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Former Thai PM Yingluck wows fans but remains divisive figure

When former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrived in this sleepy corner of northern Thailand and flashed her familiar smile, waiting supporters gasped and spoke of a political revival.

 Wed Jun 15 04:08:21 UTC 2016
 Thai king marks 70 years on the throne - from hospital bed

Thai king marks 70 years on the throne - from hospital bed

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012, file photo, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, center, is surrounded by his family members, from left, Princess Somsavali, his daughter Princess Ubolratana, his daughter Princess Chulabhorn, Princess Siribhachudabhorn, Royal Consort Princess Srirasm, his grandson Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, his son Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and his daughter Princess Sirindhorn after addressing the crowd from a balcony of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall on his 85th birthday in Bangkok, Thailand. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, on Thursday June 9, 2016, marks his 70th year on the throne. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn, File)

 June 09, 2016 - 08:57:36 GMT
 Their visibility belies scorn, harm transgender Thais face

Their visibility belies scorn, harm transgender Thais face

In this Tuesday, May 31, 2016 photo, Jetsada Taesombat, executive director and co-founder of the Thai Transgender Alliance, checks e-mail at her office in Bangkok, Thailand. The most dangerous place in high school for Jetsada was the boys' bathroom. Her makeup, her lipstick, her accessories became signals to fellow students who targeted her with cruel jokes, insults and physical abuse. But Jetsada refused to hide her transgender identity.

 June 05, 2016 - 13:10:14 GMT
 Thailand jails country singer for seven years in royal insult case

Thailand jails country singer for seven years in royal insult case

Thanat Thanawatcharanon, also known by his stage name Tom Dundee, a Thai actor, singer and political activist, who was accused of insulting Thailand's king in public speech, gestures as he arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand, June 1, 2016.

 June 01, 2016 - 05:47:39 GMT
 The End of Thailand's Tiger Temple

The End of Thailand's Tiger Temple

In this Feb, 12, 2015 file photo a Thai Buddhist monk gives water to a tiger from a bottle at the "Tiger Temple" in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand.

 May 30, 2016 - 23:04:37 GMT

Thailand canvasses support for controversial charter ahead of August vote

Thailand's military government on Wednesday kicked off a drive to convince citizens to vote in an August referendum for a draft constitution that the junta has said will pave the way for an election next year.Opponents say the constitution will instead enshrine a political role for the military, which seized power two years ago in a coup, besides heralding weak governments and worsening a decade of bitter political division.

 Wed May 25 11:30:50 UTC 2016
 Gay couple wins custody battle against Thai surrogate mother

Gay couple wins custody battle against Thai surrogate mother

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 23, 2016 file photo, American Gordon Lake, left, and Spaniard Manuel Santos, right, walk with their baby Carmen at the Central Juvenile and Family Court in Bangkok, Thailand. A court in Thailand was to announce its verdict Tuesday, April 26 in a high-profile custody battle between a same-sex couple and a Thai surrogate mother who decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were gay.

 April 26, 2016 - 09:02:02 GMT
 Eight killed in chemical accident at Siam Commercial Bank HQ - statement

Eight killed in chemical accident at Siam Commercial Bank HQ - statement

The logo of Siam Commercial Bank is pictured at its office building in central Bangkok, Thailand, January 26, 2016.

 March 14, 2016 - 04:47:16 GMT
Image of Asia: Contesting an elephant polo match in Thailand

Image of Asia: Contesting an elephant polo match in Thailand

In this photo by Mark Baker, polo players on mahout-guided elephants contest for the ball during a charity match in Bangkok, Thailand.

 March 10, 2016 - 13:49:02 GMT
 Any N.Korea satellite launch 'egregious violation' of its obligations -U.S. official

Any N.Korea satellite launch 'egregious violation' of its obligations -U.S. official

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015, file photo, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel, left, talks to Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. During the week of Dec. 14, the U.S., will hold its first formal strategic dialogue with ally Thailand since a military coup. Russel, is hoping for better press than on his last visit to Thailand a year ago, when local media branded him an "ugly American" for public criticism of curbs on democracy.

 February 02, 2016 - 18:10:39 GMT
 Hawaii Biotech joins race to develop Zika vaccine

Hawaii Biotech joins race to develop Zika vaccine

A worker sprays insecticide for mosquitos at a village in Bangkok, Thailand, January 13, 2016. Tropical Southeast Asian countries said on Friday they were bracing for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, with Malaysia saying it could "spread quickly" if introduced, but Thailand appeared to be bucking the trend with just a handful of cases a year. Picture taken January 13, 2016.

 January 29, 2016 - 14:48:38 GMT
 Thailand reports 2nd MERS case as virus detected in Omani man

Thailand reports 2nd MERS case as virus detected in Omani man

A boy gets his body temperature checked by a Thai officer upon his arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, June 19, 2015. Thailand confirmed on Thursday its first known case of the deadly MERS virus, after killing a number of people in South Korea over recent weeks.

 January 24, 2016 - 05:42:25 GMT
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