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Thai cops bust $3 million phone scam gang

Bangkok - A gang of 44 people from China and Taiwan have been arrested in Thailand for running an elaborate phone scam that conned $3 million from scores of victims, police said Monday.

Rise and fall of General Manas: Thailand's top trafficker

Bangkok - An army 'Big Shot' whose influence seeped across the south, Lieutenant-General Manas Kongpan sat at the apex of Thailand's grisly trade in humans, raking in an untold fortune to keep prying eyes off the trafficking route.

Roses, tears as Thai ex-PM Yingluck enters final stage of case

Bangkok - Toppled Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was mobbed Friday by well-wishers, many bearing red roses, as she arrived for what could be the final hearing in a trial for criminal negligence that carries a 10-year jail term.

Thai 'Red Shirt' leader jailed for defamation ahead of polls

Bangkok - A leader of Thailand's 'Red Shirt' movement was jailed Thursday for defaming an ex-prime minister, sidelining a key voice of dissent against the ruling junta ahead of polls expected in 2018.

Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rape

Bangkok - A Thai court charged a disgraced former monk Thursday with the rape of an underage girl, fraud and money laundering, after he was extradited from the United States.

Convictions in major Thai human trafficking trial

Bangkok - A Thai court found dozens of people guilty of human trafficking offences on Wednesday in a mass trial exploring links between corrupt officials, including a senior army general, and the grim but lucrative trade in Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.

Verdict due in major Thai human trafficking trial

Bangkok - A Thai general is among more than 100 defendants facing a verdict Wednesday in a sprawling 2015 human trafficking case which saw thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants abandoned at sea and in jungle death camps.

Thai junta grants king full control of palace wealth

Bangkok - A new law giving Thailand's king direct control over royal assets worth billions of dollars went into force Monday, the latest move by an increasingly assertive monarch to consolidate his power.

Out of the woods: Thai 'hermits' harness web to go global

Khon Kaen - From communing with forest spirits to whipping up love potions, Thailand's cave-dwelling hermits once conducted their supernatural endeavours with just ancient magic and ritual as their guide.

Canadian found dead in Thai cell wanted over 'dark web' market

Bangkok - A 26-year-old Canadian found dead in his Thai police cell this week was wanted in the US for allegedly running a massive "dark web" marketplace for drugs and other contraband, a police source told AFP Saturday.

Gunmen kill eight in Thailand over 'personal conflict'

Krabi - Eight relatives, including three children, were killed by gunmen posing as government officials in Thailand's Krabi province, police said Tuesday, a mass slaying investigators believe was sparked by a personal conflict.

Myanmar workers in Thailand victims of a broken system

- With only meagre belongings stuffed into backpacks and duffel bags, tens of thousands of Myanmar migrants have streamed home across the Thai border over the past two weeks.

Thailand leads the pack for Asia's abused tourist elephants

Bangkok - Twice as many elephants work in Thailand's tourism industry as the rest of Asia combined, with the vast majority kept in "severely inadequate conditions", a new report revealed Thursday.

Deadly diet: Thai doctors battle cancer-causing fish dish

Amphoe Hankha - It wasn't until he got to medical school that Narong Khuntikeo finally discovered what caused the liver cancer that took both of his parents' lives: their lunch.

Southeast Asian nations torch $1 billion of seized drugs

Yangon - Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia torched nearly $1 billion worth of seized narcotics on Monday, a defiant show of force as police struggle to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region.

'Girls as dessert': Thai sex scandal exposes grim tradition

Bangkok - When senior bureaucrats visited the remote Thai province where local official Boonyarit worked, the routine was often the same: welcome them with the finest food and drink and then bring out the teen girls, often referred to as "dessert".

German teenagers shoot at Thai king with rubber pellets

Berlin - Thailand's king was targeted by two teenagers firing rubber pellets while he was cycling in southern Germany's Bavaria, prosecutors told AFP on Wednesday.

Temples transformed: superheroes bolster Buddha's ranks

Nonthaburi - Superheroes are coming to the rescue of Thailand's temples, where monks have commissioned giant statues of comic book icons and toy robots to entertain children while parents donate to their coffers.

Twerking star leaves Thai junta chief hot and bothered

Bangkok - Twerking nine to three is the new way to make a living for a teenage Thai music star whose eye-popping dance moves have enraged the country's military strongman.

Twerking star leaves Thai junta chief hot and bothered

Bangkok - Twerking nine to three is the new way to make a living for a teenage Thai music star whose eye-popping dance moves have enraged the country's military strongman.

Twerking star leaves Thai junta chief hot and bothered

Bangkok - Twerking nine to three is the new way to make a living for a teenage Thai music star whose eye-popping dance moves have enraged the country's military strongman.

Thai army officers charged over online arms trading

Bangkok - Several Thai army officers were charged Friday over an online weapons market that saw soldiers sell grenades and bullets over social media, in a country where military weapons routinely turn up on the streets.

Thai man jailed for 35 years for defaming royals on Facebook

Bangkok - A Thai man was jailed for 35 years on Friday for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand's ultra-rich monarchy from criticism.

Thai man jailed for 35 years for defaming royals on Facebook

Bangkok - A Thai man was jailed for 35 years on Friday for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand's ultra-rich monarchy from criticism.

Thai man jailed for 35 years for defaming royals on Facebook

Bangkok - A Thai man was jailed for 35 years on Friday for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand's ultra-rich monarchy from criticism.

Backwater to boomtown: rural Thai city emerges as sporting Camelot

Buriram - A 'godfather' of Thai politics is using cash and contacts to transform his once poor, forgotten rice-farming fiefdom into an unlikely sporting Camelot, complete with a football stadium and racetrack set to host the MotoGP.

Bomb on Thai coup anniversary wounds 21 at army hospital

Bangkok - A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday and wounded 21 people -- one seriously -- three years to the day after the Thai army seized power in the politically unstable kingdom.

Bomb on Thai coup anniversary wounds 21 at army hospital

Bangkok - A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday and wounded 21 people -- one seriously -- three years to the day after the Thai army seized power in the politically unstable kingdom.

Bomb on Thai coup anniversary wounds 21 at army hospital

Bangkok - A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday and wounded 21 people -- one seriously -- three years to the day after the Thai army seized power in the politically unstable kingdom.

Gilas Pilipinas trashes Thailand 108-53 in 2017 SEABA Games

The Philippines National Basketball Team Gilas Pilipinas is now two games away from winning the lone gold medal in the ongoing 2017 SEABA Championship at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.
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