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Thailand coup general named PM

Thailand coup general named PM

Thailand's junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named the new prime minister of the southeast Asian nation. Gen Prayuth, 60, was nominated on Thursday in a legislature hand-picked by the junta and made up of mostly military and police figures. The general was the head of the army when he led a dramatic coup in...

Coup leader summons Thai politicians

Coup leader summons Thai politicians

Ousted Thai leader Yingluck Shinawatra has arrived for talks with the military in Bangkok, a day after the army took power in a coup. Yingluck is one of more than 100 political figures summoned by the army. The army has banned 155 people, including some politicians, from leaving the country. Thailand military coup: "A country divided...there's...

Thai army declares martial law

Thai army declares martial law

The Thai army says that it is imposing martial law amid a political crisis "to preserve law and order". The surprise announcement also granted the army wide-ranging powers to enforce its decision. The military insisted that its assumption of responsibility for national security was not a coup. Martial law comes after a long-running political crisis, and...

Cops fire tear gas at Thai protesters

Cops fire tear gas at Thai protesters

Thai police have fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters in Bangkok, two days after a court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Hundreds of protesters have been holding a rally outside a government compound in the city. Yingluck was ordered to step down on Wednesday over the illegal transfer of her security chief. Another...

Grenade thrown at home of Thai judge

Grenade thrown at home of Thai judge

A grenade was thrown at the home of a judge on Thailand's Constitutional Court that a day earlier had ousted the country's prime minister for abuse of power, police said Thursday. Police Col Kamthorn Auicharoen said that there were no casualties and that the attackers were trying to instigate a situation to further deepen...

Thai court orders PM Yingluck to quit

Thai court orders PM Yingluck to quit

A Thai court has ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several cabinet ministers to step down. The Constitutional Court ruled that Yingluck acted illegally when she transferred her national security head. The ruling follows months of political deadlock. Anti-government protesters have been trying to oust Yingluck since November 2013. The remaining cabinet members have nominated the...

Thai vote goes smoothly as protesters regroup near Bangkok lakes

Thai vote goes smoothly as protesters regroup near Bangkok lakes

Thailand was holding re-run elections on Sunday in five provinces where voting was disrupted in last month's poll by anti-government protesters trying to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and officials said all was going smoothly. Dozens of gunshots and at least two explosions raised tension on the eve of the February 2 general election,...

Thai protest leader promises to clear streets, moving campaign to park

Thai protest leader promises to clear streets, moving campaign to park

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok have said they will scale back their presence in the streets. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said in his nightly speech on Friday that the protesters would withdraw from several stages erected at key intersections around Bangkok. Starting on Monday they would consolidate at Lumpini Park, a central venue that has...

Thailand election disrupted by protests

Thailand election disrupted by protests

Protests have disrupted Thailand's general election, halting voting in parts of Bangkok and the south, but officials say that 89 percent of polling stations operated normally. Some six million registered voters were affected by the closures, the Election Commission said. PM Yingluck Shinawatra called the vote to head off weeks of mass protests. Her party is...

Thai protesters surround cabinet meeting venue

Thai protesters surround cabinet meeting venue

Around 500 anti-government protesters on Tuesday gathered outside the Army Club compound in the Thai capital, where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra held a weekly cabinet meeting, as the two sides traded threats in a lengthy political crisis. The government has issued an ultimatum to protest leaders that they face arrest by Thursday if they do not give up areas they have taken over in Bangkok as protests drag into their third month.

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