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Civic groups urge Thai PM to quit and Government to stop dispersing protesters

A network of civic groups has called on Thailand’s Government to stop dispersing anti-government protesters and on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down, for the sake of peace and…

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Thai MPs to discuss how Parliament can help solve the current political conflict

Parliament President Chuan Leekpai has scheduled an informal cross-party meeting for consultation on how Thailand’s Parliament can contribute to ending the current political conflict, which is pitting student-led protesters, demanding…

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Doctors urge end to use of chemical-laced water against unarmed, peaceful protesters

A group of 386 doctors, from hospitals across Thailand, has issued a joint statement, urging the Government to stop using irritant-laced water or tear gas to disperse protesters, who are…

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New Zealand’s Ardern wins 2nd term in election landslide

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions.   With most votes counted,…

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Thailand’s PM tells police to avoid violent means to deal with protesters

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed police to avoid the use of violence, in any form, when dealingwith the anti-government protesters and has promised to restore peace and normality…

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Police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, move against protesters at Pathumwan intersection.

Police forcibly break up rally at Pathumwan intersection

Anti-riot police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, have dispersed a mass anti-government rally at Pathumwan intersection in the heart of Bangkok. At least four police personnel and a…

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Anti-government protesters gather at Rajprasong commercial area. Octber 15, 2020

Rajprasong intersection: Bangkok’s shopping heart and protest battleground

Rajprasong intersection, a Bangkok shopping hub usually buzzing with locals and foreigners, was instead overtaken by more than 10,000 anti-establishment protesters and their supporters on Thursday evening. They were rallying…

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Four protest leaders remanded in custody as courts refuse to grant bail

Four protest leaders were today held on remand in prisons in Chiang Mai and Pathum Thani provinces, after courts rejected their bail applications, at the request of the police, citing…

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Anti-government protesters gather at Rajprasong commercial area. Octber 15, 2020

Protesters occupy Rajprasong in defiance of state of emergency

A large number of protesters are occupying the Rajprasong intersection, the commercial centre of Bangkok, in defiance of the state of emergency which bans public gathering of five people or…

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Protesters to camp overnight outside Government House

After a stand-off with police lasting almost three hours, the anti-government protesters broke through police blockade and are now occupying areas around the Government House. Police apparently made no attempts…

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Anti-government protesters march from the Democracy Monument toward the Government House. October 14, 2020. Bangkok

Protesters begin march to Government House

Hundreds of protesters have begun a march from the Democracy Monument on Rajdamnoen Avenue toward the Government House. They were stopped briefly at Panfah Lilas intersection where police set up…

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Protesters start gathering at Democracy Monument

Protesters, mostly from upcountry, have been arriving at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, since early this morning, to join the protest organized by the Khana Ratsadon demanding the resignation of…

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A scuffle broke out as police tried to disperse demonstrators at the Democracy Monument before 21 activists were arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Police arrest 21 activists ahead of Wednesday’s major rally

Just one day before a major anti-government rally, police on Tuesday afternoon arrested 21 political activists during a swoop on a small demonstration at the Democracy Monument. There was a…

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Anti-government protesters hold up three-finger salutes at a rally by the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on August 16, 2020.

Thai protesters rally for repeat of 1973 uprising

Exactly 47 years after the October 14, 1973 revolution that ousted a military-backed government, history is threatening to repeat itself at a mass student-led rally on Wednesday. However, while the…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 10, 2020, protesters flash the “Hunger Games” salute during a pro-democracy rally at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok. – The kingdom has seen a decades-long spin-cycle of coups and violent street protests led by pro or anti-establishment veterans with well-funded backing.

