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The elderly parents of a former Thai princess were both jailed for two and a half years Wednesday after pleading guilty to defaming the monarchy, an institution protected by one of the world's toughest lese majeste laws.

It begins with moans, then screams and feverish dancing followed by mad dashes through a densely packed crowd.Thousands of Buddhist devotees gathered Saturday at Thailand's Wat Bang Phra temple for an annual festival celebrating traditional Sak Yant tattoos.

Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. official said Friday.

Thailand's new 200-member Senate will be nominated and not directly elected by voters, said a committee appointed by the country's military rulers, while critics called it a setback for Thai democracy.

Thailand's state anti-corruption body ruled Tuesday that a former prime minister may have abused his power in overseeing a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010, a decision that could lead to a 5-year ban from political office.

Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown under a controversial lese majeste law.

Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarizing family that could see her jailed for up to a decade.

Thai police said Wednesday they have arrested a man accused of masterminding a conspiracy to slander the country's monarchy on the Internet, in the latest move by the military-installed government to protect the palace's reputation.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged Thailand's military rulers Monday to return as soon as possible to civilian rule as he met his counterpart and former army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha in Tokyo.

Thailand's toppled former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been banned from traveling overseas because graft charges carrying up to a decade in jail will be formally laid against her later this month, officials said Monday.

The U.S. charge d'affaires has been invited to appear before a parliamentary panel on Feb. 11 to explain the recent remarks by a visiting senior American official and also about reports that U.S. Embassy officials had met red-shirt leaders.

Two senior Thai police officers allegedly at the center of corruption network whose exposure led to the downfall of a senior Thai princess were jailed Friday under Thailand's controversial lese majeste law.
Top Thai cops jailed in graft case that toppled princess


A Thai court Wednesday sentenced a leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement to two years in prison for defaming a former premier, in a move analysts said was the latest attack against critics of the military regime.

Thailand's junta-stacked parliament voted Friday to impeach former premier Yingluck Shinawatra, hours after prosecutors announced plans to indict her for corruption in a double blow that risks reigniting the country's bitter divisions.
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