Thailand’s election commission opens registration for new parties

By Aukkarapon Niyomyat BANGKOK, Mar 2 : Registration for new political parties in Thailand began on Friday with the Election Commission (EC) noting that 34 groups turned up to register, the first sign of political activity being officially allowed in the country since a 2014 coup. The registration opening comes days after Prime Minister Prayuth […]

Thai junta says ‘not concerned’ about ousted PM Thaksin’s Asia tour

By Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK, Feb 21 : Thailand is not concerned about the movement of fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, also an ousted former leader, after recent visits by the pair to several Asian cities and meetings with members of their party. The Shinawatras have dominated Thai politics […]

Boxing fever grips Thailand’s boys but doctors raise health concerns

By Prapan Chankaew BURIRAM, Thailand, Feb 13 : – Loud cheers erupt as two boys trade punches at a boxing ring in Thailand’s northeastern province of Buriram. After dominating five rounds, the winner is declared; 11-year-old Nanthawat Promsod, who is better known by his boxing name – “Super Big Saksandee”. He earned 3,000 baht ($94.34) […]

Biggest U.S. force in years joins Thai military exercise

By Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK, Feb 13 : The biggest US. force in years joined an annual military exercise in Thailand on Tuesday despite controversy over the Thai junta’s invitation to neighboring Myanmar’s army, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing. The United States scaled back attendance at Cobra Gold, Asia’s largest multilateral military exercise, after […]

Thirty-five Thai activists report to police after junta protest

By Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK, Feb 8 : A group of Thai activists reported to police on Thursday to acknowledge charges brought against them, including charges of illegal assembly, after they staged a demonstration in Bangkok last month to protest a delay to a general election. Thirty-five out of 39 activists from the Democracy Restoration Group […]

Tick, tock; calls grow for Thai deputy pm to quit over watch scandal

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK, Feb 5 : A petition calling for the resignation of Thailand’s deputy prime minister attracted thousands of signatures on Monday, heaping pressure on the junta’s second-in-command to step aside amid a scandal over a luxury watch and undeclared assets. The scandal has revealed growing signs of disgruntlement […]