Protesters arrested as police clear road for Wednesday’s Royal motorcade

Nine protesters, including a protest leader, were arrested by police this afternoon (Tuesday), following a minor clash when protesters refused to move from the road onto the pavement, as ordered…

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Opposing protesters mobilizing for possible showdown on Wednesday

The anti-establishment Khana Ratsadon group and royalists are mobilizing support for, what could be, a confrontation on Ratchadamnoen Avenue tomorrow, as police are being deployed to protect Government House. Khana…

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People bow as a motorcade transporting Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida arrives at the Grand Palace for his coronation in Bangkok on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Royalists and government supporters will be on Ratchadamnoen Avenue on October 14th

As followers of Wednesday’s planned anti-government Khana Ratsadon rally, at the Democracy Monument on the Bangkok’s Ratchadamnoen Avenue, many Government supporters are expected to show up along the same avenue…

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Thammasat U asked to suspend classes to let students join the protest

The Student Organization of Thammasat University has called on the university’s administration to suspend classes, from October 14th to 16th, to allow students to join the protest at Bangkok’s Democracy…

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Khana Kao Na unveils candidates for PAO mayoral elections in 32 provinces

Thailand’s Khana Kao Na, or Progressive Movement, unveiled their list of candidates today (Friday) for Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) mayoral elections in 32 provinces, as it gears up for local…

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Red-shirts will not join October 14th protest – Vice Minister Suporn Atthawong

Most red-shirt followers are unlikely to join the October 14th protest, being organized by the so-called Khana Rasadorn at the Democracy Monument, according to Vice Minister Suporn Atthawong today. A…

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Reincarnated Khana Rasadorn to press three demands in October 14th protest

Thailand’s Free People and Free Youth movements have renamed themselves the “Khana Rasadorn”, as their leaders vowed today to stage their protest at the Democracy Monument on October 14th, to…

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Charter Court rules House or Senate committee cannot compel people to testify or submit documents

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled unanimously that the law, which empowers House and Senate committees to summon individuals to testify, demand documents pertaining to their investigations and which makes violations…

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Ex-Deputy Minister Nipon found at fault by NACC for malfeasance in office

Thailand’s former Deputy Interior Minister Nipon Boonyamanee, of the Democrat Party, has been found to have committed malfeasance in office, by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), for his refusal to…

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Army chief rules out coup but advises protesters to reform before demanding reform of the Monarchy

Newly-appointed Army Commander-in-Chief General Narongphan Jitkaewtae announced today that he is dedicated to the protection of the three pillars of Thai society, comprising the Nation, the Religion and the Monarchy,…

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Thailand’s Finance Ministry to propose two economic stimulus packages

Tomorrow, Thailand’s Finance Ministry will propose, to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), two stimulus packages aimed at reviving the declining economy during the last quarter of the year….

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FILE PHOTO: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha reacts while taking questions from journalists after the group photo session with new government cabinet in Bangkok, Thailand July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

Protesters to demand Thai PM’s resignation at planned October 14th protest

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s immediate resignation will be the main focus of the protest, scheduled to take place at the Democracy Monument on October 14th. One of the protest leaders,…

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Senate speaker believes senators will not reject all 6 proposed charter amendments

Senate Speaker Pornpetch Vichitcholachai is confident that senators will not vote against all six constitutional amendments proposed by Government and Opposition parties. He said today (Monday) that he believes all…

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HM the King endorses Arkhom Termpittayapaisith’s appointment as Finance Minister

Former Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has been royally appointed Finance Minister, succeeding Mr. Pridi Daochai, who resigned last month after about 20 days in the office.   A Royal Command,…

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Rebranding may not bring Pheu Thai’s old days of glory

Supporters will be hoping the latest shake-up of Pheu Thai’s leadership will restore the party’s election-winning appeal, but critics say its real purpose is to end an internal power struggle….

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Bangkok’s Governor slammed for indifference to Bangkok flood woes

Bangkok MP Sira Jenjakha has vented his frustration over what he alleges is Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang’s indifference to the suffering of the city’s residents due to flooding every time…

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Nataphol Teepsuwan, Education Minister, sits down in front of his ministry to meet students and listens to their demands.

