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A Thai military court has jailed a woman for over nine years for royal defamation, an official said Wednesday, the latest in a series of harsh sentences to raise concern about the draconian law.
 
Thailand's king has made a rare, brief appearance on television amid concerns about his ailing health.
 
A Thai man has been arrested for "liking" a doctored photo of the king and sharing an infographic on Facebook about a growing corruption scandal, the military said Thursday, as prosecutions burgeon under the country's draconian royal defamation laws.
 
The U.S. ambassador to Thailand is under investigation for royal defamation over comments he made criticizing lengthy jail sentences from the kingdom's lese majeste law, a foreign media group and police said Wednesday.
 
The people of Thailand on Saturday marked the 88th birthday of their king, the world's longest-reigning monarch, but with their once-vigorous leader in a hospital and unseen in public for three months, the celebrations were the most subdued in memory.
 
The prime suspect in the murder of an Australian former Hells Angels member has been arrested in Cambodia, police said Friday, after an American was charged in neighboring Thailand over the kidnap and killing.
 
Blank spaces replace article on slowing Thai economy
The International New York Times said its printer in Thailand removed an article on the moribund state of the kingdom's economy Tuesday, forcing the edition to carry blank spaces including on the cover.
 
Thai police said Tuesday they are searching for a gang of foreigners believed to have abducted an Australian former Hells Angels gang member at gunpoint.
 
The United States has not lost Thailand to mainland China, Washington's envoy to Bangkok said Monday, despite acrimony between the two allies and a palpable shift by the kingdom's junta toward its giant northern neighbor.
 
Multifaceted Thailand pushes for inclusiveness and sustainability
On Nov. 18, five days after the Paris terrorist attacks, security was stepped up at the Erawan Shrine, one of the most iconic landmarks in the heart of Bangkok and target of a bomb attack in Aug. 17.
 
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