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Junta Wields Absolute Power Again. This Time on Seat Belts.

BANGKOK — The junta used its absolute power Tuesday to mandate everyone must buckle up for safety, whether they are in a car, truck or riding a public van.

Junta Critics Say They Will Defer Army Draft

BANGKOK — Hundreds of thousands of young men slated to report for military conscription next month include two prominent student activists who have campaigned extensively against the military regime.

Prayuth Vows to Buy Submarines, Says He Can Get 3-for-2 Deal

BANGKOK — Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha said he will approve the purchase of two submarines from China when the matter reaches the Cabinet.

Duterte Wraps Up Southeast Asia Tour in Thailand

BANGKOK — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is in Thailand for a two-day visit rounding out his nine-country tour of southeast Asia.

Redshirt Fugitive Claims Junta Planted Guns in House

BANGKOK — A fugitive Redshirt exile claimed Monday that Thai authorities planted weapons in his Pathum Thani residence to get him extradited home because he has called for turning Thailand into a federal state.

Activists Calling for Pai Dao Din’s Freedom Charged With Contempt of Court

KHON KAEN — Four university students who have campaigned for the immediate release of lese majeste activist suspect became criminal suspects themselves.

Boy, 14, Jailed a Week for Protesting Junta Power

BANGKOK — Pro-democracy activist Sombat Boon-ngamanong said that when he heard the military regime had arrested and detained a 14-year-old boy for holding a protest placard, he genuinely found it difficult to believe.

Junta to Collect Thaksin Tax With This One Weird Trick

BANGKOK — The military government said Tuesday it will be able to collect 16 billion baht in taxes from fugitive prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra through a “miracle of law.”

No Clear Evidence Police Chief Accepted ThaiBev Money: Ombudsman

BANGKOK — A review of whether Bangkok’s police chief violated ethical standards ended Tuesday as the state watchdog said it lacked clear evidence he has ever received a salary from the country’s largest brewer.

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