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2008-09-03 00:00:08

By Kathy Marks TROOPS WERE back on the streets of Bangkok yesterday, two years after Thailand was plunged into turmoil by a military coup. But in a twist typical of labyrinthine Thai politics, the soldiers were summoned by the man who most fears an army takeover. The Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej, declared a state of emergency after a week of anti-government demonstrations aimed at forcing him out turned violent. One man was killed and dozens were injured, several seriously, during...

2008-08-30 12:00:09

By Grant Peck Associated Press BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai police fired tear gas at thousands of right-wing protesters besieging their headquarters Friday, while demonstrators outside the capital disrupted air and rail service in a growing campaign to unseat the prime minister. Saying that Western-style democracy has allowed corruption to flourish, the protesters have said they hope to repeat their success of two years ago, when they helped topple former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra....

2006-07-25 22:33:08

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand moved promptly toward fixing a long-running political crisis on Wednesday after a court cleared the way to a solution by jailing its three sitting election commissioners for four years. The Senate and Supreme Court were starting the process to select a new Election Commission after the incumbents were jailed for mishandling a snap April general election, annulled later, which left Thailand without a government able to make key...

2006-07-25 06:44:36

By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court sent three election commissioners to jail for four years on Tuesday for mishandling April's inconclusive general election, clearing the way for a new poll to end a long-running political crisis. Both the Bangkok Criminal Court and the Appeals Court denied them bail after the ruling, which came three months after King Bhumibol Adulyadej told judges to clean up the mess left behind by the April election, which was annulled...

2006-07-14 03:37:05

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Campaigners trying to oust Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra were forced to scale back their protests on Friday after the royal palace made it clear they must stop dragging the king into a long-running political crisis. Having originally planned a pro-monarchy, anti-Thaksin march of tens of thousands, the ad hoc People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) coalition mustered just 200 protesters outside the British and U.S embassies. "We submit...

2006-07-12 03:37:30

By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Leaders of a campaign to oust Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra decided on Wednesday not to resume street protests until revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej has recovered from a cracked rib. The decision by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to postpone Friday's planned rally followed repeated calls by a top royal adviser not to drag the 78-year-old monarch into the political fray stemming from April's annulled general election....

2006-07-07 04:33:16

By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Leaders of a campaign seeking to oust Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Friday they would resume street protests on July 14 to force the embattled leader to resign. The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), a coalition of groups that rallied thousands of Bangkok's middle class against Thaksin earlier this year, said the prime minister threatened Thailand's constitutional monarchy so long as he remained in office. "We believe in...

2006-06-12 11:00:22

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK (Reuters) - Powered by 2,000 chanting oarsmen, a glittering flotilla of Thai war barges glided past royalty from 25 nations on Monday to honor the diamond jubilee of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The 52-strong fleet of red, blue and gold royal barges was also watched by thousands of Thais lining Bangkok's Chao Phraya river in a spectacular show of the southeast Asian kingdom's ancient traditions. The lavish naval event was the peak of a five-day...

2006-06-11 02:55:52

By Vithoon Amorn BANGKOK (Reuters) - Royalty and heads of state from 25 countries started to converge on Bangkok on Sunday to honor the Diamond Jubilee of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch. Japanese Emperor Akihito arrived ahead of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and King Carl Gustaf of Sweden to join other luminaries at one of Thailand's biggest parties. The arrivals of the royal visitors gave Thai police a mammoth security job...

2006-06-10 21:51:31

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's political crisis is expected to worsen after a truce for gala festivities for the Diamond Jubilee of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej end this week, analysts, newspapers and the opposition say. Despite repeated calls by the world's longest serving monarch for a negotiated end to the crisis, they appear to be going unheeded in the campaign to oust Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. No one is sure how the fight to unseat Thaksin,...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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