Tag: Thailand

15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand’s south

by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING with Thanaporn PROMYAMYAI in Bangkok At least fifteen people were gunned down in an ambush by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand's violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, one of the bloodiest days in the 15-year insurgency. Thailand's three southernmost provinces have...

Thai king fires royal guards for ‘adultery’

Thailand's king has sacked four royal guards, two of them for "adultery", in a fresh wave of palace purges a week after his royal consort was stripped of all titles for "disloyalty". Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 67, ordered the dismissal of two male guards from...

Thais, Frenchman could face firing squad in Bali drug cases

Two Thai women and a Frenchman could face the death penalty after they were caught smuggling drugs into Bali, the Indonesian holiday island's customs agency said Monday. The Thai nationals -- identified as Kasarin Khamkhao and Sanicha Maneetes -- arrived last week on a flight...

Radical Thai billionaire in court over alleged share holdings

by Dene-Hern Chen The charismatic frontman of Thailand's anti-military parliamentary bloc appeared in court Friday accused of breaching election rules by holding media shares, a case which could see him barred from politics and jailed for up to 10 years. Billionaire, 40, has rattled the kingdom's...

Mouthwatering? Thai island hosts cheek-piercing veg festival

Sticking samurai swords, steak knives and even the sharpened handles of badminton racquets through their cheeks, devotees of Thailand's vegetarian festival go all out during an annual event that is both gleeful and gory. Held on the tourist island of Phuket, the nine-day Taoist "Nine...

Panda death in Thailand stirs suspicion in China

Chinese experts arrived in Thailand to investigate the death of a beloved giant panda, zoo officials said Thursday, as millions of netizens in China questioned the cause of the male bear's sudden demise. Chuang Chuang, a resident of Chiang Mai Zoo since October 2003, died...

Photos of Thai king’s new consort in camo-print sports bra and combat fatigues causes a stir online

Bangkok — An unusually high number of curious netizens caused the Thai royal palace's website to crash after photos of the king's royal consort were released online on Monday (Aug 27). King Maha Vajiralongkorn appointed the 34-year-old Major-General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi as the Royal Noble Consort...

Husband of Singaporean national killed in brawl at Thai resort

Phuket—The husband of a Singaporean woman was killed on Wednesday, August 21, during a fight with a fellow tourist while on vacation at a resort in Karon, Phuket. Thirty-four-year old Amitpal Singh Bajaj, a British national, got into a brawl with Roger Bullman, a...

Thailand’s Pan-Asia bullet train routes to connect Beijing and Singapore

Bangkok—Thailand has begun constructing routes for its planned Trans-Asean bullet train line that will connect Beijing, Laos, and Singapore. The proposed modern transport system is part of the government's plan to make Thailand the logistics centre for ASEAN. The railway project is part of...

Former Thai PM Thaksin speaks to major media outlets worldwide, claiming the election in Thailand was rigged

Thailand’s hotly contested elections on Sunday, March 24, has drawn various responses all over the world, but a particularly pointed one from former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Mr Thaksin did not only pen an opinion piece for the New York Times entitled “The Election...