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Thai palace official fired and stripped of titles

Bangkok - A senior member of the personal security retinue of Thailand's new king has been fired and stripped of his titles, the palace has announced, the latest royal official to publicly fall from grace.

Thais in the mood for love as Valentine fever sweeps nation

Bangkok - Babies dressed as cupids, underwater weddings and a government vitamin giveaway to encourage procreation were all part of Thailand's imaginative and bizarre events Tuesday to mark Valentine's Day.

UN slams first royal slur charge under new Thai king

Bangkok - A senior United Nations official on Tuesday strongly criticised the first royal defamation case brought under Thailand's new monarch, saying public figures should not be above scrutiny or criticism.

Thai police probe Laos drug lord's 'celebrity links'

Bangkok - Thai police swooped on the home of a popular actress as part of a series of Bangkok raids Thursday, in a widening probe into the celebrity and business links of an alleged Laos drug lord.

Thai police seize record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Bangkok - Thai customs police on Thursday unveiled a massive three-tonne cache of seized pangolin scales intended for Asia's lucrative wildlife markets, where feverish demand for the "scaly anteater" has turned it into the most trafficked mammal on earth.

Manhunt for Briton, South African over Thailand hit

Bangkok - Thai police are hunting two foreigners for the gangland-style execution of a Briton in a seedy beach resort, but are unsure if the pair have fled the country.

Thai court muzzles media as trafficking defence begins

Bangkok - Dozens of people including a general arrested in Thailand's crackdown on human trafficking appeared in court on Tuesday to begin presenting their defence but journalists were barred from reporting trial proceedings.

Thai king orders charter amendment in rare intervention

Bangkok - Thailand's new king has ordered sections of the country's draft constitution to be rewritten, the junta chief said Tuesday, a rare public intervention by the monarch in the kingdom's politics.

Rain brings fresh misery to flood-hit Thai south

Bangkok - Swathes of southern Thailand remained submerged Monday as fresh rain deepened misery in the flood-stricken zone, prompting a scramble to pump water from the worst-hit areas.

12 dead as torrential rains submerge Thai south

Bangkok - Heavy rains continued to hammer Thailand's flood-ravaged south on Saturday, bringing the death toll up to 12 and leaving thousands of villages partially submerged, authorities said.

Eight dead dead as floods spark chaos in Thai south

Bangkok - Thai authorities on Friday warned of flash floods across the south as torrential rains lashed the region leaving at least eight people dead, delaying flights and disrupting holidays during peak tourist season.

Sky's the limit for Thai baby elephant swimming back to health

Pattaya - After losing part of her foot in a snare in Thailand, baby elephant 'Clear Sky' is now learning to walk again -- in water.

New Thai king urges unity in New Year's Eve address

Bangkok - Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn urged his subjects to unite in a New Year's Eve speech delivered on Saturday, his first major address to the politically-split nation since ascending to the throne.

Thai junta grants king power to appoint top monk

Bangkok - Thailand's military government on Thursday granted the king power to appoint the Buddhist country's top monk, a move aimed at resolving a bitter power struggle over the venerated post.

Baby orangutans rescued in Thai police sting

Bangkok - Thai police rescued two baby orangutans in a sting operation after undercover officers arranged to buy the primates over a mobile phone messaging app from wildlife traffickers for nearly $20,000, officials said.

Thailand using technology in effort to clean up seafood industry

Under international pressure to clean up its seafood industry, Thailand's Navy this week showed off its latest in "new technology" to monitor fishing boats in a renewed effort to crack down on abuses and corruption in the industry.

Thailand shuts ultra-rich temple's TV channel amid scandal

Bangkok - Thai authorities have ordered a controversial Buddhist temple to suspend its 24-hour TV channel, as police redouble efforts to arrest the spiritual leader of the scandal-hit sect.

BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

Bangkok - Thai authorities are investigating BBC over a Thai-language profile of the nation's new king, officials said Thursday, after the article outraged ultra-royalists in a country where criticism of the monarchy is outlawed.

Thai dissident arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Bangkok - A prominent Thai dissident was arrested under the country's draconian royal defamation law on Saturday for sharing a BBC Thai profile of the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Facebook, supporters said.

Thai police hold suspect in Pakistan factory fire that killed 255

Bangkok - A Pakistani man suspected of starting a devastating factory fire in Karachi four years ago that killed 255 people has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said Saturday.
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