No big changes planned for junta-ruled Thailand's draft constitution


BANGKOK - No major changes are planned to Thailand's draft constitution, a spokesman for the committee pulling it together said on Friday, despite criticism from politicians that it is undemocratic as the one-year anniversary of a military coup approaches.


Thai government holds talks with politicians, activists 23 Apr 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand's military government on Thursday held reconciliation talks with the leaders of the Puea Thai party it toppled from power nearly a year ago, along with other politicians, academics and student activists.

EU warns Thailand on illegal fishing, clears South Korea, Philippines 21 Apr 2015

BRUSSELS - The European Commission on Tuesday warned Thailand, the third-largest seafood exporter in the world, for failing to crack down on illegal fishing, and threatened it with a trade ban if it did not take action.

Ivory-smuggling destination Thailand makes 'biggest seizure' of tusks 20 Apr 2015

BANGKOK - Thai customs officials have seized four tonnes of ivory worth $6 million, authorities said on Monday, in what the department called the largest bust of its kind in Thailand's history.


Criticism but no protest as Thai constitution debate begins 20 Apr 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand on Monday began debating a draft constitution that critics say is anti-democratic, but political groups say they have no plans to protest as the one-year anniversary of a military coup approaches.


Draft Thai constitution complete, but strife seen ahead 17 Apr 2015

BANGKOK - The generals who seized power in last year's coup in Thailand would be granted immunity from prosecution and unelected individuals allowed to become prime minister under a preliminary draft of a new constitution seen on Friday.


Thai PM hails progress, says he doesn't want to stay in power 17 Apr 2015

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hailed the performance of his military government on Friday and said a much-criticised overhaul of the constitution was needed to pull Thailand out of years of political crisis.


One year on, Thailand's testy coup leader battles dictator label 15 Apr 2015

BANGKOK - The last two times Thailand's army grabbed control, in 2006 and 2014, fortune teller Warin Buawiratlert called it, informing the would-be junta ahead of time that they were destined for power.


Truck bomb wounds seven on Thai holiday island Koh Samui 11 Apr 2015

BANGKOK - A truck bomb in an underground carpark wounded seven people on the Thai holiday island of Koh Samui on Friday night, in an incident which was likely to raise fears that Muslim rebels in the deep south could extend their campaign to tourist areas. | Video


Russian PM's visit a boost for Thais, focus on trade, tourists 07 Apr 2015

BANGKOK - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrives in Thailand on Tuesday for a visit aimed at expanding trade and the ruling military will be keen to highlight international support nearly a year after it ousted an elected government.