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Thailand's highest court Wednesday upheld a royal defamation conviction against an online newspaper editor who fell foul of the draconian law after failing to speedily remove reader comments deemed critical of the monarchy.
 
Thai gov't says not ignoring shrimp sheds slavery issue
Thailand's government said Monday it is not ignoring the slavery and forced labor in its lucrative shrimp industry that was highlighted in an Associated Press investigation published last week.
 
Families of bus crash victims in Thai  city to get US$44,300 from insurers
The families of the 14 people killed when their coach crashed in Thailand's Chiang Mai city on Sunday, Dec. 20) -- 13 Malaysian Chinese tourists and one Thai female guide -- will receive 1.6 million baht (US$44,300) each in compensation from insurance companies.
 
At least 13 people including ethnic Chinese Malaysian tourists were killed Sunday when a bus plunged off a road in Thailand, a country with some of the world's most dangerous highways.
 
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.
 
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