BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday sentenced former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in absentia to two years in prison over his handling of a state lottery program he initiated while in...
BANGKOK (AP) — Eleven small political parties in Thailand announced Monday they will support the military-backed candidate to form the next government, seven weeks after the country's first...
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission on Tuesday officially endorsed results from the country's March 24 general election, declaring that the Pheu Thai party associated with fugitive...
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king has stripped fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his royal decorations, citing his 2008 flight to escape serving a two-year prison term on a...
The Latest: Thai parties jostle for power after election
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup (all times local):
A military backed party says it won the most votes in Thailand's first election...
Key developments from Thailand’s post-coup election
BANGKOK (AP) — A military-backed party appears to have won the most votes in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup after tilting the electoral system in its favor. If the preliminary results...
Thailand’s new government could be unstable, short-lived
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's election Sunday is likely to produce a weak, unstable government whether it's a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new...
HONG KONG (AP) — Thailand's exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra won't know until Sunday whether people in his homeland are still fans of his politics, but he was happy as he hosted a...
Thai parties hold final campaign rallies before election
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's main political parties held their final major rallies ahead of Sunday's general election, urging their supporters on and highlighting policies they hope will bring them...
Pro-Thaksin candidates adopt his name in Thai election
PHIMAI, Thailand (AP) — It's election season in Thailand and a campaign truck is rolling at the crack of dawn through the streets of the northeastern town of Phimai, blaring the slogan "Vote...
BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Thursday ordered the dissolution of a major political party ahead of this month's general election because it nominated a member of the royal family to be its...
Thai party challenging army rule holds first Bangkok rally
BANGKOK (AP) — The political party seen as the main challenger to military-dominated government in Thailand held its first rally in the capital on Friday, as campaigning heats up for the first election since a 2014 military coup.
Several thousand Pheu Thai party supporters gathered outside Bangkok's city hall, waving signs of support as they listened to hours of speeches seeking to fire up the faithful for the March 24 polls.
Thai polls regulator heeds king, blocks princess’ candidacy
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission on Monday disqualified the sister of the country's king from becoming a candidate for prime minister in next month's general election, saying all royals have to be above politics and the monarchy must remain politically neutral.
The commission's decision came after her brother issued an order describing Princess Ubolratana Mahidol's political bid as inappropriate and unconstitutional.
Candidates register for 1st Thai general election since coup
BANGKOK (AP) — Candidates in Thailand's first general election since the military seized power in 2014 began registering Monday, as supporters waved banners and chanted slogans in political activity that until recently was illegal.
Hundreds of candidates from dozens of parties crammed into an indoor stadium to officially enter the race and draw lots for the numbers that will go alongside their names on the ballot papers for the March 24 election.
Son of former Thai PM indicted on money laundering charge
BANGKOK (AP) — The son of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was indicted Wednesday on charges of money laundering, as pressure mounts on the ousted leader's political allies.
Panthongtae Shinawatra was arraigned by prosecutors for allegedly laundering 10 million baht ($303,500) linked to an earlier corruption case involving Krungthai Bank.
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court sentenced a human rights lawyer to 16 months in prison on Wednesday, finding him guilty of sedition for material he posted online but dropping charges of royal defamation.
Prawet Prapanukul had been indicted on 10 royal defamation charges and three sedition charges. He has said he would not appoint a lawyer to defend himself in the case he called "a political issue, not a legal one."
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has sentenced a human rights lawyer to 16 months in prison, finding him guilty of sedition for material he posted online but dropping charges of royal defamation.
Prawet Prapanukul had been indicted on 10 royal defamation and three sedition charges and technically could have been sentenced to more than 150 years, though Thai prison terms are capped at 50 years in total.
Thai editor free after 7 years in jail for 2 articles
BANGKOK (AP) — The editor of a political magazine who was convicted of insulting Thailand's monarchy said after his release from prison Monday that he will join public demonstrations to call for elections and an end to military rule.
BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai political group that has won every national election since 2001, only to be forced out of power repeatedly by non-electoral means, has taken an initial step on a comeback trail, registering its members in order to contest polls promised for early next year.
The Pheu Thai Party last held power in 2014, when an army coup ousted it and installed a military government that until last month banned almost all organized political party activity.
TOKYO (AP) — Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has called for a return to democracy in Thailand and predicts a political party led by his supporters could easily win an election.
Thaksin attended a reception in Tokyo on Thursday with his sister Yingluck Shinawatra, also a former prime minister. He briefly answered questions from a reporter in a video posted on the website of Japan's Asahi newspaper.
Thailand confirms that ex-leader Yingluck is in Britain
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's foreign minister said Tuesday that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country last year to evade a prison sentence, is in Britain, after photos surfaced online apparently showing Yingluck in London.
