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Thailand: Constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia
Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world's 50th-largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, a special administrative area. Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest. It is a unitary state. Although nominally the country is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, the most recent coup, in 2014, established a de facto military dictatorship under a junta.

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'I don't recommend you do this': Thailand's stealthy snake wrangler

In the dead of night, Thai firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo stealthily approaches a python coiled around the rafters of a home in Bangkok, and quickly grabs its head with his bare hands.
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Pope expected to make Thailand visit in November: sources

Pope Francis is expected to make an official trip to Thailand in November ahead of an already announced visit to Japan, becoming the first pontiff in nearly four decades to go to either country,..
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Videos for Thailand

Thailand's self-styled snake wrangler to the rescue [Video]Thailand's self-styled snake wrangler to the rescue

In the dead of night, Thai firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo stealthily approaches a python coiled around the rafters of a home in Bangkok and quickly grabs its head with his bare hands.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:50Published

Thai firefighter finds solace in snake catching [Video]Thai firefighter finds solace in snake catching

Firefighters spend more time catching snakes than putting out fires in Bangkok, according to a study in Thailand. One firefighter in particular prefers to wrangle these snakes by hand, saying he's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:22Published

Popular baby dugong dies in Thailand after 'ingesting plastic waste' [Video]Popular baby dugong dies in Thailand after 'ingesting plastic waste'

Popular baby dugong dies in Thailand after "ingesting plastic waste"

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:17Published

U.S. surfboard makers not so stoked about tariffs [Video]U.S. surfboard makers not so stoked about tariffs

President Donald Trump's decision to slap 10% tariffs on imported surfboards convinced surf executive Sue Bowers to move factory jobs out of China - but not back to the United States, which was one..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:31Published

Stocks bounce back but recession, trade fears remain [Video]Stocks bounce back but recession, trade fears remain

U.S. stocks clawed back Wednesday after plummeting early - as investors rushed to the safe haven of the bond market amid fears the U.S.-China trade war would aggravate an already slowing global..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:28Published

U.S. still hopes for talks with NK despite missile tests [Video]U.S. still hopes for talks with NK despite missile tests

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday he hopes talks with North Korea will resume despite Pyongyang's recent missile launches. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Thailand: Colourful river festival marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent [Video]Thailand: Colourful river festival marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent

Villagers set sail in 150 boats down the Ladchado canal on Tuesday 16 July in central Thailand as part of a traditional river procession to mark the beginning of the three-month-long Buddhist Lent.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:22Published

Title IX Helped U.S. Women Soccer Players Get So Good [Video]Title IX Helped U.S. Women Soccer Players Get So Good

Earlier this month, the US Women's Soccer Team beat Thailand 13 to 0, which is more goals than any team has scored in one game in the history of the world cup. According to Business Insider, women..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:52Published

 

Thailand asks tech firms to set up centers against 'fake news' in Southeast Asia

Thailand is proposing that tech companies set up centers in each of the 10 Southeast Asian countries to curb the flow of "fake news" and fake accounts, the country's telecoms regulator said on Monday.
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Thai official dismisses Muslim insurgent demand on detainees

A Thai deputy prime minister dismissed on Monday a demand made by a Malay Muslim group to free those detained over alleged links to the long-running insurgency in Thailand's mainly Muslim south as a..
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Exclusive: Muslim insurgent group says it met with Thai government

The main group fighting an insurgency in Thailand's largely Muslim south said it had held its first meeting with officials from the new Thai government and had set out demands as a condition for any..
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Thailand orders arrests of four more suspects in Bangkok blasts

Thai authorities issued arrest warrants on Wednesday for four more suspects believed to be responsible for a series of bomb attacks as the capital hosted a key diplomatic meeting this month.
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'The threat now is fake news': Thai army chief describes 'hybrid war'

Thailand's army is fighting a "hybrid war" waged by enemies who are using "fake news" to turn young Thais against the military and the monarchy, the army chief said in a rare interview on Friday.
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Serbia grants citizenship to Thailand's fugitive ex-PM

