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Bare-bottomed Americans arrested over Thai temple photo

Bare-bottomed Americans arrested over Thai temple photoBANGKOK (AP) — Two Americans who maintained a social media account called "Traveling Butts" have been arrested in Thailand after posting a photo of themselves at a famous Buddhist temple with their rear ends exposed, police said Wednesday.



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Funeral for late Thai king Bhumibol draws to a close

Funeral for late Thai king Bhumibol draws to a closeA year of official mourning for Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was to end Sunday after a lavish five-day funeral full of pageantry and religious ritual. Bhumibol, a beloved monarch who died last October aged 88, was cremated on Thursday after a day charged with emotion that brought the nation to a standstill. At his death he was the world’s longest-serving monarch, spanning seven decades of Thailand’s turbulent modern history to become its leading symbol of unity.



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Thai king's cremated remains prepared for enshrinement

Thai king's cremated remains prepared for enshrinementBANGKOK (AP) — The cremated remains of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej were transferred Friday to spiritually significant locations for Buddhist rites that will prepare them to be enshrined on the final day of an elaborate funeral that has transfixed the nation.



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Thai mourners pay last-minute respects to late king

Thai mourners pay last-minute respects to late kingBANGKOK (AP) — Tens of thousands of mourners have been rushing to Bangkok's Grand Palace to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as a period of nearly a year for his body to lie in state ends ahead of his cremation on Oct. 26.



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Thai court to rule on runaway ex-PM Yingluck in absentia

Thai court to rule on runaway ex-PM Yingluck in absentiaThailand’s top court will deliver a verdict Wednesday on whether former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is guilty of negligence — but the fugitive politician will almost certainly be a no-show, having yet to publicly emerge since she fled the kingdom last month. Yingluck, whose elected government was toppled in a 2014 coup, faces up to a decade in jail for negligence over a rice policy. The Supreme Court ruling was supposed to be read on August 25, but the 50-year-old threw the court a curveball when she failed to show up, stunning thousands of supporters who had gathered outside.



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Whereabouts of former Thai PM Yingluck unknown, defense minister says

Whereabouts of former Thai PM Yingluck unknown, defense minister saysBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s defense minister on Monday said he did not know the whereabouts of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, days after she failed to show up for a verdict in her trial for negligence at which she faced up to 10 years in prison. Yingluck, whose government was ousted in a 2014 coup, fled to Dubai via Singapore, sources in her Puea Thai Party said on the weekend. “We don’t know where Yingluck fled and whether she has asked for asylum anywhere,” Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also a deputy prime minister, told reporters.



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Thai authorities freeze ousted PM Yingluck's bank accounts

Thai authorities freeze ousted PM Yingluck's bank accountsThai authorities have frozen seven bank accounts belonging to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra over a $ 1 billion fine she faces for her administration’s controversial rice subsidy scheme, her lawyer said Tuesday. Thailand’s first female prime minister, whose government was toppled in a 2014 coup, is already facing up to a decade in jail for allegedly failing to stop graft in the subsidy programme that targeted her party’s rural farming base. Yingluck’s lawyer confirmed Tuesday that at least seven accounts had now been locked.



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Thai authorities freeze ousted PM Yingluck's bank accounts

Thai authorities freeze ousted PM Yingluck's bank accountsThai authorities have frozen seven bank accounts belonging to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra over a $ 1 billion fine she faces for her administration’s controversial rice subsidy scheme, her lawyer said Tuesday. Thailand’s first female prime minister, whose government was toppled in a 2014 coup, is already facing up to a decade in jail for allegedly failing to stop graft in the subsidy programme that targeted her party’s rural farming base. Yingluck’s lawyer confirmed Tuesday that at least seven accounts had now been locked.



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Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rape

Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rapeA Thai court charged a disgraced former monk Thursday with the rape of an underage girl, fraud and money laundering, after he was extradited from the United States. Thailand is an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation with around 300,000 men in orange robes, but the clergy are beset by high-profile scandals. Wiraphon Sukphon, 37, was arrested on arrival at Bangkok’s main airport late Wednesday from the US where he established an unofficial Buddhist teaching centre after fleeing Thailand in 2013.



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New Thai king gets greater control over vast royal fortune

New Thai king gets greater control over vast royal fortuneBANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new king, who succeeded his late father last year, has tightened control over what is reputed to be the world's richest royal fortune, estimated to be worth more than $ 30 billion.



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