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A man has his hair cut at a barber shop as some socializing restrictions are lifted Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. Residents of Thailand’s capital enjoyed the city’s parks, booked haircuts and stocked up on beer and other alcoholic drinks Sunday as they enjoyed their first day of eased restrictions that were imposed weeks ago to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

School administrators threaten boycott of Kao Klai party over haircut conflict

The Association of Secondary School Administrators has threatened to boycott the opposition Kao Klai party, unless one of its MPs offers a public apology and retracts his allegedly offensive remark…

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People’s Action Party Secretary-General and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, right, verifies his identity with a polling official at the Alexandra Primary School polling center in Singapore, Friday, July 10, 2020. Wearing masks and plastic gloves, Singaporeans began voting in a general election that is expected to return Prime Minister Lee’s long-governing party to power. (AP Photo)

Singapore’s ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s long-governing party comfortably won Friday’s general elections as expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but faced a setback as the opposition made…

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Super Poll says 86.3% do not trust Thailand’s political parties

More than 80% of the respondents to an opinion poll have admitted that they have lost trust in Thailand’s political parties, because they are full of politicians with vested interests,…

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Thailand’s Energy Minister Sontirat may join Kla Party

There is speculation that Energy Minister, and former Secretary-General of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party, Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, will join Mr. Korn Chatikavanich’s Kla party around August this year. A…

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Thailand’s health minister apologizes for not wearing a face mask

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has offered a public apology for not wearing a face mask, while attending a social event to commemorate US United States Independence Day, at…

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See Kumarn group quits Thailand’s Palang Pracharat party

The four members of the economic team of Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, known as “See Kumarn” (four boys of Dr. Somkid), have quit the ruling Palang Pracharat party, which…

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Progressive Movement claims it was slandered over donation disbursement

The Progressive Movement (Kao Na) issued a statement today to defend itself against, what it described as, dirty political slander over its allegedly opaque disbursement of about 7.5 million baht…

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Prayut faces tough task of replacing ‘Four Boys’ economics team

Uncertainty hangs over the fate of the “Four Boys” – the quartet of technocrats who run Thailand’s economy – as upheaval in the core coalition party signals a pending Cabinet…

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Hong Kong leader says will ‘vigorously implement’ security law

Hong Kong’s leader Tuesday defended Beijing’s new security law for the financial hub, saying it would restore stability and confidence as she vowed to “vigorously implement” the controversial legislation. Speaking…

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Action Coalition for Thailand party elects new leader

The Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai Party (Action Coalition for Thailand) elected its new executive and leader today (Sunday), following the resignation former leader, M.R. Chatu Mongol Sonakul. The general assembly…

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House passes 3.3 trillion baht budget bill

A 3.3 trillion baht budget bill, for the 2021 fiscal year, passed its first reading in Thailand’s House of Representatives late Friday night, after three days of lackluster debate. The…

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Young technocrat rides high as political tide shifts

Narumon Pinyosinwat may not have shone as government spokesperson, but she certainly hogged the spotlight last weekend when she was tipped to become leader of the core coalition Palang Pracharath…

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Hong Kong protester arrested on suspicion of stabbing police

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested a man onboard a London-bound flight early Thursday morning on suspicion of stabbing a police officer during protests of the semi-autonomous Chinese…

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Outspoken celebs become targets as political hatred flourishes online

A bitter online row raging over social media influencer Sean Buranahiran indicates that the scars of Thailand’s political divide are as deep as ever.   A 29-year-old “life coach”, raised…

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The Bombay Burmah Trading Co building stands impressively in Phrae province last October, before its 127 years of history were swept away by a demolition crew. — Photo courtesy of Nanthana Udomchaiphatthanakit

From wreckage of heritage in Phrae rises new hope for Thai conservation

Torn down despite its 127-year history, Phrae province’s historic Bombay Burmah Trading Co building may be gone for now. But hope is growing that it will be restored to its…

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Opposition slams Thai Government for indifference to economic realities

Members of the Opposition described the 3.3 trillion baht 2021 fiscal budget as being disconnected from reality, with a likelihood that a large portion of the money will be wasted….

