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David Streckfuss at Khon Kaen Immigration Office on Apr. 16, 2021. Photo: Hathairat Phaholtap / Facebook.

Immigration Renews Visa for American Academic Who Writes About 112

KHON KAEN — The immigration bureau on Monday said it has issued a new work permit and visa for an American academic who faced expulsion after his documents were suddenly revoked by his previous employer.
David Streckfuss at Khon Kaen Immigration Office on Apr. 19, 2021. Photo: Hathairat Phaholtap / Facebook.

Immigration Postpones Visa Decision of Outspoken American Academic

KHON KAEN — The immigration bureau on Monday deferred the decision to extend the work permit and visa of an American academic who wrote about the country’s draconian lese majeste law.
A file photo of former PM Yingluck Shinawatra.

Court Overturns Order to Fine Yingluck 35.7 Billion Baht Over Failed Rice Scheme

BANGKOK — The Administrative Court on Friday repealed the military government’s order to fine former PM Yingluck Shinawatra for 35 billion baht over her loss-ridden rice subsidy program.
A file photo of the new education minister Trinuch Thienthong.

Cabinet Reshuffle Replaces 3 Members Booted by Court

BANGKOK (AP) — The appointments of several new Cabinet members to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government were made official Tuesday when their approval by King Maha Vajiralongkorn was published in the government gazette.
In this undated photo, a group of unidentified individuals load what appeared to be rice sacks to a truck at the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Hong Son province.

Prayut Denies Thailand Sending Rice to Myanmar Army

BANGKOK — PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday denied reports that the Thai army is supplying food to its Myanmar counterparts over the border amid international condemnation.

Thailand Seeks More Prison Space for New Political Prisoners

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is considering an expansion of prison space as it arrests more political prisoners, the justice minister said Wednesday.

Prayut Orders Probe Into Facebook’s Removal of Army ‘IO’

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says he has assigned the Royal Thai Army to investigate after Facebook Inc. removed 185 accounts and groups allegedly engaged in an information-influencing operation in Thailand run by the military.

Lese Majeste Fugitive Granted Political Asylum in US

BANGKOK — An anti-government activist who fled Thailand in 2017 after she was charged with royal defamation said she’s gained political asylum in the United States government.

Police Say Evidence Shows Singer-Activist Burning Royal Portrait

BANGKOK — Both forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts implicate a pro-democracy activist in the torching of a large portrait of His Majesty the King last week, police said Wednesday.
A riot police fires rubber bullets at anti-government demonstrators on Feb. 28, 2021.

Watchdogs Unsettled by Police Firing ‘Rubber Bullets’ on Protesters

BANGKOK — Human rights groups on Tuesday said the riot police’s use of rubber baton rounds during Sunday’s crackdown on protesters was disproportionate.

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