@AceNewsServices Japan offers Aid of $3.5-million to #RohingyaMuslims fleeing #Myanmar

#AceNewsReport – TOKYO:June.20: Tokyo has offered aid of $3.5 million through global agencies, such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday.

The money will be used to provide for food and shelter, as well as to fund data analysis of the refugees’ maritime movements. In 2015, at least 25,000 people have been taken to boats from Myanmar and Bangladesh to countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, the UN estimates.

The Rohingya people are considered “stateless entities” in mainly Buddhist Myanmar. Some 1.3 million Rohingyas live in the country’s western Arakan state.

Myanmar views them as illegal Bangledeshi immigrants and refuses to recognize them as an ethnic group.

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` Thailand’s Ruling Military Impose Curfew to Restore Investors Confidence ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – June 04 – Thailand’s ruling military council on Tuesday lifted a curfew in some tourist areas, including the popular beach resorts of Pattaya and Phuket.

(The military imposed a nationwide curfew, currently running from midnight to 4am, after it seized power in a coup on May 22, Reuters reported)

It will be lifted in Pattaya, Chonburi, Samui, Surat Thani and Phuket “to counter any impact it may have on the tourism industry,” the council said in a televised statement.

It failed to mention the capital, Bangkok, in the measure.

After it seized power, the army detained senior politicians for days, saying stability had to be restored.

Small demonstrations against the coup have taken place almost daily in Bangkok, despite the heavy military presence in the city.

(VOA) Thailand’s military is threatening to arrest those using a three-fingered salute from “The Hunger Games” movies to express opposition to last month’s coup.

Coup leaders have severely restricted freedom of expression and enforced a ban on gatherings of more than five people since taking power on May 22.

Last week army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that elections would not be held for more than a year, to allow time for political reconciliation and reform.

(BBC) – But Thailand’s economy remains a concern, with military ready to cut tourist trade.

Senior military officials have said that the priorities of the ruling council include restoring the confidence of investors and maintaining fiscal discipline.

BBC News – VOA – Reuters

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` Thailand Opposition Leader Suthep Thaugsuban Offically Accused of Treason Later Released on Bail ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 26 – The leader of opposition in Thailand Suthep Thaugsuban has been officially accused of treason on Monday. After that, he has been released on bail, according to local media reports.

Suthep Thaugsuban was arrested by the new military government of the kingdom of Thailand immediately after the state coup was announced. The military held Thaugsuban in detention until Monday morning.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which assumed power after the coup, reported that Suthep Thaugsuban and his 11 supporters were released and brought by the soldiers to the Prosecutor’s General Office, where they faced official accusations of treason, inciting to riot and terrorism.

After that, the Criminal Court of Bangkok ruled to release on bail all the suspects.

Sithep Thaugsuban is one of the key leaders of the anti-government movement responsible for street unrest in Bangkok in recent months.

Six months ago, several arrest warrants have been issued for Suthep Thaugsuban, but no attempts were made to detain him.

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` Yingluck Shinawatra is No Longer in Custody Reports and is Ordered to Report to National Council '

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – – May 26 (Xinhuanet) — CNN reports that former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is no longer in military custody. This is according to a highly placed source in the military that took over Thailand last week.

A source close to Yingluck has also reportedly confirmed that she has been released from a military camp. The former Prime Minister was ordered to report to the National Council for Peace and Order on Friday.

More than 100 others, including politicians and activists, have also been summoned.

Thailand’s military seized power on Thursday, after months of turmoil that paralysed much of the government and caused deadly clashes in Bangkok.

The Thai king has officially endorsed the military coup that seized power in the country last Thursday, said General Prayuth Chan-ocha, leader of the uprising. The ruling junta warned protesters over the weekend that the army was ready to crackdown on any sign of protest of the new regime. The military authorities currently have Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in custody and said they will release her in a week’s time.

(Source: cntv.cn)

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" Three People Killed and Fifty Five Injured in Bombings in Thailand "

#AceWorldNews – May 25 – At least three people have been killed and 55 injured in a series of bombings which took place in Thailand’s south. Islamic insurgent activity has permeated the area for more than 10 years. “Explosions killed three and injured 55 people. Of those, five people were seriously injured…the explosions occurred in busy areas as people were shopping ahead of curfew,” Southern region military spokesman Colonel Piamote Prom-In told Thai television on Saturday, referring to a 10pm curfew imposed since a military coup on Thursday. In addition to the spate of attacks spanning Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, provinces, some gunfire was also heard. #ANS2014

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` Thailand's Military Cracks Down on Supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra after Coup '

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 24 – Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha also met key officials, telling them reform must come before any elections.Gen Prayuth summoned governors, business leaders and civil servants to the Bangkok Army Club on Friday.

