Thailand

Country Thailand
Capital Bangkok
Continent Asia
Currency Baht(THB)
Languages Thai

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A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally following the conflict. A military coup in September 2006 ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat. The interim government held elections in December 2007 that saw the former pro-THAKSIN People's Power Party (PPP) emerge at the head of a coalition government. The anti-THAKSIN People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in May 2008 began street demonstrations against the new government, eventually occupying the prime minister's office in August and Bangkok's two international airports in November. The PAD ended their protests in early December 2008 following a court ruling that dissolved the ruling PPP and two other coalition parties for election violations. The Democrat Party then formed a new coalition government and ABHISIT Wetchachiwa became prime minister. In October 2008 THAKSIN went into voluntary exile to avoid imprisonment for a corruption conviction, and has since agitated his followers from abroad. THAKSIN supporters re-organized into the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) and rioted in April 2009, shutting down an ASEAN meeting in Phuket, and in early 2010 protested a court verdict confiscating most of THAKSIN's wealth. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed as separatists in Thailand's southern ethnic Malay-Muslim provinces increased the violence associated with their cause.

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Thailand reassures foreigners following Bangkok hospital attack - Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News

Thailand reassures foreigners following Bangkok hospital attack
Eyewitness News
THAILAND - Thailand's foreign ministry on Tuesday reassured the international community that the country would increase security at sensitive locations a day after a bomb exploded at a hospital in the capital Bangkok wounding 24 people. Thailand has ...
Was the Bangkok Hospital Bombing a Rare Glimpse of Turmoil Within Thailand's Military Regime?TIME
Thailand to boost security after hospital bombingTODAYonline
Thai PM condemns hospital bombing as security boostedWashington Post
Nikkei Asian Review -The Sydney Morning Herald
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Thailand Holds Key Rate as Economy Faces Lackluster Growth - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Thailand Holds Key Rate as Economy Faces Lackluster Growth
Bloomberg
Thailand's central bank held its key interest rate near a record low to support economic growth that's lagging peers in Southeast Asia. The one-day bond repurchase rate was left at 1.5 percent, with monetary policy committee members voting unanimously ...
Thailand keeps policy interest rate at 1.50 pct, as expectedTimes of India
Thailand holds key rate, stays wary of global risksTHE BUSINESS TIMES

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Harley-Davidson building factory in Thailand - Fox Business

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Harley-Davidson building factory in Thailand
Fox Business
In Thailand, Harley-Davidson expects to begin building motorcycles in late 2018. The plant is known as a complete knock down facility, an assembly plant where Harley-Davidson will put together bikes using parts shipped from its U.S. factories or suppliers.
Steelworkers, machinists upset with Harley-Davidson about plans for Thailand plantMilwaukee Journal Sentinel
Harley building Thailand plant as union objectsBizTimes.com (Milwaukee)
Union leaders condemn Harley-Davidson's Plan to Manufacture Motorcycles in ThailandFOX43.com
Bangkok Post -TheStreet.com
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Thailand Extends Web Controls From Composers of Illicit Content to Viewers - The Wire

The Wire

Thailand Extends Web Controls From Composers of Illicit Content to Viewers
The Wire
Bangkok: Thai authorities are targeting not only those who post or share material considered insulting to the monarchy, but even those who look at it, police said on Monday, in an escalation in how Thailand deals with critics of the royal family ...
Online Censorship and User Notification: Lessons from ThailandEFF
Thailand is losing the war on dissent, thanks to user notifications ...Boing Boing

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Thailand to showcase its 'Bioenergy-for-all' concept - Bioenergy Insight Magazine

Bioenergy Insight Magazine

Thailand to showcase its 'Bioenergy-for-all' concept
Bioenergy Insight Magazine
"Thailand has potential in (developing) bioenergy because we are a plentiful nation with an abundance of agricultural products,” said Anantaporn Kanjanarat, minister of energy, in a statement. “In showing the world our potential, the ministry will ...



2 army rangers killed in troubled southern Thailand - Washington Post

Washington Post

2 army rangers killed in troubled southern Thailand
Washington Post
HAT YAI, Thailand — Attackers in southern Thailand fatally shot two army rangers at close range Tuesday, police said, the latest killings in a region that has been plagued by a long-running Muslim separatist insurgency. The army rangers were ...

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SEA Serpents purchase Thailand LCS spot, will bring in Emperor ... - ESPN

ESPN

SEA Serpents purchase Thailand LCS spot, will bring in Emperor ...
ESPN
The SEA Serpents will be the first team in any of the Garena Pro League regions to bring in two South Korean imports.

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Nurse resigns after wearing 'sexy' uniform in Thailand - Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Nurse resigns after wearing 'sexy' uniform in Thailand
Daily Mail
A nurse was forced to resign after 'bringing shame to her profession by wearing an 'overly sexy uniform' at work. Parichat 'Pang' Chatsri, 26, was made to quit after a photo of her at a private hospital in Isan, Thailand, went viral on social media ...



Fast Asia Open: New Zealand trade, Thailand interest rates - Financial Times

Fast Asia Open: New Zealand trade, Thailand interest rates
Financial Times
The UK government has raised its terror threat level to critical for only the third time following an attack in Manchester on Monday night that killed 22 people. Sample the FT's top stories for a week. You select the topic, we deliver the news. Select ...



Is It Safe to Visit Thailand Right Now? - Condé Nast Traveler

Condé Nast Traveler

Is It Safe to Visit Thailand Right Now?
Condé Nast Traveler
Monday's bombing came on the third anniversary of a coup d'état in Thailand, in which the military ousted the democratically elected prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, though no one has claimed responsibility for the blast yet. The junta, called the ...
Bomb blast at Bangkok hospital injures 24Aljazeera.com
Thailand: Dozens Wounded in Bangkok Hospital BombingHuman Rights Watch
Bangkok Bomb Blast: Explosion Injures 24 at Thailand Military Hospital on Coup AnniversaryNewsweek
Sky News Australia -TIME -U.S. News & World Report
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