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Rebels raise flag at seized Myanmar base, commander confident of retaining control

Myawaddy, Myanmar Reuters Myanmar resistance fighters on Monday burned the flag used by the military government and raised their own banner at a newly captured army base, as a senior rebel commander vowed they would hold the strategic area near the Thai border. The celebrations by fighters linked to the armed ethnic Karen National Union […]

Fall of Myanmar town to rebels sends people fleeing into Thailand

Mae Sot, Thailand Reuters Hundreds of refugees crossed over the river frontier between Myanmar and Thailand on Friday following the fall of a strategic border town to rebels fighting Myanmar’s military junta. Some said they feared airstrikes by the Myanmar military after the rebel capture of Myawaddy, a town of around 200,000 people lying across […]

Myanmar troops retreat as rebels declare control over key border town

Reuters About 200 Myanmar military personnel withdrew to a bridge to Thailand on Thursday after a days-long assault by the anti-junta resistance, which declared it had won control of the critical border town of Myawaddy, the latest in a string of rebel wins. Myanmar’s military-run government is battling insurgencies on several fronts and has suffered […]

Thai author seeks to reopen probe into 1946 death of King Ananda

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters A Thai court is holding hearings on a petition seeking to reopen one of the most controversial cases in the country’s modern history, the death of King Ananda Mahidol who was found shot dead in his bedroom in 1946 at the age of 20. King Ananda, also known as Rama VIII, reigned from 1935 to 1946, […]

Thai rights groups flag deportation risk to 19 stateless children

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters Thai civil society groups voiced concern on Tuesday about the fate of 19 stateless children taken into government custody this month, saying they could be deported to neighbouring Myanmar, although a minister denied any plan to do so. The groups say the case throws a spotlight on Thailand’s lack of readiness to […]

Thailand starts aid deliveries to Myanmar under plan aimed at managing conflict

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters Thailand started the delivery of aid to military-ruled Myanmar on Monday, in a humanitarian initiative that seeks to pave the way for talks between warring camps after three years of instability and violence triggered by a coup. The first batch of 4,000 relief bags carrying rice, dried food, and other essentials for […]

At least 40 fires set in night of arson across Thailand’s south

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters Attackers set fire to shops, cars and utility poles in at least 40 locations across Thailand’s deep south in the early hours of Friday, authorities said, killing at least one person in a coordinated wave of arson. The attacks occurred at around 1:00 am across four southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat […]

Thai tycoon Thaksin tastes freedom in homeland, 15 years after fleeing

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters Thailand’s billionaire former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was released on parole on Sunday after six months in detention, his first day of freedom in his homeland 15 years after fleeing in the wake of his overthrow in a military coup. Thailand’s best-known and most polarising premier, the influential Thaksin has loomed large […]

Thailand confident aid effort will lead to Myanmar crisis dialogue

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters A new Thailand-led humanitarian initiative aims to pave the way for talks between warring camps in military-ruled Myanmar, a senior Thai official said, three years after a coup triggered instability and a wave of violence across the country. Thailand plans to establish a humanitarian safe zone later this month at its border […]

Thailand trying to rescue 162 nationals as tens of thousands flee Myanmar fighting

Bangkok, ThailandReuters Thailand is trying to bring home 162 of its nationals trapped in Myanmar, where tens of thousands of people have been displaced by a surge in clashes between junta troops and ethnic minority insurgents near the border with China, officials said. The effort to rescue Thais from chaos in neighbouring Myanmar comes after […]