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Thailand's infamous 'jet-set monk' convicted of raping a minor

Bangkok - Thailand's infamous "jet-set monk" was convicted of raping an underage girl Wednesday, a court official said, in a case that has rocked an already scandal-mired Buddhist clergy.

Ouch! Thailand's cheek-piercing vegetarian festival

Phuket - As burning incense fills the air, devotees in trances force skewers and swords through their cheeks in ritualistic acts underpinning southern Thailand's colourful -- and seemingly painful -- vegetarian festival.

Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' shut indefinitely

Bangkok - The glittering Thai bay immortalised in the movie "The Beach" will be closed indefinitely to allow it to recover from the impact of hordes of tourists, an official said Wednesday, as a temporary ban on visitors expired.

British divers rescued Thai adults before saving 'Wild Boars': report

Bangkok - Two British divers who helped rescue a Thai youth football team from a flooded cave had earlier saved four adults also stranded in the complex, according to a new report on a mission that gripped the world.

Spray-can satire creates headache for Thai junta

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief caricatured as a "lucky cat" with a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line -- daring graffiti is cropping up across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for rare political scorn.

Six Thais acquitted after being accused of torching king portraits

Bangkok - Six young Thais accused of setting portraits of the royal family on fire have been granted rare acquittals, their lawyer said Thursday, escaping strict royal defamation charges that can carry 15 years in jail.

Young elephant electrocuted in Thailand

Bangkok - A young male elephant was electrocuted in Thailand after stumbling into a drain and crashing into a restaurant sign, police said Saturday.

Thai opposition urges junta to lift politics ban as poll looms

Bangkok - The toppled Thai opposition on Thursday called on the ruling junta to lift the ban on political activities as the countdown begins for the kingdom's first election since a 2014 coup.

Thai film company to retell cave boy saga

Bangkok - A Thai-based film company has joined the scramble to retell the dramatic story of the 12 young footballers and their coach who were freed from a flooded cave, one of the producers said Tuesday.

Nations round on US, allies as UN climate talks wrap up

Bangkok - Developing countries rounded on the United States and its allies at emergency climate talks Sunday, accusing the world's richest nations of stalling on a deal aimed at preventing runaway global warming.

US accused of blocking UN climate talks amid protests

Bangkok - The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks over how to fund poorer nations as they battle against global warming, multiple sources told AFP Saturday.

US hampering key UN climate talks in Bangkok: sources

Bangkok - The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks in a row over how poorer nations' battle against global warming is funded, sources told AFP Saturday.

Global protests as key UN climate talks stumble

Bangkok - Thai fishermen and labourers whose livelihoods are threatened by rising sea levels kicked off an international day of protests in Bangkok Saturday, where key UN talks are attempting to breathe life into the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Climate negotiator warns world 'out of time' to save islands

Bangkok - Island nations like Fiji and the Maldives are almost at the "point of no return" because of rising sea levels, a leading climate negotiator warned Friday.

Thai cave boys in the spotlight, again

Bangkok - The young Thai football team whose terrifying ordeal in a flooded cave captivated the world earlier this year recounted their memories of their rescue Thursday as they visited a spectacular exhibit chronicling the drama.

Suu Kyi should have 'resigned' over Myanmar crackdown: UN rights chief

Bangkok - Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned as Myanmar's de facto leader over last year's brutal army campaign against the Rohingya, the outgoing UN human rights chief has told the BBC.

Will Myanmar's military face justice over Rohingya 'genocide'?

Bangkok - A UN probe has called for Myanmar's military leaders to face justice for alleged genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya, but the road to a tribunal will be long and complex, with China likely to block any prosecution of its ally at t...

Nine-year-old boy dies after beating by Buddhist monk

Bangkok - A nine-year-old Buddhist novice has died after a beating by a Thai monk who allegedly battered him with a stick and slammed his head against a pillar, officials said Friday.

Model claiming Trump secrets pleads not guilty in Thailand case

Pattaya - A Belarusian model who sparked global intrigue after claiming she had evidence of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of running an illegal "sex training" class in Thailand.

11-year-old Thai bride returns from Malaysia after uproar

Bangkok - An 11-year-old child bride returned to Thailand this week following widespread outcry over her marriage to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an official told AFP on Saturday.
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