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Thai king endorses coup leader as prime minister

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader was formally endorsed as prime minister by the nation's revered king on Monday, in a step towards forming a government to oversee sweeping reforms in the politically turbulent kingdom.

Distressed family of trapped Orca whale stays until he's freed

The family of a young Orca whale who became tangled in a fisherman's net near Port Hardy in B.C. stayed by his side until he was freed. The Orca's mom, two siblings, an aunt and two of his cousins stuck near, making sounds indicating their concern.

Thailand vows 'leniency' in surrogacy cases

Bangkok - Thailand's junta has pledged leniency in the cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as it looks to toughen rules in the lucrative but largely unregulated industry following a series of scandals.

Man proposed to woman using 1,001 hot dogs

Forget a candlelight dinner. Why use a dozen red roses--after all, that's been done before? Who wants to use a pilot to write the words in the sky? A man from China decided to propose to his girlfriend by using 1,001 hot dogs to spell out a message.

Thai army chief named prime minister

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader was elected prime minister Thursday by the kingdom's junta-appointed legislature without a single opposing vote, raising fears of a new era of "strongman" leadership.

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said Wednesday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation.

UN decries 'harsh' Thai sentences for royal slurs

Bangkok - The United Nations' human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand's monarchy, warning of "chilling effects" on freedom of expression under the junta.

US tries to cool sea tensions at Asia security summit

Ban Thung Mamuang - The United States on Sunday pressed its case for a freeze on hostile acts in waters contested by China and its Southeast Asian neighbours, but said it did not want to "confront" Beijing over its strategy in the region.

Sea row overshadows China, Southeast Asia, US talks

Ban Thung Mamuang - China on Saturday vowed "clear and firm reactions" to defend its interests in the South China Sea but rejected suggestions of aggression, as America's top diplomat urged restraint from all claimants to the bitterly contested waters.

South China Sea row looms as Southeast Asia talks begin

Ban Thung Mamuang - China's increasing assertiveness in maritime disputes was at the heart of Southeast Asian regional talks Friday as diplomats began a series of meetings also expected to highlight concerns over host Myanmar's reform progress.

'I will never abandon' Down's baby says Thai surrogate

- The Thai surrogate mother of a baby born with Down Syndrome vowed Monday to "never abandon" him after the Australian parents reportedly refused to care for the child, sparking a moral debate and a cascade of donations for the boy's medical care.

Australian couple 'leave disabled baby with Thai surrogate'

Bangkok - Well-wishers on Friday had raised nearly $100,000 for a baby reportedly left with his surrogate Thai mother after his Australian parents discovered he had Down's Syndrome and returned home with his healthy twin sister.

Three dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bomb

Bangkok - A car bomb exploded on Friday outside a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing three people and wounding more than 30 others, police said.

GOP candidate wants to drill in already shaky Yellowstone park

Dr. Taylor Haynes is a Republican candidate for the Governor of Wyoming. He is also selling the idea of opening Yellowstone Park for drilling. Recent seismic activity and melting roads raises concerns of a Super Volcano Eruption.

Thai students mobilise to resist junta rule

Bangkok - Huddled around a table at a university canteen, six Thai students draft a newsletter celebrating democracy -- a meeting that would have barely attracted a glance two months ago, but could now land them in jail.

Bizarre ending for Rigondeaux-Kokietgym fight in Macau

Unbeaten ex-Cuban Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux needs only one round to finish Sod Kokietgym of Thailand in a shocking and bizarre ending that left audience surprised and stunned in disbelief.

Ex-Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux risks titles against Kokietgym

Unbeaten ex-Cuban Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux is placing his titles on the line Saturday in Macau, China against Sod Kokietgym of Thailand in an action-packed boxing event featuring China's boxing superstar Zou Shiming in the main event.

Op-Ed: The intelligence of extreme dogs who follow nobody's rules

There are dogs, and there are dogs...and then there are dogs who follow nobody's rules but their own. These are awesome dogs, dogs who are super intelligent and think like humans, at times driving their owners absolutely crazy.

Thai court issues arrest warrant for anti-coup group spokesman

Bangkok - Thailand's military court has issued an arrest warrant for the spokesman of an anti-coup group over alleged arms offences, an accusation firmly rejected by the former minister.

Thai coup leader denies conspiracy with protesters

Bangkok - Thailand's junta-leading Army Chief has dismissed allegations he plotted to seize power for years before May's coup, issuing an apparent rebuke to the leader of the protests that crippled the former government.
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