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Days Before Coronation Ceremony, a Surprise Queen

Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn announces he's been married to Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn

(Newser) - First an emperor's coronation in Japan; next, one coming up in Thailand. King Maha Vajiralongkorn—who took over the monarchy in 2016 when his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, died—will finally have an official coronation ceremony Saturday, and the thrice-divorced leader has a new queen to celebrate with him.... More »

Thailand Has Message for Pair in Hiding Over 'Sea Home'

'Fight the case'

(Newser) - Chad Elwartowski and his girlfriend remain in hiding, possibly in Thailand, after that country's government accused them of building a "sea home" that violates the country's sovereignty. It's a charge that can carry a death sentence, and on Friday, a Thai official urged the couple to... More »

Couple in Hiding After Floating Home Is Raided

'We just want to live,' says Chad Elwartowski

(Newser) - A US man and his girlfriend wanted to be "seasteading" pioneers. Instead they're now in hiding and could face the death penalty. At issue is a floating home they occupied on a 65-foot platform that sits roughly 12 nautical miles off of Phuket, Thailand, in the Andaman Sea.... More »

300-Foot Fall Kills Tourist After Zipline in Thailand Snaps

Zipline, one of the longest in Asia, has been closed

(Newser) - A zipline cable snapped on a course in northern Thailand on Saturday, sending a Canadian tourist to his death. The 25-year-old, who was vacationing with his girlfriend and friends, fell more than 300 feet, authorities in Chiang Mai say, per the BBC . The attraction, Flight of the Gibbon, has been... More »

Oil Rig Workers Spot, Save a Tired Dog at Sea

'Boonrod' was 135 miles off the coast of Thailand

(Newser) - Oil workers about 135 miles off the coast of Thailand saw something in the water that shouldn't have been there: a tired dog, swimming. The pooch made it to the rig, where workers eventually hoisted him to safety, reports the Bangkok Post . It's not clear how the dog... More »

Anti-Junta Party Says It Won Thai Election

Government says vote counts won't be out until Friday

(Newser) - Thailand's election commission says it will release full vote counts from the first election since a 2014 coup on Friday as an anti-junta party claimed it won the most seats and will try to form a government.The commission said Monday it will announce the results of 350 constituency... More »

Princess Hoped to Be Next Thai PM. Then Her Brother Spoke

Country's Election Commission nixes Ubolratana Mahidol's bid after king voices disapproval

(Newser) - Thailand's Election Commission on Monday disqualified the sister of the country's king from becoming a candidate for prime minister in next month's general election, saying all royals have to be above politics and the monarchy must remain politically neutral. The commission's decision came after her brother... More »

As Thai Elections Approach, a Princess and a 'Game Changer'

Royals aren't supposed to run for prime minister, but Ubolratana Mahidol is changing that

(Newser) - A Thai political party on Friday named a princess as its nominee to be the next prime minister, upending a tradition of the palace eschewing politics and upsetting all predictions about what might happen in next month's elections. The selection of Princess Ubolratana Mahidol by the Thai Raksa Chart... More »

Saudi Teen Leaves Twitter After Death Threats

Australia and Canada talking with Thai officials about resettling Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun

(Newser) - Canada and Australia are in talks with the UN refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family. Thailand's immigration police chief, Surachate Hakparn, told reporters the UN was accelerating the case, though he gave no indication of when the process would be... More »

Saudi Teen Who Fled Family Granted Refugee Status

Next stop, Australia?

(Newser) - A Saudi Arabian teenager who barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and pleaded for the world's help has won her fight to be treated as a refugee. The United Nations high commissioner for refugees assessed Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, on Wednesday and determined that she is a legitimate... More »

Saudi Teen Barricaded in Hotel Room Wins Reprieve

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun begs Thai officials not to send her home, saying she'll be killed

(Newser) - A young Saudi Arabian woman who barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Bangkok, saying that her life will be in danger if authorities send her back to her family, has won a reprieve. Thailand authorities will allow her to stay, at least temporarily, while they investigate her case,... More »

She Was Teaching in Thailand. Suddenly, She Couldn't Move

Family of 22-year-old Caroline Bradner trying to get her home after Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosis

(Newser) - Caroline Bradner traveled nearly 9,000 miles to "teach English, to travel, and make a difference in this world." Now the family of the 22-year-old Virginian is trying to get her home after she was suddenly stricken by a rare disorder that left her paralyzed from the neck... More »

Men in a Golf Cart Tried to Cross a River. Their Wives Hit Them

Tragic drowning of tourists in Thailand

(Newser) - A Christmas Day outing at a Thai golf course ended in tragedy for two South Korean tourists who were visiting with their wives. The BBC reports that 76-year-old Jaseoong Ha and 68-year-old Jun Yong Sung drowned in a freak accident Tuesday as they tried to cross the Nan River in... More »

Elephants Join Search for Missing 2-Year-Old

He vanished in Thailand a week ago

(Newser) - Four elephants mounted by their mahouts have joined the search for a 2-year-old boy from Myanmar who has been missing in Thailand for a week, as hundreds of rescuers comb through a sugarcane field for traces of the missing child. Sului Piew, a son of migrant workers from Myanmar, went... More »

Elon Musk: Thailand Diver Is a 'Child Rapist'

He doubles down on Vernon Unsworth accusations

(Newser) - Elon Musk has doubled down on his apparently baseless claims that Vernon Unsworth, the British cave diver who helped rescue a trapped youth soccer team in Thailand, is a pedophile. In an angry email to BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Mac, the Tesla CEO called the 63-year-old Unsworth a "child rapist"... More »

Cave Boys Tried to Dig Their Way Out

'We didn't realize how far the water could rise'

(Newser) - Before help finally arrived, the 12 boys and soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave system in Thailand tried to dig their way out. Speaking publicly for the first time at a press conference in Chiang Rai shortly after leaving a hospital Wednesday, the team described moving backward through the... More »

Elon Musk Sorry for 'Pedo' Insult

'My words were spoken in anger'

(Newser) - Elon Musk has apparently decided to cut his losses and withdraw from the Thailand cave dispute with whatever dignity he has left. In a tweet , the Tesla CEO apologized for describing British cave diver Vern Unsworth, who played a key role in rescuing 12 trapped boys and their coach, as... More »

Elon Musk's 'Pedo' Insult Might Get Him Sued

'It's not finished,' says rescuer who was target of CEO's slam

(Newser) - A nasty coda to the Thailand cave rescue might not be going away anytime soon. A British diver instrumental in the rescue is now threatening to sue Elon Musk after the entrepreneur called him "pedo guy" on Twitter. "Yes, yes, it's not finished," 63-year-old Vern Unsworth... More »

Elon Musk Calls Key Player in Thai Cave Rescue a 'Pedo'

The billionaire reportedly went on Twitter rant against British diver Vernon Unsworth

(Newser) - Elon Musk reportedly went on a Twitter rant Sunday against a key player in the recent rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand. According to Vox.com , the billionaire investor called British cave diver Vernon Unsworth "pedo guy" as part of a series... More »

Widow of Thai Cave Diver Describes Her Heartbreak

'We promised each other we would use the same breath'

(Newser) - The widow of the cave diver who died in the rescue operation to save 12 boys and their coach trapped in a flooded Thailand cave has been posting heartbreaking tributes to her late husband on her Instagram account . The Straits Times offers translations of some of Valeepoan Kunan's posts... More »

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