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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 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 »

Grieving Parents Have Dead Child's Head Frozen

Thai girl, nicknamed 'Einz,' is youngest person in cryogenic deep-freeze

(Newser) - A little girl nicknamed "Einz" died of brain cancer in Thailand earlier this year, but isn't entirely gone: Her head is filled with anti-freeze and kept in a vault in Arizona, GlobalPost reports. Her parents made sure Matheryn "Einz" Naovaratpong, dead at age 3, would become the... More »

Thai King, 87, Leaves Hospital in Rare Outing

Ailing Bhumibol Adulyadej was driven through Bangkok for coronation anniversary

(Newser) - Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance today—a national holiday—to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation. All television stations carried the event live, as the 87-year-old monarch emerged in a wheelchair from a Bangkok hospital where he has taken up residence and was... More »

US Wants Answers on Mass Grave in Thai Jungle

Alleged human traffickers arrested after 26 bodies found

(Newser) - The bodies of 26 suspected victims of human trafficking were pulled from a mass grave deep in the Thai jungle over the weekend, and the US wants to see Thailand's government carry out a proper investigation. A State Department spokesperson says the US has been in touch with Thai... More »

8 Inmates Refused Blindfolds, Sang at Firing Squad

Pastor says the scene was 'breathtaking'

(Newser) - "Breathtaking" is probably not a word you'd usually associate with the executions of eight people , but that's exactly how a pastor describes the scene in Indonesia just after midnight local time. Seven foreigners and a local man refused blindfolds as they stood in front of a firing... More »

Brits' Quiet Night of Drinks Ends —in Thailand

Phillip Boyle: It was 'all a bit rash'

(Newser) - We don't want to know how many pills it took to kill this hangover: Two buddies went out for a few drinks at a pub in Marton, England, last Friday. Hours later, they were in Thailand, a la Hangover II. The idea for the spontaneous trip sprouted around 11am... More »

Thailand: Take an Underboob Selfie, Go to Prison

Offenders could face 5-year prison term under Thai law

(Newser) - Planning to snap an underboob selfie in Thailand? The government warns you may have to deal with the consequences—specifically, a five-year prison term. The country's culture ministry notes the "inappropriate" act of taking photographs of the lower half of a woman's breasts violates the country's... More »

Baby Gammy Now an Australian Citizen

Child in surrogate controversy gets access to country's health care

(Newser) - The baby who last year made international headlines in a surrogacy controversy is now a 1-year-old Australian citizen, though he still lives in Thailand. Gammy, who has Down syndrome and a heart condition, can now access Australian health care, the BBC reports. He has been a regular patient at a... More »

Tsunami-Hit Nations Mark 10th Anniversary

Ceremonies pay tribute to more than 225K dead

(Newser) - A decade after one of history's worst natural disasters killed more than 225,000 people in 14 countries, memorial ceremonies for Indian Ocean tsunami victims are being held across the region.
  • In Indonesia, the worst-hit country with more than 170,000 deaths—126,000 of them in Aceh province
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Decade After Tsunami, Bodies Still Unidentified

Most of the 369 thought to be Burmese

(Newser) - This week marks a decade since the tsunami that claimed some 226,000 lives in 14 countries on Dec. 26, 2004. But even now, questions remain about its toll: Almost 400 bodies, for instance, are in numbered coffins in Thailand, and 369 of them haven't even been identified, Reuters... More »

'Horny' Elephant Kills Handler, Kidnaps 2 Females

The elephant went wild in Thailand, south of Bangkok

(Newser) - A bull elephant in a state of "aggressive sexual excitement" trampled its handler and ran away with two female tourists during an otherwise scenic ride past waterfalls in Thailand, the AP reports. Rescuers tracked the elephant for nearly two miles, then shot it with a tranquilizer and rescued the... More »

Thailand: US Man Tried to Mail Baby's Skull to Vegas

Unnamed American hasn't been charged with any crime

(Newser) - Upon questioning, a US tourist told Thai police he'd made a gruesome purchase at a flea market: He claimed to have obtained a baby's skull, heart, and foot along with tattooed skin for $100, police say. The unnamed man allegedly tried to ship the body parts to the... More »

New Element of Asian Slave Trade: 'Floating Prisons'

Reuters investigation reveals troubling development

(Newser) - "The experiences of these men recall the trans-Atlantic slave trade of centuries ago." That from a Reuters investigation into the Asian slave trade that uncovered a troubling new element to the practice. Past reports have held that Rohingya Muslims from Burma and Bangladesh willingly boarded smuggling boats in... More »

Man Confesses to Brutal Thai Murders: Cops

Police waiting on Burmese suspect's DNA test in case of slain Brit backpackers

(Newser) - After a number of DNA dead ends in the investigation of the brutal murders of two British backpackers on the island of Koh Tao, Thai police think they finally have their man (or one of them). A Burmese man is in custody—though not yet formally arrested—and has reportedly... More »

After Murders, Thailand Eyes Tracking Devices —for Tourists

Party curfews could be imposed

(Newser) - With the grisly murder of two British tourists making headlines worldwide, Thailand is considering a tourist-tagging system. Visitors to the country could be given bracelets with serial numbers and the contact details of their hotels "so that if they're out partying late and, for example, get drunk or... More »

Thailand Stumped as DNA Clears 12 in Tourist Slayings

Cops 'really don't know where to look now'

(Newser) - DNA tests have thrown Thai authorities a goose egg in their quest to solve the savage murders of two British tourists. Semen from two different men was found on the body of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, reports the BBC , but analysis revealed that while both sets matched DNA pulled from a... More »

Thai PM: Tourists in Bikinis Aren't Safe—Unless They're Ugly

Or, what not to say after 2 tourists are brutally murdered in your country

(Newser) - Faced with the savage murder of two young British tourists on one of his country's most popular beaches, Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha elected to address the topic of tourist safety. Unfortunately, he wasn't entirely reassuring, reports the Independent : "There are always problems with tourist safety. They think... More »

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