Thailand

Thailand aims for upgrade from U.S. trafficking blacklist next year - PM

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BANGKOK/CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Thailand is working flat out to combat human trafficking, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday, adding he hoped Thailand would be lifted from a U.S. list of worst human trafficking centres next year.

U.S. report highlights suspected Thai official role in human trafficking 27 Jul 2015

BANGKOK - The U.S. government's decision to keep Thailand on its list of worst human-trafficking centres for an unprecedented two straight years highlights the suspected role of Thai officials in the trade despite government efforts to stop it.

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Thai PM hints at September cabinet reshuffle, economy weak 27 Jul 2015

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister and junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha hinted on Monday he may reshuffle his cabinet in September as the government comes under mounting pressure to deal with a slow economy.

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Special report - West Africa's alarming growth industry: meth 24 Jul 2015

DAKAR - When customs officers in the sleepy Senegalese town of Koumpentoum discovered a stash of pills hidden in a bus from Mali in late February, they initially thought it was counterfeit medicine.

Gay couple from U.S. in Thai custody battle over surrogate baby 24 Jul 2015

(This July 23 story has been corrected to change surname in third paragraph to Santos from Valero)

Thailand indicts 72 human trafficking suspects ahead of U.S. report 24 Jul 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand on Friday indicted 72 people suspected of involvement in human trafficking, just days before the United States issues its latest assessment of the country's anti-trafficking efforts next week.

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Defence gets access to evidence for DNA tests in Thailand backpackers murder trial - lawyer 24 Jul 2015

BANGKOK - A Thai court has given defence lawyers access to evidence for DNA testing in the trial of two Myanmar workers accused of murdering two British tourists in Thailand, a defence lawyer said on Friday.

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Thai PM says Vietnam a friend, not competitor 23 Jul 2015

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday brushed aside concern that Vietnam is eclipsing Thailand as a regional manufacturing base, saying Vietnam is a friend not a competitor.

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Thailand backpackers murder trial resumes, focus on DNA evidence 22 Jul 2015

KOH SAMUI, Thailand - The final hours of two British backpackers killed on a Thai resort island last year were tracked by more than a dozen security cameras, a court was told during the resumption of the trial of two Myanmar men accused of their murder. | Video

Thai police say ex-PetroSaudi official admits to blackmail attempt 16 Jul 2015

BANGKOK - A Swiss national detained over allegations of attempted extortion involving a Saudi Arabia-based oil and gas company has admitted to committing blackmail, Thai police said on Thursday.