Thailand http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26437/all en Japan's Abe in Thailand to talk economic ties, security http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/japans-abe-thailand-talk-economic-ties-security <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Amy Sawitta Lefevre</p> <p>BANGKOK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Thailand on Thursday, part of a three-country Southeast Asian tour to consolidate business ties in one of the world's fastest-growing regions and counter growing Chinese assertiveness.</p> <p>Tension remain high over China's claims on parts of the strategically vital and mineral-rich South China Sea that are also claimed by four Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, which Abe visited on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/japans-abe-thailand-talk-economic-ties-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Government Technology Thailand Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:30:47 +0000 5735487 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Japan's Abe in Thailand to talk economic ties, security http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-japans-abe-thailand-talk-economic-ties-security <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* PM Abe in SE Asia on first trip since Dec election</p> <p>* One aim is to counterbalance China in the region</p> <p>* Thailand trying to mediate in South China Sea disputes (Adds comments from news conference)</p> <p>By Amy Sawitta Lefevre</p> <p>BANGKOK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Thailand on Thursday, part of a three-country Southeast Asian tour to consolidate business ties in one of the world's fastest-growing regions and counter growing Chinese assertiveness.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-japans-abe-thailand-talk-economic-ties-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Government Technology Thailand Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:00:44 +0000 5735635 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S., Thailand discuss Bangkok's interest in joining trade pact http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/us-thailand-discuss-bangkoks-interest-joining-trade-pact <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The United States and Thailand discussed Bangkok's interest in joining a free-trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region that negotiators hope to wrap up this year, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Thursday.</p> <p>"The United States provided an update on the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and outlined the goals and objectives we are seeking in this agreement," the trade office said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/us-thailand-discuss-bangkoks-interest-joining-trade-pact" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations International trade Thailand Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:46:11 +0000 5735688 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-Former Thai magazine editor jailed for 10 years for insulting king http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/thai-magazine-editor-jailed-10-years-insulting-king <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Corrects to say Somyot is a former editor, that magazine has been closed, headline and paragraphs 1, 2)</p> <p>By Amy Sawitta Lefevre</p> <p>BANGKOK, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A former Thai magazine editor was jailed for 10 years on Wednesday for insulting the royal family under the country's draconian lese-majeste law.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/thai-magazine-editor-jailed-10-years-insulting-king" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Technology Thai people Thailand Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:30:18 +0000 5738156 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Thai magazine's former editor jailed for insulting king http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-thai-magazine-editor-jailed-10-years-insulting-king <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Corrects headline, paragraphs 1, 2 to say Somyot a former editor and that magazine has been closed)</p> <p>By Amy Sawitta Lefevre</p> <p>BANGKOK, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A former Thai magazine editor was jailed for 10 years on Wednesday for insulting the royal family under the country's draconian lese-majeste law, a sentence that drew condemnation from international rights groups and the European Union.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-thai-magazine-editor-jailed-10-years-insulting-king" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Technology Thai people Thailand Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:45:03 +0000 5738178 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Thai magazine's former editor gets 10 years for insulting king http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-2-thai-magazines-former-editor-gets-10-years-insulting-k <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Strict laws in Thailand prohibit debate on monarchy</p> <p>* Rights groups and EU condemn sentence (Adds magazine shut by authorities, paragraph 5)</p> <p>By Amy Sawitta Lefevre</p> <p>BANGKOK, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A former Thai magazine editor was jailed for 10 years on Wednesday for insulting the royal family under the country's draconian lese-majeste law, a sentence that drew condemnation from international rights groups and the European Union.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-2-thai-magazines-former-editor-gets-10-years-insulting-k" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Technology Thai people Thailand Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:30:31 +0000 5738238 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Thai magazine editor gets 10 years for insulting king http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-3-thai-magazine-editor-gets-10-years-insulting-king <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Strict laws in Thailand prohibit debate on monarchy</p> <p>* Rights groups and EU condemn sentence (Adds comment from UN Commissioner paragraphs 6,7)</p> <p>By Amy Sawitta Lefevre</p> <p>BANGKOK, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A former Thai magazine editor was jailed for 10 years on Wednesday for insulting the royal family under the country's draconian lese-majeste law, a sentence that drew condemnation from international rights groups and the European Union.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-3-thai-magazine-editor-gets-10-years-insulting-king" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Technology Thai people Thailand Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:30:43 +0000 5738426 at http://www.globalpost.com Thais angered by Saturday Night Live's language of love http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/thais-angered-saturday-night-lives-language-love <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BANGKOK, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A U.S. comedy skit that makes fun of Thailand's booming sex industry has angered the government and it is trying to block videos of the sketch on the Internet, the Thai culture minister said on Monday.