Six of Thailand’s most senior military officers have now been appointed to run the country, with provincial commanders supervising local government.

The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok says that, unlike in previous coups, there have been no promises of a quick return to civilian rule.

Thailand’s military has ordered 35 more people, including prominent academics, to report to them by Saturday afternoon as the post-coup crackdown continues.

The move comes a day after the army ordered more than 100 politicians, including ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra, to come to the military council.

Ms Yingluck was detained in Bangkok on Friday and spent the night in custody.

Meanwhile, the US has suspended $3.5m (£2.1m) in military aid to Thailand and told the army to restore civilian rule.

Washington also urged tourists to cancel trips and halted non-essential visits by US government officials, following Thursday’s coup.

Officials said Ms Yingluck would not be held for more than a week but insisted that her detention was necessary while matters in the country were organised.

Ms Yingluck, who had been PM until being removed by the judiciary this month, was ordered to report to the military along with more than 100 other politicians, including acting PM Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan.

“If the situation is peaceful, we are ready to return power to the people,” he added.The United States led widespread international criticism of the coup, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying there was “no justification”.

But an official said the US would continue joint exercises currently taking place with the Thai military.

#ANS2014

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BREAKING: Thai official says Lao air force plane carrying defense minister crashes in Laos


Thai defense minister meeting. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta

(AP) — Thai official says Lao air force plane carrying defense minister has crashed in Laos.

BANGKOK (AP) — A Laos air force plane believed to be carrying 20 people including the country’s defense minister crashed on Saturday, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said.

There was no immediate word on casualties, said the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Sek Wannamethee.

He said he was informed of the crash by authorities in neighboring Laos.

He did not immediately have any other details.

In October, a Lao Airlines ATR-72 turboprop crashed during a heavy storm as it approached Pakse Airport in southern Laos, killing all 49 people on board.

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` Police Fired Tear-Gas and Water Cannons At 10,000 Royalist Protesters ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 09Police fired tear-gas and water cannons against over 10,000 royalist protesters in Thailand’s capital in the aftermath of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ouster.

Demonstrators led by the opposition’s Suthep Thaugsuban are demanding that the authorities disband the rest of the government within three days or face more aggressive protests. Yingluck’s Puea Thai Party still runs the cabinet and hopes to organize and win the July 20 election.

The protesters want the election postponed and reforms to end the influence of Yingluck’s brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Tens of thousands of the Shinawatras’ Red Shirt supporters, angered by Yingluck’s ouster, are also on their way to Bangkok for a rally Saturday.

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` Thailand’s National Ant-Corruption-Commission has found PM Yingluck Shinawatra Guilty of Negligence ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 08 – Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission found former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of negligence on Thursday, Reuters said.

The committee has investigated a “financially ruinous” state rice-buying scheme and found there is now enough evidence to make a case and to forward it to the Senate, said Panthep Klanarong, president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

If found guilty by the Senate, Yingluck could be banned from politics for five years.

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` Thailand’s Court Dismisses Acting PM Yingluck Shinwatra Over Contradictions of Basic Law ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 7 – The Constitutional Court of Thailand has dismissed acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several members of her Cabinet. According to the ruling of the judicial board, one of the personnel solutions of the government’s head has been recognized as non-constitutional.
Trade Minister and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan has been appointed as the new head of the Cabinet.

A group of oppositionist senators filed a petition with the court saying that Shinawatra’s actions contradict the basic law of Thailand. The suit refers to the dismissal of ex-head of Thailand’s National Security Council Thawil Pliensri upon Shinawatra’s order in 2011. In March 2013, the ex-head of the Security Council successfully challenged his dismissal in the Higher Administrative Court. To date, he has been accepted for the same post again.

The senators, who filed the lawsuit, insist that “the prime minister was not entitled to make a decision about the dismissal, since she acted in own selector”.

According to their claim, Pliensri’s dismissal was initiated in favour of the ruling Pheu Thai party.

The Court rejected claims of Shinawatra’s defence saying that she could not be dismissed because she was acting head of the government since December 2, 2013.

The court ruling says that the personnel decision of the acting prime minister was made amid violations and in haste.

