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30 Mar 2017

Rice prices rise in India, Thailand on stronger currencies

HANOI/BANGKOK/MUMBAI Rice prices firmed in Thailand and India on stronger local currencies, while prices weakened in Vietnam as the country entered its peak harvest season, traders said on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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 police end search of temple without finding monk

BANGKOK Thai police ended their search of Thailand's biggest temple on Friday after laying siege to it for more than three weeks without finding the former abbot, who is wanted for suspected money-laundering.

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.

09 Feb 2017

Thai junta sets 'reconciliation talks' for Valentine's Day

BANGKOK Thailand's military-led reconciliation talks, aimed at mending the country's political divide ahead of elections next year, will start next week and last three months, the junta said on Thursday.

07 Feb 2017

Thailand's king appoints new Buddhist patriarch

BANGKOK Thailand's king has appointed a new Buddhist supreme patriarch, the prime minister said on Tuesday, ending more than a year of tussling over the position that had been fuelled by politics and allegations of corruption.

02 Feb 2017

Thailand hopes for upgrade in U.S. human trafficking report

BANGKOK Thailand has stepped up prosecutions for human trafficking and hopes its status will be upgraded in the annual U.S. Trafficking in Persons report, the foreign minister said on Thursday.

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