Bad Student activists demand ouster of Thailand’s Education Minister

About 100 members of the Bad Student Movement rallied in front of Thailand’s Ministry of Education this afternoon (Friday) to demand the resignation of Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan, accusing him…

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Thailand’s NACC urged to probe 14 projects endorsed by former navy chief

Political activist Srisuwan Janya has demanded that Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) investigate suspected corruption in 14 projects, implemented during the tenure of the former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai…

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Potjaman – iron lady of few words but strong actions

Behind every successful man there stands a strong woman, goes the old saying.   And no one illustrates this better than Khunying Potjaman Na Pombejra, who has taken much credit…

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Former Transport Minister Arkhom to be Thailand’s new Finance Minister

Former Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has been named as Thailand’s new Finance Minister, succeeding Mr. Pridi Daochai, who resigned on September 1st after only 20 days in the office.  …

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A police officer displays a warning banner on China’s National Day in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

Hong Kong police arrest 86 for protesting on China holiday

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested at least 86 people on suspicion of unauthorized assembly on China’s National Day holiday after crowds gathered on the streets of a…

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Pheu Thai leader vows to work with all political groups to amend the charter

The opposition Pheu Thai Party’s first priority is to pursue the restoration of true democracy in Thailand and to join with all political groups to amend the Constitution, announced Mr….

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“Bad Student” movement to protest against Education Minister on Friday

Bangkok’s high-school student members of the so-called “Bad Student” movement will stage a rally in front of the Ministry of Education late tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, to protest against Education Minister…

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Bid to amend 2017 Constitution may just be a vicious cycle

The fate of Thailand’s Constitution is hanging in the balance after Parliament last week failed to vote on whether it should be amended. Instead, lawmakers, mainly government MPs and senators,…

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Former Pheu Thai candidate threatens to sue the Election Commission

A former election candidate, for the opposition Pheu Thai Party, has threatened to sue the Election Commission (EC) after the Supreme Court’s Division for Election Cases dismissed the EC’s petition…

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Thailand’s PM dismisses speculation over formation of a national government

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan have dismissed speculation that governing coalition parties will join with the opposition Pheu Thai Party to form a national government….

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Welfare card holders to get 500 baht for three months for food and necessities

About 14 million state welfare card holders will be given a 500 baht monthly allowance for three months, beginning in October, to buy food and other necessities at Thong Fah…

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Former candidate for Seri Ruam Thai Party given 50 years for drug trafficking

A former candidate for Thailand’s Seri Ruam Thai political party, and a Chinese man, were today sentenced to 50 years in prison after they, along with two other Chinese nationals,…

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Pro-democracy students raise a three-fingers, symbol of resistance salute during a protest rally in front of Education Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Student protesters have stepped up pressure on the government with three core demands: holding new elections, amending the constitution and ending the intimidation of critics of the government.

‘Our first dictatorship is school’: Thai kids revolt

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Wearing white ribbons, publicly hacking off their hair and making “Hunger Games” salutes – Thailand’s high school students are doing their best to shake up the country’s…

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The young lawmaker who shatters Thailand’s deepest taboo

In a move never before attempted by any Thai politician, opposition MP Rangsiman Rome has proposed a “new deal” between the people and the monarchy to ensure that Thailand becomes…

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Sompong quits as Pheu Thai Party leader ahead of shakeup of the executive

Mr. Sompong Amornvivat has quit as leader of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, effective today, to pave the way for a major shakeup of the party’s executive committee. On Friday,…

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Sudarat quits as Pheu Thai Party’s strategic chief

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan has resigned as the chief of strategy for Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party, and Anudit Nakhontap, the party’s secretary-general, is expected to follow suit. In her Facebook…

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Mock installation of democracy plaque held at Chiang Mai’s Sam Kasat Monument

A group of people, including students, in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai staged a protest against the Government and held a mock installation of the Khana Rasadorn’s democracy plaque…

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Panel tasked with studying charter amendments to meet next Wednesday

The bi-partisan parliamentary panel, tasked with studying the six motions proposing amendments to Thailand’s constitution, is scheduled to meet for the first time next Wednesday in Parliament. Government chief whip…

