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   The capital is Bangkok. It is located on a bend of the Chao Phraya River.
 Within its borders once flourished the kingdoms of Sukhothai, Ayuthaya and Lanna. The Thai language has 44 consonants and 32 vowels. The country covers 513,000 sq km. Six main tribes inhabit the region: Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Lisu, Mien, and Akha. The Thai new year, Songkran,  is celebrated in mid-April.
 (WSJ, 11/22/95, p.A-7) (Hem., Nov. '95, p.33)(Hem., 3/97, p.27-29)

12,000BC-10,000BC    The site at Chiang Saen indicates long term occupation that dates back to the late Pleistocene.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.G)

1000BC    Ban Prasat pottery from the site at Prasat Hin Phanom Wan dates to this time.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.H)

1000-1BC    A cemetery at the Noen U-Loke site has revealed jewelry, bronze and iron tools and pottery.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.G)

500BC        Black Phimai pottery and bracelets indicate that the site of Prasat Hin Phanom Wan was occupied at this time.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.G)

300-200BC    Ban Chaibadan on the Pasak River is one of several sites that has archaeological remains that show the development of a complex society.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.G)

1-600AD    The Non Muang Kao was a moated settlement of this time.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.G)

800-900    Sadokkokthom was a Khmer sanctuary on the Thai-Cambodian border in the Aranyaphrathet region.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.H)

900-1000    The site of Prasat Hin Phanom Wan was an important Khmer sanctuary in the Upper Mun River Valley of northeastern Thailand.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.G)

1200-1300    The site at Prang Ku was probably one of 108 hospital sites built by the Khmer king Jayavarman VII.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.G)

c1200-1500     In 2005 researchers using mitochondrial DNA estimated that 3-6 individuals founded the Mlabri hunter gatherers of Northern Thailand about this time.
    (Econ, 4/16/05, p.71)

1300-1400    A monarchy was established in Thailand.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C3)

1300-1700    Kilns at Intrakil date from the Lanna kingdom of this time.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.G)

1351-1767    The port city of Ayutthaya (Thailand) was one of the capitals of the kingdom of Siam until the Burmese invaded, sacked the city and left it in ruins. The capital was then moved to Bangkok. Prior to this Phananchoeng was the capital.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.G)(WSJ, 4/21/05, p.D7)

1431        Thai armies invaded and plundered the Khmer civilization at Angkor Thom in Cambodia. The court moved south of the great lake Tonle Sap and later to Phnom Penh.
    (SFEC, 7/26/98, p.T6)

1457        Pattani, later southern Thailand, was declared an Islamic kingdom.
    (AP, 9/23/05)   

1534        The King of Siam died of smallpox.
    (SFC, 10/19/01, p.A17)

c1538        A colossal gilded statue of Buddha was erected at Ayutthaya (Siam). It survived the sacking of the city in 1767 and in 1854 was renamed Si Mongkhon Bophit by King Monghut.
    (WSJ, 4/21/05, p.D7)

1548        In Thailand King Chakrapat was saved by his wife Suriyothai, who maneuvered her elephant in front of the invading Burmese King Tabinshweeti and took the sword thrust intended for her husband. The historical film “Suriyothai” was directed by Chatri Chalerm Yukol and premiered in August, 2001. It was about the 16th Queen Suriyothai who saved her husband King Thianracha during a war with invaders from Myanmar.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.E6)(WSJ, 8/30/01, p.A11)(SFC, 7/3/03, p.E1)

1569        Burmese King Bayinnaung invaded Thailand and took as hostage Princess Suphankalaya. It was later believed that the princess gave up her freedom in exchange for her kingdom's independence from Burma. In 1999 The Thai government offered to help Burma restore a palace in exchange for information about the princess.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A11)

1571        Siam’s Naresuan the Great (8) was taken hostage by Burmese invaders. It was the custom of the time for the victorious nation in a battle to take a royal child of the defeated monarch home as insurance against further aggression.
    (www.muaythaionline.org/disciplines/naresuan1.html)

1590        Prince Naresuan (35) became King upon the death of his father (the puppet monarch). Naresuan continued to drive the Burmese from the Kingdom of Ayutthaya (Siam-Thailand).
    (www.chiangmai-chiangrai.com/two-great-kings.html)

1767        Burmese invaded the port city of Ayutthaya (Siam-Thailand), sacked the city and left it in ruins. The capital was then moved to Bangkok.
    (WSJ, 4/21/05, p.D7)

1782        The Wat Phra Kaew Temple was built in Bangkok, Thailand. It houses the most sacred image of Thai Buddhism, the Emerald Buddha.
    (Hem, 3/95, p.58)(SFCM, 9/23/07, p.22)

1782        The Grand Palace was built by King Rama I on the Chao Phraya River. The city of Bangkok grew up around it.
    (SFEC, 7/16/00, p.T14)

1800-1900     King Chulalongkorn enacted reforms that espoused entrepreneurism, hard work, and self-reliance. King Mongkut accepted the fealty of his subjects, but also pledged his loyalty to them.
    (Hem., Nov. '95, p.33)(SFC, 6/10/96, C3)

1828        Siamese forces invaded Laos.
    (SFEC, 8/28/98, p.T4)

1833        Mar 20, the United States and Siam (now Thailand) concluded a commercial treaty in Bangkok.
    (AP, 3/20/97)

1834        Pres. Jackson had special 1804 silver dollars minted for the sultan of Muscat (later Oman) and the King of Siam (later Thailand) for trade treaties negotiated by Edmund Roberts.
    (SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A6)

1851        Rama IV (d.1868) began his rule over Siam and played off European powers against each other.
    (Econ, 1/10/04, p.76)

1854        King Monghut, a devout reformist, renamed the colossal gilded statue of Buddha at Ayutthaya (Siam) to Si Mongkhon Bophit.
    (WSJ, 4/21/05, p.D7)

1868        Oct 1, Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], died at 63. He served as king of Siam (Thailand) from 1851-68. His son Chulalongkorn, Rama V (d.1910), took over and encouraged the beginnings of a modern state.
    (MC, 10/1/01)(Econ, 1/10/04, p.76)

1895        Anna Leonowens wrote her memoirs that included King Rama IV. These memoirs formed the basis for the 1946 film “Anna and the King of Siam,” the  Broadway musical “The King and I” and the 1956 film “The King and I.” Leonowens was at the court of King Mongkut.
    (Hem., Nov. '95, p.34)(SFC, 11/10/98, p.E4)(SFC, 9/30/99, p.E6)

1902        Thailand annexed 3 southern provinces, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, that had been part of a Malay Muslim sultanate called the Kingdom of Pattani.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A7)(Econ, 6/4/05, p.40)

1904        The Siam Society, a bastion of Thai culture, was founded.
    (WSJ, 3/5/97, p.A16)

1909        Siam (later Thailand) annexed the sultanate of Pattani.
    (Econ, 5/5/12, p.41)

1910        Oct 23, The reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) ended. He had introduced state corporations as a way to modernize Siam (Thailand). Rama V (b.1853) lived in the Vimanmek Mansion in Bangkok. It was made entirely of golden teak wood. King Vajiravudh succeeded his father as Rama VI and formed a private army, the Wild Tiger Corps, on his accession.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chulalongkorn)(SFC, 7/9/99, p.A12)(Econ, 3/20/10, p.27)(Econ, 5/24/14, p.36)

1912        Jan 13, In Siam (Thailand) resentful army officers attempted a coup against King Vajiravudh (Rama VI).
    (Econ, 5/24/14, p.36)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_Revolt_of_1912)

1923        King Rama VI wrote the poetic drama “Madanabhada.” The 5-act play was dedicated to one of his queen. In 2001 Somtow Sucharitkul premiered it in opera form.
    (WSJ, 3/15/00, p.A16)

1923        The Bangkok Snake Farm was established to help Thais co-exist with native poisonous snakes. Venom was harvested to produce antivenin. It is the 2nd oldest such farm in the world. An older one was in Brazil.
    (SFEC, 3/15/98, p.T5)

1927        Dec 5, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born.
    (SFC, 12/6/99, p.A14)

1932        Jun 24, A coup ended the absolute monarchy in Thailand.
    (http://countrystudies.us/thailand/19.htm)(SFC, 5/28/96, p.A17)

1932        Jun 27, In Thailand King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) signed a new provisional constitution. The absolute power of kings ended and a constitutional monarchy began. By 2008 Thailand had gone thru 17 permanent or temporary constitutions.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Thailand)(Econ, 5/24/08, p.27)

1932        Jun 29, Siam’s army seized Bangkok and announced an end to the absolute monarchy.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1932-2001    The country experienced 16 successful military coups, 17 constitutions and 23 prime ministers.
    (SFC, 1/6/01, p.A8)

1933        Silpakorn, Thailand’s largest fine arts university, was founded by the Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci.
    (WSJ, 3/5/97, p.A16)

1934        Japan began exporting three-wheelers (tuk-tuks) to Thailand.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_rickshaw)

1935         Mar 2, King Prajadhipok abdicated and left for England. He was replaced by Ananda Mahidol (1925-1946), who became Rama VIII.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananda_Mahidol)

1939        Siam became Thailand. [see 1949]
    (Hem., 3/97, p.27)

1941        Japanese forces land in Thailand. After negotiations Thailand allows Japanese to advance towards British-controlled Malay Peninsula, Singapore and Burma.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1243059.stm)

1942        Thailand declared war on Britain and US, but Thai ambassador in Washington refuses to deliver declaration to US government.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1243059.stm)

1943          Oct 25, Japanese forces held an official ceremony for the 415-km Thailand-Burma railroad. The rail was completed Oct 17 at Konkuita, Thailand.  During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the “Death Railway.” An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labor brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar). The movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957) was a part of this effort and is today a big tourist attraction in Thailand.
    (www.bmw.ukf.net/3pagodas/TBRandON.htm)

1944        Jun 5, The first B-29 bombing raid struck the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.
    (HN, 6/5/98)

1944        The Bangkok Bank was founded. In 2004 it was Thailand’s biggest commercial lender and the Sophonpanich family, whose patriarch helped found the bank, still owned 10-20%.
    (WSJ, 5/19/04, p.A16)

1945        At the end of World War II Thailand was compelled to return territory it had seized from Laos, Cambodia and Malaya. The exiled King Ananda returned.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1243059.stm)

1945-1949    A series of wars for independence during this period spread from India to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. In 2007 Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper authored “Forgotten Wars: Freedom and Revolution in Southeast Asia.”
    (WSJ, 8/9/07, p.D7)

1946        Jun 9, In Thailand King Ananda was assassinated. Bhumibol Adulyadej (b.1927) ascended the throne as a teenage King after his older brother’s death.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C3)(AP, 6/12/06)

1946        The film “Anna and the King of Siam” starred Rex Harrison and Irene Dunne and was directed by John Cromwell.
    (TVM, 1975, p.19)(SFC, 11/10/98, p.E4)
1946        Thailand’s Democratic Party (DC) was founded as a conservative, royalist party.
    (Econ, 8/4/12, p.37)

1947        In Thailand Phibun Songkhram, a wartime pro-Japanese leader, led a Military coup. The military retain power until 1973.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1243059.stm)

1949        May 11, Siam changed its named to Thailand. [see 1939]
    (AP, 5/11/97)

1949        Thailand’s Grand Palace Coup took place.
    (Econ, 1/10/04, p.76)

1950        May 21, French sources reported that Viet Minh guerrillas had infiltrated Cambodia and opened an arms-smuggling corridor to Thailand.
    (www.geocities.com/khmerchronology/1950.htm)

1951        Thailand’s Manhattan Coup took place, named after a ship stormed by coup leaders.
    (Econ, 1/10/04, p.76)

1954        Albert Pickerell (d.1999 at 86) served in Thailand as a Fulbright lecturer and helped establish a School of Journalism at Thammasatt Univ.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.A19)

1954        Sep 8, SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization), a sister organization to NATO, was created under the Manila Pact by the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty, to stop communist spread in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). The United States, Australia, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Thailand signed the mutual defense treaty. SEATO dissolved in 1977.
    (HNQ, 4/2/01)(http://tinyurl.com/hpawj)

1955        Feb 23, Eight nations (the United States, Australia, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Thailand) met in Bangkok for the first SEATO council.
    (HN, 2/23/98)(HN, 9/8/98)

1955        Paul Grimes (1924-2002) worked as an editor for the Bangkok Post. He joined the NY Times in 1957 and helped establish Conde Nast Traveler in 1987.
    (SFC, 5/2/02, p.A27)

1957        Sep 17, The Thai army seized power in Bangkok.
    (HN, 9/17/98)

1957        Thieves looted a sacred chamber at Wat Ratchaburana at Ayuthaya, Thailand. Much, but not all, of the booty was recovered.
    (SFC, 3/5/05, p.A2)

1960s-1973     Thanom Kittikachorn (d.2004) ran Thailand in the 1960s and early 1970s with his son, Col. Narong Kittikachorn, and Narong's father-in-law, Field Marshal Praphas Charusathien.
    (AP, 6/17/04)

1962        Mar 6, US promised Thailand assistance against "communist" aggression.
    (MC, 3/6/02)

1962        May 11, US sent troops to Thailand.
    (MC, 5/11/02)

1962        The Int’l. Court of Justice awarded the Preah Vihear temple, located on the Cambodia-Thai border, to Cambodia, but did not specify where the border should be drawn.
    (Econ, 7/26/08, p.47)

1967        Mar 26, Jim Thompson, American ex-serviceman, disappeared while on holiday in the Cameron Highlands of Northern Malaysia. He revived the Thai silk industry after WW II. He was one of the first to adopt a classic Thai house to the requirements of modern life, and his home is now a museum in Bangkok, Thailand.
    (Hem, Mar. 95, p.63)(SFEC, 7/16/00, p.T14)

1967        Aug 8, The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.  Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.
    (www.aseansec.org/64.htm)

1968        Mar 22, In southern Thailand Tuanku Biyo Kodoniyo set up the Pattani United Liberation Organization (PULO). It called for an independent Islamic country.
    (www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/pulo.htm)

1968        Dec 10, Thomas Merton (b.1915), American Trappist monk and writer, died in Bangkok, Thailand from accidental electrocution. He had just finished his 7th journal "The Other side of the Mountain." Merton was influenced by the Hindu scholar Mahanambrata Brahmachari (d.1999). Merton's work also the spiritual autobiography "The Seven Story Mountain." In 1978 Monica Furlong (d.2003) authored a biography of Merton.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A22)(SFEC, 9/27/98, BR p.3)(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A26)(SFC, 2/3/03, p.B4)(WSJ, 3/26/03, p.D8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton)

1969        At their peak in 1969, 68,889 combat troops from Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and the Philippines were deployed in Vietnam.
    (HNQ, 4/14/00)

1973        Oct 14, In Thailand thousands demonstrated against the military dictatorship and some 77 people were killed.
    (www.prachatai.com/english/news.php?id=531)

1973        Oct, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej sheltered pro-democracy demonstrators from the military dictators they were seeking to overthrow. The generals who were in power saw it was time to exit. A student-led uprising ousted 3 military figures who had ruled Thailand for much of the 1960s and early 1970s. Thanom Kittikachorn (d.2004) was ousted in a popular uprising. The military ruler of Thailand had helped the US during the Vietnam War.
    (AP, 12/19/05)(AP, 6/17/04)(WSJ, 9/20/06, p.A12)

1974        Jun 3, The last Air America aircraft crossed the border from Laos into Thailand. American forces left Laos and abandoned some 36,000 Laotians hired to battle North Vietnamese troops. The Hmong and Iu Mien were 2 hill tribes hired by the Americans to break codes and rescue downed pilots. Many of the soldiers fled to Thailand where they lived in refugee camps. Some 35,000 Iu Mien later moved to the US.
    (SFC,12/27/97, p.A15)(SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/3mzgcy)

1975        Jul 1, Thailand and China signed a formal agreement on diplomatic relations.
    (www.thaiembdc.org/politics/foreign/diprelat.htm)

1975        Jul 31, The Bangkok Agreement was signed as an initiative of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). As Asia’s 1st preferential trade agreement between developing countries it aimed at promoting intra-regional trade through exchange of mutually agreed concessions by member countries. Five countries, Republic of Korea, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, were the initial signatories. China joined in April, 2000. Thailand and the Philippines did not ratify the agreement due to their ASEAN commitments.
    (www.unescap.org/tid/apta.asp)(www.siamindia.com/scripts/Bankong.aspx)

1975        Thailand issued a warrant for the arrest of Charles Sobhraj on charges of drugging and killing six women, all wearing bikinis, on a beach at Pattaya. Sobhraj is also accused of killing more than 20 young Western backpackers across Asia, usually by drugging their food or drink, in the 1970s and 1980s. Sobhraj, serving 20 years in India, escaped from prison in the mid-1980s, but was caught and returned to jail until 1997. In 2003 French national Sobhraj was arrested from a casino in Kathmandu on charges that he traveled to the Himalayan nation on a fake passport 32 years ago. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison for murdering an American backpacker in 1975.
    (Reuters, 12/19/07)

1976        Jul 20, US Air Force Brigadier General Harry Aderholt lowered the American flag for the last time at Military Assistance Command Thailand headquarters on Bangkok’s Sathorn Road.
    (www.nationmultimedia.com/sunday/20060709/)

1976        Aug 6, Thailand and Vietnam established diplomatic relations.
    (WSJ, 3/5/97, p.A16)(www.vietnamembassy.or.th/relations.html)

1976        Oct 6, In Thailand right-wing political power-brokers, including Kriangsak Chomanan and Samak Sundaravej, provoked mobs to lynch left-wing pro-democracy student protesters at Bangkok's Thammasat University. At least 46 protesters were killed and hundreds wounded by the police and army. A coup installed a new military-guided, right-wing government.
    (AP, 12/23/03)(WSJ, 9/20/06, p.A12)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.14)

1976        Nov 23, The Thai government returned 26 refugees to Cambodia saying that they are a threat to the national security. The government said some 70,000 refugees in Thailand who escaped Communist rule in other Indochina states, including 10,000 Cambodians, would also not be permitted to stay.
    (AP, 11/23/02)

1976        Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej showed sympathy to the forces of the establishment who believed that students and other liberal forces were leading the country into chaos. In response the military again took the reins of power.
    (AP, 12/19/05)

1977        Oct 20, A bloodless military coup was staged in Thailand. Kriangsak Chomanan was appointed prime minister, Thailand's 15th since it became a constitutional monarchy in 1932.
    (AP, 12/23/03)(WSJ, 9/20/06, p.A12)

1978        Sep 15, In Thailand PM Kriangsak Chomanan submitted an amnesty bill for the "Bangkok 18" left-wing students and labor activists jailed in connection with the 1976 crackdown. He also initiated an amnesty program for former members of the Communist Party, a reconciliation policy that eventually helped quash its insurgency.
    (AP, 12/23/03)(http://tinyurl.com/2w4xdx)

1878        PM Kriangsak's government promulgated a constitution setting up a timetable for the restoration of parliamentary democracy, beginning with a 1979 election.
    (AP, 12/23/03)

1979        Jan 7, The Vietnamese army captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government. The People’s Party, a Hanoi installed Khmer Rouge faction, took power with Hun Sen as prime minister. This finally ended the mass genocide depicted in the 1984 film "The Killing Fields." The Khmer Rouge retreated into sanctuaries along the Thai border, set up bases and picked up support from Thailand and China.
    (NG, 5/85, p.574-5)(WSJ, 2/27/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A15)(WSJ, 5/3/96, p.A-10)(SFC, 4/29/97, p.A8)(AP, 1/7/98)

1980         PM Kriangsak resigned after losing the support of an influential faction of independent-minded middle-ranking army officers known as the Young Turks.
    (AP, 12/23/03)

1981         Former PM Kriangsak staged a minor comeback, successfully running for a seat in parliament at the helm of his own National Democracy Party.
    (AP, 12/23/03)

1982        Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz (b.1944), who had become aware of "tonic drinks" while traveling in Asia, got the idea for the Red Bull energy drink business while sitting at the bar in the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong. In the 1970s T.C. Pharmaceuticals of Thailand, founded by Chaleo Yoovidhya, had formulated an energy drink prototype called Krathing Daeng, or Red Bull in English. Mateschitz and Yoovidhya started selling the drink in Austria in 1987.
    (AFP, 3/17/12)

1983        Thailand experienced severe flooding.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.60)

1984        Karen refugees from Myanmar began settling in camps in Thailand. By 2011 some 140,000 refugees were living in 9 camps behind barbed wire near the border town of Mae Sot.
    (Econ, 5/21/11, p.44)

1985        Sep 9, In Thailand there was a failed coup attempt. Former PM Kriangsak was caught with other retired military officers at the headquarters of the plotters.
    (AP, 12/23/03)

1986        Karen refugees established the Huay Ko Lok refugee camp in Thailand. The camp was burned 3 times between 1996-1998 by the Burmese military. Residents were relocated in Aug, 1999, to Um Phien.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, Z1 p.4)

1987        Rebel leaders of a Thailand southern insurgency were offered general amnesty.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A7)

1988        Aug 28, The Yan Hee Polyclinic in Bangkok, Thailand, reported on a new slimming technique. Overweight Thais were suppressing their appetites by sticking lettuce seeds in their ears and pressing them in ten times before meals.
    (HTnet, 8/28/99)

1988        In Thailand a general amnesty freed all those involved in the 1985 coup attempt.
    (AP, 12/23/03)   

1988        Thailand introduced its 10-baht coin. In 2002 the EU complained that it was being used in vending machines all over Europe due to its similarity to the 2-euro coin.
    (SSFC, 2/24/02, p.C7)

1989        The government granted investment incentives to the Sahaviriya group to build the first mills for making steel.
    (WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A10)

1989        John Gray formed Sea Canoe, an ecotourism venture, to show tourists the southwestern coast limestone caves known as hongs.
    (SFC, 11/23/99, p.A14)

1989        Saudi diplomat Abdullah al-Maliki was gunned down in Bangkok. Adbullah A al-Besri, Fahad AZ Albahli and Ahmed A Alsaif were assassinated in January 1990. All were linked to the so-called Blue Diamond theft committed by Thai laborer Kriangkrai Techamong, who was working at Prince Faisal's palace in Saudi Arabia in 1989. The legendary diamond was among several valuable stones and jewelry pieces stolen from the palace of a Saudi Prince when he was employed as a gardener in the Arab kingdom.
    (www.nationmultimedia.com/2008/04/07/opinion/opinion_30070238.php)

1991        Feb 23, Tanks rolled in the streets of Bangkok and a coup was held to get rid of the corrupt government of Chatichai Choonhavan. After months of investigations a military-appointed committee seized the assets of 10 men from the ousted administration. Gen. Suchinda Kraprayoon toppled a civilian government in a bloodless takeover. He was ousted in 1992 following street demonstrations.
    (WSJ, 12/11/96, p.A16)(AP, 9/20/06)

1991        May 26, An Austrian Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Thailand, killing all 223 people aboard. Crash investigators blamed an engine thrust reverser that had inexplicably deployed shortly after takeoff. The plane was enroute to Vienna and crashed shortly after takeoff from the Bangkok airport.
    (AP, 5/26/97)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)

1991        In Bangkok the Kaset Thai sugar mill was built for some $200 million by the Siriviriyakul family.
    (WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A9)

1992        Mar 8, Ninety people were killed when a ferry carrying pilgrims to a Buddhist shrine collided with an oil tanker in the Gulf of Thailand.
    (AP, 3/8/02)

1992        Mar, The military Junta formed a party with politicians it had investigated in 1991 to contest the elections.
    (WSJ, 12/11/96, p.A16)

1992        Apr 7, Suchinda Kraprayoon, leader of a military coup, became PM of Thailand he served until 24 May 1992.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suchinda_Kraprayoon)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.49)

1992        May 17, Pro-democracy protests began in Thailand; in four days of clashes with troops, 44 people reportedly were killed, although activists charged that hundreds died.
    (AP, 5/17/97)

1992        May 20, Thailand's much-revered monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, called for an end to violent clashes between troops and pro-democracy protesters.
    (AP, 5/20/02)

1992        May 24, Thailand protests, supported by numerous political movements, climaxed with the resignation of PM Suchinda. Deputy PM Meechai Ruchuphan took office for a transitional period until the new government was assigned. He was succeeded by Anand Panyarachun.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suchinda_Kraprayoon)

1992        The Hmong began living at the Tham Krabok Buddhist monastery after monks traveled into the mountains to free 2,000 Hmong from opium addiction.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.A10)

1992        The Asian Development Bank began building and improving transport and telecom links between China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
    (Econ, 11/8/03, p.42)
1992        The Greater Mekong Subregion was created grouping 5 South-East Asian countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam) and 2 Chinese provinces.
    (Econ, 2/6/10, p.48)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Mekong_Subregion)

1992-1995    Chuan Leekpai served as Prime Minister until a land scandal split his coalition and the government collapsed.
    (SFC,11/8/97, p.A12)

1993        Mar, The Supreme Court threw out the cases against the 10 politicians who were ousted in the 1991 coup.
    (WSJ, 12/11/96, p.A16)

1993        May, A fire at Bangkok’s Kader doll factory killed 187 people and injured 600.
    (SFC, 11/26/96, p.B1)

1993        Jul, In Nakhon Ratchasima a 6-story hotel collapsed and crushed 102 people.
    (SFC, 11/26/96, p.B1)

1993        Southeast Asia accounted for 1.4% of the world’s agricultural land and 3.6% of global pesticide imports by value. The highest use was in Thailand.
    (WSJ, 10/3/96, p.B11B)

1994        Feb, Hot-rolled coil steel production began.
    (WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A10)

1994        The lower Mekong River was spanned for the first time with a bridge between Nong Khai, Thailand and Vientiane, Laos.
    (SFC, 5/14/97, p.A22)(Econ, 1/3/04, p.29)

1994        In Thailand The Pak Mun Dam along the Mun River, a major tributary of the Mekong, was completed with money from the World Bank. It is a 56 foot high, 984 foot long wall of concrete and severely impacted fish life on the river.
    (WSJ, 3/12/96, p. A-15)(Econ, 1/3/04, p.30)

1994        The Australian foreign minister, Gareth Evans, accused “freelance military personnel and business spivs” (shady dealers) in Thailand of providing refuge for Khmer Rouge leaders and helping them get gems and timber out of Cambodia. The statement was made after 2 Australians were murdered by the Khmer Rouge.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A12)

1995        Apr 5, The Mekong Agreement created the Mekong River Commission with Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam as members.
    (Econ, 1/7/12, p.34)(www.kellnielsen.dk/mekong/agreem.htm)

1995        Aug 21, Prince Thitiphan Yugala (60), aka Luk Pla (Baby fish) was poisoned by his new wife Chalasai Yugala (23). He died after 8 days and Luk Pla ran off with Uthet Choopwa (19), a chestnut peddler. She had become his lover at 14 and wife at 23. In 2002 she was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A2)

1995        Thailand announced that it would close all of its refugee camps. This would force the 4,500 Hmong remaining in those camps to either go to the US or return to Laos.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, p.C-8)
1995        PepsiCo Inc. bought out its Thai partner and took over a production plant and hired 1500 farmers to grow potatoes according to company spec.
    (WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A1)
1995        Thailand experienced severe flooding.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.60)

1996        Mar 1, The first Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) opened in Bangkok, Thailand, with 25 countries and the EU Commission participating.
    (Econ, 10/9/10, p.63)(http://tinyurl.com/25mhkw7)

1996        Mar, Thailand authorities arrested 3 N. Korean diplomats and Yoshimi Tanaka for supplying counterfeit US $100 bills. The bills were very high quality and called “Super K” notes. The arrest opened up the possibility for the first case of state-sponsored counterfeiting since WW II.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.A10)

1996        May 16, GM is expected to pick Thailand over the Philippines for a $1 billion vehicle assembly plant.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-1)

1996        May 16, A joint venture between Texas Instruments, Acer of Taiwan, and Alphatec of Thailand plan a $200 million chip facility. Operations are to start in 1997.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-11)

1996        Jun 2, Bangkok voters elected Pichit Rattakul, an independent environ-mentalist, as mayor. The city is one of the most polluted in the world.
    (SFC, 6/3/96, p.A11)

1996        Jun 13, Citicorp’s Citibank has captured 40% of Thailand’s credit-card market.
    (WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A1)

1996        Jul 7, The average cost of a Big Mac in Thailand was $1.90.
    (SFC, 7/7/96, Parade, p.17)

1996        Jul, 29, A report from the economics faculty of Bangkok’s Thammasat Univ. warned that the economy was sick.
    (WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A8)

1996        Sep 21, Thai Prime Minister Banharn Silpa-archa resigned after 14 months in offices under charges of corruption and ineptitude.
    (SFC, 9/21/96, p.A10)

1996        Nov 18, Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, former defense minister, led the New Aspiration Party to victory in elections and recruited 5 other parties to form a coalition government. He was later endorsed and called “fatso” by Buddhist monk Luang Phor Khoon Parisuttho. The government lasted into 1997.
    (SFEC, 11/19/96, p.A15)(SFC, 11/26/96, p.B1)

