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Stories with place: Thailand
  • Thai poultry producers accused of labor abuses 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 11:04 am

    BANGKOK - Poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights, two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility charged Thursday. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from allegations that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on fishing boats.

  • Thai police allege armed plot by government opponents story has photos
    Updated: Nov-26-15 9:30 am

    BANGKOK - Thai police said Thursday they have uncovered a plot by opponents of the military government involving an armed attack during upcoming events commemorating the country's monarchy.

  • Vietnam's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:46 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.

  • UN human rights agency wants Thailand army jail closed 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 9:01 am

    BANGKOK - The U.N. human rights agency on Tuesday called on Thailand to immediately close a military detention center where two high-profile prisoners died in controversial circumstances over the past month.

  • Thailand indicts 2 for deadly Bangkok bombing story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 3:39 am

    BANGKOK - A Thai military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners accused of carrying out a deadly bombing at a shrine in Bangkok but questions hang over the case because of the attackers' unclear motive and an opaque investigation.

  • Nestle confirms labor abuse among its Thai seafood suppliers story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 6:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestle SA's supply chains.

  • Things to know about the 10-nation ASEAN story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 12:43 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday signed a landmark declaration creating an ASEAN Community. Key things to know about this diverse region, consisting of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

  • SE Asia creates Economic Community, but challenges remain story has photos
    Updated: Nov-21-15 11:39 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thirteen years after the idea was mooted, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than the European Union or North America, and with hopes of competing with China and India.

  • Thai army says it's not involved in park corruption case 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 9:32 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand's military said Friday that an internal investigation has cleared senior officers of corruption in connection with the financing of a public park on army property featuring spectacular giant statutes of kings.

  • US voices frustration over democracy progress in Thailand 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 12:09 am

    WASHINGTON - The United States has expressed deep frustration over the lack of democratic progress in Thailand after last year's military coup, saying a new constitution there won't pass the "smell test" unless civil society helps to draft it.

  • International NY Times to end print edition in Thailand 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 8:36 am

    BANGKOK - The International New York Times says it will cease printing and distributing its print edition in Thailand at the end of the year, attributing the decision to the rising cost of operating in the Southeast Asian country.

  • Indian surrogates feel hurt by gov't ban on foreign clients 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 10:43 pm

    NEW DELHI - For thousands of childless couples the world over, India has been the go-to destination to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents, thanks to its well-trained doctors, well-appointed fertility clinics and vast numbers of poor women willing to serve as surrogate mothers.

  • Northern Thai airports cancel flights due to lantern risks 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 9:39 am

    BANGKOK - Two airports in northern Thailand said Wednesday that nearly 150 flights will be canceled or rescheduled during a three-day festival next week when revelers launch lanterns into the sky that can pose danger to airplanes.

  • Northern Thai airports cancel flights due to lantern risks 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 5:54 am

    BANGKOK - Two airports in northern Thailand said Wednesday that nearly 150 flights will be canceled or rescheduled during a three-day festival next week when revelers launch lanterns into the sky that can pose danger to airplanes.

  • Ethiopian UN diplomat, maid settle abuse cases in Thailand 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 10:48 am

    BANGKOK - An Ethiopian maid who accused a senior U.N. diplomat in Thailand of treating her like a slave has dropped legal cases against him after reaching an out-of-court financial settlement.

  • Thailand suspected of repatriating 2 Chinese activists 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 9:47 am

    BANGKOK - The U.N's refugee agency has criticized Thailand for deporting two refugees who were about to be resettled in a third country, and whom rights groups have named as Chinese pro-democracy activists.

  • Bangkok's botched half-marathon offers T-shirt apology 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 9:43 am

    BANGKOK - They ran an extra 4 miles on their half-marathon. And for their extra pain, they're getting a T-shirt.

  • Indonesia opens trials of 6 accused of enslaving fishermen 
    Updated: Nov-16-15 11:38 pm

    TUAL, Indonesia - An Indonesian court has begun hearing trials of five Thais and an Indonesian charged with human trafficking connected with slavery in the seafood industry.

  • Vast forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster 
    Updated: Nov-16-15 10:35 pm

    KAMPAR, Indonesia - For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to deliberately set forest fires that burned a chunk of Indonesia the size of New Jersey.

  • How and why Myanmar's Suu Kyi plans to be 'above president' 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 10:50 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - Coming from a politician who has spent her career fighting military rule, the statements seem rather authoritarian: "I'll be above the president," who "will be told exactly what he can do."

  • 14 orangutans smuggled into Thailand sent home to Indonesia 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 8:44 am

    BANGKOK - Fourteen orangutans that were smuggled out of Indonesia and believed to have been put to work at tourist attractions in Thailand were sent home Thursday.

  • Thai police arrest agent, say he misled fishing-boat workers 
    Updated: Nov-10-15 5:34 am

    BANGKOK - Thai police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a man they said tricked more than 100 men into working for low pay on illegal fishing boats in Indonesia, part of the government's effort to show that it is cracking down on an industry that has been rife with human trafficking and labor abuses.

  • Detained famous Thai fortuneteller dies in military prison 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 5:24 am

    BANGKOK - A prominent Thai fortuneteller accused of insulting the monarchy has died in custody, authorities said Monday, becoming the second person in connection with the high-profile case to die behind bars.

  • Monks, military, more officials sought in Thai teen sex case 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 4:45 am

    BANGKOK - Police in Thailand have cracked down on a sex ring that lured underage girls to work as prostitutes whose services were sold to high-ranking military officers, Buddhist monks and a variety of other officials, authorities said Thursday.

  • Bubba has clubs, will travel around the world 
    Updated: Nov-04-15 8:25 am

    SHANGHAI - Bubba Watson is in China this week, Japan next week, and there's one more stop in Thailand before the year is over.