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Speaker says he was led to believe there would be a vote on constitutional amendments

Thailand’s Parliament President and House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said Thursday night that he was duped into believing that there would be a vote on each of the six motions proposing…

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“Instead of amending the constitution, we should change people’s behaviour” – Senator Thawil

Senator Thawil Pliensri has suggested that instead of amending the constitution, we should change people’s behavior.   During the debate in Parliament today, the former National Security Council chief said…

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Senators and MPs are set to vote on constitutional amendments this evening

Members of Thailand’s Parliament and senators are due to vote this evening on the six constitutional amendment motions, proposed by both the Government and Opposition, as protesters from the Free…

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Attempt in Parliament to stall the Opposition’s charter amendments aborted

Palang Pracharat party-list MP Paiboon Nititawan’s attempt to block the Opposition’s four constitutional amendment motions has been quashed by House Speaker Chuan Leekpai. During the debate on proposed amendments, submitted…

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Thai royalist group submits 130k signatures opposing charter amendments

The Thai Pakdee royalist group submitted a list of 130,000 signatures, from people who oppose any changes to the current Constitution, to the speakers of the House of Representatives and…

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AMLO is verifying reports of four Thai banks’ alleged role in suspicious transactions

Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) is in the process of verifying a report, by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), that four Thai banks have been involved in suspicious…

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Prime Minister sued by former immigration chief over transfer to PM’s Office

Thailand’s Former Immigration Bureau Commissioner, Pol Lt-Gen Surachet Hakparn, lodged a complaint with the Central Administrative Court today, accusing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of abuse of power when ordering his…

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Little hope for reform of Thailand’s police – Senator Kamnoon

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been blamed for a lack of progress in attempts to effect major reform of the Royal Thai Police. In his Facebook post today, Senator Kamnoon…

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Police say they removed protesters’ plaque as 16 protest leaders face charges

Police have removed the protesters’ democracy plaque from Sanam Luang, to be used as evidence against at least 16 protest leaders who are facing multiple charges, including lèse majesté, Royal…

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The late General Prem’s Ban Sisao Thewes residence being demolished

Ban Sisao Thewes, for more than four decades the official residence of the late Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda, since he served as the army Commander-in-Chief, is being demolished, after…

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Protesters plant “spirit of democracy” in royal field

The lost legacy of Khana Ratsadon was symbolically reborn when a new memorial plaque embodying the spirit of the 1932 Siamese Revolution was embedded by anti-government protesters at Sanam Luang…

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The spot where the symbolic democracy plaque was embedded is now covered with cement.

Symbolic democracy plaque at Sanam Luang removed

The brass plaque installed at Sanam Luang on Sunday as a sign of defiance by protesters demanding reforms of the monarchy has been removed. Thai PBS news team found the…

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Former Thai intelligence deputy chief says protest leaders will face legal action

Thailand’s Former National Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Nantiwat Samart said today (Sunday) that protest leaders are likely to face legal consequences arising from their roles during the rally at Sanam…

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Protest leader Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul negotiating with police near the office of the Privy Council.

Protesters end rally after submitting “10-point manifesto” to Privy Council

Anti-government protesters have ended their rally at Sanam Luang after submitting the so-called “10-point manifesto” aimed at reforming the monarchy to the Privy Council this morning. The demand was submitted…

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Signature collection campaign to support charter changes at protest site

Non-governmental organization iLaw is continuing its signature collection campaign for constitutional amendments by encouraging today’s protesters to sign up.   iLaw staff are manning a tent at Sanam Luang to…

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Ex-PM Thaksin asks Thai people if they are better off 14 years since the putsch

Exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has asked the Thai people about their livelihoods today, 14 years since his government was overthrown in a coup d’état, staged by then Army…

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A potentially historic day to watch

All eyes are focused on Thailand’s student-led protest today, with a sense of anxiety over how it will develop. This morning (Saturday), Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus remains closed. after…

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The moment protesters force their way into Thammasat University.

