Prime Ministers of Thailand http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30830/all en 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 Thailand eyes peace talks with insurgents 'soon' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/thailand-eyes-peace-talks-insurgents-soon <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 wants to hold peace talks with militant groups behind a festering insurgency in the south "soon", the head of the kingdom's highest security body said Wednesday.</p> <p>The comments come amid a recent spike in attacks in the Muslim-majority south bordering Malaysia and ahead of a meeting between Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak on Thursday.</p> <p>The pair will discuss the nine-year insurgency, which has claimed more than 5,500 lives, and the possibility of Malaysia hosting talks with the militants.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/thailand-eyes-peace-talks-insurgents-soon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Prime Ministers of Thailand Thailand War AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:45:36 +0000 5768078 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai peace talks to open in two weeks: Malaysia PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/thai-peace-talks-open-two-weeks-malaysia-pm <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 and one of several rebel groups in the country's Muslim south will open talks in Kuala Lumpur in two weeks' time to try to end the bloody insurgency, Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday.</p> <p>Najib Razak disclosed the news after talks with visiting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and following a deal signed earlier in the day by Thailand and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) rebel group to launch a peace process.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/thai-peace-talks-open-two-weeks-malaysia-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Government Prime Ministers of Thailand Thai people War AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:31:04 +0000 5769506 at http://www.globalpost.com Bangkok election could herald new chapter in turbulent Thai politics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130301/bangkok-election-could-herald-new-chapter-turbulent-thai-politi <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, March 1 (Reuters) - For years, Thailand's turbulent and sometimes violent politics have had a familiar narrative: the poor in the country's rural northern and eastern regions at polarising odds with the royalist establishment in the bright lights of Bangkok.</p> <p>That looks set to change in an election on Sunday which for the first time in nearly a decade could drive the middle-class establishment party, the Democrats, out of power in Bangkok and usher in a party favoured by the working poor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130301/bangkok-election-could-herald-new-chapter-turbulent-thai-politi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Entertainment Prime Ministers of Thailand Social Issues Technology Thailand Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Mar 2013 08:15:22 +0000 5770585 at http://www.globalpost.com EU, Thailand launch free trade talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/eu-thailand-launch-free-trade-talks-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>The European Union and Thailand on Wednesday announced the launch of talks on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), seeking to boost annual commerce already worth some 30 billion euros ($39 billion).</p> <p>"We are delighted to announce today the launch of free-trade negotiations between the EU and Thailand," European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso told a news conference held along with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Brussels.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/eu-thailand-launch-free-trade-talks-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prime Ministers of Thailand Thai people Thailand AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:01:46 +0000 5775125 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai 'Yellow Shirt' airport protesters to face trial http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/thai-yellow-shirt-airport-protesters-face-trial <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>Dozens of Thai royalist activists will face trial for their roles in protests which paralysed the kingdom's main airports in 2008 and stranded thousands of tourists, the group's lawyer said Thursday.</p> <p>Thirty-one of the 114 "Yellow Shirt" protesters charged with occupying Bangkok's main airports -- in a bid to topple the then government linked with their arch-enemy Thaksin Shinawatra -- will enter a plea in April.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/thai-yellow-shirt-airport-protesters-face-trial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prime Ministers of Thailand Thai people Thailand AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:31:11 +0000 5783347 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai students set for mass tablet computer handout http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/thai-students-set-mass-tablet-computer-handout <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 plans to distribute about 1.7 million tablet computers to students and teachers this year in the world's largest handout of the devices for education, officials said Thursday.</p> <p>Nine firms from countries including China, India, Germany and the Netherlands are set to join an online tender in April to supply the tablet computers, according to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/thai-students-set-mass-tablet-computer-handout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prime Ministers of Thailand Technology Thai people Thailand AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:00:51 +0000 5789741 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai students set for mass tablet computer handout http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/thai-students-set-mass-tablet-computer-handout-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>Thailand plans to distribute about 1.7 million handheld computers to students and teachers this year in the world's largest handout of the devices for education, officials said Thursday.