Thai junta lifts martial law, but retains broad powers


BANGKOK - Thailand's ruling junta said on Wednesday it had lifted martial law imposed just before a coup 10 months ago, but it invoked a security clause in the country's interim constitution that will mean the military will retain broad powers.

Thai man jailed for 25 years over royal insult posts on Facebook 31 Mar 2015

BANGKOK - A Thai military court on Tuesday jailed a man for 25 years for posting pictures on his Facebook page deemed insulting to Thailand's monarchy, in one of the toughest such sentences in recent years.


Thai PM asks king's permission to lift martial law 31 Mar 2015

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he has asked for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's permission to lift martial law, which has been in place since before a coup 10 months ago, replacing it with a law that maintains the army's wide-ranging powers.

Thailand detains 76 migrants found on train, including Rohingya 30 Mar 2015

BANGKOK - Thai authorities said on Monday they had found a group of 76 migrants from neighbouring Myanmar, including six suspected Rohingya, in a sign that one of Asia's busiest smuggling routes is still thriving despite Bangkok's vow to stamp out trafficking.

Thailand keeps suspected Uighurs in custody amid Turkey-China tug-of-war 27 Mar 2015

BANGKOK - A family of 17 suspected Uighur Muslims at the centre of a diplomatic tug-of-war between Turkey and China will remain in custody after a Thai court on Friday rejected their argument that their prolonged detention was illegal.

U.S. 'troubled' by Thai leader's threat to execute journalists 26 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Thursday it was troubled by reports that the head of Thailand's military junta had threatened to execute journalists who do not report the truth and hoped he was not serious.

Thai junta targets dissent with visits to student activist homes 26 Mar 2015

BANGKOK - Plainclothes police and military officers have visited the homes of at least 20 student protesters across Thailand in the past week, activists said, in the toughest response to dissent since the days after last year's coup that ushered in army rule.

Thailand toughens trafficking law with death penalty, steep fines 26 Mar 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand's parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to introduce harsher punishments for human traffickers, including life imprisonment and the death penalty in cases where their victims had died.


Thai PM Prayuth warns media, says has power to execute reporters 25 Mar 2015

BANGKOK - Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed out at journalists on Wednesday, saying he would "probably just execute" those who did "not report the truth", in the latest outburst aimed at Thailand's media.

Tug-of-war between China, Turkey over suspected Uighurs in Thailand 24 Mar 2015

BANGKOK - A group of suspected Uighur Muslims has become the focus of a diplomatic tug-of-war in Thailand between China and Turkey, with both countries wanting to repatriate them and hundreds of other suspected Uighurs detained in Thailand as illegal immigrants.