Protesters force their way into Thammasat University

Hundreds of protesters are now occupying the campus of Thammasat University after forcing open its main gate to begin what they claim to be the biggest rally against the Prayut…

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Protesters prepare for communication hiccups

Ten of thousands people from across the country are expected to join the anti-government protest this weekend. To avoid communication hiccups during the demonstration in case the mobile signal network…

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U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach arrives at an airport in Taipei, Taiwan September 17, 2020.

China begins military drills as senior U.S. official visits Taiwan

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China began combat drills near the Taiwan Strait on Friday, the same day a senior U.S. official began high-level meetings in Taipei, as Beijing denounced tightening ties…

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Protest leader insists on raising “sensitive issues” during this weekend’s rally

Reform of the Thai Monarchy, part of the ten-point manifesto, published for the first time at a rally on August 10th, will definitely be raised at this weekend’s rally at…

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Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020.

Japan’s ‘Suganomics’ will target quick wins, not grand visions

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s new prime minister will pursue economic structural reforms through a mixed bag of policies that target specific industries, rather than a grand strategy to reshape society…

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Motorists advised to avoid some roads and use alternative routes this weekend

The Metropolitan Police are advising motorists in Bangkok to avoid roads which are expected to be affected by the protest march from Thammasat University to Government House this weekend. The…

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Protest organizers asked to specify the destination of their march this Sunday

Red-shirt movement leader Jatuporn Promphan has urged the leaders of the September 19th protest to make clear to the public the actual destination of their planned march on Sunday, whether…

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Thai PM appeals to protesters to join the fight against COVID-19 first

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made a last-minute appeal this evening to protest leaders to postpone their rally, planned for this weekend, until the threat from the COVID-19 pandemic passes….

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Thammasat U’s Tha Prachan campus to close this weekend for safety reasons

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University has announced the closure of the Tha Prachan campus and cancellation of classes on Saturday and Sunday for the safety…

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PM appeals to protesters to obey the law during their protest this Saturday

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned student activists not to break the law during their planned protest this Saturday, as he reassured that he has instructed the police to…

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Democrat party proposes meeting of all whips to settle charter changes differences

Thailand’s Democrat party has proposed that the Government, Opposition and Senate chief whips meet to discuss constitutional amendments, before the issue is debated in a joint session of Parliament.  …

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Thammasat University back on frontline of Thailand’s political battle  

Thammasat University’s historical Tha Phrachan campus has once again been chosen as the venue for a large student-led protest, setting the stage for renewed political confrontation. The United Front of…

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Democrat MP Theptai Seanapong suspended from parliamentary duty

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has suspended Democrat MP Theptai Seanapong from performing his duty as an MP, pending its ruling on his parliamentary status. The Nakhon Si Thammarat MP, and his…

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Protesters warned not to get too close to Government House

As the planned September 19th mass protest draws near, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm warned the anti-dictatorship protesters today (Wednesday) not to venture within 50-metres of Government House, or risk…

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Thailand’s MPs begin second and final readings of the budget bill

The House of Representatives today (Wednesday) began the second and final readings of the budget bill for the 2021 fiscal year. The debate is scheduled to end tomorrow, but could…

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Thailand ready for new Constitution, but who will write it?

Thai politics will reach another critical juncture next week when the junta-written Constitution is reviewed after months of pressure from young anti-establishment protesters seeking changes to the supreme law drafted…

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Thai coconut milk cannery denies involvement in illicit drugs seizure in Australia

A Thai coconut milk cannery has denied any involvement in the smuggling of liquid methamphetamine into Australia, contained in cans apparently bearing the company’s brand name. In August, Australian Border…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 10, 2020, protesters flash the “Hunger Games” salute during a pro-democracy rally at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok. – The kingdom has seen a decades-long spin-cycle of coups and violent street protests led by pro or anti-establishment veterans with well-funded backing.

