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Media-savvy Thai monks wage PR war to defend scandal-hit abbot
An embezzlement charge against a powerful Buddhist abbot has unleashed his super-rich temple's PR machine, with Twitter-using Thai monks orchestrating his defense over a scandal that has opened a bitter rupture at the heart of the nation's faith.
 
A Thai man who fought off a three-meter python that bit his penis while he was squatting on the toilet is recovering, hospital staff said Saturday.
 
3 killed, 1 missing in Thai speedboat accident
Three foreign women were killed and one other tourist remains missing after a packed speedboat capsized off the popular Thai holiday island of Koh Samui, police said Friday.
 
A Thai man who says he found 700,000 methamphetamine pills -- with a street value of nearly US$6 million -- in a bush, drove the local price of the drug down after handing them out to his friends for free, police said Wednesday.
 
18 students killed in Northern Thailand primary school fire
A nighttime fire at a dormitory of a primary school in northern Thailand killed 18 girls, many of whom had been roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, thinking it was a prank, officials and the girl who sounded the alarm said Monday. The victims were between 5 and 12 years old.
 
Seventeen young girls died after a fire swept through the dormitory of a school for children of hill tribes in northern Thailand, officials said Monday, adding several others were injured in the blaze.
 
Largest anti-coup rally as Thais mark two years of army rule
Hundreds of protesters on Sunday marked the second anniversary of Thailand's latest coup with song, dance, speeches and pro-democracy banners, in the largest show of dissent since the military toppled an elected government.
 
Thailand's ousted prime minister called on the kingdom's generals to return power to the people as the country marked the second anniversary Sunday of its latest coup.
 
Garlands and crowds greet Foxes in Thailand
Thai fans mobbed newly crowned English Premier League champions Leicester City as they arrived on Wednesday for a publicity blitz after their fairytale title triumph.
 
Tensions flare between Thai Buddhist sect and police
Tensions between Thai police and a powerful Buddhist sect have spiked this week after an arrest warrant was issued for an abbot at the center of an alleged multi-million dollar scandal.
 
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