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She Insulted the King. Now, a Record 43-Year Sentence

Thai ex-civil servant was originally supposed to get 87 years behind bars for violating lese-majeste law

(Newser) - A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating...

Off-Duty Rescue Worker Saves Baby Elephant

He revived it with 10 minutes of CPR

(Newser) - Using CPR to try to revive a road accident victim is nothing new for Thai rescue worker Mana Srivate—but the victims aren't usually elephants. Mana, who has been a rescue worker for 26 years, was off duty Sunday night when he arrived at the accident scene while on...

Cher's Rescue Tour Continues. This Time It's a Gorilla

Star is begging for help to rehome Thailand's only gorilla from a department store zoo

(Newser) - If you're thinking a department store zoo doesn't sound like a great place for a gorilla, Cher agrees. The singer, fresh off of her Pakistan trip to rescue the "world's loneliest elephant," is now making a plea to Thailand to free the country's last...

Here's What Iran Got for Releasing an Australian

Thailand says it transferred home 3 men involved in botched 2012 bomb plot

(Newser) - Thailand said Thursday it transferred three Iranians involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot back to Tehran, as Iran released an Australian academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges. While Thai officials declined to call it a swap and Iran referred to the men as...

Thailand: We Busted $1B in Ketamine... Oh, Wait a Second...

Turns out the cops busted a lot of trisodium phosphate

(Newser) - Thailand's justice minister is walking back claims of the country's largest ever ketamine bust as it turns out the substance seized was actually an everyday product, appropriately labeled. About 475 bags of a white, granular substance were seized from a warehouse in Bang Pakong district, Chachoengsao province, on...

Hotel That Had American Jailed Is Furious With Tripadvisor

Sea View Resort and Spa given 'one-of-a-kind' warning label

(Newser) - American Wesley Barnes was made to apologize for his unkind reviews of a Thai resort hotel so as to avoid years in jail . But if the Sea View Resort and Spa in Koh Chang celebrated a victory, it was premature. Now that charges have been dismissed and Barnes has left...

Consequences After Thai Royal Motorcade Heckled

Authorities declare strict new state of emergency for Bangkok

(Newser) - Thai authorities declared a strict new state of emergency for the capital on Thursday, a day after a student-led protest against the country’s traditional establishment saw an extraordinary moment in which demonstrators heckled a royal motorcade. After the pre-dawn declaration, riot police moved in to clear out demonstrators who...

American Escapes Jail Time After 'Stilted' Apology to Resort

Wesley Barnes had faced years behind bars for trashing Thai resort online, violating defamation law

(Newser) - Looks like Wesley Barnes won't see jail time after all. The American living in Thailand had complained online , including on the Tripadvisor site, about the Sea View Koh Chang resort, airing grievances about his stay there over the "unfriendly staff" and accusing the resort of "modern-day slavery"...

Interpol Issues Highest-Level Alert for Red Bull Heir

There's now a 'red notice' for Vorayuth Yoovidhya regarding charges over 2012 hit-and-run

(Newser) - Last month, Thai officials warned they might tap into Interpol in their search for Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the Red Bull heir who fled the country in 2017 to avoid charges regarding a hit-and-run that left a Bangkok motorcycle cop dead. They've made good on that promise, per the New York ...

Tripadvisor Review Could Land American in Jail

Thailand resort sues Wesley Barnes after he posts slams online

(Newser) - Wesley Barnes did not enjoy his stay at the Sea View Resort in Thailand, as he made very clear in online reviews. Now the American faces two years in prison on defamation charges as a result, reports AFP . It appears the review that got Barnes into potentially deep trouble was...

That Plaque Didn't Last Long

Plaque re-installed by protesters in Thailand removed after less than a day

(Newser) - A plaque honoring struggles for democracy in Thailand has been removed less than 24 hours after it was installed by anti-government protesters at a historic royal field in the capital, the AP reports. The plaque had been installed Sunday at Sanam Luang, the field where tens of thousands of people...

Protesters Replace a Plaque That Vanished in 2017

Mass student-led rally in Thailand calls for reforms to the monarchy

(Newser) - Anti-government demonstrators occupying a historic field in the Thai capital on Sunday installed a plaque symbolizing the country's transition to democracy to replace the original one that was mysteriously ripped out and stolen three years ago, as they vowed to press on with calls for new elections and reform...

Red Bull Heir Faces Charges, If Police Can Find Him

Vorayuth Yoovidhya faces new indictment over 2012 hit-and-run in Thailand

(Newser) - Red Bull heir Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya isn't free to return to Thailand after all. Two months after charges were dropped against the 38-year-old accused of killing a Bangkok motorcycle cop in a 2012 hit-and-run —a move critics called an example of impunity offered to the wealthy and...

National Park Mails Trash Back to Tourists

'You forget these things,' note to Thai campers says

(Newser) - Some visitors to Thailand's beautiful Khao Yai National Park will be receiving a memento of their trip—all the trash they left behind. In a series of Facebook posts , Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa slammed campers who left garbage strewn around a campsite over the weekend and said officials should...

Thai King Ends Beef With Royal Consort

'Untainted' Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi has titles restored

(Newser) - A year after Thailand's king stripped his royal consort of her titles , he's pretending he did no such thing. King Maha Vajiralongkorn has restored the royal consort title and major-general military rank of Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, according to a palace statement. It describes Sineenat as "untainted," per...

Thailand Resurrects 8-Year-Old Case Against Red Bull Heir

Thai PM orders investigation into fatal 2012 hit-and-run involving Vorayuth 'Boss' Yoovidhya

(Newser) - Thailand's prime minister responded Wednesday to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run accident eight years ago. The case involving Vorayuth Yoovidhya, whose family...

8 Years After Fatal Crash, Red Bull Heir Is Off the Hook

Vorayuth Yoovidhya killed a Bangkok cop in a 2012 hit-and-run

(Newser) - Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya is now free to return to Thailand, the country he fled after killing a Bangkok motorcycle cop while speeding in his Ferrari nearly a decade ago. Police said Friday that they were dropping the final outstanding charge against the 37-year-old—reckless driving resulting in death—...

A Virus First: The Dead Are Still Contagious

Scientists in Thailand say coronavirus appears to have spread to medical examiner from a corpse

(Newser) - Out of Thailand, a coronavirus first: a case in which the virus appears to have spread from a corpse to a medical examiner. "According to our best knowledge, this is the first report on COVID-19 infection and death among medical personnel in a Forensic Medicine unit," researchers write...

Thailand Tries Bold Idea to Cut Down on Socializing

Alcohol sales are banned until April 20

(Newser) - Thailand is trying a new tactic in its battle against the new coronavirus: banning the sale of alcoholic beverages to try to curb irresponsible socializing. With bars already ordered closed, a number of provinces, as well as the capital of Bangkok, have temporarily outlawed the sale of beer, wine, and...

Amid Pandemic, Thailand's Elephants Face Starvation

Owners say they can no longer afford to feed them

(Newser) - In Thailand, elephants are at risk of becoming indirect victims of the coronavirus pandemic. With tourism at a standstill, the country's estimated 2,000 captive elephants are at risk of starvation, the AFP reports. Owners say they can't afford the hundreds of pounds of food an elephant needs...

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