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Thai people smuggling crackdown creates fresh dangers

The two boys in the back of the Thai police pickup truck were terrified.

Three Thai officials, Myanmar man held over migrant deaths

Bangkok - Three local Thai officials and a Myanmar national have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after the remains of 26 migrants were found in a mass grave in southern Thailand, police said Monday.

Thai forensics exhume remains of 26 migrants at mass grave

Amphoe Hankha - The remains of 26 migrants thought to be from Myanmar or Bangladesh have been exhumed from a mass grave after Thai police ended their search Saturday, as details emerged of the maltreatment endured at the remote people smugglers' camp.

Mass 'migrant prison camp' grave found in Thailand

Bangkok - Authorities in Thailand uncovered a mass grave in an abandoned jungle camp Friday believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, a grisly find in a region notorious for people-smuggling routes.

Thai inquest unsure who killed Japanese cameraman

Bangkok - A Thai inquest into the death of a Japanese cameraman during a military crackdown five years ago against protesters ended inconclusively Thursday with the court unable to decide who fired the fatal shot.

Thai customs seize African elephant tusks worth $6 million

Customs officials in Thailand have seized over four tons of ivory worth $6.0 million in what the customs department is calling the biggest ivory bust in the country's history.

Seven hurt as car bomb hits Thai tourist island of Samui

Ko Samui - A car bomb on the Thai resort island of Samui has wounded seven people, including an Italian girl, police said Saturday, in a further blow to the country's tarnished reputation as a top tourist destination.

Thai 'Red Shirts' cancel 2010 crackdown anniversary

Bangkok - Thailand's anti-coup "Red Shirts" on Thursday cancelled a religious ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of a deadly military crackdown, accusing security forces of surrounding a temple where the memorial was due to take place.

Top WHO official in Thailand denies maid slavery claims

Bangkok - The World Health Organization's top official in Thailand on Saturday denied beating his Ethiopian domestic helper and treating her like a modern day slave.

Thailand slammed for 25-year lese majeste jail term

Bangkok - Rights groups Wednesday lambasted a Thai military court for jailing a businessman for 25 years for making allegedly defamatory Facebook posts about the monarchy, one of the toughest known sentences for lese majeste.

Thai junta to replace martial law but retain key powers

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief said on Tuesday he would lift martial law but only after replacing it with a new order retaining sweeping powers for the military.Critics said the move would "deepen dictatorship" in the kingdom.

Thai junta chief considers martial law replacement

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief Friday said he was considering lifting martial law, but only after passing a new order to replace it.

Thai former PM Yingluck to face trial over rice scheme

Bangkok - Thailand's former premier Yingluck Shinawatra was Thursday ordered to stand trial on charges of negligence over a bungled rice subsidy scheme, in a case that could see her jailed for up to a decade.

Posting 'underboob selfies' may be a crime in Thailand

On Monday, women in Thailand were warned about posting "selfie" photos of the lower parts of their breasts, known as "underboob selfies."

Giant stingray the largest freshwater fish ever caught?

It took five hours to catch the massive stingray in Thailand's Mae Klong river and it was back-breaking work, but when the fishermen were done, they had managed to catch what may well be the largest freshwater fisher ever caught by rod and line.

Thailand's 'Tiger Temple' cleared of charges of mistreatment

Kanchanaburi - Thailand's wildlife protection agency, called in to investigate charges of mistreatment of tigers at the famous Luangtamahabua Buddhist temple called "Tiger Temple," have cleared the monks and the temple establishment of any wrong-doing.

Thai pair jailed for more than two years for royal slur in play

Bangkok - Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown under a controversial lese majeste law.

Dozen wounded as car bomb rips through southern Thai town

Narathiwat - Around a dozen people were wounded when a car bomb detonated by remote control ripped through a karaoke bar in Thailand's Muslim-majority deep south on Friday, officials told AFP.

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners after scandals

Bangkok - Thailand has passed a law banning foreign couples from using Thai women as surrogates after a series of high-profile scandals tainting the image of the hitherto unregulated industry.

Thai ex-PM Yingluck indicted over rice subsidy scheme

Bangkok - Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her family that could see her jailed for up to a decade.

Rare anti-coup protest in Thailand

Bangkok - Dozens of anti-coup activists held a demonstration in central Bangkok Saturday, handing out roses and copies of George Orwell's "1984" -- a rare expression of public dissent in a nation still under strict martial law.

Toppled Thai PM 'can't eat noodles' without our say: Junta chief

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief Thursday said the military is keeping such a close eye on ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that she would be unable to eat a bowl of noodles without their permission.

Thai junta steps up security after Bangkok pipe bombs

Bangkok - Thailand's junta vowed Monday to tighten security after two homemade pipe bombs detonated near a Bangkok shopping mall, the first major disruption to an uneasy peace imposed under martial law since last May's coup.

Impeached ex-Thai PM decries 'death of democracy'

Bangkok - Embattled former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra decried the "death of democracy" in Thailand Friday after the junta-stacked parliament impeached her and prosecutors announced corruption charges that could see her jailed.

Ousted Thai PM slams impeachment vote

Bangkok - Ousted Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra Thursday attacked impeachment proceedings against her ahead of a crunch vote that could see her banned from politics for five years and deepen the country's bitter divide.

Defense contractor pleads guilty in enormous bribery case

San Diego - It's a courtroom drama and corruption scandal of epic proportions that has the makings of a good movie and involves a Malaysian defense contractor along with key officials from the U.S. Navy.

Ousted Thai PM launches defiant impeachment defence

Bangkok - Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra launched a defiant defence Friday at the first hearing of impeachment proceedings that could see her banned from politics for five years and deepen the country's bitter divisions.

Thai prince divorces amid anxiety over monarchy's future

Bangkok - Thailand's crown prince has divorced his wife, in a dramatic fall from grace for a senior princess at a time of heightened anxiety over the health of the country's revered but ailing monarch.

Into thin air: Southeast Asia's growing ranks of disappeared

Bangkok - Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist's wife says his abductors enjoy impunity –- an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely "disappearing" opponents.

Ailing Thai king cancels appearance for 87th birthday

Bangkok - Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej cancelled plans to hold a public annual audience marking his 87th birthday Friday on his doctors' advice, heightening anxiety in the deeply divided kingdom over the monarch's health.
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