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First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Bangkok - Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia's first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect.

School security guard gunned down in tense Thai south

Bangkok - A security volunteer was gunned down by suspected rebels while guarding a primary school in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police said Thursday.

Probe your own brother, ousted Thai PM tells junta chief

Bangkok - Thailand's first female prime minister on Sunday told the man who ousted her government two years ago to investigate his own brother over corruption allegations, in an unusually strong broadside against the junta.

Foreign passport forgers charged with hiding body in Bangkok: police

Bangkok - Three foreign men belonging to a suspected passport forgery ring were charged Saturday after police found them with drugs, guns and a dismembered body stashed in the freezer of a Bangkok building.

Beasts of Bangkok booted from park lair

Bangkok - The hulking, prehistoric-looking monitor lizards that stalk the grounds of Bangkok's Lumpini park have long triggered fascination -- and fear -- from visitors to the city centre's main green space.

British activist found guilty in Thai defamation trial

Bangkok - A British activist was found guilty of criminal defamation and breaching Thailand's strict computer laws and given a three-year suspended jail sentence, his lawyer said on Tuesday, over a report on labour abuses in the kingdom's lucrative fruit sector....

Thais search for missing as 15 die in pilgrim boat accident

Ayutthaya - Divers located the body of a young boy on Monday as they resumed their search for missing passengers after an overcrowded boat carrying Muslim pilgrims sank on Thailand's Chao Phraya river, leaving at least 15 people dead.

Inquest finds Thai forces killed four unarmed Muslims: lawyer

Bangkok - An inquest has ruled that security forces gunned down four unarmed Muslim men in Thailand's conflict-hit south, a lawyer said Wednesday, a rare finding that could pave the way for landmark prosecutions of state officials.

Inquest finds Thai forces killed four unarmed Muslims: lawyer

Bangkok - An inquest has ruled that security forces gunned down four unarmed Muslim men in Thailand's conflict-hit south, a lawyer said Wednesday, a rare finding that could pave the way for landmark prosecutions of state officials.

Thai military courts to still try some 500 civilian cases

Bangkok - Thailand's military courts will still hear some 500 ongoing cases against civilians, a senior junta official said Tuesday, a day after the regime announced an end to the controversial practice.

Thai junta to end trial of civilians by military courts

Bangkok - Civilians accused of royal defamation and other security offences will no longer be tried in military courts, the junta said Monday, rolling back a heavily-criticised practice introduced after their 2014 coup.

As Obama caps Asia pivot, Thailand seen as missing piece

Vientiane - President Barack Obama attends a farewell dinner with Southeast Asian leaders Wednesday, capping eight years of careful courtship that has created new friends, but left links frayed with America's oldest regional ally -- Thailand.

Bomb at Thai school kills three including four-year-old

Narathiwat - A four-year-old girl and her father were among three people killed Tuesday when a bomb hidden in a motorcycle's fuel tank exploded outside a school in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south.

Thai kingpin jailed for Rohingya trafficking

Bangkok - A Thai man accused of masterminding the smuggling and trafficking of Rohingya migrants fleeing Myanmar has been jailed for 35 years, a court said Thursday.

Third warrant issued over Thai tourist town attacks

Bangkok - A Thai military court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for a third suspect in a spate of bomb attacks on tourist towns, all three of them Muslims from the insurgency-plagued south.

One dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bombing

Pattani - A car bomb exploded in a nightlife district in Thailand's deep south, killing one and wounding more than 30, in a nation already on edge after a bombing spree that targeted tourist towns.

Missing translator delays Bangkok shrine bomb trial

Bangkok - The trial of two Chinese Uighurs accused of killing 20 people when they allegedly bombed a Bangkok shrine was postponed Tuesday because the men still do not have a translator.

15 held in Thailand not linked to tourist bombs: police

Bangkok - A group of 15 suspects detained by the Thai military investigating last week's deadly tourist resort attacks was not involved in the blasts, police said Friday, adding to confusion surrounding the case.

Thai military detains 15 over tourist town attacks

Bangkok - Thailand's junta on Thursday detained at least 15 suspects at military barracks on suspicion of launching a string of deadly bomb and arson attacks against tourist resort towns last week.

Second arrest warrant issued over Thai tourist blasts

Bangkok - A military court in southern Thailand has issued a second arrest warrant for an unnamed suspect involved in last week's coordinated bomb and arson attacks against a string of tourist resort towns, police said Tuesday.

Thailand's deep south hit by fresh blasts

Narathiwat - Fresh explosions rocked Thailand's deep south seriously wounding one soldier on Monday, days after a spate of bomb and arson attacks struck multiple tourist resort towns.

Thai police find unexploded devices in search for bombers

Bangkok - Thai police discovered unexploded bombs in three top tourist destinations over the weekend as they searched for clues to a wave of blasts that rocked resort areas and killed four last week.

Thai authorities hunt tourist town bombers

Hua Hin - Thai authorities on Saturday hunted for culprits behind a wave of bombings targeting popular holiday destinations, as businesses braced for the economic fallout from the attacks on the crucial tourism industry.

Thai royal resort town shaken by deadly bomb attacks

Hua Hin - An elegant resort town with royal heritage, Hua Hin looked more like a war zone than a tourist hotspot Friday, with bodies in the streets and blood on the pavement after a series of deadly attacks.

Four dead as string of blasts hit Thai tourist resorts

Hua Hin - A string of bomb attacks hit popular tourist towns across Thailand, leaving four dead and many wounded, with authorities Friday ruling out terrorism despite suspicions insurgents in the kingdom's deep south are responsible.

A timeline of recent explosions in Thailand

Bangkok - Twin blasts in a seaside resort town in Thailand killed one and wounded 21 others, including foreigners, the latest explosions in the region's top tourist destination.

One dead, 19 injured in Thailand resort town blasts

Bangkok - Twin blasts in Thailand killed one woman and injured 19 people, including foreigners, in the popular seaside resort town of Hua Hin, police said.

One dead, 19 injured in Thailand resort town blasts

Bangkok - Twin blasts in Thailand killed one woman and injured 19 people, including foreigners, in the popular seaside resort town of Hua Hin, police said.

One dead, 19 injured in Thailand resort town blasts

Bangkok - Twin blasts in Thailand killed one woman and injured 19 people, including foreigners, in the popular seaside resort town of Hua Hin, police said.

Location-tracking tourist SIM cards planned in Thailand

Bangkok - Authorities in Thailand are planning to issue location-tracking SIM cards to foreign tourists as part of the plan to boost national security amid fears the proposal could violate human rights.
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