The Serbian government has granted citizenship to Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who fled her homeland in 2017 to avoid negligence charges.
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Boogie time: Thai minister loosens up for cannabis presentation

Thailand's public health minister and his top bureaucrats danced along to pop tunes ahead of a news conference called to present the first batch of cannabis oil produced by a state-owned pharmaceutical..
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Drought reveals lost temple in Thailand submerged by dam

Thousands are flocking to see a Buddhist temple in central Thailand exposed after drought drove water levels to record lows in a dam reservoir where it had been submerged.
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Thailand seeks more than 10 suspects for series of bombs in Bangkok

Thai security forces are hunting more than 10 suspects in connection with a series of bomb attacks in Bangkok last week, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday.
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Thai king exempted from tax on some land properties

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be exempt from tax on some of his land property, according to a government announcement.
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Thai PM faces first opposition challenge as he sets out plans

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha faced opposition questions in parliament for the first time on Thursday as the former junta leader set out his government's plans.
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Four killed in attacks in Thailand as anger burns

Insurgents have killed four security personnel in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, the regional security force said on Wednesday, amid anger over allegations that a rebel suspect was tortured into a..
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Cannabis among top priorities for new Thai government

Developing a medical cannabis industry is among top policy priorities for Thailand's new government, according to a document released before the formal announcement.
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Vic man lands in custody after Thai time

An Australian man who just spent time in a Thailand prison for stealing a dressing gown has been locked up again for breaching a court order.
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Philip Morris urges Thailand to drop prosecution after WTO's second ruling

Philip Morris urged Thailand to drop criminal charges against its Thai subsidiary on Saturday, after a second World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the Asian nation had failed to comply with..
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Thai king endorses new cabinet weeks after disputed election

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has endorsed the new civilian cabinet of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha following a March 24 election, the Royal Gazette said on Wednesday.
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Timeline: Thai cave rescue that transfixed the world for 17 days

On June 23, 2018, a group of 12 boys and their soccer coach went to explore the Tham Luang cave complex in Thailand's Chiang Rai province, not knowing that rising flood water after heavy rain would..
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A year later, Thailand's rescued 'cave boys' honor diver who died

A Thai soccer team trapped in a cave last year for 17 days returned there on Monday to perform Buddhist rituals honoring a former navy diver killed in the dramatic effort to rescue them that captivated..
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Southeast Asia making good progress on South China Sea conduct code: Thailand

Southeast Asian nations made good progress on a Code of Conduct negotiating draft for the disputed South China Sea and likely will finish a first reading by the end of this year, the Thai foreign..
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'Unholy alliance'? SE Asian authorities accused of trading exiled activists

Three Thai policemen approached Vietnamese refugee Nguyen Van Chung at his home in Bangkok in January and asked him whether he was in touch with another Vietnamese man, Truong Duy Nhat, who had fled to..
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Thailand charges crew of stranded Rohingya boat

Thai authorities have charged the captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 Rohingya Muslims with assisting illegal immigration after the group was found stranded on a southern Thai island, police said on..
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Rohingya Muslims found stranded on Thai island: officials

A fishing boat carrying more than 60 Rohingya Muslims was found beached on an island in southern Thailand on Tuesday, officials said.
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Thai coup leader completes transition to elected PM, cabinet unclear

Thailand's king formally endorsed former army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha as an elected prime minister on Tuesday, five years after he seized power in a military coup, though the makeup of his..
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China says its Panchen Lama made first trip outside country in May

A youth appointed by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans made his first trip outside the country last month, attending events in Thailand,..
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Economic woes face Thailand's junta chief turned civilian PM

Thailand's junta chief-turned-civilian prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha faces a tough task in reviving a faltering economy and sinking investor confidence - the same problems as when he seized power in..
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Thai junta chief vows to 'do his best' as civilian PM

Thailand's junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha called on Thursday for national unity and thanked members of parliament after they voted him in as a civilian prime minister, five years after he seized..
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How Thailand's coup leader kept power through election

When Thailand's former army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, was confirmed as prime minister by parliament on Wednesday, he completed his transition from coup leader to head of a civilian government..
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Parliament confirms Thai coup leader Prayuth as prime minister

