Thailand tourist murder suspects retract confessions


BANGKOK - Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers said on Wednesday, adding further confusion to an investigation that has attracted widespread criticism.

Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade

PHANG NGA Thailand - When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening.

British police to join Thai investigation into tourist murders

BANGKOK - Thailand has agreed to allow British police to join an investigation into the murder of two backpackers on a Thai island, after local authorities came under criticism for their handling of the case.

World, 18 Oct 2014

Thai government sets out measures to aid rubber farmers after price slump

BANGKOK - Thailand's government announced a series of measures on Thursday to help rubber farmers, who have been hurt by a drop in global prices to five-year lows, but some farmers' leaders said the policies would do little to support the market.

World, 16 Oct 2014

Leader of Thai junta hints at delay in return to elections

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a military coup in May, said on Wednesday that elections planned for 2015 will depend on whether wide-ranging national reforms can be completed within a year.

World, 15 Oct 2014

Thai PM plays down concern over tourist murder investigation

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday dismissed growing diplomatic concern about a police investigation into the murder of two British tourists in Thailand as a pre-trial witness hearing began.

World, 14 Oct 2014