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Thai Monk prays deeply as Foxes triumph
The Buddhist monk who has blessed Leicester City's players and stadium said he prayed deep into the night as the Foxes pulled off one of the biggest ever sporting shocks by winning the English Premier League.
 
Thai election authorities on Wednesday filed their first charge under a law banning campaigning and debate before a referendum on a controversial new constitution, as the junta tightens its grip on free speech.
 
A Thai court on Tuesday granted a foreign same-sex couple full custody of their surrogate baby following a high-profile legal battle with the mother who refused to hand her over after giving birth.
 
Forget the drought, Thailand's national water fight in action
Drought? What drought? Bring out the water guns!
 
To try to combat the carnage on the country's roads during the annual weeklong traditional New Year's holiday celebration, Thai authorities are going gory: Drunk drivers and repeat traffic offenders may be sent to work in hospital morgues to see the fruits of their irresponsibility.
 
Urban farming spirals to new heights in Bangkok
The urban farming movement has come a long way from the pots of herbs and hydroponically grown heads of lettuce grown by hobbyists on condo balconies. A team of entrepreneurs at start-up company EnerGaia has succeeded in producing commercial-level quantities of Spirulina, an eco-friendly superfood, using the sun-baked dead space on the top of Bangkok high rises as farm space.
 
A set of emoticons satirizing Thailand's royal family have been removed by the messaging application Line, in a country where discussion of the monarchy is tightly controlled by a draconian royal insult law.
 
Thai authorities have confiscated nearly 6,000 red bowls bearing a message from an ousted ex-premier, a police officer said Sunday, in the junta's latest attempt to block the resurgence of the political party it toppled.
 
The personal details of thousands of foreign nationals living in southern Thailand were briefly leaked online in what the site's developer admitted Monday was a data breach during a test for police.
 
The dash cam video is jaw-dropping: On a virtually empty stretch of highway, a midsize car is seen traveling in the slow lane. Suddenly, a black Mercedes-Benz zooms into the frame and rear-ends the car at tremendous speed. Within a split second, a cloud of smoke and debris fill the video screen.
 
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