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Most of Hamas' Foreign Hostages Are Thai Migrants

Most go to Israel to work in agriculture, sometimes in poor conditions

(Newser) - More than half of the 220 or so hostages Hamas took to Gaza after its Oct. 7 attack on Israel hold foreign passports. The largest subset of that group is from Thailand, Quartz reports, a product of Israel's reliance on migrant labor, consisting of 54 people. "We are...

Shooting Hits Posh Thai Mall
Teen Boy Arrested
in Mall Shooting

Teen Boy Arrested in Mall Shooting

At least one person is dead in posh Thai mall, though initial reports had said 3 were slain

(Newser) - A shooter opened fire inside a major shopping mall in the center of Thailand's capital Tuesday afternoon, killing at least one person before being apprehended, CNN reports, though initial reports had between two and three dead. Police said a suspect was taken into custody less than an hour after...

Chinese Defector: I'll Wait 'Months' in Airport If I Have to

Tiananmen Square critic Chen Siming says he feels safe in Taiwan, though he wants to go to US

(Newser) - A Chinese dissident known for his commemorations of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is currently holed up in a Taiwan airport, pleading for asylum from the United States, or Canada if the US won't take him. Chen Siming has been hunkered down since Friday at Taoyuan International Airport near...

Thaksin Returns to Thailand, Goes to Jail
Thai King Cuts Thaksin's
Prison Term Short

Thai King Cuts Thaksin's Prison Term Short

Former PM's sentence has been reduced from 8 years to 1 year by royal decree

(Newser) - Thailand's king on Friday reduced the prison term of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from eight years to a single year following the divisive politician's return from 15 years of self-imposed exile. The decree from King Maha Vajiralongkorn granting Thaksin, 74, royal clemency said the action was taken...

Cops: Cyberscam Led Man to Kill His Family

Thai police say Sanit Dokmai, now charged with premeditated murder, also tried to take his own life

(Newser) - At least 11 people are suspected to be involved with a loan scam that allegedly drove a man to kill his wife and two young boys before trying to take his own life in their family home, Thai police said Wednesday. Sanit Dokmai has been charged with premeditated murder after...

Fatal Blasts Hit 2 Separate Sites Housing Explosives

9 are dead after explosion at Thai fireworks warehouse; 8 die in firecracker plant blast in India

(Newser) - A large explosion at a fireworks warehouse in southern Thailand on Saturday killed at least nine people and wounded scores, officials said. The governor of the province of Narathiwat, Sanan Pongaksorn, told public broadcaster Thai PBS that at least 115 people were hurt, and that many were in serious condition....

Thai Parliament Says Election Winner Can't Be PM

Military-appointed senators blocked Pita Limjaroenrat's nomination

(Newser) - The bitter battle to name Thailand's next prime minister took a major turn Wednesday as Parliament voted to deny Pita Limjaroenrat, whose progressive Move Forward Party won a surprise victory in May's election, a second chance to be confirmed for the post. Pita had assembled a coalition of...

Who Needs Burger in Its Cheeseburgers? Not Burger King
Burger King, Why
Are You Doing This?
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Burger King, Why Are You Doing This?

Thailand division is hawking a cheeseburger with no burger meat, up to 20 slices of American cheese

(Newser) - If your favorite part of a cheeseburger is the cheese, Burger King has just the meal for you. You'll have to travel to Thailand to sample it, but "this is for real!" the fast-food giant says of its burgerless cheeseburger, which features the usual sesame-seed bun but...

He Texted After Missing Lunch With His Wife. He Never Texted

Body of German Hans-Peter Mack is found in Thailand

(Newser) - The body of a missing German has been found in a chest freezer in Thailand, and three Germans have been arrested in connection with the grisly crime. The BBC reports Hans-Peter Mack, 62, had been due to meet his wife for lunch on July 4. When he failed to arrive,...

Woman Loses Leg on Airport's Moving Walkway

Horrific accident happened in Thailand

(Newser) - A woman's leg had to be amputated in a Thai airport after it was trapped by a moving walkway Thursday, officials said. The 57-year-old Thai passenger was due to board a morning flight from Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport to the southern Nakhon Si Thammarat province when she was...

