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A cousin, tribal groups, Buddhists gather for the pope in Thailand

Bangkok - Pope's Francis's missionary cousin, tribal minority people from remote mountain villages and Buddhist children will be among the tens of thousands of people who descend on the Thai capital to catch a glimpse of the pontiff this week.

French tourist killed taking selfie at Thai waterfall

Bangkok - A French tourist has died after falling from a waterfall while trying to take a selfie in Thailand, police said Friday.

Arrest warrant issued for official in case of murdered Thai activist

Bangkok - Thailand has issued an arrest warrant for a park official implicated in the disappearance of an activist more than five years ago, a rare reversal months after the discovery of the victim's charred remains shed new light on the case.

Exiled Cambodian opposition figurehead arrives in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Cambodia's exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy arrived in Malaysia Saturday as he sought to get home to rally his supporters against strongman Hun Sen, while security was ramped up at the kingdom's borders and in Phnom Penh.

Seven suspects arrested for rebel attacks in Thailand's south

Bangkok - Seven suspected rebels have been arrested in Thailand's violence-wracked south, authorities said Saturday, as a manhunt sweeps through remote villages for gunmen who killed 15 in an ambush considered the deadliest attack in the yearslong insurgency.

Cambodia opposition figure not giving up on bid to get home

Kuala Lumpur - A senior Cambodian opposition figure Friday accused strongman Hun Sen of a "gross" human rights violation by seeking to stop exiled members of her party from returning home this weekend, insisting they had not given up.

Malaysia detains Cambodian opposition figure

Kuala Lumpur - A senior Cambodian opposition figure was detained in Malaysia as she tried to fly home for the planned return of her exiled party leader, authorities said Thursday, in another win for strongman Hun Sen.

15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south

Yala - At least fifteen people were gunned down in an ambush by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand's violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, one of the bloodiest days in the 15-year insurgency.

Asia must quit 'coal addiction': UN chief

Bangkok - The UN chief on Saturday warned Asia to quit its "addiction" to coal, as climate change threatens hundreds of millions of people vulnerable to rising sea levels across the region.

Thai cave reopens for visitors after Wild Boars rescue

Bangkok - Thailand has reopened the cave where 12 young footballers and their coach were trapped last year in a saga that captivated the world.

Mekong levels at lowest on record as drought and dams strangle river

Loei - The once-mighty Mekong river has been reduced to a thin, grubby neck of water in stretches of northern Thailand -- record lows blamed on drought and a recently completed dam far upstream.The $4.

Laos hydro project switched on along dried-out Mekong

Bangkok - A multi-billion dollar hydro-electric power plant on the Mekong river in Laos was officially switched on Tuesday, as drone images of dried-up downstream areas stirred fresh outcry on one of the world's great rivers.

Muslims in Thai south mark 15 years since Tak Bai 'massacre'

Tak Bai - Muslims in the conflict-blistered Thai south on Friday marked with prayers the 15th anniversary of the deaths of scores of protesters who suffocated in army trucks, an incident that galvanised an insurgency and remains an emblem of state impunity.

Mothers of Myanmar pair facing death over Brit murders beg for clemency

Bangkok - The mothers of two Myanmar men sentenced to death for the murder of a pair of British backpackers in Thailand submitted a plea for clemency from the Thai king Thursday, in a case tainted by claims of irregularities.

Thai king sacks six palace officials for 'evil actions'

Bangkok - Thailand's king has fired six senior palace officials for their "evil actions", the palace announced Wednesday, days after the monarch stripped his consort of all her titles for "disloyalty".

Thailand to ban glyphosate and other high-profile pesticides

Bangkok - Thailand edged closer Tuesday to banning glyphosate and two other controversial pesticides despite protests from farmers in a multi-billion-dollar agriculture industry aiming to be the "kitchen of the world".

Thai king strips 'disloyal' royal consort of all titles: palace

Bangkok - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles for "disloyalty" and apparent "ambition" to match the Queen's position, a royal command issued late Monday said, less than three months after she was bestowed with t...

Thai king postpones royal barge procession until December

Bangkok - Thailand's newly crowned king has postponed next week's final event marking his historic coronation -- a royal barge procession down Bangkok's Chao Phraya river -- by almost two months, a deputy premier announced Thursday.

