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American questioned for shipping human body parts

BANGKOK — A parcel delivery company in Bangkok put three packages bound for the United States through a routine X-ray and made a startling discovery: preserved human parts, including an infant’s head, a baby’s foot, and an adult heart. The body parts were stolen from the medical museums of one of Bangkok’s biggest hospitals, its …

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested at Thai-Lao border

BANGKOK — One of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested under an Interpol warrant as he was crossing into Thailand from Laos, police said Tuesday. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, who uses the alias TiAMO, was detained Monday by Thai immigration police at a checkpoint in Thailand’s Nong Khai province, …

Rape and romance: Thailand soap operas’ long successful mix draws fire after real life crimes

BANGKOK, Thailand—In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera “The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and the producers say they will live happily ever after in the sequel. Boy Meets Girl, Boy Rapes Girl, Boy Marries Girl. The premise is so …

Thai police arrest 2 Myanmar workers in tourist killings on scenic island

BANGKOK, Thailand—Two migrant workers from Myanmar were arrested Friday after police said they confessed to killing two British tourists whose battered bodies were found on a beach in southern Thailand last month, in a case that damaged the image of the country’s tourism industry. Thailand’s national police chief Gen. Somyot Poompanmoung said the DNA results …

Thai ex-train employee gets death penalty for rape, murder of 13 year old girl on night train

BANGKOK, Thailand—A former railway worker in Thailand was sentenced to death Tuesday for raping a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train, then killing her and throwing her body out the window, an attack that sparked outrage in the Southeast Asian nation and prompted calls for the execution of rapists. The case also raised questions about the safety …

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

BANGKOK — When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but couldn’t conceive. Wassana, a lifetime resident of the slums, viewed it as a nine-month solution to her family’s debt. She didn’t ask many questions. …

Girl raped, killed on overnight train in Thailand

BANGKOK — The rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl, who was shoved off a moving train on an overnight trip from southern Thailand, has sparked public outrage and calls for capital punishment for rapists. The body of the girl was discovered early Tuesday morning near the train tracks in Prachuap Khirikhan province’s Pranburi district, …

Thailand deports former Hmong resistance leader, veteran of US ‘secret war,’ back to Laos

BANGKOK, Thailand—Thailand deported a former ethnic Hmong resistance leader whose group fought for the U.S. in Laos in the 1960s, Thai officials and rights groups said Wednesday, raising concerns that he will face persecution in his homeland. Moua Toua Ter and fellow Hmong led a desperate existence on the run in the jungles of Laos …

Thailand’s junta warns over ‘Hunger Games’ salute

BANGKOK — Thailand’s military rulers said Tuesday they are monitoring a new form of silent resistance to the coup – a three-fingered salute borrowed from “The Hunger Games” – and will arrest those in large groups who ignore warnings to lower their arms. Despite the warning to protesters, the junta offered a reprieve to the …

Thai protesters come out again despite junta’s ban

BANGKOK — Thailand’s ruling junta deployed thousands of security forces on the streets of Bangkok on Sunday to thwart another round of small-scale protests denouncing last month’s military coup. Hundreds of demonstrators came out and several were detained, but there was no violence. Fears over possible unrest, however, prompted a major downtown shopping mall to …

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