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May, 31, 2016

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2 foreign suspects in Bangkok bombing plead innocent
Two members of China's Muslim Uighur minority pleaded innocent Tuesday to carrying out the deadly bombing of a Bangkok landmark last year, with the lawyer of one saying his client claims to have been tortured to elicit a confession.
 
The lawyer for a one of two suspects in last year's deadly bombing of a Bangkok landmark said Monday his client was tortured to elicit a confession, as the pair were set to formally hear the charges against them in a military court.
 
Thai embassies and consulates all over the world have been instructed to tell foreign media and people in general that a general election will definitely be held next year.
 
Allegations about the use of torture against suspected insurgents in the southern border provinces or the government's callous attitude are nothing new.
 
A Scottish tourist has been gored to death by an elephant that he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the resort island of Samui, Thai authorities said Tuesday.
 
Thailand, which faces possible trade sanctions over abuses in its seafood industry, says it has accelerated its fight against human trafficking and unregulated fishing.
 
Tattooing of jailbirds: symbol of time spent behind bars
The man groaned from the painful point of a needle as a tattoo artist pierced his arm, making way for the black ink to run under his skin.
 
The decision contravenes the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin, which was signed in 1995, because the Thai government has not asked for permission from the Mekong River Commission (MRC), according to NGO representatives.
 
Thai health officials are trying to trace dozens of people who may have come into contact with an elderly Omani man who tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the Health Ministry said Sunday.
 
A student activist was snatched from a Bangkok street, bundled into a car and assaulted by soldiers, his lawyer said Thursday, in a dramatic act of military muscle-flexing apparently caught on CCTV.
 
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