Four-metre king cobra wrestled from sewer in Thailand

Bangkok - A feisty four-metre (13-foot) king cobra was pulled from a sewer in southern Thailand in an hour-long operation, a rescue foundation said Tuesday, describing the reptile as one of the largest they had ever captured.

Thai park where 11 elephants died in waterfall strengthens fences

Bangkok - Five more dead elephants have been found at the bottom of a Thai waterfall known as "Hell's Abyss", the environment minister said Wednesday, as rangers reinforced barriers to try to stop the creatures wandering into the dangerous area.

China says Thailand's panda died from heart attack

Bejing - A giant panda whose sudden death in Thailand sparked outrage in China last month died from a heart attack, according to a Chinese government agency.

Thai model death 'scandal' casts spotlight on murky industry

Bangkok - Thai police investigating a model's unexplained death were hunting for more suspects in a case that has captivated the country and sparked rare outrage over the treatment of women in a poorly understood sector of the entertainment industry.

Thai police order for intel on Muslim students sparks outrage

Bangkok - A Thai Muslim student group Wednesday called for police to drop an order requesting universities to provide "intelligence" on Muslim students and their activities in the Buddhist-majority state.

Thai MPs call for PM to resign following oath omission

Bangkok - Thai opposition MPs demanded Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha resign following weeks of uproar over the ex-junta head's omission of a vow to uphold the constitution during his inauguration, raising questions of his legitimacy.

Tears at Bangkok memorial for murdered activist

Bangkok - The wife of a murdered activist whose charred remains were found dumped in a Thai reservoir led an emotional memorial Monday, saying their five young children had been left bereft by his death.

Lilly, Thailand's Greta Thunberg, wages 'war' on plastic

Bangkok - Skipping school to glide through a dirty Bangkok canal on a paddleboard, Lilly fishes out rubbish in her mission to clean up Thailand, where the average person uses eight plastic bags every single day.

Thailand's northeast inundated after tropical storm

Bangkok - Floods in northeastern Thailand have submerged homes, roads and bridges, leaving more than 23,000 people in evacuation shelters as anger grows over the government's "slow" emergency response.

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Bangkok - Pope Francis will travel to Thailand in November, the Vatican said Friday, in a visit to Asia that will sweep in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which were both decimated by atomic bombs in 1945.

Paris court hands ex-Thai airline CEO 4-year term over 2007 crash

Paris - A French court on Tuesday sentenced the former head of a Thai budget airline to four years in jail over a 2007 crash that killed 90 people, nearly two-thirds of them foreigners.

Best-selling Tibetan monk accused of sexual abuse dies in Thailand

Bangkok - A controversial Tibetan monk whose best-selling book on Buddhist wisdom was overshadowed by multiple allegations of sexual abuse has died in Thailand, his official social media account reported.
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Thai riot policemen stand guard during an anti-government protest rally at the Air Force auditorium in Bangkok, on May 15, 2014
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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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RELIGIOUS: The Erawan shrine in central Bangkok was damaged Monday by an explosion that killed 22 and injured more than 100.
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Image of the violent clashes at Bangkok's Democracy Monument on April 10, 2010
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A tire fire in Bangkok's Rama IV during the political unrest in 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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A friendly local Muslim man waves as a train passes.
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Phallus-shaped so-called 'Grandfather Stone' on Ko Sanui, 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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The long roots of an old fig tree extend over an ancient brick construction to reach the ground, reflecting on the antiquity of the site.
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Some prangs still retain nicely decorated plaster surfaces; others are now just plain brick mounds.
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A motorcycle taxi driver stands in the live fire zone on Rama IV in Bangkok on Saturday. Tires burnt throughout the afternoon accompanied by occasional gunfire, grenade blasts, rocket fire, and detonations of homemade explosives. www.cengizyarjr.com
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Bhumibol Dam, Tak province, Thailand
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On November 30, 2001, MODIS captured this image of southeastern Asia. The image focuses on the countries of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, left to right respectively. Deforestation is clealy seen.
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Thai police perform security checks on bags inside the entrance to Sungai Golok Railway Station.
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Illuminated manuscript of Jataka Tales and the Story of Phra Malai's Visit to Heaven and Hell, Thailand, Bangkok style, 1813.
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Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim

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