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Thai navy boards cabin of fugitive 'seasteaders' facing death penalty

20 Apr 2019

BANGKOK The Thai navy on Saturday boarded the floating cabin of a fugitive U.S. citizen and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the "seasteading" movement who possibly face the death sentence for setting up their offshore home. | Video

Thailand collects sacred waters for king's coronation rituals

06 Apr 2019

BANGKOK Thailand began rituals on Saturday for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn next month, with officials collecting water in ceremonies across the country for use in purification rites.

World's biggest water fight canceled in Thai tourist haven for king's coronation

03 Apr 2019

BANGKOK The annual festival known as the world's biggest water fight will be a little smaller this year, as one of Bangkok's famed tourist districts called off its celebrations to avoid clashing with preparations to crown Thailand's new king.

Thai police summon anti-junta politician on sedition charge after disputed election

03 Apr 2019

BANGKOK Thai police summoned a prominent anti-junta politician on Wednesday to answer a sedition complaint, a police document showed, a charge rising star Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit called politically motivated after a disputed election.

Thai army chief warns against protests after disputed election

02 Apr 2019

BANGKOK Thailand's army chief on Tuesday warned against protests after a disputed election, invoking the revered monarchy and castigating people he said "distort" democracy.

In Thailand's 'red shirt' north, Thaksin's grip slowly loosens

29 Mar 2019

PHAYAO, Thailand Like most in the sleepy town of Phayao in Thailand's northern mountains, schoolteacher Mu Suthibutr voted for parties loyal to Thaksin Shinawatra in election after election, even after the populist leader was ousted in an army coup and fled into exile.

Thailand's pro-army party wins popular vote - Election Commission

28 Mar 2019

BANGKOK Thailand's chaotic election took another turn on Thursday when the Election Commission announced that the pro-army party, which is seeking to keep the current junta leader in power, had won the popular vote, with 100 percent of ballots counted.

Thailand's coup maker could face tough transition to civilian leadership

26 Mar 2019

BANGKOK For five years, Thailand's Prayuth Chan-ocha ruled undisputed as the head of a junta that had grabbed power from a democratically elected government - now, he looks poised to become a civilian prime minister himself.

Charges of cheating amid confusion over Thailand's election result

25 Mar 2019

BANGKOK Thailand's first general election since a military coup five years ago was thrown into disarray on Monday as two opposition parties alleged cheating and the election commission said it could be weeks until the make-up of parliament becomes clear. | Video

Thailand's pro-military party takes stunning lead as results come in

24 Mar 2019

BANGKOK Partial results from Sunday's election in Thailand showed a pro-military party slightly ahead of the populist party leading a "democratic front", an unexpected and - for many - stunning outcome from the country's first poll since a 2014 army coup.

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