BANGKOK, Aug 19 -- Three Thai nationals detained in Japan in connection with a car accident that that left a Japanese student dead has rejected assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

BANGKOK, Aug 19 -- Thailand has been urged to quickly pass a law to control surrogacy; otherwise the country can be a hub of commercial surrogacy.

The human rights communication sub-committee of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand held a forum on surrogacy and rights today.

Participants expressed concerns about Thailand lacking a particular law to control surrogacy.

Prof Emeritus Dr Pramual Weerutamasen, a gynecologist and specialist on reproductive technology, said Thailand should quickly pass a law to protect babies born using reproductive technology and doctors' ethics could play important roles in solving problems relating to surrogacy.

Suchada Thaweesit, a lecturer at the Mahidol University Institute for Population and Social Research, said surrogacy used to be a positive issue but later turned out to involve rights infringements.

She said India, Ukraine and Russia legalized commercial surrogacy while Japan banned it.

Clients are looking for surrogates in developing countries, she said.

India is the biggest location for surrogacy and Thailand could become a hub of commercial surrogacy in the future.

Sapasit Khumpraphan, an expert at the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, said a surrogacy law in principle would have to comply with morality, natural law and fairness and respect sperm and egg owners, surrogates and babies.

BANGKOK, Aug 19  - Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will vote for the country's interim prime minister this Thursday, according to NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholachai.

BANGKOK, Aug 19 -- Thailand's Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) seized nearly Bt10 billion in assets suspected of money-laundering links and it will seek legal amendment to increase the range of money-laundering offences.

BANGKOK, Aug 20 - The Royal Thai Police Board today appointed Deputy Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung as the country's new national police chief.

National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith said that the top executive of Apple South Asia in Singapore met him last week and discussed the information publicized.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has ordered Thai government agencies to quickly disburse budgets to stimulate the national economy for the second half of this year.

BANGKOK, Aug 16 -- Mr Songsak Saicheua, Director-General of Department of American and South Pacific Affairs on Friday briefed the press that Thailand will host the 15th Senior Officials Meeting of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) and related activities during Aug 19 - 22.

BANGKOK, Aug 16 -- ACM Prajin Juntong, Air Force chief and deputy chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Friday led 25 investors from 20 capital funds and the Federation of Thai Capital Market Organizations (FETCO) to pay a courtesy call on Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, Chief of NCPO at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters. 

BANGKOK, Aug 15 -- Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the Army and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), gave assurances today that the Council would listen to public opinion before concluding its energy reform plan.

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