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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.
 
A Thai man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in jail for two Facebook posts about the king that were deemed in breach of the country's draconian royal defamation law.
 
Testimony began Friday in the trial of former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who faces up to 10 years in prison on charges of mismanaging a rice subsidy program.
 
Thailand's ailing but much-loved King Bhumibol Adulyadej left hospital Monday for the first time in several months in a surprise visit to a Bangkok palace, an official statement said.
 
Bangkok's main international airport issued an apology after a snake was found on a luggage cart in the terminal over the weekend and startled passengers in the arrival hall.
 
A Thai advert for skin lightening pills with the tagline "white makes you a winner" has caused an outcry on social media, in the latest marketing ploy tapping into the kingdom's obsession with skin color.
 
Violence in Thailand's insurgency-torn south has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade due to tighter security and fewer rebel attacks on civilians, conflict analysts said Tuesday.
 
Activists in Thailand face threat of violence, death
"Do you sell any beer?" asked the motorcyclist who had pulled up with another man at the small shop run by Chai Bunthonglek.
 
Jittery world bids adieu to a year marred by terror, some nations cancel NY events
In Bangkok, police-flanked partygoers will ring in the new year at the site of a deadly bombing that took place just months ago. In Paris, residents recovering from their city's own deadly attacks will enjoy scaled-back celebrations.
 
Thai king's favorite dog dies, after 'insult' arrest
The favorite dog of Thailand's ailing monarch has died, days after a man was arrested under the kingdom's strict royal defamation laws for allegedly making a satirical online remark about the beloved canine.
 
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