1996        Thanong Siriprechapong, a former member of the Thai parliament, was arrested for smuggling 49 tons of hashish into the US. The case was later hampered due to a kickback made by a key informant to US Customs agent, Frank Gervacio, in Aug, 1992.
    (SFC, 9/11/98, p.A18)
1996        In Thailand Salang Bunnag directed a hostage rescue operation that freed all the captives from a drug gang. Bunnag was later accused of ordering the summary execution of the 6 kidnappers while they were in custody.
    (SFC, 8/27/01, p.A9)

1997        Jan 1, The Buddhist Era year is 2540.
    (Hem., 3/97, p.27)

1997        Feb 26, Thai soldiers pushed Karen refugees back across the border into Burma as Burmese troops massed for an offensive.
    (WSJ, 2/27/97, p.A1)

1997        May 31, The 7-member ASEAN alliance, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, met in Kuala Lumpur and agreed to allow Burma to become a member in July. Laos and Cambodia were also to be admitted. The members were Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
    (SFEC, 6/1/97, p.D3)

1997        Jun 5, The film "Sunset at Chaopraya" by Euthana Mukdasnit was an Int’l. film festival award winner and premiered in the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 6/5/97, p.E3)

1997        Jun 18, It was reported that in this year 25,000 Hmong lived in Laos, 18,000 in Thailand and 140,000 in the US with some 48,500 in the San Joaquin Valley of Calif. A clan of 15,000 lived at the Tham Krabok Buddhist monastery north of Bangkok.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.A8)

1997        Jun 21, It was reported that operators of illegal logging ventures in northern Thailand were feeding their elephants amphetamine-laced bananas to speed up work before the rainy season. The practice began a few years ago and 10 animals have died of overwork and exhaustion.
    (SFC, 6/21/97, p.A11)

1997        Jul 1, Thailand let its currency, the baht, float and it devalued about 20%. This event marked the beginning of the Asian economic crises. In 1999 Thailand sought to extradite Rakesh Saxena, a currency trader, from Canada for his role in an alleged fraud that drained over $2 billion from the Bangkok Bank of Commerce, which led to the devaluation of the baht. Pin Chakkaphak was blamed for the collapse of the currency and fled Asia. He was ordered back from Britain in 2001 to face accounting and theft charges. In 2009 Saxena (57) arrived in Thailand after his extradition from Canada to face charges he embezzled $88 million from the Bangkok Bank of Commerce, which collapsed in 1995. Saxena was also implicated in backing the attempted 1997 coup in Sierra Leone.
    (SFC, 7/3/97, p.D4)(WSJ, 7/21/97, p.A1)(SFEC, 5/31/98, p.D1)(WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/9/01, p.A16)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.80)(AP, 10/30/09)(Econ, 11/7/09, p.42)

1997        Jul 9, It was reported that elephants were dying around pineapple orchards, possibly from chemical poisoning. Only some 500 elephants remained in Thailand.
    (SFC, 7/9/97, p.A7)

1997        Jul 11, In Thailand a kitchen fire went out of control at the 450-room Royal Jomtien Hotel in Pattaya and killed 91 people with 64 injured.
    (SFC, 7/12/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 7/11/97, p.A12)(AP, 7/11/07)

1997        Aug 11, Int’l. donors offered Thailand a $16-17 bil loan package.
    (SFC, 8/12/97, p.A8)(SFC, 1/8/98, p.A7)

1997        Sep 15, From Thailand it was reported that layoffs, salary cuts and downsizing was spreading across the economy under an expensive foreign debt load and a 40% fall in the value of the baht.
    (SFC, 9/15/97, p.A10)

1997        Sep 27, The parliament passed a “good governance” constitution intended to fight government corruption and rejected a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Chavilit. It called for the old-guard politicians to be replaced by a new, 200-member elected body. National Counter-Corruption Commission was formed.
    (WSJ, 9/29/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/3/00, p.A20)(SFC, 3/30/00, p.A18)

1997        Sep 30, The cabinet officially scrapped the $3.2 billion rail and road system under construction by Hopewell Holdings. The Bangkok Elevated Rail and Transport System known as Berts was one fifth built and several years behind schedule.
    (WSJ, 10/1/97, p.A18)

1997        Nov 3, Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh announced that he would step down later in the week. Stock and currency markets rallied on the news.
    (SFC,11/4/97, p.A8)

1997        Nov 9, Former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai formed a new government with a coalition of 8 parties.
    (SFEC,11/10/97, p.A12)

1997        Dec 8, The government announced that it will liquidate 56 of 58 insolvent finance companies shut down by the Central Bank earlier in the year. The move was part of the conditions of the $17.2 billion IMF bailout.
    (SFC,12/897, p.A15)

1997        The radio program “Ruam Duay Chuay Kan” (Let’s Get Together and Help Each Other) began broadcasting from Bangkok.
    (SFC, 6/20/00, p.A12)

1997        The Thai constitution guaranteed citizens 12 years of free education. This effectively reduced the number of Thai girls sold into the sex industry.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A12)

1997        Thailand’s King Bhumibol developed his “sufficiency economy” theory during the Asian economic crises of this year. In 2007 it was described as a plan for sustainability, moderation and broad-based development.
    (Econ, 1/13/07, p.38)

1997        In Rangoon, Burma, talks between the Karen National Union and Burmese officials broke down when the Karen refused to disarm. After the talks broke the Burmese army swept through Karen territory and forced thousands of refugees into Thailand.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, Z1 p.4)

c1997        Luangta Maha Bua, a revered monk from Wat Pa Ban Tad Temple, used his status and the threat of suicide to urge the Thai people to help replenish the state coffers with donations.
    (SFC, 9/26/00, p.A11)

1997-2002    Thailand and Indonesia were hit the hardest in an Asian financial crises and suffered a slump in GDP during this period of around 35%.
    (Econ, 6/30/07, p.79)

1998        Jan 28, Officials at Chulalongkorn Univ. posted posters forbidding the wearing of miniskirts.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.A11)

1998        Mar 31, It was reported that in Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province, women of the Padaung tribe of Burma were attracting tourists with their necks elongated by wearing brass coils. They began fleeing Burma’s Kayah state over a decade ago
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.B4)

1998        Apr 17, A Thai military team collected evidence from the body of Pol Pot, former chief of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge guerrillas, to confirm that one of the century's worst tyrants was truly dead.
    (AP, 4/17/99)

1998        Jun 26, Four Pakistanis were reported to have been arrested in Bangkok. They were suspected of planning to assassinate US Ambassador William Itoh and to launch a terrorist strike against the US embassy.
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A14)

1998        Jul 8, Thailand was expected to withdraw a plan to deport foreign workers and planned to announce proposals to widen work opportunities for migrant workers from Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh.
    (SFC, 7/9/98, p.A10)

1998        Sep 23, The economy was expected to contract by 7-10%. Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai called for an investigation into the sale of medical supplies.
    (SFC, 9/24/98, p.A12,16)

1998        Nov 2, In Thailand 6 Buddhist worshippers were killed and dozens injured when 3 giant ceremonial incense sticks collapsed at the Phra Pathom Pagoda.
    (SFC, 11/2/98, p.A16)

1998        Dec 11, A Thai Airways Airbus A310-200 jet crashed near the airport at Surat Thani. 45 people survived and 101 died.
    (SFC, 12/12/98, p.A15)(WSJ, 12/14/98, p.A1)

1998        Three prominent academics published the book “Guns, Girls, Gambling and Ganja.”
    (SFC, 9/24/98, p.A16)

1998        Dr. Chris Baker and Pasuk Pongpaichit published “Thailand’s Boom and Bust.”
    (SFC, 9/24/98, p.A16)

1998        The film “Fun, Bar, Karaoke” was directed Penek Ratanaruang. It satirized Bangkok’s juxtaposition of modern ways and ancient folk religion.
    (SFC, 5/20/98, p.E3)

1998        Thaksin Shinawatra, former police officer and telecom entrepreneur, founded the Thais Love Thais (Thai Rak Thai) party.
    (SFC, 1/6/01, p.A8)
1998        Hong Kong suffered a slump in GDP of over 6% as did Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand.
    (Econ, 11/22/08, p.51)
1998        Burmese refugees in Thailand created the Backpack Health Worker Team to effectively sneak health into eastern Burma (Myanmar), where the military junta provides little health care.
    (SSFC, 3/22/09, p.A8)

1998        Officials in 2001 reported that AIDS accounted for 16% of all deaths in 1998.
    (SFC, 9/1/01, p.A10)

1999        Mar 10, Michael Wansley (58), an auditor for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, was shot to death on his way to the Kaset Thai sugar mill. The murder was traced to Pradit Siriviriyakul, one of the brothers running the family mill.
    (WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A9)

1999        Oct 1, In Thailand the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors took 38 diplomats as hostages at the Burmese Embassy in Bangkok. Two Thai officials were exchanged for the hostages and 12 [5] students were reported to have flown to the Thai-Burma border by helicopter, where they were released. The students demanded the release of political prisoners, dialogue between the military and Aung San Suu Kyi and an elected parliament.
    (SFC, 10/2/99, p.A12)(SFEC, 10/3/99, p.A25)

1999        Oct 2, Bo Mya, leader of the Karen National Union, said he would grant sanctuary to the Burmese students who were flown to the Thai-Burma following a 26 hour takeover of the Burmese Embassy.
    (SFEC, 10/3/99, p.A25)

1999        Nov 27, It was reported that at least 26 people had died recently in Phrae province from leptospirosis, a disease transmitted by rat urine. Farmers not wearing boots and gloves in their fields were vulnerable.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.A17)

1999        Dec 5, In Bangkok the 15-mile $1.4 billion light rail Sky Train began operating on the 72nd birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
    (SFC, 12/21/99, p.A16)

1999        The Thai film "Nang Nak" was a stylish ghost story.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.E6)

1999        The Thai historical film "Suriyothai" was directed by Chatri Chalerm Yukol. It was about the 16th century Queen Suriyothai who saved her husband King Thianracha during a war with invaders from Myanmar.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.E6)

1999        Thailand’s Siam Winery launched its first label, Chatemp. In 2003 the "Monsoon Valley" range was introduced abroad by Chalerm Yoovidhya, whose father Chaleo gave the world the "Red Bull" energy drink.
    (AFP, 1/24/07)

2000        Jan 24, Security forces stormed a hospital and ended a 22-hour standoff with Burmese guerrillas. 10 rebels of the "God's Army" were reported killed. The hostage-takers were executed after surrendering to security forces.
    (SFC, 1/25/00, p.A10)(SFC, 1/27/00, p.A12)

2000        Jan, The Karen of Burma, displaced in Thailand, celebrated their new year 2739.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, Z1 p.4)

2000        Jan 26, In Thailand the legendary 24-year leader of the Karen National Union (KNU), was voted out of the chairmanship. Saw Ba Thin was elected as the new chairman of the Karen National Union (KNU).
    (SFC, 1/28/00, p.A14)(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A8)

2000        Mar 29, Sanan Kachornprasart (64) resigned as interior minister after the National Counter-Corruption Commission charged that he had concealed his assets in a fabricated million-dollar loan.
    (SFC, 3/30/00, p.A18)

2000        Apr 2, It was reported that some 100,000 Karen refugees from Burma lived in 8 refugee camps along the Thailand border.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, Z1 p.1)

2000        May 7, In Thailand thousands of protestors besieged the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank. The 13 nations agreed to rescue each other’s currencies to fend off economic crises.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A14)

2000        Sep 25, Flooding left 47 people dead.
    (WSJ, 9/26/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 22, In Thailand 9 inmates escaped from Samut Sakorn prison with 7 prison officials. Thai commandos killed the inmates.
    (SFC, 11/23/00, p.D8)

2000        Nov 24, It was reported that recent monsoon flooding killed 10 people in Malaysia and at least 5 people in Thailand. The death toll from flooding in Thailand reached over 30, mostly children. At least 49 died from mudslides in West Sumatra.
    (SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)(WSJ, 11/27/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 19, It was reported that swiftlet colonies in Thailand were threatened due to the excessive harvesting of their edible nests for Chinese restaurants.
    (SFC, 12/19/00, p.A16)

2000        Dec 26, An anti-corruption body ruled that Thaksin Shinawatra, the leading candidate for prime minister, engaged in financial wrongdoings that disqualified him from holding office.
    (SFC, 12/27/00, p.A15)

2001        Jan 6, Thailand government elections pitted PM Chuan Leekpai’s Democratic Party against the Thais Love Thais (Thai Rak Thai) party of Thaksin Shinawatra (51). Elections for 500 seats in the lower parliament were scheduled with new laws to reduce vote-buying. Shinawatra, Thailand’s richest man, won with 248 seats and divested his assets to relatives.
    (SFC, 1/6/01, p.A8)(SSFC, 1/7/01, p.D1)(WSJ, 2/2/01, p.A1)(Econ, 2/5/05, p.11,24)

2001        Jan 16, Luther and Johnny Htoo, twin adolescent leaders of an ethnic Karen rebel group, surrendered to Thai border police.
    (WSJ, 1/17/01, p.A1)

2001        Jan 17, Electoral officials annulled the victories of 14 candidates.
    (WSJ, 1/18/01, p.A1)

2001        Jan 18, A court agreed to hear a corruption case against Prime Minister-elect Thakson Shinawatra.
    (SFC, 1/19/01, p.D4)
2001        Jan 18, In Bangkok 2 bombs exploded and at least 8 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/19/01, p.A17)

2001        Jan 23, Electoral authorities ordered re-votes in 62 of 400 districts.
    (WSJ, 1/24/01, p.A1)

2001        Feb 6, It was reported that Thailand planned to open a chain of over 3,000 Thai restaurants world-wide over the next 5 years with 1,000 slated for the US. The fast-food branches would be named Elephant Jump, Cool Basil for the mid-priced, and Golden Leaf for the upscale eateries.
    (WSJ, 2/6/01, p.B1)

2001        Feb 11, Thai troops fought a gunbattle with some 200 Burmese soldiers who crossed the border chasing Shan rebels.
    (SFC, 2/12/01, p.B2)

2001        Feb 12, It was reported that Thailand’s bad loans mounted to 20 billion and accounted for 20% of all bank lending. Thai Petrochemical Industries (TPI) was the largest debtor and owed banks over $3.5 billion.
    (WSJ, 2/12/01, p.A1)

2001        Mar 2, In Thailand a bomb blast gutted a Thai Airways Boeing 737-400 in Bangkok just before PM Shinawatra was to board. One crew member was killed. It was later reported that the empty center fuel tank of the plane had exploded.
    (SFC, 3/5/01, p.A12)(WSJ, 6/26/08, p.A12)

2001        Apr 15, The annual water festival of Songkran was reported to have turned from a gentle ritual of respect to a youthful melee that included water bombs, squirt guns, water rifles and vats of ice.
    (SSFC, 4/15/01, p.D8)

2001        Aug 3, The Constitutional Court acquitted PM Thaksin Shinawatra of corruption charges.
    (SFC, 8/4/01, p.A7)

2001        Aug 11, In northern Thailand heavy rains triggered flash floods that left at least 86 people dead and 70 missing.
    (SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A18)(WSJ, 8/14/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 27, It was reported that AIDS victims in Thailand were packing stadiums to receive V-1 Immunitor, a locally produced drug advertised as a clinically tested oral AIDS vaccine. Salang Bunnag sponsored the giveaway directed at Thailand’s 755,000 AIDS patients.
    (SFC, 8/27/01, p.A1)

2001        In Thailand Jaruvan Maintaka (54) was appointed to head the new auditor-general's office, an independent body created to track state financial transactions and spot signs of corruption. By 2005 with only half of her term gone she amassed a menagerie of adversaries, from vested interests to corrupt politicians, and in the process became a target for elimination. In 2004 a court ruled that she was illegally appointed. In 2005 the Senate endorsed a replacement, but the king did not approve. In 2006 she was reinstated.
    (AP, 9/19/05)(WSJ, 2/9/06, p.A7)

2002        Apr 8, It was reported that a Thai version of the TV show “The Weakest Link” was “promoting fierce competition and selfishness among recipients,” in contrast to general Thai generosity.
    (SFC, 4/8/02, p.A2)

2002        Jun 3, In Thailand 3 gunmen attacked a school bus and killed 2 teenage students in the Ratchaburi province near Burma. 15 others were injured.
    (SFC, 6/4/02, p.A12)

2002        Jul 8, In southern Thailand a bomb tore through a parked passenger railway coach injuring a policeman and a security guard.
    (Reuters, 7/8/02)

2002        Jul 29, On a mission to stamp out Islamic militancy in Southeast Asia, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell held talks with Thai leaders, who deny their country is facing a Muslim insurgency.
    (Reuters, 7/29/02)

2002        Aug 29, A joint force of Thai police and soldiers killed six armed drug traffickers and seized a million methamphetamine pills after ambushing a drug convoy near the Golden Triangle.
    (Reuters, 8/29/02)

2002        Aug 30, Floodwaters along the lower stretches of the Mekong have wreaked havoc in Laos, Cambodia (18), Thailand (12) and Vietnam (25), claiming at least 55 lives and leaving thousands homeless across the region.
    (AP, 8/30/02)

2002        Sep 2, At least 14 people were killed and more than 20 were missing after their makeshift houses on the banks of an overflowing stream collapsed after heavy rain in northern Thailand.
    (Reuters, 9/3/02)

2002        Dec 4, Thailand released thousands of prisoners, including many jailed for minor narcotics offences, to mark the 75th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch.
    (Reuters, 12/4/02)

2002        Dec 19, It was reported that AIDS in Thailand infected 1 in 60 people and that by 2006 some 50,000 annual deaths would result from AIDS-related causes.
    (SFC, 12/19/02, p.A18)

2003        Jan 29, In Cambodia protesters looted and set fire to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh. The protest was against a Thai TV star who was quoted in the media as saying Cambodia had stolen the famous Angkor Wat temple from Thailand.
    (AP, 1/29/03)

2003        Jan 30, Thailand sealed its border with Cambodia, recalled its ambassador and sent military planes to evacuate hundreds of terrified Thais after rioters looted and torched its embassy in the Cambodian capital.
    (AP, 1/30/03)

2003        Feb 13, Thailand officials arrested SF financier Thomas Frank White at the request of the Mexican government for the rape of a teenage boy. In 2004 White was indicted in SF on 2 counts of sex tourism.
    (SSFC, 9/11/05, p.A2)

2003        Feb 14, A Thai court ruled to extradite Florida millionaire James Vincent Sullivan (61), wanted in the US for the 1987 murder of his socialite wife. He was accused of paying another man $25,000 to kill Lita McClinton Sullivan to avoid losing property in a divorce. In 2006 he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/15/03)(AP, 3/14/06)

2003        Feb, Thailand’s PM Thaksin Shinawatra began a war on drugs aimed primarily at the methamphetamine market. Some 5% of the population were reported to be addicts. A 3-month shooting spree left some 2,500 people dead.
    (SFC, 5/29/03, p.A7)(Econ, 1/26/08, p.42)

2003          Mar 5, Cambodia sealed its border with Thailand, due to sluggish progress “to normalize relations in border areas” since January’s anti-Thai riots.
    (AP, 3/5/03)

2003        Mar 25, In Thailand police said they shot and killed 42 people during a 7-week-old crackdown on drugs that has drawn protest from human rights groups. Nearly 400 drug makers and more than 12,000 dealers were arrested.
    (AP, 3/26/03)

2003        Apr 11, Cambodia and Thailand agreed to resume full diplomatic relations, which were suspended after anti-Thai riots shook Cambodia's capital in January.
    (AP, 4/11/03)

2003        May 2, Chuwit Kamolvisit, A sex club operator in Thailand, was arrested for unlawfully demolishing a downtown Bangkok block housing scores of bars and shops to make way for another massage parlor, the Taj Mahal. He soon claimed to have spent about $289,156 each month in payoffs to policemen.
    (AP, 8/2/03)

2003        Jun 5, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that Thai women will no longer be required to take their husband's family name when they marry.
    (AP, 6/5/03)

2003        Jun 13, In Thailand Narong Penaman (44) was arrested with as much as 66 pounds of radioactive cesium-137 for sale.
    (SFC, 6/14/03, p.A3)

2003        Aug 11, Hambali (39), an Indonesian whose real name is Riduan Isamuddin, was captured in a raid in the ancient temple city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. Hambali, the operational head of Jemaah Islamiyah, was handed over to US authorities and flown out of the country. He was al Qaeda's top man in Southeast Asia and the suspected mastermind behind a string of deadly bombings including the Bali attacks.
    (Reuters, 8/15/03)(SFC, 8/15/03, p.A3)(AP, 8/16/03)

2003        Oct 16, Laos and Thailand signed a pact aimed at stamping out border attacks by unknown militants.
    (ST, 10/17/03, p.A13)

2003        Oct 19, President Bush met with Thailand's PM Thaksin Shinawatra and pressed him to help restore democracy in neighboring Myanmar. Some 1,000 protesters marched in downtown Bangkok on against a summit of 21 economic leaders.
    (AP, 10/19/03)(SFC, 10/20/03, p.A1)

2003        Oct 21, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders ended their two-day annual summit in Thailand with a statement seeking to boost trade and intensify the fight on terror.
    (AP, 10/21/03)

2003        Oct, The Thai government planned to launch 2 "Vayupak" mutual funds for retail and institutional investors.
    (Econ, 8/23/03, p.59)

2003        Nov 19, In Canada Justice Minister Martin Cauchon has ordered fugitive banker Rakesh Saxena to surrender to Thailand to face allegations that he looted a Bangkok bank.
    (AP, 11/19/03)

2003        Dec 23, Kriangsak Chomanan (b.1917), an army general who became PM of Thailand in 1977 through a series of coups, died at age 87. He helped steer Thailand to democracy.
    (AP, 12/23/03)(Econ, 1/10/04, p.76)

2003        Dec 27, In Iraq insurgents launched 3 coordinated attacks in the southern city of Karbala, killing 12 people, including six Iraqi police officers, 2 Thai soldiers and 5 Bulgarians.
    (AP, 12/27/03)(AP, 12/28/03)(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/29/03, p.A1)

2003        PM Thaksin Shinawatra set a 2005 growth target for Thailand of 10%. The rate for 2003 was projected to be 6.4% and 7.5% for 2004. The economic boom raised some concerns.
    (WSJ, 11/28/03, p.A6)
2003        In Thailand Chuvit Kamolvisit was accused of the unauthorized, overnight demolition of scores of unlicensed bars and shops from a downtown Bangkok block he owned. The move erupted into a major public scandal. When the police failed to protect him, Chuvit fought back by exposing the behemoth bribes he had to pay to keep his mighty empire of flesh running.
    (AP, 6/28/11)
2003        Thailand produced some 470,000 pick-up trucks and ranked behind the US as the world’s 2nd largest producer. Production in 2004 was expected to approach 600,000.
    (Econ, 9/11/04, p.60)

2004        Jan 4, In southern Thailand assailants set fire to 21 schools and stormed a military armory, killing four soldiers in nearly simultaneous raids. The attacks took place in Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala provinces.
    (AP, 1/4/04)(SFC, 1/24/04, p.A7)

2004        Jan 5, In Thailand 2 bombs exploded in the southern town of Pattani, killing 2 policemen and injuring several people, police said. Two other bombs were found before they could go off.
    (AP, 1/5/04)(WPR, 3/04, p.32)

2004        Jan 8, It was reported that Thailand's PM Thaksin Shinawatra had ordered the Finance Ministry and stock exchange to set up a task force to examine the balance sheets of listed companies.
    (WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A14)

2004        Jan 13, Thai and Malaysian military forces began joint land and air patrols along their jungle border for the first time since the 1970s.
    (AP, 1/14/04)

2004        Jan 22, In southern Thailand a Buddhist monk was hacked to death. Muslim extremists were blamed.
    (WSJ, 1/23/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 24, In Bangkok, Thailand, a world record for a mass jump was set by 672 skydivers from 42 countries who leaped from six aircraft.
    (AP, 1/25/04)

2004        Jan 26, A 6-year-old Thai boy became Asia's seventh confirmed bird flu fatality.
    (AP, 1/26/04)

2004        Feb 2,  A 6-year-old Thai boy, who had been in contact with roosters used in cock fights, died in Bangkok of bird flu. Thailand breeders began hiding their valuable fighting roosters.
    (WSJ, 2/10/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 16, Thailand officials said bird flu has been detected in a previously unaffected Thai province and has resurfaced in eight other provinces that were under observation.
    (AP, 2/16/04)

2004        Mar 10, Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra replaced his finance, interior and defense ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle as the government faces a Muslim insurgency in the south, a volatile stock market and a public outcry over a privatization plan.
    (AP, 3/10/04)

2004        Mar 12, Somchai Neelapaichit, Thailand human rights lawyer, was kidnapped in Bangkok and never heard from again. 2 days before he vanished he had formally accused the police of torturing 5 Muslim men in custody.
    (Econ, 3/14/09, p.46)

2004        Mar 16, China declared victory in its fight against bird flu, saying it had "stamped out" all of its known cases, while a factory worker in Thailand became Asia's 23rd victim of the virus.
    (AP, 3/16/04)

2004        Mar 28, The Thailand government said violence in the Muslim-dominated south was at a "crucial stage" and pledged tougher measures, after a bombing in the region injured 29 people, including 10 Malaysian tourists.
    (AP, 3/28/04)

2004        Apr 23, In Thailand a massive fire raced through a slum in downtown Bangkok, snarling traffic and spewing plumes of black smoke over embassies and five-star hotels in the area. Armed assailants fatally shot an army officer, just hours after unidentified attackers set fire to about 50 public buildings in all 13 districts of Narathiwat in the worst day of arson attacks in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south.
    (AP, 4/23/04)

2004        Apr 28, In Thailand police gunned down machete-wielding militants who stormed security outposts in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south, killing at least 112 people. The 16th century Krue-sae Mosque was damaged by soldiers who fired automatic weapons, tear gas and grenades at it and killed 32 suspected Islamic insurgents.
    (AP, 4/28/04)

2004        Jun 10, In Thailand hooded assailants with assault rifles slashed the throat of a night guard outside a government school in the Muslim south and seized weapons from other security personnel who were inside.
    (AP, 6/11/04)

2004        Jun 16, Thanom Kittikachorn (92), ex-military ruler of Thailand died at the age of 92. He helped the US during the Vietnam War before being ousted in a popular uprising in 1973. Thanom came to be known as one of Thailand's "Three Tyrants" when he ran the country in the 1960s and early 1970s with his son, Col. Narong Kittikachorn, and Narong's father-in-law, Field Marshal Praphas Charusathien.
    (AP, 6/17/04)

2004        Jul 4, Australia and Thailand signed a free-trade agreement that officials believe will boost the economies of both countries by billions of dollars over the next two decades.
    (AP, 7/5/04)

2004        Jul 11, The 15th Int’l. AIDS conference began in Bangkok, Thailand. UN chief Kofi Annan challenging world leaders to do more to combat the raging global epidemic.
    (SFC, 7/13/04, p.A1)(AP, 7/11/05)

2004        Jul 15, The Gates Foundation announced a $44.7 million award at the AIDS Conference in Bangkok to a consortium of TB and AIDS researchers. The 2 diseases were often linked.
    (WSJ, 7/15/04, p.B1)
2004        Jul 15, Thailand officials said avian flu had been detected in 10 of its 76 provinces.
    (SFC, 7/16/04, p.A3)

2004        Jul 16, In Thailand the 15th Int’l. AIDS Conference ended in Bangkok.
    (SFC, 7/17/04, p.A14)

2004        Aug 20, Thailand’s PM Thaksin said he would overturn the country’s current ban on commercial production and trade in genetically modified food (GMOs).
    (WSJ, 10/29/04, p.A13)

2004        Sep 8, In Thailand a young man died from bird flu and increased fears of a avian influenza pandemic. Asian deaths from bird flu for the year totaled 28.
    (WSJ, 9/10/04, p.A2)

2004        Sep 27, In Thailand officials announced that a case of avian-flu was possibly caused by human-to-human transmission.
    (SFC, 9/28/04, p.A3)

2004        Oct 3, In central Thailand a huge explosion at a fireworks factory killed eight workers and injured three others.
    (AP, 10/3/04)

2004        Oct 19, A Thailand tiger zoo housing hundreds of the big cats was shut down as bird flu tests confirmed 23 tigers had died of the virus since Oct 14, and another 30 had fallen ill. They caught the flu from feeding on chicken carcasses.
    (AFP, 10/20/04)(Econ, 4/16/05, p.36)

2004        Oct 25, In southern Thailand 78 people were suffocated or crushed to death after being arrested and packed into police trucks following a riot over the detentions of Muslims suspected of giving weapons to Islamic separatists. Over 1,300 people were packed in 6-wheeled trucks and taken on a 5-hour journey to barracks in Pattani province.
    (SFC, 10/27/04, p.A7)(AP, 10/25/05)(Econ, 10/28/06, p.52)

2004        Oct 28, In southern Thailand a bomb exploded outside a bar, killing two people and injuring 21.
    (AP, 10/28/04)

2004        Nov 2, In Thailand Jaran Torae, a local Buddhist official, was beheaded by suspected Muslim insurgents as revenge for the deaths of 85 rioters last week.
    (AP, 11/2/04)

2004        Nov 4, In southern Thailand 9 Buddhists were killed including 2 policemen.
    (WSJ, 11/5/04, p.A1)

2004        Nov 13, In Thailand's Muslim-majority south a 60-year-old Buddhist man was killed and at least 13 people injured in the 2 latest two bomb blasts. 5 bombs hit in the last 24-hours.
    (AP, 11/13/04)

