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Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Bangkok - Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, putting a 26-year-old convicted murderer to death by lethal injection in a move condemned by Amnesty International as "deplorable".

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Bangkok - Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, the Department of Corrections said, killing a 26-year-old convicted murderer in a move condemned by Amnesty International as "deplorable".

Thai king granted full ownership of crown billions

Bangkok - Thailand's king has been granted full ownership of the palace's multi-billion dollar assets under a law passed last year, according to a rare "explanatory note" published by the financial arm of the powerful but secretive monarchy.

Family of gold panners shot dead in restive Thai south

Bangkok - Four members of a Muslim family have been shot dead while panning for gold in a remote stream in Thailand's "Deep South", an area plagued by insurgency, guns and crime.

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Bangkok - A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health.

Bangkok's 'Golden Mount' temple in embezzlement probe

Bangkok - A famed Bangkok temple was at the centre of a billowing embezzlement scandal Thursday after $4 million was found in bank accounts belonging to its abbot, the latest graft allegations to dog Thailand's scandal-mired clergy.

Arrests as protest greets fourth year of Thai junta rule

Bangkok - Thai police detained leaders of an anti-junta protest on Tuesday who had tried to mark the fourth anniversary of a coup by marching to Government House, one of the largest acts of dissent since the army grabbed power.

Protest greets fourth year of Thai junta rule

Bangkok - Thai police blocked anti-junta protesters from marching to Government House on Tuesday to mark four years of military rule, one of the largest acts of dissent since the army grabbed power.

Thai politicians charged as dissent grows before coup anniversary

Bangkok - Three politicians from the party ousted by Thailand's generals were charged on Monday with sedition for holding a press conference, as dissent grows before the fourth anniversary of the junta's 2014 coup.

Thai police seize $45m-worth of meth from convoy in Bangkok

Bangkok - Ten million made-in-Myanmar "yaba" pills and nearly half a tonne of crystal meth hidden in tea packages have been pulled from a convoy of cars in Bangkok, Thai police said Friday.

As elections loom, Thai leader gets cosy with old political clans

Buriram - The sons of a convicted murderer, a rural "don" who has spun a fortune from football and gun-loving provincial bigwigs -- as elections near, Thai junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha is cosying up to "influential figures", a group he vowed to expunge from po...

Thai activists vow to march on coup anniversary

Bangkok - Thai pro-democracy activists Saturday vowed to march on the seat of government to mark the fourth anniversary of a military coup, comparing the junta leader to Pinocchio for not holding promised elections.

Mayweather legacy faces challenge from Thai 'dwarf giant'

Bangkok - After a career laden with belts, cash and kudos, boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr retired undefeated over 50 fights -- but his flawless record faces an unlikely challenge from an obscure Thai fighter known as the "dwarf giant".At 5ft 2in (1.

'Sex coaches' claiming Trump secrets plead for US help at Thai court hearing

Pattaya - A Belarusian model and Russian "sex coach" pleaded for US help as they arrived for a court hearing in Thailand on Tuesday, in a case that has grabbed widespread attention after the model claimed to have revelations about alleged Russian meddling in th...

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia's beaches

Krabi - Hordes of tourists clamber across the white sand with selfie sticks as Thai park rangers wade into turquoise waters to direct boats charging into the cliff-ringed cove.

Two massive crystal meth seizures on Thai border

Bangkok - Thai authorities have seized two massive hauls of crystal methamphetamine near border regions this week, officials said Tuesday, highlighting the kingdom's role as a pipeline for drugs flooding through Southeast Asia.

Thai singer handed rare acquittal in royal defamation case

Bangkok - A Thai court acquitted a folk singer-turned-activist of his third royal defamation charge on Thursday, a rare ruling under a draconian law that is used to shield the royal family from any criticism.

18 killed in Thai bus crash

Bangkok - At least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus travelling in northeastern Thailand veered off the road and smashed into a tree, authorities said Thursday.

Maverick Thai tycoon woos youth with new political party

Bangkok - A 39-year-old business tycoon entered Thailand's political bear-pit on Thursday with the launch of a new progressive party, courting the youth vote in a kingdom plagued by coups and corruption.

Hundreds join anti-junta rally in Bangkok as calls for democracy grow

Bangkok - Hundreds of pro-democracy Thais rallied in Bangkok on Saturday to skewer the ruling junta with T-shirts, signs and speeches, as activists grow bolder in their defiance of a ban on protests.
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