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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sold Into Opera Slavery to Become Master of Dying Art

It was 1974. Thailand’s civil rights movement was in full swing when Thatchai “Tong” Obtong was sold by his parents for 5,000 baht. He was 7.
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Luk Thung Singer ‘Lumyai’ Invades, Divides Laos

BANGKOK — Lumyai is back and this time her golden hot pants and crop top have caused an international furor.

Undergrounding of Ratchada’s Hanging Cables Eyed by 2021

BANGKOK — Tangled masses of power cables above one of Bangkok’s major thoroughfares will be moved underground over the next several years, the state electricity authority announced Monday.

Mo Farah Encourages ‘Toon Bodyslam’ on Cross-Country Charity Run

LONDON — A British Olympic gold medallist sent his well-wishes to a Thai rockstar running a cross-country marathon to raise money for local hospitals Saturday afternoon.

Thanet Chimtoum, ‘90s Boyband Idol, 44

BANGKOK — A member of a ‘90s boy band died early Saturday morning onstage after suffering a heart attack during a concert.

Phuket Cops Probed for Extorting Foreigners

PHUKET — Fifteen police officers across the island of Phuket were placed under investigation Friday for allegedly arresting and extorting more than 100 foreigners.

‘Mall Cop’ Student Seriously Injured in Collision

PATHUM THANI — A university student who gained fame for taking a summer job as a mall guard was in serious condition and breathing through a respirator Friday following a road accident in northern metro Bangkok.

Officials Say Flood Recovery Underway as South Inundated Anew

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN — Massive flooding which has ravaged dozens of provinces in recent weeks and killed at least 20 people is still affecting Isaan, while the south is drying out Thursday from a fresh monsoon.
Pa Thongbai and her husband Loong Buntham operate a noodle stall in Bangkok's Bang Rak district.

People Left Behind in Bangkok’s Flourishing Neighborhoods

BANGKOK — Tuk-tuk driver Kamruay Dandongmuang used to rent a room in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district but had to move out when the cost of living became too high. After the city swept out many of the sidewalk food vendors, he could no longer find affordable meals.

Weeboon: Thailand Crowdfunds For Good Causes

BANGKOK — When Nguyen Quoc launched the nation’s first open, donation-based crowdfunding platform earlier this year, he didn’t have to wait long to see it make a difference.

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