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Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections

Bangkok - Thailand's junta on Tuesday lifted a four-year ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections, prompting Thaksin Shinawatra -- the exiled billionaire who sits at the heart of the kingdom's political rupture -- to hail a "new hope" for the nation....

Bahrain footballer to remain in detention: Thai court

Bangkok - A former Bahrain national footballer with Australian refugee status must remain in detention in Thailand as he awaits possible extradition, a Bangkok court said Tuesday, as campaigners say they fear he could be "tortured" if returned to the Gulf state....

Thousands of Myanmar women forced into marriage in China: study

Bangkok - Thousands of vulnerable women and girls from northern Myanmar are being trafficked to China and forced to marry, a study said Friday, offering a rare look at an issue that grips the conflict-hit borderlands.

Thai rubber farms stretched as US-China trade war saps demand

Bangkok - They work in the pre-dawn gloom tapping trees for the "white gold" that has made their country the world's top rubber producer -- but as prices plunge due to the US-China trade war, Thai farmers are giving up the sap.

Chinese tourists skip Thailand after Phuket boat disaster

Bangkok - A ferry disaster that killed dozens of Chinese tourists in Thailand earlier this year has sent visitor numbers plunging from the kingdom's single largest market.

Thai authorities retrieve ship after fatal Phuket capsizing

Bangkok - A ship that capsized in July off the coast of Thailand's tourist hotspot Phuket -- leaving dozens of Chinese tourists dead -- was plucked out of the sea on Saturday, immigration officials said.

Thai sergeant with HIV accused of raping dozens of teenage boys: police

Bangkok - An HIV-infected Thai sergeant major has been arrested and charged with raping an estimated 75 mostly teenage boys after luring them to meet him in the northeast of the country, a senior law enforcement offical told AFP Thursday.

Life in the shadows: Pakistani Christians fear arrest in Thailand

Bangkok - His family of seven share two small, squalid rooms in a cockroach-infested Bangkok apartment. But like many Pakistani Christians living illegally in Thailand, Farooz's sharpest worry is not poverty but arrest.

Leicester City footballers in Bangkok to pay respects to Vichai

Bangkok - Players and staff from Leicester City were set to arrive in Bangkok Sunday to attend a mourning rite for the club's chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose death last week in a helicopter crash stunned the Premier League club.

Thai elite mourn Leicester City owner Vichai at elaborate funeral

Bangkok - The elaborate funeral of Leicester City's Thai owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha began at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Saturday evening, as members of Thailand's business and political elite came in mourning garb to pay tribute to the ...

Vichai son vows to press on with Leicester City owner's 'big mission'

Bangkok - The youngest son of Leicester City's late Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha issued a heartfelt message of thanks Wednesday for the cascade of condolences that followed his father's death in a helicopter crash, vowing to "carry on his big vision".

Thailand's 'King Power' duty free empire faces unknown after Vichai's death

Bangkok - The sudden death of billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha strips his King Power duty-free brand of its streetwise and connected frontman, challenging his heirs to secure the future of a monopoly that has become one of Thailand's most lucrative businesse...

In the fast lane: Female motortaxi drivers on the rise in Bangkok

Bangkok - Hair pulled back tightly as she lounges on her red scooter, Ar is a rare sight among the male-dominated ranks of Bangkok's motortaxi riders plying their trade on the Thai capital's treacherous roads.

Thai rappers cause stir with anti-junta lyrics

Bangkok - A group of Thai rappers has touched a nerve with an impassioned and now-viral music video lobbing fiery rhymes at the ruling junta, as police mull filing charges against the lyricists.

'Don't force' LGBT rights on Malaysia, new PM says

Bangkok - Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said his country cannot accept LGBT rights such as same-sex marriage, dismissing them as "western" values.

Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes 'dark-skinned people'

Bangkok - Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner" has raised questions about racial profiling and fears for asylum-seekers caught in its web.

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.
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