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Bangkok virus spike sparks alcohol ban, venue closures

Bangkok - Hundreds waited in grim silence at a Bangkok stadium to get free Covid-19 tests Saturday as a spiraling infection rate gripped Thailand, on a fourth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases.

Meditating monk rescued from flooded cave in Thailand

Bangkok - Rescue divers have freed a meditating Buddhist monk from a flooded Thai cave in scenes that echoed the high-profile 2018 rescue of a trapped boys' football team.

'Men in Black' and 'Ghostbusters' to star in Sony's Thai theme park

Apo - "Men in Black" rides and "Jumanji" water slides are some of the star attractions of a theme park being jointly built in Thailand by Sony as the tech giant seeks to broaden its entertainment offerings.

At least five killed in Bangkok residence collapse

Bangkok - A Bangkok residence building collapsed on Saturday, killing at least four rescue workers and a resident, according to an emergency worker.

Fresh Myanmar conflict keeps Thai village on edge

A sleepy village in remote northern Thailand became a hub of activity this week when it received refugees fleeing Myanmar -- a sight that brought back vivid memories for its ethnic Karen residents.

Thai activists charged for violence against the queen

Bangkok - Five pro-democracy activists in Thailand were charged Wednesday with the criminal offence of attempting to harm the queen, over an encounter with a royal motorcade during a protest last year.

Dozens of Myanmar refugees make 'voluntary return': Thai authorities

Some 50 Myanmar refugees who fled air strikes to neighbouring Thailand "voluntarily" returned across the border Wednesday, Thai authorities said, despite reports of continued bombings in their home state.

Wounded Myanmar refugees tell of air strike horror

Amphoe Hankha - Civilians wounded in Myanmar air strikes on rebel positions spoke of their terrifying ordeal after trekking through jungle to seek medical treatment across the border in Thailand.

Thai billionaire charged with royal insult over vaccine video

Bangkok - A billionaire Thai opposition figure was charged Tuesday with defaming the monarchy after he questioned the government's alleged over-reliance on coronavirus vaccines from a company linked to the royal family.

Thailand to lift tourist quarantine for popular beach island

Bangkok - Thailand on Friday announced plans for an experimental quarantine-free model in ultra-popular beach destination Phuket, as the kingdom attempts to resuscitate its pandemic-battered economy.

Thailand faces meth trafficking surge after Myanmar coup

A village watchman trains his binoculars on a suspicious fishing boat -- the first line of defence as Thailand braces for a fresh methamphetamine influx after a coup in neighbouring Myanmar.

Myanmar beauty queen speaks out against military coup

Bangkok - A commitment to "world peace" might be a beauty pageant cliche, but as blood spills in the streets of Myanmar, Miss Grand International contestant Han Lay made a plea Thursday to end the violence in her homeland.

Thai protesters defy police and rally in Bangkok for royal reforms

Bangkok - More than a thousand Thai pro-democracy protesters took over a major Bangkok intersection on Wednesday, defying authorities in the first major rally since police used rubber bullets against demonstrators over the weekend.

Thai PM gets AstraZeneca jab as country resumes rollout despite concerns

Bangkok - Thailand's prime minister on Tuesday received the AstraZeneca vaccine as the Southeast Asian nation began the drug's rollout, lifting a suspension that was triggered by European nations raising safety concerns.

Thailand delays AstraZeneca vaccine rollout

Bangkok - Thailand abruptly delayed its rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, stopping Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha from getting the first jab as several European nations suspended their programmes over blood clot fears.

Hundreds protest royal defamation laws in Thailand

Bangkok - Hundreds marched in Bangkok and lit ceremonial fires in front of a courthouse on Saturday to protest Thailand's draconian royal defamation law and the jailing of several prominent pro-democracy activists.

Thai police fire rubber bullets at protesters outside PM's residence

Bangkok - Thai police shot rubber bullets and used water cannon and tear gas against pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok Sunday at a rally outside a military barracks housing the prime minister's residence.

Thai ministers sentenced and stripped of power for pre-coup unrest

Bangkok - Three Thai ministers were sentenced to jail and stripped of their posts Wednesday after a court found them guilty of participating in anti-government demonstrations which were used to justify a 2014 coup that brought Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha to power....

Thai PM faces no-confidence debate inside and outside parliament

Bangkok - Protestors outside Thailand's parliament held their own version of a no-confidence debate against Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha Friday night, as inside, opposition MPs rained a torrent of criticism upon his administration.

Thai meth barons look closer to home as pandemic curbs exports

Bangkok - Cheaper than a coffee but powerful enough to keep him riding Bangkok's streets without sleep, Soonthorn puts a flame to a methamphetamine tablet wrapped in foil and inhales the intoxicating vapours.

Thai PM faces no-confidence vote amid renewed protests

Bangkok - Thai premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha faced a torrent of vitriol from opposition MPs Tuesday over his handling of a pandemic-bruised economy, amid a renewed push from a pro-democracy movement calling for his resignation and royal reforms.

Covid Cupid shoots down Thailand Valentine's Day marriages

Bangkok - Lovers across Bangkok will be heartbroken come Valentine's Day, with city officials declaring Wednesday that all of the Thai capital's 50 districts will be banned from issuing marriage licenses.

Four Thai pro-democracy leaders detained under royal defamation law

Bangkok - A Thai court denied bail Tuesday to four prominent democracy activists after they were indicted for violating the kingdom's royal defamation law -- the first formal charges laid against the leaders of a movement calling for reforms to the monarchy.

'Can't stay quiet': Thailand's Myanmar migrants rise up against coup back home

Samut Prakan - Organising protests, gathering supporters and distributing posters of their beloved leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar workers in Thailand are adding to a chorus of dissent against a coup that has upended their home country.

Endangered Siamese crocodile in rare sighting at Thai national park

Bangkok - The critically endangered Siamese crocodile has been spotted for only the second time in a decade at Thailand's largest national park, according to photos released on Saturday.

Deadliest catch: Thailand's 'ghost' fishing nets help Covid fight

Chonburi - Underwater divers in plastic-choked waters off the coast of Thailand snip through discarded nets tangled around a reef -- a new initiative helping protect marine life and aiding the fight against coronavirus.

Thai opposition figure vows to fight on despite royal defamation case

Bangkok - A billionaire Thai opposition figure accused of defaming the country's monarchy has vowed to keep campaigning for reform, despite facing what he dubbed a "politically motivated" lawsuit.

Key Thai opposition figure faces royal defamation charge

Bangkok - A Thai billionaire opposition figure was accused Wednesday of defaming the monarchy, a day after a court sentenced a former civil servant to more than 40 years in jail for lese majeste crimes.

Thai woman handed record four-decade jail term for lese majeste

Bangkok - A Thai woman accused of insulting the royal family was jailed Tuesday for more than 43 years, a legal rights group said, the harshest punishment ever handed out under the country’s strict lese majeste laws.

Thai students mark Teachers' Day with paint-soaked protest

Bangkok - Students piled bamboo canes and stationery in front of Thailand's Ministry of Education and splashed crimson paint on it to protest corporal punishment, one of several protests that took place across the capital on Saturday.
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Thai police perform security checks on bags inside the entrance to Sungai Golok Railway Station.
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A mosque in the Pattani province of Thailand.
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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
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Old brick platforms used to hold dozens of Buddha images. Most of them were destroyed following the Burmese invasion.
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Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
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Anti-government protester in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Alessio Fratticcioli.
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Bhumibol Dam, Tak province, Thailand
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Infrared image of possible albino elephant. Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
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