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Iraq counts on U.S. advisers, mostly out of sight, in war on Islamic State


BARTELLA, Iraq When Iraqi forces faced a fierce Islamic State counter-attack last month at a hospital in Mosul they had stormed without enough troops to hold it, U.S. advisers behind the front lines shepherded them to safety.


Thailand to begin amending draft constitution on king's request 17 Jan 2017

BANGKOK Thailand's junta chief said on Tuesday he would begin amending the country's draft constitution after the new king requested changes to provisions relating to royal powers.

More rain and pain expected as Thai flood death toll rises to 40 15 Jan 2017

BANGKOK Thailand faces more hardship from unseasonable floods that have killed 40 people in its south, with more rain expected in the major rubber-producing and tourist region in coming days, a top disaster agency official said on Sunday.


Thai army invites in kids for gun play 14 Jan 2017

Thailand’s army opened up some of its military barracks to children on Saturday to let them handle and pose with weapons and other hardware on the country’s annual Children’s Day.


Thai parliament approves king's constitutional changes request, likely delaying elections 13 Jan 2017

BANGKOK Thailand's military-backed parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make amendments to the constitution as suggested by the new king's office, a move likely to delay a general election scheduled for the end of the year.


Thai crackdown on budget tours hits Chinese New Year 12 Jan 2017

BANGKOK Chinese hotel bookings to Thailand for the Lunar New Year have tumbled as a crackdown on cheap package tours hits visitor numbers from its biggest source of holiday-makers.


Thai floods cause 200-km traffic tailback; death toll up to 25 10 Jan 2017

BANGKOK Flash floods in southern Thailand washed out a bridge on the country's main north-south highway on Tuesday, backing up traffic for 200 km (125 miles) as the death toll from days of unseasonable rain rose to 25, media reported.


Thai king's office seeks changes to draft constitution 10 Jan 2017

BANGKOK The new Thai king's office has requested changes to a draft constitution regarding his royal powers and the government has agreed to make them, the prime minister said on Tuesday.


Thai floods kill 21 and hit rubber production 09 Jan 2017

BANGKOK Widespread flooding in Thailand's south has killed 21 people, hit rubber production in the region and shut down infrastructure, officials said on Monday, as the military government increased aid to flood-affected areas. | Video

Thailand considers death penalty for officials convicted of graft 09 Jan 2017

BANGKOK Thai officials convicted in corruption cases involving more than 1 billion baht (22.8 million pounds) could face the death penalty under a proposal approved on Monday by the military-appointed National Reform Steering Committee.