Thai military leader promises elections in late 2018
BANGKOK (AP) — More than three years after seizing power in a coup, the head of Thailand's military government on Tuesday promised elections in November next year.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters that his government will give the exact election day in mid-2018.
"Around June 2018, we will announce an election date," he said. "And around November, we will hold the elections."
Thai PM: Fugitive former leader Yingluck Shinawatra in Dubai
BANGKOK (AP) — Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra appears to be staying in the Mideast commercial hub of Dubai after fleeing a criminal conviction, Thailand's prime minister said Thursday, in the first official word on her whereabouts since she missed a court date last month.
Thai police say they have car ex-prime minister used to flee
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police on Friday were examining a car they believe was used to help former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra flee the country ahead of a court verdict that could have seen her jailed for a decade.
Official: Embattled ex-PM flees Thailand ahead of verdict
BANGKOK (AP) — Facing a possible 10-year jail term, former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fled the country ahead of a court verdict her supporters say was politically motivated, a senior member of her party said.
Thailand awaits verdict that could send former PM to prison
BANGKOK (AP) — Friends and foes alike of former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra are anxiously awaiting a verdict Friday by the Supreme Court on charges she was criminally negligent in implementing a rice subsidy program that is estimated to have cost the government as much as $17 billion and could send her to prison for 10 years.
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court acquitted two former prime ministers of abuse of power on Wednesday in a case involving the deadly dispersal of an anti-government protest in 2008.
A division of the Supreme Court acquitted Somchai Wongsawat, his deputy, Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, and two former police officials, saying they did not intend to endanger the demonstrators by quelling what had turned into a violent protest.
Former Thai PM says she’s innocent, asks for ‘kindness’
BANGKOK (AP) — Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra declared her innocence and asked for "kindness" from a court Tuesday during her final statement in a criminal negligence trial that could land her in prison for 10 years if she is convicted.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's broadcast regulator on Monday ordered a television channel to suspend its over-the-air broadcasting for a week for what it called biased reports affecting national security.
BANGKOK (AP) — A former high-ranking police officer dismissed from a senior position in Thailand's royal palace was questioned by police Thursday about land encroachment charges in what is seen as the latest example of Thailand's new king purging aides and other close associates.
Rights group says Thai prisons fall short of world standards
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prisons fail to meet international standards, with inmates routinely shackled, stuffed into overcrowded cells and forced to work in harsh conditions, an international human rights group said Tuesday.
Thailand also has the highest incarceration rate in Southeast Asia, jailing 425 out of every 100,000 people, according to the report by the International Federation for Human Rights.
Myanmar nationalist monks protest Thai crackdown on sect
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Buddhist nationalist group that has been accused of stirring up religious tensions in Myanmar demonstrated Friday outside Thailand's embassy in Myanmar to protest the Thai government's siege of the temple headquarters of a controversial Buddhist sect.
Thai authorities seek political foes taking refuge in Laos
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government wants neighboring Laos to send back about half a dozen Thai citizens who have reportedly taken refuge there to escape being arrested for insulting the Thai monarchy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Gen. Thawip Netniyom, head of Thailand's National Security Council, said Tuesday that the people being sought used social media to attack the monarchy.
Thai police put pressure on controversial Buddhist temple
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police put more pressure Tuesday on a wealthy, politically influential Buddhist temple where the leader is wanted for alleged money laundering and related crimes involving millions of dollars of embezzled funds.
At dawn about 400 police moved to surround the Dhammakaya temple north of Bangkok to remove a fence said to be blocking public property.
Thailand to charge Buddhist sect chief with money laundering
BANGKOK (AP) — The head of a powerful Buddhist sect in Thailand will be indicted next week on charges of money laundering and related crimes involving millions of embezzled funds that allegedly reached the temple's coffers, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The Office of the Attorney-General announced its decision to bring to court Wat Dhammakaya abbot Phra Dhammachayo and four other people to be charged with conspiracy to launder money, money laundering and receiving stolen property.
Thai protest leader gets 20 years in prison for fraud
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a 20-year prison sentence for fraud for a media tycoon whose crusade to oust a prime minister succeeded, triggering a decade of political violence and instability.
The court affirmed a lower court's 2012 ruling that Sondhi Limthongkul violated Securities and Exchange Commission regulations in 1996-97 by presenting fraudulent financial data to obtain a large bank loan for one of his businesses.
BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand's oldest political party on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of voices opposed to a new constitution proposed by the military government.
Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he spoke as Democrat Party leader, but that his remarks should not be taken as the party's official stand because the government bans political party meetings. It also has decreed strict limits on criticizing its draft charter, which will be submitted to...