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Panu Wongcha-um

New Thai government faces major test in first budget debate

17 Oct 2019

BANGKOK Thailand's parliament on Thursday began debate on a budget bill that is set to test the strength of a new civilian coalition government headed by a former military junta leader.

China denounces Thai politicians for show of support to Hong Kong activists

11 Oct 2019

BANGKOK The Chinese embassy in Bangkok has condemned Thai politicians for showing support for Hong Kong activists involved in anti-government protests, saying it could harm the relationship between the two countries.

China denounces Thai politicians for show of support to Hong Kong activists

11 Oct 2019

BANGKOK The Chinese embassy in Bangkok has condemned Thai politicians for showing support to Hong Kong activists amid mass anti-Beijing protests, saying that such move could harm the relationship between the two countries.

Thai PM defends police monitoring of Muslim university students

17 Sep 2019

BANGKOK Thailand's prime minister on Tuesday defended police for requesting information about minority Muslim students from universities around the country, after criticism of the move as discriminatory and illegal.

'Ultraman Buddha' art in Thailand prompts police complaint

12 Sep 2019

BANGKOK A group of Buddhist hardliners in Thailand filed a police complaint against a young female artist on Wednesday over paintings that depict images of the Buddha as the 1960s Japanese superhero character Ultraman.

Thai court won't rule on PM's oath omitting duty to constitution

11 Sep 2019

BANGKOK Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday declined to rule on a controversy over the new prime minister omitting a vow to uphold the constitution when he was sworn in as a civilian leader, five years after he toppled an elected government.

Hard right: Political divide deepens in Thailand

05 Sep 2019

By Panu Wongcha-um, Panarat Thepgumpanat and Matthew Tostevin

Exclusive: Muslim insurgent group says it met with Thai government

17 Aug 2019

The main group fighting an insurgency in Thailand's largely Muslim south said it had held its first meeting with officials from the new Thai government and had set out demands as a condition for any formal peace talks.

'The threat now is fake news' - Thai army chief describes 'hybrid war'

09 Aug 2019

BANGKOK Thailand's army is fighting a "hybrid war" waged by enemies who are using "fake news" to turn young Thais against the military and the monarchy, the army chief said in a rare interview on Friday.

Exiled Thai critic attacked with chemicals in Japan

03 Aug 2019

BANGKOK An exiled Thai critic of the country's military and monarchy said he was attacked in his home in Japan last month and believes Thai authorities were behind the incident, an accusation that was ridiculed by the kingdom's army chief.

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