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French Expat Branded ‘Persona Non Grata,’ to be Deported

BANGKOK — Long-time French expat and critic of the monarchy Yan Marchal has been denied reentry to Thailand Saturday morning and is being expelled to Paris from Suvarnabhumi Airport tonight.

Two-Ballot Election System Formally Approved

BANGKOK — A constitutional amendment on elections system to reduce the number of party list MPs and increase that of constituency-based MPs with two ballot papers was announced in the Royal Gazette on Sunday night.

Constitutional Court Says Calls for Royal Reform May Be Seditious

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that three pro-democracy activists who called for reform of the monarchy were attempting to overthrow the nation’s system of government with the king as head of state.

Gov’t Blames ‘Miscommunication’ for Lisa’s NYE No-Show

BANGKOK — The top tourism official on Friday admitted he misled the media with his claim that K-pop superstar “Lisa Blackpink” would be joining New Year’s Eve festivities in Thailand without waiting for her confirmation first.

Label Says ‘Lisa Blackpink’ Won’t be Joining NYE Countdown

BANGKOK — K-pop star “Lisa Blackpink” won’t be participating in the New Year’s Eve festivities in Thailand, her record company said Thursday, a potential embarrassment to government officials who had insisted that her appearance was already confirmed.

Prayut Supports China’s Global Role as ‘Responsible Great Power’

BANGKOK — PM Prayut Chan-o-cha called for closer cooperation between ASEAN and China in many aspects during his remark at the summit between the two parties, which took place virtually this year due to the pandemic.

Gov’t Defends Spending 100 Mil Baht to Hire Celebs for NYE Festival

BANGKOK — The government insists on its plan to spend up to 100 million baht on securing the appearance of K-pop star “Lisa Blackpink” and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli for the New Year’s Eve festivities on Phuket island.

Samut Prakan Police ‘Invited’ Residents to Attend Flag Raising

BANGKOK — A police station in Samut Prakan province sought to encourage local residents to attend the daily flag-raising ceremony alongside the officers, an initiative described by a police spokesman as a way to instill a sense of patriotism.

Gov’t Caught Using Doctored Photo of Minister Wading in Flood

BANGKOK — The administrator of the education ministry’s official Facebook page apologized Tuesday for publishing an altered photo that purported to show a senior official visiting a flooded area.

Parliament Approves Election System Charter Change

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Parliament on Friday approved a constitutional amendment changing how lawmakers are elected, a move expected to allocate more seats to big parties at the expense of smaller ones.

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