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Farm-to-festival: Thai folk music strikes a global chord

Chon Buri - Hipsters in flowing skirts and crop tops sway to the Thai band's hypnotic groove at an exclusive music festival in Thailand, while a clutch of cleaning staff quietly look on from the fringes.

Donnie Nietes targets 3rd major world title for the Philippines

Former WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes aims to grab the vacant IBF Flyweight title Saturday against Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand in the main event of the Pinoy Pride 40 at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines.

Thai mother saw daughter's Facebook Live murder

Phuket - The distraught Thai mother of a baby girl killed by her boyfriend in a murder he broadcast on Facebook Live has described the harrowing moment she stumbled across the video and rushed to alert police.

Thai media rebuked over Facebook live of child murder

Bangkok - Thai media came under fire Wednesday for publishing images of a man killing his infant daughter in a Facebook Live video, a grim case that sparked outrage and raised fears of copycat killings.

Thai man murders child, kills himself on Facebook Live

Bangkok - A man in Phuket filmed himself killing his child and then himself on Facebook Live, Thai police said Tuesday, the latest example of the social network's live-streaming function being used to broadcast grisly crimes.

Thai junta defends 'cheap' $393 mn Chinese sub purchase

Bangkok - The Thai junta on Tuesday defended $393 million earmarked for a Chinese submarine, batting back criticism of the secrecy of the deal, its cost and the questionable utility of the warship.

Thai junta campaign sees drop in new year road carnage

Bangkok - The number of people killed on Thailand's roads during the country's traditional new year week dropped by more than ten percent following a junta campaign to end the annual carnage.

Thai 'Sin City' finds abstaining from sex hard

Pattaya - In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta attempt to tame the kingdom's "Sin City".

Thai king signs junta's new constitution

Bangkok - Thailand's king signed a new military-backed constitution on Thursday that strengthens the army's hand in government and puts the country on the path to polls after three years of junta rule.

Thai king signs junta's new constitution

Bangkok - Thailand's king signed a new military-backed constitution on Thursday that strengthens the army's hand in government and puts the country on the path to polls after three years of junta rule.

Wild Thai tiger cub footage sparks hope for endangered species

Bangkok - Conservationists on Tuesday hailed the discovery of a new breeding population of tigers in Thailand as a "miraculous" victory for a sub-species nearly wiped out by poaching.

Ousted Thai PM Thaksin slapped with $500 mn tax bill

Bangkok - Thai tax officials slapped ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with a $500 million bill on Tuesday, resurrecting a dispute at the centre of the kingdom's decade-long political rift.

Philippines complains drug war reports hurting tourism

Bangkok - The Philippines's tourism secretary urged the media Wednesday to "tone down" coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.

Thai junta lays out 'legally binding' 20-year masterplan

Bangkok - Thailand's junta on Thursday said any future civilian government will be legally bound to follow a 20-year "masterplan" for the country as generals seek to entrench their political influence for decades to come.

Flipping happy: Coin swallowing Thai turtle on the mend

Bangkok - A sea turtle dubbed 'Piggy Bank' for swallowing nearly 1,000 coins took swimming lessons Monday as she embarked on a rehabilitation programme following the removal of the treasure trove by Thai surgeons.

Red-faced Thai cops admit monk 'may have escaped' temple siege

Bangkok - An elderly monk wanted for massive fraud may have escaped a three-week siege of his temple, Thai police admitted Saturday, thwarting a much-trumpted dragnet ordered by the kingdom's junta.

Thai artisans craft for king's funeral

Nakhon Pathom - Aided by a jazz soundtrack, Thai artisans work against the clock scratching, moulding and shaping the intricate clay sculptures that will adorn the funeral pyre of Thailand's revered former King Bhumibol Adulaydej.

BBC's Thai transmission towers fall silent as junta talks falter

Bangkok - The BBC World Service has stopped broadcasting from one of its major global transmission stations situated in Thailand, AFP has learned, after talks broke down with a junta riled by its uncensored coverage.

900 mn in Asia had to pay bribes in last year: report

Bangkok - More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year, a watchdog said Tuesday, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region.

Breaking the bank: Thai vets remove 915 coins from turtle

Bangkok - A sea turtle dubbed 'Piggy Bank' has had her fortunes restored after Thai vets removed 915 coins from her stomach -- a deposit built up after years of gulping down good luck pennies tossed into its pond.
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