The court also ruled that ministers, who were involved in making the non-constitutional decision, would also have to be dismissed. Thus, the court did not rule to dissolve the whole Cabinet.

Major Thai TV outlets were broadcasting live from the courtroom. Shinawatra was absent when the court announced its ruling. Her secretariat said that the acting prime minister was watching a video broadcasting of the hearing in her office.

The 28th prime minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra was elected by the country’s parliament August 5, 2011.

#ANS2014

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` Earthquake Strikes Thailand’s Myanmar Smashing Buildings and Cracking Roads One Person Died ‘

#AceNewsServices – BANGKOK – May 06 – A strong earthquake shook northern Thailand and Myanmar on Monday evening, smashing windows, cracking walls and roads and damaging Buddhist temples.

One person is known to have died at time of publishing this article.

The airport in Chiang Rai, a northern Thai city near the epicentre of the 6.3-magnitude trembled and people were evacuated from its terminal, where display signs and pieces of the ceiling fell. There was no damage to the runway or flight disruptions, airport General Manager Damrong Klongakara said.

A well-known temple in the city, the all-white Wat Rongkhun, was closed due to safety concerns after the earthquake.

“The spire of the main building came off and the tiles on the roof fell off,” Chalermchai Kositpiphat, the artist who designed the temple, told Nation TV. “I still don’t know how we can sleep tonight. … It was shaking the whole time and then aftershocks followed four to five times. It will bring more damages each time an aftershock happens, I’m afraid.

“The murals are also damaged because the pillars were shaken badly,” Chalermchai said. “I don’t know how many years it will take me to fix it. … It was tumbling like the earth was going to explode.”

The head of a Buddha statue fell at the Udomwaree Temple in Chiang Rai, according to monk Phra Pathompong. A residential building at the temple also had exterior cracks and ceiling damage, and residents reported only minor damage in their homes, he said.

#ANS2014

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` Thailand Authorities Charge Two journalists with `Defaming Navy ‘ in News Report about Trafficking Refugees ‘

#AceNewsServices – BANGKOK – April 17 – (ALJ) – Thailand authorities have charged two journalists with defaming the country’s navy in an on-line news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom.

The English-language news website Phuketwan posted a story last July carrying excerpts from a report by the Reuters news agency alleging that members of the Thai military were involved in trafficking captured immigrants from Myanmar’s beleaguered Rohingya ethnic minority.

The charges against Alan Morison, the website’s Australian editor, and his Thai colleague, Chutima Sidasathien, came several days after Reuters won a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for its series on the violent persecution of the Rohingya.

Rights groups say the Muslim minority that has been subjected to systematic abuse and forced segregation.

The journalists appeared in court on the southern island of Phuket to hear charges of defamation and violation of the 2007 Computer Crime Act. If found guilty, they could face up to seven years in prison and a fine of $3,010.

“To us, it’s still very much a case that shouldn’t be going to court, and sadly it’s going to damage Thailand’s reputation as a democracy because these kinds of cases shouldn’t occur in any democracy,” Morison told the AP news agency.

#ANS2014

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`Yuriy Semyonov ‘ Accused ‘ of ` Drug-Related Crimes ‘ is ` Deported ‘ from ` Thailand ‘ by Russian Interpol Bureau ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – April 09 – Russian citizen Yuriy Semyonov, who was accused of drug-related crimes in Russia, has been deported from Thailand convoyed by officers of the Russian Interpol Bureau on Wednesday, the consular department of Russian Embassy in Thailand told ITAR-TASS.

Semyonov was detained on the second largest Thai island of Samui back in last March. “Local law enforcement agencies detained him at Russian request in co-operation with Russian Embassy,” the consular department said.

The detainee is accused in Russia of involvement in an organised criminal group that sold synthetic marijuana, the Interpol Bureau in Thailand said. After the accusation was brought against him he was escaping justice in Thailand.

Synthetic marijuana is known for its destructive impact on human organism and the fact that sniffer dogs cannot detect it.

#ANS2014

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` Thailand's Pro-Government `Red Shirts ' Rally in `Bangkok' Vowing Support for Shinawatra '

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – April 06 – Thailand’s pro-government “Red Shirt” supporters of the embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have rallied for a second day, vowing to protect her against a slew of legal challenges that could see her toppled within weeks (ALJ) reported.


