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Philippines complains drug war reports hurting tourism

Bangkok - The Philippines's tourism secretary urged the media Wednesday to "tone down" coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.

Thai junta lays out 'legally binding' 20-year masterplan

Bangkok - Thailand's junta on Thursday said any future civilian government will be legally bound to follow a 20-year "masterplan" for the country as generals seek to entrench their political influence for decades to come.

Flipping happy: Coin swallowing Thai turtle on the mend

Bangkok - A sea turtle dubbed 'Piggy Bank' for swallowing nearly 1,000 coins took swimming lessons Monday as she embarked on a rehabilitation programme following the removal of the treasure trove by Thai surgeons.

Red-faced Thai cops admit monk 'may have escaped' temple siege

Bangkok - An elderly monk wanted for massive fraud may have escaped a three-week siege of his temple, Thai police admitted Saturday, thwarting a much-trumpted dragnet ordered by the kingdom's junta.

Thai artisans craft for king's funeral

Nakhon Pathom - Aided by a jazz soundtrack, Thai artisans work against the clock scratching, moulding and shaping the intricate clay sculptures that will adorn the funeral pyre of Thailand's revered former King Bhumibol Adulaydej.

BBC's Thai transmission towers fall silent as junta talks falter

Bangkok - The BBC World Service has stopped broadcasting from one of its major global transmission stations situated in Thailand, AFP has learned, after talks broke down with a junta riled by its uncensored coverage.

900 mn in Asia had to pay bribes in last year: report

Bangkok - More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year, a watchdog said Tuesday, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region.

Breaking the bank: Thai vets remove 915 coins from turtle

Bangkok - A sea turtle dubbed 'Piggy Bank' has had her fortunes restored after Thai vets removed 915 coins from her stomach -- a deposit built up after years of gulping down good luck pennies tossed into its pond.

Japan emperor meets new Thai monarch and bids farewell to late king

Bangkok - Japan's emperor Akihito met Thailand's new monarch on Sunday during a brief visit to pay respects to his recently departed friend the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The battle to save Bangkok's 'Green Lung'

Bangkok - Leaping out from Bangkok's vast concrete sprawl is a kidney-shaped green space, home to hundreds of plant and bird species, and where cars are outnumbered by bicyles.

Packed Thai prisons need urgent reform: study

Bangkok - Thai prisons are massively overcrowded with some inmates forced to sleep sideways, a rights group said Tuesday, urging reform in a country with the world's sixth largest jail population.

Thai generals lead royal funeral pyre ceremony

Bangkok - Thailand's generals took centre stage on Monday at a ceremony blessing the start of construction of an enormous funeral pyre for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a vivid illustration of the army's intimate links to the palace.

BBC journalist faces five years jail for Thailand reporting

Bangkok - A British journalist with the BBC faces up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a popular tourist island.

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.
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