Thai junta gives security forces majority in interim legislature


BANGKOK - Thailand's junta on Thursday named a majority of active and retired members of the security forces to an interim legislature of 200 people, as it seeks to keep tight control over the body it will task with enacting sweeping reforms.


Thai junta to keep tight grip after transfer of power 30 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's military makes way for a new administration in coming weeks, but the generals will keep a tight grip on power by filling an interim cabinet and legislature with soldiers, military sources said on Wednesday.


Thai soldier among four killed in clash in Muslim south 28 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - A Thai soldier and three suspected Muslim separatists were killed on Monday in a clash in southern Thailand, police said, as security forces in the region were on alert for attacks marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Two killed by car bomb blamed on separatists in southern Thailand 25 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - A car bomb killed at least two people and injured 36 outside a hotel in southern Thailand on Friday, police said, the latest deadly attack in an area plagued by separatist violence for the past decade.


'Flawless' Thai army ruler would be good PM - junta colleague 23 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thai General Prayuth Chan-ocha has run the country flawlessly since he seized power in a military coup in May and would make a good prime minister under a provisional administration to be set up shortly, a junta colleague said on Wednesday.


Thai king endorses military's interim constitution 22 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's king endorsed an interim constitution on Tuesday that grants power to the military to intervene in politics for security reasons without approval of a civilian government due to be set up to rule until elections next year.

Thai media call on junta to ease restrictions 21 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thai media organisations called on the military government on Monday to ease restrictions after the junta said it would shut down news outlets putting out what it considers critical coverage.


Ousted Thai PM Yingluck rejects charge of negligence on graft 18 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra spoke to the media on Friday for the first time since her government was ousted in a May coup, rejecting charges she was negligent in stemming corruption.


Thailand's ex-PM Yingluck given permission to leave country 17 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's military rulers have given permission to former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to travel to Europe where she is expected to attend the birthday party of her brother Thaksin, also a deposed former premier, officers said on Thursday.


Thai junta's pledge to send back Myanmar refugees sparks concern 14 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's military government said on Monday it would send home 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps for two decades and more along the border with Myanmar, a move rights groups say would create chaos at a tense time for both nations.