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Calendars Featuring Ducks Get Thai Man Jailed for 2 Years

Court found that he was mocking the king

(Newser) - A Thai man was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for selling calendars featuring satirical cartoons of yellow ducks that a court said mocked the country’s monarch, a legal aid group said. Bangkok’s Criminal Court ruled that the calendar for 2021 containing pictures of yellow ducks in...

Cops Arrest Suspect in Thai 'Face/Off' Case

Alleged drug dealer had plastic surgery to look like 'handsome Korean man'

(Newser) - A suspected drug dealer in Thailand not only changed his name to a Korean name, he changed his face to a Korean face in an effort to evade authorities, police say. In what the Thai media has dubbed the Face/Off case, Saharat Sawangjaeng was arrested in Bangkok last week, the...

Thai Princess Collapsed Weeks Ago, Still Unconscious

Bacterial infection led to heart problem, palace says

(Newser) - Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand has not regained consciousness, more than three weeks after the 44-year-old collapsed due to a heart problem while training her dog for a competition. The eldest child of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn and potential heir to the throne, the princess had a bacterial infection that led...

Thai Navy Ship Sinks With 106 Onboard
Thai Navy Ship Sinks
With 106 Onboard

Thai Navy Ship Sinks With 106 Onboard

At least 28 remained in the water as of Monday morning

(Newser) - A Thai navy ship sunk in the Gulf of Thailand and ships and helicopters were working Monday to rescue sailors from the water, the AP reports. As of midmorning, 75 sailors had been rescued and 31 were still in the water, the navy said; the BBC put the number of...

Thai Temple Cleared of All Its Monks After Drug Test

Buddhist foursome in Phetchabun province came up positive for meth, a major issue in Thailand

(Newser) - Thailand has been trying to crack down on drug trafficking, especially when it comes to the methamphetamine pouring in from neighboring Myanmar, and drug testing has been a part of the nation's campaign against it. The latest group to be busted, however, is a bit of a surprise—and...

Woman's Video of 'Delicious' Meal Earns Her an Arrest

Thai woman gleefully pulled wings off bat, scarfed it down

(Newser) - A Thai woman who wanted to go viral got her wish, and now she's apparently in big legal trouble after showing herself eating a bat on camera. Phonchanok Srisunaklua, who has identified herself as a teacher, posted a clip Monday on her Facebook and TikTok pages showing her supping...

Transgender Tycoon Buys Miss Universe Organization

Chakrapong Chakrajutathib is a prominent trans activist in Thailand

(Newser) - A Thai business tycoon and transgender activist has purchased the Miss Universe Organization for $20 million, her company announced Wednesday. Chakrapong "Anne" Chakrajutathib, who controls JKN Global Group Public Co. Ltd., is a celebrity in Thailand who has starred in reality shows and is outspoken about being a transgender...

Thais Mourn 36 Killed in Horrific Attack on Day Care Center

'I cried until I had no more tears coming out of my eyes'

(Newser) - Relatives wailed and collapsed in grief over the small coffins of children Friday after a fired police officer stormed a rural Thai day care center Thursday at naptime and massacred dozens of people. Thailand's deadliest mass killing left virtually no one untouched in the small community in one of...

Dozens Dead in Attack on Day Care Center in Thailand

Authorities say ex-cop killed wife, child, himself after rampage

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. A former police officer in northeast Thailand killed more than 30 people in a shooting and stabbing rampage Thursday, including at least 23 children at a preschool day care center, authorities say. Officials say 34-year-old Panya Kamrab attacked the center in Nong...

Nightclub Fire Leaves 14 Dead
Nightclub Fire Leaves 14 Dead

Nightclub Fire Leaves 14 Dead

More than 40 injured at Thailand's Mountain B venue, which reportedly lacked authorization

(Newser) - At least 14 people are dead and dozens more injured following a fire at a Thai nightclub, which reportedly had only one way for patrons to get in and out. The blaze erupted at the Mountain B nightspot in Sattahip district, about 100 miles south of Bangkok, around 1am Friday...

Review of Archives Flooded in 2011 Turns Up WWII Clue

1944 report found in archive may have led to missing American's remains

(Newser) - The remains of an American airman who went missing in action in World War II may finally be on their way home, thanks to a chance discovery of records in flood-threatened archives in Thailand. US and local authorities held a solemn ceremony Wednesday at an air base in eastern Thailand...

Thailand Handing Out 1M Free Cannabis Plants

Yes, seriously

(Newser) - Not so unusual: a country legalizing medicinal marijuana . Very unusual: the country giving its citizens cannabis plants so they can grow pot at home. That's what's happening now in Thailand, which in 2018 legalized marijuana for medical research and use. In January, Reuters reported the country decided to...

Jungle Search Is On for Tiger That Lost a Hind Leg

Wildlife group in Thailand wants to move animal to safety

(Newser) - Forest rangers in western Thailand are searching a remote jungle on the Myanmar border hoping to rescue a wild tiger with a missing leg from an area where poachers have recently been operating. Staff from the wildlife protection organization Freeland spotted the animal earlier this week on video recorded by...

Tourism Forces Closure of Beach Dicaprio Made Famous
Beach DiCaprio Made Famous
Reopens Years Later

Beach DiCaprio Made Famous Reopens Years Later

Thailand's Maya Bay features in the 1998 film 'The Beach'

(Newser) - Update: Nearly three years after the public was barred from the idyllic beach that featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach, tourists will once again be welcomed back. The closure of Thailand's Maya Bay was supposed to last just four months but was extended to achieve a rehabilitation...

Woman Allegedly Cut Rope Holding Painters 30 Stories Up

Incident happened in Thailand

(Newser) - A resident of a high-rise condominium in Thailand cut the support rope for two painters, apparently angry she wasn't told they would be doing work, and left them hanging above the 26th floor until a couple rescued them, police said Wednesday. (See a photo here .) The woman is...

Thailand Urged Not to Deport Transgender Beauty Tycoon

Nur Sajat is wanted in Malaysia for 'insulting Islam'

(Newser) - Authorities in Malaysia say they don't want to "punish" transgender businesswoman Nur Sajat, only to "educate" her. Advocates say the 36-year-old is likely to face serious mistreatment if Thailand deports her back to her homeland. Sajat, a cosmetics entrepreneur who starred in a reality show in 2018,...

Thai Man Lost Job, Said He Killed Tourist for Her Money

Thailand recently started allowing visitors to enter without quarantining

(Newser) - Thailand wants tourists to come back, but a recent murder might make that a hard sell. A 27-year-old Thai man was charged Sunday in the death of a Swiss woman who was found dead near a waterfall in Phuket on Thursday. Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, 57, was found wearing only a shirt...

Volleyball Player Sits Out After Gesture Toward Thai Team

Serbian player and foundation apologize

(Newser) - A player on Serbia's national women's volleyball team will sit out her next two matches after making a racist gesture last week when playing Thailand. Sanja Djurdjevic will sit out when her team takes on Belgium and Canada as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics, the BBC reports....

Thai Police Arrest 89 Foreigners for Flouting COVID Rules

People from more than 10 countries arrested in raid on island bar

(Newser) - Police and immigration officials raided a party at a bar on a popular resort island in southern Thailand and arrested 89 foreigners for violating coronavirus regulations, officials said Wednesday. The Tuesday night raid on the Three Sixty Bar on Koh Phangan also netted 22 Thais, including one identified as the...

She Insulted the King. Now, a Record 43-Year Sentence

Thai ex-civil servant was originally supposed to get 87 years behind bars for violating lese-majeste law

(Newser) - A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating...

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