2004        Nov 25, The 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress closed in Bangkok. Its final resolutions included a resolution urging governments to limit the use of loud noise sources in the world’s oceans.
    (SFC, 12/13/04, p.C1)

2004        Nov, China signed a free trade deal with Thailand.
    (WSJ, 10/3/05, p.A1)

2004        Dec 5, Thailand airdropped nearly 100 million Japanese-style origami cranes over the predominantly Muslim southern region in a psychological effort toward peace. A series of bomb attacks followed the next day.
    (AP, 12/6/04)

2004        Dec 26, The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and southeast Asia. The initial estimated death toll of 9,000 soon rose to some 230,000 people in 14 countries. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake was the world's fifth-largest since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2 temblor hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964. The epicenter was located 155 miles south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on Sumatra, and six miles under the seabed of the Indian Ocean. In Indonesia at least 166,320 people were killed.
    Bangladesh reported 2 killed; India: at least 9,691 deaths: thousands were missing and possibly dead in India's remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia: At least 101,318 people were killed on Sumatra island and small islands off its coast. Kenya reported 1 killed. Malaysia: At least 68 people, including an unknown number of foreign tourists, were dead. Myanmar: At least 90 people were killed. Sri Lanka: At least 30,680 were killed in government and rebel controlled areas. The Maldives, an archipelago of 1,190 low-lying coral islands and a tiny population of 280,000, at least 82 people were killed and missing. At least 42 islands were flattened in the low-lying atoll nation. Somalia: At least 298 were killed. Tanzania: At least 10 killed. Thailand: The confirmed death toll for Thailand reached 5,322, but many suspected Myanmar migrants were not counted. Some 230,000 people were killed in a dozen countries.
    (SFC, 12/28/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/30/04)(SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A12)(AP, 1/7/05)(Econ, 1/22/05, p.41)(AP, 12/25/09)(AP, 11/12/13)
2004        Dec 26, The confirmed death toll for Thailand reached 5,322, but many suspected Myanmar migrants were not counted.
    (Econ, 1/22/05, p.41)

2004        Dec 31, Thai authorities said more than 2,230 foreigners from 36 nations were confirmed dead from Thailand's southern resorts alone.
    (AP, 12/31/04)(SFC, 1/1/05, p.A1)

2005        Jan 1, Thailand was forecast for 5.3% annual GDP growth with a population at 65.1 million and GDP per head at $2,610.
    (Econ, 1/1/05, p.92)

2005        Jan 2, Thailand's confirmed death toll from the Dec 26 tidal wave disaster approached 5,000, including more than 2,400 foreign holidaymakers.
    (AP, 1/2/05)

2005        Jan 9, In Thailand a 6-story building caught fire and collapsed in Bangkok, trapping five firefighters inside the wreckage.
    (AP, 1/9/05)

2005        Jan 17, In Thailand a collision on Bangkok’s new subway injured 200 and suspended service for a week. A crew error was blamed.
    (WSJ, 1/18/05, p.A1)

2005        Jan 24, In Thailand a tourist boat returning from Pa Ngan island capsized and at least 7 people were dead. Another 20 were missing.
    (WSJ, 1/25/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 6, Thailand voters handed PM Thaksin Shinawatra a 2nd term with an expanded mandate. In his 1st term he broadly managed to keep 3 promises centering on cheap health care, debt forgiveness for farmers and micro-credits for villages. Under his tenure public debt fell from 54% of GDP to 39%.
    (AP, 2/6/05)(Econ, 2/5/05, p.11,23)

2005        Feb 15, The Thailand Cabinet approved establishing a new infantry division of 12,000 troops to be based permanently in southern Thailand, where violence blamed on Muslim insurgents has claimed more than 650 lives in the past year.
    (AP, 2/15/05)

2005        Feb 17, In southern Thailand a bomb exploded near a tourist hotel in the border town of Sungai Kolok, killing 5 people and wounding over 40.
    (AP, 2/17/05)(SFC, 2/18/05, p.A3)

2005        Feb 19, Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton visited a Thai fishing village that had been devastated by the December 2005 tsunami.
    (AP, 2/19/06)

2005        Feb 26, Thailand police reported 4 more people killed in surging violence in the Muslim south. PM Shinawatra defended his hard-line policies and accused his critics of sympathizing with separatists.
    (AP, 2/26/05)

2005        Apr 3, in southern Thailand 2 near-simultaneous bombs exploded, including one at the airport in Hat Yai city killing one person and wounding a dozen.
    (AFP, 4/3/05)

2005        Apr 4, Chevron announced plans to purchase Unocal Corp. for $18.4 billion. Chevron’s eventual acquisition of Unocal included a stake in the Yadana project in Myanmar, in which Unocal invested in the 1990s along with France’s Total, Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise and the petroleum Authority of Thailand. Total with a 31% stake operated the project. The Yadana project brought in an estimated $969 million to the government undercutting international sanctions to isolate the regime.
       (SFC, 4/5/05, p.A1)(SFC, 10/4/07, p.A10)(SFC, 4/29/08, p.D3)

2005        Apr 24, In southern Thailand suspected Islamic separatists detonated a bomb, killing two police officers and wounding three other people.
    (AP, 4/24/05)

2005        May 1, Thai fishermen netted a 646-pound Mekong giant catfish believed to have been the world's largest freshwater fish ever caught in Thailand.
    (AP, 6/30/05)

2005        May 13, In southern Thailand a roadside bomb exploded near a passing military truck, killing two Thai marines and seriously wounding eight others.
    (AP, 5/13/05)

2005        May 26, In Tham Krabok, Thailand, the largest refugee camp for ethnic Hmong, who had fled communist Laos, was officially closed.
    (AP, 5/27/05)

2005        May 30, Miss Canada, Natalie Glebova, was crowned Miss Universe in the 54th annual pageant held in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
    (AP, 5/31/05)

2005        Jun 3, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in New Delhi, India, for talks on a free trade agreement and civil aviation liberalization.
    (AFP, 6/3/05)

2005        Jun 18, The beheaded bodies of a Laotian couple were found in southern Thailand over the weekend and were believed to be the latest victims of Muslim separatist violence.
    (AP, 6/19/05)

2005        Jun 20, In Thailand 3 Muslim men were shop dead in Pattani.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.40)

2005        Jun 22, A lawmaker from Thailand's ruling party fell to his death from his 10th floor apartment, followed a few hours later by a woman with whom he had been quarreling. Separately suspected Islamic separatists beheaded a man at a teashop and then left his head in a sack on the side of the road.
    (AP, 6/22/05)

2005        Jun 24, Thailand police reported that attackers in Yala province had slashed the necks of a couple, almost severing their heads in the latest killings attributed to Islamic separatists.
    (AP, 6/25/05)

2005        Jun, India's tsunami-hit Andaman islands signed a tourist deal with Thailand’s resort town of Phuket. Environmentalists slammed the deal saying such a move would destroy the fragile ecology of the Andaman and Nicobar islands and encourage the sex trade.
    (Reuters, 8/3/05)

2005        Jul 5, Thousands of poor ethnic Hmong refugees from Laos were living without shelter in northern Thailand, forced from their homes under a Thai campaign to pressure them to return to their native land. Landlords said the government had set a July 4 deadline for them to evict the some 6,500 refugees from their bamboo shelters.
    (AP, 7/6/05)

2005        Jul 11, Thailand reported the discovery of 10 new cases of bird flu just as it was about to declare the country free of the disease.
    (AP, 7/11/05)

2005        Jul 14, In southern Thailand at least 60 insurgents plunged Yala city into darkness by destroying electrical transformers, then roamed the streets with fire-bombs, explosives and guns, targeting an area near a hotel, convenience stores, a restaurant and the railway station. Suspected Islamic separatists set off 5 bombs and exchanged gunfire with security personnel in an attack, killing a police officer and wounding 19 other people.
    (AP, 7/14/05)(AP, 7/17/05)

2005        Jul 15, Thailand's government, reeling from bold attacks by suspected separatists in the Muslim-dominated south, granted PM Thaksin Shinawatra sweeping powers to tap phones, directly command security forces and order curfews.
    (AP, 7/15/05)

2005        Jul 17, In Thailand an emergency decree was signed into law that granted PM Shinawatra sweeping powers to tap phones, directly command security forces and order curfews. It also granted immunity to security forces in emergency zones.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.40)

2005        Sep 19, Lukman B. Lima, a veteran leader of Thailand's insurgency, issued a warning: militants from Indonesia and Arab nations might join the fight for a separate homeland if the Thai government continues a crackdown that's provoking a new generation of Muslim fighters.
    (AP, 9/23/05)

2005        Sep, In Thailand a weekly talk show on government run TV hosted by Sondhi Limthongkul, founder of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), was cancelled. Weekly rallies soon followed in which Mr. Sondhi unveiled fresh allegations of official corruption and misconduct.
    (Econ, 12/17/05, p.42)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.47)

2005        Oct 5, In southern Thailand suspected Islamic insurgents shot and killed five soldiers as they ate dinner at a military outpost.
    (AP, 10/5/05)

2005        Oct 16, In southern Thailand about 20 suspected Muslim separatists stormed a monastery, hacked an elderly Buddhist monk to death and fatally shot two temple boys.
    (AP, 10/17/05)

2005        Oct 18, Thailand's Cabinet announced it was extending a state of emergency in three southern provinces to cope with an escalating Muslim insurgency.
    (AP, 10/18/05)

2005        Oct 20, Thailand PM Thaksin Shinawatra said new lab results confirmed the country's 13th death from bird flu.
    (AP, 10/20/05)

2005        Oct 26, Suspected Muslim insurgents raided 60 targets in southern Thailand, stealing 90 weapons and causing at least seven deaths.
    (AP, 10/27/05)

2005        Nov 2, In southern Thailand several bombs exploded in Narathiwat, killing one attacker and knocking out electricity.
    (AP, 11/2/05)

2005        Nov 3, Thailand's government imposed martial law in two Muslim-dominated districts of its insurgency-wracked south, a day after Islamic separatists staged a new show of strength with bombings that blacked out a provincial capital.
    (AP, 11/3/05)

2005        Nov 7, In Thailand at least three people were killed, two others injured and dozens of suspected Muslim insurgents arrested as militants attacked more than 20 government targets in the southern Yala province.
    (AP, 11/8/05)

2005        Nov 16, In Thailand suspected Muslim separatists stormed 2 houses in a southern village and opened fire on the families with assault rifles, killing 9 people and injuring 9 others.
    (AP, 11/16/05)

2005        Dec 7, In Thailand a 5-year-old boy became the country’s 2nd bird flu fatality in two months.
    (AP, 12/9/05)

2005        Dec 4, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej publicly rebuked PM Thaksin for pursuing lawsuits against media outlets that oppose his policies.
    (www.bangkokpost.net/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=69917)

2005        Dec 20, Troops in southern Thailand struggled through mountains of mud in an effort to reach thousands stranded by floods and landslides that have killed at least 35 people.
    (AP, 12/20/05)

2005        Dec, In Thailand Steward Keith McLeod of Australia beat his Canadian wife, Barbara Lynn (61), to death with a hammer and dumped her battered body in bushes along a residential street in Bangkok. In 2006 McLeod (45) was sentenced to 34 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/28/06)

2005        In southern Thailand the Buddhist vigilante group Ruam Thai, or Thais United, was established late this year by police officials led by Maj. Gen. Phitak Ladkaew, then chief of investigation in Yala, one of the 3 Muslim-majority provinces.
    (AP, 8/8/07)

2006        Jan 9, Jaruvan Maintaka, locked out of her auditor-general office, launched a Web site with other activists to track graft in Thailand.
    (WSJ, 2/9/06, p.A7)

2006        Jan 10, In Thailand protesters pushed through a police barricade outside a hotel where negotiators were trying to hammer out a US-Thai free trade pact, as demonstrations against the deal gained momentum but failed to disrupt the talks.
    (AP, 1/10/06)

2006        Jan 18, In Thailand 2 fishermen were sentenced to death in the rape and murder of a British tourist, a crime that prompted the PM to demand the maximum penalty. Bualoi Posit (23) and Wichai Somkhaoyai (24) pleaded guilty to the New Year's Day slaying of Katherine Horton, a 21-year-old student from Wales.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, An American couple claiming to be of Lao royal descent were shot dead in northeastern Thailand. Anouwong Sethathirath IV (49) and Oulayvanh Sethathirath (38) were killed at a Buddhist monastery in Nong Khai. The next day Thai police said they might have been targeted by Laos' government on suspicions that they were working against the communist regime.
    (AP, 1/19/06)

2006        Jan 23, The family of Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra sold their controlling stake in the telecom Shin Corp. for $1.87 billion to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. Legal loopholes were used to avoid taxes on the sale.
    (WSJ, 2/6/06, p.C10)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.39)

2006        Feb 4, Tens of thousands of people filled a plaza near the Thai parliament, chanting slogans demanding that PM Thaksin Shinawatra step down amid allegations of official corruption. Thaksin said he would step down if the king asked.
    (AP, 2/4/06)

2006        Feb 8,  In Thailand skydivers from 31 countries set a new world record of 400 people holding hands in a midair free-fall formation.
    (AP, 2/8/06)

2006        Feb 11, Thailand's PM Shinawatra, facing growing calls for his resignation, agreed to hold a national referendum on amending the country's constitution.
    (AP, 2/11/06)

2006        Feb 17, French President Jacques Chirac has arrived for his first visit to Thailand as head of state, with Paris hoping to secure lucrative contracts in one of the most dynamic countries in the region.
    (AFP, 2/17/06)

2006        Feb 24, Thailand's embattled PM Shinawatra dissolved parliament, a move forcing national elections three years early and guaranteeing a showdown with his political opponents.
    (AP, 2/24/06)

2006        Feb 26, In Thailand some 50 thousand people gathered in Bangkok for a new mass rally to demand the ousting of PM Thaksin Shinawatra as opposition parties said they were considering boycotting a snap election which he has called in response.
    (AFP, 2/26/06)

2006        Mar 5, Tens of thousands of Thais marched to Government House, demanding the resignation of PM Thaksin Shinawatra in the fourth protest against him in as many weeks.
    (AP, 3/5/06)

2006        Mar 14, Thailand's PM Thaksin Shinawatra vowed to declare an emergency if anti-government protests turned violent, as tens of thousands marched on his office to demand his resignation for alleged corruption.
    (AP, 3/14/06)

2006        Mar 21, In Thailand demonstrators seeking the resignation of PM Thaksin Shinawatra brought their protests to Bangkok's commercial district.
    (AP, 3/21/06)

2006        Mar 22, In Thailand a truck crashed through a railroad crossing barrier and slammed into a passenger train in Ratchaburi, causing a derailment and killing at least six people.
    (AP, 3/22/06)

2006        Mar 25, Tens of thousands rallied in Bangkok, begging their king to intervene in a last-ditch effort to force PM Thaksin Shinawatra from office.
    (AP, 3/25/06)

2006        Mar 29, In Thailand tens of thousands of protesters seeking the ouster of PM Thaksin Shinawatra descended on Bangkok's busiest shopping district, disrupting business and traffic in the heart of the capital.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, In Thailand 7 decomposed bodies found in a jungle near the border with Myanmar. The remains of four Hmong Americans are believed to be among the dead. Eight men, including four Hmong with US citizenship, were reported missing March 16.
    (AP, 3/29/06)

2006        Apr 2, Thailand citizens voted in snap parliamentary elections. Thailand's PM urged citizens to ignore an opposition boycott, saying the vote was crucial to ending the country's deepening political stalemate amid demands for his resignation. Bombs exploded at three polling stations in restive southern Thailand, injuring four soldiers and a police officer.
    (AP, 4/2/06)

2006        Apr 3, PM Thaksin claimed victory in Thailand's general election that followed weeks of anti-government protests, saying his party won more than half of the popular vote, the threshold he had set for staying in office.
    (AP, 4/3/06)

2006        Apr 4, Thailand’s Embattled PM Thaksin Shinawatra abruptly announced he will step down from office, bowing to a mounting opposition campaign seeking his ouster over allegations of corruption and abuse of power.
    (AP, 4/4/06)

2006        Apr 5, Thailand’s PM Thaksin Shinawatra handed over power to a longtime friend and fellow police officer, less than 24 hours after saying he would step down over allegations of corruption and abuse of power.
    (AP, 4/5/06)

2006        Apr 18, Thailand's government said it will extend a state of emergency in southern Thailand as part of measures to combat a Muslim insurgency that has left over 1,000 people dead.
    (AP, 4/18/06)

2006        Apr 23, Opponents of Thailand's outgoing prime minister wore black and tore up their ballots to protest parliamentary elections they said were unfair. Weekend elections failed to fill several seats in Parliament, deepening the country's political crisis.
    (AP, 4/23/06)(AP, 4/24/06)

2006        Apr 27, Reports from Myanmar and Thailand said Myanmar troops were waging their biggest military offensive in almost a decade and have uprooted more than 11,000 ethnic minority civilians in a campaign punctuated by torture, killings and the burning of villages.
    (AP, 4/27/06)

2006        May 7, A fire broke out at a club in the Thai resort town of Pattaya, killing at least seven people and injuring at least 49.
    (AP, 5/7/06)

2006        May 8, Thailand's Constitutional Court invalidated last month's parliamentary elections and ordered fresh polls in a bid to end a political impasse that has left the country unable to form a new government.
    (AP, 5/8/06)

2006        May 10, In southern Thailand a bomb exploded at a tea shop near a busy market, killing at least three people and injuring more than a dozen.
    (AP, 5/10/06)

2006        May 23, In Thailand PM Thaksin Shinawatra resumed his duties as challenges to his hold on power mounted even after a self-imposed leave of absence for seven weeks.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, In northern Thailand flash floods left thousands of people stranded on rooftops and trapped inside trains. 9 people were reported killed.
    (AP, 5/23/06)

2006        Jun 9, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (b.1927), the world's longest-reigning monarch, began celebrating his 60th anniversary on the throne. He became the 9th king of the Chakri dynasty, succeeding his older brother, Ananda, killed by an unexplained shooting on June 9, 1946.
    (AP, 6/12/06)

2006        Jun 15, In Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents exploded more than 40 bombs in attacks on government offices across the restive south, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 6/15/06)

2006        Jun 27, In Thailand prosecutors asked the Constitutional Court to disband both the governing Thai Rak Thai (TRT) and the main opposition Democrats for gross misconduct in the April elections. In southern Thailand 7 people were killed by suspected Islamic insurgents in attacks, including a bombing that left five security officers dead.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.38)(AFP, 6/27/06)

2006        Jul 13, In Thailand a top court decided to accept a case that accuses PM Thaksin Shinawatra's ruling party and its main rival of electoral fraud.
    (AP, 7/13/06)

2006        Jul 25, Thailand's three election commissioners, seen as close allies of embattled PM Thaksin Shinawatra, were convicted of allowing unqualified candidates to run in parliamentary elections and sentenced to four years in prison.
    (AP, 7/25/06)

2006        Aug 1, Assailants carried out at least 40 bomb and arson attacks in Thailand's three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces. At least three people were reported hurt.
    (AP, 8/1/06)

2006        Aug 2, In southern Thailand a bomb planted along a railroad exploded and killed three policemen.
    (AP, 8/2/06)

2006        Aug 16, John Mark Karr (41), a former American school teacher, was arrested in Thailand for the December, 1996, murder JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colo. He said he tried to kidnap JonBenet for a $118,000 ransom but that his plan went awry and he strangled her. Karr's confession that he had killed JonBenet was later discredited.
    (AP, 8/17/07)

2006        Aug 22, Thailand police arrested 175 North Koreans, mostly women and children, who illegally entered the country and were found hiding in an abandoned home in Bangkok.
    (AFP, 8/23/06)

2006        Aug 31, In southern Thailand nearly two dozen bombs exploded almost simultaneously inside commercial banks, killing two people in a region bloodied by a Muslim insurgency.
    (AP, 8/31/06)

2006        Sep 7, A Thai court decided to extradite a Vietnamese dissident to face charges of violating airspace for a stunt that involved hijacking a plane and dropping 50,000 anti-communist leaflets over Ho Chi Minh City. Ly Tong, a South Vietnamese air force veteran who later became a US citizen, hijacked the twin-engine plane from Thailand in November 2000.
    (AP, 9/7/06)

2006        Sep 16, In southern Thailand bomb blasts killed four people including a Canadian (29), who became the first Westerner to die in the two-year Muslim insurgency. At least five bombs exploded: two in department stories; two in front of a bar and a parking lot at the Odean Shopping Mall; and a fifth at a nearby massage parlor in Songkhla province's Hat Yai city.
    (AP, 9/17/06)

2006        Sep 19, In Thailand a 6-man military junta launched a coup against PM Thaksin Shinawatra, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king. This was the 18th coup since 1932. General Prem Tinsulanonda was widely seen as the mastermind of the coup.
    (AP, 9/19/06)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.27)(Econ, 12/6/08, p.34)

2006        Sep 20, Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, the army commander who seized Thailand's government in a quick, bloodless coup, pledged to hold elections by October 2007. He received a ringing endorsement from the country's revered king.
    (AP, 9/20/06)

2006        Sep 21, Thailand's new military rulers said that four top members of deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra's administration had been detained. The regime also assumed the duties of parliament, which was dissolved when the government was ousted in a coup earlier this week, and banned meetings by all political parties.
    (AP, 9/21/06)

2006        Sep 24, Thailand's military council issued new orders intended to stave off any possible opposition to their coup, banning political activities at the district and provincial levels.
    (AP, 9/24/06)

2006        Sep 28, Thailand's auditor general, Jaruvan Maintaka, told reporters that Gen. Surayud Chulanont (62), a highly regarded retired officer, would lead the country until promised elections next year. The US suspended $24 million in military aid due to the coup.
    (AP, 9/29/06)(WSJ, 9/29/06, p.A1)
2006        Sep 28, Thailand’s new Suvarnabhumi Airport, built on an area known as "Cobra Swamp," officially opened its doors, more than four decades after the project originated.
    (AP, 9/27/06)(AP, 9/28/06)

2006        Oct 1, In Thailand retired army commander Gen. Surayud Chulanont (b.1943) was sworn as interim prime minister following the announcement of a temporary constitution that reserved considerable powers for the military coup makers.
    (AP, 10/1/06)(WSJ, 10/2/06, p.A7)

2006        Oct 2, Thailand's respected central bank chief said he has agreed to join the interim Cabinet, a move that appeared likely to reassure the business community.
    (AP, 10/2/06)

2006        Oct 3, Thailand's deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra resigned from his once all-powerful party in a letter faxed from London.
    (AP, 10/3/06)

2006        Oct 5, Thai coup leaders agreed to talk with southern rebels reversing Thaksin’s confrontational approach to the insurgency.
    (WSJ, 10/6/06, p.A1)
2006        Oct 5, The Latvian and Thai candidates dropped out of the race to become the next U.N. chief on Thursday, leaving South Korea's foreign minister as the lone remaining contender and near-certain successor to Kofi Annan.
    (AP, 10/5/06)

2006        Oct 9, Thailand's king approved a post-coup Cabinet lineup, ushering in an interim government expected to rule the country for one year until the next elections are held.
    (AP, 10/9/06)

2006        Oct 14, Thailand's military-installed premier Surayud Chulanont visited Vientiane on the first stop of a weekend tour aimed at reassuring neighbors Laos and Cambodia that Bangkok won't pull any more surprises.
    (AFP, 10/14/06)

2006        Oct 18, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents attacked an army base, killing one soldier and leaving four others injured.
    (AP, 10/18/06)

2006        Oct 20, Thailand's military government said it had extended emergency rule in the Muslim-majority south where another 21 people were killed this week despite moves to resolve bloody unrest.
    (AFP, 10/20/06)

2006        Oct 21, The death toll from severe flooding in Thailand and neighboring Myanmar has jumped to 143 after Thai authorities confirmed another 16 victims. The severe flooding began in late August in Thailand's central and northern provinces
    (AFP, 10/21/06)

2006        Oct 26, Thailand's military-installed PM Surayud Chulanont visited Vietnam for the last of a series of trips aimed at reassuring Bangkok's neighbors after last month's coup.
    (AFP, 10/26/06)

2006        Oct, In Thailand Queen Sirikit saw news reports that showed footage from a nearby motorcycle shop that had hired a group of Coyote Girls to promote its wares. The dancers were named after the 2000 American film "Coyote Ugly," about a group of sassy 20-somethings who dance seductively on a New York City bar top. The queen’s reaction prompted a crackdown that turned Coyote Girls into a subject of national debate and official disapproval.
    (AP, 12/27/06)

2006        Nov 5, In Thailand a bomb blast killed two soldiers and injured three others in the restive south. 4 people were shot dead and six wounded in a string of shootings and simultaneous bomb attacks in the south. PM Surayud Chulanont apologized to Muslims for the government's failure to quell the long-running insurgency.
    (AFP, 11/5/06)

2006        Nov 9, In southern Thailand 8 bombs exploded almost simultaneously at car and motorcycle showrooms, wounding nine people.
    (AP, 11/9/06)

2006        Nov 15, In southern Thailand suspected Islamic militants over the last 2 days shot dead three people in separate drive-by shootings, while one soldier was hurt in a bomb attack.
    (AP, 11/15/06)

2006        Nov 17, In southern Thailand 3 bomb blasts killed one person and wounded at least 30 others.
    (AP, 11/18/06)

2006        Nov 22, In southern Thailand a woman was shot and her body burnt in Narathiwat, while a second victim, believed to be Buddhist man, was shot several times in the face. A separatist leader said the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) extremist network is helping groups of young fighters stage attacks in Thailand's Muslim-majority south.
    (AP, 11/22/06)

2006        Nov 24, In Thailand attackers shot a school principal, and then set his body on fire. The principal became the 59th teacher or school official killed in three years of violence.
    (AP, 11/25/06)

2006        Nov 25, In Thailand a regional representative for teachers said more than 300 schools in the south will close indefinitely Nov 27, after attacks by suspected Muslim insurgents left two teachers dead.
    (AP, 11/25/06)

2006        Nov 28, Thailand's military-installed government agreed to lift martial law in Bangkok and in more than half of the country's provinces.
    (AP, 11/28/06)

2006        Dec 9, In Thailand a police informant who survived two attacks by suspected Muslim insurgents was killed in a drive-by shooting in the restive south.
    (AP, 12/9/06)

2006        Dec 13, Two Laotian-American men were shot to death at a bus station in northeastern Thailand after returning from a trip to Laos. Thai police said they suspect a political connection to the killings.
    (AP, 12/14/06)

2006        Dec 19, Thailand’s stock market experienced a record decline as the government moved to clamp down on foreign investment. Thailand’s SET index lost 15% of its value. By the end of the day the government partially lifted its restrictions.
    (WSJ, 12/20/06, p.C1)(SFC, 12/21/06, p.C3)(Econ, 1/6/07, p.59)

2006        Dec 24, Bo Mya (79), a longtime leader of the Karen National Union, died in Thailand. The KNU was Myanmar's largest guerrilla group.
    (AP, 12/24/06)

2006        Dec 29, In southern Thailand 2 teachers were shot and burned to death and a government worker gunned down in attacks blamed on Muslim insurgents.
    (AP, 12/29/06)

2006        Dec 31, In Thailand 6 bomb blasts rocked Bangkok on New Years Eve and 3 more just after midnight. 3 people were killed 38 wounded. The city cancelled its major New Year's Eve celebrations just as revelers had begun to gather ahead of the countdown.
    (AP, 1/1/07)

2006        Paul M. Handley authored “The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand’s Bhumidiol Adulyadej. The import of Handley's book into Thailand was banned by police order even before its publication.
    (Econ, 7/29/06, p.74)(AP, 1/10/08)

2006        Phantarak Rajadej (104), a former police chief in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, died. He had begun making and selling Jatukam Ramathep amulets in the 1980s to raise money for a Buddhist shrine and was believed to have mastered the art of black magic to ward off his enemies. Production of the amulets surged following his death. In 2008 the market collapsed.
    (WSJ, 4/7/08, p.A9)

2007        Jan 13, In southern Thailand a Buddhist man and his wife were working at a rubber plantation in Yala province when a group attacked them, shooting the man three times in the chest before beheading him and killing his wife. Another Buddhist was killed in a drive-by shooting in a separate attack in Yala. The Islamic insurgency, that flared in January 2004, has killed more than 1,900 people.
    (AP, 1/14/07)

2007        Jan 14, Two passenger trains collided near a beach resort town south of Bangkok, killing three people and injuring more than 100 others.
    (AP, 1/14/07)

2007        Jan 17, In Thailand suspected separatist rebels shot dead two Buddhist villagers in the Muslim-majority south. The insurgency there has killed more than 1,800 people in three years.
    (AFP, 1/17/07)

2007        Jan 26, Suspected Muslim separatists ambushed police patrols and torched a school as PM Surayud Chulanont returned to southern Thailand for a third attempt at ending the bloody insurgency.
    (AP, 1/27/07)

2007        Jan, In Thailand the film “The Legend of King Naresuan,” directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol, set a new box office record taking in $3.4 million (120 million baht) in its 1st four days. The 2nd episode of the trilogy was scheduled to open February 15.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.44)

