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Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailand

Toukyo - Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi apologised Saturday after its Bangkok bureau chief posted an image of his genitals on a mobile forum set up by Thailand's foreign ministry, which warned of "consequences".

Thai general among 72 indicted over human trafficking

Bangkok - Thailand on Friday said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the plight of desperate Myanmar and Bangladesh migrants stranded at sea triggered an international outcry over the grim trade.

Myanmar accused 'seen on Thai beach where Brits were murdered'

Ko Samui - Two Myanmar nationals accused of killing a pair of British holidaymakers in Thailand were seen on CCTV playing guitar near the crime scene, a court heard Wednesday, as their lawyer decried a lack of retestable DNA evidence to bolster the defence case.

Thai court jails 10 from 'anti-monarchy' network

Bangkok - Bangkok's military court Tuesday sentenced 10 people from an "anti-monarchy network" to up to five years in jail over audio recordings deemed to defame the royal family under Thailand's controversial lese majeste law.

Thai defamation trial opens for journalists over trafficking report

Bangkok - Two journalists, including an Australian editor, went on trial in Thailand Tuesday over a report they published implicating the navy in human trafficking, as the United Nations urged the junta-ruled nation to drop the case.

No DNA retest from Brit tourist bodies at Thai murder trial: Lawyer

Bangkok - The defence team for two Myanmar nationals accused of murdering a pair of British backpackers in Thailand confirmed Sunday that they will not be able to retest crucial DNA samples taken from the victims' bodies.

Thai embassy closed in Turkey after protest against deported Uighurs

Bangkok - Thailand on Friday closed its embassy and consulate in Turkey after a protest against the kingdom's deportation of Uighur Muslims to China, as the US warned the minority could face "harsh treatment" on their return.

Thailand deports scores of Uighur Muslims to China

Bangkok - Thailand on Thursday said it had deported around 100 Uighur Muslims detained in the kingdom since last year to China, in a move sparking fears for the safety of the asylum-seekers.

Thai consulate in Istanbul attacked after Uighurs deported

Istanbul - Turkish anti-Chinese demonstrators stormed the Thai consulate in Istanbul in protest at the deportation by Bangkok of dozens of Uighur Muslims to China, as diplomatic tensions flared Thursday in an increasingly combustible controversy.

Thai policeman describes finding dead British tourists as murder trial opens

Ko Samui - A Thai policeman described the harrowing moments he discovered the bodies of two British holidaymakers on Koh Tao island as the high-profile trial of two Myanmar migrants charged over their deaths opened Wednesday.

Turkish Airlines jet diverts to Delhi over bomb threat

New Delhi - A Turkish Airlines flight from Bangkok to Istanbul made an emergency landing in India Tuesday after the crew found a bomb threat written on a bathroom mirror, an airport official said.

Thai students to be released from jail, still face sedition charges

Bangkok - A group of Thai students detained over a peaceful anti-coup rally will be released from jail later Tuesday but still face prosecution over sedition charges, their lawyer said, in a case that has sparked international condemnation.

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.
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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.
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.
Typical spirit houses with offerings of milk  food  incense and flowers.
Typical spirit houses with offerings of milk, food, incense and flowers.
Ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya  second capital of Siam.
Ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, second capital of Siam.
Thai police perform security checks on bags inside the entrance to Sungai Golok Railway Station.
Thai police perform security checks on bags inside the entrance to Sungai Golok Railway Station.
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Red-shirted protesters in Bangkok, Thailand on April 3, 2010
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Image of the violent clashes at Bangkok's Democracy Monument on April 10, 2010
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Anti-government protester in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Alessio Fratticcioli.
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Elephants stranded on the wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya
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Temple dancer. A young girl in Bangkok, Thailand.
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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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A tire fire in Bangkok's Rama IV during the political unrest in Thailand
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Orchids at Bang Pa-In Palace, near the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand.