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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.
In the Media by Apilaporn Vechakij (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Preeti Jha (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Aidan Jones (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton

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.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP) - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Anusak Konglang (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Suy Se (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Suy Se (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Thanaporn PROMYAMYAI (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Delphine Thouvenot (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Anusak Konglang (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

Thailand's junta detains anti-coup leader Sombat Boonngamanong

Bangkok - Thailand's junta said Friday that it had captured a fugitive anti-coup leader facing possible imprisonment, as the ruling generals seek to stamp out any criticism of their seizure of power.
In the Media by Anusak Konglang (AFP)

Thai curfew lifted in three tourist hotspots

Bangkok - Thailand's junta said Tuesday that it was scrapping a curfew in three major beach resorts to woo back tourists in the wake of last month's military coup.
In the Media by AFP

Hunger Games salute becomes symbol of Thai resistance

Bangkok - Opponents of Thailand's military coup are risking arrest by flashing the three-finger salute from the "Hunger Games" movies to defy a junta that has banned all public protests.
In the Media by Daniel Rook (AFP)

Pirates free Indonesia-bound Thai tanker after cargo theft

Kuala Lumpur - Pirates have released an Indonesian-bound Thai tanker after stealing its oil cargo, in the latest attack in Southeast Asian waters, the International Maritime Bureau said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Thousands of troops, protesters play cat and mouse in Bangkok

Bangkok - Thousands of security personnel, backed by armoured vehicles, were deployed on Bangkok's streets Sunday in a show of force against small but defiant anti-coup flashmob rallies.
In the Media by Thanaporn Promyamyai (AFP)

U.S. rebukes Thai coup-makers, urges immediate elections

Singapore - Thailand's coup leaders faced fresh international condemnation Saturday when U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel demanded immediate elections and the release of detainees held by a junta which says there will be no polls for at least a year.
In the Media by Martin Abbugao (AFP)

Thai junta chief rules out elections for at least a year

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief on Friday ruled out elections for at least a year to allow time for political "reforms", and defended the recent military coup in the face of rising international alarm.
In the Media by Apilaporn Vechakij (AFP)

EU voices 'extreme concern' over Thai coup crackdowns

Bangkok - The European Union has voiced "extreme concern" about political detentions and censorship in Thailand, as the military junta chief met officials and began to set out plans for the country's future.
In the Media by Kelly MacNamara (AFP)

Thai Red Shirts freed as Facebook 'block' sows panic

Bangkok - Thailand's junta Wednesday freed leaders of the "Red Shirt" movement allied to the ousted government, as social media users reacted with alarm to rumours of a "block" of Facebook.
In the Media by Thanaporn Promyamyai (AFP)

Thai troops swoop on fugitive former minister

Bangkok - Thai soldiers swooped to detain a fugitive former cabinet minister on Tuesday after he emerged from hiding to become the first member of the ousted government to publicly denounce a military coup.
In the Media by AFP

Thai coup leader gets royal nod, threatens protesters

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader received royal endorsement to lead the politically divided kingdom Monday, warning that he would brook no further opposition to his takeover in the face of angry street protests.
In the Media by Dan Martin (AFP)

Thai army chief to receive royal nod as junta head

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader will receive royal appointment on Monday as head of the military junta that overthrew the civilian government, the army said.
In the Media by AFP

Thai junta sets ultimatum for defiant anti-coup protesters

Bangkok - Thailand's ruling junta warned protesters it would not tolerate any further rallies against its coup after tense standoffs Sunday between soldiers and angry crowds in the capital Bangkok.
In the Media by Richard Sargent (AFP)

Anti-coup protests grow in Bangkok despite ban

Bangkok - Over a thousand Thai anti-coup protesters marched across the capital Bangkok Sunday, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, as opposition to a military takeover of the country gathered strength despite junta warnings to end rallies.
In the Media by AFP
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Anti-government protesters cheer after they tear down barricades during a demonstration outside Gove...
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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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Anti-government protester in Bangkok  Thailand. Photo Alessio Fratticcioli.
Anti-government protester in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Alessio Fratticcioli.
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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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A fire burning in Bangkok
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A fire burning in Bangkok
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Elephant parking area. Visitors can view the ruins of the historical city of Ayutthaya by riding Tha...
Elephant parking area. Visitors can view the ruins of the historical city of Ayutthaya by riding Thai-style on peaceful elephants.
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Large phallus made of marble, about 8 feet long.
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The Chinese Pavillion (Phra Thinang Wehat Chamrun).  Buildings at the Bang Pa-In Palace have been re...
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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Thai riot policemen stand guard during an anti-government protest rally at the Air Force auditorium ...
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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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Left of the picture: The Pavillion in the Lake (Phra Thinang Aisawan Thipaya) at Bang Pa-In Palace, built in 1876, is one of the most beautiful structures in Thailand. Right of the picture: The Thewarat Khanlai Gate. The building is not really a gate but rather a boat house designed by an Italian architect hired by the Thai king.
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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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Yingluck Shinawatra  Thai politician  the leader of the Pheu Thai Party is the first female prime mi...
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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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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
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A tire fire in Bangkok's Rama IV during the political unrest in Thailand
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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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