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Thai anti-junta party leader faces possible disqualification

Bangkok - The billionaire leader of an upstart anti-junta party which scooped up millions of votes in Thailand's disputed election last month faced fresh legal woes Tuesday after authorities accused him of illegally holding shares while running for office.

Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high

Buriram - A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue -- one of many people flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom.

New bill to give Thai spy agency sweeping powers

Bangkok - Thailand's spy agency is set to be handed carte blanche powers to obtain information believed to threaten the country's security using "any methods", according to a bill announced Wednesday.

Couple's sea home vision sunk by Thai navy charges

Bangkok - An American bitcoin investor could face the death penalty after Thailand's navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a "seastead" home off the coast, which he insisted was simply in pursuit of a vision of "freedom".

Against the tide: Thai 'floating temple' defies coastal erosion

Amphoe Hankha - As sea waters slowly rose around his temple and his neighbours fled inland, Thai abbot Somnuek Atipanyo refused to budge and is today a symbol of the fight to restore the country's fast-eroding coastlines.

Rising Thai political star hit with sedition charges

Bangkok - The telegenic leader of an anti-junta political party who rose to prominence in Thailand's election last month was charged with sedition Saturday, drawing hundreds of his supporters onto the streets urging him to "fight".

Scores of poll winners could be disqualified in Thai vote

Bangkok - Thailand's Election Commission said Friday that scores of candidates who were tipped to secure elected seats in last month's contentious polls are under investigation and could be disqualified, in a move that could shift yet-to-be-released final result...

Thai pro-marijuana party in high demand after disputed vote

Bangkok - A super-wealthy construction scion who ran a pro-marijuana platform ahead of Thailand’s election has emerged as a highly courted candidate as two main parties need his allegiance -- and party seats -- after the disputed vote.

Thai army boss urges political solutions to country's divisions

Bangkok - The head of Thailand's army on Tuesday urged political divides to be solved in parliament, as anger and frustration mount in the aftermath of a disputed election.

Thai junta chief demands action to cut smog

Chiang Mai - Thailand's junta chief gave the smog-hit northern city of Chiang Mai seven days to crack down on spiralling pollution Tuesday, which has seen the tourist hotspot choke on Asia's most toxic air this week.

Thai demonstrators protest alleged cheating in election

Bangkok - Thai demonstrators on Sunday protested against alleged cheating in the junta-ruled kingdom's first election since a 2014 coup, a week after the controversial poll sowed confusion over the ballot results.

Seven Thai parties form coalition to thwart junta

Bangkok - Seven political parties formed a coalition in Thailand on Wednesday, vowing to thwart a military-backed proxy in a bid to end years of junta rule following the country's first election since a 2014 coup.

Thai political parties form anti-junta coalition

Bangkok - Several anti-junta parties formed a coalition in Thailand on Wednesday, vowing to thwart a military-backed party in a bid to end years of junta rule following the country's first vote since a 2014 coup.

Messy days ahead as Thai factions jostle to lead next government

Bangkok - Rival political camps jostled for position Tuesday, hoping to form a government after Thailand's first election since a coup -- a poll clouded by allegations of a bungled counting process that left voters perplexed about the outcome.

Thai military accused of 'rigged' election by former PM Thaksin

Bangkok - Thailand's military was accused Monday of rigging the country's first election since a 2014 coup, with former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his pro-democracy party complaining of "irregularities" in preliminary results.

Thailand's turbulent political history

Bangkok - Violent demonstrations, multiple coups and a cryptic election eve message from the king.Thailand's unpredictable political history has few rivals. The country's election Sunday is the first since a 2014 coup.

Possible scenarios after Thailand's junta-backed election

Bangkok - A coup leader emerges as a civilian prime minister, pro-democracy forces unite to thwart the junta's ambitions, a stalemate or another putsch resets the political landscape -- Thailand's cliffhanger of an election Sunday could result in a number of out...

Thai junta party takes shock lead in first general election since 2014 coup

Bangkok - Thailand's ruling junta took an unexpected lead in the country's first election since a 2014 coup with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, election authorities said late Sunday, putting it on course to return to power at the expense of the kingdom...

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Bangkok - Parties for and against Thailand's junta rallied across Bangkok Friday, as election fever grips the country ahead of the first poll in eight years.

Kamnan Style: Thai 'godfathers' resurgent as junta scrambles for seats

Chonburi - Itthipol Khunpleum grabs the mic, bounds onto the stage and flashes a winning smile as he works the crowd gathered for a final rally: "Chonburi... show me your hands!" he says to wild applause.But he need not have bothered.
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