Thai PM bemoans divisive soap operas, offers to write better ones

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday criticised television soap operas for promoting violence and divisions in society said he wanted scripts to encourage reconciliation, and would write them himself if he had to.

Thailand indicts 26 on terrorism, arms charges

Twenty-six people accused of plotting an attack in Thailand have been indicted by a military court on charges including weapon possession and conspiring to commit terrorism, their lawyer said.

UN decries `harsh` Thai sentences for royal slurs

The United Nation`s human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand`s monarchy, warning of "chilling effects" on freedom of expression under the junta.

Thai junta appoints army-dominated legislature

Thailand`s junta on Thursday appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.

Thai king endorses junta`s new constitution

Thailand`s junta won approval from the king on Tuesday for an interim constitution mapping out year-long political reforms.

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck vows not to flee

Thailand`s deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out going into self-exile to avoid possible criminal charges, after the country`s junta gave her permission to travel overseas.

Thai junta allows ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra to leave country

Thailand`s former PM Yingluck Shinawatra was granted permission by the military junta to travel to Europe for a 20-day trip for the first time after the first woman premier was ousted in a coup.

Thai court issues arrest warrant for anti-coup group spokesman

Thailand`s military court has issued an arrest warrant for the spokesman of an anti-coup group over alleged arms offences, an accusation firmly rejected by the former minister.

Thai general says `no advanced planning` for coup: Report

A senior Thai general has rejected reports the army planned to rid the kingdom of the influence of controversial former premier Thaksin Shinawatra years before it seized power in May. 

Thailand`s Pheu Thai Party expects to face ban

The Pheu Thai Party, which was major coalition party in previous government, is facing the prospect of being banned by the junta rulers, media reported Wednesday.

Thai protest leader, junta chief in talks since 2010

Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said that he had advised junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on ways to uproot Thaksin Shinawatra`s regime since 2010, media reported Monday.

Elections could occur in a year: Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha

The head of the military junta that took control of Thailand in a coup last week said on Friday that elections may not occur for more than a year because peace and reforms must be achieved first.

Thai military rulers appoint advisers; economy in doldrums

Thailand`s junta has appointed as advisers two retired generals with palace connections, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country`s long-running power struggle.

Thai coup leader threatens crackdown if protests resume

Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had been formally endorsed by the king as head of a military council that will run the country, and warned he would use force if political protests flared up again.

Thai Army summons ex-PM Yingluck, others in Thaksin clan

Thailand`s new junta ordered former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and three other relatives of controversial billionaire-turned-politician Thaksin Shinawatra to report to military authorities on Friday.

India asks citizens in Thailand to take "abundant precautions"

India on Thursday strongly advised its nationals in Thailand to take "abundant precautions" for their safety in view of the coup in the crisis-hit country.

Ousted Thai PM says martial law mustn`t compromise on democracy

In wake of martial law imposed by Royal Thai Army, Thailand`s former PM Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday expressed his concerns over the situation, hoping that the move doesn`t compromise on people`s rights and democracy.

Thailand Open called off due to political crisis

This year`s $1 million Thailand Open has been cancelled because of the deepening political crisis in the divided kingdom where martial law was declared on Tuesday, organisers said.

Thai protest leader renews government ouster call

The leader of Thailand`s anti-government movement has pressed calls for the appointment of an unelected prime minister in a televised news conference.

Interim Thai PM hopeful he can lead country to new election

Thailand`s interim prime minister expressed hope on Monday that February`s annulled general election could be re-run soon, and said anti-government protesters would not succeed in getting the Senate to impose an alternative premier.