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2008-10-14 06:00:18

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 14 October [Unattributed report: "Thailand will act in self -defence : Cambodia told"] If Cambodia resorts to use of force, Thailand will have to exercise its right of self-defence as provided under the Charter of the United Nations: Thai FM Tensions along Thai and Cambodian border have flared up again on Tuesday after Thailand refused to follow Cambodia's threat to withdraw its troops from an area near Preah Vihear...

2008-10-10 09:00:22

Seven leaders of a group that has led months of anti-government protests in Thailand were released on bail Friday after surrendering to police. The seven belonging to the People's Alliance for Democracy gave themselves up after an appeals court revoked three more serious charges, including treason, against the group's core leaders the previous day, the Thai News Agency reported. The court had ordered the release of two other leaders on bail. Their surrender came after the court let stand...

2008-10-08 06:00:19

By Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller In a day of street battles that left more than 300 people wounded, anti-government protesters surrounded Parliament on Tuesday, trapping hundreds of lawmakers inside throughout the afternoon. Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat escaped over a back fence in the morning after delivering a policy address. But other members were unable to leave for more than five hours, when the police dispersed the massed protesters with volleys of tear gas and cleared the way...

2008-10-08 00:00:19

By Andrew Buncombe Two protesters killed during clashes with riot police inside parliamentary compound in Bangkok Army chief reassures public that his troops are unarmed and there is no prospect of a military coup THE PRIME Minister of Thailand was forced to scale a fence and flee in a police helicopter yesterday as thousands of protesters barricaded parliament in the latest twist in the country's seething political turmoil. Riot police fired tear gas in clashes with activists who had...

2008-10-05 12:00:08

By Associated Press BANGKOK, Thailand -- A one-time Bangkok mayor and key leader of a monthslong anti-government movement that spearheaded the ouster of a Thai prime minister was arrested today on charges of insurrection, police said. In a continuing crackdown on the movement, police were seen hauling Chamlong Srimuang away at a polling station where elections for the city's top job were beginning. Police Colonel Sarathon Pradit confirmed that Chamlong had been arrested. Police on Aug....

2008-09-29 09:00:36

Anti-gov't protesters clash with airport security personnel as Thai PM visits south BANGKOK, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Anti-government protesters organized by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) clashed with airport security personnel shortly after the arrival of Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat in Thai southern province Surat Thani Saturday, local media reported. The incident took place after Somchai was leaving the airport and confronted a group of PAD protesters, according to Thai...

2008-09-27 06:00:18

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 27 September [Unattributed report from the "Breaking News" page: "PAD urges supporters to block PM from flying back to Bangkok"] The People's Alliance for Democracy Saturday called on its supporters in southern provinces to block four airports to prevent Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat from flying back to Bangkok. Somchai visited Nakhon Si Thammarat Saturday by flying to Surat Thani airport and travelling by car to his...

2008-09-27 06:00:18

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 27 September [Unattributed report from the "Headlines" page: "Supporters and protesters welcome PM at Surat Thani"] Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat is greeted by supporters and protesters at Surat Thani Airport. Anti-government supporters at Surat Thani airport yelled at Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat who is on his way to visit his hometown in Nakhon Si Thammarat. "You are a traitor," a woman shouted as Somchai who is...

2008-09-18 00:00:12

World News IN BRIEF *BANGKOK A brother-in law of the deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra has been elected Prime Minister of Thailand in a parliamentary vote, setting up a showdown with protesters determined to tear down his political legacy. Somchai Wongsawat, a 61-year-old bureaucrat who is married to Mr Thaksins sister, appealed for national unity after the vote. He declined to answer a question about his relative, who was deposed in a coup in 2006 and is now in exile in London. It is now...

2008-09-16 06:00:12

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 16 September [Report by Kornchanok Raksaseri: "Somchai seems the best bet from PPP"] People Power Party's deputy leader Somchai Wongsawat, 61, has been the top contender for Samak Sundaravej's job, and there are lots of reasons why he would be good at it. His wife Yaowapa, the younger sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was a member of the now-defunct Thai Rak Thai Party and lost her voting right when the...