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Headwinds before takeoff for new Thai Airways team

Sep 18 2018

BANGKOK Struggling national carrier Thai Airways International PCL is pinning hopes of a revival to its 1990s heyday on a new leadership team, jet purchases and improving its brand as tourism booms in the region.

Thousands to feast royally to fete Thai cave boys' dramatic rescue

Sep 06 2018

BANGKOK Thousands of Thais will feast royally in the capital on Thursday to celebrate the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave, a dramatic and highly dangerous mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks.

Thai king's yellow and blue volunteers boost his support, visibility

Sep 05 2018

BANGKOK From a distance, the volunteers cleaning up a clogged Bangkok waterway could be mistaken for Scouts, but the group, wearing yellow foulards and blue hats, are part of a volunteer program started by Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66. | Video

Thai vendors ignore ban on road stalls in Bangkok backpacker street

Aug 01 2018

BANGKOK Hundreds of street vendors in the Thai capital's bustling backpacker district of Khaosan road ignored a ban on street vendors introduced on Wednesday and carried on business as usual.

'Not enough time to get out': Laos village caught in burst dam deluge

Jul 27 2018

KOKHONG, Laos The first warning came at 4.00 p.m., one hour later the water started to flow through the village, and by late evening it was a torrent. | Video

Rescuers arrive for 3,000 stranded after Laos dam collapse: media

Jul 25 2018

SEKONG, Laos Rescue teams from China and Thailand headed on Wednesday into a remote part of landlocked Laos, where more than 3,000 people were stranded after a dam collapse sent a deluge of water across a swathe of villages, domestic media said. | Video

Thai boys wave to the world in first video since their rescue

Jul 14 2018

CHIANG RAI, Thailand The first video of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave after 17 days was released on Wednesday, showing them smiling and waving from their hospital beds, looking thin but fine after an ordeal that has gripped the world. | Video

Thailand's cave boys to be discharged from hospital on Thursday

Jul 14 2018

CHIANG RAI, Thailand Twelve Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are recovering well from the ordeal and will be discharged from hospital next week, health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Saturday.

Cave rescue highlights plight of Thailand's stateless people

Jul 14 2018

MAE SAI, Thailand On the Thai side of the mountainous border with Myanmar, where 12 boys and their football coach were rescued from a flooded cave last week, thousands of stateless people live trapped between countries with no access to some basic rights.

Coach of rescued Thai soccer team a 'country boy' longing for citizenship

Jul 13 2018

CHIANG RAI, Thailand A soccer coach rescued with a 12-member squad of boys this week from a flooded cave in Thailand is a kind and humble young man who loves sports and hopes to become a Thai citizen, a relative and friend said on Thursday.

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