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Thai bridge players arrested for having too many cards

Pattaya - In the resort town of Pattaya a group of elderly bridge players were arrested for having too many unregistered playing cards.

Thailand confirms first domestic case of Zika virus

Bangkok - A man has contracted the Zika virus in Thailand, officials said Tuesday, as a global alert intensifies over the mosquito-borne infection blamed for a surge in serious birth defects in South America.

Swedish police travel to Thailand over bookseller disappearance

Bangkok - Swedish detectives have travelled to Thailand to look into the disappearance of a Hong Kong-based bookseller who vanished in the kingdom and later resurfaced in Chinese custody, Thai police said Friday.

Lucky Thai dolls 'non-human' says aviation authority

Bangkok - Thailand's air safety body warned passengers Wednesday that lucky "child angel" dolls cannot be considered real people and must be properly stowed before take-off and landing.

Thai junta chief vows 2017 elections even if charter rejected

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief on Tuesday vowed to hold a general election in the summer of 2017 even if a new constitution penned by regime appointees is rejected in a public referendum.

Malaysia confirms Thailand debris not from MH370

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia confirmed Tuesday that debris found on the coast of southern Thailand was not from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, laying to rest one question but leaving the fate of the missing airliner still shrouded in mystery.

Japan firm say debris found in Thailand 'likely' rocket not jet

Amphoe Hankha - A metal panel that washed up on the Thai coast is "likely" to be from a rocket, a Japanese manufacturer said Monday, pouring cold water on speculation it comes from a missing Malaysian Airways jet.

Thai air force to examine 'jet debris' amid MH370 conjecture

Bangkok - Thailand's air force said Sunday it would bring a piece of suspected aircraft debris found on the southeast coast to Bangkok, amid media speculation it may belong to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.The metal panel measuring two metres (6.

Deadly bacteria more prevalent than previously thought: Study

Bangkok - An often deadly and difficult to treat bacterial disease is much more prevalent than previously thought and kills tens of thousands of people worldwide each year, researchers said Monday.

Thai skin whitening ad provokes race storm

Bangkok - A Thai company pulled an advert for skin-lightening pills on Friday following an outcry on social media over a product sold with the tagline "white makes you a winner".

French tourist killed in speedboat accident off Thai island

Bangkok - A speedboat struck and instantly killed a French tourist while she was swimming in waters reserved for snorkellers at a Thai resort, police said Wednesday.

Myanmar army chief asks Thailand for death sentence review

Yangon - Myanmar's army chief has called on Thailand to review the sentencing of two countrymen to death for murdering a pair of British backpackers after a controversial trial that sparked protests.

Protest outside Thai embassy in Myanmar against murder verdict

Yangon - Hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside Thailand's embassy in Yangon Friday after two Myanmar migrants were sentenced to death by a Thai court for murdering two British backpackers, in a verdict that has sparked anger in their homeland.

Thai court hands Myanmar men death penalty for British tourist murders

Ko Samui - Two Myanmar migrants were sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a pair of British holidaymakers on a Thai island, in a case that sullied the kingdom's reputation as a tourist haven and raised questions over its justice system.

Myanmar men face verdict over murder of British pair on Thai resort

Ko Samui - Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British backpackers on a Thai island face a verdict Thursday in a case that sullied the kingdom's reputation as a tourist haven and raised questions over its justice system.

Thai editor loses final appeal over royal slur conviction

Bangkok - Thailand's highest court on Wednesday upheld a royal defamation conviction against an online newspaper editor who fell foul of the draconian law after failing to speedily remove reader comments deemed critical of the monarchy.

Thai court jails woman in 'secret' ruling over Facebook posts

Bangkok - A Thai military court has jailed a woman for over nine years for royal defamation, an official said Wednesday, the latest in a series of harsh sentences to raise concern about the draconian law.

Thai faces jail for 'insulting king's dog'

Bangkok - A Thai faces prison after being charged with lese majeste for insulting the king's dog, his lawyer said Tuesday, in an escalation of the already draconian royal defamation law.

U.S. ambassador to Thailand being investigated for royal defamation

Bangkok - The US ambassador to Thailand is under investigation for royal defamation over comments he made criticising lengthy jail sentences from the kingdom's lese majeste law, a foreign media group and police said Wednesday.

Thailand warned by Russia IS militants 'have entered' the kingdom

Bangkok - Moscow's top intelligence agency has warned that 10 Syrians linked to the Islamic State group have entered Thailand to target Russians, the kingdom's police said Friday.

Thailand has given legal status to over 18,000 stateless people

Bangkok - Thailand reported on Tuesday it has granted nationality status to 18, 770 stateless people over the past three years, UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency welcomed the announcement, saying this was an important step in reducing global statelessness.

Blank spaces replace NYT article on flagging Thai economy

Bangkok - The International New York Times said its printer in Thailand removed an article on the moribund state of the kingdom's economy Tuesday, forcing the edition to carry blank spaces including on the cover.

U.S. has not lost Thailand to China: Ambassador

Bangkok - The United States has not lost Thailand to China, Washington's envoy to Bangkok said Monday, despite acrimony between the two allies and a palpable shift by the kingdom's junta towards its giant northern neighbour.

Under junta rule, Thailand pivots towards China

Bangkok - Chinese fighter jets thunder through blue skies above an air force base in northeast Thailand, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between the junta-run country and its authoritarian northern neighbour.

Thai military court indicts Bangkok blast accused

Bangkok - A Thai military court on Tuesday indicted two Uighurs for a deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine in August, as the United Nations called on the ruling junta to stop holding civilian suspects in army detention.

Thai general among human trafficking suspects in court

Bangkok - Dozens of people arrested in Thailand's human trafficking crackdown, including a senior general, appeared in court Tuesday, days after the police officer in charge of the investigation tendered his resignation saying he feared for his life.

Thai soothsayer accused of lese majeste dies in custody

Bangkok - A famous Thai fortune teller charged with royal defamation has died in military custody, officials said Monday, the second time in weeks a person caught up in a shadowy palace intrigue probe has been found dead while in detention.

Wild elephant kills two Thais in rubber plantation rampage

Bangkok - A wild elephant killed two Thai men in separate pre-dawn attacks on Friday as they worked at a rubber plantation in eastern Thailand, police said.

Lese majeste-accused Thai police officer dies in custody

Bangkok - A senior police officer charged under Thailand's controversial royal defamation law has died in custody after "hanging" himself in his cell, officials said on Saturday, prompting an investigation.

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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.
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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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Nitrogen pollution is fertilizing tropical forests in Thailand, Panama and Brazil, Smithsonian Institution scientists have claimed.
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The Yao hill people of northern Thailand wandered in from South China and are know for their beautiful embroideries and necklaces, but also of opium cultivation. Yao tribes are also found in Laos, Tibet and Myanmar.
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RELIGIOUS: The Erawan shrine in central Bangkok was damaged Monday by an explosion that killed 22 and injured more than 100.
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Krung Thep, the city also known as Bangkok
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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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Large phallus made of marble, about 8 feet long.
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These fishing boat laborers were sold to the captain for $480 each.
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