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Police on Thursday announced the result of their crackdown operations which saw 66 foreigners arrested nationwide. Photo: Khaosod

Police Raid Khaosan, Nana in National Sweep of Foreigners

BANGKOK — Sixteen foreign nationals were arrested in metropolitan Bangkok as part of a nationwide sweep that led to 66 taken into custody nationwide, police said Thursday.

Police Commanders Lose Jobs in ‘Deadliest’ Provinces

BUENG KAN — The Songkran road mortality blame game has claimed the jobs of the top cops in provinces which saw the most death during the long holiday.
Four people were injured Sunday in a car wreck in Suphan Buri province. Photo: Matichon

Songkran Death Toll Surges to 418

BANGKOK — Speeding edged out intoxication to claim the most lives during the “dangerous days” of Songkran this year, which ended after 418 people died on the roads over seven days, according to officials.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, being escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture. Photo: Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press

Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Has Psychological Problems

NEW YORK — Notorious Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is having psychological problems that could hinder his ability to fight U.S. drug-trafficking charges, his lawyer and wife said Tuesday.

Russian ‘Sex Guru,’ Followers Blame US for Continued Detention

PATTAYA — A Russian sex guru and his followers, one of whom claims to have evidence of Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, were acquitted Tuesday of violating labor laws in Thailand but still face other charges that could land them in prison for more than 10 years.
Anastasia Vashukevich, center, walks into a prison transport vehicle outside a courthouse in Pattaya, south of Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday. Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press

Russian ‘Sex Guru,’ and Followers Make Thai Court Appearance

PATTAYA — A Russian sex guru and his followers, one of whom claims to have evidence of Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, were acquitted by a court in Thailand on Tuesday on charges of violating labor laws but still face more serious charges which could land them in prison for more than 10 years.
A motorcyclist was killed after crashing into a truck Monday night in Sisaket province.

Laws Can’t Solve Road Deaths: Interior Minister

BANGKOK — Interior Minister Gen. Anupong Paochinda on Tuesday denied that this year’s apparent rise in road fatalities during Songkran were caused by a lack of police diligence at traffic checkpoints.

Politico’s Daughter Arrested Packing Grenades For Songkran

AMNAT CHAROEN — A former politician’s daughter was arrested Monday for carrying two hand grenades in her bag to play Songkran.
Isadar Sinthu-aree, aka "flying pig" on his turbocharged van Saturday night

Death Takes a Holiday: Bangkok Savors ‘Boring’ Songkran

BANGKOK — Behind the wheel of a turbo Toyota van called the “flying pig” for speeds considered fast even by first responders, Isadar Sinthu-aree settles in for a long night’s patrol of lower Bangkok.
Ekachai Hongkangwan, in red in background right, being taken away by police Monday morning in Bangkok. Photo: Ekachai Hongkangwan / Facebook

Activists Planning Prawit Visit Detained in Dawn Raid

BANGKOK — Two pro-democracy activists were briefly detained without charge by police Monday morning, apparently to bar them from disturbing a holiday event at the home of the junta’s scandal-tainted second-in-command.

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