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Thailand News

Thailand holds 53 Rohingya migrants heading for Malaysia

Phangnga - Thai authorities on Saturday arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighbouring Malaysia, an official said.

Thai police charge Myanmar men with murder, rape of Brit tourists

Bangkok - Thai police Friday charged two Myanmar men with murder and rape after the killing of two British tourists on a southern island last month, in a case that has severely dented the kingdom's image as a holiday haven.

Op-Ed: The crocodile suicides — Inside the Thai zoo where things go wrong Special

Samut Prakan - On a recent Friday at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, a 65-year-old woman slipped off her shoes, clambered over a balustrade and plunged into a pit of hundreds of crocodiles. As workers rushed to distract the reptiles, the woman swam toward them.

Thai PM 'sorry' for bikini remarks after UK tourist murders

Ko Samui - Thailand's junta chief apologised Thursday for suggesting tourists in bikinis could be more vulnerable to attack, comments which caused an international outcry following the brutal murder of two British holidaymakers.

Thai PM questions if 'tourists in bikinis' safe after murders

Ko Samui - Thailand's military ruler on Wednesday questioned whether tourists in bikinis are safe in the kingdom, in comments following the murder of two Britons whose battered bodies were found on a Thai island.

Thai police question Myanmar men over murder of British pair

Ko Samui - Thai police Tuesday questioned three Myanmar men over the murder of two British tourists on the southern resort island of Koh Tao, as their bodies were due to arrive in Bangkok for forensic tests.

Murder probe as bodies of two Britons found naked in Thai resort

Ko Samui - The naked bodies of two British tourists apparently beaten to death were found on a Thai beach Monday, police said, sparking a murder hunt with the suspect believed to still be on the small resort island of Koh Tao.

Thai PM to visit Myanmar on first official trip

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader and premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha will visit Myanmar on his first official overseas trip, an official said Friday, as the junta seeks to strengthen ties with its former military-ruled neighbour.

VIDEO: Watch as baby elephant plays, dances with ribbon

Chiang Mai - Visitors to an elephant nature park in Thailand were treated to an enthusiastic ribbon dance, but the star dancer was not a member of the staff, but instead, it was a pachyderm gymnast putting on the show.

Australia father charged with abusing surrogate twins, report says

Sydney - An Australian has been charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with a Thai surrogate, reports said Tuesday, the second case in as many months to ignite debate about commercial surrogacy.

Australia father charged with abusing surrogate twins, report says

Sydney - An Australian has been charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with a Thai surrogate, reports said Tuesday, the second case in as many months to ignite debate about commercial surrogacy.

Thai court drops murder charge against ex-PM Abhisit

Bangkok - A Thai court on Thursday dismissed murder charges against former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy over a bloody 2010 protest crackdown, months after a military coup tipped the balance of power in the politically divided nation.

Thai king endorses coup leader as prime minister

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader was formally endorsed as prime minister by the nation's revered king on Monday, in a step towards forming a government to oversee sweeping reforms in the politically turbulent kingdom.

Thailand vows 'leniency' in surrogacy cases

Bangkok - Thailand's junta has pledged leniency in the cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as it looks to toughen rules in the lucrative but largely unregulated industry following a series of scandals.

Thai army chief named prime minister

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader was elected prime minister Thursday by the kingdom's junta-appointed legislature without a single opposing vote, raising fears of a new era of "strongman" leadership.

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said Wednesday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation.

UN decries 'harsh' Thai sentences for royal slurs

Bangkok - The United Nations' human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand's monarchy, warning of "chilling effects" on freedom of expression under the junta.

Australian couple in Thai baby scandal want boy back

Perth - An Australian couple at the centre of a Thai surrogate scandal Sunday denied they deliberately abandoned their baby son because he had Down's syndrome and said they would fight to get him back.

Australia authorities track down Thai surrogate 'paedophile'

Perth - Australian authorities said Thursday they had finally contacted a man exposed as a convicted paedophile at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal, as his son defended him as a changed man.

