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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.

Op-Ed: Good news—New York bans selfies taken with drugged big cats

Kanchanaburi - One of the world's most beautiful and fascinating big cats are plagued with many human-caused problems — but fortunately New York's Senate and Assembly has passed a bill that will make things a little easier for some of them, anyway.

U.S. shames Malaysia, Thailand for human trafficking

Washington - After years of warnings, the United States on Friday named and shamed Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela dumping them at the bottom of a list of countries accused of failing to tackle modern-day slavery.

Cambodian worker exodus triggers Thai economy fears

Bangkok - The dramatic departure of nearly 190,000 Cambodian migrant workers from Thailand threatens to hit labour-intensive industries from seafood to construction, damaging the Thai economy just as it teeters on the verge of recession.

Cambodia worker exodus hits 220,000, Phnom Penh blames Thailand

Aranyaprathet - The number of Cambodian labourers fleeing Thailand soared to 220,000 on Wednesday, authorities said, as Phnom Penh accused Thailand's new military rulers of sparking the flight of migrant workers.

Fear at the border: Cambodian migrants flee Thailand

- In a flight fuelled by rumours of killings and arrests, construction worker Chim Phon joined 180,000 fellow Cambodians in a mass exodus from Thailand and to an uncertain future back home.

Thailand, Cambodia agree to quash 'rumours' after worker exodus

Bangkok - Thai and Cambodian officials agreed Tuesday to quash "rumours" of a crackdown on illegal migrant workers by the new Thai junta following the exodus of nearly 180,000 Cambodian labourers.

Thai cyber police step up royal slur patrols

Bangkok - Thailand's military is bolstering its self-designated role as protector of the monarchy with increased "cyber patrols" to root out critics of the king following last month's coup.

Thai junta lifts post-coup curfew

Bangkok - Thailand's junta on Friday lifted the night-time curfew imposed after their military coup three weeks ago, to the relief of World Cup fans and the struggling tourism industry.

Thai army chief shows sensitive side with 'happiness' song

Bangkok - A ballad penned by a coup-making army chief promising to bring happiness back to Thailand has been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube, in the military's latest effort to put a positive spin on its putsch.

Thai forces curb anti-coup flashmobs

Bangkok - Thai police arrested seven anti-coup protesters after a flashmob rally held Sunday outside a Bangkok shopping centre in defiance of thousands of security forces deployed city-wide to enforce a ban on political gatherings.

Thai junta relaxes curfew for full moon party

Bangkok - Ravers will be able to dance until dawn at Thailand's notorious full moon party on Phangan island (Koh Phangan) as usual after the junta granted a curfew exemption, tourism authorities said.
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The actual shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim can be seen in the background
The actual shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim can be seen in the background
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Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
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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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Stranded elephants atop the  Royal Elephant Kraal wall
Stranded elephants atop the "Royal Elephant Kraal wall
Elephant Stay
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Some prangs still retain nicely decorated plaster surfaces; others are now just plain brick mounds.
Some prangs still retain nicely decorated plaster surfaces; others are now just plain brick mounds.
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A tire fire in Bangkok s Rama IV during the political unrest in Thailand
A tire fire in Bangkok's Rama IV during the political unrest in Thailand
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Large phallus made of marble  about 8 feet long.
Large phallus made of marble, about 8 feet long.
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Yingluck Shinawatra  Thai politician  the leader of the Pheu Thai Party is the first female prime mi...
Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai politician, the leader of the Pheu Thai Party is the first female prime minister of Thailand.
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Thailand protesters  known as red shirts  march through Bangkok and vow to topple the Thai governmen...
Thailand protesters, known as red shirts, march through Bangkok and vow to topple the Thai government
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A fire burning in Bangkok
A fire burning in Bangkok
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Orchids at Bang Pa-In Palace  near the old city of Ayutthaya  Thailand.
Orchids at Bang Pa-In Palace, near the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand.
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Ingredients for green curry
Ingredients for green curry
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Thailand Prime Minister visits the set of The Hangover Part 2 which filmed in Bangkok in 2010.  He m...
Thailand Prime Minister visits the set of The Hangover Part 2 which filmed in Bangkok in 2010. He met with Todd Phillips, director.
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Temple dancer. A young girl in Bangkok  Thailand.
Temple dancer. A young girl in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Old brick platforms used to hold dozens of Buddha images. Most of them were destroyed following the ...
Old brick platforms used to hold dozens of Buddha images. Most of them were destroyed following the Burmese invasion.
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Infrared image of possible albino elephant. Kaeng Krachan National Park  Thailand
Infrared image of possible albino elephant. Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
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Baby elephant play in ocean for the first time
Baby elephant play in ocean for the first time
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