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Thai bill to restrict protests sails through first reading

Thailand`s Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday in favour of a bill that restricts political demonstrations, something critics fear will be used to smother dissent after martial law is lifted.

Thai ex-PM Yingluck to be indicted over rice subsidy

Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was set to be formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarising family that could see her jailed for up to a decade.

Rare anti-coup protest in Thailand

Dozens of anti-coup activists held a demonstration in central Bangkok Saturday, handing out roses and copies of George Orwell`s "1984" -- a rare expression of public dissent in a nation still under strict martial law.

Toppled Thai PM can't eat noodles without our say: Junta chief

Thailand's junta chief said the military is keeping such a close eye on ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that she would be unable to eat a bowl of noodles without their permission.

Key Thaksin ally to face Thai court over 2008 crackdown

Thailand`s top court has ordered another key member of the embattled Shinawatra family to face trial, an official said Wednesday, as the wealthy but wildly divisive clan become further snared in legal challenges.

Critics of former Thai PM try to discredit her with escape rumours: Lawyer

 Opponents of former Thai leader Yingluck Shinawatra were trying to discredit her by spreading false rumours that she would flee abroad before she is due to face criminal charges this month, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

Thai junta bans ex-PM Yingluck from travelling overseas

Thailand`s toppled former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been banned from travelling overseas because graft charges carrying up to a decade in jail will be formally laid against her later this month, officials said Monday.

One hurt as small blasts rattle Bangkok mall shoppers

Police in Thailand today were investigating a pair of bombings outside a luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, the first such violence reported in the capital since last year's army coup.

Thai military ramps up `attitude adjustment` for critics

 A prominent leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement and a former minister on Friday became the latest critics of Thailand`s junta forced to report to barracks for "attitude adjustment" as the military ramps up its campaign against dissent.

Thai junta orders German NGO to cancel press freedom briefing

A German rights group said Thursday that it has been ordered by Thailand`s junta to cancel a briefing on the health of the kingdom`s media landscape, in a growing clampdown on freedom of expression.

Thai junta chief `upset` by US criticism

 Thailand`s junta chief said Wednesday he was "upset" by comments from a senior US diplomat during a recent visit criticising the military regime, as Washington`s top envoy in Bangkok was summoned for a meeting with Thai officials.

No retaliation following ban on ousted Thai PM Yingluck, says party

 Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra`s Puea Thai Party vowed on Monday it would not retaliate a five-year political ban imposed on the ousted leader, and a party heavyweight said they could survive without the powerful family. 

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck banned from politics, faces criminal charges
Ousted Thai PM Yingluck banned from politics, faces criminal charges

The political future of embattled former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra will be determined Friday when the junta-appointed parliament votes on whether to impeach her, in a move that could reignite the country`s bitter divisions.

I have not ordered legislators to ban Yingluck: Thai PM

 Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had not ordered his military-dominated legislature to vote against ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra when her impeachment hearing concludes this week.

Ousted Thai PM a no-show at second round of impeachment hearings

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear at her second impeachment hearing on Friday, sending ministers involved in a controversial rice subsidy programme to answer questions from parliamentarians critical of her absence.

Impeachment hearing of ousted Thai PM begins

Impeachment proceedings against Thailand's first woman premier on Friday began with Yingluck Shinawatra's impassioned defence of her loss-making rice subsidy scheme before a military-backed legislature, a move seen as a bid to keep her powerful family out of politics.

Thailand begins impeachment hearing of ousted PM

Thailand's military-appointed legislature began impeachment hearings on Friday against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a move analysts say is aimed at ensuring the ousted leader stays out of politics for the foreseeable future.

Ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra's impeachment to test Thai junta's fragile calm

Thailand`s legislature will start impeachment hearings this week against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who faces a lengthy political ban that could test a delicate calm established after a military coup last year.

Thai junta vows action if Shinawatra supporters protest

Thailand`s junta chief on Tuesday warned the military will "take action" under martial law if protests occur as a result of impeachment proceedings against ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

Thailand: Yingluck impeachment case to kick off in early 2015
Thailand: Yingluck impeachment case to kick off in early 2015

Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday decided to set the first hearing of the impeachment case against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on January 09, 2015.