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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.
 
Prayuth defends verdict in Britons' murder
Thailand's junta chief hit out Monday at critics of a controversial court verdict which sentenced two Myanmar migrant workers to death for murdering a pair of British tourists last year.
 
Myanmar men get death for murders in Thailand
Two Myanmar migrants were sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a pair of British holidaymakers on a Thai island, in a case that sullied the kingdom's reputation as a tourist haven and raised questions over its justice system.
 
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.
 
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