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Cave Rescue Leader Keeps Post as New Gov. Takes Over

CHIANG RAI — The new governor of Chiang Rai province said Friday he would respect his predecessor's role as the leader of the ongoing effort to rescue 13 young men trapped inside a cave complex there.
An undated photo of the Supreme Sangha Council, a governing body for the order of Buddhist monks in Thailand.

New ‘Monk Act’ Allows King to Appoint Sangha Members

BANGKOK — The junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly on Thursday endorsed the Monk Act, which will enable the King to appoint or remove senior monks and members of the supreme council of monks.

Cave Rescue Saves Governor’s Job – At Least For Now

CHIANG RAI — When the public face of the largest rescue operation in recent Thai history gave his morning briefing to reporters, he took a moment to address questions about his own future.
Pheu Thai Party elders gather in April at party headquarters in Bangkok's Huai Khwang district.

Political Assembly Ban to Be Lifted After Sept Meeting: Prawit

BANGKOK — The ban on political activities will be lifted after a September meeting in which the military government and political parties will discuss the future of politics and elections the junta deputy said Tuesday.
Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Junta’s 20-Year Plan Set to Vote Friday

BANGKOK — The rubber-stamp parliament will vote Friday on whether to endorse a proposal to enact the junta’s 20-year national strategy plans, a spokesman said.

Pheu Thai See Pro-Junta Plot in Lunches With MPs

BANGKOK —  A Pheu Thai spokeswoman on Monday accused a pro-junta faction of poaching politicians to support its cause under the disguise of “lunch meetings.”
Thanat Thanawatcharanon, aka Tom Dundee, is led into the Bangkok Military Court on July 11.

Singer ‘Tom Dundee’ Acquitted of Royal Defamation

BANGKOK — A court on Friday has acquitted a prominent singer of the charge of royal defamation, the second time this week a case of such a serious offense has been dropped against an activist.
A boat loaded with nearly 400 Myanmar Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees was pushed away repeatedly from Thailand in May 2015 before being rescued by fisherman in Sumatra, Indonesia. File photo: EPA/STR

Trafficking Activists Cautiously Welcome TIP Upgrade

BANGKOK — Anti-trafficking activists gave a guarded welcome Friday to the US decision to remove Thailand from its human trafficking watch list.
Protesters prepare for a march to the Government House in May 2018 to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2014 coup. They were blocked from reaching their destination.

Hopes Fade For Election This Year – Or Soon

Organizers of pro-election rallies expressed dismay at the junta’s latest backsliding on a poll date.
A Royal Thai Navy flag flies over Wichai Prasit Fort in Bangkok.

Battlefield Bangkok: The Time the Navy Defied the Army – And Lost

Because of the short-lived mutiny in June 1951, the navy – once a proud rival of the army – was disarmed and sidelined in the halls of power.

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