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Rohingya found abandoned in forest a year on from Thai crackdown

Bangkok - More than a dozen Rohingya refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said Wednesday, almost a year on from a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes.

Thailand files first charge under draconian anti-campaigning law

Bangkok - Thai election authorities on Wednesday filed their first charge under a law banning campaigning and debate before a referendum on a controversial new constitution, as the junta tightens its grip on free speech.

Thai court sides with foreign gay couple in surrogacy row

Bangkok - A Thai court on Tuesday granted a foreign same-sex couple full custody of their surrogate baby daughter following a legal battle with the mother who refused to hand her over after giving birth.

New Laos leaders take office as communists welcome world

Bangkok - Laos' new leaders took office Tuesday, according to state media, as the secretive communist nation prepares for a period of unusually frenetic diplomacy culminating in a landmark visit by a US President.

Malaysian caught with half a ton of cannabis in Thailand

Bangkok - Police authorities in Thailand announced Tuesday the arrest of a Malaysian who attempted to smuggle half a ton of cannabis into his country.

Thai drunk drivers to pay penance in morgues

Bangkok - Drink drivers in Thailand will be sentenced to community service in morgues, authorities said on Tuesday, stepping up efforts to combat the country's appalling traffic safety record.

Thai police ban old Marie Claire magazine issue

Bangkok - Thai authorities have banned a five-month-old French edition of Marie Claire magazine because of an article which police said defamed the kingdom's royal family.

Toppled Thai party meets for Thaksin Skype address

Bangkok - Dozens of ex-MPs from Thailand's toppled government met in public for the first time Thursday to hear a Skype address from the self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who sits at the crux of the country's political rupture.

Junta police powers for Thai soldiers condemned by rights groups

Bangkok - An order by Thailand's junta giving sweeping police powers to soldiers is part of the "steady erosion of human rights protections", campaigners said Tuesday, calling for the law to be rescinded.

Gay couple's lives 'destroyed' by custody war with Thai surrogate

Bangkok - A foreign same-sex couple battling a local Thai surrogate for custody over their infant daughter said Wednesday their lives had been "destroyed" by the 14-month legal war that has prevented their family from returning home.

Ousted party urges Thais to reject junta's constitution

Bangkok - The political party toppled in Thailand's 2014 coup urged voters Wednesday to reject the military’s proposed new constitution, describing it as an undemocratic document that would further entrench army rule.

Thai police to revive Red Bull heir hit-and-run case

Bangkok - Thai authorities said Tuesday they are still pursuing a legal case against the heir to the Red Bull fortune over a deadly hit-and-run four years ago, as public frustration grows about impunity for the elite.

Thailand digitizes ancient Buddhist manuscripts for online use

The government of Thailand has digitized and made available online several thousand historical manuscripts from the northern Thailand region.

Six wounded in gun attack on Chinese bus in Laos

Bangkok - Beijing on Thursday called on Laos to bolster protection for Chinese citizens within its borders after six of its nationals were wounded by gunmen in the third attack of its kind this year.

Medical tourism in Asia on the rise thanks to start-ups

Medical tourism, or trips to places offering low-cost, high-quality medical care, is on the rise in Asia, boosted by online start-ups that promise to make travel easier.

Village children stunted by poverty as parents leave for Bangkok

Amphoe Hankha - With a bit of luck eight-year-old Chayanit will see her mother twice this year.The little girl has been raised by her grandparents for most of her life after her mother left their rural village to find work in Bangkok, Thailand's economic nucleus.

Op-Ed: Thai Buddhism fracturing along political lines

Bangkok - Last month’s scuffles in Buddha Monthon — long dubbed a Buddhist centre of peace between Buddhist monks and Thai soldiers — was unusual to say the least.

Severe dry spell parches Asian farmlands

Bangkok - The severe drought now ravaging across Asia is taking a heavy toll on crops as the region desperately needs water to irrigate parched farmlands.

Hope fades to fear for Chinese refugees in junta-run Thailand

Bangkok - Preferring to risk death than face deportation, Dong Junming boarded a boat off Thailand's coast alongside eight fellow Chinese asylum-seekers in early March with the improbable plan of steering themselves to New Zealand.

Thai gardener behind $20 mn Saudi gem heist becomes monk

Bangkok - A Thai gardener behind a $20 million gem heist from a Saudi palace that has long soured relations between the two countries became a monk Thursday in hope of redeeming his karma.
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