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Left: Wat Muang Doo as of Sept. 2, 2019 in Buriram. Right: Sa-nga Wongmuang.

Abbot Raped Teen for Five Years, Refuses to Exit Monkhood

BURIRAM — An abbot who confessed to serially raping a teenager over a period of five years until she fell pregnant is refusing to...
Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen poses with his wife and child. Photo: Courtesy of his family

Bones at Nat’l Park Belong to Missing Karen Activist: DSI

BANGKOK — The Department of Special Investigation said Tuesday that bone fragments of a Karen community rights activist missing since 2014 have been found. At a...
Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo at the Supreme Court on Aug. 29.

Koh Tao Murder Convicts Sentenced to Die by Supreme Court

BANGKOK — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for two Burmese men convicted of murdering two British tourists on a popular island in 2014.

Norwegian Out on Bail After Killing Brit Tourist at Phuket Hotel

PHUKET — Police said Sunday a Norwegian tourist stands accused of killing a British man at a luxury hotel in Phuket province last week over a noise row gone violent.
Thawin Chaotiang hands a donation to staff Aug. 17., 2019 at the Law Center at Thammasat University.

Families of ‘Praewa’ Victims Donate 1 Million Baht to Thammasat Legal Aid

BANGKOK — Families of victims in a car crash that killed 9 in 2010 have donated 1 million baht to a university legal center...
Suspected sex workers waiting outside while the police raided a bar in Si Racha, Chonburi on Aug. 15.

Thailand Still Hub of Global Sex Trafficking Rings: UN

BANGKOK — Thailand continues to be a major center of global sex trafficking rings that extend to countries as far flung as Japan, Morocco...

Police Spokesman: Incompetent Immigration Cops Will Be Punished

BANGKOK — A representative for the national police force on Friday said immigration officers who fail to process cases swiftly are liable for punishment.
Left, Poomjai “DJ Poom” Tangsanga holds a fish captured in Mu Koh Chumphon National Park, in a video he posted in August 2018. Right, a park ranger holds a printed screenshot of the video at the same spot in the park, in a photo posted on Aug. 13, 2019.

Park Rangers Report DJ to Police for Fishing in National Park

CHUMPHON — Police are awaiting additional evidence Wednesday from park officials who reported a DJ for fishing in a national park. Park rangers on Tuesday...
Passengers and flight crew arrive at Hong Kong International Airport, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Photo: Kin Cheung / AP

Thai Airways Flight To Hong Kong Forced to Circle Back to Bangkok

BANGKOK — A Thai Airways flight to Hong Kong was forced to return to Bangkok on Monday due to protests that shut down Hong...
Wildun Maha, left, and Luai Sae-ngae, right, under police custody on Aug. 1, 2019.

Police Source: Two Southern Men ‘Confessed’ to Bangkok Bombings

BANGKOK — Two men have confessed to laying and detonating bombs around Bangkok in revenge for military operations in the Deep South, a police source told the media Saturday. 

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