahraini footballer as he arrives in Melbourne

Australian footballer and refugee Hakeem al-Araibi arrived in Melbourne this morning after being freed from a Thai prison where...

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News Politics

Thai Raksa Chart party in disarray as special meeting of executives collapses

The Thai Raksa Chart party appears to be in disarray after a special meeting of its executive committee, scheduled...

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General News

Bahraini footballer Hakeem freed after Bahrain withdraws extradition request

Jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi was freed from detention this evening and was expected to fly out of Bangkok...

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News Politics

Election Commission officially rejects Thai Raksa Chart’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana for PM

Thailand’s Election Commission has rejected the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana as its sole candidate...

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News Politics

Gen Prawit dismisses rumour of military coup 

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan this morning dismissed a rumour in the social media of a possible military...

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News Politics

Activist Srisuwan to move for the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party

Constitution Protection Association Secretary-general Srisuwan Janya vowed today (Sunday) that, tomorrow, he will ask the Election Commission to review...

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General News

Today’s improvement in air quality in and around Bangkok will continue through tomorrow

The air quality in and around Bangkok over the past 24 hours has remained well within standards, with the...

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News Politics

Election Commission may meet on Monday to discuss Thai Raksa Chart party’s controversial nominee for prime minister

The EC is expected to discuss the Thai Raksa Chart party’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana as its sole prime...

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General News

Speed boat carrying Chinese tourists crashes into oil tanker off Phuket, 1  seriously injured

A number of Chinese tourists were injured, one seriously, when a speed boat in which they were travelling struck...

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Thai Raksa Chart party says it’s ready to comply with Royal Command

The pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party today issued a statement saying it will comply with the Royal Command of...

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Breaking News Highlight News Politics

HM the King says Princess Ubolratana’s bid to be Thailand’s PM “inappropriate”

In what is seen as an objection to Princess Ubolratana’s bid to become Thailand’s next prime minister, HM King...

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Princess Ubolratana says she is now ordinary citizen wanting to bring prosperity to country

Princess Ubolratana clarified today that she has already relinquished all her Royal titles to become an ordinary Thai citizen...

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News Politics

Election Commission urged to reject Thai Raksa Chart’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana

The People’s Reform party, which openly supports Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return as prime minister after the election,  has urged...

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General News

Thailand urged to probe suspected abduction of Vietnamese journalist in Bangkok

Amnesty International Thailand has urged Thai authorities to investigate the suspected abduction in Bangkok of a Vietnamese journalist, a...

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General News

23 Chinese tourists safely rescued after speed boat hits submerged reef and sinks off Koh Samet

Twenty-one Chinese tourists escaped unhurt but two suffered inhaling sea water after a speed boat in which they were...

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General News

Princess Chulabhorn has spinal inflammation and cataracts

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has been diagnosed with a spinal inflammation and blurred vision caused by cataracts, the...

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News Politics

“Yes” or “no”, Gen Prayut says he will decide by 9-10am Friday

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today he would finalize his decision about whether he would accept the Palang...

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Breaking News General News

One killed and four injured in chemical explosion in Suvarnabhumi airport’s car park

One person was killed and four others injured in a chemical explosion in a car park at Bangkok’s Suvarnbhumi...

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Highlight News World

Trump says to meet North Korea’s Kim in Vietnam in late February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would hold his second meeting with North Korean leader...

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General News

Bangkok governor warns misplaced campaign posters will be removed

Election candidates are warned to install their campaign posters at locations designated by the Election Commission, otherwise they may...

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News Politics

“Swing parties” might, just might, be swung by voters

In an ideal world where political horse-trading is far less influential, voters can effectively assert what they want on...

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Around Thailand General News

Thailand proposes third country option for jailed Bahraini footballer

Australia and Bahrain should hold talks to resolve the case of jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Arabi by having him...

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News Politics

Gen Prayut vows to stay on as PM, receives Palang Pracharat’s invitation 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha received a formal invitation from the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party to be its prime ministerial...

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General News

PM asks for cooperation in reducing number of diesel-powered vehicles on streets

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today sought assistance from the owners of diesel powered private cars asking them to...

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News Politics

Palang Pracharat to finally invite Gen Prayut to be its PM candidate Friday

The pro-junta Palang Pracharat party will tomorrow afternoon extend a formal invitation to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to be...

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General News

PM claims wristwatch scandal not cause of Thailand’s downgrading in corruption index

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning claimed that Thailand’s drop in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index rankings has...

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General News

All schools in Bangkok closed as smog problem worsens

The Ministry of Education has ordered all schools in Bangkok closed for two days starting Thursday as smog condition...

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PM candidate list in 2019 election

Thai PBS world daily 29 Jan 2019

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PM threatens to enforce odd-even number driving rule if other efforts to tackle smog fail

Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha warned this morning that he might be forced to introduce the odd-even number rule for motorists...

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Business General News

May wins mandate to reopen Brexit deal but EU says no changes

British Prime Minister Theresa May won a few weeks to salvage a Brexit deal but headed toward a clash...

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Business General News

Japan’s Nikkei: Ghosn says arrest due to plot within Nissan

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese business daily Nikkei reported Wednesday that Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, in his first...

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News Politics Profiles

Somkid will be ready when called upon

Spareparts are usually unseen, but if you happen to need them you are glad you have them. Somkid Jatusripitak...

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News Politics

Prayut rules out cabinet reshuffle, says will return to power only through election

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today there will be no cabinet reshuffle following the resignations of four ministers who...

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General News

IOC joins FIFA to urge Thai government to send Bahrani footballer to Australia

The International Olympic Committee has joined FIFA and other supporters of former Bahraini national footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi in demanding...

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General News

Huge crowd pay last respect to late Luang Phor Koon ahead of royally-sponsored cremation Tuesday

Tens of thousands of worshippers have been flocking to the northeastern province of Khon Kaen over the past few...

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General News

Smog problem eases in and around Bangkok with only 12 affected areas

Thanks to better air circulation and morning breeze, smog condition in and around Bangkok has improved considerably with only...

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General News Tham Luang Rescue Operation

Australian cave divers Harris and Challen honored Australian of the Year 

Two Australian cave divers who helped in the dramatic rescue of the 12 Wild Boar footballers and their football...

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News Politics

EC chairman admits poll results may not  be announced  by May 9

The Election Commission is not certain that it will be able to announce the election results within May 9...

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News Politics

Somkid will be one of Palang Pracharat’s prime ministerial candidates

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak will be one of the three prime ministerial candidates of the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat...

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News Politics

Palang Pracharat party unveils ambitious policies, yet to approach Gen Prayut

The Palang Pracharat Party which supports Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return as prime minister today unveiled its ambitious so-called “7-7-7”...

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Malaysian royals elect new king after surprise abdication

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Members of Malaysia’s royal families today elected Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah of the central state...

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General News

South Korean suspect claims he was forced to witness murder of colleague

A South Korean computer programmer turned himself in to Crime Suppression Division police early this morning allegedly in connection...

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Highlights of the week News Politics

Prayut and Palang Pracharat: Who’s impeding whom?

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is approaching a crossroads. By early next month, he will have to make his intention...

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