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Impeached ex-Thai PM decries 'death of democracy'

Bangkok - Embattled former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra decried the "death of democracy" in Thailand Friday after the junta-stacked parliament impeached her and prosecutors announced corruption charges that could see her jailed.

Ousted Thai PM slams impeachment vote

Bangkok - Ousted Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra Thursday attacked impeachment proceedings against her ahead of a crunch vote that could see her banned from politics for five years and deepen the country's bitter divide.

Good News: Tiger population increases by 30 percent in India

Delhi - In a bit of good news, a study shows tiger numbers have risen sharply in India during the last seven years, from just 1,411 to 2,226, and for wildlife officials, that's something to celebrate. The country is now home to 70 percent of the world's tigers.

Defense contractor pleads guilty in enormous bribery case

San Diego - It's a courtroom drama and corruption scandal of epic proportions that has the makings of a good movie and involves a Malaysian defense contractor along with key officials from the U.S. Navy.

Ousted Thai PM launches defiant impeachment defence

Bangkok - Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra launched a defiant defence Friday at the first hearing of impeachment proceedings that could see her banned from politics for five years and deepen the country's bitter divisions.

Prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Ban Khao Lak - Tearful mourners lit candles on Friday to remember the 220,000 people who died a decade ago when tsunami waves devastated coastal areas along the Indian Ocean, in one of the worst natural disasters in human history.On December 26, 2004 a 9.

10 years on, lessons of Asian tsunami hit by 'disaster amnesia'

Phuket - Ten years after the deadliest tsunami on record wrought destruction across the Indian Ocean, creeping complacency is undermining a hi-tech warning system designed to prevent another disaster of such shocking magnitude.

Thai company soon to be world's largest canned tuna company

By the middle of 2015, if all goes well, an Asian firm will become the largest canned tuna company in North America. Thai Union Frozen Products, PCL is on the verge of acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods for an estimated $1.5 billion.

Thai prince divorces amid anxiety over monarchy's future

Bangkok - Thailand's crown prince has divorced his wife, in a dramatic fall from grace for a senior princess at a time of heightened anxiety over the health of the country's revered but ailing monarch.

Into thin air: Southeast Asia's growing ranks of disappeared

Bangkok - Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist's wife says his abductors enjoy impunity –- an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely "disappearing" opponents.

The Dalai Lama not allowed to meet Pope Francis, was told 'No'

The Dalai Lama requested to meet Pope Francis but was refused the right to meet with him. The Dalai Lama was in Rome on Thursday for a Nobel Peace Prize winners' conference.

Ailing Thai king cancels appearance for 87th birthday

Bangkok - Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej cancelled plans to hold a public annual audience marking his 87th birthday Friday on his doctors' advice, heightening anxiety in the deeply divided kingdom over the monarch's health.

Police hunt one of Thailand's richest men in police graft scandal

Bangkok - Thai police on Wednesday said they are hunting one of the kingdom's richest men as part of a sprawling graft probe that has rocked the country's elite.

Ride-sharing service Uber declared illegal in Thailand

Thailand's Department of Land Transport has declared Uber, the ride-sharing service, to be illegal in the country. The department said Uber is operating illegally.

Death sentences for Thai Muslim separatists condemned

Bangkok - Human rights groups Friday condemned the Thai authorities for sentencing five alleged Muslim separatists to death, saying the punishment would do little to promote peace in the violence-racked south.

Man wanted in UK for child sex crimes arrested in Thailand

Bangkok - A British man wanted by UK police for a string of paedophile offences has been arrested at a school in northeast Thailand, immigration officials said.

Thai elections may be delayed until 2016: Junta

Bangkok - Thailand's junta said Thursday elections in the military-ruled kingdom would likely be delayed until 2016, days after military officials ruled out lifting martial law any time soon.

Thai police royal defamation probe widens

Bangkok - A major Thai police corruption probe widened Tuesday with a third high-ranking officer charged under strict royal defamation rules in what analysts say is an attempt by the military junta to strengthen their hold over police.

UN blasts Thai junta for 'Hunger Games' detentions

Bangkok - The United Nations criticised Thailand's junta Friday for detaining people caught throwing a three-fingered protest salute inspired by "The Hunger Games" movies, as the prime minister warned that people using the defiant gesture could "jeopardise their...

Thai radio host jailed for five years for royal defamation

Bangkok - A Thai radio show host has been jailed for five years for royal defamation, his lawyer said Tuesday, one of the first sentences passed by a military court for breaching the draconian law since a May coup.
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