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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.

Bombs hit Bangkok during major security meeting

02 Aug 2019

BANGKOK Six small bomb blasts wounded at least four people in Bangkok on Friday, as the Thai capital hosted a Southeast Asian security meeting with top diplomats from the United States, China and other world powers. | Video

Missing Mekong waters rouse suspicions of China

25 Jul 2019

BAN NONG CHAN, Thailand By this time of year, the Mekong River should have been rising steadily with the monsoon rains, bringing fishermen a bounty of fat fish.

Four killed in attacks in Thai south as anger burns

24 Jul 2019

YALA/BANGKOK Insurgents have killed four security personnel in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, the regional security force said on Wednesday, amid anger over allegations that a rebel suspect was tortured into a coma.

Thai farmers asked to delay rice planting as drought bites

22 Jul 2019

BANGKOK The Thai government has asked farmers to delay planting rice because of drought and the pumping of water from reservoirs for irrigation threatens household supplies, an agriculture ministry official said on Monday.

Asia-Pacific meth drug trade worth up to $61 billion, U.N. says

18 Jul 2019

BANGKOK Transnational crime groups are trafficking vast quantities of methamphetamine made in Southeast Asia, the United Nations said on Thursday, putting the value of the Asia-Pacific market for the drug between $30.3 billion (24.4 billion pounds) and $61.4 billion.

Thai prime minister declares end of military rule

15 Jul 2019

BANGKOK Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha formally resigned as the head of the military government on Monday, saying the country would function as a normal democracy after five years of military rule.

Thai king endorses new cabinet weeks after disputed election

10 Jul 2019

BANGKOK Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorsed a new civilian cabinet of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday, 108 days after a disputed election and following heated wrangling between parties in the one-time coup leader's coalition.

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