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Thailand canvasses support for controversial charter ahead of August vote

Thailand's military government on Wednesday kicked off a drive to convince citizens to vote in an August referendum for a draft constitution that the junta has said will pave the way for an election next year.Opponents say the constitution will instead enshrine a political role for the military, which seized power two years ago in a coup, besides heralding weak governments and worsening a decade of bitter political division.

 Wed May 25 11:30:50 UTC 2016
 Gay couple wins custody battle against Thai surrogate mother

Gay couple wins custody battle against Thai surrogate mother

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 23, 2016 file photo, American Gordon Lake, left, and Spaniard Manuel Santos, right, walk with their baby Carmen at the Central Juvenile and Family Court in Bangkok, Thailand. A court in Thailand was to announce its verdict Tuesday, April 26 in a high-profile custody battle between a same-sex couple and a Thai surrogate mother who decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were gay.

 April 26, 2016 - 09:02:02 GMT
 Eight killed in chemical accident at Siam Commercial Bank HQ - statement

Eight killed in chemical accident at Siam Commercial Bank HQ - statement

The logo of Siam Commercial Bank is pictured at its office building in central Bangkok, Thailand, January 26, 2016.

 March 14, 2016 - 04:47:16 GMT
Image of Asia: Contesting an elephant polo match in Thailand

Image of Asia: Contesting an elephant polo match in Thailand

In this photo by Mark Baker, polo players on mahout-guided elephants contest for the ball during a charity match in Bangkok, Thailand.

 March 10, 2016 - 13:49:02 GMT
 Any N.Korea satellite launch 'egregious violation' of its obligations -U.S. official

Any N.Korea satellite launch 'egregious violation' of its obligations -U.S. official

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015, file photo, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel, left, talks to Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. During the week of Dec. 14, the U.S., will hold its first formal strategic dialogue with ally Thailand since a military coup. Russel, is hoping for better press than on his last visit to Thailand a year ago, when local media branded him an "ugly American" for public criticism of curbs on democracy.

 February 02, 2016 - 18:10:39 GMT
 Hawaii Biotech joins race to develop Zika vaccine

Hawaii Biotech joins race to develop Zika vaccine

A worker sprays insecticide for mosquitos at a village in Bangkok, Thailand, January 13, 2016. Tropical Southeast Asian countries said on Friday they were bracing for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, with Malaysia saying it could "spread quickly" if introduced, but Thailand appeared to be bucking the trend with just a handful of cases a year. Picture taken January 13, 2016.

 January 29, 2016 - 14:48:38 GMT
 Thailand reports 2nd MERS case as virus detected in Omani man

Thailand reports 2nd MERS case as virus detected in Omani man

A boy gets his body temperature checked by a Thai officer upon his arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, June 19, 2015. Thailand confirmed on Thursday its first known case of the deadly MERS virus, after killing a number of people in South Korea over recent weeks.

 January 24, 2016 - 05:42:25 GMT
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