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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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Thailand election: Princess Ubolratana and the party power play

thailand election: princess ubolratana and the party power play
A shock announcement that a princess wanted to run for prime minister has shaken Thai politics.
BBC News - Published

Thailand's Princess Ubolratana 'sad' about election fallout

thailand's princess ubolratana 'sad' about election fallout
Princess Ubolratana says her bid to be PM created issues that "shouldn't happen in this day and age".
BBC News - Published

Videos for Thailand

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".

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:34Published

'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.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

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).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:52Published

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..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:30Published

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.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:36Published

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..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

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

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:11Published

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..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

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

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published

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”..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

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

Thai Princess Running For PM May Be In Violation Of Election Law [Video]Thai Princess Running For PM May Be In Violation Of Election Law

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, the leader of a pro-military party in Thailand said that its rival's nomination of the king's elder sister as its prime ministerial candidate may breach..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published

Thailand Princess Lives As A Citizen [Video]Thailand Princess Lives As A Citizen

Reuters.com recently wrote, "The sister of Thailand’s king said on Friday she was exercising her rights as a citizen in accepting a political party’s nomination for prime minister in a March..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Breaking tradition, Princess Ubolratana to contest election for Thailand PM [Video]Breaking tradition, Princess Ubolratana to contest election for Thailand PM

For first time in country's history, a royal family member becomes directly involved in politics and runs for office.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published

Thai princess defies history by running for office [Video]Thai princess defies history by running for office

Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, breaks the long-standing tradition of Thai royalty staying out of politics by entering March's election in an unprecedented move. Michelle..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

Thailand to Detain Bahraini Soccer Player Until April in Extradition Case [Video]Thailand to Detain Bahraini Soccer Player Until April in Extradition Case

Soccer player Hakeem Al-Araibi on Monday contested Thailand’s effort to satisfy Bahrain’s extradition request, saying he fears persecution if he’s sent back.

Credit: Time     Duration: 00:24Published

Drones take to the sky in Thailand to combat air pollution [Video]Drones take to the sky in Thailand to combat air pollution

Thailand's capital has been blanketed in toxic smog for weeks and authorities are struggling to find a solution.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:46Published

Human rights Groups and the Australian Soccer Community Urge Thailand to Free Bahraini Refugee [Video]Human rights Groups and the Australian Soccer Community Urge Thailand to Free Bahraini Refugee

Scores of demonstrators rallied in Sydney and Melbourne on Friday to demand that Thailand release a detained Bahraini football player who has refugee status in Australia.

Credit: Time     Duration: 00:33Published

Dangerous Smog In Bangkok Forces Hundreds Of Schools To Close [Video]Dangerous Smog In Bangkok Forces Hundreds Of Schools To Close

While hundreds of schools in the American Midwest are shut down due to freezing temperatures, hundreds in another part of the world are facing closures for a different reason entirely: air pollution...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:50Published

Thai Officials Close Bangkok Schools Due To Toxic Levels Of Air Pollution [Video]Thai Officials Close Bangkok Schools Due To Toxic Levels Of Air Pollution

According to a report by CNN, Thailand's Ministry of Education have ordered all schools in Bangkok and some surrounding provinces to close for the remainder of the week amid concerns over dangerously..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:50Published

War's terrifying reality is made virtual by Red Cross [Video]War's terrifying reality is made virtual by Red Cross

The Red Cross has designed a new VR training tool, which the organization says will help prepare their volunteers for war zones. Grace Lee reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published

Activists caution as EU ends ban on Thailand fishing industry [Video]Activists caution as EU ends ban on Thailand fishing industry

The third-largest exporter of seafood rejoices the end of ban as it was criticised for poor regulations and unsustainable practices.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published

 

Worawi not looking at soccer return after ban revoked by CAS

Former FIFA executive Worawi Makudi is focusing on Thailand's general election next month rather than a return to football after he overturned a ban from football for unproven forgery
USATODAY.com - Published

Bahraini footballer arrives in Australia after release from Thailand: TV

A refugee Bahraini footballer, who was held in a Thai prison for more than two months at the Gulf state's request, arrived in the Australian city of Melbourne from Bangkok on Tuesday, Australian..
Reuters - Published

'He is a free man': refugee Bahraini footballer heads home to Australia

A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a flight for Melbourne early on Tuesday after Bahrain dropped its bid to have him extradited from Thailand, bringing to an end a..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: Princess for PM - Why populists' royal election bid shook Thailand

The political career of Thailand's Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi lasted only three days, but in that time her declaration that she would be a candidate for prime minister in a..
Reuters - Published

'He is a free man': Thailand releases refugee Bahraini footballer after extradition bid dropped

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 he was..
Reuters - Published

Thai election panel disqualifies princess as PM candidate

Thailand's election panel on Monday 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..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •BBC News

Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer

hakeem al-araibi: thailand to free refugee footballer
Bahraini Hakeem al-Araibi, who has asylum in Australia, was detained in November while on honeymoon.
BBC News - Published

Thailand considers dropping Bahraini footballer extradition: prosecution source

Thailand's attorney general is considering withdrawing a case for the extradition of jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi, who has refugee status in Australia, a prosecution source with..
Reuters - Published

Tensions rise with Thai election commission to rule on princess running for PM

Thailand's Election Commission will consider on Monday the surprise nomination of a Thai princess as a prime ministerial candidate in March elections after her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, called..
Reuters - Published

Thai princess says #ILoveYou to fans after king opposes her PM candidacy

The Thai princess whose stunning announcement she was running for prime minister was quickly opposed by her brother, the king, thanked her supporters on Saturday, saying she wants Thailand to be..
Reuters - Published

Thai king moves to block sister's 'inappropriate' candidacy for PM

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Friday moved to block his elder sister's surprise bid to run for prime minister in March, calling her candidacy for a populist opposition party "inappropriate"..
Reuters - Published

Thai king says sister's candidacy for PM 'inappropriate'

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Friday called his elder sister's bid to run for prime minister in March "inappropriate" and unconstitutional, likely sinking her candidacy for a populist..
Reuters - Published

The Thai princess who would be prime minister

Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi on Friday upended military-ruled Thailand's politics by becoming the prime ministerial candidate for a party loyal to ousted premier Thaksin..
Reuters - Published

Thai princess says exercising her right as a citizen to go into politics

The sister of Thailand's king said on Friday she was exercising her rights as a citizen in accepting a political party's nomination for prime minister in a March general election.
Reuters - Published

Pro-army party says Thai princess running for PM may violate election law

The leader of a pro-military party in Thailand said on Friday its rival's nomination of the king's elder sister as its prime ministerial candidate may breach election law.
Reuters - Published

In stunning move, Thai king's sister running for PM in March polls

The sister of Thailand's king entered the race to become prime minister on Friday as the candidate of a populist party, an unprecedented foray into politics by a royal that instantly upended the first..
Reuters - Published

Thailand launches Huawei 5G test bed, even as U.S. urges allies to bar Chinese gear

Thailand on Friday launched a Huawei Technologies 5G test bed, even as the United States urges its allies to bar the Chinese telecoms giant from building next-generation mobile networks.
Reuters - Published

Thailand's junta chief says he will run for PM in March 24 elections

The head of Thailand's military junta, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said on Friday he will contest March 24 elections as a candidate for prime minister.
Reuters - Published

Thai king's sister nominated for PM in March polls in unprecedented move

Thailand's royalty made an unprecedented move into politics on Friday when the sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn was declared as a prime ministerial candidate for March 24 elections, registration..
Reuters - Published

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