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Bomb Attack Kills 2 in Southern Thailand

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Three bombs planted at an irrigation site in southern Thailand blew up Friday, killing at least two people. Police say the first two bombs detonated, killing two workers in Narathiwat province. Several others were wounded. Officials said police responding to the scene tried to defuse a third device, but it also exploded. The attacks wounded […]

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Thai PM to Highlight Red Shirt Violence at Bangkok Rally

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has promised to reveal new information about last year’s political violence during an election rally Thursday at the scene of the deadly Red Shirt protests. Authorities deployed hundreds of police to the scene for fear of violence, while Red Shirt leaders ordered their followers to stay away from the central […]

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Asian Election Monitors Decry Violence in Thai Campaign

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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An international organization is appealing for party leaders in Thailand to ask their supporters to end violence and stop obstructing the campaign processes of their opponents. The Asian Network for Free Elections, supported by private-sector groups in 11 countries, said Tuesday it has recorded several cases of threats and intimidation during the campaign for Thailand’s […]

UNCHR Expresses Concern About Refugees Arrested in Thailand

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency has told Thailand it is profoundly concerned about the arrest of 32 refugees and asylum seekers during the last two weeks. In a press release Monday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said asylum seekers should not be locked up simply for being refugees. Those arrested in four locations included Pakistanis […]

UNCHR Expresses Concern About Refugees Arrested in Thailand

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency has told Thailand it is profoundly concerned about the arrest of 32 refugees and asylum seekers during the last two weeks. In a press release Monday, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights said refugees should not be locked up simply for being refugees. Those arrested in four locations included Pakistanis and […]

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Three US Men Plead Guilty to Trafficking Thai Workers

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Three US men have pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges related to a company that recruited farm workers from Thailand. The U.S. Justice Department says between 2001 and 2007 the defendants brought some 600 Thai nationals to the United States under the federal agricultural guest worker program. The indictment says the men forced the Thai […]

Thai Army Chief Issues Veiled Election Endorsement

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s army chief is urging the public to elect “good people” and defend the king in next month’s national elections in what is seen as a veiled endorsement of the ruling pro-monarchy Democrat party. In a late Tuesday broadcast on military television stations, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said security services have found widespread evidence of disrespect […]

Thai Army Chief Issues Veiled Election Endorsement

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s army chief is urging the public to elect “good people” and defend the king in next month’s national elections in what is seen as a veiled endorsement of the ruling pro-monarchy Democrat party. In a late Tuesday broadcast on military television stations, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said security services have found widespread evidence of disrespect […]

Thailand Extradites British Fraud Suspect to UAE

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Dubai say Thailand has extradited a British man accused of fraud in the United Arab Emirates. The state news agency WAM reported Sunday that Michael Bryan Smith was extradited from Thailand on June 7, and is now in custody in Dubai. Smith is wanted by the emirate on charges of embezzling $150 million […]

Regional Group to Send Election Observers to Thailand

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Asian Network for Free Elections says it is sending a group of international observers to Thailand to monitor preparations for the country’s July 3 election. The regional civil society network said Monday it will send 60 observers from more than 20 countries to all of Thailand’s regions to help ensure orderly election campaigns. The […]

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