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Ex-PM Yingluck faulted over transfer of NSC chief

Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has found that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra abused her power, in violation of Section 157 of the Criminal Code, for her illegal removal, nine…

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Opposition gears up for 3.3 trillion baht budget debate on Wednesday

About 12 opposition MPs have signed up to grill the Government over the 3.3 trillion baht budget bill, which is scheduled to be debated in the House of Representatives on…

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Thailand’s Khurusapha Trade Organization announces mass redundancies

The state-owned Teachers Council of Thailand Trade Organization, or the Khurusapha Trade Organization, today announced the mass layoff of 961 employees, claiming it has operated at a loss for 15…

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Democrat leader’s grip still strong despite murmurings of revolt

Jurin Laksanawisit promised to bring change and restore unity among members when he was elected as Democrat Party leader in May last year. One year on, that mission has yet…

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Narumon unfazed by criticism of new role as Palang Pracharat’s economic team leader

The Thai Government’s spokeswoman, Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat, appears unperturbed by doubts being expressed about her capabilities and economic expertise, after she was recently chosen to lead the economic team of…

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Poll – Most people see no one suitable to be Thailand’s Prime Minister

Most respondents to a recent poll say that they don’t see anyone qualified to be their first choice as Thailand’s next Prime Minister, but some chose General Prayut Chan-o-cha as…

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Gen Prawit in control of PM Prayut’s political base

It was no surprise that Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, Palang Pracharath’s chief strategist, was elected the party’s new chief at its general meeting on Saturday, replacing Finance Minister…

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General Prawit elected new leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party

The election of General Prawit Wongsuwan, as the new leader of the ruling Palang Pracharat Party, will bring changes in the right direction for the party, said Education Minister Nuttapol…

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Paved over but not forgotten, Thailand’s young rise up for democracy  

Campaigns to mark the birth of democratic Thailand almost a century ago appear to be more active this year, as a politically aware new generation calls authorities to account over…

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UDD core members in prison after the Supreme Court’s rejects leniency call

Thailand’s Supreme Court has dismissed the pleas for leniency by five former and active core members of the red-shirt movement. The court upheld the two year and eight month sentence,…

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Supreme Court’s verdict on 5 UDD core members expected Friday

Unless there is another postponement, tomorrow (Friday) the Criminal Court is due to read the Supreme Court’s verdict in the cases of five core members of the red-shirt movement, officially…

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Official Lampang poll result postponed pending probe into alleged vote buying

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has postponed the declaration of the official result of Sunday’s by-election, in the northern province of Lampang, until next week, due to allegations of vote buying….

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DPM Wissanu hints that emergency decree may not be extended

It is appears unlikely that the state of emergency will be extended, when the associated executive decree expires at the end of this month. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm said…

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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan (C) leaves Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

General Prawit accepts invitation to head Palang Pracharat party

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has, as had been widely anticipated, accepted the invitation, from a group of core party members, to become the new leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang…

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Whistle-blowing army NCO to face desertion charge

Army Sergeant Narongchai Intharakavee, aka “Moo Arm”, who exposed alleged corruption in the Army Ordnance Department, is due to appear before judge advocate officers on Monday, to face a desertion…

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Palang Pracharat party wins landslide victory in Lampang by-election

The ruling Palang Pracharat party won another House seat in the by-election in Constituency 4 of Thailand’s northern province of Lampang on Sunday, increasing its majority in the House of…

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Prawit to be invited to head Palang Pracharat party on Tuesday

Members of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party will go to Government House on Tuesday to invite Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan to become the new party leader, replacing Mr. Uttama…

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Thaksin’s legacy overshadows Thailand’s latest political outfit

CARE, Thailand’s latest political outfit, is being presented as an alternative to existing parties and their constant infighting, but in the eyes of political analysts,  the group will find it…

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Bolton says Trump asked China to help him get reelected

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump “pleaded” with China’s Xi Jinping during a 2019 summit to help his reelection prospects, according to a scathing new book by former Trump adviser…

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Charter Court to consider Thammanat Prompao’s political status

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has accepted for consideration a petition, filed by a group of opposition MPs, challenging the parliamentary status and ministerial post of Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao. The…

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M.R. Chatumongol quits as Ruam Palang Prachachart party leader

Thailand’s Labour Minister, M.R. Chatumongol Sonakul, has quit as leader of the Ruam Palang Prachachart Party, effective Tuesday, after he failed a performance assessment by the party’s executive board. Well-informed…

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Pheu Thai party blames PM for postponement of local elections

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party has blamed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the main reason for the postponement of local election. Opposition chief whip Mr. Suthin Klangsang today accused the…

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PM says King does not want lèse-majesté law to be invoked against anyone

