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Foreign minister reaffirms Japan's economic ties to Thailand

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BANGKOK Japan's foreign minister arrived in Bangkok on Sunday aiming to reaffirm economic ties after Japanese investments in Thailand slumped last year amid political concerns as well as stiff competition emerging from more nimble neighbours.

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Thailand jails nine activists charged with sedition, computer crimes 30 Apr 2016

BANGKOK Nine activists who posted comments critical of Thailand's ruling junta and a military-backed draft constitution on Facebook have been jailed, police said on Saturday, the latest opponents of the government penalised for airing dissent.

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Thai Facebook group charged over 'foul language' about draft constitution 27 Apr 2016

BANGKOK Thailand's election commission on Wednesday filed charges against a group for posting "foul and strong" comments online criticising a military-backed draft constitution, the first case filed under a law that prohibits campaigning on the charter.

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Gay Western couple win Thai surrogacy battle for baby Carmen 26 Apr 2016

BANGKOK A gay couple from the United States won an appeal on Tuesday for parental rights over a baby born through a Thai surrogate mother in a high-profile case that came to light before Thailand banned commercial surrogacy last year.

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Devotees at Thai temple give alms to tens of thousands of Buddhist monks 22 Apr 2016

PATHUM THANI, Thailand Tens of thousands of Buddhist monks gathered on Friday at a Thai temple mired in controversy to join in a ceremony organisers called the world's largest offering of alms to renunciates. | Video

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U.N. rights chief urges Thailand to roll back military's powers 22 Apr 2016

BANGKOK The top U.N. human rights official called on Thailand on Friday to suspend "dangerously sweeping" powers handed to the military and he encouraged dialogue on a draft constitution the military hopes will win approval in an August referendum.

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For Thailand, a portrait is crucial to preparations for succession 21 Apr 2016

BANGKOK Look around anywhere in Thailand and chances are you will see a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej displayed in offices, schools, banks or on the front of government buildings. | Video

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Thai junta chief accuses former PM Thaksin of stirring protests 21 Apr 2016

BANGKOK The leader of Thailand's junta on Thursday accused fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of being behind a series of small anti-junta protests that have flared in the capital this week.

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Thai police say 15 bomb suspects at large as two appear in court 20 Apr 2016

BANGKOK Thai police cannot find 15 suspects in connection with a bomb at a shrine in Bangkok last year that killed 20 people, an officer said on Wednesday, as two ethnic Uighur Muslims from China accused of involvement appeared in a military court.

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Thai military government says no campaigning ahead of charter vote 19 Apr 2016

BANGKOK Campaigns will not be allowed in Thailand in the run-up to an August referendum on a new constitution that the military hopes will usher in stable politics but which critics say will stifle democracy, a senior government official said on Tuesday.