Thailand

Thai ruler Prayuth gives top cabinet posts to junta inner circle

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BANGKOK - Military ruler General Prayuth Chan-ocha has named an interim cabinet dominated by members of the security forces to govern Thailand through at least a year of political reforms before he permits an election.

Thai activists say army's legal actions aim to silence rights workers 28 Aug 2014

BANGKOK - Thai civil society groups voiced concern on Thursday over a criminal defamation and libel action brought by the army against a human rights activist, the latest in a rising number of such cases faced by rights workers and journalists.

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Thai court dismisses murder charges against former PM, deputy 28 Aug 2014

BANGKOK - A Thai criminal court on Thursday threw out charges of murder and abuse of power faced by a former prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, and his then deputy over a deadly crackdown on street protesters in 2010.

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Thai premier tells foreign investors: 'We are not dictators' 27 Aug 2014

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha told European investors on Wednesday that he was not a dictator and that his government was seeking to create a Thailand that would be more attractive for their long-term investments.

Thai rubber farmers feel 'betrayed' by military government 26 Aug 2014

BANGKOK - Thai rubber farmers who supported anti-government protests that led to a military coup in May say they feel betrayed because the ruling military is failing to help soften the blow of plunging rubber prices.

Thailand's junta to lend farmers $345 million to battle loan sharks 26 Aug 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's military government will lend farmers and their children a combined 11 billion baht ($345 million) (208.07 million British pound) in an effort to fight off loan sharks as high levels of household debt drag on economic recovery, a state bank said on Tuesday.

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Thai 'baby factory' doctor to turn himself in - police 25 Aug 2014

BANGKOK - A Thai doctor who performed in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for women involved in a surrogate baby business dubbed the "baby factory" has agreed to turn himself in, police said on Monday.

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Thai king endorses junta leader as prime minister 25 Aug 2014

BANGKOK - Thai military leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was endorsed as prime minister by Thailand's king on Monday, four days after he was elected by his own hand-picked parliament, although critics called his appointment a political farce.

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Thai junta leader tells nation to move on from coup 22 Aug 2014

BANGKOK - Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, in an address to the nation a day after he was elected prime minister by a legislature he hand-picked, asked Thais not to dwell on the dramatic coup he led in May.

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Thailand's junta upbeat on economy, but not out of woods yet 21 Aug 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's junta wants to sell a positive story about its coup saving a troubled economy from recession, and while it seems to have business on board there is little evidence yet of a sustainable, broad-based recovery.