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Prayuth Goes Full Otaku in Meeting With Japan’s AKB48

BANGKOK — Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha welcomed members of Japanese girl group AKB48 to the regime’s seat of power today in the latest effort to rebrand himself as a relatable, mainstream leader.

Election Bill Enacted, Paving Way for 2019 Poll

BANGKOK — His Majesty the King on Wednesday signed into the law the regulations governing the upcoming general election, bringing Thailand one step closer to next year’s poll.

Ex-Monk Activist Confesses to Assaulting Police

BANGKOK — A former monk known for leading an anti-government campaign in 2014 entered a guilty plea Wednesday to the allegation that he ordered two policemen beaten during the protest.

‘Republican Shirt’ Suspect Handed Over to Police

BANGKOK — A woman held in army custody since last week for possessing a T-shirt linked to an underground republican movement is now in police custody, a rights group said Wednesday.
Photo: Wan Muhamad Nor Matha / Facebook

Muslim Political Bloc’s New Party Open to Backing Prayuth

A new party led by a Muslim politician said it is open to supporting the return of junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha after ...

3 More Arrested Over Black T-Shirts, Lawyer Says

BANGKOK — Three more people are believed in custody for possessing black T-shirts linked to an underground republican group, a civil rights lawyer said Tuesday.

All Luxury Watches Returned to ‘Friend,’ Prawit Says

BANGKOK — Anti-corruption activists were unswayed by a deputy junta leader’s claim Monday that he returned 25 undeclared luxury watches to a friend.
Monday night at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand.

Under Pressure, FCCT Cancels Discussion of War Crimes in Myanmar

A discussion of whether key figures in Myanmar's military should face justice for the genocide of the Rohingya was canceled at the last minute Monday evening under pressure from Thai authorities.
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.

Junta ‘Afraid’ to Lift Politics Ban, But Why?

The powers that be who’ve bottled expression and dissent for five years fear the resumption of regular political life.

Parties Stake Out Positions on ‘SOTUS’ Hazing

BANGKOK — A representative from Thailand’s newest progressive party said it would work to ban freshmen hazing at universities and schools if it comes...

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