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  • Thai police find new trafficker camps; crackdown intensifies story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 9:05 am

    PADANG BESAR, Thailand - Police found two more camps Tuesday believed to have held human trafficking victims in southern Thailand - one recently abandoned and the other containing a buried skeleton - days after the grim discovery of 26 bodies at a separate location exposed a thriving human smuggling network in the country.

  • Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare public appearance story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 6:22 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.

  • Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers 
    Updated: May-04-15 8:49 am

    PADANG BESAR, Thailand - Police arrested three Thai officials and a Myanmar citizen in a crackdown on a long-existing criminal network that smuggles persecuted ethnic Muslims from Myanmar into Thailand and holds them captive in camps where scores have died before they can pay ransoms demanded for their freedom.

  • Thai inquest lays no blame in killing of Reuters cameraman story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:31 am

    BANGKOK - Five years after a Reuters video journalist was shot dead during a protest in Thailand, a court said Thursday that its inquest was unable to determine if the shot was fired by Thai soldiers or protesters.

  • Vietnam and the US test their hard-won friendship 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 3:38 am

    BANGKOK - After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.

  • Bangkok tourists rescued by Troopers from Mendenhall Glacier 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 11:00 am

    JUNEAU, Alaska - Two Thai nationals from Bangkok were rescued after calling the Alaska State Troopers to say they were lost in the dark.

  • Wu wins Volvo China Open for 1st European Tour title story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-15 9:44 am

    SHANGHAI - With two Chinese golfers tied for the lead going into the final round of the Volvo China Open, there was a good chance one of them would become the first from the country to capture a European Tour title on home soil.

  • For asylum seekers, a novel (and odd) solution: Cambodia story has photos
    Updated: Apr-23-15 11:01 pm

    BANGKOK - Still haunted by the Vietnam War next door and the 1970s genocide that followed, Cambodia is not exactly the place that the world's refugees dream of reaching.

  • Kashiwa reaches ACL knockout stage with 3-2 win over Jeonbuk story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-15 7:38 pm

    Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol secured a spot in the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League with a 3-2 win over Jeonbuk Motors on Wednesday night.

  • House panel is told of slavery in Thai seafood industry story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-15 5:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - Modern-day slavery persists around the world, including the abuse of fishermen in the Thai seafood industry whose catch can end up in U.S. markets, a congressional panel was told Wednesday.

  • Indonesian police probing death of witness in slavery cases 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 12:40 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian police are investigating the death of a local official in the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs to see if it is linked to a slavery probe in the remote, eastern island village of Benjina, a government official said Wednesday.

  • Thailand rushes to fix illegal fishing after EU ban threat 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 3:59 am

    BANGKOK - Thai officials said they were rushing to crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing in a bid to avoid the European Union's threat to ban seafood import from the country.

  • US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-15 12:54 am

    WASHINGTON - In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets.

  • Purdue team helps Thai village artists with business model 
    Updated: Apr-21-15 9:11 am

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana - It takes artisans in a small village in Thailand somewhere between two and 10 years to handcraft their wood carvings and sculptures, a skill and tradition passed down for generations.

  • EU threatens Thailand with seafood ban over illegal fishing story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-15 9:02 am

    BRUSSELS - The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action against South Korea and the Philippines.

  • AP NewsBreak: EU to put Thailand 1 step away from fish ban 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 1:41 pm

    LUXEMBOURG - The European Union is to give Thailand six months to drastically change its policies on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban by the end of the year.

  • Thailand seizes 4 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Congo 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 8:16 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand seized 4 tons of ivory hidden in bean sacks tracked from Congo in what authorities said was the biggest bust in the country's history, customs officials said Monday.

  • Thailand's Kiradech wins Shenzhen in playoff story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-15 8:15 am

    SHENZHEN, China - Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat captured the inaugural Shenzhen International on Sunday after rallying in regulation with an eagle on the 17th hole and beating Chinese teenager Li Haotong in a playoff.

  • Thai charter, weakening political parties, ready for review 
    Updated: Apr-17-15 6:50 am

    BANGKOK - A draft of Thailand's new constitution, written to reduce the power of major political parties and keep politicians in check, was submitted to an advisory council for review on Friday, nearly a year after the military took power from an elected government.

  • Speedy probe urged over missing Thai environmental activist 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 3:19 am

    BANGKOK - The United Nations human rights office called Thursday on Thailand to speed up an investigation into the disappearance of an ethnic minority environmental activist who has helped villagers report illegal activity in Thailand's largest national park.

  • Thai police suspect Muslim rebels behind southern killings 
    Updated: Apr-13-15 2:20 am

    HAT YAI, Thailand - Police suspect Muslim separatists are behind six killings in Thailand's far south that have come as the country celebrates its traditional New Year.

  • Thai junta links Samui island bombing to political opponents story has photos
    Updated: Apr-11-15 6:44 am

    BANGKOK - A car bomb explosion that slightly injured seven people on the popular resort island of Samui in southern Thailand may be linked to the country's political turmoil, a spokesman for the military government said Saturday.

  • Oregon eye doctor restoring sight in developing world 
    Updated: Apr-10-15 10:52 am

    EUGENE, Oregon - At once, dozens of Thai natives each removed a bandage from one of their eyes. In an instant, numerous people who had been blind for years, even decades, recaptured the gift of sight. For the next few minutes, tears of joy swept through the auditorium in Mae Ai, Thailand.

  • Number of slaves found on Indonesian island at almost 550 story has photos
    Updated: Apr-09-15 9:10 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - The number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote Indonesian island has now reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make sure no one had been left behind nearly a week after more than half of the men were removed in a dramatic rescue.

  • Body of Israeli girl found after Thai tour boat catches fire 
    Updated: Apr-09-15 6:10 am

    BANGKOK - A search team on Thursday found the body of a 12-year-old Israeli girl, the only fatality from a tourist boat that caught fire in the Andaman Sea off the country's southwest, Thai officials said.