‘Red Shirt’ leader Jatuporn Prompan has vowed to fight the “elite” who wants Yingluck out as of office [Reuters]

Tens of thousands of Yingluck’s supporters descended on a wide road in a Bangkok suburb on Sunday, in a colourful and boisterous show of support for the crisis-mired premier, who has faced months of anti-government demonstrations.

Drawn mostly from the poor but populous north and north-east, the Red Shirts said they will not accept the removal of another democratically elected government by a Bangkok-based royalist establishment backed by the judiciary and the military.

“This will be the final fight,” Red Shirt chairman Jatuporn Prompan told the rally, which is due to end on Monday.

“We are here to settle the bill with the elite,” he said. “It is better to die than be slaves.”

The rally has so far been peaceful. But the last time the group gathered en masse in Bangkok, shooting broke out nearby and five people were killed.

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` Seven People Died and Nineteen are Injured when a `World War ll ' Bomb explodes at a Scrap Metal Warehouse '

#AceWorldNews – April 02 – BANGKOK – At least seven people died and 19 others were injured last Wednesday when a World War II bomb exploded at a scrap metal warehouse in Bangkok, AFP said.

Workers reportedly tried to cut the 225-kilogram shell open, officials said.

It was found at a construction site by builders who then sold it to a suburban scrap metal merchant, believing the bomb had been defused.

Bangkok Post who first reported the incident – BANGKOK – March 27 – Five died on the spot in the explosion at a junk recycling shop about 12.50pm. The blast demolished the building and started a large fire. Body parts were found as far as 200 metres from the scene.

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` Constitutional Court has Accepted a Case brought by 27 Senators who Petitioned against PM Shinawatra '

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – April 02 – The Constitutional Court accepted a case brought by a group of 27 senators who petitioned it to rule that her removal of National Security Chief Thawil Pliensree in 2011 violated the constitution according to Reuters.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is facing another legal challenge after the Constitutional Court announced it will hear a case on her alleged misconduct for transferring a key government official, AP reported.

The case said the prime minister abused her position by moving the security chief to an inactive post.

“The court accepts the case regarding Yingluck’s transfer of Thawil and has the right to consider the case,” court spokesman Somrit Chaiyawong told Reuters.

He said he could not yet say how long it would take to conclude.

Yingluck’s supporters have accused the Constitutional Court of bias in frequently ruling against the government.

#ANS2014

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#AceWorldNews says three people were reportedly slightly injured…

#AceWorldNews says three people were reportedly slightly injured when the anti-government rally stage in Lumpini Park was attacked for three hours shortly after midnight.

About 20 grenades were used in the area, the Bangkok Post said. The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) guards reportedly caught a suspect.

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#Bangkok : ” United Front Democracy against `Dictatorship’ supporting `Yingluck Shinawatra’ promise crackdown on Protesters”

#AceWorldNews says that recent reports of Leaders of the pro-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), who support Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, promised “to get tough” with anti-government protesters who have paralyzed parts of Bangkok.

“This fight will be harder than any other.You must think how we can deal with Suthep [Thaugsuban, anti-government leader] and those supporting him,” said Jatuporn Prompan, a UDD leader and senior member of the ruling Puea Thai Party. It is unclear whether Jatuporn was calling for an armed struggle or not.

His speech came after just hours after gunmen shot at an anti-government protest stage and threw explosive devices in the Khao Saming district of the eastern province of Trat, which killed at least one person and wounded dozens.

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#Bangkok : ” Thai Policeman Shot Dead as Clashes with Protesters continue during `Raid’ to reclaim `Besieged’ Government Building”

#AceWorldNews says that a Thai policeman was shot dead as security forces clashed with protesters during a raid to reclaim besieged government buildings in Bangkok Tuesday.

“One policeman was shot dead and four injured,” Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri told AFP. One of the casualties was seriously injured by shrapnel from a blast.

A total of 44 people were hurt, according to the city’s Erawan emergency medical centre.

Demonstrators rejected a police demand to leave the area around the prime minister’s offices within one hour.

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#Bangkok : ” Thousands Surround `Government House’ as `Protesters seek to Oust’ the Prime Minister”

#AceWorldNews says according to latest reports thousands of protesters seeking to oust Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra surrounded the government’s headquarters in Bangkok on Monday, Reuters reported.

The move is seen as a defiant riposte to police efforts to begin retaking sites the protesters have been occupying for weeks.

More than 10,000 demonstrators surrounded the heavily-barricaded Government House, the prime minister’s main offices. The demonstrators also threatened to seal entrances to the complex to prevent Yingluck and other ministers from working there.

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