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Thai court blocks junta nemesis from entering parliament

Bangkok - Thailand's constitutional court on Thursday suspended the wildly popular leader of an anti-junta party from parliament a day before it convenes, putting the brakes on his political career as it agreed to hear a case against him.

Keyboard predators: SE Asia's kids targeted by online paedophiles

Bangkok - Southeast Asia is in the grip of a fresh surge of paedophile activity with predators orchestrating and watching abuse on live-streaming sites and via webcams, and paying for it with near-untraceable cryptocurrency, victims and children's charities warn...

Critics round on $7.1 bn rail deal with Thailand's richest family

Bangkok - Critics have urged Thailand's junta to reconsider the award of a $7.1 billion high-speed rail contract to a consortium led by the kingdom's richest family, just days before a new parliament is set to convene.

Thai activist jailed for insulting monarchy freed in royal pardon

Khon Kaen - A Thai anti-junta activist who spent more than two years behind bars for insulting the country's monarchy by sharing an unflattering BBC article about the king walked free Friday on a royal pardon.

Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' to be shut until 2021

Bangkok - The closure of the glittering Thai bay made famous by the movie "The Beach" has been extended for another two years to allow a full recovery of its corals and wildlife, an official said Thursday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the tourism industry.

Thai junta-backed party needs allies after election count

Bangkok - Thailand's army-backed party needs allies to get enough votes to allow coup leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha to cling to power, according to election results released late Wednesday that were immediately challenged by anti-junta rivals.

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

Bangkok - Thailand's newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praised the show of "unity" at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation Monday, speaking to a sea of supporters and witnessed by the head of the junta that has led the divide...

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

Bangkok - Thailand's newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praised a show of "unity" at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation Monday, speaking to a sea of supporters and witnessed by the head of the junta that has led the divided ...

Thai King Rama X set for first grand procession since coronation

Bangkok - Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be carried on a golden palanquin through Bangkok's historic heart Sunday, a second day of coronation rituals which will bring the public up close to their powerful monarch.

Cabin crew, bodyguard, Thai queen: Suthida's meteoric rise

Bangkok - Kneeling in front of her King, Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya was invested as Queen on Saturday in Bangkok's Grand Palace, taking up a prominent role in a country where the monarchy is deeply revered, a fairytale ascent for the former flight attenda...

Golden crown, sceptre and sacred waters: the Thai king's coronation

Bangkok - Most Thais have never witnessed a coronation -- it has been almost 70 years since the last one, when the young Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned in 1950.

Thai king crowned in day of pomp and centuries-old splendour

Bangkok - To the boom of cannons, pipes and chants, King Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowned Saturday in a ceremony governed by centuries-old rituals, vowing a righteous reign and calling for "national security" and "happiness" in a remarkable display of royal power...

Rama X of Thailand set for coronation filled with ritual

Bangkok - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned Saturday in an elaborate show of pageantry, marbled by Hindu and Buddhist ritual, two years after ascending the throne following his father's death.

Five ways Thailand's new king has made his mark

Bangkok - Taking direct control of a fortune, purging the palace, tweaking the constitution and issuing commands before a key election -- Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn's has made his presence keenly felt since ascending the throne in 2016.

From bodyguard to Queen, Thailand's Suthida makes public debut

Bangkok - Thailand's Queen Suthida, the former deputy head of the royal bodyguard, made her first official public appearance Thursday at the side of Rama X, just days before his coronation.

Thailand set for coronation of King Rama X, first in 69 years

Bangkok - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned this weekend in a pageantry-laden ceremony flecked by Hindu and Buddhist ritual, as Rama X furthers his primacy over one of the world's richest monarchies and a kingdom beset by ulcerous political div...

Thai King announces consort to be Queen ahead of coronation

Bangkok - Thailand announced Wednesday that King Maha Vajiralongkorn's long-time consort had become his fourth wife, bestowed with the title Queen Suthida -- a surprise move just days before his coronation.

