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'CIA'-like street food vendors first on scene to feed Thai protesters

Bangkok - With an intelligence network so good they have been compared to the CIA, Thai street vendors are often first on the scene at "guerilla" democracy protests in Bangkok, where they hawk sour pork and fishballs to a democracy-hungry crowd.

Thai PM revokes emergency decree despite protests

Bangkok - Thailand's premier on Thursday revoked an emergency decree that had been intended to quell pro-democracy rallies despite it failing to stamp out daily protests demanding he resign and for reforms of the unassailable monarchy.

Thai PM says may lift emergency decree as rival rallies rock nation

Bangkok - Thailand's embattled premier announced Wednesday he might lift an emergency decree that has failed to stifle a growing protest movement demanding his resignation and reforms to the monarchy.

'A moving current': Thai protesters adopt Hong Kong tactics

Bangkok - Umbrellas as shields, secure chat groups and hand signals as warnings of a pending police crackdown -- Thailand's pro-democracy protesters have taken inspiration and lessons from their counterparts in Hong Kong.

Embattled Thai premier recalls parliament as thousands protest again

Bangkok - Thousands of Thais defied a fresh government warning Monday and again took to the streets, as the embattled premier recalled parliament to thrash out how to end weeks of protests.

Thai PM recalls parliament as protesters step up pressure

Bangkok - Thailand's embattled premier called Monday for a special session of parliament as protesters planned more rallies to demand his resignation, the release of jailed activists, and reforms to the monarchy.

Thai democracy protesters defy ban for fourth day

Bangkok - Tens of thousands of protesters defied a ban on gatherings of more than four people to mass at a major Bangkok landmark Sunday, carrying posters portraying activists detained in four straight days of strident anti-government rallies.

Thai democracy protesters defy ban for fourth day

Bangkok - Thousands of pro-democracy protestors took over a major Bangkok intersection on Sunday with posters bearing the faces of arrested activists, defying a ban on gatherings and stern warnings from authorities who have escalated a crackdown in recent days.

Tens of thousands of Thais protest in defiance of ban

Bangkok - Tens of thousands of Thai pro-democracy protesters rallied across Bangkok Saturday, defying an emergency decree banning gatherings for a third consecutive day to demand the resignation of the prime minister and reform of the powerful monarchy.

Thai protesters vow to return to streets after Friday clashes

Bangkok - Thai pro-democracy protesters said Saturday they would defy an emergency decree banning gatherings for a third consecutive day after confrontations the previous night saw riot police use water cannons against the mainly young activists.

'Keep on fighting': detained Thai lawyer keeps up rallying cries

Bangkok - Rallying from behind bars in northern Thailand, Anon Numpa urged supporters Friday to keep fighting for democracy -- still defiant months after his fiery speeches fuelled a movement calling for reforms to the ultra-powerful monarchy.

Thai police use water cannons against Bangkok protesters

Bangkok - Thai police used water cannons against protesters Friday night in central Bangkok, as the pro-democracy activists defied an emergency decree banning gatherings for a second night running.

'I had to do it': the student leader defying Thailand's royal taboo

Bangkok - Thai activist Rung jabbed at the establishment when she demanded reform of the all-powerful monarchy last month -- a stand that saw her bundled into a car and arrested on Thursday.

'I had to do it': the student leader defying Thailand's royal taboo

Bangkok - Thai activist Rung jabbed at the establishment when she demanded reform of the all-powerful monarchy last month -- a stand that saw her bundled into a car and arrested on Thursday.

What's the latest with Thailand's protests and what comes next?

Bangkok - A student-led pro-democracy movement has gathered pace across Thailand for the past three months, with activists making unprecedented calls for reforms of the kingdom's unassailable monarchy.

10,000 protesters defy Thai crackdown after emergency decree, arrests

Bangkok - Some 10,000 Thai protesters gathered Thursday in defiance of a sweeping crackdown after authorities moved to crush months of pro-democracy demonstrations by imposing emergency powers and rounding up leading activists.Protesters chanted "Prayut get out!...

Thailand declares emergency, bans rallies as protests swell

Bangkok - The Thai government declared a state of emergency banning gatherings of more than four people and outlawing online posts deemed a threat to national security on Thursday in a move to end simmering pro-democracy protests.

Protesters gather ahead of pro-democracy rally in tense Bangkok

Bangkok - More than a thousand protesters gathered in Bangkok ahead of a pro-democracy rally on Wednesday, with tensions high in Thailand after the arrest of 21 pro-reform activists a day earlier.

Police arrest 21 at Thai pro-democracy rally

Bangkok - Police arrested 21 protesters Tuesday during a Bangkok rally that saw dozens of people give a royal motorcade a three-fingered salute -- a show of defiance by Thai pro-democracy activists calling for reforms to the monarchy.

18 dead in Thailand bus-train collision

Chachoengsao - At least 18 people were killed and more than 40 injured in Thailand Sunday when a freight train crashed into a bus taking passengers to a religious ceremony, officials said.

17 dead in Thailand bus-train collision

Bangkok - At least 17 passengers were killed and more than dozen injured on Sunday when a bus collided with a train in Thailand, officials said.

Floods claim five lives in Vietnam and two Cambodians

Phnom Penh - Elderly residents and small children clung to inflatable tyres as soldiers and police used rope lines to get them to safety from rising floodwater on Saturday in Cambodia's western province of Battambang.

'Ghost island' Phuket hunkers down in tourist-free Thailand

Phuket - Phuket's go-go dancers sit playing on their phones in empty bars lining deserted streets as the Thai tourist island reels from the ravages of the pandemic with little sign of any recovery soon.

Health chief plants cannabis as Thailand eyes medicinal market

Bangkok - Thailand's health minister helped plant cannabis seedlings Thursday as the government nurtures plans to harvest the multibillion-dollar potential of medical marijuana.

Thai protest leaders, massacre survivors mark sombre anniversary

Bangkok - Thai politicians and protest leaders laid floral wreaths Tuesday at a monument commemorating the anniversary of a student massacre more than 40 years ago, as survivors reflected on the younger generation's latest democracy push.

Spectre of university massacre looms over Thai student protests

Bangkok - Relentless gunfire, lynched bodies, frenzied mobs -- the horrific violence Krisadang Nutcharut witnessed at Thammasat University more than 40 years ago propelled him into a legal career now spent defending Thailand's young pro-democracy activists.

Interpol issues 'red notice' for Thai Red Bull heir over hit-and-run

Bangkok - Interpol has issued a "red notice" to arrest the fugitive Thai heir to the Red Bull billions for his role in a fatal hit-and-run, police said Sunday.

Former Thai PM Thaksin had coronavirus but recovered: source

Bangkok - Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra tested positive for coronavirus and was treated in hospital last month but has since recovered, a source close to the exiled billionaire told AFP on Saturday.

American sued in Thailand over negative Tripadvisor review

Bangkok - An American has been sued by an island resort in Thailand over a negative TripAdvisor review, authorities said Saturday, and could face up to two years in prison if found guilty.

Thai protesters angered after parliament delays charter reform

Bangkok - Thai lawmakers delayed a decision on constitutional reform Thursday, sparking anger among protesters outside parliament demanding changes to the kingdom's military-scripted charter and reform of the unassailable monarchy.
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