Thailand’s lèse-majesté law has not been invoked against anyone in Thailand in the past few years, because of the wishesof His Majesty the King, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on…

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Cabinet shake-up looms as COVID-19 crisis eases

After three months of almost no political activity due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Thai politicians have wasted no time getting back to “business as usual”. A fierce fight has broken…

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Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul poses during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Bangkok on April 3, 2019. – A Thai party that wants to let households grow marijuana is in demand after a hard-fought election, and its leader said April 3 that their policies must be backed by groups looking for support in coalitions. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP) / TO GO WITH STORY Thailand-politics-vote-marijuana-offbeat

Health minister appoints his chief advisor to head donation probe

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul’s chief advisor, M.L. Somchai Chakrabhand, has been appointed to head a committee investigating allegations that 186 hospitals under the Ministry’s supervision have accepted donations…

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Ex-intelligence chief accuses anti-royalists of implicating revered institution in activist’s disappearance

Former director of Thailand’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Nantiwat Samart, has accused an anti-royalist movement of attempting to link the disappearance of exiled Thai activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit with Thailand’s…

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Uttama under pressure to call general assembly of Palang Pracharat

Former leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat Party,Uttama Savanayana, is under heavy pressure from rebel MPs to call a general assembly of the party to elect a new executive committee….

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Thai PM says he has not thought about cabinet reshuffle

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has dismissed speculation of an imminent cabinet reshuffle, saying that he has not thought about I, and asked the media to stop reporting on this…

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Probe into Defence Ministry’s plan to spy on people through phones

Political activist Srisuwan Janya will lodge a petition with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday, seeking an investigation into the conduct of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and…

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Pressure grows for independent body to scrutinise Bt1 trillion recovery spending

In an attempt to prevent corruption, pressure is mounting on the government from all sides of society to set up independent ad hoc committees to scrutinise its spending of the…

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People wearing masks hold placards during a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, at Shibuya shopping and amusement district in Tokyo, Japan June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Time for a change: Anti-racism protesters march across US

Tens of thousands of peaceful protesters rallied for racial justice Saturday in cities across the United States following the death of George Floyd, as the movement triggered by his killing…

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Over 80% of Thai public suspect ulterior motive for cabinet reshuffle – Super Poll

Over 80% of respondents to a recent opinion poll are against a cabinet reshuffle, believing that the political shakeup would fuel public suspicion that it would be intended to enable…

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General Prawit says he is not ready yet to become Palang Pracharat party leader

Breaking his long silence about speculation that he might be elected the new leader of the ruling Palang Pracharat party, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told the Thai media today…

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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan (C) leaves Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Palang Pracharath “coup” raises spectre of “military” rule for Thailand 

Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan looks set to become leader of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, which will hold a general assembly to elect a new executive committee by…

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Thai PM appeals for patience over further easing of lockdown measures

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has appealed to the public not to pressure the Government to hasten the fourth phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions, noting that it must…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha answers questions during an open session at the parliament house in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The parliament session Wednesday is the first since Thailand enforced coronavirus restrictions, and it was considered a special session to discuss the government’s plan to fund stimulus packages for businesses and industries impacted by the pandemic.

PM says he won’t get involved in ruling Palang Pracharat internal politics

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has distanced himself from the latest internal strife within the ruling Palang Pracharat party, as 18 members of the executive committee resign en masse to…

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Chaturon Chaisang

Chaturon casts himself a new political role

In his 34 years as a politician, Chaturon Chaisang has never been out of the spotlight. Despite being ousted by three coups, seeing his parties dissolved twice and being banned…

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Phalang Pracharat party’s former leader Uttama Savanayana

Mass resignation of executive committee of ruling Palang Pracharat party

Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong have lost their posts, as party leader and secretary-general of the ruling Palang Pracharat party respectively, effective today after 18 members…

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Power struggle within Pheu Thai sign of Thaksin’s grip weakening?

