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Myanmar: Workers innocent of murdering UK tourists

2014-12-18 14:09

Myanmar investigators say they believe two Myanmar men accused of murdering two UK tourists in Thailand are innocent, but witnesses who might be able to prove their innocence will not testify as they fear the Thai police.

Thailand's Crown Prince divorces wife

2014-12-13 07:30

Thailand's Crown Prince has divorced his wife in a dramatic fall from grace for a senior princess that comes at a time of heightened anxiety over the health of Thailand's ailing monarch.

Thai beach murder suspects ask Suu Kyi for help

2014-12-11 12:04

The two suspects in the murder of two UK tourists in Thailand have asked Myanmar national Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to help their case, activists say.

Rival ambulance squads brawl in Thailand, 1 dead

2014-12-01 13:18

One volunteer rescue worker has died after rival ambulance squads brawled on the streets of Bangkok, officials say.

Death sentences for Thai Muslim separatists condemned

2014-11-28 10:04

Human rights groups have condemned the Thai authorities for sentencing five alleged Muslim separatists to death, saying the punishment would do little to promote peace in the violence-racked south.

3rd senior Thai cop charged with royal defamation

2014-11-25 12:22

Thai police say they have charged a third high-ranking officer with lese majeste and all three with corruption, confiscating $61m in assets in what has become a rare internal probe of the country’s top brass.

5 held for flashing anti-coup symbol at Thai PM

2014-11-19 10:05

Five students have been arrested in Thailand for flashing anti-coup signs at Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha while he was giving a speech in the north-eastern city of Khon Kaen., a report says.

9 confirmed dead in Thai army chopper crash

2014-11-18 07:52

Nine people are confirmed dead in a army helicopter crash in Thailand, officials say.

Thai police seek 2 Americans over baby body parts

2014-11-17 14:17

Thai police say they are seeking two Americans after the body parts of several babies – probably stolen from a medical museum – were found in five parcels destined for the US.

Thai court dismisses case against UK activist

2014-10-29 07:42

A Thai court has dismissed a defamation charge against a UK activist in a case linked to a report he co-authored alleging severe labour abuses in Thailand's food industry.

UK woman dies during Thai cosmetic surgery

2014-10-24 20:40

A British woman has died under anaesthesia during a cosmetic procedure by an uncertified surgeon at a clinic in Thailand's capital, authorities say.

Group: Suspects in Brit murders possibly abused

2014-10-20 15:39

Two suspects who confessed to the murder of a pair of British tourists on a Thai beach last month were showing possible signs of physical abuse, according to a rights commission.

2 missing in tour boat crash near Thai resorts

2014-10-19 19:32

Two tourists are missing after their tour boat crashed into a fishing vessel between two Thai resort hubs, local police say.

Unilever to invest $246m in Thailand

2014-10-10 09:30

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever will invest $246 million in Thailand, the investment will be used to improve local Unilever infrastructure.

3 from missing Thai helicopter survive

2014-10-08 10:26

A passenger onboard a helicopter that disappeared 10 days ago has walked into Myanmar village, saying both pilots also survived but were injured and needed help, organisers of the search say.

DNA tests point to suspects in Thai island murders

2014-10-03 11:22

DNA tests on two suspects in the killing of two UK tourists in southern Thailand have matched those found on the victims' bodies, police say.

Hiding mistress plummets to death in Thailand

2014-09-29 08:44

A woman plummeted seven stories to her death in Bangkok while hiding on a balcony from her boyfriend's wife, news report say.

Teen stabs friend for refusing to do chores

2014-09-18 12:35

A 14-year-old has fatally stabbed his friend in Thailand over the victim's refusal to do chores, a police official says.

Thai PM questions if 'tourists in bikinis' safe after murders

2014-09-17 14:36

Thailand's military ruler has questioned whether tourists in bikinis are safe in the kingdom, in comments following the murder of two Britons whose battered bodies were found on a Thai island.

Thai woman killed in crocodile pond suicide

2014-09-16 11:01

A 65-year-old Thai woman has committed suicide by leaping into a pond of crocodiles at a farm popular with tourists on Bangkok's outskirts, police say.

Thai police question 3 Myanmar men over UK murder

2014-09-16 07:55

Thai police have questioned three Myanmar men over the murder of two British tourists on the southern resort island of Koh Tao, as their bodies were due to arrive in Bangkok for forensic tests.

 

Thai wind company appoints new CEO after scandal

2014-12-16 09:10

Thailand's biggest developer of wind farms, Wind Energy Holdings, has appointed a new chief executive, the company say.