2007        Feb 12, Thailand, which has upset big drug companies by issuing patent-overriding licenses for generic versions of heart and HIV/AIDS pills, said it would issue more unless the firms cut prices.
    (AP, 2/12/07)

2007        Feb 18, In Thailand 29 bombings and 20 other attacks rocked the country's four southernmost provinces. Most of the attacks took place in a span of 45 minutes.
    (AP, 2/19/07)

2007        Feb 19, In Thailand violence continued as bombs exploded at four locations in the south, killing an army major and wounding two soldiers, three policemen and 13 civilians.
    (AP, 2/19/07)

2007        Feb 21, Thailand police said suspected Islamic separatists had set ablaze Thailand's biggest rubber warehouse and shot dead four people in fresh attacks across the Muslim-majority southern provinces. A top economic aide to ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra resigned from his position in the current military-appointed government following sharp criticism from pro-democracy groups.
    (AFP, 2/21/07)(AP, 2/21/07)

2007        Feb 27, Pridiyathorn Devakula, Thailand’s finance minister and deputy prime minister, quit.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, p.49)

2007        Mar 2, In the jungles of southern Thailand soldiers killed five suspected Muslim insurgents during a raid on a weapons training camp.
    (AP, 3/2/07)

2007        Mar 6, Thailand's military-installed government took over the country's only independent television station and said it would be temporarily pulled off the air after it failed to pay millions of dollars in unpaid license fees.
    (AP, 3/6/07)

2007        Mar 9, Thailand's junta chief urged people living in restive Muslim-majority provinces to act as informants for security forces trying to quell three years of separatist unrest.
    (AP, 3/9/07)

2007        Mar 14, Thai prosecutors said they would charge the wife of deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra with tax evasion. In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents opened fire on nine Buddhists who were riding in a commuter van, killing all of them execution-style.
    (AP, 3/14/07)(AFP, 3/14/07)

2007        Mar 17, In southern Thailand attackers hurled explosives and opened fire on an Islamic school, killing three students and sparking a riot by angry Muslim villagers. Shortly after the attack, three Buddhists were shot dead in the same district.
    (AP, 3/18/07)

2007        Mar 19, In Thailand suspected Muslim separatists shot and killed three Buddhist women involved with a project for victims of the insurgency.
    (AP, 3/19/07)

2007        Mar 22, Malaysia and Thailand agreed to map out a series of socio-economic measures to end rising sectarian tensions and violence in the kingdom's insurgency-wracked south.
    (AFP, 3/22/07)

2007        Mar 29, A Swiss man was jailed for 10 years for insulting Thailand's revered king by vandalizing his portraits during a drunken spree.
    (AP, 3/29/07)

2007        Apr 2, Thailand's premier hailed ties with Japan as he prepared to sign a free-trade agreement with his country's top investor, easing international isolation of the kingdom since last year's coup. Army-installed PM Surayud Chulanont will sign the deal April 3, which Thailand hopes will boost investment from Japan.
    (AFP, 4/2/07)

2007        Apr 3, Japan and Thailand signed a free trade agreement that will cut tariffs on a wide range of traded goods, from seafood to automobiles.
    (AP, 4/3/07)

2007        Apr 5, Attackers fired a grenade into a mosque in Thailand's restive south, wounding 16 Muslim worshippers in an act of defiance after authorities imposed a strict curfew to contain escalating violence.
    (AP, 4/5/07)

2007        Apr 12, Thailand police said the king has pardoned a Swiss man who was given a 10-year sentence for spray-painting over images of the revered monarch, but the longtime Thailand resident has been ordered to leave the country.
    (AP, 4/12/07)

2007        Apr 14, Flash floods swept over two waterfalls on a southern Thai mountain packed with picnickers and swimmers celebrating the country's New Year, killing at least 35 people and leaving dozens more missing.
    (AP, 4/15/07)

2007        Apr 29, Suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand killed two Buddhist villagers, beheading one of them, and left a note saying the attack was revenge for a deadly weekend bombing at a mosque.
    (AP, 4/30/07)

2007        Apr 30, In southern Thailand suspected Islamic insurgents exploded a bomb at a busy night market and wounded 20 people.
    (AP, 5/1/07)

2007        May 2, Thailand's military-installed PM Surayud Chulanont said he has tasked his southern army commander with developing a detailed amnesty proposal for Islamic militants.
    (AP, 5/2/07)

2007        May 4, Delegates meeting in Thailand from 120 countries approved the first roadmap for stemming greenhouse gas emissions, laying out what they said was an affordable arsenal of anti-warming measures that must be rushed into place to avert a disastrous spike in global temperatures.
    (AP, 5/4/07)

2007        May 8, Thailand and the United States launched their annual war games.
    (AP, 5/8/07)

2007        May 11, In southern Thailand separatist militants killed two policemen in a raid on a security checkpost, attacking it with guns and grenades before setting it ablaze with the victims inside.
    (AFP, 5/11/07)

2007        May 20, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents shot and killed two Buddhist civilians and wounded a third, while a bomb wounded 11 people, including five policemen.
    (AP, 5/20/07)

2007        May 23, In southern Thailand 7 people including two teenagers were killed, while 11 others were injured in a spate of bombings by suspected separatist rebels.
    (AFP, 5/23/07)

2007        May 27, In southern Thailand 6 bombs ripped through a key commercial district, wounding 10 people.
    (AP, 5/28/07)

2007        May 28, In southern Thailand a bomb in a market in Kolomudo killed four Buddhists, including two children.
    (AP, 8/7/07)

2007        May 29, Senior Thai judges began deliberating on whether to dissolve the kingdom's two main political parties as thousands of troops were put on alert amid security fears ahead of the court verdict.
    (AP, 5/29/07)

2007        May 30, Two senior officials with Thailand's Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party were found guilty of election fraud in a ruling that could doom the political powerhouse founded by ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra. A court disbanded the political party of Shinawatra, barring him and 110 party executives from politics for five years due to election law violations.
    (AFP, 5/30/07)(AP, 5/31/07)

2007        May 31, In southern Thailand suspected insurgents sprayed gunfire into a mosque, killing 7 worshippers. Black-uniformed raiders roared into Kolomudo, a Muslim village, firing assault rifles and hurling grenades from a pickup truck at a group of teenagers relaxing near the mosque. When the attack was over, five of the youths lay dead. Buddhist vigilantes were suspected. A roadside bomb killed 11 paramilitary troops almost simultaneously in some of the worst recent violence. A 12th soldier died the next day.
    (AP, 6/1/07)(AP, 8/7/07)

2007        Jun 9, Thailand deported 163 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers to Laos who authorities said had entered the country illegally in recent years trying to reach a large refugee camp.
    (AP, 6/9/07)

2007        Jun 14, In insurgency-wracked southern Thailand a bomb exploded during a soccer match, wounding 14 police officers who were providing security.
    (AP, 6/14/07)

2007        Jun 15, In southern Thailand a roadside bomb and shootings killed seven soldiers in one of the deadliest attacks on security forces this year.
    (AP, 6/15/07)

2007        Jun 16, Thailand's military-installed government offered to negotiate with ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra over his recently frozen assets, as thousands of people protested in support of the former leader.
    (AP, 6/16/07)

2007        Jun 19, Police charged ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife with concealing assets and ordered the exiled leader to return to Thailand.
    (AP, 6/19/07)

2007        Jun 20, Thailand’s legislature approved an anti-rape law that widens the definition of the crime and makes it illegal for a husband to have sex with his wife without her consent.
    (AP, 6/21/07)

2007        Jun 21, Thai prosecutors filed corruption charges against ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra in the Supreme Court, in the first formal charges lodged against the exiled former premier. Separatist militants in southern Thailand shot a Muslim man and then partially severed his head, while the nation's junta leader was visiting the region. A 54-year-old Buddhist was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
    (AP, 6/21/07)(AFP, 6/22/07)

2007        Jun 22, In southern Thailand 10 people, including five soldiers, were hurt in two separate bombings.
    (AFP, 6/22/07)

2007        Jun 25, The Thai government said it will freeze an additional $147 million in assets believed to be controlled by ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
    (AP, 6/26/07)

2007        Jun 26, The Asian Development Bank in Thailand said Asian governments must promote clean energy such as wind and solar power to maintain their booming economies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades.
    (AP, 6/26/07)

2007        Jul 5, Thailand's military junta unveiled a new outline constitution with controversial proposals that could limit the role of any future elected prime minister.
    (AFP, 7/5/07)

2007        Jul 11, In southern Thailand suspected separatists over the last 24 hours shot dead 4 people including a government official, as the Thai premier began a two-day visit to the region.
    (AP, 7/11/07)

2007        Jul 12, In southern Thailand suspected rebels killed five people.
    (AFP, 7/12/07)

2007        Jul 17, In southern Thailand twin bomb attacks killed one policeman and wounded 18 other people, as the junta formally extended a state of emergency in the region.
    (AP, 7/17/07)

2007        Jul 18, Thailand’s Computer Crime Act, intended to prevent cybercrimes, came into force. Most prosecutions that followed under the act were for online content that supposedly endangered national security.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.54)(www.prachatai.com/english/node/117)

2007        Aug 1, In southern Thailand a rebel ambush and bombs left 11 people dead.
    (SFC, 8/2/07, p.A3)

2007        Aug 2, In Thailand a lawyer said the wife of Thailand's deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra will seek 1.4 billion dollars in compensation from military-backed authorities that have frozen her assets.
    (AP, 8/2/07)

2007        Aug 6, PM Surayud Chulanont said Thailand will return some 8,000 ethnic Hmong refugees to Laos despite their claims that they face persecution in their homeland.
    (AP, 8/6/07)

2007        Aug 14, A Thailand judge issued arrest warrants for ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife for failing to appear at their trial on corruption-related charges.
    (AP, 8/14/07)

2007        Aug 19, A new constitution for Thailand, that is to usher in December general elections and end military rule, was approved by millions of voters in the country’s first ever nationwide referendum. This was the 18th constitution since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932.
    (AP, 8/19/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.38)

2007        Aug 31, The Thai government said it has lifted a four-month ban on YouTube after the popular video-sharing Web site's operator agreed not to allow videos that violate the country's laws or are deemed offensive to Thai people. 3 people including a state railway worker were shot dead in separate attacks in the restive Muslim-majority south.
    (AP, 8/31/07)

2007        Sep 3, A Thai court issued arrest warrants for former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife over their alleged violations of stock-trading laws.
    (AP, 9/3/07)

2007        Sep 15, In Thailand a roadside bomb planted by suspected separatist rebels killed one soldier and wounded five others in the insurgency-torn south. 2 men were killed in a drive-by shooting by suspected militants in Pattani province.
    (AP, 9/15/07)

2007        Sep 16, In Thailand a One-Two-Go Airlines passenger plane filled with foreign tourists crashed as it tried to land in pouring rain on the island of Phuket, splitting in two and bursting into flames. 89 people were killed.
    (AP, 9/17/07)(AP, 9/16/08)

2007        Sep 30, Thailand's General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who led last year's coup, stepped down as head of the nation's junta, paving the way for him to join the cabinet.
    (AFP, 10/1/07)

2007        Oct 2, Thailand's coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin was officially named a deputy prime minister, but he denied that his appointment to the cabinet was an attempt to cling to power.
    (AP, 10/2/07)

2007        Oct 13, In southern Thailand 6 European tourists and their two Thai guides died when a flash flood engulfed a cave they were exploring.
    (AFP, 10/14/07)

2007        Oct 19, Christopher Paul Neil (32), a Canadian schoolteacher suspected of sexually abusing boys, was arrested in rural Thailand and charged after a 3-year international manhunt that relied on digitally unscrambled photos and tips from the public. Neil later pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy and was sentenced to three years and three months in jail; he faces other charges involving the victim's younger brother.
    (AP, 10/19/07)(AP, 10/19/08)

2007        Oct 30, Thailand's military-installed government lifted martial law in more than half of the 400 districts where it remained after being imposed during a coup last year.
    (AP, 10/30/07)

2007        Nov 21, In southern Thailand unidentified gunmen killed four local government employees in the same district where a prominent political party leader was campaigning.
    (AP, 11/21/07)

2007        Nov 28, In southern Thailand a Muslim military informant was shot and crucified, while two Buddhist men were beheaded by suspected Islamic separatists.
    (AFP, 11/28/07)

2007        Dec 4, In southern Thailand a bomb killed six people and injured 20 in one of the deadliest attacks in recent months.
    (AP, 12/4/07)

2007        Dec 6, The 24th Southeast Asian Games officially opened in Korat, Thailand.
    (AFP, 12/6/07)

2007        Dec 12, Thailand smashed through the 100-gold barrier at the SEA Games as they continued their relentless pursuit of top spot on the medals table.
    (AFP, 12/12/07)

2007        Dec 13, An official said Thai tax authorities have seized assets worth about $34.2 million from family members of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
    (AP, 12/14/07)

2007        Dec 18, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents shot and killed four people before beheading one victim, days before the country's first election since last year's coup.
    (AP, 12/18/07)

2007        Dec 20, Thailand's military-installed parliament approved a controversial internal security law. Critics warned it will allow the military to maintain a grip on power even after this weekend's general election.
    (AP, 12/21/07)

2007        Dec 23, In Thailand allies of deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra appeared to emerge as victors in the post-coup election but failed to secure an absolute majority in parliament. Thaksinites won 233 seats, 8 short of a majority in the 480-seat lower house.
    (AP, 12/23/07)(Econ, 1/5/08, p.33)

2007        Dec 24, The Thai political party allied with deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra said that it has recruited enough other parties to form a coalition government following its win in the country's first election since a 2006 coup.
    (AP, 12/24/07)

2007        Dec 25, Deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra said he was planning to return home from exile and might advise the victorious party in last weekend's elections, sparking fears of another year of intense political conflict in Thailand.
    (AP, 12/25/07)

2007        Dec 27, In Thailand officials said deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra would be arrested if he returns home from a self-imposed exile as planned, even if his victorious allies form a government following last weekend's general election.
    (AP, 12/27/07)

2007        Dec 31, In Thailand a bomb attack wounded 27 people in Sungai Kolok, a tourist town where people had gathered to celebrate the New Year.
    (AP, 12/31/07)

2007        In Thailand 751 people died in prison or under police custody this year.
    (Econ, 4/19/08, p.55)

2008        Jan 8, The wife of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra was handed an arrest warrant after she returned to Thailand to face corruption charges that could put her behind bars for 20 years.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

2008        Jan 13, In Thailand six suspected militants escaped in a jailbreak.
    (AP, 1/15/08)

2008        Jan 14, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents killed eight soldiers, leaving one beheaded, in a bomb and shooting attack.
    (AP, 1/14/08)

2008        Jan 15, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents exploded a bomb that left at least 39 people injured in a market in Yala.
    (AP, 1/15/08)

2008        Jan 24, In southern Thailand Muslim militants fatally shot a Buddhist teacher as he pulled out of his driveway to head to work.
    (AP, 1/24/08)

2008        Jan 26, In western Thailand a bus packed with passengers heading to a funeral tumbled down a mountain, killing nine people and injuring 26 others.
    (AP, 1/26/08)

2008        Jan 28, Thailand’s parliament chose Samak Sundaravej, representing ex-PM Shinawatra’s interests, as premier easily beating the Democratic party candidate 310-163.
    (SFC, 1/29/08, p.A4)

2008        Jan, In southern Thailand killings rose sharply this month to 55. Some 2,800 deaths were counted since 2004.
    (Econ, 3/1/08, p.45)

2008        Feb 1, The US announced it will resume military and other aid to Thailand as a result of the country's successful election and its formation of a democratically elected government.
    (AP, 2/1/08)

2008        Feb 3, Thailand's new PM Sundaravej said he will also become the defense minister in a soon-to-be unveiled Cabinet to deter the military from staging a coup against his government.
    (AP, 2/3/08)

2008        Feb 4, In southern Thailand a bomb exploded outside an Islamic boarding school, killing one person and wounding 12. A separate bombing wounded six people, in the latest violence attributed to an Islamic separatist rebellion that has entered its fifth year.
    (AP, 2/4/08)

2008        Feb 6, Thailand made an uneasy return to democracy with the swearing-in of a Cabinet dominated by loyalists to the prime minister ousted nearly 17 months ago in a military coup. Suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a bomb near a Chinese shrine in southern Thailand, killing one soldier and wounding six other people.
    (AP, 2/6/08)

2008        Feb 14, In Thailand General Secretary Mahn Sha (64), leader of the Karen National Union (KNU), was shot and killed at his home in Mae Sot by three men who arrived in a pickup truck. The KNU is one of the biggest ethnic groups fighting Myanmar's military government. Initial investigations showed that the assailants were also Karen.
    (AP, 2/14/08)

2008        Feb 19, In Thailand Glenn Richard Allen (61), an American man was sentenced, to 16 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl and sexually abusing a second teenager in Pattaya, a Thai seaside resort town notorious for its sex industry.
    (AP, 2/19/08)

2008        Feb 19, In Thailand Glenn Richard Allen (61), an American man was sentenced, to 16 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl and sexually abusing a second teenager in Pattaya, a Thai seaside resort town notorious for its sex industry.
    (AP, 2/19/08)

2008        Feb 28, Former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra vowed to clear his name on corruption charges and called for national unity as he flew home to a jubilant welcome from thousands of supporters.
    (AP, 2/28/08)

2008        Mar 2, Thais went to the polls to vote in the country's first elections for the upper house of Parliament since a 2006 military coup ousted elected PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
    (AP, 3/2/08)

2008        Mar 6, Viktor Bout, a suspected Russian arms dealer, was arrested at a five-star hotel in downtown Bangkok on allegations that he supplied Colombian rebels with arms and explosives. He had been accused of flouting UN embargoes and was wanted by Interpol.
    (AP, 3/6/08)

2008        Mar 15, In southern Thailand a bomb exploded in the parking lot of an upscale hotel, killing two people and wounding 14 others.
    (AP, 3/15/08)

2008        Apr 1, Poor countries at a UN conference in Thailand said they won't sign a global warming pact unless industrialized nations guarantee them billions of dollars needed to adapt to the impact of climate change.
    (AP, 4/1/08)

2008        Apr 2, Thailand's Health Ministry ordered hospitals and medical clinics to temporarily stop performing castrations for non-medical reasons, saying that the procedure performed on transsexuals needs stricter monitoring.
    (AP, 4/2/08)

2008        Apr 4, In Thailand climate negotiators ended 5 days of talks. More than 160 nations agreed to consider how to reduce rapidly growing emissions from air and sea travel as they worked toward drafting an ambitious new treaty on global warming.
    (AFP, 4/4/08)(WSJ, 4/5/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 7, It was reported that Thailand’s market bubble in religious talismans had popped leaving many small business people in debt. The market in Jatukam Ramathep amulets had swelled to $1.5 billion in 2007.
    (WSJ, 4/7/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 9, Thai police dropped charges against Viktor Bout (41), a Russian man accused of being one of the world's most prolific black market arms dealers, saying they will proceed with hearings to extradite him to the United States.
    (AP, 4/9/08)

2008        Apr 10, In Thailand 54 illegal migrant workers from Myanmar suffocated in the back of an unventilated truck, while the rest of the passengers being smuggled to Thailand pounded on the container and screamed in vain for the driver's help. 37 of the dead were women and 17 were men. A Thai court the next day convicted some 64 survivors of illegal entry and rule to send them back to Myanmar.
    (AP, 4/10/08)(Reuters, 4/11/08)

2008        Apr 18,     Thailand's PM Samak Sundaravej said that Thais should be honored the Olympic torch is passing through their country and protesters have no reason to disrupt the relay. Up to 2,000 police will guard the April 19 relay, a 6.3-mile run.
    (AP, 4/18/08)

2008        Apr 21,Thailand’s government said more than 10 million people in parts of its rice bowl region have been hit by drought causing further concerns as prices of the staple grain soared.
    (AP, 4/21/08)

2008        May 20, Ian Shuttleworth (42), a former British police officer, was arrested in Bangkok in an international crackdown on a sex trafficking ring that saw nine Thais detained last month in London. He was arrested at his apartment in downtown Bangkok, where he had set up a security company providing bodyguards to Thailand's elite. He is accused of luring Thai women into prostitution by promising them well-paid restaurant jobs in London, and then selling them to a madam.
    (AFP, 5/21/08)

2008        May 22, Thailand's PM Sundaravej pledged to sell rice to Manila at "negotiable" rates, as he began a visit to the Philippines, which is working to boost its stocks of the grain.
    (AFP, 5/22/08)

2008        May 28, Thailand police said 3 soldiers and four suspected separatist rebels have been killed in a series of incidents across the far south, including a shootout at a wedding party.
    (AFP, 5/28/08)

2008        Jun 11, In Thailand thousands of truckers went on a half-day strike demanding government help against rising fuel prices, the latest in a series of protests that have swept across Asia and Europe.
    (Reuters, 6/11/08)

2008        Jun 18, Thousands of demonstrators accused the Thai government of yielding a disputed border region with an ancient temple to Cambodia, the latest trouble for the embattled prime minister who has been facing daily protests calling for his resignation.
    (AP, 6/18/08)

2008        Jun 20, In Thailand several thousand protesters pushed through a heavy police cordon around the seat of government, vowing to besiege the compound until PM Samak Sundaravej resigns. They accused Samak's government of interfering with corruption charges against former PM Thaksin and trying to change the constitution for its own self-interest. A Thai army helicopter crashed in southern Thailand, killing all 10 people on board.
    (AP, 6/20/08)

2008        Jun 22, Thailand’s PM Samak Sundaravej agreed to resign if he lost a no-confidence vote in Parliament.
    (AP, 6/22/08)

2008        Jun, In Thailand 3 legal advisers of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra were jailed after giving court officials a bag holding $60,000.
    (Econ, 7/12/08, p.52)

2008        Jul 1, Thailand’s deputy prime minister said the Thai government has suspended its decision to support Cambodia's bid to have an 11th century temple near the Thai border declared a world landmark. In 1962, the International Court of Justice awarded the Preah Vihear temple and the land it occupies to Cambodia.
    (AP, 7/1/08)

2008        Jul 5, In southern Thailand suspected insurgents shot up a bustling cafe, killing three customers and injuring four others.
    (AP, 7/5/08)

2008        Jul 7, A UNESCO official said that an 11th century temple that sits on Cambodia's disputed border zone with Thailand has been designated as a world heritage site. Hindu-themed Preah Vihear reflects the beliefs of the kings who ruled what was then the Angkorean empire.
    (AP, 7/8/08)

2008        Jul 11, Thai prosecutors filed new corruption charges against ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra for alleged abuse of authority to benefit his family business.
    (AP, 7/11/08)

2008        Jul 16, Cambodia assembled its troops near the Thai border in the second day of alleged incursions by Thai soldiers amid tensions over disputed border land near a historic temple.
    (AP, 7/16/08)

2008        Jul 17, An organization claiming to represent groups involved in southern Thailand's Muslim insurgency announced it will end all violence in the region as of July 14. Former army commander and Defense Minister Chetta Thanajaro said the organization that made the announcement represented 11 different underground groups operating in southern Thailand.
    (AP, 7/17/08)

2008        Jul 18, Thailand sent more military reinforcements to a disputed part of the Cambodian border, after the tense four-day standoff nearly erupted into gunfire during the night.
    (AFP, 7/18/08)

2008        Jul 21, Talks between Cambodia and Thailand to resolve a military stand-off on their joint border ended without a solution.
    (AFP, 7/21/08)

2008        Jul 22, Cambodia asked the UN Security Council and its Southeast Asian neighbors to intervene in resolving a military standoff over disputed border territory around an ancient temple, stepping up its rhetoric against Thailand.
    (AP, 7/22/08)

2008        Jul 31, In Thailand the wife of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra was found guilty of evading millions of dollars in taxes and sentenced to three years in prison, dealing a staggering blow to a man who was once one of the richest and most powerful in Thailand.
    (AP, 7/31/08)

2008        Aug 3, Cambodia said that Thai soldiers are occupying a second temple site on their border in an escalation of an ongoing armed standoff that nearly led to clashes between the neighbors last month.
    (AP, 8/3/08)

2008        Aug 6, President George W. Bush flew into Bangkok on the latest leg of a pre-Olympics Asian tour, although his focus in Thailand is mainly on the "outpost of tyranny" junta in neighboring Myanmar.
    (AP, 8/6/08)

2008        Aug 7, In Thailand first lady Laura Bush, meeting with refugees who fled a brutal campaign by Myanmar's military junta, urged China and other countries to join the US in imposing sanctions against the country.
    (AP, 8/7/08)

2008        Aug 11, Thailand's Supreme Court issued arrest warrants for ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife after they failed to appear at a hearing on corruption charges and fled to London, saying they could not get justice in their homeland.
    (AP, 8/11/08)

2008        Aug 12, Somali pirates hijacked the Thor Star, a Thai cargo ship with 28 crew members onboard.
    (AP, 8/15/08)

2008        Aug 16, A monthlong standoff between Cambodia and Thailand appeared to be ending as both sides pulled back their troops from disputed territory around a temple near their shared border.
    (AP, 8/16/08)

2008        Aug 21, Forbes magazine reported that Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (80) is the world's richest royal sovereign with a fortune estimated at 35 billion dollars, and oil-rich Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (60) of Abu Dhabi is far back at No. 2 with 23 billion.
    (AFP, 8/21/08)

2008        Aug 26, In Thailand thousands of anti-government demonstrators pushed into the Thai prime minister's office compound and rallied outside several ministries. A violent masked mob from the same protest group forced a state-run TV station off the air.
    (AP, 8/26/08)

2008        Aug 27, Thailand issued arrest warrants for protest leaders besieging the main government complex, as authorities scrambled to find a peaceful end to the administration's most serious challenge yet.
    (AP, 8/27/08)

2008        Aug 30, Thai PM Samak Sundaravej vowed not to quit in the face of intensifying protests aimed at toppling his seven-month-old government.
    (Reuters, 8/30/08)

2008        Aug 31, Thailand's Parliament convened an emergency session at the request of the country's prime minister, who acknowledged that his administration cannot control spiraling anti-government protests.
    (AP, 8/31/08)

2008        Sep 2, Thailand's prime minister declared a state of emergency in the capital Bangkok after a week of political tension exploded into violent street clashes between supporters and opponents of the government that left one person dead.
    (AP, 9/2/08)

2008        Sep 9, Thailand's PM Samak was forced to resign along with his Cabinet after a court ruled that he had violated the constitution by hosting TV cooking shows while in office. The Cabinet will remain in a caretaker position until a new administration is installed.
    (AP, 9/9/08)

2008        Sep 12, Samak Sundaravej ended his bid to return to power as Thailand's prime minister, after a revolt within the ruling party torpedoed his re-election in parliament.
    (AFP, 9/12/08)

2008        Sep 15, Thailand's ruling party chose the brother-in-law of ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra as its nominee to become the next prime minister, immediately drawing opposition from anti-government protesters and dozens of its own members.
    (AP, 9/15/08)

2008        Sep 16, Thailand's ruling People's Power Party announced that it has reconciled with a renegade faction, clearing a hurdle toward the selection of Somchai Wongsawat as a consensus candidate for prime minister.
    (AP, 9/16/08)

2008        Sep 17, Thai lawmakers turned to Somchai Wongsawat, the brother-in-law of deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra, to be the new prime minister, setting up a showdown with protesters determined to tear down his political legacy.
    (AP, 9/17/08)

2008        Sep 20, The Thai government said floods have killed 14 people and sickened more than 53,000 others, including many who contracted waterborne ailments. The 14 people were swept away by flash floods that hit 36 of Thailand's 76 provinces over the past nine days.
    (AP, 9/20/08)

2008        Oct 3, Soldiers from both Cambodia and Thailand were wounded in a brief clash along their volatile border.
    (AP, 10/3/08)

2008        Oct 5, Apirak Kosayodhin, the leader of Thailand's opposition Democrat Party, won re-election as governor of Bangkok, defeating the ruling party candidate as well as a one-time sex tycoon. Thai police arrested Chamlong Srimuang, a key protest leader and one-time Bangkok mayor, on charges of insurrection in a continuing crackdown against an anti-government movement that spearheaded the ouster of a prime minister last month.
    (AP, 10/5/08)

2008        Oct 7, Thai riot police clashed with thousands of opposition PAD protesters who barricaded Parliament and vowed to block the government from exiting the building. 2 people were killed. Deputy PM Chavalit Yongchaiyudh resigned to take responsibility for the chaos.
    (AP, 10/7/08)(SFC, 10/9/08, p.A16)(Econ, 10/11/08, p.55)

2008        Oct 9, The leaders of Thailand's anti-government protesters said they will surrender to police after a court dropped treason charges against them, but vowed to continue their occupation of the prime minister's office after posting bail.
    (AP, 10/9/08)

2008        Oct 10, Leaders of Thai anti-government protests were granted bail after surrendering to police and immediately vowed new rallies, raising fears of mounting turmoil days after deadly street clashes. At least 22 people were killed and 24 others injured when a bus packed with passengers crashed in eastern Thailand.
    (AP, 10/10/08)

2008        Oct 11, Thailand's embattled PM Somchai Wongsawat, indicated that he may resign in the wake of fierce anti-government protests earlier this week that left two people dead and hundreds injured. Thousands of supporters of the ruling coalition gathered on the outskirts of Bangkok in a show of strength, two days ahead of a planned major protest by a group hoping to topple the elected government.
    (AFP, 10/11/08)

