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Deadliest catch: Thailand's 'ghost' fishing nets help Covid fight

Chonburi - Underwater divers in plastic-choked waters off the coast of Thailand snip through discarded nets tangled around a reef -- a new initiative helping protect marine life and aiding the fight against coronavirus.

Thai opposition figure vows to fight on despite royal defamation case

Bangkok - A billionaire Thai opposition figure accused of defaming the country's monarchy has vowed to keep campaigning for reform, despite facing what he dubbed a "politically motivated" lawsuit.

Key Thai opposition figure faces royal defamation charge

Bangkok - A Thai billionaire opposition figure was accused Wednesday of defaming the monarchy, a day after a court sentenced a former civil servant to more than 40 years in jail for lese majeste crimes.

Thai woman handed record four-decade jail term for lese majeste

Bangkok - A Thai woman accused of insulting the royal family was jailed Tuesday for more than 43 years, a legal rights group said, the harshest punishment ever handed out under the country’s strict lese majeste laws.

Thai students mark Teachers' Day with paint-soaked protest

Bangkok - Students piled bamboo canes and stationery in front of Thailand's Ministry of Education and splashed crimson paint on it to protest corporal punishment, one of several protests that took place across the capital on Saturday.

Haute cuisine: Thai hospital rolls out cannabis-laced menu

Prachin - From spicy "happy" salads to soups sprinkled with cannabis shoots and deep-fried marijuana leaves -- a Thai hospital restaurant has rolled out a weed-inspired menu which has curious customers flocking to sample its euphoria-inducing offerings.

Thai king sweeps prison floors alongside consort

Bangkok - Thailand's king has visited prisons, sweeping floors alongside his official consort in the latest round of a charm offensive following unprecedented criticism of the monarchy during street protests.

Thai royal defamation cases ramp up as protests pause

Bangkok - Thai authorities on Monday charged four democracy activists with royal defamation, with the protest movement rocking the kingdom put on hold because of a spike in coronavirus cases.

Thailand arrests 19 Rohingya, Thai woman for illegal entry

Bangkok - Nineteen Rohingya and a Thai woman accused of housing them have been arrested for illegal entry to Thailand, police said Saturday, as concerns grow about trafficking routes for the Muslim minority fleeing Myanmar.

Bangkok imposes partial lockdown to combat virus

Bangkok - Bangkok's nightlife will go quiet as a ban on bars, nightclubs and restaurant alcohol sales goes into effect Saturday, among a raft of restrictions aimed at curbing the kingdom's rising coronavirus toll.

Elephant Santas spread virus awareness among Thai children

Bangkok - Christmas and Thailand's love of elephants combined Wednesday when four of the giant creatures dressed as Santa turned up at a school just outside Bangkok, complete with huge coronavirus masks.

Thai seafood market coronavirus infections top 1,000

Bangkok - A coronavirus outbreak linked to a seafood market in Thailand passed 1,000 cases on Tuesday, as authorities weighed whether to introduce a wider lockdown.

Thai PM blames migrant workers for market coronavirus outbreak

Samut Sakhon - Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Monday blamed a coronavirus outbreak linked to the kingdom's largest seafood market on low-paid migrant workers employed in the country's lucrative shrimp industry.

Women on the frontlines of Thailand's democracy movement

Bangkok - Denouncing sexual violence, demanding abortion reform and destigmatising sex work –- once-taboo issues are finding public expression in Thailand as women take up leadership roles in a youth-led pro-democracy movement.

Thailand to test 10,000 after virus outbreak linked to seafood market

Bangkok - Thailand will test more than 10,000 people for coronavirus after an outbreak linked to its biggest seafood market, officials said Sunday.

Thailand clamps down on virus outbreak at seafood market

Bangkok - Thailand's biggest seafood market and the surrounding area were locked down Saturday to contain a coronavirus outbreak, after the country's largest spike in cases since the pandemic began.

Two smuggled Indonesian orangutans fly home from Thailand

Bangkok - Eating fruit and drinking from plastic bottles, two Sumatran orangutans stared from their cages at Bangkok airport on Thursday before flying home to Indonesia, years after being smuggled into Thailand.

The art of politics: Democracy protests inspire Thai creatives

Bangkok - With virtual reality goggles strapped on and controllers clasped in his hands, Thai artist Chalermpol Junrayab looks more like he's doing a robot dance than creating political art.

More Thai protest leaders charged with royal defamation

Bangkok - More than a dozen leaders of Thailand's pro-democracy protest movement were charged Tuesday under the kingdom's tough royal defamation law for headlining demonstrations demanding reforms to the monarchy.

Thousands flock to support Thai royals at Bangkok drone show

Bangkok - Some ten thousand royalists turned out in Bangkok on Saturday for a drone show honouring the Thai king's late father, in a show of force by a monarchy under pressure following months of pro-democracy protests.
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