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Big cats removed from Thailand's infamous Tiger Temple


KANCHANABURI, Thailand Wildlife authorities in Thailand on Monday raided a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away three of the animals and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking.


Thai junta lifts ban on overseas travel by politicians 30 May 2016

BANGKOK Thailand will lift a ban this week on overseas travel by some politicians, the defence minister said on Monday, more than two years after the measure was imposed.


Influential Thai Buddhist monk too ill to face graft charges, say devotees 26 May 2016

BANGKOK A stand-off in Thailand between investigators and a powerful Buddhist sect intensified on Thursday after its influential abbot failed to appear at a police station to answer graft charges because followers said he had fainted.Temples and monasteries in mainly Buddhist Thailand have been rocked by sex and money scandals, prompting widespread calls for reform. The country's political divisions have also created fissures within the religion.Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dh


Thailand canvasses support for controversial charter ahead of August vote 25 May 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand's military government on Wednesday kicked off a drive to convince citizens to vote in an August referendum for a draft constitution that the junta has said will pave the way for an election next year.Opponents say the constitution will instead enshrine a political role for the military, which seized power two years ago in a coup, besides heralding weak governments and worsening a decade of bitter political division.


Thai blaze victim, 10, 'called for her mum and dad until voice was gone' 25 May 2016

WIANG PA PAO, Thailand A 10-year-old Thai girl called out for her mother and father as a blaze swept through her school dormitory "until her voice was gone", her mother said on Tuesday.


Blaze at Thai school for poor hill-tribe girls kills 17 23 May 2016

WIANG PA PAO DISTRICT, Chiang Rai, Thailand Fire swept through a school for girls from poor hill-tribe families in Thailand, killing at least 17 in their dormitory, police said on Monday, and leaving charred remains of metal bed frames and wooden school chairs.

One Rohingya Muslim shot dead in mass escape from Thai detention centre 23 May 2016

BANGKOK Thai police shot dead a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar on Monday during a dramatic mass escape of detainees from an immigration camp in southern Thailand, police said.


Lawyers appeal against death sentences over murder of British tourists in Thailand 23 May 2016

BANGKOK Lawyers filed an appeal on Monday against the conviction of two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death in Thailand for the 2014 murder of two British backpackers on a holiday island, another twist in a case mired in controversy and dispute.


Two years after coup, ousted Yingluck says Thailand's junta must speed up reform 22 May 2016

BANGKOK Two years to the day that Thailand's army toppled the remnants of her government, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called on the junta to accelerate a return to democracy, and a poll showed Thais were no happier than before the coup.


Thai king treated for 'water on the brain' - palace 20 May 2016

BANGKOK Thailand's 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej has received treatment for 'water on the brain', the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement on Friday.