Thai constitution panel seeks two-year political ban for junta members

A panel appointed by Thailand`s military government to draft a new constitution has proposed a two-year political ban for junta members to prevent them "hogging power", the chairman said on Thursday. 

Four long-held Thai hostages released by Somali pirates

Somali pirates have freed four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel at sea in 2010, ending the longest-running hostage drama in the Horn of Africa state, the United Nations said on Friday.

India pooled with Poland, Ghana, Thailand in FIH World League Round 2
India pooled with Poland, Ghana, Thailand in FIH World League Round 2

The Indian women's hockey team has been put in Pool A with Poland, Ghana and Thailand for the FIH World League Round 2 to be held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here from March 7 to 15.

Somali pirates release Thai hostages held for 4 years

Four Thai fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly four years have been released, local officials said on Friday.

Parents of former Thai princess confess to insulting monarchy

The elderly parents of a former Thai princess were taken into police custody on Friday after confessing to defaming the kingdom`s royal family, an institution protected by one of the world`s toughest lese majeste laws.

Thai junta chief may testify to agency probing 2010 crackdown

Thailand`s junta chief on Thursday said he is willing to provide testimony about his involvement in a deadly 2010 military crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok that left more than 90 dead.

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.

Former Thai leaders may face impeachment over 2010 crackdown

Two prominent pro-establishment Thai politicians should face impeachment for their role in a 2010 military crackdown that killed more than 90 anti-government protesters, the country`s powerful graft watchdog said Tuesday.

Thai actors sentenced for crime of ''lese-majeste''

The Thai Criminal Court Monday sentenced two actors to two years and six months of imprisonment for the crime of "lese-majeste", media reported.

Thailand jails two on royal insult charge over play

Thailand on Monday sentenced two people to jail terms of 2-1/2 years for insulting royalty in a university play, amid a campaign by the ruling military junta to stamp out perceived insults to the monarchy.

Car bomb hits insurgency-plagued southern Thailand, 13 hurt

Suspected insurgents in southern Thailand on Friday detonated a car bomb that wounded 13 people and damaged buildings, police said.

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners after scandals

Thailand has passed a law banning foreign couples from using Thai women as surrogates after a series of high-profile scandals tainting the image of the unregulated industry.

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners in bid to end 'rent-a-womb' tourism

Thailand`s interim parliament has passed a law that bans foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a "rent-a-womb" industry that made the Southeast Asian country a top destination for fertility tourism.

Thai prosecutors indict ex-PM Yingluck over rice subsidy scheme
Thai prosecutors indict ex-PM Yingluck over rice subsidy scheme

Thailand`s Attorney General filed charges to the Supreme Court against deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday, in a case that could result in a 10-year jail term if she is found guilty.

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.

Thai legend Thaworn Wiratchant leads steller cast at Indian Open
Thai legend Thaworn Wiratchant leads steller cast at Indian Open

Two-time champion, Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand will look to complete a hattrict of titles when he leads an impressive cast to the USD 1.5 million Indian Open next week.

Rights group urges Thai lawmakers to drop plan for military detention of civilians

Thailand`s legislators should scrap a proposal for the military to detain civilians for up to three months with no judicial oversight, rights group Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

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.