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Thai king orders charter amendment in rare intervention

Bangkok - Thailand's new king has ordered sections of the country's draft constitution to be rewritten, the junta chief said Tuesday, a rare public intervention by the monarch in the kingdom's politics.

Thai king orders charter amendment in rare intervention

Bangkok - Thailand's new king has ordered sections of the country's draft constitution to be rewritten, the junta chief said Tuesday, a rare public intervention by the monarch in the kingdom's politics.

Thai king orders charter amendment in rare intervention

Bangkok - Thailand's new king has ordered sections of the country's draft constitution to be rewritten, the junta chief said Tuesday, a rare public intervention by the monarch in the kingdom's politics.

Rain brings fresh misery to flood-hit Thai south

Bangkok - Swathes of southern Thailand remained submerged Monday as fresh rain deepened misery in the flood-stricken zone, prompting a scramble to pump water from the worst-hit areas.

12 dead as torrential rains submerge Thai south

Bangkok - Heavy rains continued to hammer Thailand's flood-ravaged south on Saturday, bringing the death toll up to 12 and leaving thousands of villages partially submerged, authorities said.

Eight dead dead as floods spark chaos in Thai south

Bangkok - Thai authorities on Friday warned of flash floods across the south as torrential rains lashed the region leaving at least eight people dead, delaying flights and disrupting holidays during peak tourist season.

Eight dead dead as floods spark chaos in Thai south

Bangkok - Thai authorities on Friday warned of flash floods across the south as torrential rains lashed the region leaving at least eight people dead, delaying flights and disrupting holidays during peak tourist season.

Eight dead dead as floods spark chaos in Thai south

Bangkok - Thai authorities on Friday warned of flash floods across the south as torrential rains lashed the region leaving at least eight people dead, delaying flights and disrupting holidays during peak tourist season.

Sky's the limit for Thai baby elephant swimming back to health

Pattaya - After losing part of her foot in a snare in Thailand, baby elephant 'Clear Sky' is now learning to walk again -- in water.

Cambodia to arrest three behind photoshopped image of king

Phnom Penh - Cambodian police on Monday said they planned to arrest three suspects, including one believed to be in Thailand, for being behind an offensive photoshopped image of the country's king that placed him in a gay porn scene.

New Thai king urges unity in New Year's Eve address

Bangkok - Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn urged his subjects to unite in a New Year's Eve speech delivered on Saturday, his first major address to the politically-split nation since ascending to the throne.

Thai junta grants king power to appoint top monk

Bangkok - Thailand's military government on Thursday granted the king power to appoint the Buddhist country's top monk, a move aimed at resolving a bitter power struggle over the venerated post.

Baby orangutans rescued in Thai police sting

Bangkok - Thai police rescued two baby orangutans in a sting operation after undercover officers arranged to buy the primates over a mobile phone messaging app from wildlife traffickers for nearly $20,000, officials said.

Thailand using technology in effort to clean up seafood industry

Under international pressure to clean up its seafood industry, Thailand's Navy this week showed off its latest in "new technology" to monitor fishing boats in a renewed effort to crack down on abuses and corruption in the industry.

Thailand shuts ultra-rich temple's TV channel amid scandal

Bangkok - Thai authorities have ordered a controversial Buddhist temple to suspend its 24-hour TV channel, as police redouble efforts to arrest the spiritual leader of the scandal-hit sect.

BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

Bangkok - Thai authorities are investigating BBC over a Thai-language profile of the nation's new king, officials said Thursday, after the article outraged ultra-royalists in a country where criticism of the monarchy is outlawed.

Thai dissident arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Bangkok - A prominent Thai dissident was arrested under the country's draconian royal defamation law on Saturday for sharing a BBC Thai profile of the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Facebook, supporters said.

Thai police hold suspect in Pakistan factory fire that killed 255

Bangkok - A Pakistani man suspected of starting a devastating factory fire in Karachi four years ago that killed 255 people has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said Saturday.

New Thai king leads prayers for late father

Bangkok - Thailand's new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn led prayers for his late father on Friday, his first appearance at Bangkok's Grand Palace since he was officially appointed the day before after a seven week delay.

Vajiralongkorn becomes Thailand's new king

Bangkok - Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became the king of Thailand late Thursday, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father.

New era for Thai monarchy as prince set to be proclaimed king

Bangkok - Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be proclaimed the new king of Thailand later Thursday, his office said, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father.

Thai parliament invites prince to become new king

Bangkok - Thailand's parliament on Tuesday invited Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to become the next king, resolving lingering anxiety over his accession following his father's death last month.

I wanna eat like you-oo-oo: Thai town lays on monkey banquet

Lopburi - It is a feast fit for a monkey king. On Sunday the central Thai town of Lopburi put on a five-star banquet for its hundreds of macaque inhabitants, sparking a mass simian food fight.

Tracksuited Thai junta chief leads workout for bureaucrats

He's a mercurial army general known for penning saccharine ballads and angry tirades against his critics. Now Thailand's junta chief has launched a new eye-catching project: trimming the waistlines of the kingdom's civil servants.

Thai junta ramps up royalism with mass loyalty ceremony

Bangkok - From civil servants to school children, soldiers and celebrities, tens of thousands of Thais took part in a mass "oath of loyalty" on Tuesday to the country's recently deceased monarch.

Bangkok bomb trial starts after months of delays

Bangkok - The long-delayed trial of two Uighur men accused of bombing a Bangkok shrine finally kicked off Tuesday as a military court allowed Beijing to supply translators for the suspects despite their objections.

Pollution linked to deaths of over 70 endangered giant stingrays

The deaths of over 70 giant stingrays in Thailand's Mae Klong River has been attributed to molasses wastewater that leaked from a sugar/ethanol factory in Ban Pong District of Ratchaburi Province.

Thailand's Crown Prince returns to kingdom: sources

Bangkok - Thailand's Crown Prince flew back to the kingdom on Friday after a fortnight overseas, palace sources confirmed, although there is still no date for when he will officially succeed his father.

Tens of thousands queue to pay respects to late Thai king

Bangkok - Thousands of Thais streamed into the gates of Bangkok's Grand Palace on Saturday as the public was granted its first chance to enter the throne hall where the body of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is lying in state.

Noodle shop bomb kills 1, wounds 18 in restive Thai south

Pattani - One person was killed and 18 others were wounded, some of them critically, when a bomb exploded outside a noodle shop in Thailand's far south, police and witnesses said Monday.
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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
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Shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim
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The actual shrine to the goddess Chao Mae Tuptim can be seen in the background
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