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  1. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Six killed in shootout between Thai security forces and militants

    Posted Oct 06th 2013, 03:53pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Six people including two policemen were shot dead in a fierce gunbattle between Thai security forces and militants, authorities said on Sunday, after a raid in the insurgency-plagued south of the country. The clash broke out after a combined army, police and paramilitary group tried to search a village in Narathiwat, one of several conflict-prone provinces ...

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    Thai court jails Iranian pair over botched Bangkok bomb plot

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 03:07pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Two Iranian men were sentenced to between 15 years and life on Thursday for their parts in a botched bomb plot last year in Bangkok that ended with one of them having his legs blown off. Saeid Moradi, 29, who lost his limbs as he hurled an explosive device at police, was found guilty on charges including attempted murder and handed a life term ...

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    Dozens of Rohingya escape Thai detention centre

    Posted Aug 20th 2013, 04:10pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Around 87 Rohingya Muslim men broke out of immigration centre in Sadao Dozens of Muslim Rohingya boat people from Myanmar escaped on Tuesday from a Thai immigration centre, police said, as a rights group called for all of them to be freed from detention. Some 87 Rohingya men broke out of the detention centre housing 137 asylum-seekers in Sadao, ...

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    Thailand police seize nearly one million methamphetamine pills

    Posted Aug 18th 2013, 03:52pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Thai authorities Sunday seized some 980,000 illegal methamphetamine pills worth almost six million dollars stashed in a truck thought to be heading to the capital Bangkok from northern Thailand, police said. Acting on a tipoff, narcotics police and local military officials set up roadblocks in Chiang Rai province in the Golden Triangle region ...

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    Thailand denies it will pay Tony Blair US$640,000 speaker fee

    Posted Aug 17th 2013, 06:15pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Thailand has denied it will pay former British Prime Minister Tony Blair US$640,000 to speak at an upcoming government-sponsored forum in Bangkok on bridging the kingdom’s festering political divides. A lawmaker from Thailand’s opposition Democrat party last week alleged 20 million baht ($640,000) had been put aside in the budget to pay ...

  6. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai ‘red shirt’ wins appeal over royal seating claim

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 05:25pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok A leading Thai “red shirt” leader was on Tuesday cleared of slander over claims that he accused the former premier of sitting incorrectly during an audience with the king, his lawyer said. Jatuporn Prompan, who was last year found guilty of slandering former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in 2009, had his conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal ...

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    One killed, nine wounded in Thai south blast

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 03:48pm by Agence France-Presse in Narathiwat

    ... Agence France-Presse in Narathiwat A policeman was killed and nine other people wounded on Tuesday in a bomb attack in Thailand’s insurgency-hit deep south, officials said, as authorities vowed talks with rebels will continue. The roadside bomb was detonated by suspected insurgents targeting police who had been called to the scene of a failed ambush on a senior local official ...

  8. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Rebels threaten to quit Thai peace talks

    Posted Aug 08th 2013, 04:43pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Rebels in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south have threatened to quit peace talks with the government, as bloodshed during a Ramadan ceasefire dampened hopes of an end to years of fighting. In a video posted on the YouTube website, three rebels wearing balaclavas and combat gear and holding automatic weapons said the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) - one ...

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    Indian pair charged for Thai drug smuggling

    Posted Jul 26th 2013, 03:43pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Two Indian men have been arrested and charged in Thailand with trafficking crystal methamphetamine worth an estimated US$1.4 million, a customs official said on Friday. The suspects were detained on Thursday on the holiday island of Samui after flying in from Chennai in southern India via Singapore. Custom authorities said they had found 12.3 ...

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    Flying chickens, robot waiters: bizarre dining in Bangkok

    Posted Jul 04th 2013, 11:56am by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... From chickens catapulted across tables to meals dished up with a generous portion of sexual health advice, Bangkok is doing a roaring trade in unusual dining experiences. The Thai capital, renowned as much for its commitment to fun as it is for fiery cuis ...




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