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UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018

Lull in rain allows Thailand cave rescue to pick up pace

The effort to locate 12 boys and their soccer coach missing in a cave in Thailand for a week picked up pace Saturday, as a break in the rain eased …


Spirit of mythical princess looms over Thai cave crisis

Along a muddy mountain path not far from the entrance to a flooded cave where 12 young members of a Thai soccer team have been missing for four days is …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018

Thai officials believe 12 boys missing in cave are alive

Anguished parents of 12 members of a boys’ soccer team missing in a flooded cave in northern Thailand were spending a third night without their children Monday as water continued …


Fire on bus in Thailand kills 20 migrant factory workers

A fire on a double-decker bus carrying migrant workers killed 20 people early Friday, a week after 18 people died in another bus accident that showed the continuing dangers of …


Japanese man given custody of 13 surrogate kids

A Thai court on Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that …


Thai leader tells reporters to quiz cardboard mock-up

Thailand’s prime minister evaded journalists’ questions on Monday by bringing out a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself and telling the reporters to quiz it instead of him.


U.N. report: Access to energy crucial for escaping poverty

A United Nations report says the world’s least developed countries need access to electricity if they are to break out of poverty.


Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to King Bhumibol

With solemn faces and outright tears, black-clad Thais said farewell to their king and longtime father figure Thursday on Bangkok’s streets and at viewing areas around the nation, capping a …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017

Trump welcomes Thailand’s junta leader at White House

President Donald Trump welcomed Thailand’s junta leader to the White House on Monday – a rare instance of a military ruler being feted in Washington before even a nominal return …


Visit to Thailand for sisters is poignant journey home

This is the story of a priest, an airman and a family in Spokane.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017

Analysis: Flight of ex-Thai prime minister boosts junta rule

As a prominent opponent of Thailand’s ruling junta, ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would have been a thorn in the government’s side no matter how the country’s top court ruled …


Thai court to issue arrest warrant after ex-PM doesn’t show

Thailand’s Supreme Court said it will issue an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after she failed to show Friday for a contentious trial verdict in which she …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

Group finds Asia’s performing elephants are treated harshly

An animal protection group wants tourists to know: That elephant you are thinking about riding during your vacation in Thailand is probably a miserable victim of abuse.


Thai police raid ‘click farm,’ find 347,200 SIM cards

Three Chinese men arrested in Thailand have acknowledged that they were operating a “click farm,” using hundreds of cellphones and several hundred thousand SIM cards to run up “likes” and …


Thai police seize 1.2 million methamphetamine tablets

Thai police said Monday they have seized more than 1 million methamphetamine tablets this month, as trade in the illicit drug shows little sign of abating.


21 indicted in Thailand-to-US sex-trafficking ring

Hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to the U.S. and forced to be “modern day sex slaves,” according to an indictment that charges 21 people in what authorities called …


Thailand backs off threat to block Facebook over content

Thailand backed off a threat to block Facebook on Tuesday, instead providing the social media site with court orders to remove content that the government deems illegal.


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017

Thai husband kills baby, self on Facebook Live

Police in Thailand say a man upset with his wife hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live and then killed himself.


Thailand tries out a special wing for transgender inmates

BANGKOK, Thailand – It has been a while since Ao recognized herself in the mirror. Her voice is still gentle and light, but her skin has become tougher; her muscles …


Women now rule banking in Thailand

As one of four presidents at Thailand’s biggest lender, Kasikornbank, Kattiya Indaravijaya often conducts interviews for senior positions. The job candidates are impressive. And almost always, they’re women.


Thai police charge man in hacking attacks on gov’t sites

Police in Thailand on Monday charged a suspect with participating in recent hacking attacks on government computers that were billed as a protest against a restrictive law governing internet use.


Crown prince formally becomes Thailand’s new king

Thailand has a new king, with the country’s crown prince formally taking the throne to succeed his much-revered late father, who reigned for 70 years.


Thai king Bhumibol was bridge in close relations with US

WASHINGTON – Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died Thursday after a 70-year reign, was historically an important bridge in his nation’s close, but recently strained, relations with the United States. …


Thailand’s king, world’s longest-reigning monarch, dies

BANGKOK – King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval at home and abroad, died on …


Worries in Thailand grow over ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has led country since 1946

BANGKOK – Thais chanted prayers Wednesday as the country’s stock market and currency tumbled and the prime minister canceled an overseas trip amid concerns about long-ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s health. …


Bombings in Thailand target tourist cities, killing 4 people

Attackers struck a series of tourist resort towns across southern Thailand with homemade explosives and firebombs in some of the worst violence to hit the country since a military coup …


Bombing in Thai seaside resort town kills 1, injures 20

Police were searching Friday for clues to who set off two small bombs in Thailand’s popular seaside resort town of Hua Hin, leaving at least one person dead and 20 …


Thai voters overwhelmingly approve junta-backed constitution

Thai voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed – rather than elected …


2 tiger skins, animal parts found in police stop of truck from Thai temple

Thai police stopped a truck Thursday carrying two tiger skins and other animal parts as it was leaving a Buddhist temple where monks have been accused of being involved in …


Thai leader says women in skimpy dress are like unwrapped candy

BANGKOK – Thailand’s blunt-speaking prime minister had some advice Tuesday for his country’s young women: Don’t dress too revealingly, or you will be shunned like a piece of toffee without …