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Stories with place: Thailand
  • US agency lowers safety rating of Thai aviation 
    Updated: Dec-01-15 9:59 pm

    BANGKOK - The United States has downgraded the safety rating of Thailand's aviation industry in a move that could hamper operations of Thai airlines worldwide.

  • Int'l NY Times' Thai printer refuses to run front-page story story has photos
    Updated: Dec-01-15 9:56 am

    BANGKOK - The printer of the International New York Times in Thailand refused to print an article portraying a gloomy outlook for the country, leaving in its place a large blank space at the center of Tuesday's front page.

  • Thai opposition leaders detained ahead of scandal park visit story has photos
    Updated: Nov-30-15 11:11 am

    BANGKOK - Soldiers and police in military-run Thailand detained two top leaders of the anti-government Red Shirt movement Monday as they prepared to visit a park celebrating past Thai kings that is at the center of a corruption scandal linked to the army.

  • 'Fast and Furious' French trafficker arrested in Bangkok story has photos
    Updated: Nov-30-15 5:34 am

    BANGKOK - A French drug trafficker who was part of a notorious international network that authorities say copied tactics from Hollywood's "Fast and Furious" films was arrested in Bangkok, officials said Monday.

  • Thai poultry producers accused of labor abuses 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 11:04 am

    BANGKOK - Poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights, two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility charged Thursday. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from allegations that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on fishing boats.

  • Thai police allege armed plot by government opponents story has photos
    Updated: Nov-26-15 9:30 am

    BANGKOK - Thai police said Thursday they have uncovered a plot by opponents of the military government involving an armed attack during upcoming events commemorating the country's monarchy.

  • Vietnam's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:46 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.

  • UN human rights agency wants Thailand army jail closed 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 9:01 am

    BANGKOK - The U.N. human rights agency on Tuesday called on Thailand to immediately close a military detention center where two high-profile prisoners died in controversial circumstances over the past month.

  • Thailand indicts 2 for deadly Bangkok bombing story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 3:39 am

    BANGKOK - A Thai military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners accused of carrying out a deadly bombing at a shrine in Bangkok but questions hang over the case because of the attackers' unclear motive and an opaque investigation.

  • Nestle confirms labor abuse among its Thai seafood suppliers story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 6:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestle SA's supply chains.

  • Things to know about the 10-nation ASEAN story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 12:43 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday signed a landmark declaration creating an ASEAN Community. Key things to know about this diverse region, consisting of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

  • SE Asia creates Economic Community, but challenges remain story has photos
    Updated: Nov-21-15 11:39 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thirteen years after the idea was mooted, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than the European Union or North America, and with hopes of competing with China and India.

  • Thai army says it's not involved in park corruption case 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 9:32 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand's military said Friday that an internal investigation has cleared senior officers of corruption in connection with the financing of a public park on army property featuring spectacular giant statutes of kings.

  • US voices frustration over democracy progress in Thailand 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 12:09 am

    WASHINGTON - The United States has expressed deep frustration over the lack of democratic progress in Thailand after last year's military coup, saying a new constitution there won't pass the "smell test" unless civil society helps to draft it.

  • International NY Times to end print edition in Thailand 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 8:36 am

    BANGKOK - The International New York Times says it will cease printing and distributing its print edition in Thailand at the end of the year, attributing the decision to the rising cost of operating in the Southeast Asian country.

  • Indian surrogates feel hurt by gov't ban on foreign clients 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 10:43 pm

    NEW DELHI - For thousands of childless couples the world over, India has been the go-to destination to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents, thanks to its well-trained doctors, well-appointed fertility clinics and vast numbers of poor women willing to serve as surrogate mothers.

  • Northern Thai airports cancel flights due to lantern risks 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 9:39 am

    BANGKOK - Two airports in northern Thailand said Wednesday that nearly 150 flights will be canceled or rescheduled during a three-day festival next week when revelers launch lanterns into the sky that can pose danger to airplanes.

  • Northern Thai airports cancel flights due to lantern risks 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 5:54 am

    BANGKOK - Two airports in northern Thailand said Wednesday that nearly 150 flights will be canceled or rescheduled during a three-day festival next week when revelers launch lanterns into the sky that can pose danger to airplanes.

  • Ethiopian UN diplomat, maid settle abuse cases in Thailand 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 10:48 am

    BANGKOK - An Ethiopian maid who accused a senior U.N. diplomat in Thailand of treating her like a slave has dropped legal cases against him after reaching an out-of-court financial settlement.

  • Thailand suspected of repatriating 2 Chinese activists 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 9:47 am

    BANGKOK - The U.N's refugee agency has criticized Thailand for deporting two refugees who were about to be resettled in a third country, and whom rights groups have named as Chinese pro-democracy activists.

  • Bangkok's botched half-marathon offers T-shirt apology 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 9:43 am

    BANGKOK - They ran an extra 4 miles on their half-marathon. And for their extra pain, they're getting a T-shirt.

  • Indonesia opens trials of 6 accused of enslaving fishermen 
    Updated: Nov-16-15 11:38 pm

    TUAL, Indonesia - An Indonesian court has begun hearing trials of five Thais and an Indonesian charged with human trafficking connected with slavery in the seafood industry.

  • Vast forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster 
    Updated: Nov-16-15 10:35 pm

    KAMPAR, Indonesia - For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to deliberately set forest fires that burned a chunk of Indonesia the size of New Jersey.

  • How and why Myanmar's Suu Kyi plans to be 'above president' 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 10:50 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - Coming from a politician who has spent her career fighting military rule, the statements seem rather authoritarian: "I'll be above the president," who "will be told exactly what he can do."

  • 14 orangutans smuggled into Thailand sent home to Indonesia 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 8:44 am

    BANGKOK - Fourteen orangutans that were smuggled out of Indonesia and believed to have been put to work at tourist attractions in Thailand were sent home Thursday.