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Rebel groups see opportunity in post-coup Myanmar

Bangkok - Myanmar’s coup has opened an unexpected window of opportunity for the various ethnic rebel outfits, which have no loyalty to either the junta or to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but could together pose a threat to the army's rule.

UN expert urges Laos to free critics

Bangkok - A UN rights expert has urged Laos to free three activists serving long prison sentences for criticising the country's authoritarian communist government.

Meditating monk rescued from flooded cave in Thailand

Bangkok - Rescue divers have freed a meditating Buddhist monk from a flooded Thai cave in scenes that echoed the high-profile 2018 rescue of a trapped boys' football team.

'Silent revolution': Myanmar workers strike to force junta's hand

Bangkok - Tens of thousands of Myanmar workers have gone on strike over the past two months, hoping that economic paralysis will force the hand of the wealthy generals who ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.

At least five killed in Bangkok residence collapse

Bangkok - A Bangkok residence building collapsed on Saturday, killing at least four rescue workers and a resident, according to an emergency worker.

Myanmar 'traitors' hounded in online anti-coup campaign

Bangkok - As Myanmar descends into chaos, smartphone warriors in the anti-coup movement are seeking revenge online against the junta, hounding people with family ties to the military as a form of "social punishment".

Thai activists charged for violence against the queen

Bangkok - Five pro-democracy activists in Thailand were charged Wednesday with the criminal offence of attempting to harm the queen, over an encounter with a royal motorcade during a protest last year.

Wounded Myanmar refugees tell of air strike horror

Amphoe Hankha - Civilians wounded in Myanmar air strikes on rebel positions spoke of their terrifying ordeal after trekking through jungle to seek medical treatment across the border in Thailand.

Thai billionaire charged with royal insult over vaccine video

Bangkok - A billionaire Thai opposition figure was charged Tuesday with defaming the monarchy after he questioned the government's alleged over-reliance on coronavirus vaccines from a company linked to the royal family.

Thailand to lift tourist quarantine for popular beach island

Bangkok - Thailand on Friday announced plans for an experimental quarantine-free model in ultra-popular beach destination Phuket, as the kingdom attempts to resuscitate its pandemic-battered economy.

Myanmar beauty queen speaks out against military coup

Bangkok - A commitment to "world peace" might be a beauty pageant cliche, but as blood spills in the streets of Myanmar, Miss Grand International contestant Han Lay made a plea Thursday to end the violence in her homeland.

Thai protesters defy police and rally in Bangkok for royal reforms

Bangkok - More than a thousand Thai pro-democracy protesters took over a major Bangkok intersection on Wednesday, defying authorities in the first major rally since police used rubber bullets against demonstrators over the weekend.

Anti-China outrage pulls Beijing into Myanmar coup crisis

Bangkok - Chinese factories torched as mainland workers hunker down under martial law -- Beijing is being pulled into the ulcerous crisis in Myanmar, an unravelling country it had carefully stitched into its big plans for Asia.

Thai PM gets AstraZeneca jab as country resumes rollout despite concerns

Bangkok - Thailand's prime minister on Tuesday received the AstraZeneca vaccine as the Southeast Asian nation began the drug's rollout, lifting a suspension that was triggered by European nations raising safety concerns.

Thailand delays AstraZeneca vaccine rollout

Bangkok - Thailand abruptly delayed its rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, stopping Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha from getting the first jab as several European nations suspended their programmes over blood clot fears.

Trio of Thai pro-democracy leaders denied bail

Bangkok - Three prominent Thai pro-democracy figures were denied bail in a Bangkok court Monday after being charged with insulting the monarchy, as the government escalates a legal row with a youth-led movement that emerged last year.

Hundreds protest royal defamation laws in Thailand

Bangkok - Hundreds marched in Bangkok and lit ceremonial fires in front of a courthouse on Saturday to protest Thailand's draconian royal defamation law and the jailing of several prominent pro-democracy activists.

Thai police fire rubber bullets at protesters outside PM's residence

Bangkok - Thai police shot rubber bullets and used water cannon and tear gas against pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok Sunday at a rally outside a military barracks housing the prime minister's residence.

Facebook bans Myanmar military accounts citing the coup

Bangkok - Facebook said it has banned all remaining accounts linked to the Myanmar military on Thursday, citing the junta's use of deadly force against anti-coup demonstrators.

Thai ministers sentenced and stripped of power for pre-coup unrest

Bangkok - Three Thai ministers were sentenced to jail and stripped of their posts Wednesday after a court found them guilty of participating in anti-government demonstrations which were used to justify a 2014 coup that brought Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha to power....
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