</p> <p>The skit on the Saturday Night Live programme is a parody of an advertisement for a Thai-language course by the Rosetta Stone company, which shows men surreptitiously learning phrases for use in Thailand's notorious night-life, such as: "Take your clothes off."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/thais-angered-saturday-night-lives-language-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bangkok Technology Thailand Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:16:26 +0000 5745254 at http://www.globalpost.com Four traders killed in insurgency-hit Thai south http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/four-traders-killed-insurgency-hit-thai-south <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Four fruit traders were shot dead by suspected militants in Thailand's unrest-hit south early on Tuesday, an army spokesman told AFP.</p> <p>The bodies of the victims, a woman and three men, were found with their hands and legs bound in a warehouse they used as a base for their business in Krong Pinang district of Yala province.</p> <p>Army spokesman Colonel Pramote Promin said they were Buddhists from the eastern Thai province of Rayong who regularly travelled to the Muslim-majority south to buy fruit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/four-traders-killed-insurgency-hit-thai-south" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Provinces of Thailand Thailand War AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:01:00 +0000 5745992 at http://www.globalpost.com Funding woes spell more trouble for Thai rice scheme http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/funding-woes-spell-more-trouble-thai-rice-scheme <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Funding issue is new threat to generous rice subsidy scheme</p> <p>* Thai government returns around 13 pct of funds to bank buying rice</p> <p>* Thailand has built up huge stockpiles of grain</p> <p>* Bank wants guarantee for additional 70 bln baht for policy</p> <p>By Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/funding-woes-spell-more-trouble-thai-rice-scheme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Prime Ministers of Thailand Thailand Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:15:19 +0000 5748124 at http://www.globalpost.com Thailand warns of possible threat to US consulate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/thailand-warns-possible-threat-us-consulate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thailand said Tuesday that it had tightened security around the US consulate in the northern city of Chiang Mai in response to warnings of a possible terrorist threat.</p> <p>Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she had "instructed security officials to step up security protection" at the diplomatic facility.</p> <p>"The US embassy did not make any special request but we have to be vigilant and cannot be reckless," she told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/thailand-warns-possible-threat-us-consulate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prime Ministers of Thailand Thai people Thailand War AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:46:02 +0000 5753457 at http://www.globalpost.com 17 gunmen killed in Thai military base attack: army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/17-gunmen-killed-thai-military-base-attack-army-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scores of heavily armed gunmen stormed a military base in unrest-plagued southern Thailand, an army spokesman said Wednesday, in a major assault that left at least 17 militants dead.</p> <p>"Some 100 fully armed militants stormed the base, where there were 60 marines," Colonel Pramote Promin, southern army spokesman, told AFP. </p> <p>He said the attack, one of the most ambitious in several years of violence in Thailand's deep south, had resulted in the deaths of at least 17 assailants. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/17-gunmen-killed-thai-military-base-attack-army-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Indian Ocean Thailand War AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:30:41 +0000 5754069 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai insurgents attack southern army base, troops kill 17 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/thai-insurgents-attack-southern-army-base-troops-kill-17 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BANGKOK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Thai soldiers killed at least 17 Muslim insurgents who attacked a military base in a pre-dawn raid in the country's turbulent south, authorities said on Wednesday, the deadliest violence since the long-simmering conflict flared nine years ago.</p> <p>The gun battle between soldiers and about 60 insurgents in Narathiwat on the Malaysian border is the latest in a series of attacks pushing Thailand's three southernmost provinces to a crisis point after years of bloodshed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/thai-insurgents-attack-southern-army-base-troops-kill-17" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics of Thailand Thailand War Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:47:00 +0000 5755154 at http://www.globalpost.com Two dead in Thai south bombings: officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/two-dead-thai-south-bombings-officials <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A series of blasts shook a town in the restive Thai south leaving two dead and up to 18 wounded, authorities said Sunday, days after a major attack on a Thai military base in the insurgency-plagued region.</p> <p>Three bombs have exploded in the provincial town of Pattani since late Saturday, while police said four more devices had been defused, in the latest attacks to rock the Thai south, where thousands have died in nine years of deadly unrest.</p> <p>A blast at around noon on Sunday in the centre of the town killed a local security volunteer instantly, police said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/two-dead-thai-south-bombings-officials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Terrorism in Thailand Thailand War AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:30:42 +0000 5758011 at http://www.globalpost.com Bomb kills 2 in southern Thai city, others defused http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130217/bomb-kills-2-southern-thai-city-others-defused <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BANGKOK, Feb 17 (Reuters) - A bomb killed two people in southern Thailand on Sunday and police said they had defused other devices, apparently placed by Muslim separatists showing their capacity to strike despite a failed attack on a marine base last week.</p> <p>The insurgency in Thailand's south by ethnic Malay separatists flared up in 2004 and more than 5,300 people have since been killed in the provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130217/bomb-kills-2-southern-thai-city-others-defused" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gulf of Thailand Provinces of Thailand Thailand Thomson Reuters Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:00:45 +0000 5758029 at http://www.globalpost.com