On-going moves to form new political parties by key individuals within the Pheu Thai Party and its offshoot, the now-defunct Thai Raksa Chart, only prove one thing – the rifts…

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DPM Somkid reiterates the need for Thailand to borrow one trillion baht

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, told Parliament today of the need to borrow one trillion baht to cushion the economic impacts of COVID-19, because existing…

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Opposition suggests Government check money it already has before borrowing

Opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng told the Government today to check the money already in its coffers before borrowing the one trillion baht it is seeking under a decree. On…

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Trillion baht loan not needed had there not been a COVID-19 pandemic – PM

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, responded to Opposition claims today that his government has mismanaged the country’s economy, to the extent that it now must borrow 1.9 trillion baht, approximately…

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Government needs alternatives if state of emergency is lifted – DPM Wissanu

An alternative legal mechanism must be put in place, in parallel with the Communicable Disease Act, if the current state of emergency is to be lifted, otherwise there will be…

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Opposition wants special House panel to monitor spending of huge loan

Thailand’s Opposition parties will propose that the House of Representatives set up an extraordinary House committee to monitor the Government’s spending of a 1.9 trillion baht loan, which is part…

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Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha answers questions during an open session at the parliament house in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The parliament session Wednesday is the first since Thailand enforced coronavirus restrictions, and it was considered a special session to discuss the government’s plan to fund stimulus packages for businesses and industries impacted by the pandemic.

Thai PM defends one trillion baht loan decree in parliament

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defended his government’s decision to issue three executive decrees, one of which is to authorize the securing of a one trillion baht loan to cushion…

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Opposition leader describes three loan decrees as a blank cheque

Thailand’s opposition leader, Sompong Amornvivat, today criticized the Government’s three public borrowing decrees, likening them to a blank cheque to spend without a proper screening mechanism. Taking the floor after…

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Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong’s future

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that Hong Kong could lose its status as a global financial center if a proposed Chinese crackdown goes ahead, and promised a “very…

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Thai state to provide 3,000 baht cash subsidy to 13 million in a “fragile group”

Citing health security, the Thai Cabinet today approved the CCSA’s proposal for an extension to the nation-wide state of emergency for another month, to the end of June. Government spokesperson…

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THAI files rehabilitation petition with Central Bankruptcy Court

Beleaguered Thai Airways International today (Tuesday) filed a bankruptcy protection petition with the Central Bankruptcy Court in Bangkok. The move followed the Finance Ministry’s sale of 3% of its shares…

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Cabinet to be asked to let Finance Ministry proceed with THAI rehabilitation

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm will propose to the Cabinet on Tuesday an amendment to its May 19th resolution, to replace the Transport Ministry with the Finance Ministry as the…

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Transport Ministry backs down over administering THAI rehabilitation plan

The Ministry of Transport has backed down over its demand to have a role in the administration of the court-sanctioned rehabilitation plan for Thai Airways International, now that the ailing…

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China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

China said Sunday that relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War”, fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic, as Muslims around…

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Pheu Thai Party gears up to grill Government over 1.9 trillion baht loan

Opposition Pheu Thai Party is gearing up to grill the Government in parliament over three executive decrees, which authorize the administration to secure 1.9 trillion baht in loans to cushion…

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‘This is the end of Hong Kong’: China pushes security law after unrest

China’s parliament said it will introduce a proposal Friday for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move the US warned would “highly destabilising”…

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Balancing act for Prayut as storm over party leadership looms

A leadership battle is simmering in the core coalition Palang Pracharath Party, with its influential chief strategist General Prawit Wongsuwan being pushed by his supporters in the party to replace…

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Focus shifts from Covid-19 to political challenges facing Prayut govt

As coronavirus-related restrictions ease and people gradually resume their normal lives, Thai politics is all set to heat up again. Politicians will resume business as usual when Parliament opens for…

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Opposition wants more time to debate 1.9 trillion baht loan decrees

The Opposition has voiced objection to the duration of the three-day parliamentary debate on the Government’s three executive decrees, to seek 1.9 trillion baht in loans, claiming that they need…

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15 candidate administrators of THAI rehabilitation plan nominated by Transport Ministry

The Transport Ministry has nominated 15 candidates for administrator, of the rehabilitation plan for ailing Thai Airways International, to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for consideration. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said…

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Democrat party hits back at Progressive Movement’s laser messages

Thailand’s Democrat party has accused the Progressive Movement of distorting facts about the crackdown on red-shirt protesters in Bangkok by the government of then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva a decade…

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Trump says he doesn’t want to talk to Xi right now, could even cut China ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signaled a further deterioration of his relationship with China over the novel coronavirus, saying he has no interest in speaking to President Xi…

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Laser messages light up Bangkok lockdown and focus heat on military

On the surface, the projection of messages by the Progressive Movement and the Move Forward Party (Kao Klai) were simple reminders of the May 2010 crackdown and the May 1992…

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Army investigating officer who sat in parliament president’s chair inappropriately

