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Thai junta says police helped Yingluck escape

Bangkok - Thailand's deputy junta leader has accused three police officers of helping sneak ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of the country last month, a vanishing act that stunned the kingdom.

Yingluck's escape convoy seen heading towards Cambodia: Thai junta

Bangkok - A convoy believed to be carrying Thailand's fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was last spotted heading through a military checkpoint close to the border with Cambodia, the junta's deputy leader said Friday.

Scientists sniff out Thailand's first truffle species

Bangkok - Gastronomes of the world delight. Two new types of truffle have been unearthed in Thailand's far north, scientists announced Thursday in what they called a first for Southeast Asia.

Dutch give big cats hunting lessons in return to the wild

Anna Paulowna - Suspended from a large butcher's hook, a prime piece of raw steak glides and then zigzags through the air in a big arena under the watchful eye of Dumi, the lioness.

Thaksin hits out at Thailand 'tyranny' in cryptic tweet

Bangkok - Fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra hit out at "tyranny" on Wednesday via a cryptic tweet quoting a French Enlightenment thinker, in his first comments since his sister fled overseas.

Gourmet grub: Thai fine-diners explore insect cuisine

Bangkok - At a hip Bangkok diner, foodies with an adventurous palate tuck into a bug-based menu that includes watermelon salad sprinkled in bamboo worms, nachos with silkworm cherry tomato salsa and pasta made from ground crickets.

Fugitive Thai ex-PM Yingluck in Dubai, aiming for UK: junta source

Bangkok - Fugitive former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra fled to Dubai and may try to seek asylum in the UK, a junta source told AFP Saturday, after she ducked a legal ruling, wrong-footing the court and her supporters alike.

Houdini act of Thai ex-PM Yingluck as unexpected as her rise

Bangkok - Yingluck Shinawatra departed the Thai political scene with a dramatic flourish befitting her roller-coaster six-year journey from political novice to premier -- finally falling victim to the army-backed establishment who loathe her family.

Who are the Shinawatras and why are they so polarising?

Bangkok - On Friday Thailand's ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show up for the verdict in her trial for criminal negligence, sparking an arrest warrant and feverish speculation as to her whereabouts.

Chaotic kingdom: Thailand's 'lost decade'

Bangkok - On Friday ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show at a court date that could have seen her jailed.

Thai ex-PM Yingluck has fled Thailand: party source

Bangkok - Thailand's ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled Thailand, a senior party source told AFP, after she skipped a court appearance Friday that could have seen her jailed, prompting the Supreme Court to issue a warrant for her arrest.

Thai ex-PM Yingluck misses verdict, arrest warrant issued: judge

Bangkok - Thai ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra missed a verdict in a negligence trial on Friday that could have seen her jailed, prompting the Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant fearing she is a flight risk, a judge said.

Thai ex-PM Yingluck tells supporters to stay home ahead of verdict

Bangkok - Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra told supporters not to gather outside the country's top court on Friday when it rules whether she is guilty of negligence.

Thai lawyer drops defamation suit against BBC reporter

Phuket - A Thai lawyer has dropped a criminal defamation suit against a BBC journalist over his investigation into foreigners being scammed out of retirement homes in the country, the broadcaster said Thursday.

BBC journalist on trial for Thailand crime reporting

Phuket - A British BBC journalist appeared in a Thai court on Wednesday for the start of a criminal defamation trial brought by a lawyer who featured in an investigation about foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes.

Judgment day looms for Thai ex-PM Yingluck and Shinawatra clan

Bangkok - Clobbered by coups and courts, Thailand's Shinawatra political dynasty is bracing for another withering blow in its decade-long power struggle with the kingdom's establishment as judges decide whether to convict the clan's ex-premier Yingluck.

Thai student leader pleads guilty to else majeste on Facebook

Bangkok - A prominent student leader on Tuesday pleaded guilty to defaming Thailand's royal family by sharing a news story about the kingdom's new monarch on Facebook, his lawyer said.

Thai man handed 20 years over 'anti-monarchy' podcasts

Bangkok - A Thai man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for uploading audio clips that insulted royal family members, his lawyer said, the latest harsh verdict under a defamation law that shields the monarchy from scrutiny.

Thai journalist charged over Facebook criticism of junta

Bangkok - A prominent Thai columnist who has chronicled the erosion of human rights under junta rule was charged with sedition on Tuesday over Facebook posts that criticised the regime.

Tillerson's Thai stop spotlights country's North Korea ties

Bangkok - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a pit-stop in Bangkok on Tuesday with a plea to the kingdom to curb business ties with North Korea, as Washington rounds up allies for its bid to halt Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

Tillerson in Thailand, as US cosies up to oldest Asian ally

Bangkok - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Bangkok on Tuesday for talks with junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, the highest-level American diplomatic visit since the Thai army grabbed power in a 2014 coup.

Beauty behind bars: recycled lipstick for Thailand's inmates

Bangkok - Desperate to brighten up the gloom of Thai prison life, Prontip Mankong and her fellow female inmates used to sneak food colouring from the kitchen and mix it with Vaseline to create a homemade lip gloss.

Two former Thai PMs acquitted over 2008 protest deaths

Bangkok - Thailand's highest court on Wednesday acquitted two ex-prime ministers and two former top police officers over their role in a 2008 crackdown on anti-government protesters that killed two people.

Thai ex-PM Yingluck defiant as verdict looms

Bangkok - Embattled Thai ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra said she was a "victim of politics" in a defiant closing defence on Tuesday at her trial for negligence over a rice subsidy scheme that could see her jailed.

Thais mark new King's birthday with monks, stamps

Bangkok - Monks gathered for a mass alms-giving ceremony and glittering commemorative stamps were issued on Friday as Thais marked the 65th birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn -- his first as monarch of the politically febrile nation.

Thai authorities freeze ousted PM Yingluck's bank accounts

Bangkok - Thai authorities have frozen seven bank accounts belonging to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra over a $1 billion fine she faces for her administration's controversial rice subsidy scheme, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Thai cops bust $3 million phone scam gang

Bangkok - A gang of 44 people from China and Taiwan have been arrested in Thailand for running an elaborate phone scam that conned $3 million from scores of victims, police said Monday.

Rise and fall of General Manas: Thailand's top trafficker

Bangkok - An army 'Big Shot' whose influence seeped across the south, Lieutenant-General Manas Kongpan sat at the apex of Thailand's grisly trade in humans, raking in an untold fortune to keep prying eyes off the trafficking route.

Roses, tears as Thai ex-PM Yingluck enters final stage of case

Bangkok - Toppled Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was mobbed Friday by well-wishers, many bearing red roses, as she arrived for what could be the final hearing in a trial for criminal negligence that carries a 10-year jail term.

Thai 'Red Shirt' leader jailed for defamation ahead of polls

Bangkok - A leader of Thailand's 'Red Shirt' movement was jailed Thursday for defaming an ex-prime minister, sidelining a key voice of dissent against the ruling junta ahead of polls expected in 2018.
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