Thai junta chief says coup aimed at saving democracy

Thai junta chief and Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has said the coup staged by the army was aimed at saving democracy and made it clear that he will not lift the martial law as it could lead to political turmoil.

Thai `Red Shirt` leader sentenced to two years in jail

A Thai court Wednesday sentenced the leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement to two years in prison for defaming a former premier, a move analysts said was the latest attack against critics of the military regime.

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.

US official urges Thailand to lift martial law

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel has urged the Thai government to end martial law that was decreed two days before the military coup in May, media reported Tuesday.

Beant Singh assassination case: Jagtar Tara sent to judicial custody

Extradited Babbar Khalsa militant Jagtar Singh Tara, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the then Chief Minister Beant Singh's assassination case, was on Monday remanded to judicial custody till February 9 in an attempt to murder case registered against him in 1991.

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. 

British backpacker found dead on Thai tourist island

A British backpacker has been discovered dead on the popular Thai tourist island of Koh Tao, police said Friday, four months after a British couple were found murdered there.

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.

Australia gives Down Syndrome baby left in Thailand citizenship

 A baby at the centre of a Thai surrogacy scandal has been granted Australian citizenship, authorities said Tuesday, after his birth mother said he was abandoned by a Perth couple who went home with his healthy twin sister.

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.

Beant Singh's assassin Jagtar Singh Tara to appear before court

Authorities in Thailand Friday issued orders for the extradition of Babbar Khalsa militant Jagtar Singh Tara, convicted for life in the former Punjab CM Beant Singh's assassination case. Tara will appear before court today.

Beant Singh murder case: Thailand extradites terrorist Jagtar Tara to India
Beant Singh murder case: Thailand extradites terrorist Jagtar Tara to India

Authorities in Thailand Friday issued orders for the extradition of Babbar Khalsa militant Jagtar Singh Tara, convicted for life in the former Punjab CM Beant Singh's assassination case. Under the custody of Punjab Police, Tara is now being extradited from Thailand. 

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.

Thailand to recognise 'third gender' in new Constitution: Panel

Thailand`s Constitution will include the term "third gender" for the first time, a member of a panel drafting a new charter said on Thursday, in a move to empower transgender and gay communities and ensure them fairer legal treatment.

Thai surrogate mothers seek custody of babies

The surrogate mothers of nine babies fathered by a Japanese man and taken into care by Thai authorities last year have launched legal proceedings to regain custody of the infants, an official said on Wednesday.

Rohingya woman suffocates in migrant truck in Thailand

 A Rohingya woman has died after suffocating in a truck packed with migrants from the Myanmar Muslim minority group as they travelled through southern Thailand, police said Monday.

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.

Will have Beant Singh killer Jagtar Singh extradited from Thailand: India

Assuring that the Indian government will bring back the assassin of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh from Thailand, Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday issued a statement that those committing crimes in India will not be spared, regardless of where they stay.