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Thai cops nab Pakistani passport forger with Islamic State links

January 19, 2018

BANGKOK: A Pakistani passport forger whose fakes may have been sold to Islamic State operatives has been arrested in Thailand, police said Friday (Jan 19), ending a career that helped people slip into Europe illegally. Mohammad Iqbal, 52, was arrested on Sunday in a Bangkok suburb in possession of ...
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Clock ticks on Thai general as online sleuths count his Rolexes

January 17, 2018

Thailand's junta number two has been snapped with 25 different luxury watches worth $1.2 million since a 2014 coup, social media sleuths said Wednesday, a day after the ex-general vowed to resign if a graft panel finds him guilty of wrongdoing.
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Thailand plans for even more tourists as numbers top 35 million

January 16, 2018

Thailand on Tuesday forecast a rise of 6 percent in tourist numbers this year, after a jump of 9 percent to 35 million in 2017, with little sign the strong baht is slowing growth that has lifted shares in hotels, malls and the airport operator.
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Speedboat carrying 26 Chinese tourists explodes in southern Thailand

January 14, 2018

BANGKOK: A speedboat carrying 26 Chinese tourists – including three children - and five crew exploded in the waters off Krabi, a top holiday destination in southern Thailand, on Sunday (Jan 14). Several passengers were injured. Krabi Prevention and Mitigation Disaster Department head, Paisarn ...
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26 Chinese tourists cheat death in speedboat explosion in southern Thailand

January 14, 2018

BANGKOK: Twenty-six Chinese tourists – including three children - and five crew cheated death when a speedboat they were travelling in burst into flames and exploded in the waters off Krabi, a top holiday destination in southern Thailand, leaving a number of passengers injured. Krabi Prevention ...
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16 injured from a tourist boat explosion in southern Thailand

January 14, 2018

BANGKOK: A tourist speedboat carrying 31 passengers exploded in front of Phi Phi Le island in the southern Thailand province of Krabi on Sunday, injuring 16, mostly tourists from China, the Phi Phi police told Reuters. The speedboat, named "King Poseidon", was ferrying 27 Chinese tourists from the ...
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Tattoos lead Thai police to Japanese gang murder suspect

January 11, 2018

BANGKOK: A 74-year-old Japanese man accused of a gang murder in Japan 15 years ago has been arrested in Thailand after pictures of his tattoos went viral on social media, Thai police said on Thursday. Shigeharu Shirai was arrested on Wednesday evening in Lopburi province, 150 km (95 miles) north ...
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Thai national goalkeeper Kawin joins Belgian club

January 11, 2018

BANGKOK: Thailand's national goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan is on his way to Europe after completing a move to Belgium's second tier club Oud-Heverlee Leuven. The former Muangthong United captain is the first Thai goalkeeper to join a European club, and the third Thai national to play ...
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JB petrol station killing: Some suspects hiding in Thailand, Malaysian police say

January 11, 2018

BANGKOK: Some suspects linked to the gruesome murder of a 44-year-old man at a Shell petrol station in Taman Pelangi, Johor have gone into hiding in Thailand, Malaysian police intelligence has revealed. The director of Malaysia's Criminal Investigation Department Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said ...
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History of Thai kings a new topic in schools of conflict-torn south

January 10, 2018

BANGKOK: Private Islamic schools in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south will teach the history of past kings, a governor said on Wednesday, the Buddhist-majority nation's latest bid to bring peace to the strife-torn region, but one that could backfire. The mostly Muslim southern provinces of ...
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Thailand says drone users must register or face jail, fines

January 9, 2018

BANGKOK: Drone users who fail to register their devices in Thailand by Tuesday (Jan 9) could face up to five years in jail or a US$3,000 fine, officials said, tough new rules that may hit tourists and media alike. The regulations, which were announced in October but take effect this week, cover ...
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Thai foreign minister says fugitive former PM Yingluck in London

January 9, 2018

BANGKOK: Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country to avoid being jailed over a rice subsidy scheme that lost billions of dollars, is in Britain, Thailand's foreign minister said on Tuesday. His comments come after two photographs purporting to be of Yingluck were ...
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Thai king orders history-themed festival paying homage to past monarchs

January 8, 2018

BANGKOK: Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered a history-themed festival for the public, a government spokesman said on Monday (Jan 8), as the Southeast Asian nation emerges from a year of mourning for his revered father. The king's father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose reign ...
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Thai penis whitening fad drives social media nuts

January 4, 2018

A Bangkok clinic that has drawn 100 men a month to its penis whitening service has caused a stir in Thailand, with social media users both baffled and alarmed by the phallic fad.
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Thai court jails blind woman for 1-1/2 years over royal insult

January 4, 2018

BANGKOK: A Thai court on Thursday jailed a blind woman for 1-1/2 years for violating the country's royal insult law, her lawyer and a court official said. Thailand's lese-majeste law is the toughest in the world, and those judged guilty of breaking it face up to 15 years in jail for each count of...
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Singaporean couple killed in motorcycle accident in Thailand: Reports