Royalist volunteers toil overtime for Thai King's coronation

Bangkok - In baby-blue caps and yellow scout scarves, an army of royal volunteers is sprucing up Thailand before this weekend's coronation -- a projection of unity and loyalty to the unassailable crown in a divided kingdom that remains locked in political crisis...

Billionaire who shook up Thai politics defiant as enemies circle

Bangkok - The billionaire leader of the newest and most dynamic force in Thai politics says he is "prepared" for jail as legal cases besiege his youth-focused party just weeks after it scooped up millions of votes in a general election.

Netflix, makers of 'Crazy Rich Asians', team up for Thai cave rescue production

Bangkok - Netflix agreed Tuesday to team up with the makers of "Crazy Rich Asians" for a production based on the gripping real-life rescue of the "Wild Boars" football team from a flooded Thai cave.

Billionaire who shook up Thai politics defiant as enemies circle

Bangkok - The billionaire leader of the newest and most dynamic force in Thai politics says he is "prepared" for jail as legal cases besiege his youth-focused party just weeks after it scooped up millions of votes in a general election.

Thai anti-junta party leader faces possible disqualification

Bangkok - The billionaire leader of an upstart anti-junta party which scooped up millions of votes in Thailand's disputed election last month faced fresh legal woes Tuesday after authorities accused him of illegally holding shares while running for office.

Cambodia and Thailand reconnected by rail after 45 years

Poipet - A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday in a bid to slash travel times and boost trade between the southeast Asian neighbours.

Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high

Buriram - A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue -- one of many people flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom.

New bill to give Thai spy agency sweeping powers

Bangkok - Thailand's spy agency is set to be handed carte blanche powers to obtain information believed to threaten the country's security using "any methods", according to a bill announced Wednesday.

Couple's sea home vision sunk by Thai navy charges

Bangkok - An American bitcoin investor could face the death penalty after Thailand's navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a "seastead" home off the coast, which he insisted was simply in pursuit of a vision of "freedom".

Against the tide: Thai 'floating temple' defies coastal erosion

Amphoe Hankha - As sea waters slowly rose around his temple and his neighbours fled inland, Thai abbot Somnuek Atipanyo refused to budge and is today a symbol of the fight to restore the country's fast-eroding coastlines.

Rising Thai political star hit with sedition charges

Bangkok - The telegenic leader of an anti-junta political party who rose to prominence in Thailand's election last month was charged with sedition Saturday, drawing hundreds of his supporters onto the streets urging him to "fight".

Scores of poll winners could be disqualified in Thai vote

Bangkok - Thailand's Election Commission said Friday that scores of candidates who were tipped to secure elected seats in last month's contentious polls are under investigation and could be disqualified, in a move that could shift yet-to-be-released final result...

Thai pro-marijuana party in high demand after disputed vote

Bangkok - A super-wealthy construction scion who ran a pro-marijuana platform ahead of Thailand’s election has emerged as a highly courted candidate as two main parties need his allegiance -- and party seats -- after the disputed vote.
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These fishing boat laborers were sold to the captain for $480 each.
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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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Discovered by Olivier S. G. Pauwels, Montri Sumontha, Kirati Kunya, Awat Nitikul, Phamon Samphanthamit, Perry L. Wood, Jr. & Lee S. Grismer, the Phuket Horned Tree Agamid is in danger of losing its habitat.
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People appear to be going about their lives as normal in the town of Yala in Thailand’s restive south.
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A tire fire in Bangkok's Rama IV during the political unrest in Thailand
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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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Thailand students do homework at school somewhere in the Thai jungle.
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Steve Areen’s “Dome Home.”
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Thailand protesters, known as red shirts, march through Bangkok and vow to topple the Thai government
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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 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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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
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Phallus-shaped so-called 'Grandfather Stone' on Ko Sanui, Thailand.
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Nitrogen pollution is fertilizing tropical forests in Thailand, Panama and Brazil, Smithsonian Institution scientists have claimed.
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Ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, second capital of Siam.

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