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Thai cops question UK journalist's wife over 'royal insult'

Bangkok - Thai police on Friday questioned the wife of a British journalist over his social media links to unflattering photos alleged to be of the kingdom's crown prince, in a country where insulting the royals carries heavy jail terms.

19 Myanmar trafficking victims rescued in Thailand

Yangon - Nineteen Myanmar human trafficking victims have been rescued in Thailand, state media and an activist group said Tuesday, a rare policing success against criminal networks that dominate the region.

Thai journalist charged under draconian charter law

Bangkok - A Thai journalist and four activists were charged Monday under a draconian law banning criticism of the junta's new constitution which will be voted on in a referendum next month.

Grey zone: Who will care for Thailand's elderly?

Bangkok - As he wheels his 77-year-old aunt away from Bangkok's first day centre for the elderly, Nakhon reflects on the familial duties that oblige him to juggle night-shift work and care for his ageing relative.

Thai doctors drain water from ailing king's brain

Bangkok - Doctors treating Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej have drained a fresh build-up of water on the brain, the palace said Sunday, in the latest in a series of updates of the 88-year-old's health.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi visits troubled diaspora in Thailand

Bangkok - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi arrived Thursday in Thailand where she is expected to be garlanded by her adoring compatriots, hundreds of thousands of whom have sought work and sanctuary from war across the border.

Thai pilot jokes about crashing plane carrying ousted PM

Bangkok - Thai budget airline carrier Nok Air apologised on Monday after one of its pilots joked about crashing a plane carrying ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

Thai king improving after heart operation: Palace

Bangkok - Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej is recovering well after a recent operation to improve blood flow to his heart, the palace said, the latest in a series of major medical procedures for the 88-year-old.

Thai election body slammed for 'insulting' campaign tune

Bangkok - An effort to unite Thais with a jaunty campaign song ahead of a key referendum vote has backfired after northerners bristled over "insulting lyrics" about their rural region, which has long felt looked down upon by the Bangkok-based elite.

Ailing Thai king marks 70 years since accession to throne

Bangkok - Hundreds of orange-robed monks led ceremonies Thursday marking 70 years since Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne following the mysterious death of his brother, as anxiety grows over the health of the ailing octogenarian.

Two Chinese tourists killed in latest Thai speedboat crash

Bangkok - Two Chinese tourists were killed in Thailand on Wednesday when a pair of speedboats smashed into each other, police said, the second fatal boating accident involving tourists in less than two weeks.

Translator for Bangkok bomb suspects held on drug charges

Bangkok - A translator for two Uighur men accused of a deadly Bangkok bombing was remanded in custody Friday for drug possession, further complicating a murky trial that has failed to answer key questions about the unprecedented attack on Thailand.

Thai tiger temple monk caught fleeing with skins, fangs

Bangkok - Thai authorities uncovered a trove of animal parts and intercepted a monk trying to leave a controversial "tiger temple" with skins and fangs Thursday, the latest discovery to fuel accusations that the zoo is involved in the illegal wildlife trade.

Dozens of dead cubs found at Thai tiger temple

Bangkok - Thai wildlife officials have discovered dozens of dead cubs inside a freezer at a controversial "tiger temple" that has been locked in a long-running dispute with authorities and animal rights groups, police said Wednesday.

Tug-of-war resumes over Thai temple tigers

Kanchanaburi - Thai officials armed with a court order on Monday resumed the removal of tigers from a controversial temple which attracts tourists as a petting zoo, but stands accused of selling off the big cats for slaughter.

Media-savvy Thai monks wage PR war to defend scandal-hit abbot

Pathum Thani - An embezzlement charge against a powerful Buddhist abbot has unleashed his super-rich temple's PR machine, with Twitter-using Thai monks orchestrating his defence over a scandal that has opened a bitter rupture at the heart of the nation's faith.

Three tourists killed, one missing in Thai speed boat accident

Bangkok - Three foreign women were killed and one other tourist remains missing after a packed speed boat capsized off the popular Thai holiday island of Koh Samui, police said Friday.

Thailand bans tourists from 3 more islands to protect coral reefs

Bangkok - Less than 2 weeks ago, the Thai government closed Koh Tachai island indefinitely. On Wednesday, the government chose to ban all tourist activities at three more islands: Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui, and Koh Khai Nai.

