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UN Urges Thailand to Step Up Anti-trafficking Efforts

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations official in charge of anti-trafficking efforts has urged the government of Thailand to do more to combat human trafficking and protect the rights of migrant workers. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said Monday in Bangkok that Thailand faces significant challenges as a source, transit and destination country for trafficked people. She expressed her concerns […]

Thai Fugitive Ex-PM Visits Japan

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has arrived in Japan with an offer to assist in the reconstruction of the country’s earthquake and tsunami-damaged northeastern coast. Mr. Thaksin, a former telecommunications tycoon ousted from office in a 2006 coup, told Japan’s Kyodo news agency he will visit areas devastated by the March 11 twin […]

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Anti-Thaksin Thais Protest Visa to Visit Japan

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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About 50 people protested outside the Japanese embassy in Bangkok Thursday against a planned visit to Japan by fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The group urged the Japanese public to pressure their government to revoke Mr. Thaksin’s visa, which was issued in spite of rules that normally prohibit granting visas to fugitives. The group’s […]

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Thai Opposition Challenges Government Over Thaksin’s Japan Visa

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s main opposition party is demanding an explanation from the government of its role in Japan’s decision to grant a visa to fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. A Democratic Party spokesman says the government may have misled the public about its conversations with Japanese officials, citing discrepancies in accounts offered this week. News […]

Thai Opposition Challenges Government Over Thaksin’s Japan Visa

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s main opposition party is demanding an explanation from the government of its role in Japan’s decision to grant a visa to fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. A Democratic Party spokesman says the government may have misled the public about its conversations with Japanese officials, citing discrepancies in accounts offered this week. News […]

Japan Grants Visa to Fugitive Thai Politician Thaksin

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say Japan has granted an entry visa to former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in spite of his status as a fugitive in his homeland. The visa allows Thaksin to come to Japan to deliver a speech and visit areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Thaksin, who now lives in Dubai, […]

Thailand, Cambodia Agree to Convene Border Committee

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to convene a committee to discuss their festering border dispute, likely before the end of this month. Thai Defense Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa said Thursday his Cambodian counterpart had called him to request the meeting of the General Border Committee. He said the meeting could take place as soon as the […]

Thailand Posts Bond for Crown Prince’s Plane

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Germany has released a plane belonging to Thailand’s crown prince that was seized as surety for an outstanding Thai government debt. A court official confirmed the release of Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Boeing 737 jet, saying the Thai government had paid the court-ordered bond. The plane was impounded at the Munich airport on July 12 in […]

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Thai PM Unveils New Cabinet

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s new prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has unveiled a new cabinet after receiving the approval of the country’s king. Details of the 35-member Cabinet were released late Tuesday, a day after Ms. Yingluck took office with a call for peace and national reconciliation. The new Cabinet includes four “outsiders”, or non-lawmakers, but notably excludes leaders […]

New Thai PM Takes Office

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s new Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took office Monday, vowing to work for peace and national reconciliation. Ms. Yingluck won a landslide victory in July 3 elections and was officially made the country’s first female prime minister by a parliamentary vote on Friday. This had to be certified by Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej before she […]

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