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Car With 2 Bodies Has Been Stuck in Calif. River for Weeks

Officials, families believe the bodies are of 2 Thai exchange students

(Newser) - For more than two weeks, a red car has been perched atop a rock in the rapids of California's Kings River, with law enforcement and rescue teams trying to figure out how to get it out—and Thai officials say the two bodies spotted inside the car are of... More »

Actor Falls, Spends 3 Days Trapped at Foot of Waterfall

Paul Nicholls says he's 'lucky to be alive'

(Newser) - British actor Paul Nicholls spent a decidedly unglamorous three days at the bottom of a Thai waterfall before being rescued this week, the Guardian reports. Nicholls, former star of British soap opera EastEnders who went on to star in a Bridget Jones film among other things, fell from the top... More »

Thai Village Calls Cops to Handle Troublesome Ghost

'The people who believe in the rumor are genuinely scared'

(Newser) - Who you gonna call? The Royal Thai Police Force, apparently. Khaosod English reports a rural village in Thailand requested police assistance with a female ghost—known as a phi pob—that's been killing cattle, sickening authorities, and otherwise haunting the village in recent months. “The residents are frightened,... More »

Facebook's Latest Headache: Video of King in a Crop Top

Content showing tattooed King Maha Vajiralongkorn may violate strict Thai laws

(Newser) - Facebook has had a lot on its plate— fake news , its "heartbreaking" Facebook Live problem —but now it's seeing pressure from Thailand on another front: The ruling military junta is upset about content circulating online of the country's new king strolling around a shopping mall wearing... More »

News Is Worse Than Thought for Seahorses

Fishermen's nets kill tens of millions annually

(Newser) - Seahorses, known not only for their funky shape but also for being monogamous and for the odd trait that it's the males who give birth, might be in more trouble than thought. It's long been known that the small fish are just one of many to get caught... More »

Man Hangs Baby Girl on Facebook Live Then Kills Self

Facebook calls it an 'appalling incident'

(Newser) - A 20-year-old man streamed himself hanging his 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live before killing himself Monday evening in a vacant hotel in Thailand, the AP reports. According to the New York Times , a four-minute video shows a crying Wuttisan Wongtalay tying a noose around his daughter's neck and dropping... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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