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Thai auto heir launches new party, promises to heal political rift


BANGKOK A scion of Thailand's biggest autoparts group launched a political party in Bangkok on Thursday as an alternative to established parties, promising to bridge a festering political divide.

Politics back in fashion in Thailand despite poll delays

Baan Saladin, Thailand Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha rowed a boat across a pond dotted with lotus leaves, planted some rice stalks in a field and turned to villagers who had come to meet him in Baan Saladin village in central Thailand.

World, Mar 06 2018

Asia fears trade war after Trump plans hefty steel, aluminum tariffs

SEOUL/SYDNEY U.S. President Donald Trump's planned tariffs on steel and aluminum risk retaliation from other economies and could cost jobs, Australia's trade minister said on Friday, while China predicted harm to trade if other countries follow the example of the United States. | Video

Australia, China Mar 02 2018

Thailand's election commission opens registration for new parties

BANGKOK Registration for new political parties in Thailand began on Friday with the Election Commission (EC) noting that 34 groups turned up to register, the first sign of political activity being officially allowed in the country since a 2014 coup.

World, Mar 02 2018

Thai tourism body says it opposes 'sex tourism'

BANGKOK Thailand's tourism body has said in a statement that it "strongly opposes any form of sex tourism" as it hopes to welcome a record number of holiday-makers this year.

World, Feb 28 2018

Thai PM now says election to be held no later than Feb 2019

BANGKOK Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday said a general election he had promised to hold in November would take place "no later" than February 2019, the latest delay to anger critics of the government.

World, Feb 27 2018