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Panu Wongcha-um

Death of Thai boy inflames debate on Muay Thai's young dreamers

Nov 13 2018

BANGKOK The death of a 13-year-old boy, knocked out during a Thai boxing match, has inflamed debate about whether children should be allowed to take part in a dangerous sport that many of them see as their only chance of escaping poverty.

Thai junta and Thaksin-backed populists face off before 2019 poll

Nov 12 2018

BANGKOK Battle lines are being drawn between Thailand's military government and the populist movement led by ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra as both sides attempt to outmaneuver the other before a general election due in 2019.

Death of chairman adds to King Power uncertainty as Thai duty-free changes loom

Oct 29 2018

BANGKOK The death of Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha adds to challenges his King Power International empire faces as its dominance of the lucrative Thai duty-free industry comes under scrutiny.

Thai regulator blocks $4 billion sale of Engie's Glow to PTT

Oct 11 2018

BANGKOK Thailand's energy regulator has blocked PTT Pcl's bid to acquire power firm Glow Energy from France's Engie for up to $4 billion, in what would have been the country's largest investment deal this year.

Putting on the dog: Thai ad agency employees bring pets to work

Oct 02 2018

BANGKOK Nimo bounds out of a car in a rush to get to work at a Bangkok advertising agency, but Nimo is no ordinary employee. | Video

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

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