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Exclusive - Thai junta seeks law to bring more order to Buddhism

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BANGKOK Thailand's military government is working on a law to help regulate Buddhism, officials say, giving the junta far more say over a pillar of Thai society that has so far eluded its control.

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Thailand sends ousted PM Thaksin $494 million tax bill 28 Mar 2017

BANGKOK Thai tax authorities have sent ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra a whopping 17 billion baht ($494 million) tax bill over the sale of shares in a telecoms company more than a decade ago, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

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Sex in Thai city frustrates junta 26 Mar 2017

PATTAYA, Thailand With mascots dressed as smiling fish and a police rock band, Thai authorities launched a "Happy Zone" at the weekend to improve the image of a city notorious for sex tourism.

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Sex in Thai city frustrates junta 26 Mar 2017

PATTAYA, Thailand With mascots dressed as smiling fish and a police rock band, Thai authorities launched a "Happy Zone" at the weekend to improve the image of a city notorious for sex tourism.

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Thailand seeks new abbot for scandal-hit Buddhist temple 23 Mar 2017

BANGKOK Thailand's government is trying to get a new abbot appointed to head the country's biggest Buddhist temple, whose former leader is wanted for money laundering, an official said on Thursday.

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Thaksin lawyer says no grounds for new Thai tax claim 22 Mar 2017

BANGKOK A lawyer for ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Wednesday there were no grounds for a new tax claim against him over the sale of shares in a telecoms company over a decade ago.

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Thailand and Philippines agree to strengthen military links 21 Mar 2017

BANGKOK Thailand’s junta leader and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte agreed on Tuesday to strengthen military ties and cooperate against cross-border criminality, including illegal drugs.

Thai soldier charged with murder in controversial killing of ethnic youth activist 21 Mar 2017

BANGKOK A Thai soldier was charged on Tuesday with murdering a youth activist from an ethnic minority in an anti-drugs operation, police said, a case that has sparked concern among rights groups which have called for an independent investigation.

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Good luck coins prove fatal for Thai 'piggy bank' turtle 21 Mar 2017

BANGKOK A 25-year-old Thai sea turtle died from blood poisoning on Tuesday, never recovering from an operation to remove 915 coins from her stomach, thrown into her pool for good luck, veterinarians said.

Malaysia says intercepted North Korean arms shipment to Thailand in 2011 20 Mar 2017

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia intercepted and returned a shipment of North Korean military communications equipment sent to Thailand in 2011, the country's police chief said on Monday, amid growing scrutiny of the southeast Asian nation's dealings with North Korea.