January 1, 2018

PHATTHALUNG: A Singaporean couple was killed in a motorcycle accident in southern Thailand's Phatthalung province on New Years' Eve.  According to local media outlet Thai Rath, the Singapore-registered motorbike they were on skidded at a bend before crashing into a stationary vehicle.  The rider ...
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Death toll in Thailand’s southern conflict hits record low

December 27, 2017

BANGKOK: The death toll this year from an insurgency in Thailand's Muslim-majority southern provinces was the lowest since the conflict began 13 years ago, monitors said Wednesday (Dec 27), as security improves under the ruling junta. Thailand's southernmost provinces abutting Malaysia have been ...
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Chinese tour guide trampled to death by elephant in Thailand

December 26, 2017

BANGKOK: A Chinese tour guide has been trampled to death by a rampaging elephant in Thailand, reports said. He Yongjie, 35, was killed on Thursday (Dec 21) at the Sam Liam Thong Kham elephant camp near Pattaya in an attack which also saw two other tourists injured. Thai media and Chinese media ...
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Santa Claus comes to town riding an elephant in Thailand

December 22, 2017

BANGKOK: A troupe of elephants bearing presents visited students in Thailand's old capital of Ayutthaya on Friday (Dec 22) to spread Christmas cheer. Four elephants, with their mahouts were dressed in Santa Claus suits, arrived at Ayutthaya's Jirasartwitthaya School to hand out toys, balloons and ...
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Insurgents burn bus in southern Thailand

December 17, 2017

BANGKOK: Armed insurgents stopped and torched a Bangkok-bound passenger bus on a highway in southern Thailand on Sunday, police said. All 14 passengers, as well as the bus driver and his assistance, survived the attack, although their luggage were burned with the bus. The attack occurred in Yala ...
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Thai army denies role in death of cadet in abuse row

December 17, 2017

Thailand's military on Friday cleared itself of responsibility for the murky death of an 18-year-old cadet following its probe into a case that has become a lightning rod for anger over abuse of young recruits in the kingdom's barracks.
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Thailand battles drug-resistant malaria strains that imperil global campaign

December 15, 2017

BO RAI, Thailand: Once a smuggling stop for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge guerrillas, Thailand's border town of Bo Rai finds itself on the frontline of a new battle against drug-resistant strains of malaria that could frustrate global attempts to stamp out the disease. Malaria killed about 445,000 people ...
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Thailand cuts back North Korean trade to nearly ‘none’: Government

December 14, 2017

Thailand has drastically reduced trade with North Korea amid mounting international pressure to isolate the pariah state, the government said Thursday, as a senior US envoy arrived for talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme.
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Thai PM says no trade with North Korea, ahead of US envoy’s visit

December 12, 2017

BANGKOK: No trade takes place between Thailand and North Korea, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday (Dec 12), ahead of an expected visit by a US envoy seeking to step up pressure on North Korea over its weapons programmes. The United States has been urging Southeast Asian ...
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Bangkok Post website goes black for 3 hours in hacking incident

December 12, 2017

SINGAPORE: The Bangkok Post website was forced to undergo maintenance for about three hours on Tuesday (Dec 12) after a hacking incident.  Shortly before 1pm, English-language broadsheet in Thailand tweeted: "Announcement: The Bangkokpost.com website has been hacked and is currently under ...
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Bangkok Post website ‘hacked’

December 12, 2017

SINGAPORE: The Bangkok Post website has been hacked, said Thailand's English-language broadsheet on Tuesday (Dec 12). Shortly before 1pm, the newspaper tweeted: "Announcement: The Bangkokpost.com website has been hacked and is currently under maintenance. We're very sorry for this technical hiccup ...
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EU to resume political contact ‘at all levels’ with Thailand: statement

December 11, 2017

The European Union will resume political contact "at all levels" with Thailand, its foreign affairs council said on Monday, after putting relations on hold following a 2014 coup by the Thai military.
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Funeral held for Thai cadet at centre of army abuse scandal

December 10, 2017

CHON BURI, Thailand: A Thai army recruit whose death captured national attention after his organs were removed in mysterious circumstances showed signs of being physically assaulted, his family said on Sunday (Dec 10), citing the results of an autopsy ahead of the teenager's funeral. The army said ...
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Thailand flood death toll rises to 15

December 5, 2017

BANGKOK: Fifteen people have died and one million have been affected by flooding in Thailand's deep south, authorities said Tuesday (Dec 5). The monsoon rains that started late last month have inundated eight provinces and hit hundreds of thousands of households, according to the Disaster ...
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Former ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan dies aged 68

November 30, 2017

BANGKOK: Former ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan died aged 68 on Thursday (Nov 30). Dr Surin, who was also a former Thai foreign minister, died of an acute heart attack, Thailand's Democrat Party said. He collapsed as he was preparing to make a speech at the Thailand Halal Assembly 2017 ...
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