2008        Oct 13, Cambodian PM Hun Sen gave Thailand an ultimatum to withdraw troops from a disputed stretch of jungle-clad border within 24 hours or his forces would turn the area into a "death zone." Thai troops retreated the next day.
    (Reuters, 10/13/08)(AP, 10/14/08)
2008        Oct 13, Swiss authorities said they have found high concentrations of melamine in biscuits from Thailand and Sri Lanka and have called on other European countries to withdraw the products.
    (AP, 10/13/08)

2008        Oct 15, Cambodia and Thailand exchanged fire on the border in a clash over disputed land which left two soldiers dead and several wounded.
    (AFP, 10/15/08)

2008        Oct 16, Cambodia and Thailand agreed to joint patrols of disputed border areas after deadly clashes, but made little progress toward resolving their long-standing territorial spat.
    (AFP, 10/16/08)

2008        Oct 17, In southern Thailand a 25-year-old man was shot dead in a gunfight with security officials after the arrests of five other suspected militants.
    (AFP, 10/18/08)

2008        Oct 18, In southern Thailand 2 Muslim men were killed in separate drive-by shootings.
    (AFP, 10/18/08)
2008        Oct 18, Somali pirates released a Thai ship after receiving a ransom.
    (AP, 10/19/08)

2008        Oct 20, In Thailand thousands of anti-government protesters marched through the streets of Bangkok, calling the prime minister a "murderer" and demanding he resign over the violent quashing of a previous rally.
    (AP, 10/20/08)

2008        Oct 21, A Thai court found former PM Thaksin Shinawatra (59) guilty of corruption and sentenced him to two years in prison. His wife, Pojaman (51), was acquitted.
    (AP, 10/21/08)

2008        Oct 30, In Thailand assailants threw a grenade into a crowd of anti-government protesters occupying a bridge, wounding 10 people ahead of a demonstration outside the British Embassy in Bangkok.
    (AP, 10/30/08)

2008        Nov 4, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents detonated two bombs at a tea stall and shopping area, killing one person and wounding at least 71.
    (AP, 11/4/08)

2008        Nov 9, Kuo Te-tsai (42), a Taiwanese drug trafficker, was arrested at a Thai beach resort with 229 pounds of heroin worth millions of dollars in a joint operation by American, Taiwanese and Thai drug enforcement authorities.
    (AP, 11/10/08)

2008        Nov 13, In Thailand assailants hurled explosives at vendors protesting a rent increase by new managers of a government-owned market in Bangkok, wounding 13 people.
    (AP, 11/13/08)

2008        Nov 18, The Indian naval frigate Tabar sank a suspected pirate "mother ship" in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night. Separate bands of pirates also seized a Thai ship with 16 crew members and an Iranian cargo vessel with a crew of 25 in the Gulf of Aden. The pirate "mother ship" was later reported to have been the Thai fishing trawler seized hours earlier by pirates. One crew member was killed, 14 were missing and one was rescued 4 days later.  The Iranian vessel was released on Jan 9, 2009.
    (AP, 11/19/08)(AP, 11/26/08)(SFC, 11/26/08, p.A3)(AP, 1/10/09)

2008        Nov 20, In Thailand a grenade attack on demonstrators occupying the Thai premier's offices killed one person and wounded 29, prompting protest leaders to call for a new march against the government.
    (AFP, 11/20/08)

2008        Nov 23, In Thailand protesters seeking the resignation of the prime minister massed in the capital for what they said would be their biggest rally yet and a final showdown with the government. Thousands of soldiers and police were ordered to use nonviolent means to keep the peace.
    (AP, 11/23/08)

2008        Nov 24, In Thailand thousands of anti-government protesters fanned out across Bangkok, causing Parliament to shut down and forcing a group of riot police to retreat in what the activists called their final bid to oust a corrupt administration.
    (AP, 11/24/08)

2008        Nov 25, In Thailand Bangkok's main international airport halted all flight operations after anti-government protesters stormed the departures area.
    (AFP, 11/25/08)

2008        Nov 27, Thailand's government prepared to crack down on protesters occupying the capital's two airports, but called on the public not to panic as rumors of a coup swept through the city.
    (AP, 11/27/08)

2008        Nov 30, In Thailand attackers set off explosions at anti-government protest sites, wounding 51 people and raising fears of widening confrontations in Thailand's worst political crisis in decades, which has strangled its economy and shut down its main airports. Thousands of government supporters wearing red shirts, headbands and bandanas joined a rally against the protest alliance. So far six people have been killed in bomb attacks, clashes with police and street battles between government opponents and supports.
    (AP, 11/30/08)

2008        Dec 1, In Thailand a senior tourism official said an estimated 350,000 passengers have been unable to fly out since anti-government protesters shut down Bangkok's two airports last week.
    (AFP, 12/1/08)

2008        Dec 2, Thailand's PM Somchai Wongsawat resigned after weeks of protests closed the capital's airports, stranding 300,000 travelers. Protesters promised to lift their siege, and international flights were expected to resume on Dec 5. Deputy PM Chaowarat Chandeerakul will become the caretaker prime minister. Parliament will have to pick a new prime minister within 30 days.
    (AP, 12/2/08)

2008        Dec 3, In Thailand the first commercial flight in a week arrived in Bangkok as anti-government protesters ended their siege of the country's two main airports, declaring victory after PM Somchai Wongsawat was ousted by a court ruling.
    (AP, 12/3/08)

2008        Dec 5, In southern Thailand 4 people were killed by a bomb at a drugstore suspected to have been planted by Muslim insurgents.
    (AP, 12/5/08)

2008        Dec 7, Thailand's main opposition party called for an emergency parliament session to prove its majority in a bid to form the next government and end months of political chaos, as loyalists of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra struggled to stay in power.
    (AP, 12/7/08)

2008        Dec 12, In Thailand a commercial fishing commission agreed to cut the catches of bigeye tuna in parts of the Pacific Ocean, a small step in an effort to save a threatened species that is a favorite among sushi lovers. Environmentalists lambasted the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's decision to reduce catches by only 10 percent in each of the next three years. They wanted an immediate 30 percent reduction that scientists advising the body had recommended.
    (AP, 12/12/08)

2008        Dec 15, In Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva, a patrician 44-year-old with an Oxford education, was elected the prime minister in a parliamentary vote amid hopes that he can calm the political storms that have battered the country for the past three years. On Feb 24, 2011, Abhisit Vejjajiva publicly acknowledged his dual Thai-British nationality for the first time during a debate in Parliament.
    (AP, 12/15/08)(AP, 2/24/11)

2008        Dec 28, In Thailand thousands of supporters of exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra began converging on Parliament, vowing to stage demonstrations until the new government holds elections.
    (AP, 12/28/08)

2008        Dec 29, The Indian Coast Guard rescued two people off India's east coast during a search for more than 300 illegal immigrants missing for the past four days and feared dead. Survivors told Indian authorities that more than 300 people from Bangladesh and Myanmar, members of the ethnic Rohingya minority, had jumped from a rickety boat that had been drifting for 13 days in the Indian Ocean and tried to swim to shore near the Andaman Islands. On Jan 16 a refugees' advocacy group accused the Thai navy of tying up four illegal immigrants and throwing them into the ocean before abandoning hundreds of others on a barge in open water, where some 300 drowned. At least 100 were rescued in Indian waters. Survivors at the time told Indian authorities they had been detained by Thai authorities, who towed them into the open sea and left them.
    (AP, 12/30/08)(AP, 1/16/09)(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.A5)

2008        Dec 30, In Thailand anti-government protesters abandoned their siege of the Foreign Ministry building, easing a standoff that threatened to re-ignite a long-running political crisis.
    (AP, 12/30/08)

2008        Dec 31, In Bangkok, Thailand, a New Year's Eve fire erupted at the Santika nightclub. Before the revelry was over, 62 people were killed and more than 200 injured after they tried to flee what swiftly became a charred, gutted ruin in a glitzy Bangkok entertainment area.
    (AP, 1/1/09)(AP, 1/4/09)

2009        Jan 11, New Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva's government won the most seats in by-elections, strengthening his shaky coalition in its first test at the polls.
    (AP, 1/11/09)

2009        Jan 19, In Thailand Harry Nicolaides (41), an Australian writer, was sentenced to three years in prison for insulting Thailand's royal family in his novel, a rare conviction of a foreigner amid a crackdown on people and Web sites deemed critical of the monarchy. Bangkok's Criminal Court sentenced Nicolaides to six years behind bars but reduced the term because he had entered a guilty plea. His 2005 book “Verisimilitude” had sold 7 copies. Nicolaides returned home on Feb 21, after he was granted a royal pardon.
    (AP, 1/19/09)(SFC, 1/20/09, p.A3)(AP, 2/21/09)

2009        Jan 26, The Economist magazine said this week's edition has not been distributed in Thailand because of local objections to an article about the royal family, the second disruption in two months.
    (AP, 1/26/09)
2009        Jan 26, The Thai navy detained a boat filled with 78 illegal Rohingya migrants, many of whom had lacerations and burns they said were inflicted by Myanmar soldiers.
    (AP, 1/27/09)

2009        Jan 28, A Thai court convicted 66 barefoot, disheveled migrants detained at sea of illegally entering the country, raising the prospect they could be sent back to Myanmar despite fears they would be persecuted there.
    (AP, 1/28/09)

2009        Jan 31, In Thailand some 30,000 supporters of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra gathered in Bangkok, promising to fight on indefinitely unless the new Thai government leaves office within 15 days. In northeastern Thailand a grenade blast killed eight people and wounded 27 others during an outdoor celebration next to a Buddhist temple.
    (AFP, 1/31/09)(AP, 2/1/09)

2009        Feb 2, Indonesia's navy picked up 198 starving, dehydrated boat people from Myanmar who said they drifted for three weeks after authorities in Thailand forced them to sea in a boat without an engine. Indonesian fishermen had discovered the 40-foot (12-meter) boat off Aceh's coast in northern Sumatra and towed it to shore.
    (AP, 2/3/09)

2009        Feb 20, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents ambushed a military convoy and beheaded two soldiers in the second such attack this month.
    (AP, 2/20/09)

2009        Feb 24, In Thailand thousands of protesters surrounded the prime minister's office demanding that parliament be dissolved and new elections held, the latest challenge to the two-month old coalition government.
    (AP, 2/24/09)

2009        Feb 28, In Thailand prominent activists from military-ruled Myanmar and Cambodia were barred from a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders (ASEAN), upstaging the opening of the annual summit billed as a historic step toward greater human rights in the region.
    (AP, 2/28/09)

2009        Mar 1, In Thailand Southeast Asian leaders (ASEAN) vowed to push ahead with ambitious plans to become a European Union-style economic community by 2015 despite roadblocks posed by the global financial crisis and Myanmar's dismal human rights record.
    (AP, 3/1/09)

2009        Mar 6, In Thailand Chiranuch Premchaiporn was arrested for violating the country’s Computer Crime Act. She faced 10 charges for not preventing comments on bulletin boards that might have offended the royal family.
    (http://tinyurl.com/4j6w77d)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.54)

2009        Mar 8, Off southern Thailand a 60-foot (18-metre) diving boat, carrying 30 people including 19 foreigners, was reported missing in the Similan islands. Police and navy rescued 23 passengers and crew the next day but two Swiss nationals, two Austrians, a Japanese, a German and a Thai member of the crew remained missing. The body of one woman was found on March 10.
    (AFP, 3/10/09)

2009        Mar 12, Thailand's opposition filed a censure motion against PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and five government ministers, accusing them of corruption.
    (AP, 3/12/09)

2009        Mar 13, In Thailand suspected Muslim militants killed 3 soldiers in an ambush in southern Narathiwat province.
    (SFC, 3/14/09, p.A2)

2009        Mar 19, A Thailand army spokesman said a roadside bomb had killed four paramilitary rangers on an intelligence-gathering operation in southern Pattani province.
    (AP, 3/19/09)

2009        Mar 26, In Thailand more than 20,000 protesters ringed the prime minister's office, demanding the government resign and deriding its distribution of checks to millions of low-income workers as a payoff.
    (AP, 3/26/09)

2009        Mar 27, Thai PM Abhisit Vejjavija's rejected calls for his resignation by thousands of anti-government protesters who ringed his office for a second day in a boisterous rally.
    (AP, 3/27/09)

2009        Mar 30, Thailand's prime minister avoided his office, as thousands of protesters calling for his resignation surrounded the seat of government for the fifth day and ignored police warnings to disperse.
    (AP, 3/30/09)

2009        Apr 1, In Thailand thousands of demonstrators defied a court order to clear a road they have blocked to the prime minister's office, vowing to continue ringing the compound until the government resigns.
    (AP, 4/1/09)

2009        Apr 3, Cambodian and Thai soldiers traded fire with machine guns and rocket launchers along a disputed border, killing as many as four people in an escalation of tensions in a long-standing feud over an 11th century temple.
    (AP, 4/3/09)
2009        Apr 3, Thai citizen Suvicha Thakhor was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of insulting the king and his family by posting edited photos of the monarchy on the Internet. On June 28, 2010, Thakhor was pardoned by the king.
    (AP, 4/3/09)(AFP, 6/30/10)

2009        Apr 7, In Thailand protesters surrounded the prime minister's car and smashed a window as he rode in it, escalating tensions a day before a massive anti-government rally that the leader said has sparked concerns of civil war.
    (AP, 4/7/09)

2009        Apr 8, Thailand’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by .25% to 1.25% to help prop up the worsening economy. more than 100,000 anti-government protesters rallied in Bangkok in their biggest bid yet to topple premier Abhisit Vejjajiva, deepening the political crisis ahead of a key Asian summit.
    (WSJ, 4/9/09, p.C2)(AFP, 4/8/09)

2009        Apr 11, In Thailand anti-government protesters stormed a convention center in Pattaya where leaders of Asian nations planned to meet, smashing doors and searching room by room for the prime minister. Thailand canceled the summit and airlifted the leaders out by helicopter.
    (AP, 4/11/09)

2009        Apr 12, Thailand's ousted PM Shinawatra,  called for a revolution after rioting erupted in the capital, with protesters commandeering public buses and swarming triumphantly over military vehicles in unchecked defiance after the government declared a state of emergency.
    (AP, 4/12/09)

2009        Apr 13, Thai troops unleashed volleys of gunfire in street battles with anti-government protesters across Bangkok, forcing them back to their main rallying site in a final push to end days of turmoil.
    (AFP, 4/13/09)

2009        Apr 14, Thailand issued an arrest warrant for fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra for inciting street battles between anti-government protesters and troops. Leaders of the demonstrations called off their protests after rioting killed two and injured more than 120. Police issued warrants for 14 people, including the ousted prime minister at the heart of three years of turmoil.
    (AFP, 4/14/09)

2009        Apr 16, Thailand’s former PM Thaksin was reported to have received a Nicaraguan passport.
    (WSJ, 4/16/09, p.A1)

2009        Apr 17, In Thailand the founder of the “yellow shirt” protest movement that shut down Bangkok's airports last year was shot and wounded in a possible assassination attempt, just days after troops quelled rioting by a rival, anti-government group. Sondhi Limthongkul, a media tycoon and supporter of the current government, was in stable condition after surgery that removed "small pieces of bullet" from his skull.
    (AP, 4/17/09)

2009        Apr 24, Malaysia's PM Najib Razak vowed to investigate a scathing report by US lawmakers saying thousands of Myanmar refugees were handed over to human traffickers and ended up working in Thai brothels.
    (AP, 4/24/09)

2009        Apr 25, In Thailand around 2,000 anti-government protesters gathered for a rally in Bangkok, a day after PM Abhisit Vejjajiva lifted a state of emergency imposed amid violent demonstrations earlier this month.
    (AFP, 4/25/09)

2009        Apr 27, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim rebels killed 10 civilians in a flurry of attacks, just ahead of the fifth anniversary of a bloody assault by security forces against militants at the Krue Se mosque.
    (AP, 4/28/09)

2009        May 3, In Thailand an American identified as Jill St. Onge (27) a bartender and artist from Seattle, died while staying at a popular destination for budget travelers. Norwegian Julie Michelle Bergheim (22) died the next day. Both died after suddenly falling ill within hours of each other at the Laleena guesthouse on Koh Phi Phi in southern Thailand.
    (AP, 5/7/09)

2009        Jun 4, David Carradine (72), star of TV series "Kung Fu" (1972-1975), was found dead  in Thailand. At first suicide was suspected but a forensics expert said circumstances suggested that he may have died from autoerotic asphyxiation. His career had roared back to life when he played the assassin-turned-victim in Quentin Tarentino's "Kill Bill" (2003).
    (AP, 6/4/09)(SFC, 6/6/09, p.E3)

2009        Jun 5, In Myanmar refugees began streaming out of the Ler Per Her camp in eastern Karen state and into Thailand as Myanmar forces shelled near a camp where they were sheltering.
    (AP, 6/7/09)

2009        Jun 7, In southern Thailand Islamic insurgents shot dead a villager and then detonated a car bomb as a crowd gathered, killing one and wounding 19 in the Yi-ngo district of Narathiwat.
    (AP, 6/7/09)

2009        Jun 8, In Thailand gunmen opened fire on a mosque in Narathiwat province’s Hoh-I-Rong district killing at least 10 people and wounding 19 others.
    (SFC, 6/9/09, p.A2)

2009        Jun 13, In Thailand 2 suspected insurgents riding a motorcycle hurled a bomb at a bus, killing one passenger and wounding 13 others in downtown Yala city. In Yala province's Bannang Sata district, a husband and wife were shot dead in an ambush while riding their motorcycle. In Narathiwat province a village headman's wife was killed and another person wounded while riding a motorcycle to a market.
    (AP, 6/13/09)

2009        Jun 14, Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva urged the country not to panic about swine flu, after the number of cases grew nine-fold in four days and a cluster emerged in a key tourist hub. Health authorities reported that confirmed cases of the A(H1N1) virus soared to 150, compared with just 16 on June 10, including a number of foreigners.
    (AFP, 6/14/09)

2009        Jun 18, Thailand security forces killed four suspected Muslim militants in a gunbattle in southern Yala province.
    (AP, 6/18/09)

2009        Jun 27, In Thailand more than 18,000 "Red Shirt" protesters loyal to fugitive premier Thaksin Shinawatra gathered in Bangkok for the biggest anti-government rally since bloody riots two months ago.
    (AP, 6/27/09)

2009        Jul 1, In southern Thailand a rampaging elephant stomped three rubber tappers to death after it was left to wander freely by its handler.
    (AP, 7/1/09)

2009        Jul 12, Thailand's swine flu death toll rose to 18 as the government confirmed three more fatalities and opened a vaccine plant to prevent tens of thousands of infections across the country.
    (AFP, 7/12/09)

2009        Jul 19,     In Thailand’s Yala province a 48-year-old rubber plantation owner was shot dead in a drive-by shooting as he returned home by motorcycle. In another attack a gold shopkeeper was killed after suspect insurgents fired assault rifles into his shop in Narathiwat province before fleeing on a motorcycle.
    (AP, 7/20/09)

2009        Jul 20, In Thailand Southeast Asian foreign ministers (ASEAN) endorsed the region's first human rights watchdog, rejecting criticisms that the body would be powerless to tackle rogue members such as Myanmar. 2 assailants on a motorcycle shot and killed a Buddhist man who was traveling on a road in Pattani province.
    (AFP, 7/20/09)(AP, 7/20/09)

2009        Aug 4, In Thailand a passenger plane skidded off the runway and crashed into a building after landing on the Thai resort island of Samui, killing the chief pilot and injuring at least seven people including foreign tourists.
    (AP, 8/4/09)

2009        Aug 11, A Thai court rejected a US request to extradite Viktor Bout, an alleged Russian arms smuggler dubbed the "Merchant of Death," dealing a setback to American efforts to try him on charges of plotting to supply weapons to Colombian rebels. The court rejected the extradition request because Bout had not been accused of committing any crimes against Thailand, which has not listed FARC as a terrorist group.
    (AP, 8/11/09)

2009        Aug 17, In Thailand thousands of supporters of deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra rallied in central Bangkok and then marched to the royal palace, seeking a pardon for the fugitive leader.
    (AP, 8/17/09)

2009        Aug 21, A massive oil and gas leak forced the evacuation of an oil rig off Australia's northwest coast. PTTEP Australasia, a branch of Thai-owned PTT Exploration and Production Co. Ltd., said about 40 barrels of oil had been discharged in the initial incident, and it was still attempting to bring the leak under control at the rig, owned by Norway's Seadrill. After 2 days PTTEP said plugging the leak will take weeks. Government officials said there was little threat of environmental damage. By the end of October an estimated 400 barrels a day of oil continued leaking from the fissure off the Australian coast. PTTEP Australasia has failed repeatedly to stop the leak but said it is still trying.
    (AFP, 8/22/09)(AP, 8/23/09)(AP, 10/30/09)

2009        Aug 26, In Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb outside a crowded open-air restaurant during lunchtime, wounding 26 people.
    (SFC, 8/26/09, p.A2)

2009        Aug 28, In Thailand former journalist Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced to 18 years in prison for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a speech in 2008.
    (SFC, 8/29/09, p.A2)

2009        Sep 2, In Thailand a number of drive-by shootings in the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala left eight dead, including a Muslim teacher and his son (13). Security forces raided a rubber plantation in Yala and a house in Narathiwat, sparking separate gunbattles in which two suspected insurgents were killed.
    (AP, 9/3/09)

2009        Sep 3, In Thailand a bomb hidden in a motorcycle parked outside a row of open-air shops and restaurants in Pattani city exploded, killing a Buddhist man and wounding 24 others.
    (AP, 9/3/09)

2009        Sep 4, In southern Thailand bomb believed to have been planted by Islamic insurgents exploded outside a restaurant where security forces were eating breakfast, killing a policeman and wounding 12 other people.
    (AP, 9/4/09)

2009        Sep 9, Thailand's national police chief resigned after being transferred to an inactive post in the wake of an official recommendation that he be prosecuted for his role in a deadly crackdown against anti-government protesters last year.
    (AP, 9/9/09)
2009        Sep 9, A teacher (29) in Bangkok, Thailand, was captured on film beating a student (14) and bashing his head against a blackboard. The 50-second clip, filmed by a classmate using a mobile phone, was broadcast Sep 21 on a nationally televised morning news program, sparking national outrage and pledges from education officials to crack down on corporal punishment in classrooms.
    (AP, 9/22/09)

2009        Sep 13, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents shot and killed five paramilitary troops in Yala province.
    (AP, 9/14/09)

2009        Sep 19, Thai nationalists clashed with police and villagers as they tried to march toward an ancient temple on the Cambodian border, while anti-government protesters in the capital marked the third anniversary of a coup that continues to create political turmoil.
    (AP, 9/19/09)

2009        Sep 24, In Thailand an experimental combination of two previously unsuccessful vaccines cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31%, in the world's largest AIDS vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers. This was the first time an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus.
    (AP, 9/24/09)

2009        Sep 25, An environmental group said a gecko with leopard-like spots on its body and a fanged frog that eats birds are among 163 new species discovered last year in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, which included Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
    (AP, 9/25/09)

2009        Sep 28, In Thailand climate talks kicked off in Bangkok with the UN urging nations to break the deadlock over a global warming deal that is supposed to be finalized in just 70 days time, and warning that failure to act would leave future generations fighting for survival.
    (AP, 9/28/09)

2009        Oct 5, In Thailand a train derailed during heavy rains near the coastal city of Hua Hin, killing 7 people, including a 2-year-old girl, and injuring 88 others. A fact-finding panel later said the deadly crash was the fault of the driver who fell asleep after taking antihistamines and other cold medicine.
    (AP, 10/5/09)(AP, 10/13/09)

2009        Oct 11, In Thailand thousands of supporters of deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra, all in red shirts, rallied in Bangkok to demand the government step down and call fresh elections.
    (AP, 10/11/09)

2009        Oct 17, In Thailand some 17,000 "Red Shirt" supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra rallied in Bangkok to pressure the Thai government over their petition seeking a royal pardon for the fugitive former prime minister.
    (AP, 10/17/09)

2009        Oct 23, In Thailand the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations began inauspiciously when half the bloc's 10 leaders failed to show up at the opening of the 3-day conference due to a tropical storm, domestic politics, a VIP visit and a possible illness. ASEAN nations inaugurated their first regional human rights commission, a watchdog immediately derided as toothless by activists who walked out of a meeting to protest being snubbed by five of the governments involved.
    (AP, 10/23/09)

2009        Oct 25, In Thailand Asian leaders heard competing plans from Australia and Japan for a massive EU-style community covering half the world's population as they wrapped up their annual East Asian summit. Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva said leaders of 16 Asian countries gave high priority to finding a new economic growth model to free half the world's population from merely serving as producers for the West.
    (AFP, 10/25/09)

2009        Oct 28, In Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents shot and killed two Buddhist civilians in separate drive-by attacks in the insurgency-plagued south.
    (AP, 10/28/09)

2009        Nov 2, A Thai official said about half of Thailand's national lawmakers are taking advantage of a new government plan allowing them to purchase guns at a discount and receive a license to carry them anywhere.
    (AP, 11/2/09)

2009        Nov 4, Cambodia said it has appointed former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as economic adviser to premier Hun Sen and his administration.
    (AFP, 11/4/09)

2009        Nov 5, Cambodia and Thailand recalled their ambassadors from each others' countries, deepening a diplomatic row after Cambodia made fugitive former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra an economic adviser.
    (Reuters, 11/5/09)

2009        Nov 6, Japan pledged $5.5 billion in aid over 3 years for Southeast Asia's 5 Mekong River nations (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam), seeking to deepen ties with the region amid growing influence from China.
    (AFP, 11/6/09)

2009        Nov 10, Thailand's ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, whose political battle against his successors has left his country bitterly divided, received a warm welcome in neighboring Cambodia, which shares his disdain for the current government in Bangkok.
    (AP, 11/10/09)

2009        Nov 15, In Thailand thousands of demonstrators attended a protest by the royalist "Yellow Shirt" movement against a visit to Cambodia by their arch-foe, fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
    (AP, 11/15/09)

2009        Nov 16, Thai police arrested Samart Chokechoyma (36) and Kanokwan Wongsaroj (38) on charges of smuggling African ivory into the country to supply shops that sell jewelry and trinkets, including to customers in the US. DNA tests showed that it was of African origin.
    (AP, 11/17/09)

2009        Nov 24, In Thailand Samak Sundaravej (74), a firebrand right-wing politician and TV cooking show host who served a brief and tumultuous term last year as prime minister, died of cancer.
    (AP, 11/24/09)(Econ, 12/5/09, p.96)

2009        Dec 8, In Cambodia Siwaraks Chothipong (31), a Thai employee of the Cambodia Air Traffic Service, was ordered to serve seven years in prison for spying on Thailand's former prime minister while he was in Cambodia as a guest of the government. Chothipong was accused of stealing Thaksin's flight schedule before his Nov. 10 arrival and sending it to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh.  The case threatened to worsen a diplomatic feud between the two neighbors. On Dec 11 Cambodia's king pardoned Chothipong.
    (AP, 12/8/09)(AP, 12/11/09)

2009        Dec 10, In Thailand thousands of red-shirted supporters of former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra flooded back into the streets of Bangkok in an attempt to step up pressure on the embattled government.
    (AFP, 12/10/09)

2009        Dec 12, In Thailand 4 Kazakhs and a Belarusian were detained and their New Zealand registered aircraft impounded after it landed in the Thai capital with tons of war weaponry on board that originated in North Korea. The Ilyushin 76 transport from Kazakhstan was allegedly traveling from North Korea to Sri Lanka when it asked to land in Bangkok to refuel. According to a flight plan seen by arms trafficking researchers, the aircraft was chartered by Hong Kong-based Union Top Management Ltd. to fly oil industry spare parts from Pyongyang to Tehran, Iran, with several other stops, including Bangkok, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. A New Zealand shell company, SP Trading Ltd., had leased the airplane.
    (AP, 12/12/09)(AP, 12/23/09)(AP, 1/22/10)

2009        Dec 27, Human rights groups warned that the Thai government's planned expulsion of 4,000 ethnic Hmong to Laos could turn violent.
    (AP, 12/27/09)

2009        Dec 28, Thailand sent army troops with shields and batons to evict more than 4,000 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers and send them back to Laos despite strong objections from the US and rights groups who fear they will face persecution.
    (AP, 12/28/09)

2009        Thailand authorities arrested Maksym Shynkarenko of Ukraine for distributing child pornography. In 2012 he was extradited to the US and charged in a 32-count indictment.
    (SFC, 6/12/12, p.A6)

2010        Jan 22, New Zealand’s commerce minister, Simon Power, said New Zealand is reviewing its liberal system of company registration after investigators found a shell company based here leased an airplane that smuggled arms from North Korea. A New Zealand shell company, SP Trading Ltd., leased an airplane seized last month in Thailand carrying an illegal arms shipment from North Korea.
    (AP, 1/22/10)2012        Dec 24, In Mexico a group of armed men stormed the town of El Platanar de Los Ontiveros in Sinaloa state and shot 9 men to death. The town had become part of a dispute between the sinaloa cartel and remnants of the Zetas.
    (SFC, 12/27/12, p.A2)

