Thailand

Two bombs rattle luxury shopping mall in Bangkok

BANGKOK - Two small bombs exploded outside a luxury shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday causing minor damage but no injuries in an attack which Thai police said was aimed at raising tension in a city living under martial law.

In red heartlands, Thai army keeps a lid on dissent 3:02am GMT

KHON KAEN, Thailand - In the northeastern Thai city of Khon Kaen, Pongpit Onlamai, a prominent anti-junta "red shirt" member, points to a man seated in the corner of the cafe fidgeting with his phone.

Senior Thai police sentenced to six years for lese majeste, corruption 30 Jan 2015

BANGKOK - Two former senior policeman in Thailand, one with a link to the royal family, were sentenced in a criminal court on Friday to six years in prison for lese majeste and involvement in an illegal casino.

Thai junta gets tough on dissent after ex-PM banned from politics 29 Jan 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand's junta said on Thursday it had summoned two opposition members "to amend their political way of thinking", less than a week after former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was banned from politics.

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Rohingya refugees say traffickers in Malaysia abuse and kill 28 Jan 2015

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia - Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched from his home in the northern Malaysian state of Penang on Jan. 12. The next morning, his beaten and bloodied body was found.

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Ex-Thai PM's party vows calm, U.S. calls for inclusive politics 26 Jan 2015

BANGKOK - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's Puea Thai Party vowed on Monday it would not retaliate a five-year political ban imposed on the ousted leader, and a leading party figure said their movement could survive without the powerful family.

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Thai junta caught between rock and hard place over ex-PM impeachment 22 Jan 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand's army-stacked parliament will vote in an impeachment hearing against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, testing a fragile calm between the rural poor and the royalist establishment backed by the Bangkok middle class. | Video

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Impeachment verdict of ousted Thai PM could test fragile calm 21 Jan 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand's army-stacked parliament will vote in an impeachment hearing against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, testing a fragile calm between the rural poor and the royalist establishment backed by the Bangkok middle class.

Thai migrant workers in Israel face serious labour abuses - report 21 Jan 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai agricultural workers in Israel face serious labour rights abuses, including low pay, excessive hours and hazardous conditions, which may have contributed to a disturbing pattern of deaths among them, a report said on Wednesday.

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Thailand expects tourism boost after street protests 21 Jan 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand expects around 27.8 million tourists this year, the government said on Wednesday, up 12.2 percent on 2014 when the capital was gripped by anti-government protests and the murder of two British tourists on a holiday island made headlines worldwide.