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Influential Thai Buddhist monk too ill to face graft charges, say devotees


BANGKOK A stand-off in Thailand between investigators and a powerful Buddhist sect intensified on Thursday after its influential abbot failed to appear at a police station to answer graft charges because followers said he had fainted.

Thailand canvasses support for controversial charter ahead of August vote

BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand's military government on Wednesday kicked off a drive to convince citizens to vote in an August referendum for a draft constitution that the junta has said will pave the way for an election next year.Opponents say the constitution will instead enshrine a political role for the military, which seized power two years ago in a coup, besides heralding weak governments and worsening a decade of bitter political division.

World, May 25 2016

Thai blaze victim, 10, 'called for her mum and dad until voice was gone'

WIANG PA PAO, Thailand A 10-year-old Thai girl called out for her mother and father as a blaze swept through her school dormitory "until her voice was gone", her mother said on Tuesday.

World, May 25 2016

Blaze at Thai school for poor hill-tribe girls kills 17

WIANG PA PAO DISTRICT, Chiang Rai, Thailand Fire swept through a school for girls from poor hill-tribe families in Thailand, killing at least 17 in their dormitory, police said on Monday, and leaving charred remains of metal bed frames and wooden school chairs.

World, May 23 2016

One Rohingya Muslim shot dead in mass escape from Thai detention center

BANGKOK Thai police shot dead a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar on Monday during a dramatic mass escape of detainees from an immigration camp in southern Thailand, police said.

World, Myanmar, May 23 2016

Lawyers appeal against death sentences over murder of British tourists in Thailand

BANGKOK Lawyers filed an appeal on Monday against the conviction of two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death in Thailand for the 2014 murder of two British backpackers on a holiday island, another twist in a case mired in controversy and dispute.

World, Myanmar May 23 2016