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Robust baht, travel trends rattle Thai tourism market

Bangkok - A strong Thai baht and a slowdown in arrivals from China are battering the kingdom's moneymaking tourism machine even as the country hopes to welcome a record 40 million visitors by the end of the year.

13 Chinese tourists killed as bus plunges into ravine in Laos

Bangkok - At least 13 Chinese tourists were killed and dozens injured when their bus skidded off the road and plunged 30 metres into a ravine in Laos, a police officer said Tuesday.

Beloved baby dugong 'Mariam' dies in Thailand with plastic in stomach

Bangkok - A sick baby dugong whose fight for recovery won hearts in Thailand and cast a spotlight on ocean conservation has died from an infection exacerbated by bits of plastic lining her stomach, officials said Saturday.

Thailand links Bangkok bombs to southern insurgents

Bangkok - Small bombs that rattled Bangkok as Thailand hosted world powers last week have been tied to insurgents from the conflict-hit south, the deputy prime minister said Tuesday, as police hunt more suspects after arresting two men.

Thai dissident band in Laos flee to France for political asylum

Bangkok - A Thai activist folk band who went into hiding in Laos have arrived in Paris to apply for asylum in France, a band member and activist said Saturday, after months living in fear of their safety.

Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN summit

Bangkok - Footage emerged Saturday of the moment a bomb exploded in a Bangkok mall as the city hosted a major summit, the device apparently hidden inside a cuddly toy animal.

Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit, two suspects held

Bangkok - Two men from Thailand's insurgency-hit "Deep South" have been arrested linked to several small bomb attacks which rattled Bangkok Friday as it hosted a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, leaving four people wounded but not d...

Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit, wounding two

Bangkok - At least two small bombs exploded in Bangkok on Friday, rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and leaving two people wounded.

US warns dams give China 'control' of Mekong river

Bangkok - China is taking control of the flow of Southeast Asia's most important river through a dam-building "spree", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Wednesday, as water levels along the Mekong reach record lows.

Australia pledges US$55 mn to fight human trafficking in SE Asia

Bangkok - Australia pledged US$55 million to fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia on Thursday, vowing to tackle "modern slavery" ensnaring vulnerable populations across the region, from low-paid workers to underage brides and Rohingya refugees.

Pompeo says US not asking ASEAN allies to 'choose' on China

Bangkok - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Thursday that Washington was not asking Southeast Asian nations to "choose" between his country and rival power China, as he trailed a rebooted security and trade strategy at a Bangkok summit.

Pompeo says US not asking ASEAN allies to "choose sides" on China

Bangkok - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Thursday that Washington was not asking Southeast Asian nations to "choose sides" between his country and rival power China, as he trailed a rebooted security and trade strategy at a Bangkok summit.

South Korea warns Japan to drop 'white list' trade threat

Bangkok - South Korea warned Japan on Thursday that it would be forced to review security cooperation between the two key US allies if Tokyo pushes ahead with plans to remove Seoul from its "white list" of trusted trade partners.

China stakes claim to ASEAN 'neighbourhood' as Pompeo jets in for Bangkok talks

Bangkok - China urged non-Asian nations to avoid sowing "distrust" and division over contested seas Wednesday in a swipe at the US shortly before its top diplomat was due to arrive at a Bangkok summit bearing a message of reinvigorated American trade and securit...

US-China big power rivalry set for Bangkok staging

Bangkok - The US-China rivalry is set to be sharpened at a Bangkok summit starting Wednesday, where Washington's top diplomat will insist his nation remains a key Asia-Pacific power in the face of Beijing's military machinations in contested seas and airspace.

Thai army probe says rebel suspect could have been suffocated

Bangkok - A rebel suspect found unconscious hours after being held in a notorious Thai military camp in the Muslim-majority south could have been suffocated, according to the results of an army-led probe.

Four dead in rebel attack on Thai army base

Pattani - Four people were killed in a late-night attack by Muslim insurgents on a military outpost in Thailand's violence-wracked south, authorities said Wednesday, as dramatic footage emerged showing security forces diving for cover from a hail of gunfire and ...

Survivors of deadly Laos dam collapse homeless a year on: report

Bangkok - Thousands are languishing in displacement camps in Laos a year after a dam break unleashed floodwaters and killed dozens of people in the impoverished state, a new report on the anniversary of the disaster said Tuesday.

Thai army vows probe after rebel suspect left unconscious

Bangkok - Thailand's army is investigating how a detained suspected insurgent in the Muslim-majority south was left unconscious hours after being taken to a notorious military camp.

Prized Thai buffaloes show off speed in muddy race

Chon Buri - Sloshing across a muddy field with men sprinting behind them, prized water buffaloes blow past cheering spectators in eastern Thailand on Sunday in a rare display of bovine speed.
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