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Tolerant Thailand to Welcome Pope, But Martyrs Tale Haunts

SONGKHON, Thailand (AP) — When Pope Francis makes his first trip to Thailand this week, he will be visiting a country that welcomed Roman Catholic missionaries more than five centuries ago and whose Buddhist population remains strikingly tolerant of other religious beliefs.

Gov’t Allies Warn Future Forward Against Protests

BANGKOK — Coalition politicians on Monday urged the opposition not to resort to any demonstration in response to a court verdict this week that would decide the fate of Future Forward Party chairman Thanathorn Juangrungruangkit.
A monk fainted after drawing a ticket which sent him into the military service at a drafting station in Phitsanulok on April 2, 2018.

Army Hits Back at Future Forward’s Bill to Scrap Conscription

BANGKOK — Conscription is still necessary for national security, a defense ministry spokesman said Friday in response to the opposition’s plan to submit a bill that would scrap mandatory military service.

Finally, a Law on Importing and Producing Medical Cannabis is (Almost) Here

A new law on cannabis legalization will address two issues many foreigners want to know: roles of foreigners in production of weed-based medicine, and how foreign patients may bring medical cannabis with them into Thailand for personal use.
A Nov. 7, 2019, photo of a funeral of one of the 15 people killed in checkpoint attack in Yala province.

Prayuth Grants Himself Power to Impose Curfew on Deep South

BANGKOK — Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha granted himself an authority to impose curfew on certain areas of the restive southern border provinces as the head of a government counterinsurgency agency.

BRN Blamed for Checkpoint Attack That Killed 15

BANGKOK — Security officers on Thursday said they suspected a shadowy militant group called BRN as the party responsible for an attack that killed 15 people in Yala province.

5 Years of Junta Repression Retold Through 118 Political T-Shirts

The exhibition, called “Never Again,” is a must for political junkies.

Prayuth Says Cambodian Opposition Leader Won’t Be Allowed Into Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Plans by self-exiled leaders of Cambodia’s banned opposition party to return to their homeland hit a major roadblock Wednesday when Thailand’s prime minister said their top leader would not be allowed in to make his way through the country to the Cambodian border.

Lawmaker Calls for New Thai National Anthem to Include Monarchy

BANGKOK — A pro-establishment lawmaker on Wednesday urged the Parliament to abolish the current National Anthem and write a new one that extolls the monarchy.

NGO, Gov’t Scrambling to Rescue Thai Seamen Stranded in Indonesia

BANGKOK — Thai authorities and labor rights group said an effort under way to bring back seven Thai fishing boat workers who had been trapped on an Indonesian island for over a decade.

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