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Fall of a forger: 'The Doctor' behind the Thai passport trade

Bangkok - For a few thousand dollars "The Doctor" opened doors to the world, supplying pristine fake passports to gangsters and rebels, refugees and migrant workers -- all from an unassuming, scruffy house in the Bangkok suburbs.

Philippines bags four world boxing titles after KO win by Tapales

The Philippines has now four world champions in its roster of professional boxers after Filipino challenger Marlon Tapales knocked down reigning WBO bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu in the 11th round of their title fight Wednesday in Thailand.

Ex-premier Abhisit turns on Thai junta's draft charter

Bangkok - A former prime minister whose party supported Thailand's last coup lambasted the junta's new constitution on Wednesday before a referendum on it, a rare blow to the army from within its own political camp.

Thai rights activists charged over report on army torture

Bangkok - Three prominent Thai rights defenders were charged Tuesday with criminal defamation over a rare report describing torture suffered by detainees in the restive south, police said.

Thai cops question UK journalist's wife over 'royal insult'

Bangkok - Thai police on Friday questioned the wife of a British journalist over his social media links to unflattering photos alleged to be of the kingdom's crown prince, in a country where insulting the royals carries heavy jail terms.

Thai journalist charged under draconian charter law

Bangkok - A Thai journalist and four activists were charged Monday under a draconian law banning criticism of the junta's new constitution which will be voted on in a referendum next month.

Thailand's Anmat Ruenroeng qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics

Former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after outpointing Italian opponent 3-0 in the Rio Olympic Qualification event in Vargas, Venezuela over the weekend.

Grey zone: Who will care for Thailand's elderly?

Bangkok - As he wheels his 77-year-old aunt away from Bangkok's first day centre for the elderly, Nakhon reflects on the familial duties that oblige him to juggle night-shift work and care for his ageing relative.

Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng likely to qualify in Rio Olympics

Former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand won his initial battle in the Rio Olympic Qualification event in Vargas, Venezuela en route to a possible entry in the 2016 Rio Olympics boxing competition.

Thai doctors drain water from ailing king's brain

Bangkok - Doctors treating Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej have drained a fresh build-up of water on the brain, the palace said Sunday, in the latest in a series of updates of the 88-year-old's health.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi visits troubled diaspora in Thailand

Bangkok - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi arrived Thursday in Thailand where she is expected to be garlanded by her adoring compatriots, hundreds of thousands of whom have sought work and sanctuary from war across the border.

Thai pilot jokes about crashing plane carrying ousted PM

Bangkok - Thai budget airline carrier Nok Air apologised on Monday after one of its pilots joked about crashing a plane carrying ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

Thai king improving after heart operation: Palace

Bangkok - Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej is recovering well after a recent operation to improve blood flow to his heart, the palace said, the latest in a series of major medical procedures for the 88-year-old.

Thai election body slammed for 'insulting' campaign tune

Bangkok - An effort to unite Thais with a jaunty campaign song ahead of a key referendum vote has backfired after northerners bristled over "insulting lyrics" about their rural region, which has long felt looked down upon by the Bangkok-based elite.

Ailing Thai king marks 70 years since accession to throne

Bangkok - Hundreds of orange-robed monks led ceremonies Thursday marking 70 years since Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne following the mysterious death of his brother, as anxiety grows over the health of the ailing octogenarian.

Two Chinese tourists killed in latest Thai speedboat crash

Bangkok - Two Chinese tourists were killed in Thailand on Wednesday when a pair of speedboats smashed into each other, police said, the second fatal boating accident involving tourists in less than two weeks.

Translator for Bangkok bomb suspects held on drug charges

Bangkok - A translator for two Uighur men accused of a deadly Bangkok bombing was remanded in custody Friday for drug possession, further complicating a murky trial that has failed to answer key questions about the unprecedented attack on Thailand.

Thai tiger temple monk caught fleeing with skins, fangs

Bangkok - Thai authorities uncovered a trove of animal parts and intercepted a monk trying to leave a controversial "tiger temple" with skins and fangs Thursday, the latest discovery to fuel accusations that the zoo is involved in the illegal wildlife trade.

Dozens of dead cubs found at Thai tiger temple

Bangkok - Thai wildlife officials have discovered dozens of dead cubs inside a freezer at a controversial "tiger temple" that has been locked in a long-running dispute with authorities and animal rights groups, police said Wednesday.

Tug-of-war resumes over Thai temple tigers

Kanchanaburi - Thai officials armed with a court order on Monday resumed the removal of tigers from a controversial temple which attracts tourists as a petting zoo, but stands accused of selling off the big cats for slaughter.
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