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A Thai man was jailed for 30 years on Friday for "insulting" the monarchy on Facebook, in one of the toughest known sentences passed under the junta-ruled kingdom's draconian lese majeste law.

Thailand, once a top choice for would-be parents around the world who were seeking a surrogate, has narrowed the choices for people looking to hire a woman to carry a fetus in her womb.

Fourteen people were wounded in an attack Friday by suspected rebels wielding grenade launchers and automatic weapon in Thailand's war-torn Muslim-majority south, officials said.

Thailand on Friday said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the plight of desperate Myanmar and Bangladesh migrants stranded at sea triggered an international outcry over the grim trade.
Thai general among 72 indicted over human trafficking


Thailand on Friday said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the grim trade in migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh rocked the Southeast Asian region.

Suspected militants have shot dead two Thai soldiers and burned their bodies, police said on Friday, in the latest outbreak of violence in the kingdom's insurgency-battered deep south.

Thailand's junta has asked France to return three dissidents wanted under the kingdom's controversial royal defamation law, an official said Tuesday, as authorities ramp up prosecutions over perceived insults to the monarchy.

Two journalists, including an Australian editor, went on trial in Thailand Tuesday over a report they published implicating the navy in human trafficking, as the United Nations urged the junta-ruled nation to drop the case.

Six people were killed and 11 others wounded in a series of attacks in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police said Saturday.
6 killed in insurgency-plagued southern Thailand


Three people were killed and a dozen injured in four separate bomb blasts in Thailand's war-torn deep south, police said Saturday, while another four died from shooting and arson attacks.

A Thai policeman described the harrowing moments he discovered the bodies of two British holidaymakers on Koh Tao island as the high-profile trial of two Myanmar migrants charged over their deaths opened Wednesday.

Ranong Rachasing would normally be in her fields at this time of year, toiling in ankle-deep water to make her rice paddies bloom through knowledge honed by years of cultivating Thailand's most celebrated export.
Dry paddies strike Thai junta's economic weak spot


Flashing a toothless smile, 96-year-old Gaew breaks into the jaunty, staccato verses of "Mo Lam," a style of folk music that reaches deep into the heritage of northeastern Thailand.
Thai folk music changes tune under coup


A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus was declared free of the illness by the Health Ministry on Friday.
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