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Thai police seal tourist island after killings

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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.

UK activist on trial in Thailand for defamation

2014-09-02 11:28

The defamation trial of a UK activist has begun in Bangkok after he co-authored a report alleging widespread labour abuses in Thailand's food industry.

Thailand heading for a waste crisis

2014-09-01 10:42

A blaze at a rubbish dump home to six million tons of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis.

Thai 'baby factory' doctor to turn himself in

2014-08-25 19:41

A Thai doctor who performed in vitro fertilisation for women involved in a surrogate baby business dubbed the 'baby factory' has agreed to turn himself in, police say.

Thai Airways denies 200 pilots suddenly quit

2014-08-25 11:30

Thai Airways International has denied reports that 200 pilots have suddenly left the company due to concerns over the carrier's finances.

Interpol seeks clues to 'baby factory'

2014-08-22 18:56

Interpol says it is looking for clues from five countries to help solve the mystery into what Thailand dubbed the "baby factory" case.

How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

Thailand bans surrogate babies from leaving

2014-08-15 11:58

Four couples from the US and Australia have been prevented from leaving Thailand with surrogate babies as part of a government crackdown on the burgeoning commercial surrogacy industry.

Thai surrogate says Aussie dad cannot take her child

2014-08-12 18:06

The Thai surrogate mother of a baby born with Down's syndrome says his Australian father had 'no right' to take her child after the couple declared they would try to get him back.

Couple denies abandoning surrogate-born baby

2014-08-10 15:49

An Australian couple has denied that they abandoned their son born with Down syndrome to a Thai surrogate.

Aussie parents offered to take Down syndrome baby

2014-08-06 18:41

The agent who brokered a surrogacy deal for an Australian couple at the centre of a scandal that left the mother caring for a baby with Down syndrome, says the couple had offered to take the boy home.

Thai army urged to probe torture allegations

2014-08-05 19:57

Rights groups have urged Thailand's military rulers to probe allegations a 'Red Shirt' activist was tortured during her near one-month detention by soldiers after the coup.

Thai musician jailed for 15yrs for insulting royals

2014-08-01 08:59

A Thai musician has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for royal defamation, a court official says, in the latest conviction under a controversial lese majeste law.

Thai junta leader could be PM - adviser

2014-07-23 09:00

The leader of Thailand's junta could become prime minister in a government to be set up under a newly drafted interim constitution, but that will be decided by an appointed provisional parliament, a junta legal adviser says.

Thai junta allows deposed PM to leave country

2014-07-17 08:07

Thailand's junta has given permission to ousted former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country for the first time since a 22 May coup, a military spokesperson says.

Thai junta to share power with new government

2014-07-11 19:37

Thailand's junta says that it would keep control of national security under a planned interim government, despite international calls for a return to full civilian rule.

Rape, murder of 13yr-old sparks debate in Thailand

2014-07-09 12:27

The rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train in Thailand have prompted a nationwide call for stricter enforcement of rape laws.

Thai ivory boom fuelling Africa elephant crisis

2014-07-02 19:24

Thailand's "out of control" ivory market is driving Africa's elephant poaching crisis, conservationists have warned, accusing the kingdom of backsliding on its pledges.

Thailand mosque attacked as Ramadan begins

2014-06-30 06:03

Police say gunmen have opened fire at a mosque in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, killing one man and injuring another after the start of Ramadan on the weekend.

No advanced planning for coup - Thai general

2014-06-26 13:41

A senior Thai general has rejected reports the army planned to rid the kingdom of the influence of controversial former premier Thaksin Shinawatra years before it seized power in May.

Thai junta promises interim government deadline

2014-06-13 12:04

The head of Thailand's military junta has said that an interim government would be set up by September, offering the most specific timeline yet on a possible transfer of power.

Thai hunger-striker files charges against junta

2014-06-10 12:44

A Thai political activist who has started a hunger strike in protest against last month's coup has filed charges against junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha for defaming the monarchy and acts of treason.

Thailand tourism gets a knock

2014-06-06 11:00

International tourist arrivals to Thailand have fallen almost last month in the wake of regular political protests and a military coup.

 

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.