Woman Suspected of Killing 13 With Cyanide

Thai woman's alleged victims include friends, police officers, boyfriend

(Newser) - The former wife of a senior police officer in Thailand is suspected of being a serial killer with more than a dozen victims. Authorities believe Sararat Rangsiwuthaporn started killing people she knew, including two female police officers, with cyanide in 2020, the BBC reports. Police say the 36-year-old had a...

Chinese Panda Loaned to Thailand Dies Suddenly

Panda Lin Hui fell ill on Tuesday

(Newser) - A giant panda on long-term loan from China died in a zoo in northern Thailand on Wednesday, six months before she was due to return home, officials from the Chiang Mai Zoo said. The cause of Lin Hui’s death was not immediately clear but she appeared to have become...

Thailand Finds MIA Radioactive Capsule, but Uh-Oh

Cylinder with cesium-137 turns up at Thailand steel foundry, but it appears to have been crushed

(Newser) - It would be really great if people could keep tabs on the radioactive capsules they have hanging around. First, a tiny one filled with cesium-137 went missing earlier this year in Western Australia, though it's since been found . Now, a larger cylinder containing the same radioactive isotope has turned...

Calendars Featuring Ducks Get Thai Man Jailed for 2 Years

Court found that he was mocking the king

(Newser) - A Thai man was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for selling calendars featuring satirical cartoons of yellow ducks that a court said mocked the country’s monarch, a legal aid group said. Bangkok’s Criminal Court ruled that the calendar for 2021 containing pictures of yellow ducks in...

Cops Arrest Suspect in Thai 'Face/Off' Case

Alleged drug dealer had plastic surgery to look like 'handsome Korean man'

(Newser) - A suspected drug dealer in Thailand not only changed his name to a Korean name, he changed his face to a Korean face in an effort to evade authorities, police say. In what the Thai media has dubbed the Face/Off case, Saharat Sawangjaeng was arrested in Bangkok last week, the...

Thai Princess Collapsed Weeks Ago, Still Unconscious

Bacterial infection led to heart problem, palace says

(Newser) - Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand has not regained consciousness, more than three weeks after the 44-year-old collapsed due to a heart problem while training her dog for a competition. The eldest child of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn and potential heir to the throne, the princess had a bacterial infection that led...

Thai Navy Ship Sinks With 106 Onboard
Thai Navy Ship Sinks
With 106 Onboard

Thai Navy Ship Sinks With 106 Onboard

At least 28 remained in the water as of Monday morning

(Newser) - A Thai navy ship sunk in the Gulf of Thailand and ships and helicopters were working Monday to rescue sailors from the water, the AP reports. As of midmorning, 75 sailors had been rescued and 31 were still in the water, the navy said; the BBC put the number of...

Thai Temple Cleared of All Its Monks After Drug Test

Buddhist foursome in Phetchabun province came up positive for meth, a major issue in Thailand

(Newser) - Thailand has been trying to crack down on drug trafficking, especially when it comes to the methamphetamine pouring in from neighboring Myanmar, and drug testing has been a part of the nation's campaign against it. The latest group to be busted, however, is a bit of a surprise—and...

Woman's Video of 'Delicious' Meal Earns Her an Arrest

Thai woman gleefully pulled wings off bat, scarfed it down

(Newser) - A Thai woman who wanted to go viral got her wish, and now she's apparently in big legal trouble after showing herself eating a bat on camera. Phonchanok Srisunaklua, who has identified herself as a teacher, posted a clip Monday on her Facebook and TikTok pages showing her supping...

Transgender Tycoon Buys Miss Universe Organization

Chakrapong Chakrajutathib is a prominent trans activist in Thailand

(Newser) - A Thai business tycoon and transgender activist has purchased the Miss Universe Organization for $20 million, her company announced Wednesday. Chakrapong "Anne" Chakrajutathib, who controls JKN Global Group Public Co. Ltd., is a celebrity in Thailand who has starred in reality shows and is outspoken about being a transgender...

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