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Thailand's coup leaders faced fresh international condemnation Saturday when U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel demanded immediate elections and the release of detainees held by a junta which says there will be no polls for at least a year.
 

In his first address to the public since taking control of Thailand in a bloodless coup, the head of the military junta said it could take more than a year for new elections to be held because peace and reforms must be achieved first.
Thai junta: Elections could take more than 1 year

 

Stuck for hours each day in snarling traffic, bus conductors in Thailand's sprawling capital have found a radical solution to a lack of toilet breaks — adult diapers.
Diaper-wearing Thai bus conductors fight for rights

 

Thailand's junta Wednesday freed leaders of the “Red Shirt” movement allied to the ousted government, as social media users reacted with alarm to rumors of a “block” of Facebook.
Thai 'Red Shirts' freed as Facebook 'block' sows panic

 

Thai soldiers swooped to detain a fugitive former cabinet minister on Tuesday after he emerged from hiding to become the first member of the ousted government to publicly denounce a military coup.
Thai troops swoop on former minister

 

The military coup will neither restore investor confidence in Thailand nor help its economy to avoid a cut in its growth forecast this year of 2-3 percentage points from its pre-crisis 4.5 percent if the political impasse persists for the rest of the year, according to Moody's Investors Service. Moody's said in its updated “Credit Outlook” publication yesterday that last Thursday, the Army suspended the Constitution and ousted the government, two days after declaring martial law.
 

Thailand's coup leader received royal endorsement to lead the politically divided kingdom Monday and quickly issued a stark warning that he would brook no further opposition to his takeover following a weekend of angry protests.
Thai coup leader gets royal nod, threatens protesters

 

Thailand's coup leader said Monday that the country's king had officially endorsed him to run the nation after the armed forces seized power last week. The announcement came one day after the junta warned protesters it was ready to crackdown on civilian opposition to its takeover.
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Thai junta leader says king endorses coup

 

Thailand's ruling junta warned protesters it would not tolerate any further rallies against its coup after tense standoffs Sunday between soldiers and angry crowds in the capital Bangkok.
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Thai junta gives ultimatum to anti-coup activists

 

To say it is delusional would be an understatement when one considers the explanation provided by the Army chief of what he think the military could achieve by launching this latest coup.
 
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