Suspected rebels kill 15 at southern Thailand security posts

World 11/06/19, 04:20

Gunmen in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand killed 15 village defense volunteers and wounded five security personnel in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on government forces since the separatist rebellion began 15 years ago. Blood-stained clothing found at the scene suggested that some of the attackers on two checkpoints in ...

Aussie doctors bestowed Thai royal honors for cave rescue

Soccer 04/19/19, 05:15

Two Australian doctors were given royal honors in Thailand on Friday for helping rescue a boys soccer team from a flooded cave and said they are looking forward to a reunion with the youngsters they helped save.Richard Harris and Craig Challen were given the award at a ceremony presided over ...

Air is so dirty in northern Thailand, leader flies to see it

World 04/02/19, 02:02

The air hanging over Thailand's far north has become so polluted, the prime minister went Tuesday to see in person what's been called a severe health crisis.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived by helicopter at an army base in Chiang Mai, a city that's a popular tourist destination where seasonal haze ...

Analysis: Thai polls show divisions and instability remain

World 04/01/19, 20:17

Thailand's junta leader looks set to return as prime minister after a general election stacked heavily in his favor, but the process reveals that more than a decade's polarization in Thai politics is as strong as ever.Rather than ensuring stability, the sharply divided vote almost guarantees new struggles over power, ...

Key developments from Thailand’s post-coup election

World 03/25/19, 00:01

A military-backed party appears to have won the most votes in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup after tilting the electoral system in its favor. If the preliminary results hold, it will likely add to nearly two decades of political instability in Thailand. Some key developments from the election.___MILITARY ...

Update: Military party takes lead in Thai election

World 03/24/19, 09:42

The Latest on Thailand's general election (all times local):9:40 p.m.Figures from Thailand's Election Commission show a military-backed party has taken the lead in the country's first election since a 2014 coup.A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, March 24, 2019, during Thailand's first general ...

Voting underway in Thailand’s first election since 2014 coup

World 03/23/19, 20:10

Voters in Thailand were heading to the polls Sunday in the country's first election since the military ousted an elected government in a 2014 coup.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who led the coup, is hoping to extend his hold on power after engineering a new political system that ...

New Thai government may be unstable, short-lived

World 03/22/19, 22:35

Thailand's election Sunday is likely to produce a weak unstable government whether it's a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new phase of uncertainty in a country that's a U.S. ally in Southeast Asia and one of the world's top tourist destinations.The election is ...

A look at those jockeying to be Thailand’s next leader

World 03/22/19, 00:52

More than 70 parties are contesting Sunday's general election in Thailand, the first since a military coup nearly five years ago.Up for grabs are 500 seats in the House of Representatives, where parties will need to win at least 25 seats to be able to nominate their preferred candidate for ...

Long Thai crisis morphed coup leader’s career into politics

World 03/20/19, 20:28

Prayuth Chan-ocha became prime minister in a very Thai way: He led a military coup. Now after five years of running Thailand with absolute power, he's seeking to hold on to the top job through the ballot box. The military's thinly veiled proxy party has put forward Prayuth as its nominee ...

Thailand PM on official trip croons, brags about successes

World 03/13/19, 09:16

Thailand's military-installed prime minister has crooned a love song and boasted of his government's achievements during an official visit to the country's northeast ahead of the March 24 election.Prayuth Chan-ocha led a 2014 coup ousting an elected government and is seeking to stay in power.He appeared Wednesday before a crowd ...

Thai polls regulator heeds king, blocks princess’ candidacy

World 02/11/19, 11:53

Thailand's Election Commission has disqualified the sister of the country's king from becoming a candidate for prime minister in the March general election.The commission's decision came after her brother issued an order describing Princess Ubolratana Mahidol's political plans as inappropriate and unconstitutional.The Thai Raksa Chart Party last Friday registered Princess ...

Thailand puzzles over political surprises from royals

World 02/09/19, 02:34

The Thai political party whose stunning decision to nominate the king's sister as its candidate for prime minister backfired when the monarch forbade her to do so has sworn loyalty to the king and thanked his sister for her effort.Thailand woke up Saturday with a political hangover, pondering why Princess ...

Royals’ roles in politics vary, but few join electoral fray

Europe 02/08/19, 03:04

The selection of the elder sister of Thailand's king as a political party nominee for prime minister has upended a tradition of the palace playing no public role in politics. Most but not all modern monarchies steer clear of direct involvement in electoral politics or governing. Here is a look ...

Historic candidacy of princess upends tradition in Thailand

World 02/07/19, 22:58

A Thai political party on Friday named a princess as its nominee to be the next prime minister, upending tradition that the royal palace plays no public role in politics and upsetting all predictions about what may happen in next month's election.The selection of 67-year-old Princess Ubolratana Mahidol by the ...

Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns

World 01/30/19, 03:58

More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, have been shut as several weeks of dangerously unhealthy air pollution causes increasing concern.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha directed Bangkok's governor to order the closure of 437 schools from noon Wednesday through the end of the week after officials said the pollution would ...

Tropical storm to lash Thailand’s famed southern beach towns

World 01/03/19, 02:04

Thai authorities suspended ferry services and began evacuations Thursday ahead of a powerful tropical storm that is expected to pound the Southeast Asian nation's famed southern beach resorts.Rain was already falling around the Gulf of Thailand on Thursday morning and officials warned that torrential downpours, strong winds and rough seas ...

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