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It’s not how Cabinet looks; it’s how Prayut formed it

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may have taken one step closer to the brink with the Cabinet he has set up. But it’s not quite about the “faces”, which are a…

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Prem Tinsulanonda: Man who let his action do the talking

For someone whose name was largely associated with “half-baked democracy”, to be generally accepted as a “statesman” is unique. Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda, who passed away this week at…

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New Democrat chief Jurin has mountain to climb

Jurin Laksanavisit’s first job as Democrat leader is tackling an immense dilemma that brought down his immediate predecessor Abhisit Vejjajiva. A social media cynical post has it that Jurin had…

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Admirers hope Piyabutr is not “too fast to live” kind

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, secretary-general of the Future Forward Party, is travelling at the speed of light politically. A virtual nobody last year, he has come under a major media spotlight along…

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Jurin steps into biggest limelight

If Jurin Laksanawisit is a footballer, he will be called a “utility player”. By that, he can help the team by playing any role no matter how small, how big,…

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Korn in mid of Democrats’ “soul-searching”

Because of his height and good look, Korn Chatikavanij is an outstanding man. In politics, though, he is the sort of men who let many people, including those less qualified,…

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Anutin: “Kingmaker” or a lot more?

Amid all the uncertainties in the aftermath of Sunday’s general election, one man has gone virtually and mysteriously underground. Everyone’s radar, though, has been searching for Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul,…

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Future Forward grapples with political complications

All eyes will be on Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit next week when he and two other party executives face the prosecutors for a Facebook Live session that allegedly discredited…

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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 is like that. News that he would be in the Palang…

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Watch out for this Pheu Thai “decorative flower”

Thaksin Shinawatra’s camp always springs a surprise when it comes to who it picks as prime minister. Late Samak Sundaravej was a veteran, but everyone had ruled him out when…

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Suthep’s long and winding road

The Thai politics nowadays may be crawling with estranged allies. Sudarat Keyuraphan is said to have upset many in the Thaksin camp. Jatuporn Prompan is not seeing eye to eye…

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What is holding back Prayut’s announcement?

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is not playing hard to get. In keeping people waiting for his decision to vie for post-election premiership, he probably does not want to get bombarded…

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This photo taken on September 3, 2018 shows Myanmar journalist Wa Lone being escorted by police after sentenced by a court to jail in Yangon.

“Thumbs up” pics for Myanmar Reuters reporters as they mark year in jail

Messages of solidarity poured in Wednesday from around the world on the one-year anniversary of the arrest of two Myanmar Reuters journalists who exposed a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in…

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Star to fallen idol: The Japanese rise and fall of Carlos Ghosn

The once-revered Carlos Ghosn’s life was even made into a manga comic but soon after Monday’s arrest his successor at Nissan referred to the ‘dark side’ of his tenure Carlos…

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Vichai, an unlikely legend of football

“This puts football into perspective”. A famous line among those involved in the world’s most popular sport when a human tragedy strikes has to do with the fact that there…

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Introducing Prayut’s “Queen” in cut-throat power play

As former coup leader Gen Sunthorn Kongsompong’s son, new Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong can never say what many people think regarding toppling a government by military force. The real…

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From anti-rice pledging scheme crusader to Democrat leadership challenger

Few people believe Warong Dechgitvigrom could dethrone Abhisit Vejjajiva in the Democrat Party’s leadership battle, but flying under the radar to hit the target seems to be what the former…

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From anti-rice pledging scheme crusader to Democrat leadership challenger

Few people believe Warong Dechgitvigrom could dethrone Abhisit Vejjajiva in the Democrat Party’s leadership battle, but flying under the radar to hit the target seems to be what the former…

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A happy couple after 62 years of marriage.

Mahathir’s recipe for happy married life: Tolerance

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad, the oldest elected leader in the world, has spilled the beans on his secret to being happily married to his soulmate Tun Dr Siti…

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Democrat leadership choice – a field wide open

There’s something ironic about Warong Dechgitvigrom, but his emergence as one of the candidates to challenge Abhisit Vejjajiva for the leadership of the Democrat Party is probably one of the…

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Spotlight on Alibaba CEO Zhang as Jack Ma starts retirement countdown

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Unlike his charismatic boss, Jack Ma, Alibaba chief executive, Daniel Zhang isn’t usually one to grab the limelight, let alone make kung fu movies with superstars or dance in…

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Will “Wan Nor” help Thaksin make inroad into deep South?

Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, better known as Wan Nor, has re–emerged into the political limelight by launching a new political party seeking to appeal to Thai Muslims, particularly in the…

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Like father like son…Wan tries to sell his “tough guy” image just like his father Chalerm once did to win votes

Is Pheu Thai smart to have Chalerm as presenter?

Not many people doubt Chalerm Yubamrung’s claim that the Pheu Thai Party will win the majority in the next election. A lot more, however, must be wondering why he has…

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Kofi Annan struggled to escape the curse of history

GENEVA (Reuters) – Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died on Saturday, will be remembered as a dedicated humanitarian whose career was tarnished…

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9 years on, Mong Thongdee still hopes for Thai citizenship

Remember the little stateless boy born to a family of Myanmar migrant workers in Chiang Mai who won Thai people’s hearts with his superb paper plane skills back in 2009? …

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Chatu Mongol…for real or just seat warmer?

It may have surprised many when M.R. Chatu Mongol Sonakul, a former governor of the Bank of Thailand, was picked as the leader of the Action Coalition for Thailand Party (ACT), a…

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Surin Pitsuwan used his style of diplomacy and exceptional leadership to put ASEAN on the world stage.

Remembering “people’s leader” Surin Pitsuwan

Trying to describe someone like Dr. Surin Pitsuwan has never been easy.  You can call him a great diplomat, an ASEAN spokesman, a visionary or a great orator, and yet…

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