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BANGKOK | Thai court orders release of Bahrain refugee soccer player

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court ordered the release of a refugee soccer player on Monday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that had drawn worldwide attention. Court spokesman Suriyan Hongvilai said that Hakeem al-Araibi was being processed for release. Thailand had come under great pressure … Continue reading BANGKOK | Thai court orders release of Bahrain refugee soccer player

BANGKOK  | Thailand sets March election date after 5-year military rule

BANGKOK  —January 23, 2019—Thailand’s Election Commission on Wednesday announced that the nation’s first general election since the military seized power in a 2014 coup will be held on March 24. The long-awaited announcement came just hours after Thailand’s royal palace issued a decree authorizing the polls. The decree published Wednesday in the Royal Gazette put … Continue reading BANGKOK  | Thailand sets March election date after 5-year military rule

BANGKOK | Australia considering resettlement for runaway Saudi woman

BANGKOK — Jan 09, 2019—Australia will assess runaway Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun for settlement after the United Nations on Wednesday deemed her a refugee. The Department of Home Affairs confirmed in a statement that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees had referred 18-year-old Alqunun to Australia for consideration for refugee settlement. Alqunun arrived in … Continue reading BANGKOK | Australia considering resettlement for runaway Saudi woman

BANGKOK | Thailand acquits deputy PM in luxury watch scandal

BANGKOK— Investigators in Thailand acquitted the deputy prime minister of criminal charges of failing to declare assets a year after he was discovered to have several luxury watches that would have been out of reach of his government salary. The saga began last December when photographs were taken at the unveiling of a new Cabinet. … Continue reading BANGKOK | Thailand acquits deputy PM in luxury watch scandal

BANGKOK | Thai businessman convicted of selling fake bomb detectors

BANGKOK— A court in Thailand has convicted a local businessman of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors to the Thai government, five years after the head of the British supplier was sent to prison over the global scandal. Thailand’s military drew criticism and ridicule in 2010 when the GT200 bomb detectors — which were claimed … Continue reading BANGKOK | Thai businessman convicted of selling fake bomb detectors

BANGKOK | Hapless helpers recount own rescue by divers from Thai cave

BANGKOK— There were a host of heroes in July’s dramatic rescue of 13 members of a youth soccer team from a cave in northern Thailand … and then there were the hapless would-be helpers from the Thai Well Water Association. It turns out that 17 people in all were rescued by the expert foreign cave … Continue reading BANGKOK | Hapless helpers recount own rescue by divers from Thai cave

BANGKOK | Thai police hand over 100 kilos of marijuana for research

BANGKOK — Thai police on Tuesday handed over around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of seized marijuana for medical research, as officials seek to produce pot-based medication. Sophon Mekthon, chairman of the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, said researchers chose high-quality marijuana from police to conduct medical research, selecting from batches of seized imported marijuana and taking some … Continue reading BANGKOK | Thai police hand over 100 kilos of marijuana for research

BANGKOK | Thai police extend probe into bilking of bitcoins from Finn

BANGKOK — Thai authorities this week are expected to step up their investigation of a financial scam involving the alleged theft of about $25 million worth of bitcoins from a Finnish investor who police say was bilked with promises of high returns from investments in a casino in Macau and in another cryptocurrency. The case, … Continue reading BANGKOK | Thai police extend probe into bilking of bitcoins from Finn