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Thailand: Constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia
Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the center of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world's 50th largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, a special administrative area. Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest. Although nominally a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, the most recent coup in 2014 established a de facto military dictatorship.

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Thai king makes surprise pre-vote plea for 'security and happiness'

Thailand's king made an unexpected call for "security" and "happiness" on the eve of the first election since a 2014 army coup, but made no mention of a poll critics say has been engineered to keep the..
Reuters - Published

Election observers say face limitations in Thai poll

An international observer group said it would face limitations in judging to what extent Thailand's general election on Sunday is free and fair, partly because it was granted accreditation too late to..
Reuters - Published

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Parties hold final rallies as Thailand prepares to vote [Video]Parties hold final rallies as Thailand prepares to vote

Before Sunday's elections, enthusiastic supporters cheer Future Forward party leader as campaigning draws to a close.

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Thailand holds first vote since 2014 military coup [Video]Thailand holds first vote since 2014 military coup

The military-backed Palang Pracharat is hoping to defeat the Pheu Thai party, which has won every election since 2001.

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Thailand votes: Young voters prepare for Sunday's election [Video]Thailand votes: Young voters prepare for Sunday's election

How millions of young first-time voters could make a difference in Thailand's election.

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Leicester City players attend funeral of late-chairman in Thailand [Video]Leicester City players attend funeral of late-chairman in Thailand

Leicester players and officials are in Bangkok for the funeral of their late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha whose body will be cremated on Thursday.

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Leicester City players attend funeral of late-chairman in Thailand ahead of cremation [Video]Leicester City players attend funeral of late-chairman in Thailand ahead of cremation

Leicerster players and officials are in Bangkok for the funeral of their late chairman

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After years of military rule, Thais face election [Video]After years of military rule, Thais face election

After two coups and years of military rule, it might seem counter-intuitive that a significant segment of Thai voters would want to enshrine military rule with a democratic stamp of approval. But..

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Thailand offers rubber farmers subsidy amid falling latex prices [Video]Thailand offers rubber farmers subsidy amid falling latex prices

Critics say the government's subsidy programme is too little too late.

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Thailand Has First Transgender Prime Minister Candidate [Video]Thailand Has First Transgender Prime Minister Candidate

According to Huffpost.com, Thailand has its first transgender candidate running for Prime Minister. Pauline Ngarmpring, who began her new life as a transgender woman after transitioning at the age of..

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Thailand court disbands opposition party over princess nomination [Video]Thailand court disbands opposition party over princess nomination

Disqualifying the Thai Raksa Chart party strikes a blow to the opposition's chances of winning the general election.

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Thailand court dissolves party that nominated princess for PM [Video]Thailand court dissolves party that nominated princess for PM

A Thai court on Thursday ordered the dissolution of an opposition party for nominating the king's sister as its candidate for prime minister in a March 24 election, the first since the military seized..

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Thai artists face restrictions ahead of upcoming elections [Video]Thai artists face restrictions ahead of upcoming elections

Thailand may be one of Asia's artistic hubs, but five years of army rule are making it tough for local artists.

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Poison Control Calls Up Fifty-Fold For Popular Herbal Supplement [Video]Poison Control Calls Up Fifty-Fold For Popular Herbal Supplement

Kratom is a plant which grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua Guinea. The herbal supplement has gained national attention as some have reported using the the drug to treat pain and..

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Thailand may ban party that nominated princess for PM [Video]Thailand may ban party that nominated princess for PM

Thai Raksa Chart chose the King's eldest sister to be the party's candidate for prime minister, but the royal family stopped her bid for power saying royalty should be "above politics".

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'A victory!': Jubilation as freed footballer returns to Australia [Video]'A victory!': Jubilation as freed footballer returns to Australia

Hakeem al-Araibi released from Thailand detention after international campaign on risks of his extradition to Bahrain.

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Freed Bahraini footballer lands in Australia [Video]Freed Bahraini footballer lands in Australia

Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi arrives in the Australian city of Melbourne after being freed from a Thai prison where he has spent the last two months. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Thai Princess Disqualified As PM Candidate By Election Panel [Video]Thai Princess Disqualified As PM Candidate By Election Panel

According to Reuters, Thailand’s election panel has disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister. The king had previously stated that royalty should be “above politics." The..

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Thailand to free Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi [Video]Thailand to free Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

Thai court orders release after Bahrain dropped extradition request, says prosecutor working on the case.

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Princess Disqualified From Thailand PM Election [Video]Princess Disqualified From Thailand PM Election

CNN reports Officials have disqualified a Thai princess from running for prime minister in next month's general election after her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, said her nomination would be..

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Thailand releases Australia's refugee soccer star [Video]Thailand releases Australia's refugee soccer star

Thailand on Monday freed jailed refugee Bahraini athlete Hakeem Al Araibi, who has residency status in Australia, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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Thailand releases Refugee Bahraini Footballer [Video]Thailand releases Refugee Bahraini Footballer

Reuters reports Thailand on Monday freed a jailed refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition, and immigration officials said..

