Thailand

  • Thais vote for Senate ahead of crucial deadline for PM 30-03-2014 02:29 PM

    Thais voted on Sunday for half of the country's 150-seat Senate in a key test for Yingluck Shinawatra's troubled government, a day before the prime minister is due to defend herself against negligence charges over a disastrous rice subsidy scheme. Anti-government protesters are in their fifth month of a campaign...
  • Search for MH370: Thai satellite spots 300 objects in Indian Ocean 27-03-2014 02:30 PM

    Bangkok: A Thai satellite has detected about 300 objects floating in the Indian Ocean near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Anond Snidvongs, director of Thailand's space technology development agency, said Thursday the images showed "300 objects of various sizes" in the southern Indian Ocean about 2,700...
  • Missing Malaysian plane MH370: Thailand shares new leads 19-03-2014 09:15 AM

    New radar data from Thailand's government supports the belief that after communication was lost with the missing Malaysia airlines flight on March eighth, the aircraft made a sharp turn west toward the Indian Ocean. The Thai military says they received normal data from flight 370, heading north, until it disappeared...
  • Thai government to lift Bangkok emergency as tension eases 18-03-2014 12:36 PM

    Thailand's government is to lift a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces two months after imposing it to curb anti-government protests, as the security situation has improved due to the dwindling number of demonstrators. The protesters, mainly from Bangkok and the south, have been trying since early November...
  • Mystery deepens around the missing Malaysian airlines plane 11-03-2014 09:51 AM

    Mystery is deepening around the missing Malaysian airliner. Reports now suggest that the Thai travel agency that booked tickets for two passengers with stolen passports had been asked to do so by an Iranian middleman. ...
  • Thai anti-govt protesters target PM again despite hint of talks 28-02-2014 12:51 PM

    Protesters in Thailand said they will rally at ministries and companies linked to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, keeping up pressure on her to resign despite a vague proposal of talks from their leader. The protesters have blocked big intersections in the capital, Bangkok, since mid-January and forced many...
  • Gunfire by night becomes new norm in downtown Bangkok 26-02-2014 12:04 PM

    Shots fired by unknown gunmen on Wednesday rattled parts of the Thai capital where anti-government protesters have set up camp for weeks, with small but occasionally deadly bombs and gunfire fast becoming the new norm in the city. No one was wounded in the shootings in the central commercial area...
  • Thailand: Explosion, gunfire ring out near anti-government protest site 25-02-2014 12:21 PM

    An explosion and gunfire rang out near a sprawling anti-government protest site in the Thai capital early on Tuesday after the protesters' leader warned that government supporters were planning to bring armed militants to Bangkok. Weeks of unrest, in which protesters have barricaded several Bangkok intersections, have been interrupted by...
  • Thai PM leaves Bangkok as bombs, gunfire punctuate unrest 24-02-2014 11:52 AM

    Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protesters who have blocked parts of Bangkok for weeks, has left the city and is staying 150 km (90 miles) away, her office said on Monday, without specifying the location. The protests, punctuated by occasional gunfire and bomb blasts, including one...
  • Thai Police clash with protesters, leaving 4 dead 19-02-2014 09:36 AM

    Bangkok: Gunbattles broke out on Tuesday as hundreds of riot police made their strongest attempt to clear anti-government protest sites around Thailand's capital, leaving at least four people dead and 64 others injured. Multiple gunshots were heard near the prime minister's offices, where riot police wearing helmets and bulletproof vests...
  • Thailand: 3 killed, 59 injured as Police clashes with anti-government protesters 18-02-2014 03:13 PM

    Three persons, including a policeman, was shot dead and 59 others injured on Tuesday as Thai police raided an opposition rally site to reclaim areas taken over by demonstrators seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Violence erupted as the riot police tried to take back the protest site at...
  • Thai PM under siege, lengthy protests take toll on economy 18-02-2014 12:26 PM

    Protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra surrounded Thai government headquarters on Monday in response to police efforts to clear them from the streets, as farmers besieged her temporary office to demand payment for rice. Thailand has been in crisis since November, when Bangkok's middle class and the royalist...
  • Thailand elections held amid anti-government protests 03-02-2014 01:41 PM

    Thailand elections were held amid anti-government protests though the crisis is far from over. Chaos prevented voting in several constituencies. ...
  • Thailand votes amid heavy security 02-02-2014 10:09 AM

    Bangkok: Millions of Thailand people are voting in the general elections Sunday amid heavy security and concerns for possible violence and bloodshed due to anti-government protests. Anti-government protesters said they would disrupt voting process and continued their campaign against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Yingluck voted soon after polls opened Sunday...
  • Thailand set for polls amid anti-govt protests 02-02-2014 08:05 AM

    Bangkok: Thailand will go to polls on Sunday amid a standoff between embattled premier Yingluck Shinawatra and opposition-backed anti-government protesters who have vowed to disrupt the elections. More than 93,000 polling stations will be set up across the country for the polls and over 2,00,000 police personnel would be deployed....
  • Thailand braces for violence as PM Yingluck Shinawatra's charm runs out 30-01-2014 12:47 PM

