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Jailed Thai ex-monk gets further 16 years for child rape, abduction

BANGKOK A former Buddhist monk who sparked outrage in Thailand over his lavish lifestyle and is already serving time for fraud was sentenced to a further 16 years in prison on Wednesday for abducting and raping a child.

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Thai army chief says no need to intervene if politics stable 17 Oct 2018

BANGKOK Thailand's new army chief on Wednesday did not rule out another military intervention if there was political conflict after the return of civilian rule in a general election next year.

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Malaysia's Mahathir says Uighurs released because they did nothing wrong 15 Oct 2018

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to the Southeast Asian nation after a Thai jailbreak last year because they did nothing wrong there, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday.

Defying China, Malaysia releases Uighur detainees 11 Oct 2018

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia has freed from detention 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to the southeast Asian nation after a Thai jailbreak last year, and sent them to Turkey, their lawyer said on Thursday, in disregard of China's request to hand them to Beijing.

Thai court grants bail to former PM Thaksin's son in money laundering case 10 Oct 2018

BANGKOK A Thai court on Wednesday granted bail of 1 million baht ($30,000) to the son of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra after he was indicted of money laundering, a case his supporters condemned as politically motivated.

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Thailand's cave boys enjoy kickabout at iconic River Plate stadium 08 Oct 2018

BUENOS AIRES Twelve Thai boys and their football coach, who were dramatically rescued from a flooded cave in July, enjoyed a high-profile kickabout on Sunday, playing a game at River Plate's iconic Monumental stadium.

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Oversupply of drugs in Mekong, East Asia puts younger users at risk, U.N. says 02 Oct 2018

BANGKOK Production and trafficking of illicit drugs have reached unprecedented levels in Southeast Asia's Mekong region and East Asia, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning that oversupply increases the risks for younger users.

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Thailand struggles to win back Chinese tourists during Golden Week holiday 01 Oct 2018

BANGKOK As China kicked off its "Golden Week" holiday on Monday, Thailand said it was struggling to lure back visitors from its biggest source of tourists, after a boat accident in July that killed dozens.

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Four ministers from Thailand's military government launch new party ahead of polls 29 Sep 2018

BANGKOK Four ministers from Thailand's military government launched a new political party on Saturday, amid speculation they will back Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to remain in power beyond a general election promised by May. 

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New army chief takes over as Thailand prepares for return of civilian rule 28 Sep 2018

BANGKOK A new chief of Thailand's army took command on Friday, a staunchly royalist general who will oversee a return to barracks to make way for a civilian government after nearly five years of military rule.