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Thailand election panel disqualifies princess [Video]Thailand election panel disqualifies princess

Thailand's election panel has disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister, putting an end to a stunning, short-lived candidacy by echoing King Maha Vajiralongkorn's words that..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Thailand election: Many hope vote ends military rule [Video]Thailand election: Many hope vote ends military rule

As Thailand begins another episode of its turbulent political story, many hope a new government will reverse a military crackdown on free speech

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Thai king moves to block sister's run for office [Video]Thai king moves to block sister's run for office

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn moves to block his elder sister's surprise bid to run for prime minister in March, calling her candidacy for a populist opposition party "inappropriate" and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published

Thai King Moved To Block His Sister's Bid For Prime Minister [Video]Thai King Moved To Block His Sister's Bid For Prime Minister

According to Reuters, Thailand’s king has moved to block his elder sister’s surprise bid to run for prime minister. The king called her candidacy for a populist opposition party “inappropriate”..

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Thai Princess Nominated To Be Candidate For Prime Minister [Video]Thai Princess Nominated To Be Candidate For Prime Minister

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi sent shockwaves through military-ruled Thailand’s politics by becoming the prime ministerial candidate..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:51Published

 

Junta chief croons, ousted PM says 'we will win' in Thai election battle

Thailand's election contest between military-backed government and opposition parties played out in dueling images on Friday, two days before the first vote since a 2014 army coup.
Reuters - Published

In Thailand's restive deep south, election stirs rare enthusiasm

Pateemoh Poh-itaeda-oh, 39, has lost four family members to violence in Thailand's deep south, where a Muslim separatist movement has fought against rule from Bangkok for 15 years.
Reuters - Published

In post-coup election, Thai rice, rubber farmers rethink old divide

In the rice-growing heartland of Thailand's northeast, Kamol Suanpanya, 80, meets in the off season with fellow farmers at a community center, where they discuss Sunday's election, the first after..
Reuters - Published

A look at those jockeying to be Thailand’s next leader

a look at those jockeying to be thailand’s next leader
BANGKOK (AP) — More than 70 parties are contesting Sunday’s general election in Thailand, the first since a military coup nearly five years ago. Up for grabs are 500 seats in the House of..
WorldNews - Published

Timeline: Thailand's turbulent politics over two decades

Thailand has seen two coups, dueling street demonstrations and political instability over most of the past two decades, much of it centered around the divisive figure of Thaksin Shinawatra.
Reuters - Published

A guide to Thailand's post-coup election

a guide to thailand's post-coup election
The country is split between pro-military forces and their opponents in the first vote since a 2014 coup.
BBC News - Published

Leicester City chairman cremation held in Thailand

leicester city chairman cremation held in thailand
Manager Brendan Rodgers and striker Jamie Vardy are among those who travelled to Thailand for the service.
BBC News - Published

Numbers game: How Thailand's election system favors pro-army parties

Thailand goes to the polls on Sunday under a new system that critics say the military government has devised to prevent the most popular political party, which has won every election since 2001, from..
Reuters - Published

Thailand election: Young voters could be key to victory

thailand election: young voters could be key to victory
It's the first election since the coup of 2014 and seven million young people are voting for the first time.
BBC News - Published

Could Thailand's populists win again despite army obstacles?

Nearly five years after Thailand's 2014 military coup, the populist movement that the army has overthrown twice in a decade is contesting an election on Sunday that its leaders say is rigged against..
Reuters - Published

Thailand election: A vote for a hybrid democracy

thailand election: a vote for a hybrid democracy
This election should return Thailand to democracy, but the military will still be pulling the strings.
BBC News - Published

Lamduan Armitage: Woman identified 15 years after body found in Yorkshire Dales

Police say woman known as Lady of the Hills was originally from Thailand
Independent - Published

Thai tycoon convicted in black leopard poaching case, allowed bail

thai tycoon convicted in black leopard poaching case, allowed bail
Tue, 2019-03-19 05:40 KANCHANABURI, Thailand: A Thai tycoon accused of poaching a black leopard was sentenced to 16 months in jail on other charges Tuesday but allowed to go free pending an appeal, in..
WorldNews - Published

Katie Price freaks out after being hacked on Facebook following holiday in Thailand

katie price freaks out after being hacked on facebook following holiday in thailand
Katie Price freaks out after being hacked on Facebook (Picture: Getty Images) Katie Price might have been swanning around the beaches in Thailand earlier this month. But it seems she has come back home..
WorldNews - Published

Thailand's oldest party may be king-maker after vote to determine military role

Thailand's oldest political party is heading into an election on Sunday with leader Abhisit Vejjajiva facing tough choices in the first polls since the military seized power in a 2014 coup.
Reuters - Published

Thailand election shows junta's critics harsh reality: Dissidents found dumped in rivers, activists ensnared in lengthy court battles

Three firebrand radio hosts have been reported missing in Laos since the coup, according to Human Rights Watch. Late last year the corpses of two aides of radio host Surachai Danwattananusorn washed..
Firstpost - Published

In Thai election, new 'war room' polices social media

In Thailand's election "war room", authorities scroll through thousands of social media posts, looking for violations of laws restricting political parties' campaigning on social media that activists..
Reuters - Published

Thailand’s early voting kicks off with long queues

thailand’s early voting kicks off with long queues
BANGKOK: Hundreds of thousands of voters crowded into schools, parking lots and temples across Thailand on Sunday, eager to cast an early ballot a week before the country’s first election in eight..
WorldNews - Published

Thailand Approves Country’s First ICO Portal

thailand approves country’s first ico portal
Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly approved the country’s first portal for initial coin offerings (ICOs). The main purposes of these portals are to screen tokens,..
WorldNews - Published

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