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EU slams 'disturbing' Thai student sedition charges

Bangkok - The European Union hit out at Thailand's junta Tuesday for pursuing sedition charges against a group of anti-coup student activists, describing their arrest and prosecution in a military court as a "disturbing development".

Tourist island in Thailand being drowned by trash

Tourists come and they go. Unfortunately, tourists also happen to leave behind a lot of trash, and for tourist isles, that's a big deal. Transporting trash off of islands is inhibitedly difficult as the residents of Koh Lan are quickly finding out.

14 Thai students face seven years in jail for anti-junta rally

Bangkok - Fourteen Thai students were taken into custody Saturday after staging an anti-coup rally on charges that could see them jailed for seven years, as the ruling junta tightens its chokehold on dissent.

Thai Buddhists to help anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up radio station

Bangkok - Thai Buddhists have offered to help a network of hardline anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up a radio station to spread their message across a nation where sectarian hatred is on the rise.

South Korea reports no new MERS cases for first time in 16 days

Seoul - South Korea on Saturday said that there had been no new cases of MERS reported for the first time in 16 days, raising hopes the country is winning the battle to contain the deadly virus.

S. Korea says MERS outbreak shows signs of subsiding

Seoul - South Korea said Friday that the MERS outbreak that has killed 24 people appears to have begun subsiding, as it reported one new case -- the lowest rate of new infections in two weeks.

Thailand confirms first MERS case as virus spreads in Asia

Bangkok - Thailand on Thursday said a 75-year-old man from Oman was confirmed to have MERS in Southeast Asia's first case of the virus since an outbreak in South Korea that has killed 23 people.

Elephant kills Thai man at beachside restaurant

Rayong - An elephant killed a 28-year-old Thai man and injured his colleague as they were eating dinner at a beachside restaurant in eastern Thailand, police said on Wednesday.

Expensive espresso: Thailand's elephant dung coffee

Chiang Saen - In the lush, green hills of northern Thailand, a woman painstakingly picks coffee beans out of a pile of elephant dung, an essential part of making one the world's most expensive beverages.

Senior Thai army officer wanted in migrant trafficking probe

Bangkok - A Thai court has issued an arrest warrant for a high-ranking army officer over human trafficking, police said Tuesday, making him the first military figure in junta-ruled Thailand to be implicated in the grim trade in migrants from Myanmar and Banglade...

Rohingya migrants raped at Thai-Malaysia border camps: Report

Kuala Lumpur - Muslim Rohingya women who were held at human-trafficking camps in Thailand and Malaysia were subjected to gang rapes by their captors, assaults that left at least two of them pregnant, a Malaysian media report said.

Myanmar, Bangladesh to address "root causes" of migrant crisis

Bangkok - Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to address the "root causes" of a migrant exodus from their shores at talks in Bangkok Friday, but critics pilloried a deal that failed to mention the Rohingya minority at the heart of the crisis.

Myanmar says don't 'single us out' at migrant crisis talks

Bangkok - Myanmar rebuked the UN Friday after being called on to address the cause of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from its shores, saying it is being "singled out" for criticism at international talks.

Thailand hosts talks on Southeast Asia migrant crisis

Bangkok - Delegates from 17 nations gathered in Thailand Friday for talks on Southeast Asia's migrant crisis which has seen thousands of desperate people flee on boats across the Bay of Bengal aiming for Malaysia and Indonesia.

Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

Bangkok - Thai police are investigating whether fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra committed royal defamation in a recent interview, authorities said Wednesday as they announced his passports had been revoked.

Thai elections pushed back to September 2016

Bangkok - Thailand's junta confirmed Wednesday that elections will not be held until September 2016, dealing a further blow to hopes that the kingdom's generals will swiftly hand power back to a civilian government.

Thailand starts air search for stranded migrants

Bangkok - Thailand said Tuesday it had begun air reconnaissance missions looking for stranded migrant boats in the Andaman Sea, following criticism that regional nations were not actively searching for stricken vessels.

Meth seizures quadruple across much of Asia-Pacific: UN

Bangkok - Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the UN said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption.

Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, a University of British Columbia student.

Small Thai anti-junta groups vow protests on coup anniversary

Bangkok - Small groups of anti-junta activists have vowed to hold protests Friday marking one year since Thailand's generals seized power from the elected government, but widespread dissent is unlikely in a country still locked down by the military.

Stigma haunts relatives of Thais jailed under royal insult law

Bangkok - When Natnicha's husband was jailed for insulting Thailand's monarchy under the country's lese majeste laws, she didn't just lose a partner.

Ousted Thai PM proclaims innocence as criminal trial starts

Bangkok - Thailand's ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence on Tuesday, at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.

Thailand's Yingluck faces trial and political ruin

Bangkok - Thailand's first female prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces court Tuesday at the start of a negligence trial which could see her jailed for a decade and deliver a hammer blow to the political dominance of her family.

Of smugglers and kingpins: Southeast Asia's big money trade in humans

Amphoe Hankha - Around $1,100 should have secured passage for each of the Rohingya migrants who were found adrift in the Andaman Sea -- victims of a dark trade in humans that pivots around smuggling kingpins in Thailand's south.

Shunned migrant boat leaves Thai waters: Governor

Amphoe Hankha - A boat packed with desperate Rohingya migrants left Thai waters early Friday bound for Indonesia, authorities said, in line with the kingdom's policy of blocking entry to such vessels.

Migrant boat found in Thai waters

Amphoe Hankha - A boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants -- including many young children -- was found drifting in Thai waters Thursday, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days.

Thai court jails mentally ill woman for insulting monarchy

Bangkok - A Thai court on Tuesday jailed a mentally ill 65-year-old woman for one year for allegedly defaming the monarchy by insulting a portrait of the nation's revered king.

Thailand calls for Malaysia, Myanmar help in halting trafficking

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief Friday called for Malaysia and Myanmar's help in stamping out the region's thriving human trafficking trade following the discovery of remains from dozens of migrants.

Thai police find graves at second migrant jungle camp

Bangkok - Investigators in southern Thailand have discovered five graves at a second remote jungle camp believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, police said Tuesday.

Thai people smuggling crackdown creates fresh dangers

The two boys in the back of the Thai police pickup truck were terrified.
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Nitrogen pollution is fertilizing tropical forests in Thailand, Panama and Brazil, Smithsonian Institution scientists have claimed.
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Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai politician, the leader of the Pheu Thai Party is the first female prime minister of Thailand.
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A friendly local Muslim man waves as a train passes.
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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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Temple dancer. A young girl in Bangkok, Thailand.
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The long roots of an old fig tree extend over an ancient brick construction to reach the ground, reflecting on the antiquity of the site.
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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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Typical spirit houses with offerings of milk, food, incense and flowers.
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Thai riot policemen stand guard during an anti-government protest rally at the Air Force auditorium in Bangkok, on May 15, 2014
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Steve Areen’s “Dome Home.”
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Baby elephant play in ocean for the first time
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Coffee cherries are harvested between November and March
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Anti-government protesters cheer after they tear down barricades during a demonstration outside Government House in Bangkok
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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
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Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
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Krung Thep, the city also known as Bangkok
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Orchids at Bang Pa-In Palace, near the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand.