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Thai army vows probe after rebel suspect left unconscious

Bangkok - Thailand's army is investigating how a detained suspected insurgent in the Muslim-majority south was left unconscious hours after being taken to a notorious military camp.

Prized Thai buffaloes show off speed in muddy race

Chon Buri - Sloshing across a muddy field with men sprinting behind them, prized water buffaloes blow past cheering spectators in eastern Thailand on Sunday in a rare display of bovine speed.

Thai schoolboy dies after violent hazing ritual

Bangkok - A Thai high school student kicked into a coma by his schoolmates died Thursday, police said, raising alarm about a hazing culture in the country's institutions.

New Thai leader keeps junta's powers of arbitrary detention

Bangkok - Thailand's new civilian government will retain the power to arbitrarily detain critics despite the imminent easing of junta-era security controls, prompting warnings from rights groups of enduring "martial law".

The Dugong Show: 24-hour webcast shows star Thai sea cows

Bangkok - A round-the-clock webcast starring two beloved baby dugongs in Thailand named Mariam and Jamil went live Sunday, allowing a more in-depth look at the celebrity sea cows.

New orphan dugong named 'handsome sea prince' by Thai royal

Bangkok - A second orphan baby dugong found stranded on a southern Thai beach has been named "handsome sea prince" by one of the country's princesses, officials said Saturday, as sea cow craze sweeps the kingdom.

South Korean actress faces Thai jail for reality TV stunt

Bangkok - A South Korean actress faces up to five years in a Thai jail for catching endangered giant clams in a reality TV stunt, an official said Saturday, despite the show's extensive apology.

Thailand's orphaned baby dugong becomes conservation star

Trang - Cuddles at feeding time are one of many techniques vets in Thailand are using to raise an orphaned baby dugong named Mariam, and which have helped spread interest in ocean conservation in the process.

Thailand orders phone users in Muslim-majority south to submit photos

Bangkok - An order for mobile phone users in Thailand's restive south to submit a photo of themselves for facial recognition purposes is causing uproar from opponents who see it as further curtailing the rights of the Muslim-majority population.

Thai 'Wild Boars' pay respects to hero diver who died in rescue

Mae Sai - The "Wild Boars" youth football team, whose plight captivated the world a year ago when they were trapped for nearly three weeks in a flooded Thai cave, paid their respects Monday to a diver who died trying to save them.

Paris court to hear case over 2007 Thai plane crash

Paris - The former head of a budget Thai airline goes on trial in Paris on Monday over a deadly 2007 plane crash that killed 90 people, nearly two-thirds of them foreigners.

Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country

Bangkok - Malaysia's prime minister on Friday vowed to help Rohingya Muslims seeking refuge in Malaysia, reiterating the call for Southeast Asian leaders to "stop the oppression" of the stateless minority group expelled from Myanmar.

ASEAN leaders told to get serious on Rohingya issue

Bangkok - Southeast Asian leaders must use an upcoming summit to hold unvarnished talks on Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingya, rights groups urged Wednesday, after a report by the bloc was pilloried for whitewashing the persecution of the Muslim minority.

Italian 'Bonnie and Clyde' arrested in Thailand for Clooney fraud

Bangkok - An Italian who allegedly posed as Hollywood superstar George Clooney to sell clothes online has been arrested with his wife in Thailand after years on the run, police said Sunday.

Thai junta chief Prayut made PM in royal decree

Bangkok - Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha formally became Thailand's 29th prime minister Tuesday after a royal endorsement, completing a long transformation from soldier to civilian leader and vowing "love, unity and compassion".

Drones, big money and cheap drugs: the Laos route spewing meth into Thailand

As dusk falls along the Mekong River, a nightly dance begins between Thai border security and Laos drug gangs now using drones, scouts and a pool of poor fishermen to shift record amounts of meth into Thailand.

Australian police in record $840m haul of drug 'ice'

Sydney - Australian police have seized a record US$840 million worth of the drug "ice" hidden in stereo speakers shipped from Thailand, officials said Friday.Australian Border Force agents found 1.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine and 37 kilograms (81.

'Not here for decoration': Thai transgender MPs make history in parliament

Bangkok - Smiling broadly, Tanwarin triumphantly cast her vote for prime minister as the first transgender MPs enter parliament in Thailand, where tolerance for the LGBT community is not matched by understanding or opportunity in public life.

Thai lawmakers elect junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha as PM

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha was elected late Wednesday as the kingdom's first civilian prime minister since the 2014 coup he led, in a vote by a parliament stacked with appointed allies of the conservative, arch-royalist army.

Thailand's unmatched powerbroker Prem Tinsulanonda dies aged 98

Bangkok - Former prime minister and close advisor to Thailand's revered royals Prem Tinsulanonda died early Sunday aged 98, a senior parliamentarian said, ending a decades-long career of unrivalled influence over Thai politics.

Thai court blocks junta nemesis from entering parliament

Bangkok - Thailand's constitutional court on Thursday suspended the wildly popular leader of an anti-junta party from parliament a day before it convenes, putting the brakes on his political career as it agreed to hear a case against him.

Keyboard predators: SE Asia's kids targeted by online paedophiles

Bangkok - Southeast Asia is in the grip of a fresh surge of paedophile activity with predators orchestrating and watching abuse on live-streaming sites and via webcams, and paying for it with near-untraceable cryptocurrency, victims and children's charities warn...

Critics round on $7.1 bn rail deal with Thailand's richest family

Bangkok - Critics have urged Thailand's junta to reconsider the award of a $7.1 billion high-speed rail contract to a consortium led by the kingdom's richest family, just days before a new parliament is set to convene.

Thai activist jailed for insulting monarchy freed in royal pardon

Khon Kaen - A Thai anti-junta activist who spent more than two years behind bars for insulting the country's monarchy by sharing an unflattering BBC article about the king walked free Friday on a royal pardon.

Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' to be shut until 2021

Bangkok - The closure of the glittering Thai bay made famous by the movie "The Beach" has been extended for another two years to allow a full recovery of its corals and wildlife, an official said Thursday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the tourism industry.

Thai junta-backed party needs allies after election count

Bangkok - Thailand's army-backed party needs allies to get enough votes to allow coup leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha to cling to power, according to election results released late Wednesday that were immediately challenged by anti-junta rivals.

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

Bangkok - Thailand's newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praised the show of "unity" at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation Monday, speaking to a sea of supporters and witnessed by the head of the junta that has led the divide...

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

Bangkok - Thailand's newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praised a show of "unity" at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation Monday, speaking to a sea of supporters and witnessed by the head of the junta that has led the divided ...

Thai King Rama X set for first grand procession since coronation

Bangkok - Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be carried on a golden palanquin through Bangkok's historic heart Sunday, a second day of coronation rituals which will bring the public up close to their powerful monarch.

Cabin crew, bodyguard, Thai queen: Suthida's meteoric rise

Bangkok - Kneeling in front of her King, Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya was invested as Queen on Saturday in Bangkok's Grand Palace, taking up a prominent role in a country where the monarchy is deeply revered, a fairytale ascent for the former flight attenda...
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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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Temple dancer. A young girl in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Typical spirit houses with offerings of milk, food, incense and flowers.
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A fire burning in Bangkok
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The Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia through which the Mekong River flows comprises the count...
The Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia through which the Mekong River flows comprises the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province in southern China.
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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
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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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People packing food for stranded elephants
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Elephant drivers take a nap under a tree during slack time at the Ayutthaya historical park.
Elephant drivers take a nap under a tree during slack time at the Ayutthaya historical park.
Elephant parking area. Visitors can view the ruins of the historical city of Ayutthaya by riding Tha...
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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Seafood destined for a store near you.
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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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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.

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