The Thai Army’s Directorate of Intelligence (ADI) has ordered a disciplinary investigation into the conduct of an officer, seen in his own Facebook post yesterday (Wednesday) sitting in the chair…

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PM insists THAI adheres to a viable rehabilitation plan

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that the only way for Thai Airways International (THAI) to survive its financial crisis is to enter and stick to an effective rehabilitation program,…

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PM calls scrambling for donations at food banks “unacceptable”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that people scrambling for donated items at food banks must stop, describing it as totally unacceptable. The Prime Minister, however, thanked donors for establishing…

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Police probe projection of political messages on 10th anniversary of end of red-shirt protests

The Royal Thai Police have been asked, by the Ministry of Defence, to investigate the use of a laser to project a political message, on several government buildings and public…

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THAI told to shape up before it gets government financial support

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that Thai Airways International should be given a last chance to shape up if the flag carrier is to get a rescue package from…

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Workers of ABS-CBN and members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines rally to show support for the broadcaster in Manila on May 5, 2020. – The Philippines’ top broadcaster ABS-CBN on May 5 was ordered off the air over a stalled operating licence renewal, drawing fresh charges that authorities were cracking down on press freedom. (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Philippine top TV broadcaster critical of Duterte ordered shut

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ telecoms body ordered the country’s leading broadcaster ABS-CBN Corp to cease operations on Tuesday, as a parliament dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte’s loyalists dragged its…

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Media urged not to be used by unscrupulous protesters seeking state handouts

Finance permanent secretary Prasong Poonthanate has criticized those engaging in sporadic and highly visible protests in an attempt to attract media attention to their efforts to get the 5,000 baht…

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Thanathorn and the politics of pandemic

Many Thai politicians have jumped on the pandemic bandwagon to offer relief for struggling members of society and subsequently boost their own popularity.   The coalition-leading Phalang Pracharat party set…

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Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his…

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Thailand’s Commerce Ministry back-peddles on joining CPTPP

Under pressure pharmaceutical and agricultural groups, the Thai Commerce Ministry has withdrawn its cabinet proposal recommending that Thailand should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Deputy…

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Pharmacy Council urges caution over Thailand joining the CPTPP

The Pharmacy Council of Thailand (PCT) has urged the Government not to rush into joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, fearing that early entry, without…

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Billionaires dip into deep pockets to fight Covid-19

As Covid-19 infections and fatalities continue to rise across the world, many billionaires are stepping up to help ease the blow for the poorest people while also fighting back against…

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Thailand’s PM assures no quid pro quo with 20 billionaires

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gave his assurance today that the Government has no intention whatsoever of begging for or borrowing money from the country’s 20 richest people, after he invited…

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PM reaches out to Thailand’s 20 richest people for help

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has appealed to Thailand’s 20 richest people for help by asking them to join the Government in steering the country through the crisis caused by…

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Thai government adds COVID-19 to national agenda

The Thai government today declared COVID-19 part of the national agenda and agreed to adjust the current fiscal budget, by increasing the Central Fund and procuring additional funding, estimated at…

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A street vendor (L) and a man with a toddler wear face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as they walk along a street in Bangkok on April 2, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

No 24-hour curfew in Thailand yet – government spokeswoman

The Government is yet to decide whether a 24-hour curfew is necessary, government spokeswoman Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat said today, as she tried to allay public fears about the extension of…

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Veteran former politician Prachuab Chaiyasan dies of cancer

Former politician and minister in several previous Thai administrations, Mr. Prachuab Chaiyasan, aka Isan Idi (Amin), died of lung cancer at Siriraj hospital this morning (Wednesday).  He was 76 years…

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Parents of AFS students to seek PM’s help to return their children to Thailand

The parents of about 200 Thai students, currently in the USA under the American Field Service (AFS) exchange program, will meet with Thailand’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister tomorrow (Monday)…

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Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges

A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with “narco-terrorism” along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said…

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Thailand’s PM orders military conscription postponed until July or August

The Thai Ministry of Defence has decided to postpone this year’s round of military conscription, scheduled to take place from April 1st to 12th, by as much as three months,…

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Opinion: “I am in charge” – what does it mean?

After weeks of fumbling for answers to deal with the worsening coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally said what many had wanted to hear: “I am in charge.” But…

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Emergency declared as government rolls out measures to help workers and businesses

The Thai government has declared a nationwide state of emergency in a stepped- up effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has so far affected 827 people and killed…

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