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Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Bangkok - A wealthy Japanese man was Tuesday granted "sole parent" rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers, in a court ruling that paves the way for him to take them to Japan.

Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Bangkok - A Bangkok court on Tuesday granted a Japanese man "sole parent" rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers, a ruling that paves the way for him to take custody of the group.

Thailand to scan eyes of workers in notorious seafood industry

Bangkok - Thailand is using optical scanning technology to keep track of who is working on its fishing boats, officials said Thursday, as the kingdom tries to curb slave labour and human trafficking that has riddled the low-paid industry.

Scores defy Thai junta with rally demanding elections

Bangkok - Scores of Thais on Saturday gathered in defiance of a junta ban on protests to call for a return to democracy, as public anger mounts over prolonged military repression.

Planning under way for Trump's military parade: Dunford

Bangkok - The US military's top officer said Wednesday that planning is under way after President Donald Trump ordered a military parade, an unconventional demand that has drawn comparisons to sabre rattling more commonly associated with autocrats.

Thai construction tycoon accused of poaching leopard

Bangkok - A Thai construction tycoon has been arrested for poaching in a protected wildlife sanctuary, police said Tuesday, as photos of hunting equipment and animal carcasses including a black leopard circulated on social media.

Thai junta charges activists for protesting at poll delay

Bangkok - The Thai junta has filed charges against seven pro-democracy activists who led a 100-strong rally calling for elections, authorities said Tuesday, as the regime seeks to smother dissent over its latest poll postponement.

Thai woman who fled royal insult law decries targeting of activists

Bangkok - A Thai activist who fled the country to avoid a royal insult case over sharing a BBC article on Facebook Monday attacked the junta for using the legislation to target pro-democracy advocates.

Sink city: Thai cops in lather over 'soapy massage' brothel water theft

Bangkok - Thai police are checking dozens of Bangkok mega-brothels to see if they are illegally siphoning off groundwater for "soapy massages" offered to clients that may be contributing to the gradual sinking of the capital.

On borrowed time? Thai 'Rolex General' luxury watch claims probed

Bangkok - The Thai junta's number two, who is mired in a graft scandal over his dazzling collection of luxury watches, could be cleared of wrongdoing if he proves the timepieces were borrowed from friends, an anti-graft agency said Wednesday.

Firebrand who prodded Thai coup indicted on terrorism, treason

Bangkok - The firebrand leader of anti-government protests that presaged Thailand's 2014 military coup was indicted on treason and terrorism charges on Wednesday linked to the deadly demonstrations.

Three dead as busy market struck by bomb in southern Thailand

Yala - A motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded two dozen others on Monday at a bustling morning market in Thailand's insurgency-hit south, the first such attack by suspected militants on a 'soft target' in the Muslim-majority region for months.

Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

Bangkok - Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers.

Bangkok brothel raid sparks bribery, trafficking probe

Bangkok - Five Thai policemen and a human trafficking official are under investigation for allegedly receiving free services from a Bangkok massage parlour accused of coercing underage girls into the sex trade, authorities said Monday.

Japanese crime boss held in Thailand after 'yakuza' tatts go viral

Bangkok - A retired Japanese crime boss has been arrested in Thailand ending more than 14 years on the run after photos of his 'yakuza' tattoos and a missing little finger went viral.

Not cut out for the job: Thai PM's stunt bemuses public

Bangkok - Thais were left bemused by the latest antics of Thai junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha after he told reporters to direct any serious questions to a cardboard cut-out of himself.

Thai teacher turns to DNA to prove $1m lottery win

Bangkok - A DNA test will decide the fate of a near $1 million lottery prize after a Thai teacher said he lost the winning tickets which were later claimed by an ex-cop.

Zimbabwe family stuck in Bangkok airport for two months

Bangkok - A Zimbabwean family has been marooned at Bangkok's main airport for two months, Thai immigration police said Thursday, an ordeal over the holiday season that has drawn widespread sympathy among Thais.

Lizard, turtle among more than 100 new species found in Mekong region

Bangkok - A Vietnamese 'crocodile lizard' and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year, researchers said Tuesday.

US envoy says 'real dialogue' needed with N. Korea

Bangkok - The top US envoy for North Korea said Friday that "real dialogue" is needed to gauge what Pyongyang wants from its accelerated drive towards nuclear weapons statehood.

US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea

Bangkok - The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear...

EU resumes official contacts with Thai junta

Brussels - The EU on Monday agreed to resume political contacts "at all levels" with Thailand, more than three years after suspending them in protest at the military coup in Bangkok.

Funeral held for Thai cadet at centre of army abuse scandal

Chon Buri - A Thai army recruit whose death captured national attention after his organs were removed in mysterious circumstances showed signs of being physically assaulted, his family said Sunday, citing the results of an autopsy ahead of the teenager's funeral.

Bangkok hospital bomber who hated junta jailed for 27 years

Bangkok - A Thai court on Wednesday jailed a former engineer for 27 years for planting a pipe bomb in an army-run hospital, a rare violent kickback against the junta which has ruled for over three years.

101 cremations: the rise of Bangkok's Buddhist pet funerals

Bangkok - Buddhist monks chant next to a pink coffin where Dollar's small body is nestled amongst flowers -- a $600 final farewell for the Shih Tzu at a Bangkok temple that administers elaborate pet funerals.

Thai army under pressure to explain cadet's missing organs

Bangkok - Thailand's military faced mounting pressure on Friday to explain the murky death of a teenage army cadet, whose case has seized national attention after his parents discovered his organs were mysteriously removed from his body.

Pope's Asia tour stirs fond memories for Thai-based cousin

Nakhon Pathom - From the courtyard of a Catholic girls' school outside Bangkok, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori is eagerly awaiting a visit to the region from her second cousin -- Pope Francis.

Australian police seize huge cocaine haul being smuggled in yacht

Sydney - A huge cocaine haul hidden in the hull of a yacht has been seized off the east coast of Australia, police said Thursday.

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Phuket - Bathed in a pink spotlight, the cabaret singer at Phuket's ZAG bar lip-syncs the top notes of a popular Mandarin love song, delighting the crowd of gay Chinese tourists who have escaped judgement at home for sexual freedom in Thailand.

Thailand revokes passports of exiled former PM Yingluck

Bangkok - Thailand has revoked the passports of ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra, who has yet to publicly emerge since she slipped out of the country two months ago ahead of judgement day in her negligence trial, officials said Tuesday.
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