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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Swiss man suspected of abusing 80 boys in Thailand

Geneva - A Swiss man will go on trial this month on allegations he sexually abused more than 80 boys -- some as young as nine -- in Thailand, Swiss authorities said Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Japan emperor meets new Thai monarch and bids farewell to late king

Bangkok - Japan's emperor Akihito met Thailand's new monarch on Sunday during a brief visit to pay respects to his recently departed friend the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The battle to save Bangkok's 'Green Lung'

Bangkok - Leaping out from Bangkok's vast concrete sprawl is a kidney-shaped green space, home to hundreds of plant and bird species, and where cars are outnumbered by bicyles.

Thai army, rebel negotiators agree 'safety zone' for unrest-hit south

Kuala Lumpur - Thai army and Muslim rebel peace negotiators agreed Tuesday to create a "safety zone" in Thailand's insurgency-hit south, a small but significant step in talks to end a bloody 13-year conflict.

Packed Thai prisons need urgent reform: study

Bangkok - Thai prisons are massively overcrowded with some inmates forced to sleep sideways, a rights group said Tuesday, urging reform in a country with the world's sixth largest jail population.

Japanese emperor visits Vietnam for first time

Toukyo - Japan's emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II.

Thai generals lead royal funeral pyre ceremony

Bangkok - Thailand's generals took centre stage on Monday at a ceremony blessing the start of construction of an enormous funeral pyre for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a vivid illustration of the army's intimate links to the palace.

Thai generals lead royal funeral pyre ceremony

Bangkok - Thailand's generals took centre stage on Monday at a ceremony blessing the start of construction of an enormous funeral pyre for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a vivid illustration of the army's intimate links to the palace.

Thai generals lead royal funeral pyre ceremony

Bangkok - Thailand's generals took centre stage on Monday at a ceremony blessing the start of construction of an enormous funeral pyre for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a vivid illustration of the army's intimate links to the palace.

BBC journalist faces five years jail for Thailand reporting

Bangkok - A British journalist with the BBC faces up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a popular tourist island.

Thai palace official fired and stripped of titles

Bangkok - A senior member of the personal security retinue of Thailand's new king has been fired and stripped of his titles, the palace has announced, the latest royal official to publicly fall from grace.

Thais in the mood for love as Valentine fever sweeps nation

Bangkok - Babies dressed as cupids, underwater weddings and a government vitamin giveaway to encourage procreation were all part of Thailand's imaginative and bizarre events Tuesday to mark Valentine's Day.

UN slams first royal slur charge under new Thai king

Bangkok - A senior United Nations official on Tuesday strongly criticised the first royal defamation case brought under Thailand's new monarch, saying public figures should not be above scrutiny or criticism.
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Elephants stranded on the wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya
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Elephant drivers take a nap under a tree during slack time at the Ayutthaya historical park.
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Anti-government protester in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Alessio Fratticcioli.
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Thailand students do homework at school somewhere in the Thai jungle.
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A friendly local Muslim man waves as a train passes.
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Beautiful topiary figures decorate the gardens and the lake around Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya.
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Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
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Temple dancer. A young girl in Bangkok, Thailand.
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A fishing port in Thailand's southern province of Pattani
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Bhumibol Dam, Tak province, Thailand
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Red-shirted protesters in Bangkok, Thailand on April 3, 2010
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Thai police perform security checks on bags inside the entrance to Sungai Golok Railway Station.
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Ingredients for green curry
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