2010        Jan 24, Cambodian and Thai troops exchanged fire near a disputed border temple, the latest in a string of gun battles between the countries since last year.
    (AFP, 1/24/10)

2010        Jan 27, In Thailand 13 tiger range states attended the first Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation. The aim of the 3-day meeting was to convince countries to pledge to spend more on tiger conservation and set targets for boosting their numbers. The meeting was being organized by Thailand and the Global Tiger Initiative, a coalition formed in 2008 by the World Bank, the Smithsonian Institute and nearly 40 conservation groups. It aimed to double tiger numbers by 2022. The 13 countries attending were Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.
    (AP, 1/27/10)

2010        Jan 29, In Thailand a dozen Asian nations and Russia vowed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, crack down on poaching that has devastated the big cats and prohibit the building of roads and bridges that could harm their habitats.
    (AP, 1/29/10)

2010        Feb 1, Thailand and the United States began their annual Cobra Gold military exercise, now in its 29th year, with South Korea taking part for the first time. Singapore, Japan and Indonesia will also participate in the three-week training exercise, describes as the largest of its type in the world.
    (AP, 2/1/10)

2010        Feb 11, Thai prosecutors said they have dropped charges against the five-man crew of an aircraft accused of smuggling weapons from North Korea, saying the men, arrested on Dec 12, might be guilty but would be deported to preserve good relations with their home countries. The decision was made after the governments of Belarus and Kazakhstan contacted the Thai Foreign Ministry and requested the crew's release so they can be investigated at home.
    (AP, 2/11/10)

2010        Feb 16, Thailand officials said tests conducted by the government have found that British-made bomb detectors it bought for a total of $21 million have an accuracy rate of only 20 percent, but they will continue to be used.
    (AP, 2/16/10)

2010        Feb 24, Thailand officials seized two tons of elephant tusks from Africa hidden in pallets labeled as mobile phone parts in the country's largest ivory seizure.
    (AP, 2/25/10)

2010        Feb 26, Thailand's highest court ruled to seize 46 billion baht ($1.4 billion) from ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra's $2.29 billion in frozen assets, saying he had abused his political power for personal gain.
    (AP, 2/26/10)

2010        Feb 27, In Thailand 4 banks were targeted with small explosives, but no one was hurt.
    (SFC, 3/1/10, p.A2)

2010        Mar 3, In Laos senior officials from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam met in Luang Prabang to discuss the Mekong River. The Mekong River Commission in a draft report said severe drought has dropped the river to its lowest level in nearly 20 years, halting some cargo traffic and boat tours on the waterway, the lifeblood for 65 million people in six countries.
    (AP, 3/3/10)

2010        Mar 7, In Thailand some 3,000 supporters of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra demonstrated a week ahead of a crucial mass anti-government protest.
    (AFP, 3/7/10)

2010        Mar 12, In Thailand tens of thousands of supporters of deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra gathered near ministry buildings in Bangkok to rally against the government, sporting their signature red shirts. Two months of protests followed leaving 92 people dead.
    (AFP, 3/13/10)(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.47)

2010        Mar 14, In Thailand as many as 150,000 anti-government demonstrators vowed to march on military barracks housing Thailand's top leaders as their icon, deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, urged them from exile not to give up.
    (AFP, 3/14/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.45)

2010        Mar 15, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva, backed by a formidable military force, rejected an ultimatum to dissolve Parliament as tens of thousands of red-shirted protesters vowed to splatter the seat of government with their own blood if their demands weren't met.
    (AP, 3/15/10)

2010        Mar 16, Thai protesters poured several jugs of their own blood at the front gate of the government headquarters and outside the ruling party's offices in a symbolic sacrifice to press their demands for new elections.
    (AP, 3/16/10)

2010        Mar 19, Thai anti-government protesters announced plans to snarl up the capital with a travelling rally in a bid to win support after rejecting a conditional offer of talks by PM Abhisit Vejjajiva.
    (AFP, 3/19/10) 

2010        Mar 21, Thailand was mired in political deadlock as demonstrators used their own blood to create a giant piece of protest art and rejected the government's offer of talks designed to end their rally.
    (AFP, 3/21/10)

2010        Mar 25, China agreed to share water level data at 2 dams to ease pressure from nations downstream, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
    (SFC, 4/6/10, p.A3)

2010        Mar 27, Thai troops retreated from security posts in the capital, bowing to demands from 80,000 jubilant red-shirted protesters who mounted a rally to demand fresh elections.
    (AFP, 3/27/10)

2010        Apr 1, In Thailand 6 people were shot dead by suspected militants and 10 police officers were wounded by a roadside bomb in the latest attacks in Thailand's restive south.
    (AFP, 4/1/10)

2010        Apr 3, In Thailand tens of thousands of protesters swarmed Bangkok's tourist heartland, defying a warning to leave or face arrest.
    (AFP, 4/3/10)

2010        Apr 5, In Thailand thousands of defiant anti-government demonstrators fanned out to other parts of Thailand's capital and threatened businesses with ties to the government after ignoring police orders to leave Bangkok's paralyzed commercial district.
    (AP, 4/5/10)

2010        Apr 6, In Thailand tens of thousands of red-shirted protesters took over sections of Bangkok, pelting police with eggs and dancing in the streets as they pushed through barricades to press the prime minister to call new elections.
    (AP, 4/6/10)

2010        Apr 7, Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok, handing the army broad powers to restore order after anti-government protesters broke into Parliament, forcing some lawmakers to flee by helicopter.
    (AP, 4/7/10)

2010        Apr 8, Thailand's beleaguered government shut down a satellite television station and Web sites of anti-government demonstrators after declaring a state of emergency, while the activists vowed to retaliate by escalating their nearly monthlong protests.
    (AP, 4/8/10)

2010        Apr 9, Thai anti-government protesters stormed into a telecom company compound where authorities had shut down their vital TV channel, as soldiers and riot police failed to hold them back with tear gas and water cannons.
    (AP, 4/9/10)

2010        Apr 10, Thai soldiers and police fought pitched battles with anti-government demonstrators in streets enveloped in tear gas, but troops later retreated and asked protesters to do the same. At least 23 people were killed, including a Japanese journalist, and more than 500 wounded, according to hospital officials. Hiro Muramoto (43), a Japanese TV cameraman who worked for Reuters for more than 15 years, was among those killed in the bloody clash.
    (AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/11/10)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.16)

2010        Apr 11, In Thailand anti-government protesters dug into their encampments around Bangkok and rejected talk of negotiations after a monthlong standoff escalated into clashes that have left 21 people dead in the country’s worst political violence in nearly two decades.
    (AP, 4/11/10)

2010        Apr 12, Thailand's Election Commission ruled that the ruling party be dissolved for alleged misuse of poll donations, in a potential victory for anti-government protesters who paraded slain comrades through Bangkok to press the prime minister to resign.
    (AP, 4/12/10)

2010        Apr 14, Thailand's "Red Shirt" protesters poured into Bangkok's commercial heart, saying they were ready for the "final round" in their fight to overthrow the embattled government.
    (AFP, 4/14/10)

2010        Apr 18, Thailand's military declared Bangkok's main shopping boulevard unsafe because of large crowds of anti-government protesters and sent soldiers to nearby high-rise buildings to watch for any violence. The elite-backed "Yellow Shirts" vowed to take action if the government fails to deal with red-clad protesters within a week, raising fears of clashes between the rival groups.
    (AP, 4/18/10)(AFP, 4/18/10)

2010        Apr 22, In Thailand a series of blasts were detonated near a massive encampment of anti-government protesters in Bangkok, wounding as many as 28 people. At least one person was reported killed.
    (AP, 4/22/10)

2010        Apr 24, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva rejected scaled-back demands that he dissolve Parliament in 30 days, prompting anti-government protesters to pull out of negotiations and dashing hopes for an imminent resolution to the country's political crisis.
    (AP, 4/24/10)

2010        Apr 26, Thailand's elite-backed "Yellow Shirts" called for a state of martial law to end anti-government protests as the rival "Red Shirts" blocked police convoys heading to the strife-torn capital.
    (AFP, 4/26/10)

2010        Apr 27, In Thailand anti-government protesters forced a rush hour shutdown of Bangkok's busy elevated train system and promised to expand protests that have plunged the Thai capital into chaos by sending teams of demonstrators throughout the city.
    (AP, 4/27/10)

2010        Apr 28, Thai security forces fired into a crowd of anti-government protesters during a clash just outside Bangkok as they tried to keep the Red Shirts from expanding their demonstrations from a base in the capital. One soldier was killed, and at least 18 protesters were hurt.
    (AP, 4/28/10)

2010        Apr 29, Thailand's "Red Shirt" protesters called on the European Union to send observers to prevent a crackdown by the army, but the government warned others not to meddle in its internal affairs. Theo-establishment activists demanded military action against anti-government protesters and an end to "anarchy" in the capital.
    (AFP, 4/29/10)(AP, 4/29/10)

2010        May 3, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva promised to produce a political roadmap that would end a stand-off with "Red Shirt" protesters after the country's deadliest civil violence in almost two decades.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)

2010        May 4, Thai anti-government protesters welcomed a proposed compromise to end the violent political crisis that has paralyzed central Bangkok for nearly two months, but asked for more details on the plan before wrapping up their demonstrations.
    (AP, 5/4/10)

2010        May 6, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would dissolve Parliament in September, paving the way for new elections demanded by anti-government protesters if they end their crippling occupation of Bangkok's commercial district.
    (AP, 5/6/10)

2010        May 8, Thailand's government and "Red Shirt" protesters committed themselves to a faltering peace process despite twin attacks that left two police officers dead.
    (AFP, 5/8/10)

2010        May 11, Thai anti-government demonstrators insisted that they would continue their two-month protest until the country's top leaders face criminal charges for a violent crackdown on their rallies, rejecting a government gesture of concession.
    (AP, 5/11/10)

2010        May 13, In Thailand Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdiphol, a renegade army officer accused of marshaling a paramilitary force among the Red Shirt protesters, was shot in the head, apparently by a sniper, and taken to a hospital.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, The UN General Assembly approved all 14 candidates for the 14 seats on the 47-member Human Rights Council. Human rights groups criticized the poor human rights records 7 of the candidates: Angola, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Qatar, Thailand and Uganda.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.A2)

2010        May 14, Thai troops fired bullets at anti-government protesters and explosions thundered in the heart of Bangkok. An army push to clear the streets and end a two-month political standoff sparked clashes that left 5 people dead and dozens wounded. Demonstrators the next day accused the government snipers of picking people off with head shots.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)

2010        May 15, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva defended the deadly army crackdown on the Red Shirt protesters besieging the capital, saying there was no turning back as clashes raged in the center of Bangkok. Violence Bangkok claimed 8 more lives as the embattled premier vowed no turning back and the army threatened a crackdown on thousands of protesters.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(AFP, 5/15/10)

2010        May 16, Thailand's main emergency medical center said 30 people have been killed in four days of street fighting between Red Shirt protesters and troops in central Bangkok. The latest deaths raise to 59 the number of people killed in related violence since April 10. Most of the dead are civilians.
    (AP, 5/16/10)

2010        May 17, The Thai government said it would accept a cease-fire offer from a Red Shirt protest leader if their fighters return to their camp in central Bangkok, as street battles that have killed 37 people raged for a fifth day.
    (AP, 5/17/10)

2010        May 18, The Thai government rejected a proposal for peace talks with leaders of the Red Shirt protesters to end the deadly mayhem gripping Bangkok, saying negotiations cannot start until the demonstrators disperse.
    (AP, 5/18/10)

2010        May 19, Downtown Bangkok, Thailand, became a battleground as an army assault forced anti-government protest leaders to surrender, enraging followers who shot grenades and set fire to landmark buildings, cloaking the skyline in black smoke. The Central World mall was in charred ruins. Italian freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi (48) was killed by gunfire in clashes between the military and demonstrators. A 2013 inquest said Polenghi was shot by a high-velocity bullet like those issued to soldiers.
    (AP, 5/19/10)(Econ, 5/29/10, p.46)(AP, 2/28/11)(AP, 5/29/13)

2010        May 20, The Thai government declared it had mostly quelled 10 weeks of violent protests in the capital as buildings still smoldered, troops rooted out small pockets of resistance and residents attempted to return to normal life.
    (AP, 5/20/10)

2010        May 22, Thailand's government displayed to foreign diplomats a huge cache of weapons it said had been confiscated from anti-government protesters, to quash criticism of a deadly crackdown. The recent clashes and blasts left 91 dead and 1,900 injured.
    (AFP, 5/22/10)(Econ, 7/10/10, p.39)(Econ, 9/18/10, p.58)
2010        May 22,  At the Cannes film festival “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," a surreal tale of the afterlife with giant monkeys and an erotic catfish scored gold for Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
    (AFP, 5/23/10)

2010        May 24, In Thailand opposition leaders moved to impeach PM Abhisit Vejjajiva for his handling of rioting and violence in Bangkok, and an army official said the capital would remain under curfew for another week as a precaution against further unrest.
    (AP, 5/24/10)

2010        May 25, A Thai court issued an arrest warrant for ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges, accusing the fugitive former leader of fomenting two months of unrest in Bangkok that left 88 people dead.
    (AP, 5/25/10)

2010        May, In Thailand state troops ended the “red shirt” protests with the loss of 91 lives.
    (Econ, 2/19/11, p.42)

2010        Jun 1, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva defended himself against a censure motion in Parliament and said there would be an independent investigation into whether the army used undue force to clear anti-government protesters from Bangkok's streets.
    (AP, 6/1/10)

2010        Jun 2, Thailand's prime minister survived a no-confidence vote that was called after anti-government protests crippled the capital and 89 people were killed in street battles.
    (AP, 6/2/10)

2010        Jun 8, In Thailand a drive-by bombing near a mosque wounded 23 people in the turbulent south. Police the next day called it an attack by Muslim insurgents.
    (AP, 6/9/10)

2010        Jun 21, The UN Human Rights Council unanimously elected Thailand's ambassador in Geneva as its president for the coming year. Sihasak Phuangketkeow succeeds Belgium's Alex Van Meeuwen after being nominated as the Asian region's sole candidate.
    (AP, 6/21/10)

2010        Jun 29, In Thailand Karl Joseph Kraus (90), a Berlin-born Australian, was arrested at his home near the northern city of Chiang Mai, where police confiscated about 100 photographs of naked children. He was charged with raping four young sisters whom he allegedly lured to his home with imported chocolates and English lessons.
    (AP, 6/30/10)

2010        Jul 18, Thai police arrested American Ronald John Fanelli (37) on charges of killing Wanpen Satienjai (33) and concealing the crime and cause of murder. Fanelli, who has lived on the southern resort island of Phuket for three years, told investigators he took the victim home from a bar on the morning of June 18 and stabbed her to death with a penknife.
    (AP, 7/19/10)

2010        Jul 23, Thailand’s Culture Ministry said Facebook and Twitter are causing deteriorating language skills among Thai students and authorities want them to return to the bygone tradition of letter-writing.
    (AP, 7/23/10)

2010        Jul 25, In Thailand a bomb at a bus stop in downtown Bangkok killed one person and wounded 11 shortly after polls closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass protests.
    (AP, 7/25/10)(SFC, 7/26/10, p.A2)

2010        Aug 1, In Thailand several hundred Red Shirt protesters defied a state of emergency in Bangkok to stage a symbolic protest, with hundreds of people sprawling on the ground and chanting, "People died here!"
    (AP, 8/1/10)

2010        Aug 12, Leicester City, the English Championship soccer club, announced that a consortium led by Thai businessman Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn has bought the organization.
    (AFP, 8/12/10)

2010        Aug 14, In Thailand formed US Marine Dashawn Longfellow was beaten and stabbed to death following a brawl at a Phuket bar. In 2012 British kickboxer Lee Aldhouse was indicted for the stabbing.
    (SFC, 12/27/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/dynf6av)

2010        Aug 20, A Thai appeals court ordered the extradition of suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout to the United States, angering Moscow but paving the way to put the man dubbed the "Merchant of Death" on trial.
    (AP, 8/20/10)

2010        Sep 1, Thailand long running high school gang violence was highlighted when students opened fire on a public bus in Bangkok. 4 stray bullets killed a boy (9), shaking parents and educators.
    (AP, 9/20/10)

2010        Sep 2, A US federal indictment charged 6 recruiters from Global Horizons manpower Inc. of luring 400 laborers from Thailand to the US with promises of lucrative jobs, then confiscated their passports and failed to honor their employment contracts.
    (SFC, 9/3/10, p.A4)

2010        Sep 19, In Thailand thousands of anti-government "Red Shirt" protesters defied an ongoing state of emergency in Bangkok to stage their first major demonstration since their street protests were ended by a deadly military crackdown in May.
    (AP, 9/19/10)

2010        Sep 24, A Thai court ordered the ex-wife of deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra to return a valuable plot of land she bought from the government while her husband was the country's leader. The Civil Court ruled that the 2003 purchase by Potjaman na Pombejra was void because it violated an anti-corruption law.
    (AP, 9/24/10)

2010        Sep 28, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents disguised as policemen killed five people in an attack on a warehouse in Pattani province.
    (AP, 9/29/10)

2010        Oct 5, In Thailand a blast blew out the side of a residential building in a Bangkok suburb killing 4 people and injuring nine. Police found bomb-making materials in the apartment, including fertilizer contained in fire extinguishers, electrical circuit boards and high-voltage batteries. Samai Wongsuwan, a Red Shirt supporter, was believed to be one of the dead.
    (AP, 10/5/10)(AP, 10/6/10)

2010        Oct 17, Thousands of Thailand's anti-government "Red Shirts" joined a mass rally in the latest large-scale demonstration by the movement in recent weeks.
    (AFP, 10/17/10)

2010        Oct 21, Thailand said floods in the northeast have left 17 people dead over the last 2 weeks with damages estimated at $650 million. 28 of the country’s 77 provinces were affected.
    (SFC, 10/22/10, p.A9)

2010        Oct 22, Thai police raided a warehouse where wildlife smugglers were storing thousands of illegally collected reptiles for shipment overseas.
    (AP, 10/22/10)

2010        Oct 27, Thailand authorities said heavy downpours that caused rivers to burst have killed 57 people in nearly two weeks of flooding.
    (AP, 10/27/10)

2010        Nov 2, Thailand battled to rescue thousands of people stranded in their homes after flash floods, several meters deep in places, swept through a southern city, cutting power and communications. The floodwaters swamped vast areas of southern Thailand and inundated its largest city killing 12 people. The death toll from across the country soon passed 120.
    (AFP, 11/2/10)(AP, 11/4/10)

2010        Nov 8, In Myanmar fighting between ethnic rebels and government troops has sent at least 10,000 refugees fleeing into Thailand just after a widely criticized election expected to usher in a parliament sympathetic to the military regime. Thai officials said that fighting had died down, and government troops had regained control of Myawaddy.
    (AP, 11/8/10)

2010        Nov 9, About 20,000 refugees from Myanmar headed home after fleeing to Thailand as fighting followed a general election that is certain to keep Myanmar's military and its allies in power.
    (AP, 11/9/10)

2010        Nov 16, Viktor Bout (43), a suspected Russian arms dealer dubbed the "Merchant of Death," was flown out of Thailand to face trial in the United States following a long legal battle and fierce opposition from Moscow.
    (AFP, 11/16/10)

2010        Nov 19, Thai police found the remains of almost 1,700 illegally aborted fetuses hidden at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok as the full extent of the grisly discovery emerged. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets of Bangkok, peacefully marking the six-month anniversary of the military's crackdown on their protest.
    (AFP, 11/19/10)(AP, 11/19/10)

2010        Nov 21, A global tiger summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia. Experts wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.
    (AP, 11/21/10)

2010        Nov 24, Australia said that a Thai-owned oil firm's "widespread and systematic shortcomings" caused the worst offshore drilling accident in the country's history, which created a massive oil slick. Thousands of barrels of oil gushed into the sea from a damaged well after a blow out on the West Atlas rig on August 21, 2009, prompting the evacuation of workers.
    (AFP, 11/24/10)

2010        Dec 1, Spain’s Interior Ministry said police over the last 24 hours have arrested seven people in Spain and three in Thailand in an international operation against a group suspected of forging passports for an al-Qaida-linked Islamic terrorist group.
    (AP, 12/1/10)

2010        Dec 20, In Malaysia a double-decker bus carrying Thai tourists overturned on a highway, killing 28 people on their way back from a hill resort.
    (AP, 12/20/10)

2010        Dec 22, Thailand's government withdrew armed soldiers from skytrain stops in Bangkok and other key sites as it lifted an eight-month-old state of emergency imposed when protesters overran the capital.
    (AP, 12/22/10)

2010        Dec 24, Thailand film director Tanwarin Sukkhapisit said she plans to appeal a decision by the National Film Board that her film, "Insects in the Backyard," cannot not be shown in Thailand because it is immoral and pornographic. The movie was about a transgender father struggling to raise two children.
    (AP, 12/24/10)

2010        Dec 28, In Thailand US and Thai officials arrested a group of 12 Chinese nationals accused of obtaining fake visas to try to gain entry to the United States. The visas bore the same numbers as authentic ones issued by the US Embassy in Warsaw to Polish citizens.
    (AP, 12/29/10)

2010        Dec 30, A Thai court ordered prison terms for 79 members of the right-wing, nationalist "Yellow Shirt" movement who stormed a state television station two years ago armed with guns, knives and clubs.
    (AP, 12/30/10)
2010        Dec 30, Cambodia charged seven Thais, including a ruling party politician, with illegal entry and put them in jail awaiting possible trial, despite strong protests from Thailand. The detainees were inspecting contested territory from Thailand's eastern Sa Kaeo province when they were captured a day earlier by Cambodian soldiers.
    (AFP, 12/30/10)

2010        Thailand’s population numbered about 67 million people.
    (Econ, 9/18/10, p.58)

2011        Jan 1, In southern Thailand 2 bomb disposal policemen were killed and 9 other people wounded in a blast after warnings of New Year violence in the restive region.
    (AFP, 1/1/10)

2011        Jan 9, In Thailand thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in Bangkok, saying they had learned lessons from chaotic violence last year and had a new strategy for the new year. A Red Shirt leader vowed to hold "frequent and symbolic gatherings" twice a month, a change from the large sit-in last year that lasted 10 weeks and prompted a violent crackdown.
    (AP, 1/9/11)

2011        Jan 11, Thailand's government approved a package of social welfare measures slammed by critics as populist handouts designed to woo voters in a key election year.
    (AP, 1/11/11)

2011        Jan 19, In southern Thailand four soldiers were killed in an attack on their post by at least 20 armed men. The attackers also set fire to two shelters in the base and took away an unknown number of M16 assault rifles in Narathiwat province.
    (AP, 1/19/11)

2011        Jan 25, Thailand's government faced renewed street protests as the right-wing nationalist group that seized Bangkok's airports two years ago gathered in the capital to pressure the prime minister over a land dispute with Cambodia. In the south 9 people were killed by a roadside bomb, where an Islamic separatist insurgency has entered its eighth year.
    (AP, 1/25/11)

2011        Feb 1, A Cambodian court sentenced two Thais to lengthy prison terms for illegally crossing the border and spying. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Veera Somkwamkid, who heads a political pressure group, the Thailand Patriot Network, and his assistant Ratree Pipatanapaiboon, guilty of espionage, illegal entry and trespassing in a military zone. Veera was sentenced to eight years in prison and Ratree to six years.
    (AP, 2/1/11)

2011        Feb 3, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents opened fire on a grocery store, killing five Buddhist bystanders.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, In Thailand a 47-year-old Thai woman died at a hotel. A 23-year-old New Zealand woman died Feb. 6 at the same Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai. Her two female companions, who became sick, recovered. A British couple in their 70s were found in their hotel room at the same hotel on Feb. 19. A later investigation reported exposure to some toxic chemical, pesticides or gas.
    (AP, 8/16/11)

2011        Feb 4, Cambodian and Thai soldiers exchanged heavy fire on the two countries' shared border near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple killing one soldier and a civilian, as tensions between the neighbors boiled over.
    (AFP, 2/4/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.50)

2011        Feb 5, Renewed fighting between Cambodian and Thai troops along the countries' disputed border killed a Thai soldier and sent thousands of people fleeing before military commanders agreed on the second cease-fire in two days.
    (AP, 2/5/11)

2011        Feb 6, The Cambodian government said part of an 11th century temple was damaged by the Thai army as the two sides exchanged artillery and mortar fire across their disputed border, shattering a shaky cease-fire and escalating tensions.
    (AP, 2/6/11)

2011        Feb 7, Cambodian and Thai troops clashed for a 4th straight day as the UN chief called for "maximum restraint" in a border dispute that has claimed 7 lives and displaced thousands. On April 6 the London-based Cluster Munition Coalition said Thailand's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva confirmed the army had fired 155mm cluster shells into Cambodia.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 4/6/11)

2011        Feb 10, A new Thai airline reported the hiring of transsexual ladyboys as flight attendants, aiming at a unique identity to set itself apart from competitors as it sets out for the skies. PC Air, a charter airline set to start operations on Asian routes in April, has thus far chosen 4 ladyboys, along with 19 female and 7 male flight attendants.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)

2011        Feb 13, In Thailand thousands of anti-government protesters massed in Bangkok for the latest in a series of rallies by rival political factions ahead of elections expected this year. A car bomb exploded in the insurgency-plagued far south, injuring 18 people, including four soldiers.
    (AFP, 2/13/11)

2011        Feb 14, In Thailand a couple in Pattaya locked lips for 46 hours, 24 minutes and 9 seconds to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A previous world record of 32 hours was set by a Germany couple in 2009.
    (SFC, 2/15/11, p.A2)

2011        Feb 19, In Thailand thousands of "Red Shirts" gathered in Bangkok to mark nine months since a bloody crackdown on their anti-government rally and to press for the release of detained leaders. In the south suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb and raked a karaoke restaurant with gunfire, wounding at least 17 people in back-to-back attacks in the volatile region.
    (AFP, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/19/11)

2011        Feb 25, Thai authorities displayed a ton of illicitly smuggled African elephant ivory and rhino horns seized at Bangkok's airport, a haul described as a victory for better international intelligence sharing among wildlife officials.
    (AP, 2/25/11)

2011        Mar 3, In Germany a former folk music star (65) was sentenced to 9 years in prison for abusing hundreds of underage girls in Thailand by having unprotected sex with them while being HIV-positive. The member of Godewind was accused of 403 cases of unprotected sex the occurred in Pataya between 2005-2009.
    (SFC, 3/4/11, p.A2)

2011        Mar 5, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim militants fatally shot a Buddhist monk in a drive-by motorcycle attack in the Kok Pho district of Pattani province. In nearby Kapo district insurgents detonated a roadside bomb as a military truck passed by, wounding three soldiers.
    (AP, 3/5/11)

2011        Mar 6, In southern Thailand six gunmen opened fire in a busy area of Pattani province's Yarang district and killed a retired police officer. Two insurgents on a motorcycle also in Pattani shot at a mother and son riding a motorbike back from a market. The 23-year-old son died and the mother was wounded.
    (AP, 3/6/11)

2011        Mar 9, Thailand police officers in Phitsanulok province, acting on information from a previous operation, interrupted the loading of drugs onto trucks overnight. Seven or eight suspects fled during the raid, leaving four bags with 986,000 methamphetamine pills and more than 100 pounds (48 kg) of crystallized methamphetamine.
    (AP, 3/9/11)

2011        Mar 12, In Thailand tens of thousands of anti-government “Red Shirt” protesters rallied in Bangkok on the anniversary of the start of their 2-month protests last year that left 91 dead.
    (SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)

2011        Mar 15, A Thailand court sentenced Thanthawut Taweewarodomkul (38), the administrator of an anti-government website, to 13 years in prison on charges of defaming the monarchy and violating the computer crime act.
    (SFC, 3/16/11, p.A2)

2011        Mar 25, In Thailand a court ordered leaders of the self-styled People' Alliance for Democracy to pay millions of dollars to airport operators in compensation for occupying Bangkok's airports for a week in 2008.
    (AP, 3/25/11)

2011        Mar 29, Thailand police raided secret ivory carving workshops in central in Nakorn Sawan province, seizing an allegedly illegal haul of elephant and walrus tusks.
    (AP, 3/30/11)

2011        Mar 30, Thailand mobilized its only aircraft carrier to rescue thousands trapped on the storm-swept resort island of Koh Samui after severe flooding across the south killed 15.
    (AP, 3/30/11)(SFC, 3/31/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 30, Thailand confiscated two tons of African elephant tusks worth millions of dollars being smuggled through a Bangkok port. This was the country's largest ivory seizure.
    (AP, 4/1/11) 

2011        Mar 31, Thailand's navy used helicopters and an aircraft carrier to rescue more than 800 tourists stranded by heavy rains on the country's picturesque southern islands.
    (AP, 3/31/11)

2011        Apr 1, In southern Thailand heavy rains finally eased, where flooding and mudslides over the past week killed 25 people.
    (AP, 4/1/11)

2011        Apr 7, Thailand authorities seized 1,800 Bengal monitor lizards being smuggled on pickup trucks to the capital. Their meat could sell for $7.50-$15 per pound ($16-$33 per kg) in China, making them worth more than $60,000.
    (AP, 4/8/11)

