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Rohingya found abandoned in forest a year on from Thai crackdown

Bangkok - More than a dozen Rohingya refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said Wednesday, almost a year on from a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes.

Thailand files first charge under draconian anti-campaigning law

Bangkok - Thai election authorities on Wednesday filed their first charge under a law banning campaigning and debate before a referendum on a controversial new constitution, as the junta tightens its grip on free speech.

Thai court sides with foreign gay couple in surrogacy row

Bangkok - A Thai court on Tuesday granted a foreign same-sex couple full custody of their surrogate baby daughter following a legal battle with the mother who refused to hand her over after giving birth.

EU maintains threat of seafood import ban against Thailand

Brussels - The European Union is maintaining its threat to ban seafood imports from Thailand because the global exporter is still not doing enough to improve its fisheries and labor practices.

Myanmar's 'long-necked' women hope to turn tourism into homecoming

- Wearing a stack of bronze neck coils -- a sign of beauty for her Kayan tribe -- Mu Par dreams of a time when all "long-necked" women can return to Myanmar from Thailand where they are a tourist attraction.

Thai surrogate baby wins right to live in Australia

Sydney - The father of a Down's syndrome baby at the centre of a surrogacy scandal did not abandon him in Thailand and can keep his twin sister despite being a convicted paedophile, a court ruled Thursday.

Thai surrogate baby wins right to live in Australia

Sydney - The father of a Down's syndrome baby at the centre of a surrogacy scandal did not abandon him in Thailand and can keep his twin sister despite being a convicted paedophile, a court ruled Thursday.

Thai surrogate baby wins right to live in Australia

Sydney - The father of a Down's syndrome baby at the centre of a surrogacy scandal did not abandon him in Thailand and can keep his twin sister despite being a convicted paedophile, a court ruled Thursday.

Thai drunk drivers to pay penance in morgues

Bangkok - Drink drivers in Thailand will be sentenced to community service in morgues, authorities said on Tuesday, stepping up efforts to combat the country's appalling traffic safety record.

Thai police ban old Marie Claire magazine issue

Bangkok - Thai authorities have banned a five-month-old French edition of Marie Claire magazine because of an article which police said defamed the kingdom's royal family.

Toppled Thai party meets for Thaksin Skype address

Bangkok - Dozens of ex-MPs from Thailand's toppled government met in public for the first time Thursday to hear a Skype address from the self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who sits at the crux of the country's political rupture.

Junta police powers for Thai soldiers condemned by rights groups

Bangkok - An order by Thailand's junta giving sweeping police powers to soldiers is part of the "steady erosion of human rights protections", campaigners said Tuesday, calling for the law to be rescinded.

Gay couple's lives 'destroyed' by custody war with Thai surrogate

Bangkok - A foreign same-sex couple battling a local Thai surrogate for custody over their infant daughter said Wednesday their lives had been "destroyed" by the 14-month legal war that has prevented their family from returning home.

Ousted party urges Thais to reject junta's constitution

Bangkok - The political party toppled in Thailand's 2014 coup urged voters Wednesday to reject the military’s proposed new constitution, describing it as an undemocratic document that would further entrench army rule.

Thai police to revive Red Bull heir hit-and-run case

Bangkok - Thai authorities said Tuesday they are still pursuing a legal case against the heir to the Red Bull fortune over a deadly hit-and-run four years ago, as public frustration grows about impunity for the elite.

Village children stunted by poverty as parents leave for Bangkok

Amphoe Hankha - With a bit of luck eight-year-old Chayanit will see her mother twice this year.The little girl has been raised by her grandparents for most of her life after her mother left their rural village to find work in Bangkok, Thailand's economic nucleus.

Op-Ed: Thai Buddhism fracturing along political lines

Bangkok - Last month’s scuffles in Buddha Monthon — long dubbed a Buddhist centre of peace between Buddhist monks and Thai soldiers — was unusual to say the least.

Hope fades to fear for Chinese refugees in junta-run Thailand

Bangkok - Preferring to risk death than face deportation, Dong Junming boarded a boat off Thailand's coast alongside eight fellow Chinese asylum-seekers in early March with the improbable plan of steering themselves to New Zealand.

Thai gardener behind $20 mn Saudi gem heist becomes monk

Bangkok - A Thai gardener behind a $20 million gem heist from a Saudi palace that has long soured relations between the two countries became a monk Thursday in hope of redeeming his karma.

Thai mototaxi driver nicked for nicking 4,000 knickers

Bangkok - A taxi driver accused of stealing some 4,000 items of women's underwear in Thailand has been publicly paraded by police, the second time in six years the alleged panty thief has been nabbed for fuelling his fetish.

Two Thai executives charged over fatal fire extinguisher accident

Bangkok - Two Thai executives were charged with negligence Tuesday over a chemical leak that killed eight people as workers upgraded a fire extinguisher system in a bank vault.

Chemical fire extinguisher bungle kills eight in Thai bank

Bangkok - Eight people died and seven were injured when they accidentally triggered a fire extinguisher system inside the vault of a major Thai bank and released a suffocating cloud of chemicals, officials said Monday.

Former Thai PM echoes rival in lambasting junta rule

Bangkok - Thailand's junta is in "panic mode" over the economy and is failing to heal the country's deep political rifts, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Friday in unusually strident criticism of the kingdom's generals.

Ex-PM Thaksin fears Thai junta will cling to power

New York - The Thai military junta wants to cling onto power as long as possible, the country's fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said in an interview in New York, not ruling out a return to politics.

Two soldiers killed in Thailand's deep south

Narathiwat - Two soldiers were killed in a bomb blast in Thailand's Muslim-majority deep south, police said Thursday, the latest deaths from a recent uptick in violence in the insurgency-plagued region.

Thai politician facing jail for lambasting junta 'sexism'

Bangkok - A Thai opposition politician is facing up to five years in jail after he was charged on Thursday for criticising a senior general for making "sexist" remarks about ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

Cambodians arrested for raping French tourists on Thai island

Bangkok - Five Cambodian fishermen have been arrested for a brutal attack on a group of French tourists in which two women were raped at knifepoint on an isolated Thai beach, police said on Monday.

Thai car bomb injures seven in rebellious south

Bangkok - A car bomb detonated outside an urban police station in Thailand's restive south Saturday, injuring at least seven people and offering a reminder of the region's simmering violence as the ruling junta eyes full peace talks with the insurgents.

Uighurs deny Bangkok bombing, lawyer says confession forced

Bangkok - Two Chinese Uighurs Tuesday denied involvement in a deadly shrine bombing in the Thai capital, and a lawyer said one had been beaten up and threatened with deportation to force an earlier confession.

Thai pro-democracy 'Red Shirts' to reject army charter

Bangkok - Thailand's pro-democracy "Red Shirt" movement will vote against a new junta-scripted charter in a looming referendum, their leader said Thursday, a move that could deepen the country's political impasse.
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