No secret CIA prison, says Thailand

2014-12-11 13:59

Thailand has never allowed the US to detain or torture terrorism suspects on its soil, a senior Thai official has said.

Thai banks chase regional dreams

2014-12-02 09:15

Thailand's big banks are hitching a ride on the caravan of Thai firms departing for new growth centres as a retail lending chill drives them to look outward.

Man locates father's body a decade after Thailand tsunami

2014-11-28 17:30

A Nepalese man has identified his father's remains in Thailand 10 years after he died during the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Santa's little helpers break world record in Bangkok

2014-11-25 17:24

Hundreds of Thai schoolchildren have clustered into the shape of the word 'Siam', the former name of the Southeast Asian country, as they broke the world record for the largest gathering of Christmas elves.

Thai junta chief brushes off 'Hunger Games' salutes

2014-11-21 16:06

Thailand's military ruler says he was unfazed by people using a three-fingered protest salute inspired by the blockbuster Hollywood franchise The Hunger Games to express opposition to the country's junta.

Martial law to stay in Thailand – minister

2014-11-21 10:52

Thailand’s martial law won’t be lifted for the foreseeable future, the justice minister says, despite an earlier pledge to lift the law in some provinces.

Boom in town rats has Thai officials offering cash rewards

2014-11-18 17:05

A Thai city has offered a bounty on rats to help deal with a booming pest problem, report say, as more than 40 000 rats have infested the southern city of Trang.

Americans try shipping human body parts

2014-11-17 18:58

Tourist in Thailand have been questioned after trying to ship a baby's head and other body parts to the US.

Baby body parts found in parcel headed for US

2014-11-16 14:11

The body parts of several babies have been found in a parcel destined for the United States, Thai police have said.

Thai govt asks media to stop showing ex-premiers

2014-11-03 12:15

Thailand's military government has asked local media to stop publishing pictures of two previous prime minister, reports say.

Thai shrine cleared of sex toys

2014-10-27 11:57

A shrine in Thailand has been cleared of its phallic offerings, including a number of sex toys, in a bid to clean up its image, a report says.

Lawyers: Suspects retract claims they killed Brits

2014-10-22 17:20

Two Myanmar migrant workers have retracted their confessions to killing two British travellers on a southern Thai resort island.

Search resumes for South Koreans after Thai boat crash

2014-10-20 11:44

The search has resumed for two South Korean tourists missing off Thailand's southern coast after their tour boat crashed into a fishing vessel, police say.

Thai woman sets herself on fire over debts

2014-10-15 15:34

A Thai woman has set herself on fire inside a Bangkok government after she was unable to pay off loans of $46 000, officials say.

Pilot of missing chopper found alive

2014-10-09 13:49

The Thai pilot of a helicopter that went missing in a mountainous part of Myanmar almost two weeks ago has been found.

Thai king undergoes surgery

2014-10-06 08:05

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has undergone surgery to remove his gallbladder, the palace says in a televised statement.

2 men admit killing UK tourists - Thai police

2014-10-03 05:40

Two workers from Myanmar have confessed to killing two UK tourists whose bodies were found on a beach in southern Thailand, and police say that the suspects' DNA matched that collected from one of the victims.

Rhino poacher's sentence reduced

2014-09-26 12:56

A Thai national convicted of illegal trade in rhino horn has had his sentence reduced from 30 to 13 years by the Supreme Court of Appeal this week.

US man confesses to killing girlfriend’s mom

2014-09-20 09:00

An American man has confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother at a luxury resort on the Indonesian island of Bali, while the girlfriend has admitted helping stuff the body into a suitcase.

Thai premier causes outrage over bikini comment

2014-09-18 10:26

There is outrage in Thailand after comments by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha that swimwear-clad tourists could be considered provocative, after two Britons were found murdered on a Thai beach.

Grandma halfway through solo world trip

2014-09-17 09:10

Steph Jeavons, aboard her trusty Honda CRF250L nicknamed 'Rhonda', has reached the halfway point in her quest to travel around the world, solo. She's reached 22 530km into her 38 600km journey!

Thai police seal tourist island after killings

2014-09-16 09:13

Police have closed off a Thai island resort as a manhunt begins for the killer of two British tourists, police say.

UK tourists found naked, dead in Thai resort

2014-09-15 14:52

The naked bodies of two British tourists have been found beaten to death on a Thai beach, sparking a murder hunt with the suspect believed to still be on the small resort island of Koh Tao.

'Serious concern' on human rights in Thailand - UN

2014-09-03 08:54

The UN says it was "seriously concerned" about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation.

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