2011        Apr 8, In Thailand rich and poor nations agreed on a roadmap for UN climate talks this year, but only after long-running feuds flared over a wide range of actions they must take to combat global warming. The talks in Bangkok will be followed by other rounds in Germany, before the annual summit in Durban, South Africa.
    (AFP, 4/8/11)

2011        Apr 18, In southern Thailand Muslim insurgents set off a car bomb that killed one soldier and wounded 25 people.
    (AP, 4/18/11)

2011        Apr 22, Cambodia and Thailand exchanged artillery and gunfire for several hours in a flare-up of a long-running border dispute that left six soldiers killed.
    (AP, 4/22/11)

2011        Apr 23, A 2nd day of fighting between Cambodian and Thai troops killed at least four soldiers, bringing the two-day death toll to 11, the worst bloodshed since the United Nations called for a ceasefire in February.
    (AP, 4/23/11)

2011        Apr 24, Cambodian and Thai troops exchanged artillery fire in a third day of fighting that has killed 10 soldiers and uprooted thousands of villagers from their homes.
    (AP, 4/24/11)

2011        Apr 25, Cambodian and Thai troops clashed with guns and artillery after almost a full-day break in fighting that has killed at least 12 people in four days and sent nearly 50,000 into evacuation centers.
    (Reuters, 4/25/11)

2011        Apr 26, Cambodian and Thai troops fought with short-range rockets and guns near 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, opening a second front in a five-day confrontation that has killed 13 people.
    (Reuters, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, Thai authorities forced the closure of 13 anti-government radio stations in the biggest crackdown on dissident media since a state of emergency during street protests last year. Police said the stations broadcast illegal statements defaming the monarchy.
    (AP, 4/26/11)

2011        Apr 27, Thailand pulled out of talks with Cambodia and deadly border clashes continued for a sixth day.
    (AP, 4/27/11)

2011        Apr 28, Cambodia and Thailand called a ceasefire halting their bloodiest clashes in decades, after seven days of fighting left 15 dead and around 75,000 civilians displaced.
    (AFP, 4/28/11)

2011        Apr 29, Cambodian and Thai troops broke a brief cease-fire and clashed for an eighth day, shattering hopes of a quick end to a long-running border conflict that has forced nearly 100,000 villagers to flee. The death toll rose to 16.
    (AP, 4/29/11)

2011        Apr 30, Troops from Cambodia and Thailand exchanged fire at the countries' contested border, marking the ninth straight day of clashes that have left at least 16 people dead and displaced nearly 100,000.
    (AP, 4/30/11)
2011        Apr 30, Two Thai troops died and nine were injured in bombings that struck the restive south.
    (AFP, 4/30/11)

2011        May 1, A Cambodian soldier was killed in fighting with Thailand, bringing the total number of dead to 17 as the Southeast Asian nations' festering border conflict dragged on.
    (AP, 5/1/11)

2011        May 3, In Thailand a cabinet meeting of Abhisit Vejjajiva’s administration approved 102 spending proposals totaling billions of dollars. Elections were soon expected.
    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.44)

2011        May 7, In Thailand militants detonated a homemade bomb near a football field in Pattani province, killing four policemen and wounding a dozen others who had come to play a friendly match with villagers. In Yala province insurgents set off a roadside bomb and shot at an army patrol, killing three soldiers and wounding two. In Narathiwat province two men on a motorcycle fatally shot a former local official in his pickup truck.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
2011        May 7, Cambodia accused Thailand of invading its territory on the opening day of a summit of Southeast Asian leaders that was supposed to focus on plans to create a regional economic zone.
    (AFP, 5/7/11)

2011        May 9, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva announced that he is dissolving the lower house of Parliament to hold early elections July 3, setting off a political battle that could inflame tensions in the divided nation.
    (AP, 5/9/11)

2011        May 13, In Thailand authorities at Bangkok's international airport arrested a first-class passenger whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged and were headed for Dubai.
    (AP, 5/13/11)

2011        May 21, Thailand police arrested a man suspected of being a key player in one of Thailand's largest tiger trafficking rings.
    (AP, 5/22/11)

2011        May 24, Thai authorities arrested American citizen on charges he insulted the country's monarchy, in part by posting a link on his blog four years ago to a banned book about the Southeast Asian nation's ailing king. Lerpong Wichaikhammat (aka Joe Gordon), a 54-year-old Thai-born man, had lived in the US state of Colorado for around 30 years before returning recently to Thailand for medical treatment. In August Gordon was charged with lese majeste for allegedly translating parts of an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and writing articles that defamed the royal family. 
    (AP, 5/27/11)(AP, 8/18/11)

2011        Jun 1, In Thailand customs authorities found 431 turtles and other rare reptiles stuffed into four suitcases and smuggled into the Bangkok airport.
    (AP, 6/2/11)

2011        Jun 24, In southern Thailand 3 hidden roadside bombs killed two people and wounded 13 others. Police believed Islamist militants were responsible.
    (AP, 6/24/11)

2011        Jun 25, Thailand announced its withdrawal from the UN's World Heritage Convention, at a meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Paris. Thailand said it was withdrawing because the committee's consideration of Cambodia's plan for managing the Preah Vihear temple site could threaten Thai sovereignty and territory.
    (AP, 6/26/11)

2011        Jun 27, In Geneva more than 80 states began meeting for the first four-day intercessional meeting on the Convention on Cluster Munitions to advance their commitments to a world free of cluster bombs. During the meeting Thailand and Cambodia indicated their intention to join in the near future.
    (AFP, 7/1/11)(www.stopclustermunitions.org/news/?id=3086)

2011        Jul 3, Thailand held elections. PM Abhisit Vejjajiva conceded his party lost national elections to the opposition led by Yingluck Shinawatra (44), the sister of ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra. Her Pheu Thai party won a majority of 265 seats in the 500-seat lower house of parliament outright. The Democrat party won 159 seats. The apparent election result paved the way for Yingluck to become Thailand's first female prime minister. An international monitoring group later said up to one million Thais were disenfranchised ahead of the kingdom's crucial recent election because of outdated lists of voters.
    (AP, 7/3/11)(AP, 7/4/11)(AFP, 7/5/11)(Econ, 7/9/11, p.23)

2011        Jul 4, Thailand's military eased concerns of renewed turmoil by accepting the sweeping electoral win of toppled ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra's party, while his sister vowed to reconcile the deeply divided nation as its first female prime minister.
    (AP, 7/4/11)

2011        Jul 12, In Germany a plane being used by Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn was been impounded as part of a long-running battle over payments for a building project in Thailand. The Thai government allegedly owed the now-bankrupt German construction firm Walter Bau AG builder 30 million euros because of a contract agreed to more than 20 years ago to build and operate a toll highway to Bangkok's Don Muang airport. On July 20 a German court ordered the release of the impounded jet upon receipt of a hefty bank guarantee. On July 21 Thailand's foreign minister ruled out paying a multi-million dollar bank guarantee to secure the release of the prince's jet.
    (AP, 7/13/11)(AFP, 7/20/11)(AFP, 7/21/11)

2011        Jul 17, In southern Thailand a girl (5) and a local government official were shot dead and 11 people were injured when gunmen burst into a Buddhist temple during an annual fair.
    (AFP, 7/18/11)

2011        Jul 18, The UN's highest court ordered troops from both Thailand and Cambodia to immediately withdraw military forces from disputed areas around a World Heritage temple straddling their border.
    (AP, 7/18/11)

2011        Jul 19, A Thailand Black Hawk helicopter crashed during bad weather in a forested area near Myanmar. 9 dead included an infantry division commander and a television cameraman. The craft had been sent to retrieve the bodies of five soldiers killed in the crash of another helicopter on July 16.
    (AP, 7/22/11)

2011        Jul 25, Thailand's anti-corruption body filed complaints against three former Cabinet ministers and an ex-governor of Bangkok that allege wrongdoing in a 2004 contract to buy fire trucks and boats for the Thai capital.
    (AP, 7/26/11)

2011        Aug 3, Thai police arrested a Swedish man wanted in Scandinavia for a $3 million banking scam committed 1998-2001. Carl-Gustav Alexander Tartagni (52) was detained in the seaside town of Hua Hin, where he had been living for a year.
    (AP, 8/4/11)

2011        Sep 6, Thailand authorities arrested two men in the northeast for trying to smuggle more 120 dogs into Vietnam to be sold for human consumption. 31 of the dogs were dead.
    (AP, 9/6/11)

2011        Sep 9, In northern Thailand 8 people were killed and two were missing after a mudslide engulfed several villages in the mountainous region of Uttaradit province.
    (AFP, 9/9/11)

2011        Sep 12, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra, in her fist state visit to Indonesia, vowed to improve economic cooperation with Indonesia, particularly in the agriculture, energy and tourism sectors.
    (AFP, 9/12/11)
2011        Sep 12, The Thai government announced a new campaign against illegal drugs but said it will not repeat the mistakes of an earlier push in 2003 when at least 2,300 accused dealers were killed.
    (AP, 9/13/11)

2011        Sep 13, A Thailand court ordered the military to stop labeling transgender people as being mentally ill in a decision praised by activists.
    (AP, 9/13/11)

2011        Sep 15, New Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra held her first official talks with her Cambodian counterpart seeking to patch up relations after deadly border clashes.
    (AFP, 9/15/11)

2011        Sep 16, In southern Thailand bombs concealed in a car and two motorcycles killed at least three people and wounded at least 30 in the border town of Sungai Kolok.
    (AP, 9/16/11)

2011        Sep 17, Thailand incinerated about $80 million worth of drugs from over 130,000 seizures across the country as officials warned there were an increasing number of very young users. Thailand, along with other countries in the region, has seen a marked increase in seizures of methamphetamine.
    (AFP, 9/17/11)

2011        Sep 25, Thailand authorities rescued nearly 100 endangered pangolins, scaly anteaters worth about $32,000, that they say were to be sold and eaten outside the country.
    (AP, 9/26/11)

2011        Sep 27, In southern Thailand 16 militants in two pick up trucks and motorcycles opened fire on a military outpost in Narathiwat, killing a 21-year-old private and injuring two other troops. A 47-year-old Muslim man was gunned down in a drive-by attack.
    (AFP, 9/28/11)

2011        Sep 28, In southern Thailand more than a dozen suspected Muslim insurgents attacked a school, killing four soldiers and seriously wounding one child.
    (AFP, 9/28/11)

2011        Oct 2, The government in Thailand said heavy floods have also killed 206 people since August.
    (AP, 10/2/11)

2011        Oct 5, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra met Myanmar's president during her first visit to the military-dominated country since she took office in August.
    (AFP, 10/5/11)
2011        Oct 5, Suspected drug traffickers hijacked two Chinese cargo ships on the Mekong River in northern Thailand. The bodies of 13 crew members were found near Chiang Rai, Thailand on Oct 7,8 and 10. Burmese drug lord Naw Kham was arrested in Laos in May. In Nov, 2012, he and 3 of his associates were sentenced to death by a court in Kunming. Thai police continued to search for 9 Thai soldiers believed to have been accomplices.
    (AP, 10/10/11)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.43)

2011        Oct 6, The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says it is ending its operations in Thailand after 35 years because it could not reach agreement with the government on conditions under which it could provide medical care to illegal migrants.
    (AP, 10/6/11)

2011        Oct 8, Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra warned that rising floodwaters, which have wreaked havoc across the nation, are now threatening the capital, Bangkok, as the death toll from the worst monsoon rains in decades rose to 253.
    (AP, 10/8/11)

2011        Oct 11, Thailand workers raced to complete three critical flood walls with only one or two days to go before the already swollen river that winds through the capital bursts its banks. Nationwide flooding has already killed nearly 270 people. A preliminary estimate by the central bank showed economic losses from flooding that began in late July range from baht 60 billion to baht 80 billion ($1.9 billion to $2.6 billion).
    (AP, 10/11/11)

2011        Oct 13, Thailand issued a flood warning for parts of Bangkok's northern outskirts after a dyke burst, in a setback to efforts to protect the city of 12 million people from the rising water. Unusually heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 283 people.
    (AFP, 10/13/11)

2011        Oct 15, Thailand PM Yingluck in a radio address called current flooding "the worst in Thai history." The government said the floods, which have killed 297 people, are the worst to hit the Southeast Asian kingdom in half a century.
    (AP, 10/15/11)

2011        Oct 19, Thailand's new premier acknowledged that the country's flood crisis has overwhelmed her government, and she pleaded for mercy from the media and solidarity from the country in battling the relentless waters. The death toll in nationwide flooding reached 317, mostly from drowning, with nearly 9 million people affected and 27 of the country's 77 provinces still inundated. Bangkok's city government urged residents in seven northern districts of the city to move belongings to safe spots, but did not yet call for an evacuation.
    (AP, 10/19/11)

2011        Oct 21, In Thailand millions of nervous Bangkok residents were warned to move their belongings to safety as the kingdom's worst floods in decades poured into the outskirts of the sprawling city.
    (AFP, 10/21/11)

2011        Oct 23, In southern Thailand at least seven people were killed in back-to-back shooting and bomb attacks in a town in Narathiwat province.
    (AFP, 10/25/11)

2011        Oct 25, Bangkok's second airport shut down as floodwaters advanced into the Thai capital, forcing authorities in "crisis mode" to declare a five-day public holiday in preparation for the deluge.
    (AFP, 10/25/11)
2011        Oct 25, In southern Thailand a series of explosives planted by suspected Muslim rebels ripped through Yala town, killing at least 3 people and wounding dozens more.
    (AFP, 10/25/11)(SFC, 10/26/11, p.A2)

2011        Oct 27, In Thailand thousands of Bangkok residents flocked to bus, rail and air terminals while heavy traffic snaked out of the sprawling Thai capital in an exodus from a mass of approaching floodwater. By month’s end the flooding left more than 381 people dead and millions of homes and livelihoods damaged.
    (AFP, 10/27/11)(SFC, 10/31/11, p.A2)

2011        Oct 31, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand signed a regional security agreement pledging to share intelligence and to engage in joint patrols along a stretch of the Mekong between China and the Golden Triangle.
    (Econ, 11/19/11, p.45)

2011        Nov 2, The Thai government said the flood disaster has now killed 427 people, an increase of 42 from the figure reported a day earlier. While drowning was the most common cause of death, dozens have also been electrocuted. Suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand killed six civilians in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the south.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)(AP, 11/2/11)

2011        Nov 6, The death toll from Thailand's worst floods in half a century climbed past 500, as advancing pools of polluted black water threatened Bangkok's subway system and new evacuations were ordered in the sprawling capital.
    (AP, 11/6/11)

2011        Nov 13, The death toll from Thailand's worst floods in half a century reached 536, and authorities told more residents of Bangkok to evacuate their neighborhoods.
    (AP, 11/6/11)

2011        Nov 15, Lawmakers from Thailand's ruling political party submitted a parliamentary motion to begin discussions over possibly shifting the capital city to prevent future flooding chaos. Bangkok, which is built on swampland, is slowly sinking and the floods currently besieging the city of 12 million people could be merely a foretaste of a grim future.
    (AFP, 11/15/11)

2011        Nov 16, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a $10 million aid package for flood-ravaged Thailand during a visit to express solidarity.
    (AP, 11/16/11)

2011        Nov 19, Thailand's Premier Yingluck Shinawatra declared central Bangkok safe from the kingdom's devastating floods, as the death toll passed 600 and President Barack Obama vowed the US will give whatever help it can.
    (AFP, 11/19/11)

2011        Nov 22, In Indonesia the Southeast Asian Games were formally closed by Indonesia Vice President Budiono. Indonesia earned a table-topping 182 golds among 476 medals, followed by Thailand with 109 among 329.
    (AP, 11/22/11)

2011        Nov 23, A Thai criminal court sentenced Amphon Tangnoppakul (61) to 20 years in prison for sending text messages deemed offensive to the country's queen. On May 7, 2012, Tangnoppakul (62) died in prison of liver cancer.
    (AP, 11/23/11)(AP, 5/9/12)

2011        Dec 7, In Thailand Arisman Pongruangrong, a militant leader of Thailand's "Red Shirt" protest movement, surrendered to authorities on terrorism charges over his role in opposition rallies last year, after almost 20 months on the run.
    (AP, 12/7/11)

2011        Dec 8, In Thailand Joe Gordon, an American who translated a banned biography of Thailand's king and posted the content online while living in Colorado, was sentenced to two and a half years in a Thai prison for defaming the country's royal family. On July 10, 2012, Gordon (55) was granted a royal pardon.
    (AP, 12/8/11)(AFP, 7/11/12)

2011        Dec 9, In Thailand some 100 supporters of a grandfather jailed for 20 years in Thailand for insulting the king held a rare public protest against the kingdom's strict lese majeste laws in the capital Bangkok. Amphon Tangnoppakul (61) was found guilty on Nov 23 of four counts of offending the royals in text messages last year. Article 112 of the criminal code contains the rules protecting the royals.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)

2011        Dec 13, Three Thai soldiers were killed and one was critically wounded when an old landmine exploded as they were trying to defuse it on the country's border with Cambodia.
    (AFP, 12/13/11)

2011        Dec 15, A Thai activist was sentenced to 15 years in prison for insulting the king in the third case in a month involving the strict law against defaming the monarchy that is increasingly being criticized as an infringement on free speech. Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, nicknamed "Da Torpedo" for her aggressive speaking style, has been detained since July 2008 after speaking at a rally using impolite language that was recorded by police.
    (AP, 12/15/11)

2012        Jan 5, Thai wildlife officials said body parts from a dead wild elephant, found on Jan 2 without its tusks, tail and penis, were likely destined for restaurants in tourist areas. The creature, which was discovered in Kaeng Krachan National Park near the Myanmar border.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)

2012        Jan 12, In Thailand gunmen shot dead journalist Wisut Tangwitthayaporn (40), a local newspaper owner and political activist in a targeted attack on the island of Phuket.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, A Thai navy patrol caught a gang of dog smugglers on the shore of the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province. At least 750 dogs were to be transported through Laos to Vietnam, where dog meat is a delicacy.
    (AP, 1/12/12)

2012        Jan 16, In Thailand a foreign suspect, identified as Atris Hussein, with alleged links to Hezbollah militants led police to a warehouse filled with materials commonly used to make bombs. Hussein, a Lebanese man, was carrying a valid Swedish passport when he was arrested on Jan 12. On Sep 18, 2013, Hussein was convicted and sentenced to 2 years and 8 months for illegal possession of ammonium nitrate.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(SFC, 9/19/13, p.A4)

2012        Jan 19, Thailand said that it has recognized a Palestinian state, in a move hailed by Palestinian leaders eager to boost their international standing amid a stalemate with Israel.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)

2012        Jan 21, Thailand police seized 3.8 million methamphetamine tablets in the country’s largest drug bust in years.
    (AP, 1/21/12)

2012        Jan 24, In central Thailand fireworks set off during an official Chinese New Year celebration sparked a blaze that burned homes, killed three people and injured others.
    (AP, 1/24/12)

2012        Jan 26, A Thailand wildlife official said a worrisome new practice of Thais consuming elephant meat could threaten the national animal with extinction. Thailand's elephant population was under 3,000 wild elephants, plus some 4,000 domesticated.
    (AP, 1/26/12)

2012        Jan 29, Thai paramilitaries shot dead four people including an elderly man and a teenager in the far south because they feared they were under attack. On March 21 the military admitted troops had shot dead four Muslim villagers on their way to a funeral due to a "misunderstanding."
    (AFP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)

2012        Feb 14, In Thailand an Iranian man, Saeid Moradi, carrying grenades lost at least one leg in a grenade blast and wounded four civilians in Bangkok after an earlier blast shook his rented house. Mohammad Kharzei, a 2nd man was arrested in Bangkok as he tried to board a flight to Malaysia.
    (AP, 2/14/12)(AP, 2/15/12)

2012        Feb 15, Malaysia police arrested Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, a third Iranian suspect sought after explosive blasts in Bangkok.
    (AP, 2/15/12)

2012        Feb 28, A Thailand court sentenced media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul (64), one of the kingdom's most controversial political figures, to 20 years in prison for corporate fraud. Sondhi is the founder of the royalist "Yellow Shirt" protest movement.
    (AP, 2/28/12)

2012        Mar 2, Thai police said they confiscated over 4 million methamphetamine tablets near the border with Myanmar, where much of it is produced.
    (SFC, 3/3/12, p.A2)

2012        Mar 8, In Thailand a fire at a high-rise hotel in Bangkok's main tourist district sent smoke billowing through the upper floors, killing at least one foreigner and injuring almost two dozen other people.
    (AP, 3/9/12)

2012        Mar 17, Thailand billionaire Chaleo Yoovidhya (89), the co-founder of energy drink Red Bull and the second richest man in Thailand, died. Chaleo had founded T.C. Pharmaceuticals. In the 1970s, it formulated an energy drink prototype called Krathing Daeng, or Red Bull in English. He co-founded a company with Austrian marketing whiz Dietrich Mateschitz in 1984, who helped turn Red Bull into a global brand. Mateschitz had become aware of "tonic drinks" while traveling in Asia. They started selling the drink in Austria in 1987.
    (AFP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/17/12)

2012        Mar 23, PM Yingluck Shinawatra said Thailand will spend more than $70 billion on infrastructure over the next five years as she outlined the challenges facing the country after last year's floods.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)

2012        Mar 15, CH. Karchang, a Thailand construction giant, officially began work on the $3.5 billion dam at Xayaburi in northern Laos. A December agreement by the Mekong River Commission had called for further study on the environmental impacts of the dam.
    (Econ, 5/5/12, p.43)(Econ, 9/7/13, p.40)

2012        Mar 31, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents staged the most deadly attack in years, killing 14 people and wounding 340 with car bombs that targeted shoppers just before lunchtime in Yala city. Five people were killed and dozens injured in a fire at a hotel in Hat Yai, the largest city in southern Thailand.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)(AP, 4/1/12)

2012        Apr 3, Thailand censors banned a Thai film based on William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", saying the tale could sow "disunity" in the politically divided kingdom.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)

2012        May 5, In eastern Thailand a large blaze at a chemical factory killed 12 people, injured more than 100 and spewed toxic smoke into the air in Rayong province.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)

2012        May 17, Thailand police in Bangkok seized 6 human fetuses, which had been roasted and covered in gold leaf as part of a black magic ritual, from Chow Hok Kuen (28), a British citizen. The corpses had been packed into luggage and were set to be smuggled to Taiwan.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)

2012        May 19, In Thailand Buddhist monks led prayers as tens of thousands gathered in Bangkok to mark the 2nd anniversary of deadly clashes between soldiers and "Red Shirt" protesters.
    (AP, 5/19/12)

2012        May 30, Thai online editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn was handed a suspended jail term for failing to remove a comment critical of the revered monarchy on her website, prompting Google to issue a stark warning over Internet freedom.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)

2012        May 31, In Thailand Aung San Suu Kyi used her first foreign trip in 24 years to fight for her Myanmar countrymen suffering abroad, millions of economic migrants unable to work at home but vulnerable to exploitation elsewhere.
    (AP, 5/31/12)

2012        Jun 1, In Thailand Suu Kyi spoke to the World Economic Forum in Bangkok where she urged the international community to exercise "healthy skepticism" toward Myanmar's much-touted reform process.
    (AP, 6/1/12)

2012        Jun 20, In Thailand Michelle Elizabeth Smith (60), an Australian tourist, was stabbed and killed as 2 men tried to steal her bag on the resort island of Phuket. Two Thai men were arrested and pleaded guilty on June 26, saying they meant only to slash her pocketbook strap and never meant to stab her.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
 
2012        Jun 25, A Malaysian court ruled that Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, an Iranian man accused of plotting to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok on Feb 14, must be extradited to Thailand.
    (AP, 6/25/12)

2012        Jul 4, In Thailand an explosion at an oil refinery in an industrial area of Bangkok sparked a massive fire. There were no reported injuries, but it prompted the government to close the 120,000 barrels-a-day refinery for at least 30 days.
    (AFP, 7/4/12)

2012        Jul 10, Myanmar state media said dozens of Thai nationals will face charges after they were held for illegally crossing the border to run rubber plantations.
    (AFP, 7/10/12)

2012        Jul 13, Thailand customs officials discovered a half ton of ivory hidden in crates aboard a flight from Kenya. One official estimated that the 158 pieces of ivory were from the tusks of around 50 elephants.
    (AP, 7/17/12)

2012        Jul 16, In Thailand 8 suspected drug dealers were killed in a clash with Thai security forces who seized weapons and a large amount of illegal amphetamines.
    (AFP, 7/16/12)

2012        Jul 18, Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed strip of border land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple, a year after a ruling by the UN's highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.
    (AFP, 7/18/12)

2012        Jul 31, Australian police seized a record half a ton of methamphetamine and heroin worth up to A$500 million ($525 million) hidden in a shipment of terracotta pots from Thailand. Seven people, including four from Hong Kong, were arrested after a year-long investigation following a tip-off from US authorities.
    (Reuters, 7/31/12)

2012        Aug 17, In Thailand a fire ripped through a nightclub popular on the resort island of Phuket early today, leaving at least 4 people dead and more than 20 others injured. The venue was said to be officially closed at the time of the fire but about 70-80 people were still inside sheltering from heavy rain.
    (AFP, 8/17/12)

2012        Aug 24, In Thailand 300 inmates were pardoned including two imprisoned in 2010 for insulting the revered monarchy (lese majeste).
    (AFP, 8/24/12)

2012        Aug 31, In Thailand militants in the Muslim-majority south carried out a wave of coordinated attacks, wounding several soldiers and hoisting the Malaysian flag across the restive region.
    (AFP, 8/31/12)

2012        Sep 3, In Thailand Vorayuth Yoovidhya (27), a grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink, was arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an early-morning hit-and-run.
    (AFP, 9/3/12)

2012        Sep 21, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb that killed six people in Pattani province's Sai Buri district after businesses received warnings against opening on the Muslim holy day.
    (AP, 9/21/12)

2012        Sep 29, In southern Thailand suspected Islamist insurgents fired 2 grenades at a fair in Narathiwat injuring some 30 people.
    (SFC, 10/1/12, p.A2)

2012        Oct 9, In southern Thailand 11 people were killed as the Muslim insurgency continued to simmer.
    (Economist, 10/13/12, p.18)

2012        Oct 31, In southern Thailand a school teacher and his 11-year-old son were shot dead.
    (Econ, 1/19/13, p.44)

2012        Nov 18, President Barack Obama began his 3-day Asian tour in Thailand.
    (AP, 11/18/12)

2012        Nov 22, In southern Thailand the headmistress of Bna Tha Kam Cham school was killed while driving home.
    (Econ, 1/19/13, p.44)

2012        Nov 24, In Thailand some 10,000 royalist protesters of the new Pitak Siam movement, calling for Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra to step down, rallied in the heart of Bangkok, clashing with police in the first major demonstration against the government since it came to power last year.
    (AP, 11/24/12)(Econ, 12/8/12, p.42)

2012        Dec 6, Thai law enforcement authorities announced that they will file murder charges against former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy in the first prosecutions of officials for their roles in a deadly 2010 crackdown on anti-government protests.
    (AP, 12/6/12)

2012        Dec 15, Thai social activist Sombath Somphone (60) disappeared in Vientiane, Laos. A colleague later said that police had taken Somphone into custody.
    (SFC, 12/19/12, p.A3)

2012        Dec 20, A Thai court ordered the extradition of Vito Roberto Palazzolo (65), a fugitive Italian banker found guilty of laundering money for some of Italy's top mobsters through New York pizzerias from 1975-1984. Palazzolo has written about his legal woes and getting swept up in the Pizza Connection probe on his website, www.vrpalazzolo.com.
    (AP, 12/20/12)

2012        Dec 27, In Thailand leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy, also known as the Yellow Shirts, were indicted for storming the prime minister's office compound and sealing off Parliament during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 at the height of political turmoil, which left the country deeply divided to this day.
    (AP, 12/27/12)

2012        Dec 11, In southern Thailand armed men with assault rifles burst into the canteen of Ban Ba Ngo school in Pattani province and shot dead two teachers. In Narathiwat's Rangae district gunmen on a pickup truck fired AK-47 and M16 assault rifles into a tea shop, killing three people instantly including a toddler, and wounding six others at the scene. One of the wounded died later in hospital.
    (Econ, 1/19/13, p.44)( http://tinyurl.com/b2v8zne)

2012        Thailand’s rice subsidy cost the government $12.5 billion in its first year of operation. This was expected to increase to $15 billion for 2013.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.33)
2012        In Thailand Blake Dinkin (42), a Canadian, began producing coffee made from beans plucked out of elephant dung. The coffee sold for $1,100 per kg ($500 per pound), making it among the world's priciest.
    (AP, 12/7/12)

2013        Jan 17, In Thailand Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra agreed to work together to solve bilateral and regional problems.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A8)

2013        Jan 23, In Thailand Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, a prominent activist and magazine editor, was sentenced to a decade in prison for defaming the country’s monarchy.
    (AP, 1/23/13)

2013        Feb 10, In southern Thailand suspected militants killed 5 soldiers and wounded 5 others in two roadside attacks.
    (SFC, 2/11/13, p.A2)

2013        Feb 12, Thailand marines fending off a militant assault on their base in Narathiwat province killed 16 insurgents in a shootout.
    (AP, 2/13/13)(Econ, 2/16/13, p.44)

