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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 »

Fishermen Use Friend's Ashes to Reel In Huge Fish

'It's what he would have wanted'

(Newser) - In a sweet—and maybe also a little bit weird—move, two fishermen honored a fellow fisherman who passed away by turning his ashes into bait and using it to reel in a huge carp. Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale were planning a fishing trip to Thailand with Ron Hopper,... More »

Drunk Drivers in Thailand Have to Work in Morgues

'It is aimed to be a deterrent'

(Newser) - To combat the carnage on the country's roads this month during the annual weeklong traditional New Year's holiday celebration, Thai authorities are going gory: Drunk drivers and repeat traffic offenders will be sent to work in hospital morgues to see the results of their irresponsibility. The Songkran holiday... More »

'Missing Link' Fish Found in Slimy Cave

Endangered species in Thailand could explain a lot

(Newser) - According to evolutionary theory, something must have crawled from the sea onto land hundreds of millions of years ago—but what? How about a blind fish called Cryptotora thamicola, which uses four fins like crutches to wriggle up waterfalls and across slimy rocks, the Smithsonian reports. Discovered in northern Thailand... 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 »

'Rambo' the Elephant Gores Tourist to Death on Thai Trek

Hot weather may have played role in agitating elephant that killed Scottish man

(Newser) - A Scottish tourist was gored to death by an elephant that he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the resort island of Samui, Thai authorities tell the AP . A police lieutenant says the animal threw Gareth Crowe and Eilidh Hughes to the ground during a trek on Monday. The... More »

Metal Hunk Washes Up, Raises Slim Hope for MH370

Officials caution against speculation, say Thailand unlikely site for wreckage

(Newser) - A large chunk of metal that could be from an aircraft washed ashore in southern Thailand, but Malaysian authorities on Sunday cautioned against speculation of a link to a Malaysia Airlines flight missing almost two years. Flight MH370 is presumed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean, and only one... More »

Ad Claims 'You Just Need to Be White to Win'

Company says it was to promote self-improvement, not racism

(Newser) - A beauty company in Thailand has apologized over an ad that informed viewers: "You just need to be white to win." The ad for Seoul Secret's skin-whitening pills, called Snowz, features actress Cris Horwang. In a voiceover, the 35-year-old star explains how she uses the product to... More »

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