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May, 3, 2016

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Four people have been gunned down in Thailand's Muslim-majority southernmost provinces, police said Thursday, in 24-hours of violence that included the murder of a Buddhist rubber tapper whose corpse was then set alight.
 
Police said Monday they will have to tighten security on an island in eastern Thailand after four French tourists were brutally assaulted, including two women who were raped. The attack raises fresh concern about tourist safety in Thailand, which hosted a record 29 million visitors last year.
 
Thailand's state tobacco company said Saturday that it would launch a new, cheaper brand of cigarettes to keep smokers from rolling their own or buying illegally imported untaxed ones due to higher prices from a recently imposed tax hike.
 
2 Uighur Bangkok bombing suspects plead innocent
Two members of China's Muslim Uighur minority pleaded innocent Tuesday to carrying out the deadly bombing of a Bangkok landmark last year, with the lawyer of one saying his client claims to have been tortured to elicit a confession.
 
2 foreign suspects in Bangkok bombing plead innocent
Two members of China's Muslim Uighur minority pleaded innocent Tuesday to carrying out the deadly bombing of a Bangkok landmark last year, with the lawyer of one saying his client claims to have been tortured to elicit a confession.
 
The lawyer for a one of two suspects in last year's deadly bombing of a Bangkok landmark said Monday his client was tortured to elicit a confession, as the pair were set to formally hear the charges against them in a military court.
 
Thai embassies and consulates all over the world have been instructed to tell foreign media and people in general that a general election will definitely be held next year.
 
Allegations about the use of torture against suspected insurgents in the southern border provinces or the government's callous attitude are nothing new.
 
A Scottish tourist has been gored to death by an elephant that he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the resort island of Samui, Thai authorities said Tuesday.
 
Thailand, which faces possible trade sanctions over abuses in its seafood industry, says it has accelerated its fight against human trafficking and unregulated fishing.
 
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