</p> <p>Nine firms from countries including China, India, Germany and the Netherlands are set to join an online tender in April to supply the tablet computers, according to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/thai-students-set-mass-tablet-computer-handout-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prime Ministers of Thailand Technology Thai people Thailand AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:01:15 +0000 5789743 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai court acquits two Red Shirts of torching mall http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/thai-court-acquits-two-red-shirts-torching-mall <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>Two supporters of Thailand's "Red Shirt" protest movement were acquitted Monday of setting fire to a huge shopping mall during mass anti-government rallies that rocked Bangkok in 2010.</p> <p>A court in Bangkok freed the pair because there were no witnesses to the arson attack on Central World, Thailand's biggest shopping mall which was gutted by the blaze.</p> <p>Saichon Paebua -- one of the Red Shirts' own security guards -- and co-defendant Pinit Chanarong both denied the charges.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/thai-court-acquits-two-red-shirts-torching-mall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Prime Ministers of Thailand Thai people Thailand AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:45:46 +0000 5793018 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai 'Yellow Shirts' face court over airport rallies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/thai-yellow-shirts-face-court-over-airport-rallies <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>Dozens of Thai royalist activists packed a Bangkok courtroom Monday to face charges relating to their roles in 2008 rallies that paralysed Thailand's main airports stranding thousands of tourists.</p> <p>Almost 100 members of the nationalist People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) "Yellow Shirt" group appeared at the Thai Criminal Court over a wave of demonstrations against allies of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra almost five years ago.</p> <p>The defendants, who face a variety of charges, were planning to plead not guilty according to lawyer Puangtip Boonsanong.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/thai-yellow-shirts-face-court-over-airport-rallies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prime Ministers of Thailand Thai people Thailand AFP Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:00:12 +0000 5827413 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai 'Yellow Shirts' face court over airport rallies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/thai-yellow-shirts-face-court-over-airport-rallies-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>A Thai court on Monday postponed the trial of dozens of royalist activists facing charges relating to their roles in 2008 rallies that paralysed Bangkok's main airports stranding thousands of tourists.</p> <p>Nearly 100 members of the nationalist People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) "Yellow Shirt" group appeared at the Criminal Court over a wave of demonstrations against allies of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra almost five years ago.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/thai-yellow-shirts-face-court-over-airport-rallies-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prime Ministers of Thailand Thai people Thailand AFP Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:45:04 +0000 5827426 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands of Thai Red Shirts mark deadly crackdown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130519/thousands-thai-red-shirts-mark-deadly-crackdown <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>Around 20,000 Red Shirt protesters rallied in Bangkok Sunday to mark the third anniversary of a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests which exposed Thailand's deep divisions, police said.</p> <p>About 90 people were killed and nearly 1,900 wounded in a series of street clashes in May 2010 between demonstrators and security forces, which culminated in the military crackdown. </p> <p>On Sunday roads were blocked as Red Shirts, loyal to ousted self-exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, massed at an intersection in Bangkok's glitzy shopping district.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130519/thousands-thai-red-shirts-mark-deadly-crackdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Prime Ministers of Thailand Thai people Thailand AFP Sun, 19 May 2013 12:15:24 +0000 5841322 at http://www.globalpost.com PM-water summit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130520/pm-water-summit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yonhap News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SEOUL, May 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won called for international cooperation to better deal with water-related disasters and to guarantee universal access to clean water, his office said Monday.</p> <p>"Efforts to prepare for water-related disasters are needed from the beginning of the city construction process. An international cooperative mechanism to respond to the disasters should also be strengthened," Chung said in his keynote speech during the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit held in the Thai city of Chiang Mai.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr" class="button wire yonhap"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Yonhap News Agency, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130520/pm-water-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prime Ministers of Thailand Technology Thai people Thailand Yonhap News Agency Mon, 20 May 2013 07:32:05 +0000 5841741 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan, Thai leaders talks focus on stronger economic, security ties http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130523/japan-thai-leaders-talks-focus-stronger-economic-secur <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday, confirming the economic and security partnership between the two countries.</p> <p> "I want to keep enhancing the strategic partnership with Thailand...as the environment in the Asia-Pacific region has significantly changed," Abe said at the onset of the meeting in Tokyo. Yingluck responded by appreciating Japanese assistance for development of the Thai economy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130523/japan-thai-leaders-talks-focus-stronger-economic-secur" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prime Ministers of Thailand Technology Thai people Thailand Kyodo News International Thu, 23 May 2013 06:01:24 +0000 5844433 at http://www.globalpost.com