US and Asian nations launch ‘Cobra Gold’ military exercises
14 February 2019 | 10:03 am
Ten days of military exercises with the US and Asian nations have started in Thailand. They come as US President Donald Trump asked South Korea to pay $500 million more for keeping US troops in South Korea.
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Business tycoon Srettha Thavisin has been voted in after a monthslong deadlock since the May election. Srettha's Pheu Thai party is part of a multi-party coalition, including allies with the military.
Thaksin Shinawatra, an ethnic Chinese billionaire, has been a dominant figure in Thai politics for over two decades. Thailand has been sharply divided between those who love him and those who loathe him.
Property mogul-turned-politician Srettha Thavisin will lead a coalition government of former archrivals, while the winner of the election will remain in opposition.
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The pact allows Mali and Burkina Faso to provide military assistance to Niger in the event of military intervention against the putschists there.
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A group of senior Gabonese military officers appeared on national television in the early hours of Wednesday and said they had taken power, minutes after the state election body announced President Ali Bongo had won a third term.
Military officers in oil-producing Gabon said they had seized power on Wednesday, placing President Ali Bongo under house arrest and naming a new leader after the Central African state's election body announced Bongo had won a third term.
Thaksin Shinawatra is serving an 8-year jail term following his return home after 15 years in self-exile. The country's newly-appointed prime minister, Srettha Thavisin, represents the party Thaksin once founded.
Gabonese hope for jobs, eventual civilian rule following military coup
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