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Spray-can satire creates headache for Thai junta

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief caricatured as a "lucky cat" with a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line -- daring graffiti is cropping up across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for rare political scorn.

Six Thais acquitted after being accused of torching king portraits

Bangkok - Six young Thais accused of setting portraits of the royal family on fire have been granted rare acquittals, their lawyer said Thursday, escaping strict royal defamation charges that can carry 15 years in jail.

British caver sues Elon Musk over 'pedo' comments

Washington - A British caver who helped in the dramatic rescue of 12 boys trapped in Thailand earlier this year sued Tesla founder Elon Musk on Monday for calling him a "pedo guy" and a "child rapist.

Myanmar jailbreakers could be heading to Thailand

More than 30 inmates on the run after a Myanmar jailbreak may try to cross into Thailand, an official said Monday, a day after they hijacked a garbage truck and ploughed through the prison gates.

Young elephant electrocuted in Thailand

Bangkok - A young male elephant was electrocuted in Thailand after stumbling into a drain and crashing into a restaurant sign, police said Saturday.

Thai opposition urges junta to lift politics ban as poll looms

Bangkok - The toppled Thai opposition on Thursday called on the ruling junta to lift the ban on political activities as the countdown begins for the kingdom's first election since a 2014 coup.

Thai film company to retell cave boy saga

Bangkok - A Thai-based film company has joined the scramble to retell the dramatic story of the 12 young footballers and their coach who were freed from a flooded cave, one of the producers said Tuesday.

Nations round on US, allies as UN climate talks wrap up

Bangkok - Developing countries rounded on the United States and its allies at emergency climate talks Sunday, accusing the world's richest nations of stalling on a deal aimed at preventing runaway global warming.

Global climate protests peak in US as UN talks falter

San Francisco - Tens of thousands of people across the globe took to the streets Saturday to demand that governments step up action on global warming, even as United Nations climate talks tasked with breathing life into the Paris Agreement faltered.

US accused of blocking UN climate talks amid protests

Bangkok - The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks over how to fund poorer nations as they battle against global warming, multiple sources told AFP Saturday.

US hampering key UN climate talks in Bangkok: sources

Bangkok - The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks in a row over how poorer nations' battle against global warming is funded, sources told AFP Saturday.

Global protests as key UN climate talks stumble

Bangkok - Thai fishermen and labourers whose livelihoods are threatened by rising sea levels kicked off an international day of protests in Bangkok Saturday, where key UN talks are attempting to breathe life into the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Climate negotiator warns world 'out of time' to save islands

Bangkok - Island nations like Fiji and the Maldives are almost at the "point of no return" because of rising sea levels, a leading climate negotiator warned Friday.

Thai cave boys in the spotlight, again

Bangkok - The young Thai football team whose terrifying ordeal in a flooded cave captivated the world earlier this year recounted their memories of their rescue Thursday as they visited a spectacular exhibit chronicling the drama.

Nine-year-old boy dies after beating by Buddhist monk

Bangkok - A nine-year-old Buddhist novice has died after a beating by a Thai monk who allegedly battered him with a stick and slammed his head against a pillar, officials said Friday.

Model claiming Trump secrets pleads not guilty in Thailand case

Pattaya - A Belarusian model who sparked global intrigue after claiming she had evidence of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of running an illegal "sex training" class in Thailand.

11-year-old Thai bride returns from Malaysia after uproar

Bangkok - An 11-year-old child bride returned to Thailand this week following widespread outcry over her marriage to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an official told AFP on Saturday.

Thai court sentences disgraced 'jet-set monk' to 114 years

Bangkok - A Thai court sentenced a disgraced former monk to 114 years in prison on Thursday, a court official said, more than a year after he was extradited from the United States.

Stateless footballers rescued from Thai cave granted citizenship

Bangkok - Thailand Wednesday granted citizenship to stateless members of the football team rescued from a cave last month in a saga which gripped the world.

Thai cave boys leave Buddhist monastery after honouring dead rescuer

Mae Sai - The Thai boys freed from a flooded cave in a rescue bid that gripped the world left a Buddhist monastery Saturday, 11 days after ordaining as novice monks to honour a diver who died during the mission to save them.

Thai 'Indiana Jones' divers scour Bangkok's murky river for treasure

Bangkok - Kneeling before his homemade metal scuba helmet, Bhoomin Samang prays for good fortune before he dives into the day's work -- scouring the bed of Bangkok's Chao Phraya river for sunken treasure.

British divers in Thai rescue feted at Downing St

London - British cave divers who helped rescue 12 Thai boys and their football coach from deep inside a flooded cave were guests of honour Tuesday at a reception hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Thais rescued from cave shave heads ahead of ordination ceremony

Mae Sai - Thai boys rescued from deep inside a flooded cave in a dramatic mission had their heads shaved Tuesday before a Buddhist ordination ceremony in honour of a diver who died during the operation.

Honours for Australians involved in Thai cave rescue

Sydney - Nine Australians who helped rescue young footballers trapped in a Thai cave were given state honours Tuesday, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declaring their bravery an inspiration to the world.

Thai cave boys pray for good luck after first night home

Mae Sai - Members of the "Wild Boars" football team rescued from a cave in northern Thailand prayed for good luck at a Buddhist temple on Thursday morning after spending their first night back home with family.

'It was a miracle': Thai cave boys describe two-week ordeal

Chiang Rai - It was meant to be a fun excursion after football practice, but it turned into a life-threatening, two-week ordeal for a group of youngsters trapped in a cave with rising waters and no apparent escape route.

Elon Musk apologizes to British caver for 'pedo' slur

Washington - Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British caver who helped rescue 12 Thai boys from a cave a "pedo", retracting a comment that had drawn widespread outrage and briefly sent shares in Tesla tumbling.

Thai cave boys speak of 'miracle' rescue after hospital discharge

Chiang Rai - Twelve Thai boys and their football coach who were rescued by divers after being trapped in a flooded cave for over two weeks spoke publicly Wednesday of their incredible ordeal.

Thai cave boys speak of 'miracle' rescue after hospital discharge

Chiang Rai - Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded Thai cave spoke publicly of their incredible ordeal for the first time on Wednesday at a press conference that was beamed around the world.

Thai cave boys to leave hospital, speak to media

Chiang Rai - Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded cave in Thailand are preparing to leave hospital and speak to the media for the first time.
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Some prangs still retain nicely decorated plaster surfaces; others are now just plain brick mounds.
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Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
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Ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, second capital of Siam.
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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
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Elephant drivers take a nap under a tree during slack time at the Ayutthaya historical park.
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The large pond is home to hundreds of crocodiles.
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A tire fire in Bangkok's Rama IV during the political unrest in Thailand
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Thailand protesters, known as red shirts, march through Bangkok and vow to topple the Thai government
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RELIGIOUS: The Erawan shrine in central Bangkok was damaged Monday by an explosion that killed 22 and injured more than 100.
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