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Turtle's Coin-Eating Habit Proves Fatal

'Bank' dies 2 weeks after surgery to remove 11lbs of change from her stomach

(Newser) - A 25-year-old sea turtle in Thailand who swallowed nearly a thousand coins tossed by tourists seeking good luck died Tuesday, two weeks after having surgery to remove the coins from its stomach, reports the AP . The cause of death was blood poisoning from the loose change, said Dr. Achariya Sailasuta,... More »

Bear Falls to Death From Helicopter

The bear was being transported into the jungle by Thailand wildlife officials

(Newser) - Officials are investigating after a bear fell to its death from a helicopter high over the jungles of Thailand last month, the Independent reports. While there's some agreement on the circumstances of the Asian black bear's untimely death, it's unclear exactly how the bear came to find... More »

CIA's New No. 2 Ran a Secret Prison in Thailand

Gina Haspel is the first female to hold the position

(Newser) - Gina Haspel ran a "black site" CIA prison in Thailand where detainees were tortured—and now she's a step away from running the entire CIA. The veteran officer was named Thursday as deputy director, making her the first female spy to hold the No. 2 position, reports Reuters... More »

After Unusual Delay, Rama X Takes His Throne

Maha Vajiralongkorn wanted to mourn his late father, who ruled before him for 70 years

(Newser) - Thailand has a new king, with the country's crown prince formally taking the throne to succeed his much-revered late father, who reigned for 70 years. The new monarch, who received the title "His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun," assumed his new position Thursday, according to an announcement... More »

These Stingrays Can Be 8 Feet Wide, Are Turning Up Dead

Officials blame wastewater leak at ethanol plant

(Newser) - Picture a stingray. Is it 8 feet wide? Didn't think so, but that's the incredible size the giant freshwater stingray can grow to. Less incredible: More than 70 of the endangered fish have turned up dead in Thailand's Mae Klong River in recent weeks, reports National Geographic... More »

Meet the Billionaire Heirs to the Red Bull Fortune

Chaleo Yoovidhya left his family a $22B fortune

(Newser) - Among the richest humans on the planet when he died, Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya was a quiet-to-the-point-of-reclusive Thai entrepreneur who preferred duck farming to the trappings of wealth. And since the devout Buddhist's death in 2012, 11 of his family members have inherited his vast fortune, which Bloomberg... More »

In Tight Race, Ill. Senate Debate Takes an Ugly Turn

Mark Kirk questions Tammy Duckworth's US heritage

(Newser) - Illinois Republican Mark Kirk's chances of keeping his US Senate seat took a hit Thursday night when he made an ugly—and inaccurate—remark about his opponent's heritage during a televised debate. After Democratic US Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who was born in Bangkok to a Thai mother and... More »

Thailand Is Running Out of Black Clothes

Government warns against price-gouging

(Newser) - A lot of people in Thailand have apparently discovered that they don't have enough black clothing in their wardrobes for a full year of mourning . Vendors across the country are struggling to cope with a surge in demand for black clothes after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej , and... More »

Thailand's People Asked to Avoid 'Joyful' Events

All TV broadcasts switched to black and white in wake of king's death

(Newser) - Thailand has declared a full year of mourning for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch before his death on Thursday at the age of 88. The AP reports that a public holiday was declared Friday, the country's first day without a king in 70 years,... More »

World's Longest Reigning Monarch Dies at 88

King Bhumibol ruled Thailand for 70 years, was revered

(Newser) - King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure, and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval at home and abroad, died Thursday. He was 88 and had been the world's longest reigning monarch, reports the AP . The Royal Palace said Bhumibol died "... More »

What Happens After Thailand's King Dies?

88-year-old King Bhumibol reportedly 'not stable' after latest medical procedure

(Newser) - Despite years of political instability in Thailand, one thing has remained constant in the country's government for more than 70 years: the monarchy, led by beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The king's visage adorns Thailand's money, posters of him hang everywhere, and a tribute to him plays before... More »

Thailand Detains Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activist

Bangkok believed to have acted on request from Beijing

(Newser) - Thai authorities, reportedly acting on a request from Beijing, detained a Hong Kong teen pro-democracy activist on his arrival at Bangkok's airport late Tuesday in the latest sign of what rights groups say is China pressuring neighbors as it tries to quash dissent, the AP reports. Joshua Wong, who... More »

Cops: Tourist Falls 150 Feet Escaping Harasser

NYC's Hannah Gavios says Thai 'guide' assaulted her

(Newser) - A 23-year-old US tourist lost in Thailand asked for assistance getting back to her resort Thursday night, and a local offered to help. But that local is now in custody and the woman is in the hospital with serious injuries after she says she was forced to flee when he... More »

Wave of Bombings Hits Thai Tourist Hotspots

At least 4 killed across country

(Newser) - In what Thai authorities insisted was "sabotage" and not terrorism, a wave of apparently co-ordinated bombs killed at least four people and injured dozens more across the country overnight. CNN reports that at least 11 bombs went off in five provinces Thursday night and early Friday morning, including two... More »

How Korea Bought Its Way Into American Stomachs

Hey, it worked for Thai food

(Newser) - While some worry about Russia influencing the US election, other countries are surreptitiously having a massive impact on our meals. Priceonomics takes a look at the practice of "gastro-diplomacy," through which governments spend millions of dollars buying access to our mouths. "The latest food trend that you'... More »

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 »

40 Dead Tiger Cubs Found in Temple's Freezer

Temple suggests they died naturally

(Newser) - Forty dead tiger cubs and other animal parts were discovered Monday during a raid to free tigers from a popular tourist site in Thailand, known as the Tiger Temple. Wildlife officials—who accuse the temple of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse—say the cubs were days old when they died;... More »

137 Tigers Evicted From Buddhist Temple

Monks caused 'mayhem,' Thai officials say

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in Thailand have begun removing some of the 137 tigers held at a Buddhist temple following accusations that the monks were involved in illegal breeding and trafficking of the animals. The director of Thailand's Wildlife Conservation Office, Teunjai Noochdumrong, says three tigers were tranquilized and transported Monday... More »

10-Foot Python Bites Man's Penis During Morning Bowel Movement

And that sucker did not want to let go

(Newser) - Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the toilet. Coconuts Bangkok reports Thai resident Attaporn Boonmakchuay was five minutes into his "usual bowel movement" Wednesday morning when a huge python bit him on the penis. The 10-foot snake had, well, snaked its way through his... More »

Tourists Love Beach So Much Thailand Has to Close It

Koh Tachai island's beaches have suffered from overcrowding

(Newser) - An island that Time reports was voted Thailand's most beautiful last year is being closed due to the hordes of tourists that flock to it. Koh Tachai island's beaches closed Monday for the monsoon season per usual, but it will be indefinitely closed beginning Oct. 15—the day... More »

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