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Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, who's a University of British Columbia student.

Small Thai anti-junta groups vow protests on coup anniversary

Bangkok - Small groups of anti-junta activists have vowed to hold protests Friday marking one year since Thailand's generals seized power from the elected government, but widespread dissent is unlikely in a country still locked down by the military.

Stigma haunts relatives of Thais jailed under royal insult law

Bangkok - When Natnicha's husband was jailed for insulting Thailand's monarchy under the country's lese majeste laws, she didn't just lose a partner.

Ousted Thai PM proclaims innocence as criminal trial starts

Bangkok - Thailand's ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence on Tuesday, at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.

Thailand's Yingluck faces trial and political ruin

Bangkok - Thailand's first female prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces court Tuesday at the start of a negligence trial which could see her jailed for a decade and deliver a hammer blow to the political dominance of her family.

Of smugglers and kingpins: Southeast Asia's big money trade in humans

Amphoe Hankha - Around $1,100 should have secured passage for each of the Rohingya migrants who were found adrift in the Andaman Sea -- victims of a dark trade in humans that pivots around smuggling kingpins in Thailand's south.

Shunned migrant boat leaves Thai waters: Governor

Amphoe Hankha - A boat packed with desperate Rohingya migrants left Thai waters early Friday bound for Indonesia, authorities said, in line with the kingdom's policy of blocking entry to such vessels.

Migrant boat found in Thai waters

Amphoe Hankha - A boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants -- including many young children -- was found drifting in Thai waters Thursday, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days.

Thai court jails mentally ill woman for insulting monarchy

Bangkok - A Thai court on Tuesday jailed a mentally ill 65-year-old woman for one year for allegedly defaming the monarchy by insulting a portrait of the nation's revered king.

Thailand calls for Malaysia, Myanmar help in halting trafficking

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief Friday called for Malaysia and Myanmar's help in stamping out the region's thriving human trafficking trade following the discovery of remains from dozens of migrants.

Thai police find graves at second migrant jungle camp

Bangkok - Investigators in southern Thailand have discovered five graves at a second remote jungle camp believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, police said Tuesday.

Thai people smuggling crackdown creates fresh dangers

The two boys in the back of the Thai police pickup truck were terrified.

Three Thai officials, Myanmar man held over migrant deaths

Bangkok - Three local Thai officials and a Myanmar national have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after the remains of 26 migrants were found in a mass grave in southern Thailand, police said Monday.

Thai forensics exhume remains of 26 migrants at mass grave

Amphoe Hankha - The remains of 26 migrants thought to be from Myanmar or Bangladesh have been exhumed from a mass grave after Thai police ended their search Saturday, as details emerged of the maltreatment endured at the remote people smugglers' camp.

Mass 'migrant prison camp' grave found in Thailand

Bangkok - Authorities in Thailand uncovered a mass grave in an abandoned jungle camp Friday believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, a grisly find in a region notorious for people-smuggling routes.

Thai inquest unsure who killed Japanese cameraman

Bangkok - A Thai inquest into the death of a Japanese cameraman during a military crackdown five years ago against protesters ended inconclusively Thursday with the court unable to decide who fired the fatal shot.

Thai customs seize African elephant tusks worth $6 million

Customs officials in Thailand have seized over four tons of ivory worth $6.0 million in what the customs department is calling the biggest ivory bust in the country's history.

Seven hurt as car bomb hits Thai tourist island of Samui

Ko Samui - A car bomb on the Thai resort island of Samui has wounded seven people, including an Italian girl, police said Saturday, in a further blow to the country's tarnished reputation as a top tourist destination.

Thai 'Red Shirts' cancel 2010 crackdown anniversary

Bangkok - Thailand's anti-coup "Red Shirts" on Thursday cancelled a religious ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of a deadly military crackdown, accusing security forces of surrounding a temple where the memorial was due to take place.

Top WHO official in Thailand denies maid slavery claims

Bangkok - The World Health Organization's top official in Thailand on Saturday denied beating his Ethiopian domestic helper and treating her like a modern day slave.

Thailand slammed for 25-year lese majeste jail term

Bangkok - Rights groups Wednesday lambasted a Thai military court for jailing a businessman for 25 years for making allegedly defamatory Facebook posts about the monarchy, one of the toughest known sentences for lese majeste.

Thai junta to replace martial law but retain key powers

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief said on Tuesday he would lift martial law but only after replacing it with a new order retaining sweeping powers for the military.Critics said the move would "deepen dictatorship" in the kingdom.

Thai junta chief considers martial law replacement

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief Friday said he was considering lifting martial law, but only after passing a new order to replace it.

Thai former PM Yingluck to face trial over rice scheme

Bangkok - Thailand's former premier Yingluck Shinawatra was Thursday ordered to stand trial on charges of negligence over a bungled rice subsidy scheme, in a case that could see her jailed for up to a decade.

Posting 'underboob selfies' may be a crime in Thailand

On Monday, women in Thailand were warned about posting "selfie" photos of the lower parts of their breasts, known as "underboob selfies."

Giant stingray the largest freshwater fish ever caught?

It took five hours to catch the massive stingray in Thailand's Mae Klong river and it was back-breaking work, but when the fishermen were done, they had managed to catch what may well be the largest freshwater fisher ever caught by rod and line.

Thailand's 'Tiger Temple' cleared of charges of mistreatment

Kanchanaburi - Thailand's wildlife protection agency, called in to investigate charges of mistreatment of tigers at the famous Luangtamahabua Buddhist temple called "Tiger Temple," have cleared the monks and the temple establishment of any wrong-doing.

Thai pair jailed for more than two years for royal slur in play

Bangkok - Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown under a controversial lese majeste law.

Dozen wounded as car bomb rips through southern Thai town

Narathiwat - Around a dozen people were wounded when a car bomb detonated by remote control ripped through a karaoke bar in Thailand's Muslim-majority deep south on Friday, officials told AFP.

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners after scandals

Bangkok - Thailand has passed a law banning foreign couples from using Thai women as surrogates after a series of high-profile scandals tainting the image of the hitherto unregulated industry.
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Redshirt protesters rolling a burning tire into Rama IV in downtown Bangkok on Saturday.
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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.
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Red-shirted protesters in Bangkok, Thailand on April 3, 2010
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A fire burning in Bangkok
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A mosque in the Pattani province of Thailand.
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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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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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Old brick platforms used to hold dozens of Buddha images. Most of them were destroyed following the Burmese invasion.
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