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‘Hopeful but Not Optimistic,’ Longtime Rights Defender Leaves Thailand

BANGKOK — Thaksin Shinawatra and Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha are divisive figures perched on opposite edges of a deeply divided country. If Thaksin is good, then Prayuth is anathema, and vice versa. The difference depends on individuals’ political inclinations. Not quite for Sam Zarifi, outgoing regional director for Asia and Oceania of the International Commission of Jurists, or ICJ.
Players try to grab prizes using claw machines at a Chiang Mai shopping mall on June 16.

Decade-Old Ban on Claw Machines Finally Enforced

BANGKOK — A ban on claw machine games is finally being enforced, more than a decade after the Supreme Court ruled they are illegal gambling machines. 

‘Murder Babes’ Get 34 Years For Dismembering Rival

KHON KAEN — A year after they became objects of repugnance and desire for their salacious tale of sex, drugs and murder, three women and a man were convicted Thursday of murdering and dismembering a young woman.
Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali Al-Araibi in lockup at Suvarnabhumi Airport in November. Photo: Human Rights Watch / Courtesy

Thailand Begins Extradition of Bahraini Football Player

Update: Bahraini Football Player Moved to Jail Before Extradition Hearing (Video) BANGKOK — Thai authorities have approved an arrest warrant for a detained Bahraini footballer with...

Briton to be Charged for Alleged Abuse of Frenchman’s Kids

CHONBURI — Two young children remained in state care Wednesday after being separated from their parents in a custody battle involving allegations of child molestation that could drag on for months.

4,000+ Year Prison Sentence for Japan Scam Mastermind

BANGKOK — The mastermind of a tour scam that left thousands of holidaymakers bound for Japan stranded at an airport last year was sentenced to more than 4,000 years in prison Wednesday.

Yingluck Safe in Dubai, Source Says

BANGKOK — A source close to the Shinawatra family revealed Sunday that fugitive former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is safe in Dubai and would like to have time to reflect on the state of matters.

Court Orders Arrest of No-Show Yingluck

BANGKOK — Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra became a fugitive of the law Friday when she failed to appear to hear the verdict in...

Gruesome Murder Suspects Arrested in Myanmar, Extradited

CHIANG RAI — Three fugitive murder suspects, one of which stands accused of sawing her victim’s body in half, were arrested for overstaying their border passes Saturday night in Myanmar and turned over to Thai authorities, police said.

Court Cuts Praewa’s Restitution to Victims by a Third

BANGKOK — A young woman who became a symbol of injustice after killing nine people in a car crash seven years ago had her court-ordered compensation reduced by nearly 10 million baht by a court Wednesday.

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