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Real-Life Face/Off Fugitive Caught in Thailand

Lawyer nabbed by immigration cops who noticed something ... off

(Newser) - A Japanese lawyer who police say altered his appearance through plastic surgery to escape arrest for an alleged stock share manipulation scheme more than a decade ago has been captured, Thai police said Friday. Thailand's Immigration Bureau announced that Yasuo Tsubaki, sought by Japanese authorities for securities fraud amounting... More »

Chemical Accident Kills 8 at Bank HQ

Fire system upgrade went badly wrong

(Newser) - A bank in Thailand says eight workers were killed in the basement of its Bangkok headquarters after mistakenly releasing chemicals during an upgrade of the building's fire safety system. Siam Commercial Bank says seven other people were injured in the accident Sunday night. The bank said in a statement... More »

Thai Police Hand Themselves Their Own $84K Reward

Money to go to officers after single arrest in Bangkok bombing

(Newser) - With much fanfare, Thai police had offered an $84,000 reward for tips leading to arrests in the Bangkok bombing . Today, they handed out the cash—to themselves. They arrested a suspect Saturday, though the man has not been charged, let alone convicted. He may not even be the prime... More »

Cops: Bangkok Bombing Was a 'Personal Feud'

Police don't elaborate, but a 28-year-old foreigner is in custody

(Newser) - A 28-year-old man believed to be one of possibly 10 or more people responsible for a deadly Aug. 17 bombing in Bangkok was arrested today, the BBC reports. According to the Guardian , 100 officers were involved in the arrest, which took place at a suburban apartment. CNN reports police found... More »

Cops Aim Sketch, $28K at Nabbing Bangkok Bomber

Thai police aren't convinced he acted alone, though

(Newser) - Thai law enforcement have released an arrest warrant, police sketch, and a hefty reward in their efforts to catch the bomber behind this week's deadly blast in Bangkok , the AP and ah report. Cops say the sketch released today, which shows a man with bushy dark hair and eyeglasses,... More »

Thai Police: This Is the Bangkok Bomber

No injuries as a 2nd bomb rattled a ferry pier in the city today

(Newser) - Thai police have released stills of security footage they say shows the man—wearing a yellow T-shirt—who set off the explosion in central Bangkok yesterday, killing 20 and injuring 140. "The yellow shirt guy is not just the suspect. He is the bomber," a police rep tells... More »

12 Dead, 78 Injured in Bangkok Bombing

At least one bomb went off in heart of city, near the Erawan Shrine

(Newser) - The area around a Thai shrine visited by thousands of Buddhists each day is now the site of "appalling carnage" after at least one bomb went off in the heart of Bangkok today around 7pm local time. The BBC and Telegraph report body parts littered the ground near the... More »

WWII Bomb Kills 8 in Bangkok

Scrap shop workers tried to cut it open

(Newser) - Workers at a scrap shop in Thailand's capital accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least eight people and injuring 20 others, police say. Bangkok's bomb squad chief says construction workers found the bomb buried at a building site... More »

Thai Protests Turn Ugly, 4 Killed

Protesters allegedly opened fire; 1 cop among the dead

(Newser) - Four people were killed and 64 injured in Bangkok today when police tried to break up an anti-government protest around the prime minister's office, one of several buildings protesters have tried to shut down in their campaign of obstruction . Gunfire broke out as thousands of police clad in riot... More »

The World's Most-Visited City Is...

Hong Kong, followed by Singapore

(Newser) - When it comes to the world's most-visited cities, Asia has a clear lead: Of the top five, four are on the continent, according to a list published by the Telegraph and based on a Euromonitor International report. The number one most-visited city? Hong Kong, which saw 23,770,200... More »

Cops Suspect Suicide in Tata Exec's Fatal Fall

Examining note left behind in Bangkok hotel room

(Newser) - Thai police said today they suspect a top British executive at Indian automotive giant Tata Motors committed suicide in a fall from his room on the 22nd floor at a luxury hotel in Bangkok. Managing Director Karl Slym died yesterday while in Thailand to attend a board meeting of the... More »

Grenade Hurled Into Bangkok Protestors' Truck

Blast sparks fears of widespread bloodshed

(Newser) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital today when a grenade was hurled at anti-government demonstrators marching through Bangkok, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was in the procession but... More »

US Warns Citizens as Protests Shut Down Bangkok

Protesters vow to topple elected government

(Newser) - Protesters aiming to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and put democracy in Thailand on hold have shut down Bangkok by building barricades and blocking key road junctions. Some 18,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain order and there have been no serious incidents so far, but there are... More »

Thai PM Dissolves Government Amid 'Final Showdown'

New elections not enough, protesters say

(Newser) - Thailand's prime minister has announced she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call early elections in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis. The surprise move came as 100,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her government marched through the streets of Bangkok for a... More »

Thai Protesters Storm Foreign Ministry

Demand resignation of PM Yingluck Shinawatra

(Newser) - Thai protesters, angry over a government they say remains controlled by an ousted leader, have stormed the country's foreign and finance ministry compounds. The demonstrations follow a protest yesterday in Bangkok that drew 150,000, making it the country's biggest in years, the AP reports. Today, singing and... More »

American Killed in Fight Over $1.60 Taxi Fare

Bangkok cabbie pulls machete after expat refuses to pay

(Newser) - One man is dead and another could face a death sentence after a dispute over a $1.60 taxi fare in Bangkok. Police say a taxi driver has confessed to killing American expat Troy Pilkington with a machete after he accused him of rigging his meter, threw a cup of... More »

700 Cops Guard US Embassy as Thais Protest

400 carry out peaceful demonstration

(Newser) - Protests over an anti-Islam film have spread to Thailand, where 700 police were ready at the US embassy in Bangkok. Some 400 people gathered peacefully; organizers had called for a peaceful demonstration on Facebook. Protesters held signs saying "Stop insulting our religion" as they chanted against the US and... More »

Smugglers Busted With Primates in Their Skivvies

Lorises headed to Dubai from Bangkok

(Newser) - Is that a slender loris in your pants, or are you just happy to see me? In this case, it was the former: Three United Arab Emirates men headed to Dubai from Bangkok were caught with small primates in their underwear. Two were carrying mammals called slender lorises, Sri Lanka... More »

Signs of Strain Between Burma's Leader, Suu Kyi

With Burma opening hinging on Suu Kyi, Thein Sein, observers worry

(Newser) - Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi apparently did not woo many members of the ruling party with her comments in Bangkok last week, in which she cautioned that investors should avoid "reckless optimism" in regards to the country. An adviser to Burma's President U Thein Sein criticized... More »

Suu Kyi: Avoid 'Reckless Optimism'

Reflects on leaving Burma for first time in 24 years

(Newser) - There's hope for Burma, but it should be tempered with caution, said Aung San Suu Kyi during her first trip outside the country in 24 years. Speaking to the World Economic Forum in Bangkok, she called the optimism surrounding the recent changes seen in Burma "good," but... More »

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