Protesters warned not to trespass on Sanam Luang or government premises on Saturday

Bangkok police have warned this Saturday’s protesters not to trespass on Sanam Luang. Pol Maj-Gen Somprasong Yenthuam, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said today (Tuesday) that Sanam Luang, a…

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Long history of divisive Senate issue (2nd and final part)

For decades, every charter amendment showdown has had the Senate as the main plot. Details may have varied, but they have revolved around the same questions: Should senators be appointed…

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Ex-Deputy Commerce Minister Banyin pleads guilty to kidnap and murder

Thailand’s former Deputy Commerce Minister Banyin Tangpakorn has reversed his not guilty plea and confessed to the kidnapping and murder of the brother of a judge who presided over a…

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PM asked to temporarily remove police involved in helping Red Bull heir from active service

Thailand’s Institute for Judicial Reform has urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha temporarily to relieve from active service all police officers involved in helping Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya escape prosecution…

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Thai PM vows not to stop protesters from marching to Government House

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Monday) that he will not stop protesting students from marching to Government House on September 20th, as their leaders intend, but questioned the appropriateness…

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Workers are transported on a truck to a construction site in Bangkok on July 23, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Senate committee asked to rethink changing mandatory retirement age

A subcommittee, of Thailand’s Senate Committee on Social Development and Affairs of Children, Youth, Women, Elderly People and Under-privileged people, has proposed a rethink and delay of a plan to…

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Democrat party leader proposes all chief whips meet to discuss charter rewrite

Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit has proposed that the chief whips of all parties and the Senate meet to discuss constitutional amendments, to prepare the way for a smoothrewrite of…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he enters his first re-election campaign rally in several months in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Collins won’t say in debate who she’ll vote for in November

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrat Sara Gideon sought to link Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, with President Donald Trump during their first debate Friday night, and she demanded several…

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People bow as a motorcade transporting Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida arrives at the Grand Palace for his coronation in Bangkok on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Royalist groups have yet to make their presence felt

As nationwide anti-establishment protests gather momentum, a counter movement launched by royalists is garnering far less attention and at times attracting more criticism than support.    Political pundits are divided over…

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Plodprasob and Yongyuth freed from jail, but wearing electronic tags

Thailand’s former Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasob Suraswadi and former Interior Minister Yongyuth Vichaidith have been released from the Corrections Department’s hospital after they met the conditions for the suspension of…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 10, 2020, protesters flash the “Hunger Games” salute during a pro-democracy rally at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok. – The kingdom has seen a decades-long spin-cycle of coups and violent street protests led by pro or anti-establishment veterans with well-funded backing.

Thammasat U alumni group urges ban of September 19th rally on campus

A group of Thammasat University alumni, led by outspoken former lecturer Kaewsan Atipothi, has voiced strong objection to the use of the university’s Tha Prachan campus for the holding of…

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The politics of choosing the next finance minister 

Thailand has witnessed the departure of two finance ministers in just past two months, and a veteran politician who served as their deputy is now offering himself as a well-qualified…

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US Embassy denies funding or supporting protests in Thailand

The US Embassy in Thailand has denied allegations that it is funding or providing support to any of the protests in Thailand.   In a statement issued Thursday, the Embassy…

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Pompeo tells Southeast Asia to stand up to China, shun its firms

HANOI (Reuters) – The United States’ top diplomat on Thursday urged Southeast Asian countries to stand up to maritime bullying by China and to reassess business deals with its state…

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Thammasat U will ban Saturday’s protest on its campus if guidelines not followed

Thammasat University has forbidden the Thammasat Alliance Group to use the Tha Prachan campus to stage a protest rally on September 19th unless it formally agrees to comply with the…

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Protests 2020: From a political to a generational issue

Reported by Kitipat Chuensukjit Thai PBS World Tonight September 9, 2020

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Thai PM brushes aside opposition calls to step down because he has a job to do

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed to stay on, despite calls from opposition MPs for him to step down, as he thanked them for not suggesting he attempt to escape…

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