2013        Feb 13, British couple Peter Root (34) and Mary Thompson (34), who had been chronicling their round-the-world cycling odyssey in a blog, died when they were hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok.
    (AP, 2/18/13)

2013        Feb 28, Thailand's government signed a breakthrough deal with Muslim insurgents for the first time ever, agreeing to hold talks to ease nearly a decade of violence in the country's southern provinces that has killed more than 5,000 people. The agreement was announced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between Thai authorities and the militant National Revolution Front.
    (AP, 2/28/13)

2013        Mar 3, Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra  vowed for the first time to work toward ending her country's trade in ivory, but gave no timeline for implementing a ban. Conservationists warned that the unprecedented slaughter of elephants in Africa would continue until she does.
    (AP, 3/3/13)

2013        Mar 11, CITES conservationists in Bangkok voted to regulate the trade of shark species threatened because their fins are used for expensive delicacies in Asia.
    (SFC, 3/12/13, p.A2)

2013        Mar 14, In Thailand the Convention on Int’l. Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ended its meeting in Bangkok with final decisions to expand protection to for dozens of animal and plant species including 5 types of sharks.
    (SFC, 3/15/13, p.A4)

2013        Mar 28, A Thai court jailed a man for three years and four months on for selling video CDs showing sections of an Australian news series that contained content deemed offensive to Thailand's royal family. Akachai Hongkawan (37) was also fined 66,666 baht ($2,300).
    (AP, 3/28/13)

2013        Apr 28, In Thailand a suspension bridge over the Pasak River collapsed killing at least 4 people near Ayutthaya.
    (SFC, 4/29/13, p.A2)

2013        May 11, Marcin Skowronek, an investigator at Europol's European Cybercrime Center in The Hague, said "We are seeing an unprecedented number of cyberscams that include phishing for financial data, viruses, credit card fraud and others." Police Maj. Gen. Pisit Paoin, chief of Thailand's Technology Crime Suppression Division, said in a telephone interview that Thai police have arrested more than 20 suspects involved in the recent $45 million cyber heist including those from Bulgaria, Bangladesh and eastern Europe.
    (AP, 5/11/13)

2013        Jun 10, Thai police said they found 14 albino lions imported from Africa and hundreds of other protected animals in a warehouse near Bangkok. Pet shop owner Montri Boonprom-on (41) was arrested and faced up to four years in jail and a fine of 40,000 baht ($1,300).
    (AP, 6/10/13)

2013        Jun 29, In southern Thailand 7 soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Yala province. 
    (SSFC, 6/30/13, p.A6)

2013        Jun 30, Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra sacked the commerce minister who had come under fire over a rice intervention scheme that resulted in huge losses to the budget and saw the country lose its place as the world's top rice exporter. Shinawatra added the post of defense minister to her duties.
    (AP, 6/30/13)

2013        Jun, Thailand monk Wirapol Sukphol (33) was shown taking a private jet ride on a YouTube video. It soon emerged that he had accumulated assets of $32 million. In July authorities issued an arrest warrant after having him defrocked. He was believed to have fled to the US.
    (SFC, 7/19/13, p.A3)

2013        Jul 15, The Cook Islands fined Luen Thai Fishing Venture $120,000 and revoked its fishing license for breaking a ban on shark finning.
    (SSFC, 7/21/13, p.A4)

2013        Jul 23, In Thailand a double-decker passenger bus caught fire after colliding with a truck on the Mitraphab highway in Kaeng Khoi district, killing 19 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 7/23/13)

2013        Jul 27, In Thailand about 50,000 liters (13,200 gallons) of oil, about the amount contained in one and a half tanker trucks, spilled into Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island from a leak in a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc., a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT Plc.
    (AP, 7/30/13)

2013        Aug 6, A Thailand inquest found that 6 unarmed people killed at a Buddhist temple during a 2010 military crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok were slain by bullets fired by Thai soldiers.
    (AP, 8/6/13)

2013        Aug 9, A Thai official said authorities have captured Ko Myo (42), the suspected leader of a human trafficking gang. Myo confessed to selling some migrants from Myanmar into slavery on Thai fishing boats and possibly murdering as many as seven.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)

2013        Aug 20, In southern Thailand 87 Muslim Rohingya asylum-seekers escaped from an immigration detention center, highlighting the growing desperation of a stateless minority fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 8/20/13)

2013        Aug 22, A Thai court sentenced Saeid Moradi (29), an Iranian man, to life in prison and his compatriot, Mohammad Kharzei (43), to 15 years in jail for their roles in a Feb, 2012, botched bomb plot that was exposed when an accidental explosion blew apart the Bangkok villa where they were staying.
    (AP, 8/22/13)

2013        Sep 4, In Thailand tens of thousands of rubber farmers, protesting against a sharp drop in prices, escalated protests across southern Thailand, cutting off access to large swathes of the region by blocking roads leading to tourist and commercial hubs.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)

2013        Sep 5, In southern Thailand rubber farmers clashed with police and threatened to shut down city halls in 14 southern provinces after the government rejected their demands for price rises.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)

2013        Sep 6, Thailand's government said it had reached a deal with most rubber farmers in the country's south demanding greater state support for rubber prices, signaling a breakthrough in a two-week long protest.
    (Reuters, 9/6/13)

2013        Sep 10, Thailand's government doubled its offer of subsidy to help rubber farmers but protesting growers insisted it should meet other demands before they consider cancelling demonstrations planned for the weekend.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)

2013        Sep 11, Thai rubber farmers called off demonstrations planned for the weekend after the government doubled its subsidy for production and offered help for people arrested in protests last week.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)

2013        Sep 17, In southern Thailand protesters blocked a highway for a second day in a bid to force the government to increase a subsidy for rubber farmers, even though a curfew was imposed in the area after clashes with riot police a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)

2013        Sep 25, Thai officials said 9 people have died and more than 1 million have been affected by flooding. Authorities offered assurances that floodwaters would not reach central industrial areas.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)

2013        Oct 1, A Thai court sentenced Sondhi Limthongkul, the founder of a pro-royalist protest movement, to 2 years in jail for insulting the monarchy by repeating comments deemed offensive made by a political rival.
    (Reuters, 10/1/13)
2013        Oct 1, Thailand authorities said flooding over the last two weeks has killed 23 people. 32 of the country’s 77 provinces were affected.
    (SFC, 10/2/13, p.A2)

2013        Oct 19, In southern Thailand bombings and drive-by shootings killed 5 people and injured 13 others including 8 soldiers and 5 journalists.
    (SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A6)

2013        Oct 24, Thailand’s top Buddhist leader, Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara (100), died.
    (AFP, 10/25/13)

2013        Oct 28, Thailand rubber farmers took to the streets again to demand that the government buy their produce at prices higher than the market, rejecting a subsidy offered last month and threatening violence if their demands are not met.
    (Reuters, 10/28/13)

2013        Oct 31, Thai anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Bangkok as parliament debated a political amnesty which opponents fear will "whitewash" past abuses and allow ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return.
    (AFP, 10/31/13)

2013        Oct, Thailand’s Supreme Court sentenced former Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Maleenont to 12 years imprisonment and a Bangkok fire department chief to 10 years in jail for malfeasance in public office and price fixing. The pair fled and are the subjects of arrest warrants.
    (AP, 4/30/14)

2013        Nov 1, Thailand's Parliament moved a step closer to granting amnesty to people involved in a wrenching political conflict that has divided the country for almost a decade, prompting thousands to protest in the streets and renewing fears of violence. The bill was aimed to bring back Thaksin Shinawatra, the elder brother of PM Yingluck Thinawatra. 
    (AP, 11/1/13)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.44)

2013        Nov 3, In Thailand at least 6 passengers including three foreigners died after a tourist ferry sank off the Thai resort of Pattaya.
    (AFP, 11/3/13)

2013        Nov 4, In Thailand thousands of people emptied onto the streets of Bangkok to protest an amnesty bill passed by the lower house of parliament in the dead of night three days earlier. The opposition People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) was led by Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister.
    (Econ, 11/2/13, p.44)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.42)(Econ, 5/17/14, p.39)

2013        Nov 11, The International Court of Justice said a 1962 ruling by its judges gave Cambodia sovereignty over the Preah Vihear promontory and Thailand is now obligated to withdraw any military or police forces stationed there. Cambodia thus held sovereignty over a 1,000-year-old Khmer temple on the disputed promontory.
    (AP, 11/11/13)

2013        Nov 12, Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra appealed for anti-government groups to end ongoing street protests after the parliamentary defeat of an amnesty bill failed to defuse political tensions.
    (AFP, 11/12/13)

2013        Nov 24, Thailand police estimated that about 90,000 opponents of PM Yingluck Shinawatra and her crisis-hit administration had gathered in three sites in Bangkok, calling for her government to be toppled.
    (AFP, 11/24/13)

2013        Nov 25, Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra invoked an emergency security law in large parts of Bangkok and surrounding areas to cope with escalating protests against her government. Anti-government protesters forced their way inside the Finance Ministry and burst through the gates of the Foreign Ministry compound, in an escalating bid to overthrow PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
    (AP, 11/25/13)(Reuters, 11/25/13)

2013        Nov 26, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra fought a two-front political war, fending off attacks during a parliamentary no-confidence debate while protesters besieged and occupied several ministries in their attempt to topple her from power.
    (AP, 11/26/13)

2013        Nov 27, Thousands of demonstrators massed outside four Thai government ministries, a major state office complex and 24 provincial halls on Wednesday in a widening effort to cripple the administration and oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
    (Reuters, 11/27/13)

2013        Nov 28, Thailand's embattled PM Yingluck Shinawatra Thailand's begged protesters to call off their sustained anti-government demonstrations and negotiate an end to the nation's latest crisis. Shinawatra easily won a no-confidence vote in parliament, but failed to pacify anti-government protesters who rejected calls for talks and massed by the thousands in the capital.
    (AP, 11/28/13)
2013        Nov 28, A Thai court sentenced British kickboxer Lee Aldhouse to 25 years in prison for the 2010 murder of former US Marine Dashawn Longfellow (23) following a bar fight on the island of Phuket. The sentence was reduced from life imprisonment because Aldhouse pleaded guilty to the stabbing death.
    (AFP, 11/28/13)

2013        Nov 29, In Thailand about 1,500 anti-government protesters forced their way into the compound of the army headquarters, the latest escalation in a city-wide demonstration seeking to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
    (Reuters, 11/29/13)

2013        Nov 30, In Thailand tensions escalated in Bangkik as opposition protesters tried to force their way into PM Yingluck Shinawatra's heavily guarded offices and attacked a bus carrying her supporters.
    (AFP, 11/30/13)

2013        Dec 1, Thailand police fought off mobs of rock-throwing protesters armed with petrol bombs who tried to battle their way into the government's heavily-fortified headquarters in Bangkok. PM Shinawatra fled a police complex during the sharpest escalation yet of the country's latest crisis.
    (AP, 12/1/13)

2013        Dec 2, Thailand's PM Shinawatra said she is willing to do anything it takes to end violent protests against her government and restore peace, but cannot accept the opposition's "unconstitutional" demand to hand power to an unelected council.
    (AP, 12/2/13)

2013        Dec 3, Thailand's government ordered police to stop confronting protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister, raising hope that days of political violence may end, but the leader of the campaign said the fight would go on.
    (Reuters, 12/3/13)

2013        Dec 6, The UN called for an urgent investigation into allegations in a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human trafficking rings.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)

2013        Dec 7, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out a political comeback for her influential self-exiled brother and said an unpopular amnesty bill that would have allowed him to return has been scrapped.
    (Reuters, 12/7/13)

2013        Dec 8, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra proposed a referendum on her future and promised to resign if that was what the people wanted, as anti-government protesters prepared for a final push to try to force her from power. Thailand's main opposition party resigned from Parliament.
    (Reuters, 12/8/13)(AP, 12/8/13)

2013        Dec 9, Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament and called for early elections.
    (AP, 12/9/13)

2013        Dec 10, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded for anti-government protesters to clear the streets after she called a snap election, but protests leaders said she should step down within 24 hours. Elections were scheduled for Feb 2.
    (Reuters, 12/10/13)

2013        Dec 12, In Thailand protesters cut off electricity to the prime minister's office compound and demanded that police abandon the premises, piling fresh pressure on Thailand's government in a political crisis that has dragged on for weeks.
    (AP, 12/12/13)

2013        Dec 14, In Thailand leaders of the protest movement trying to overthrow the government outlined their aims at an armed forces seminar, but military leaders declined to take sides or say if a February election should take place.
    (Reuters, 12/14/13)

2013        Dec 15, Thailand's military offered to help the politically polarized country hold a "fair and clean" election next year, suggesting the armed forces may play a role in a vote aimed at ending protests seeking to topple the government.
    (Reuters, 12/15/13)

2013        Dec 21, Thailand's main opposition party announced it would boycott an election in February, deepening uncertainty about the poll and fuelling a campaign to overthrow PM Yingluck Shinawatra's government.
    (Reuters, 12/21/13)

2013        Dec 22, In Thailand tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators massed peacefully across Bangkok in their latest bid to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra before a February election the main opposition party will boycott.
    (Reuters, 12/22/13)

2013        Dec 23, In Thailand anti-government protesters determined to unseat PM Shinawatra surrounded a Bangkok sports stadium in an unsuccessful attempt to block political parties from registering for February elections.
    (AP, 12/23/13)

2013        Dec 25, Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra proposed a "national reform council" to seek a way out of the political crisis gripping the kingdom, following weeks of mass street protests against her government.
    (AFP, 12/25/13)

2013        Dec 26, Thailand's government rejected a call from the Election Commission (EC) to postpone a February vote. Violence erupted when protesters tried to storm a venue where a draw for election ballot numbers was being held and police fired teargas and rubber bullets to keep the rock-throwing crowd back. A policeman was killed and three were wounded by gunshots from an unknown attacker.
    (Reuters, 12/26/13)
2013        Dec 26, In Thailand a bus carrying New Year travelers plunged off one of the country’s highest bridges around midnight in the kingdom's northeast, leaving at least 29 people dead.
    (AFP, 12/27/13)

2013        Dec 27, The Thai government appealed to the military to provide security for February elections after violent clashes between police and opposition protesters left two people dead and more than 150 wounded.
    (AFP, 12/27/13)

2013        Dec 28, In Thailand gunmen killed an anti-government activist and wounded two others in Bangkok, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from registering for upcoming elections.
    (AP, 12/28/13)

2013        Dec 30, Thai police staged a protest to show their frustration after weeks of dealing with aggressive and often violent anti-government demonstrators, with officers saying that the order for them to show restraint has left them vulnerable and humiliated.
    (AP, 12/30/13)

2014        Jan 5, In Thailand thousands of anti-government protesters marched through Bangkok, a prelude to a broader action next week when they say they will shut down the city in their bid to scuttle a February election and topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
    (Reuters, 1/5/14)

2014        Jan 7, In Thailand protesters trying to topple PM Shinawatra marched in Bangkok to drum up support for their plans to bring the capital to a halt next week by blockading major roads and preventing the government from functioning.
    (Reuters, 1/7/14)

2014        Jan 9, Thai protesters trying to topple PM Shinawatra marched in Bangkok again, testing support for a planned "shutdown" of the capital next week.
    (Reuters, 1/9/14)

2014        Jan 11, In Thailand seven people were wounded after gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on anti-government protesters in Bangkok.
    (Reuters, 1/11/14)

2014        Jan 12, Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban ruled out talks with the government in a published interview, but said he would stand down his movement if, as some fear, violence escalates and civil war looms.
    (Reuters, 1/12/14)

2014        Jan 13, In Thailand tens of thousands of anti-government protesters came out in an effort to "shut down Bangkok" and try to force caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra to resign in favor of an unelected "people's council" that would initiate political reforms.
    (AP, 1/13/14)
2014        Jan 13, In Thailand an American woman went missing in Kaeng Krachan National Park. Her body was found five days later, apparently trampled by elephants.
    (SFC, 1/24/14, p.A2)

2014        Jan 14, Thailand's PM Shinawatra insisted she wouldn't quit as protesters seeking her ouster blocked key roads in the heart of Bangkok for a second day, leaving the country's political crisis firmly deadlocked.
    (AP, 1/14/14)

2014        Jan 17, In Thailand 35 people were wounded in Bangkok when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators. One person was killed.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)(Reuters, 1/18/14)

2014        Jan 18, In Thailand anti-government protesters marched defiantly through Bangkok, with one group entering a police compound, undeterred by a grenade explosion the day before. The military urged both sides to settle their differences.
    (Reuters, 1/18/14)(Reuters, 1/19/14)

2014        Jan 19, In Thailand 28 people were wounded, seven seriously, in explosions at a camp of anti-government protesters in Bangkok.
    (Reuters, 1/19/14)

2014        Jan 20, In Thailand anti-government protesters besieged government offices in a dozen southern provinces as part of their campaign to force PM Yingluck Shinawatra from power.
    (AFP, 1/20/14)

2014        Jan 21, Thailand's government declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas to cope with protests that have stirred up violent attacks, adding to the country's monthslong sense of crisis.
    (AP, 1/21/14)

2014        Jan 22, In northeast Thailand a leading pro-government activist was shot and wounded. A 60-day state of emergency began in Bangkok where protesters were trying to force PM Yingluck Shinawatra from power.
    (Reuters, 1/22/14)

2014        Jan 24, Thailand's Constitutional Court opened the way to put off a general election the government has set for February 2, piling pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who looks increasingly cornered by legal challenges to her grip on power.
    (Reuters, 1/24/14)

2014        Jan 26, In Thailand anti-government demonstrators swarmed dozens of polling stations to stop advance voting for next week's general elections. One protest leader was shot dead.
    (AP, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/26/14)
2014        Jan 26, Thailand police detained 531 men, women and children in a raid at a camp near the town of Sadao in the southern province of Songkhla, on a well-established route for human smugglers near the border with Malaysia. It was the first raid on illegal Rohingya smuggling camps since January 9, 2013.
    (Reuters, 1/27/14)

2014        Jan 31, A Thai court ordered more than $1.4 million in assets seized from a former top civil servant whose wealth was revealed when burglars robbed his house. The Civil Court said former Transport Ministry Permanent Secretary Supoj Saplom could not prove his wealth was honestly earned.
    (AP, 1/31/14)

2014        Feb 1, In Thailand gunfire rang out across an intersection in Bangkok for more than an hour as government supporters clashed with protesters trying to derail tense nationwide elections before the vote begins.
    (AP, 2/1/14)

2014        Feb 2, Thailand held nationwide elections without bloodshed despite widespread fears of violence. Although balloting was largely peaceful, protesters forced thousands of polling booths to close in Bangkok and the south, disenfranchising millions of registered voters.
    (AP, 2/2/14)

2014        Feb 3, In southern Thailand two army volunteers shot dead 3 boys and wounded their parents to seek revenge for one of their families. Both men later confessed to the killings.
    (AP, 3/3/14)

2014        Feb 4, Pressure on Thailand's embattled government mounted, when a flagship rice-buying scheme vital to its support stumbled closer to collapse. The commerce minister said China had canceled an order for 1.2 million tons of rice due to a corruption probe, while state-run Krung Thai Bank (KTB) joined other lenders in saying it would not provide loans urgently needed to rescue it. The opposition filed legal challenges that could void a disrupted weekend election.
    (Reuters, 2/4/14)

2014        Feb 10, Thai police made their first arrest of a senor leader of the antigovernment protests. Sonthiyarn Cheunruethainaitham was arrested  for violating the country’s emergency law.
    (SFC, 2/11/14, p.A2)

2014        Feb 14, Thailand riot police cleared anti-government protesters from a major boulevard in Bangkok.
    (SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)

2014        Feb 18, In Thailand gunbattles broke out as hundreds of riot police made their strongest attempt to clear anti-government protest sites around Bangkok. At least 4 people dead and one policeman were killed and 64 others injured.
    (AP, 2/18/14)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.34)

2014        Feb 20, In Thailand protesters campaigning to oust PM Yingluck Shinawatra turned to Facebook and other social media to attack businesses linked to her family and rallied outside the offices of a property developer whose share price tumbled.
    (Reuters, 2/20/14)

2014        Feb 22, In Thailand a 5-year-old girl was killed and about three dozen people wounded in an attack on an anti-government rally in the eastern province of Trat.
    (AP, 2/23/14)

2014        Feb 23, In Thailand an apparent grenade attack against anti-government protesters occupying an upscale shopping area of Bangkok killed at least two people.
    (AP, 2/23/14)

2014        Feb 24, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protests in Bangkok, has been staying outside the city and ruled out resigning despite a series of deadly attacks heaping pressure on her administration.
    (Reuters, 2/24/14)

2014        Feb 25, Thailand announced a slump in trade figures with the biggest drop in imports in more than four years in January, as months of anti-government protests extended their economic toll.
    (Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, In Thailand an accident at a hospital construction site near Bangkok killed at least 11 people and injured 18 others.
    (AP, 2/25/14)

2014        Feb 28, In eastern Thailand at least 15 people, including 13 children, were killed when a bus carrying students on a trip to the seaside collided with a lorry.
    (AFP, 2/28/14)

2014        Mar 2, Thai police arrested    Avelino de Jesus (33), a man with joint French-Portuguese citizenship wanted by authorities in France on suspicion of attempting to smuggle hundreds of kgs of cocaine.
    (AP, 3/3/14)

2014        Mar 7, In Thailand 6 suspected drug dealers were shot dead during a firefight with Thai security forces who seized illegal amphetamines in the Mae Sai district of northernmost Chiang Rai province.
    (AFP, 3/8/14)

2014        Mar 9, Two Indonesian naval personnel were killed during an inspection aboard a Thai fishing boat in Indonesian waters. Thailand police soon arrested three suspects. Four more were arrested in April.
    (AP, 4/4/14)

2014        Mar 12, Thailand police rescued about 200 suspected Muslim Uighurs, believed to be from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, from a human smuggling camp in southern Thailand.
    (Reuters, 3/14/14)

2014        Mar 13, Malaysian police arrested 62 people who had illegally crossed the porous border between Thailand and Malaysia.
    (Reuters, 3/14/14)

2014        Mar 14, In southern Thailand a Buddhist teacher was fatally shot on her way to school and then set ablaze, becoming the 170th teacher killed by suspected Muslim insurgents in the country's decade-long insurgency.
    (AP, 3/14/14)

2014        Mar 21, Thailand’s Constitutional Court nullified the Feb 2 election because voting was not conducted nationwide on the same day.
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.A2)

2014        Mar 25, Thai police seized 147 kg (323 pounds) of heroin they believe was from Myanmar and destined for Australia. The single haul exceeded some of Thailand's recent yearly seizure totals.
    (AP, 3/26/14)

2014        Mar 29, In Thailand tens of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied across Bangkok in their latest bid to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
    (Reuters, 3/29/14)

2014        Mar 30, Thais voted for half of the country's 150-seat Senate in a key test for Yingluck Shinawatra's troubled government.
    (AP, 3/30/14)

2014        Apr 1, In Thailand gunmen killed one person and wounded four others in an attack on anti-government protesters in central Bangkok.
    (AP, 4/1/14)

2014        Apr 2, In Thailand workers at a scrap shop in Bangkok accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least 7 people and injuring 19 others.
    (AP, 4/2/14)

2014        Apr 5, Thousands of Thai pro-government "Red Shirts" massed in a show of support for PM Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts.
    (AFP, 4/5/14)

2014        Apr 6, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents launched a wave of attacks in Yala that killed one person and wounded 24 others.
    (AP, 4/6/14)

2014        Apr 9, Thai police arrested Englishman Michael Alan France (53), whom French police accuse of masterminding a gang that sought to smuggle cocaine and heroin through France into England six years ago.
    (AP, 4/9/14)

2014        Apr 11, Thai security forces shot dead 7 suspected drug smugglers and seized hundreds of thousands of methamphetamine pills after a firefight in the Golden Triangle border region.
    (AFP, 4/12/14)

2014        Apr 17, Thai authorities charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom in the country.
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 17, In southern Thailand suspected insurgent Muktar Ali-mama (31) and his 6-year-old son were shot dead. They were attacked at a rubber plantation in Bannang Sata district, Yala province.
    (AP, 4/18/14)

2014        Apr 23, In Thailand Kamol Duangphasuk, a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy, was fatally shot by gunmen on a motorcycle in Bangkok.
    (AP, 4/23/14)

2014        Apr 30, Thailand's Election Commission and PM Yingluck Shinawatra agreed to hold a general election in July, but anti-government protesters who disrupted a vote in February said they still wanted to see electoral reforms before a new poll.
    (Reuters, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, A Thai court ordered former Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Maleenont and the widow of former PM Samak Sundaravej to pay $36 million to the city of Bangkok after corruption inflated the price it paid for fire trucks and boats made abroad.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, In western Thailand a six-wheeled truck crashed into a passenger truck on a dangerous mountain road, killing 14 people.
    (AP, 4/30/14)

2014        May 5, A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Myanmar and northern Thailand leaving at least one person dead.
    (SFC, 5/6/14, p.A2)

2014        May 6, In southern Thailand two bombs exploded in Hat Yai city, popular to local and foreign tourists, leaving nine people injured.
    (SFC, 5/7/14, p.A2)

 2014        May 7, Thailand’s Constitutional Court ordered PM Yingluck Shinawatra to step down with nine members of her cabinet over her decision in 2011 to remove the country’s head of national security in favor of a relative. Minister of commerce and former CEO of broadcaster iTV, Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan (66), will hold the fort until elections tentatively slated for July 20.
    (Reuters, 5/7/14)(Econ, 5/10/14, p.12)

2014        May 8, Thailand's anti-graft agency indicted former PM Yingluck Shinawatra for negligence, a ruling that came a day after a court threw her out of office and could kill off any hopes she has of staging an electoral comeback.
    (Reuters, 5/8/14)

2014        May 9, Thai police fired tear gas and water cannons to push back hundreds of protesters trying to force their way into a government compound, the latest indication that ousting the premier will not solve the country's tense political crisis.
    (AP, 5/9/14)

2014        May 10, Supporters of Thailand's beleaguered government gathered on the outskirts of Bangkok, saying they were determined to safeguard democracy as rival anti-government protesters pressed their campaign in the city.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)

2014        May 14, In Thailand 2 people were killed and 22 wounded after an attack on an opposition PDRC protest camp.
    (Econ, 5/17/14, p.40)

2014        May 15, In northern Thailand hundreds of armed men descended on a village and overpowered residents blocking the road to a goldmine said by locals to have caused environmental damage so that trucks could take ore away in the Khao Luang district of Loei province. Residents of Khao Luang have for years contested the mining operations of Tungkum Ltd, a subsidiary of Tongkah Harbour Pcl.
    (SFC, 5/15/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 5/16/14)

2014        May 20, Thailand's powerful military chief intervened for the first time in the country's latest political crisis, declaring martial law and dispatching gun-mounted jeeps into the heart of the capital with a vow to resolve the deepening conflict as quickly as possible.
    (AP, 5/20/14)

2014        May 21, Thailand's army chief assumed the role of mediator by summoning the country's key political rivals for face-to-face talks one day after imposing martial law.
    (AP, 5/21/14)

2014        May 22, Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government in a coup, two days after he declared martial law, saying the military had to restore order and push through reforms after six months of turmoil.
    (Reuters, 5/22/14)

2014        May 23, In Thailand ousted members of the former government turned themselves in to the country's new military junta, as soldiers forcefully dispersed hundreds of anti-coup activists who defied a ban on large-scale gatherings to protest the army's seizure of power.
    (AP, 5/23/14)

2014        May 24, Thailand's coup leaders said that they would keep former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders detained for up to a week to give them "time to think" and to keep the country calm. 9 bombs exploded in the restive south, killing 2 people and wounding dozens.
    (AP, 5/24/14)

2014        May 27, In Thailand armed troops detained Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang who defiantly emerged from hiding to condemn last week's military coup and urge a return to civilian rule.
    (AP, 5/27/14)

2014        May 28, Thailand's junta appointed two retired generals with palace connections as advisers, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's long-running power struggle. The junta also freed leaders of the "Red Shirt" movement allied to the civilian government ousted in a recent coup, after holding them without charge for nearly a week.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)

2014        May 29, More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week's military coup.
    (AP, 5/29/14)

2014        May 31, Australia said that it has banned Thailand's coup leaders from visiting and downgraded their military ties.
    (AP, 5/31/14)

2014        Jun 1, Thailand's ruling junta deployed thousands of security forces on the streets of Bangkok to thwart another round of small-scale protests denouncing last month's military coup. The military junta presented a list of emergency measures such as price caps on fuel and loan guarantees for small firms to kick-start an economy threatened by recession after months of political turmoil.
    (AP, 6/1/14)(Reuters, 6/2/14)

2014        Jun 3, Thailand's military rulers said they are monitoring a new form of silent resistance to the coup, a three-fingered salute borrowed from "The Hunger Games," and will arrest those in large groups who ignore warnings to lower their arms. The junta lifted the military's curfew at three popular beach resorts — Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya — to ease the impact of the May 22 coup on tourists.
    (AP, 6/3/14)

2014        Jun 6, Thai police warned online critics of the military junta that they will "come get you" for posting political views that could incite divisiveness.
    (AP, 6/6/14)

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