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29 Mar 2017

Exclusive - Thai junta seeks law to bring more order to Buddhism

BANGKOK Thailand's military government is working on a law to help regulate Buddhism, officials say, giving the junta far more say over a pillar of Thai society that has so far eluded its control.

23 Mar 2017

Thailand seeks new abbot for scandal-hit Buddhist temple

BANGKOK Thailand's government is trying to get a new abbot appointed to head the country's biggest Buddhist temple, whose former leader is wanted for money laundering, an official said on Thursday.

21 Mar 2017

Thai soldier charged with murder in controversial killing of ethnic youth activist

BANGKOK A Thai soldier was charged on Tuesday with murdering a youth activist from an ethnic minority in an anti-drugs operation, police said, a case that has sparked concern among rights groups which have called for an independent investigation.

20 Mar 2017

Thai opposition 'red shirt' says plot to kill PM a setup

BANGKOK An exiled "red shirt" opponent of Thailand's junta accused police of trying to set him up after they said they had found a cache of weapons and uncovered a plot to kill the prime minister.

15 Mar 2017

Thailand investigates new cases involving Buddhist temple's money

BANGKOK Thailand is investigating three new cases involving possible financial crimes at the country's biggest Buddhist temple, whose influential former abbot is wanted for suspected money laundering, police said on Wednesday.

15 Mar 2017

Thailand charges activist who mocked PM's song

BANGKOK A Thai activist who made fun of one of junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha's ballads on Facebook was charged on Tuesday with cyber crime for publishing material critical of the government.

14 Mar 2017

Thailand fails to address rights concerns at U.N. review, rights groups say

BANGKOK Thailand failed to address international concerns about the military government's obligation to uphold civil and political rights at a U.N. review in Geneva, rights groups said on Tuesday.

10 Mar 2017

Thai officials raise prospect of disrobing renegade monk

BANGKOK Thailand's top religious council will consider the case of a renegade monk being hunted by police and steps that could go as far as disrobing him, a senior official said on Thursday.

08 Mar 2017

Ousted Thai party calls for independent reconciliation

BANGKOK The party ousted from power in a coup in Thailand in 2014 told a military-led reconciliation panel on Wednesday that political wounds could better be healed by an independent body.

07 Mar 2017

Thai transport authorities crack down on Uber, Grab drivers, seek ban

BANGKOK Thailand's transport authorities have begun a crackdown on drivers for ride-hailing services Uber and Grab and want the military government to ban them, a transport official said on Tuesday.

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