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Citing Trump and Prayuth, Student Activist Rejects American Invite

BANGKOK — It may be an invitation coveted by many Thais, but pro-democracy student leader Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal publicly turned down an invitation by US Ambassador Glyn Davies to attend this year’s Fourth of July reception.

New Migrant Law Levies Heavy Fines On Employers

BANGKOK — Under a new migrant worker law, employers involved in human trafficking face jail time and fines of up to 1 million baht.

Thailand Should Prosecute Officials, US Says in Trafficking Report

LOS ANGELES — Thailand remained in the second tier of nations in an annual US human trafficking report released Tuesday.

Oil Extraction on Protected Land Resumes Under Junta’s Shield

BANGKOK — Oil companies resumed operations Monday after the junta chief used his self-granted absolute power to overturn a court order and give them...

Activist Presses on With Petition Over Thai-Chinese Railway

BANGKOK — Released after being detained overnight, pro-democracy activist Rangsiman Rome said Monday he would continue to demand transparency over a 179-billion baht rail project the Thai military government recently signed with China.

Appeals Court Throws Out Conviction of ‘Popcorn Gunman’

BANGKOK — The Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a man convicted of opening fire during the 2014 political unrest, wounding...

Poll Claims Over Half Support Prayuth’s Return as PM

BANGKOK — A university poll published Sunday said over half of respondents agreed with the idea of junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha remaining prime minister after the next elections.

Activist Cites Chinese Rail Project as Reason for His Arrest

BANGKOK — Pro-democracy Rangsiman Rome said a year-old warrant police cited to detain him Sunday was fabricated to stop him from speaking out about a controversial Sino-Thai railway project.

Pro-Democracy Activist Rangsiman Rome Arrested, Again

BANGKOK — Pro-democracy activist Rangsiman Rome was taken into police custody late Sunday afternoon, one day before he was to petition the military government for information about a controversial project.

85 Years On, the Democracy Question Unsettled: Panel

BANGKOK — The struggle for democracy is far from over 85 years after a revolt brought an end to absolute monarchy, historians and political scientists said Friday.

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