Thailand's new parliament confirmed military junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha as civilian prime minister on Wednesday, five years after he seized power from an elected government while he was..
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Thai junta leader voted in as prime minister after election

Thailand's new parliament voted in ruling military junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister on Wednesday, five years after he overthrew an elected government.
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Junta leader favored as Thai parliament convenes to vote for new PM

Both houses of Thailand's parliament convened on Wednesday for the first time since a 2014 coup to choose either the ruling junta leader or a rising opposition star to be the Southeast Asian nation's..
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Thai PM vote pits junta leader against rising opposition star

Thailand's parliamentary vote for prime minister on Wednesday will be a contest between the leader of a 2014 military coup and a rising opposition star facing two criminal charges he says stem from his..
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Thailand's opposition alliance to nominate rising star Thanathorn as PM

Thailand's anti-military Democratic Front alliance will on Wednesday nominate rising political star Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for prime minister, facing off against junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha,..
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Thai parliament to vote for a new prime minister on June 5

Both houses of Thailand's parliament will meet on June 5 to vote for a prime minister, the newly elected speaker of the House of Representatives, Chuan Leekpai, said on Friday.
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Thai opposition says 'not too late' as pro-junta talks stall after election

Thailand's main opposition Pheu Thai party on Wednesday urged other parties that contested a March election to reject a coalition offer by a pro-army party seeking to keep the ruling junta chief as..
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Thailand's pro-army party seeks allies to cement power

Two Thai political parties have been invited to join a new government led by military junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister, a pro-army party said on Monday, more than two months..
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Pro-army party in Thailand to cement deal to keep junta leader as PM: lawmaker

A pro-army in Thailand will cement a deal on Monday to gain enough parliamentary seats to keep the current military junta leader in power as an elected prime minister, a lawmaker and executive board..
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Thai king opens first parliament since 2014 coup

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Friday opened the country's first parliament since the military seized power from an elected government in a 2014 coup.
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A third of Thailand's appointed senators linked to military, police

More than a third of Thailand's newly appointed senators have military or police backgrounds, an official document showed on Tuesday, a sign the upper house will probably vote to entrench army..
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After disputed election, Thailand expected to keep junta leader as PM

Thailand's pro-army Palang Pracharat party was looking for coalition partners on Thursday from a wide field of potential allies as it seeks to keep military junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a..
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Thai election results show no clear winner but junta party favored

Long-delayed results of Thailand's first election since a 2014 military coup released on Wednesday produced no clear winner but gave a pro-army party a clear advantage in its bid to install the current..
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'Very pleased and delighted': Thai king wraps up three-day coronation events

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn greeted thousands of his subjects from a balcony of his Grand Palace on Monday, the third and final day of coronation ceremonies.
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Thai king greets crowd of flag-waving subjects on final day of coronation

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn greeted thousands of his subjects from a balcony of his Grand Palace on Monday, the third and final day of coronation ceremonies.
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Fake mews? Confusion over cat at Thai king's coronation ceremony

Animal lovers in Thailand were thrown into confusion on Sunday over whether a Siamese cat presented to the newly crowned Thai king and his queen was a living feline - or not.
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Newly crowned Thai king carried through Bangkok in royal procession

Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn began a royal procession around the capital on Sunday to visit Buddhist temples and greet his subjects as part of elaborate coronation ceremonies held..
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Thailand's newly crowned king begins procession around Bangkok

Thailand's newly crowned King Maja on Sunday began seven km (four-mile) procession from the Grand Palace to three Buddhist temples in Bangkok.
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Thailand's king to greet subjects in coronation parade

Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn will greet his subjects on Sunday in a royal procession, a day after completing ornate rituals to become the country's first new divine monarch in..
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'I shall reign with righteousness': Thailand crowns king in ornate ceremonies

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Saturday completed Buddhist and Brahmin rituals to symbolically transform him into a living god as the Southeast Asian nation crowned its first monarch in nearly seven..
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Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn formally crowned as divine monarch

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was formally crowned as a divine monarch on Saturday.
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