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


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.

Rape and murder of 13-year-old spark debate in junta-ruled Thailand 09 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - The rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train in Thailand have prompted a nationwide call for stricter enforcement of rape laws and a weekend rally that will defy military restrictions on public gatherings.


Thai junta to hold largest 'happiness fair' in latest PR push 08 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's military government said on Tuesday it would hold its largest festival yet in the Thai capital, part of a propaganda campaign aimed at national reconciliation after the junta's May coup.


Thai junta says peace in restive south a national priority 07 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's military government said on Monday peace in the Muslim-dominated south was an "urgent national priority" for the Buddhist-majority country following a decade of unrest blamed on separatists.

Thai junta compares its intervention to Myanmar's 1988 crackdown 04 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's military on Friday compared its seizure of power in May to restore stability after months of unrest to the brutal crackdown by Myanmar's former junta in 1988 to snuff out a pro-democracy movement.