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Thai authorities retrieve ship after fatal Phuket capsizing

Bangkok - A ship that capsized in July off the coast of Thailand's tourist hotspot Phuket -- leaving dozens of Chinese tourists dead -- was plucked out of the sea on Saturday, immigration officials said.

Thai sergeant with HIV accused of raping dozens of teenage boys: police

Bangkok - An HIV-infected Thai sergeant major has been arrested and charged with raping an estimated 75 mostly teenage boys after luring them to meet him in the northeast of the country, a senior law enforcement offical told AFP Thursday.

Life in the shadows: Pakistani Christians fear arrest in Thailand

Bangkok - His family of seven share two small, squalid rooms in a cockroach-infested Bangkok apartment. But like many Pakistani Christians living illegally in Thailand, Farooz's sharpest worry is not poverty but arrest.

Leicester City footballers in Bangkok to pay respects to Vichai

Bangkok - Players and staff from Leicester City were set to arrive in Bangkok Sunday to attend a mourning rite for the club's chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose death last week in a helicopter crash stunned the Premier League club.

Thai elite mourn Leicester City owner Vichai at elaborate funeral

Bangkok - The elaborate funeral of Leicester City's Thai owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha began at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Saturday evening, as members of Thailand's business and political elite came in mourning garb to pay tribute to the ...

Vichai son vows to press on with Leicester City owner's 'big mission'

Bangkok - The youngest son of Leicester City's late Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha issued a heartfelt message of thanks Wednesday for the cascade of condolences that followed his father's death in a helicopter crash, vowing to "carry on his big vision".

Family, players pay tribute to Thai owner of Leicester City

Leicester - The family of the late Thai billionaire boss of Premier League club Leicester City laid a wreath on Monday at the site where his helicopter crashed as investigators began examining the aircraft's black box.

Thailand's 'King Power' duty free empire faces unknown after Vichai's death

Bangkok - The sudden death of billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha strips his King Power duty-free brand of its streetwise and connected frontman, challenging his heirs to secure the future of a monopoly that has become one of Thailand's most lucrative businesse...

In the fast lane: Female motortaxi drivers on the rise in Bangkok

Bangkok - Hair pulled back tightly as she lounges on her red scooter, Ar is a rare sight among the male-dominated ranks of Bangkok's motortaxi riders plying their trade on the Thai capital's treacherous roads.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: author of Leicester's football fairytale

London - Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City, whose helicopter crashed Saturday outside the Premier League club's stadium, is the author of one of football's greatest fairytales.

Helicopter owned by Leicester City's Thai chairman crashes

Leicester - A helicopter belonging to Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed on Saturday near the stadium of his Premier League club Leicester City.

Thai rappers cause stir with anti-junta lyrics

Bangkok - A group of Thai rappers has touched a nerve with an impassioned and now-viral music video lobbing fiery rhymes at the ruling junta, as police mull filing charges against the lyricists.

'Don't force' LGBT rights on Malaysia, new PM says

Bangkok - Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said his country cannot accept LGBT rights such as same-sex marriage, dismissing them as "western" values.

Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes 'dark-skinned people'

Bangkok - Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner" has raised questions about racial profiling and fears for asylum-seekers caught in its web.

Thailand's infamous 'jet-set monk' convicted of raping a minor

Bangkok - Thailand's infamous "jet-set monk" was convicted of raping an underage girl Wednesday, a court official said, in a case that has rocked an already scandal-mired Buddhist clergy.

Ouch! Thailand's cheek-piercing vegetarian festival

Phuket - As burning incense fills the air, devotees in trances force skewers and swords through their cheeks in ritualistic acts underpinning southern Thailand's colourful -- and seemingly painful -- vegetarian festival.

Extortion and abuse: Myanmar workers arrive debt-laden in Thailand

- A "mafia" of recruitment agents is trapping Myanmar migrants to Thailand in debt bondage despite a 2017 law meant to fight exploitation in the kingdom's notoriously shadowy job market, activists and workers say.

Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' shut indefinitely

Bangkok - The glittering Thai bay immortalised in the movie "The Beach" will be closed indefinitely to allow it to recover from the impact of hordes of tourists, an official said Wednesday, as a temporary ban on visitors expired.

British divers rescued Thai adults before saving 'Wild Boars': report

Bangkok - Two British divers who helped rescue a Thai youth football team from a flooded cave had earlier saved four adults also stranded in the complex, according to a new report on a mission that gripped the world.

Spray-can satire creates headache for Thai junta

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief caricatured as a "lucky cat" with a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line -- daring graffiti is cropping up across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for rare political scorn.

Six Thais acquitted after being accused of torching king portraits

Bangkok - Six young Thais accused of setting portraits of the royal family on fire have been granted rare acquittals, their lawyer said Thursday, escaping strict royal defamation charges that can carry 15 years in jail.

British caver sues Elon Musk over 'pedo' comments

Washington - A British caver who helped in the dramatic rescue of 12 boys trapped in Thailand earlier this year sued Tesla founder Elon Musk on Monday for calling him a "pedo guy" and a "child rapist.

Myanmar jailbreakers could be heading to Thailand

More than 30 inmates on the run after a Myanmar jailbreak may try to cross into Thailand, an official said Monday, a day after they hijacked a garbage truck and ploughed through the prison gates.

Young elephant electrocuted in Thailand

Bangkok - A young male elephant was electrocuted in Thailand after stumbling into a drain and crashing into a restaurant sign, police said Saturday.

Thai opposition urges junta to lift politics ban as poll looms

Bangkok - The toppled Thai opposition on Thursday called on the ruling junta to lift the ban on political activities as the countdown begins for the kingdom's first election since a 2014 coup.

Thai film company to retell cave boy saga

Bangkok - A Thai-based film company has joined the scramble to retell the dramatic story of the 12 young footballers and their coach who were freed from a flooded cave, one of the producers said Tuesday.

Nations round on US, allies as UN climate talks wrap up

Bangkok - Developing countries rounded on the United States and its allies at emergency climate talks Sunday, accusing the world's richest nations of stalling on a deal aimed at preventing runaway global warming.

Global climate protests peak in US as UN talks falter

San Francisco - Tens of thousands of people across the globe took to the streets Saturday to demand that governments step up action on global warming, even as United Nations climate talks tasked with breathing life into the Paris Agreement faltered.

US accused of blocking UN climate talks amid protests

Bangkok - The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks over how to fund poorer nations as they battle against global warming, multiple sources told AFP Saturday.

US hampering key UN climate talks in Bangkok: sources

Bangkok - The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks in a row over how poorer nations' battle against global warming is funded, sources told AFP Saturday.
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