    Six unmarked vehicles with pitch-black windows threaded quietly through Bangkok's northern suburbs on a recent Thursday afternoon. Inside one sat the curiously unruffled figure at the heart of Thailand's latest political maelstrom: caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Four months ago, police cars with wailing sirens would have whisked her through...
  • Thailand to deploy 10,000 police in capital to secure voting 29-01-2014 02:02 PM

    Thailand's government will deploy 10,000 police in the capital for Sunday's election, which protesters have promised to disrupt as part of their drawn-out attempt to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The government decided on Tuesday to press ahead with the February 2 election, which the main opposition party plans to...
  • Thailand: Shots fired as PM meets election body, warns of chaos 28-01-2014 05:36 PM

    Shots were fired at a Thai army facility where the prime minister was meeting on Tuesday and two people were hurt, an anti-government protest leader said. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was meeting the Election Commission at an army complex to try to settle on a date for a general election....
  • Thai protest leader shot dead 26-01-2014 05:37 PM

    Thai anti-government protest leader Suthin Tharathin was shot dead and three others injured in an attack at a polling station on Sunday in Bang Na district of Bangkok. Suthin was a leader of the opposition party People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism. He led a group of protestors under the...
  • Anti-government protesters block advance voting in Thailand 26-01-2014 01:56 PM

    Chaos marked the advance voting for Thailand's snap elections as anti-government protesters on Sunday blocked several venues in Bangkok and polling stations, resulting in cancellations of the voting in many areas of the capital. As of 11 a.m. local time only seven out of 50 advance polling stations in Bangkok...
  • Thailand government offers to put off polls, protesters rebuff proposal 25-01-2014 05:45 PM

    Thailand's embattled government on Saturday said it would put off the February 2 snap polls if political rivals end their protests, but a top opposition leader rebuffed the proposal and said demonstrations will continue to press for reforms. "The election should be postponed on condition that the protesters cease their...
  • Thailand court set to delay February 2 election 24-01-2014 05:39 PM

    A Thailand court is expected to rule on the fate of the controversial February 2 snap polls amid an escalation of political tension as protesters vowed to boycott the election to keep up pressure on Yingluck Shinwatra's government. The Constitution Court unanimously agreed to take up the case on Friday...
  • Thailand: State of emergency begins, pro-government leader shot during protest 22-01-2014 04:37 PM

    A prominent pro-government leader on Wednesday was shot and injured in northeastern Thailand, fueling tensions in the deeply divided country as defiant opposition supporters stepped up their protest to oust Premier Yingluck Shinawatra despite emergency rule imposed in the capital. "Red Shirt" movement leader Kwanchai Praipana, who played a key...
  • 60-day emergency rule imposed in Thailand to quell anti-government protests 21-01-2014 07:32 PM

    Thailand on Tuesday imposed a 60-day state of emergency in the capital and surrounding areas to quell violent anti-government protests aimed at forcing embattled premier Yingluck Shinawatra from office. "The cabinet decided to invoke the emergency decree to take care of the situation and to enforce the law," Deputy Prime...
  • Thailand: 28 injured in attack on anti-government rally site 19-01-2014 04:10 PM

    At least 28 people were injured when two explosions hit an anti-government rally site in Bangkok on Sunday, the latest in a series of violence against defiant protesters as they intensified their campaign to oust beleaguered premier Yingluck Shinawatra. Explosions and gunshots took place near Victory Monument, a major intersection...
  • Thailand: Demonstrators vow to protest despite deadly blast 18-01-2014 06:37 PM

    Thai demonstrators on Saturday pledged to intensify their protest against embattled Premier Yingluck Shinawatra as they held the government responsible for a grenade attack on their rally that killed one and left 38 injured. "The blood that spilt on the street is piercing my heart. What it [the government] has...
  • 22 injured as blast hits opposition rally in Thailand 17-01-2014 03:40 PM

    At least 22 people were injured on Friday when a grenade was lobbed at an anti-government rally in Bangkok, the latest attack by unknown assailants on opposition supporters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The blast occurred at the rally led by opposition leader and Peoples Democratic Reforms Committee...
  • Thailand: Protesters march on new government targets 16-01-2014 12:36 PM

    Bangkok: Anti-government protesters were on the march again in the Thai capital on Thursday, targeting government offices they have not previous interfered with to keep up pressure on the prime minister to resign and call off next month's election. The marches appeared to be a way to maintain momentum amid...
  • Bangkok: Thousands turned out for day 2 of anti-government protests 15-01-2014 09:53 AM

    Thousands of people turned up for the second day of anti-government protests in Bangkok on Tuesday. They plan to occupy parts of the capital city until Prime Minister Yingluck Shinna-WAT quits. So far, she has refused to resign. The leader of the protest has been addressing the crowd, visiting each...
  • Bangkok braces as Thai protesters set for shutdown 13-01-2014 07:23 AM

    Bangkok: Thailand braced for a new wave of mass unrest on Monday as anti-government demonstrators blocked major roads to "shut down" Bangkok in a bid to thwart February elections and overthrow the nation's democratically elected prime minister. The intensified protests, which could last weeks or more, raise the stakes in...