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

2014-09-02 12:37

A Thai surrogate's story has offered clues to the mystery of a Japanese man and his 16 babies, in what has been dubbed a 'serial surrogacy'.

Aussie dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins

2014-09-02 07:50

An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother, media report.

Australia seeks Thai help for couples, surrogate babies

2014-08-29 22:27

Australia urged Thailand to allow Australian couples with babies born by Thai surrogate mothers to return home with their children following a crackdown on commercial surrogacy.

Edible insects give Thailand's farmers new hope

2014-08-25 15:06

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in Thailand, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. Then they discovered bugs.

Thai king endorses junta leader as PM

2014-08-25 08:46

Thai military leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been endorsed as PM by Thailand’s king, four days after he was elected by his own hand-picked parliament.

Thai army chief named prime minister

2014-08-21 10:48

Thailand's junta-picked national assembly has chosen coup leader General Prayuth Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenched the military's hold on power.

Japanese man planned to sire 1 000 children

2014-08-16 11:35

A Japanese man suspected of fathering at least 15 surrogate children in Thailand planned to sire as many as 1 000, a report says.

16 feared dead after Thai building collapse

2014-08-13 18:01

Thai police say up to 16 people were believed to have died when a building caved in during construction, as they issued arrest warrants for several people behind the project.

Hospitalised Thai king healthy, palace says

2014-08-11 16:00

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is in good overall health, the palace says, with doctors administering medicine to tackle a stomach inflammation detected during a routine checkup.

9 surrogate babies found in Bangkok flat

2014-08-07 08:08

Thai authorities are investigating the discovery of nine surrogate babies in a Bangkok condominium who are believed to share the same Japanese biological father, police say.

Australia probes 'paedophile' father in Thai baby scandal

2014-08-06 12:12

Australian authorities are investigating the father at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal who was exposed as a convicted paedophile, to determine whether his young daughter is at risk.

Thai surrogate misled the world - Aussie couple

2014-08-05 11:40

An Australian couple accused of abandoning their Down's syndrome baby born to a Thai surrogate mother say she has misled the world over what happened, according to a friend of the family.

Girls killed, hurt in attack in Thailand's south

2014-07-28 10:20

A 12-year-old girl has been killed and seven people, including two other girls, were wounded in a roadside bomb attack near an army base in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police say.

Thai junta reverses gag order on media

2014-07-22 08:35

Thailand's military junta has reversed an earlier order which forbade all criticism of its rule.

Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings

2014-07-13 19:02

Thailand faces an international wildlife trade ban unless it reins in its ivory sector, which is a magnet for traffickers, global regulator CITES has said.

SA couple's dream Thailand holiday turns into nightmare

2014-07-10 12:55

A young South African couple are stuck in Thailand, after a scooter accident left them injured and with a sky high medical bill - despite having travel insurance.

Girl raped, killed on overnight train in Thailand

2014-07-08 14:18

The body of a 13-year-old Thai girl has been found after she was raped and killed aboard an overnight train.

Loan sharks prey on Thai indebted

2014-07-01 11:22

Business is great, says a moneylender who charges a whopping 10% a month interest but finds plenty of takers in Thailand.

Man swallows 20 condoms filled with drugs

2014-06-28 14:18

A Thai prison inmate has died after swallowing 20 condoms filled with methamphetamines, a report says.

Cambodian worker exodus to hit Thai businesses

2014-06-17 16:40

Thai officials say that the mass departure of Cambodian labourers would dent the economy as thousands more migrant workers pour across the border.

Thai army delegation visits China

2014-06-11 10:20

A delegation of Thai military commanders has travelled to China for talks on regional security and joint training exercises amid Western unease over the Thai army’s seizure of power in a coup last month.

Thai junta prescribes 'national happiness'

2014-06-06 13:18

With free meals, music concerts and dancing soldiers, Thailand's junta is waging a propaganda offensive to encourage "national happiness" following a military coup that has severely restricted civil liberties.

Thailand's junta detains anti-coup leader

2014-06-06 07:05

Thailand's junta says that it has captured a fugitive anti-coup leader facing possible imprisonment, as the ruling generals seek to stamp out any criticism of their seizure of power.

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