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Impeached ex-Thai PM decries 'death of democracy'

Bangkok - Embattled former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra decried the "death of democracy" in Thailand Friday after the junta-stacked parliament impeached her and prosecutors announced corruption charges that could see her jailed.

Ousted Thai PM slams impeachment vote

Bangkok - Ousted Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra Thursday attacked impeachment proceedings against her ahead of a crunch vote that could see her banned from politics for five years and deepen the country's bitter divide.

Defense contractor pleads guilty in enormous bribery case

San Diego - It's a courtroom drama and corruption scandal of epic proportions that has the makings of a good movie and involves a Malaysian defense contractor along with key officials from the U.S. Navy.

Ousted Thai PM launches defiant impeachment defence

Bangkok - Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra launched a defiant defence Friday at the first hearing of impeachment proceedings that could see her banned from politics for five years and deepen the country's bitter divisions.

Thai prince divorces amid anxiety over monarchy's future

Bangkok - Thailand's crown prince has divorced his wife, in a dramatic fall from grace for a senior princess at a time of heightened anxiety over the health of the country's revered but ailing monarch.

Into thin air: Southeast Asia's growing ranks of disappeared

Bangkok - Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist's wife says his abductors enjoy impunity –- an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely "disappearing" opponents.

Ailing Thai king cancels appearance for 87th birthday

Bangkok - Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej cancelled plans to hold a public annual audience marking his 87th birthday Friday on his doctors' advice, heightening anxiety in the deeply divided kingdom over the monarch's health.

Police hunt one of Thailand's richest men in police graft scandal

Bangkok - Thai police on Wednesday said they are hunting one of the kingdom's richest men as part of a sprawling graft probe that has rocked the country's elite.

Ride-sharing service Uber declared illegal in Thailand

Thailand's Department of Land Transport has declared Uber, the ride-sharing service, to be illegal in the country. The department said Uber is operating illegally.

Death sentences for Thai Muslim separatists condemned

Bangkok - Human rights groups Friday condemned the Thai authorities for sentencing five alleged Muslim separatists to death, saying the punishment would do little to promote peace in the violence-racked south.

Man wanted in UK for child sex crimes arrested in Thailand

Bangkok - A British man wanted by UK police for a string of paedophile offences has been arrested at a school in northeast Thailand, immigration officials said.

Thai elections may be delayed until 2016: Junta

Bangkok - Thailand's junta said Thursday elections in the military-ruled kingdom would likely be delayed until 2016, days after military officials ruled out lifting martial law any time soon.

Thai police royal defamation probe widens

Bangkok - A major Thai police corruption probe widened Tuesday with a third high-ranking officer charged under strict royal defamation rules in what analysts say is an attempt by the military junta to strengthen their hold over police.

UN blasts Thai junta for 'Hunger Games' detentions

Bangkok - The United Nations criticised Thailand's junta Friday for detaining people caught throwing a three-fingered protest salute inspired by "The Hunger Games" movies, as the prime minister warned that people using the defiant gesture could "jeopardise their...

Thai radio host jailed for five years for royal defamation

Bangkok - A Thai radio show host has been jailed for five years for royal defamation, his lawyer said Tuesday, one of the first sentences passed by a military court for breaching the draconian law since a May coup.

Thai police seek two Americans over baby body parts

Bangkok - Thai police said Monday they were seeking two Americans after the body parts of several babies -- probably stolen from a medical museum -- were found in five parcels destined for the United States.

Baby body parts found in Bangkok package destined for U.S.

Bangkok - The body parts of several babies have been found in a parcel destined for the United States, Thai police said Sunday.

Swedish co-founder of Pirate Bay whisked to Thai capital

Bangkok - The Swedish co-founder of The Pirate Bay website was hauled to Bangkok Wednesday following his arrest in northeast Thailand, with police from Stockholm waiting to press for his deportation to serve a jail term for copyright infringement.

Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder arrested at Thai border

Bangkok - A Swedish co-founder of the controversial file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested while trying to enter Thailand, immigration police said Tuesday.

Thai junta leader Prayuth wants media blackout for ex PM Thaksin

Bangkok - Thailand’s military junta head Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked the national media to “stop reporting" about former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Myanmar migrants retract British tourist murders confession

Bangkok - Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British tourists on a Thai island have retracted their confessions and alleged they were tortured, lawyers said on Wednesday.

Thailand holds 53 Rohingya migrants heading for Malaysia

Phangnga - Thai authorities on Saturday arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighbouring Malaysia, an official said.

Thai police charge Myanmar men with murder, rape of Brit tourists

Bangkok - Thai police Friday charged two Myanmar men with murder and rape after the killing of two British tourists on a southern island last month, in a case that has severely dented the kingdom's image as a holiday haven.

Op-Ed: The crocodile suicides — Inside the Thai zoo where things go wrong Special

Samut Prakan - On a recent Friday at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, a 65-year-old woman slipped off her shoes, clambered over a balustrade and plunged into a pit of hundreds of crocodiles. As workers rushed to distract the reptiles, the woman swam toward them.

Thai PM 'sorry' for bikini remarks after UK tourist murders

Ko Samui - Thailand's junta chief apologised Thursday for suggesting tourists in bikinis could be more vulnerable to attack, comments which caused an international outcry following the brutal murder of two British holidaymakers.

Thai PM questions if 'tourists in bikinis' safe after murders

Ko Samui - Thailand's military ruler on Wednesday questioned whether tourists in bikinis are safe in the kingdom, in comments following the murder of two Britons whose battered bodies were found on a Thai island.

Thai police question Myanmar men over murder of British pair

Ko Samui - Thai police Tuesday questioned three Myanmar men over the murder of two British tourists on the southern resort island of Koh Tao, as their bodies were due to arrive in Bangkok for forensic tests.

Murder probe as bodies of two Britons found naked in Thai resort

Ko Samui - The naked bodies of two British tourists apparently beaten to death were found on a Thai beach Monday, police said, sparking a murder hunt with the suspect believed to still be on the small resort island of Koh Tao.

Thai PM to visit Myanmar on first official trip

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader and premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha will visit Myanmar on his first official overseas trip, an official said Friday, as the junta seeks to strengthen ties with its former military-ruled neighbour.

VIDEO: Watch as baby elephant plays, dances with ribbon

Chiang Mai - Visitors to an elephant nature park in Thailand were treated to an enthusiastic ribbon dance, but the star dancer was not a member of the staff, but instead, it was a pachyderm gymnast putting on the show.
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People packing food for stranded elephants
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Anti-government protesters cheer after they tear down barricades during a demonstration outside Gove...
Anti-government protesters cheer after they tear down barricades during a demonstration outside Government House in Bangkok November 30, 2013
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The large pond is home to hundreds of crocodiles.
The large pond is home to hundreds of crocodiles.
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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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Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
Elephants stranded on the wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya
Elephants stranded on the wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya
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Baby elephant play in ocean for the first time
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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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Tom yam kung nam khon
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Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
Image of the violent clashes at Bangkok s Democracy Monument on April 10  2010
Image of the violent clashes at Bangkok's Democracy Monument on April 10, 2010
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A small boy plays outside the entrance to Sungei Golok railway station next to a motorbike and next to a sign warning about the risks of terrorist bomb attacks from motorbikes.
People appear to be going about their lives as normal in the town of Yala in Thailand’s restive so...
People appear to be going about their lives as normal in the town of Yala in Thailand’s restive south.
A tire fire in Bangkok s Rama IV during the political unrest in Thailand
A tire fire in Bangkok's Rama IV during the political unrest in Thailand
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