Python in squat toilet leaves man bloody but unbowed

Bangkok - A Thai man is recovering in the hospital after a private but bloody encounter with a python in his hometown in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok.

17 girls killed in fire at school dormitory in Thailand

Bangkok - Seventeen girls died after a fire swept through the dormitory of a school for children of hill tribes in northern Thailand, officials said Monday, with a survivor describing fleeing as flames engulfed the building.

Two years after coup ousted Thai PM says country 'suffering'

Bangkok - Thailand's ousted prime minister called on the kingdom's generals to return power to the people as the country marked the second anniversary Sunday of its latest coup.

Ailing Thai king treated for excess fluid in spine and brain

Bangkok - Doctors treating Thailand's hospital-bound monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej have drained excess fluid from his spinal cord and brain, the palace said in a statement late Friday.

Global child sex tourism rising, thwarting efforts to fight it

Bangkok - The sexual abuse of children by tourists and travellers is a growing scourge around the globe that has largely managed to outwit attempts to curb it in the last two decades, a major study warned Thursday.

Thai police defend arresting anti-junta activist's mother

Bangkok - Thai police on Saturday defended arresting the mother of a prominent student activist, following public outcry over a case rights groups described as a "new low" for the junta's crackdown on dissent.

Rohingya found abandoned in forest a year on from Thai crackdown

Bangkok - More than a dozen Rohingya refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said Wednesday, almost a year on from a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes.

Thailand files first charge under draconian anti-campaigning law

Bangkok - Thai election authorities on Wednesday filed their first charge under a law banning campaigning and debate before a referendum on a controversial new constitution, as the junta tightens its grip on free speech.

Thai court sides with foreign gay couple in surrogacy row

Bangkok - A Thai court on Tuesday granted a foreign same-sex couple full custody of their surrogate baby daughter following a legal battle with the mother who refused to hand her over after giving birth.

EU maintains threat of seafood import ban against Thailand

Brussels - The European Union is maintaining its threat to ban seafood imports from Thailand because the global exporter is still not doing enough to improve its fisheries and labor practices.

Myanmar's 'long-necked' women hope to turn tourism into homecoming

- Wearing a stack of bronze neck coils -- a sign of beauty for her Kayan tribe -- Mu Par dreams of a time when all "long-necked" women can return to Myanmar from Thailand where they are a tourist attraction.

Thai surrogate baby wins right to live in Australia

Sydney - The father of a Down's syndrome baby at the centre of a surrogacy scandal did not abandon him in Thailand and can keep his twin sister despite being a convicted paedophile, a court ruled Thursday.
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Baby elephant play in ocean for the first time
Baby elephant play in ocean for the first time
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The actual shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim can be seen in the background
The actual shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim can be seen in the background
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Nitrogen pollution is fertilizing tropical forests in Thailand, Panama and Brazil, Smithsonian Institution scientists have claimed.
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Anti-government protesters cheer after they tear down barricades during a demonstration outside Government House in Bangkok November 30, 2013
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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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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
The long roots of an old fig tree extend over an ancient brick construction to reach the ground  ref...
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.
The Mahathat Temple  one of Thailand s oldest temples
The Mahathat Temple, one of Thailand's oldest temples
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Thailand students do homework at school somewhere in the Thai jungle.
Thailand students do homework at school somewhere in the Thai jungle.
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The Chinese Pavillion (Phra Thinang Wehat Chamrun).  Buildings at the Bang Pa-In Palace have been re...
The Chinese Pavillion (Phra Thinang Wehat Chamrun). Buildings at the Bang Pa-In Palace have been restored and beautifully decorated. They are currently used for official functions by the Thai royalty.
Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
Some prangs still retain nicely decorated plaster surfaces; others are now just plain brick mounds.
Some prangs still retain nicely decorated plaster surfaces; others are now just plain brick mounds.
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Thailand Prime Minister visits the set of The Hangover Part 2 which filmed in Bangkok in 2010. He met with Todd Phillips, director.
Thailand protesters  known as red shirts  march through Bangkok and vow to topple the Thai governmen...
Thailand protesters, known as red shirts, march through Bangkok and vow to topple the Thai government
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Steve Areen’s “Dome Home.”
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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
Ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya  second capital of Siam.
Ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, second capital of Siam.