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US envoy says 'real dialogue' needed with N. Korea

Bangkok - The top US envoy for North Korea said Friday that "real dialogue" is needed to gauge what Pyongyang wants from its accelerated drive towards nuclear weapons statehood.

US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea

Bangkok - The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear...

Funeral held for Thai cadet at centre of army abuse scandal

Chon Buri - A Thai army recruit whose death captured national attention after his organs were removed in mysterious circumstances showed signs of being physically assaulted, his family said Sunday, citing the results of an autopsy ahead of the teenager's funeral.

Myanmar opium crop shrinks by a quarter

Bangkok - The area under opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has shrunk by a quarter in the last two years, a UN study said Wednesday, as demand for opiates eases and methamphetamine use surges.

Bangkok hospital bomber who hated junta jailed for 27 years

Bangkok - A Thai court on Wednesday jailed a former engineer for 27 years for planting a pipe bomb in an army-run hospital, a rare violent kickback against the junta which has ruled for over three years.

101 cremations: the rise of Bangkok's Buddhist pet funerals

Bangkok - Buddhist monks chant next to a pink coffin where Dollar's small body is nestled amongst flowers -- a $600 final farewell for the Shih Tzu at a Bangkok temple that administers elaborate pet funerals.

Thai army under pressure to explain cadet's missing organs

Bangkok - Thailand's military faced mounting pressure on Friday to explain the murky death of a teenage army cadet, whose case has seized national attention after his parents discovered his organs were mysteriously removed from his body.

Pope's Asia tour stirs fond memories for Thai-based cousin

Nakhon Pathom - From the courtyard of a Catholic girls' school outside Bangkok, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori is eagerly awaiting a visit to the region from her second cousin -- Pope Francis.

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Phuket - Bathed in a pink spotlight, the cabaret singer at Phuket's ZAG bar lip-syncs the top notes of a popular Mandarin love song, delighting the crowd of gay Chinese tourists who have escaped judgement at home for sexual freedom in Thailand.

Thailand revokes passports of exiled former PM Yingluck

Bangkok - Thailand has revoked the passports of ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra, who has yet to publicly emerge since she slipped out of the country two months ago ahead of judgement day in her negligence trial, officials said Tuesday.

Funeral for late Thai king Bhumibol draws to a close

Bangkok - A year of official mourning for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was to end Sunday after a lavish five-day funeral full of pageantry and religious ritual.

Relics picked from late Thai King's ashes

Bangkok - Thailand's new king picked bits of bone and ash from his father's remains on Friday to be enshrined as royal relics, after the cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej capped an extravagant funeral that brought the nation to a standstill.

Rama X: Thailand's new monarch making his mark

Bangkok - With the funeral of late king Bhumibol Adulyadej underway, his untested and unpredictable heir has taken centre stage.

Mattis says US 'not rushing to war' with N. Korea

Bangkok - Washington is seeking a "peaceful resolution" with North Korea, US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said ahead of a visit to the divided peninsula amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear threats.

Thais bid final goodbye to beloved King Bhumibol

Bangkok - Thailand bade farewell to late King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thursday in an elaborate, ritual-soaked funeral in Bangkok's historic quarter that gripped a nation mourning the loss of its chief unifying figure.

Thais poised for final goodbye to beloved King Bhumibol

Bangkok - Black-clad mourners thronged Bangkok's historic quarter before dawn on Thursday ahead of the cremation of king Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered monarch whose passing after a seven decade reign plunged Thailand into a year of grieving.

Fit for a king: Thailand's royal cremation

Bangkok - Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will receive a lavish send-off this week during a spectacular five-day funeral centered around a cremation at a gilded pyre in Bangkok's historic heart on Thursday.

Pomp and pageantry as Thailand rehearses late King's funeral

Bangkok - Gilded chariots, horses and columns of military men in bright costumes swept through Bangkok's old quarter on Saturday in a final dress rehearsal for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's funeral -- a meticulously-planned spectacle of devotion to a man known ...

Shallow graves in Thailand's drug warehouse

Amphoe Hankha - Stuck on a merry-go-round of drug taking, dealing and jail, Somphal Boonsanoon's journey through addiction ended in a shallow grave in Ayutthaya, Thailand's historic heart and Southeast Asia's meth warehouse.

One year after King's death, Thais prepare for final goodbye

Bangkok - Monks led sombre ceremonies across Thailand Friday to mark one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as the grieving nation prepares to bid a final farewell to the beloved monarch in a spectacular cremation ceremony this month.
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