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Thailand’s King Bhumibol, World’s Longest Reigning Monarch, Dies at 88

BANGKOK, Oct 13 – King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died peacefully on Thursday, was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, credited with restoring the influence of Thailand’s royalty during 70 years on the throne and earning the devotion of many of his subjects. For the majority of the country’s 68 million people, the king was a pillar of

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Thailand: The Loss Resort

The staff at Thailand’s Chiva-Som spa will help you shed weight and follow a healthier lifestyle BY Graham Boynton I am pouring with sweat. Beside me is a Swedish woman in her late 20s who appears to be perfectly toned and a middle-aged Australian woman who is seemingly in very good shape too. Unlike me. Our personal trainer

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Hope For Change in Myanmar Stems Rohingya Migrant Flow

By Simon Webb BANGKOK, March 21 – Hope that the conditions will improve for the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar under Aung San Suu Kyi’s new government has contributed to a slowdown in the number fleeing to Thailand and beyond, the United Nations and European Union said on Monday. As the season that smuggling and

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Amid Repression, Art Scene in Thailand’s Capital Blooms

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, March 8 – On a wall in a northern suburb of Bangkok “Asin Acid” puts the finishing touches to a spray-painted picture of a colourful giant chicken holding a broken loudspeaker. “The loudspeaker represents the media. The media is trying to say something but is being interrupted,” said Asin, who

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Thais Turn to “Child Angel” Dolls as Economy Struggles

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Juarawee Kittisilpa BANGKOK, Jan 27 – A craze for lifelike dolls thought to bring good luck is sweeping Thailand, reflecting widespread anxiety as the economy struggles and political uncertainty persists nearly two years after a coup. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist and has been modernizing rapidly over the past two or three

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Experts Fear Spike in Dengue Cases in Thailand

By Alisa Tang BANGKOK, Jan 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The number of dengue cases in Thailand is expected to spike this year, a researcher said, as experts from across Asia met to discuss introduction of the first ever dengue vaccine to control and prevent the disease. Dengue – which causes flu-like symptoms and can

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Hackers Bring Down Thai Websites Over British Murders Verdict

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, Jan 13 – International hacking movement Anonymous said it attacked hundreds of Thai government websites on Wednesday over death sentences handed down to two migrant workers for the murder of two British tourists. A court sentenced Myanmar migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 22, to death on

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