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Thai PM faces new dismissal threat in court

Thailand's Constitutional Court agreed Wednesday to consider a petition to remove Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office for transferring a top security official -- the latest in a volley of legal challenges by her opponents. The case was filed by a group of senators who argued that the replacement of then-national security chief Thawil Pliensri after Yingluck was elected in 2011 was for the benefit of her party.

Thai Senate vote likely favors government in rare bit of good news for Yingluck

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Unofficial results of Thailand's weekend Senate election suggest a pro-government majority, a rare piece of good news for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is battling negligence charges brought by the national anti-graft commission.

Protester dies, 4 wounded in shooting as Thai protests continue

A protester was killed and four others wounded in a shooting attack on an antigovernment group holding a mobile rally in Bangkok's outskirts Tuesday. The afternoon attack came as antigovernment protesters led by former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban were ending a rally at the Government Complex on Bangkok's border with Nonthaburi Province. The bullets hit a pickup truck and a bus, leaving five people wounded, one of them seriously. The seriously wounded protester died in hospital.

Protester dies, 3 wounded in shooting as Thai protests continue

A protester was killed and three others wounded in a shooting attack on an antigovernment group holding a mobile rally in Bangkok's outskirts Tuesday. The afternoon attack came as antigovernment protesters led by former Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban were ending a rally at the Government Complex on Bangkok's border with Nonthaburi Province. The bullets hit a pickup truck and a bus, leaving four people wounded, one seriously. The seriously wounded protester died in hospital.

One dead in gun attack on Thai protesters

A Thai anti-government protester was shot dead and several others wounded Tuesday when their vehicle came under attack, officials said, reigniting tensions in Bangkok after weeks of relative calm. The victims, supporters of a militant faction of the opposition movement, were returning from a rally at a government complex in the north of the capital when they came under fire from unknown assailants. A 52-year-old man was killed and four others were wounded, according to the city's Erawan emergency centre.

Thai PM defends herself against negligence charges

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra testified Monday in front of anti-graft officials over negligence charges that could lead to her removal from office and a ban from politics. Yingluck arrived at the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in Bangkok on Monday but made no comment to the media as she entered the building or as she left 10 minutes later, an AFP reporter said. She was summoned to answer charges linked to a controversial rice subsidy scheme, which paid farmers above market rates for their crops.

Beleaguered Thai PM defends herself against rice charges

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday showed up to defend herself against charges linked to a ruinous government rice pledging scheme that could lead to her removal from office, the latest development in a political crisis that has gripped the country for months.

Thai election agency says turnout in Senate election under 50%

Thailand's Election Commission announced Monday barely more than 40 percent of 48.7 million eligible voters turned out to vote for the Senate on Sunday. EC Deputy Secretary General Somsak Suriyamongkol told a press conference the low turnout was related to the ongoing political turmoil even though there was no disruption from protesters during the voting. The turnout was 42.78 percent and the percentage of voters who did not want to vote for anyone was 11.96.

Thai PM defends herself against negligence charges

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra testified Monday in front of anti-graft officials over negligence charges that could lead to her removal from office and a ban from politics. Yingluck arrived at the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in Bangkok on Monday but made no comment to the media as she entered the building or as she left ten minutes later, an AFP reporter said. She was summoned to answer charges linked to a controversial rice subsidy scheme, which paid farmers above market rates for their crops.

Thai PM set to give defence against negligence charges

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected Monday to mount her defence against negligence charges linked to a controversial rice subsidy scheme that could presage her removal from office and a ban from politics. Yingluck has been summoned to appear before the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) by Monday after a bid to push back the deadline for her defence was rejected. She could face an impeachment vote in the upper house of parliament within weeks.
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