Australia investigates 'paedophile' father in Thai baby scandal

Perth - Australian authorities were Wednesday investigating the father at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal who was exposed as a convicted paedophile, to determine whether his young daughter is at risk.

Australian in Thai surrogate case 'has child sex convictions'

Perth - An Australian father accused of abandoning his Down's syndrome baby has convictions for child sex offences, reports said Tuesday, as the surrogate mother said she was willing to take back the boy's twin sister if the allegations were true.

'I will never abandon' Down's baby says Thai surrogate

- The Thai surrogate mother of a baby born with Down Syndrome vowed Monday to "never abandon" him after the Australian parents reportedly refused to care for the child, sparking a moral debate and a cascade of donations for the boy's medical care.

Australia queries 'moral responsibility' over abandoned Down's baby

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday a question of "moral responsibility" should determine the fate of a baby born with Down Syndrome, reportedly abandoned by an Australian couple with its surrogate mother in Thailand.

Fears of Australia surrogacy ban over abandoned Down Syndrome baby

Sydney - Reports that an Australian couple abandoned a baby with his surrogate mother in Thailand because he has Down Syndrome have raised fears Australia will ban international surrogacy, a support group said Saturday.

Australian couple 'leave disabled baby with Thai surrogate'

Bangkok - Well-wishers on Friday had raised nearly $100,000 for a baby reportedly left with his surrogate Thai mother after his Australian parents discovered he had Down's Syndrome and returned home with his healthy twin sister.

Three dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bomb

Bangkok - A car bomb exploded on Friday outside a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing three people and wounding more than 30 others, police said.

Thai students mobilise to resist junta rule

Bangkok - Huddled around a table at a university canteen, six Thai students draft a newsletter celebrating democracy -- a meeting that would have barely attracted a glance two months ago, but could now land them in jail.

Thai court issues arrest warrant for anti-coup group spokesman

Bangkok - Thailand's military court has issued an arrest warrant for the spokesman of an anti-coup group over alleged arms offences, an accusation firmly rejected by the former minister.

Thai coup leader denies conspiracy with protesters

Bangkok - Thailand's junta-leading Army Chief has dismissed allegations he plotted to seize power for years before May's coup, issuing an apparent rebuke to the leader of the protests that crippled the former government.

Thai ex-lawmakers vow 'fightback' against coup

Bangkok - The former leader of the toppled Thai ruling party on Tuesday launched the first official opposition group to the nation's new military regime, bidding to draw together dissidents within the country and outside its borders.
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Temple dancer. A young girl in Bangkok, Thailand.
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The Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia through which the Mekong River flows comprises the count...
The Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia through which the Mekong River flows comprises the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province in southern China.
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Large phallus made of marble, about 8 feet long.
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Thailand students do homework at school somewhere in the Thai jungle.
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Nitrogen pollution is fertilizing tropical forests in Thailand, Panama and Brazil, Smithsonian Institution scientists have claimed.
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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
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Beautiful topiary figures decorate the gardens and the lake around Bang Pa-In Palace  Ayutthaya.
Beautiful topiary figures decorate the gardens and the lake around Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya.
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Thailand s 13th victim of land mine explosion.
Thailand's 13th victim of land mine explosion.
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Orchids at Bang Pa-In Palace, near the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand.
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The Chinese Pavillion (Phra Thinang Wehat Chamrun). Buildings at the Bang Pa-In Palace have been restored and beautifully decorated. They are currently used for official functions by the Thai royalty.
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Image of the violent clashes at Bangkok's Democracy Monument on April 10, 2010
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Typical spirit houses with offerings of milk, food, incense and flowers.
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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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Stranded elephants atop the "Royal Elephant Kraal wall
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People packing food for stranded elephants
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A small boy plays outside the entrance to Sungei Golok railway station next to a motorbike and next to a sign warning about the risks of terrorist bomb attacks from motorbikes.
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