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The United States is worried about China's growing influence in Thailand, as Washington's prestige appears to be fading with America's oldest South Asian ally.
Thailand's Election Commission on Tuesday certified the victory of Yingluck Shinawatra, clearing a major hurdle for her to become the country's first female prime minister.
The U.N.'s highest court Monday created a demilitarized zone around a 1,000-year-old temple on the disputed border between Cambodia and Thailand, and ordered the armed forces from both countries to withdraw.
Election officials began investigating would-be Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's campaign Wednesday, a move that may slow Thailand's transition to a new government and risks more political unrest if she is disqualified.
The sister of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra led Thailand's main opposition party to a landslide victory in elections Sunday, heralding an extraordinary political turnaround five tumultuous years after her fugitive billionaire brother was toppled in an army coup.
The sister of a disgraced former prime minister toppled in a military coup five years ago was heading toward a landslide victory to replace her brother Sunday, but her supporters already were expressing concerns that the "ruling elite" was trying to steal the election.
Thailand's embattled prime minister lashed out against his opponents Thursday, three days ahead of a key election, accusing them of talking of reconciliation as a "cloak" to bring back his archrival.
The sister of Thailand's disgraced former prime minister has set her sights on becoming its first female prime minister - and then initiating tribunals for the military's deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators last year.
One year after troops crushed a nine-week insurrection, the Thai government and pro-democracy activists remain polarized, with each demanding prison sentences for the other's leaders while preparing for a nationwide election.
While all eyes are fixed on the drama and fireworks of the Arab Spring, a much quieter military takeover of government is creeping forward in Thailand, with snap elections expected for early July. Just in case anyone was worried that the rushed process might not be fair, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban has already firmly rejected the possibility of election observers with a colorful racial slur, stating that he doesn't "respect Westerners" and won't allow them to impose upon Thai sovereignty. It's safe to assume that the rhetoric will only get more ugly going forward.
Mournful Buddhist monks performed rituals to purge ghosts from a temple where more than 2,000 illegally aborted fetuses were hidden awaiting a secret cremation, but police said abortionists are now performing the operations in women's homes to avoid arrest.
Thai officials are promising enforcement of anti-abortion laws and a crackdown on illegal abortion clinics in the wake of last week's discovery of more than 2,000 aborted fetuses at a Buddhist temple, where undertakers allegedly planned to cremate them.
Thai authorities found about 2,000 remains of fetuses in a Buddhist temple's mortuary, where they had been hidden for a year — apparently to conceal illegal abortions.
Thailand extradited accused Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout to the U.S. on Tuesday to face terrorism charges, siding with Washington in a tug of war with Moscow over whether to send him to stand trial or let him go home.