Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit | AFP

Two men from Thailand’s insurgency-hit “Deep South” have been arrested linked to several small bomb attacks which have rattled Bangkok as it hosts a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, leaving four people wounded but not disrupting the diplomatic event.

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ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting kicks off in Bangkok | AFP

Foreign Ministers from 10 Southeast Asian countries meet at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Bangkok. US-China rivalry is set to be sharpened at the summit where Washington’s top diplomat will insist his nation remains a key Asia-Pacific power in the face of Beijing’s military machinations in contested seas and airspace. IMAGES

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Southeast Asian leaders attend ASEAN summit | AFP

Southeast Asian leaders gather in Bangkok to attend the opening ceremony of the 34th ASEAN summit to drive forward the world’s largest commercial pact, with the trade war between the US and China clouding the outlook for their export-led economies. IMAGES

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Thai campaigners urge ASEAN leaders to halt garbage import | AFP

Campaigners call on Southeast Asian leaders to ban trash imports from more developed countries at a protest in Bangkok where demonstrators dump a pile of plastic garbage in front of a government building.

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Thai Muslim family keeps silk weaving heritage alive | AFP

Over the click-clack of the teak loom, Niphon’s family laments the lack of apprentice weavers at his Bangkok silk shop, as modernity lures young Muslims away from a trade their community has dominated for generations.

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Pomp and tradition marks rehearsal for Thai King’s coronation

Military men in colourful hats carry a gilded palanquin through Bangkok’s old quarter in a dress rehearsal for the royal procession of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation — a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle marked by pomp and ancient tradition. The royal coronation of the 66-year-old monarch will run from May 4-6 and is considered the most important event of the year in Thailand.

Popular Bangkok tourist hotel goes up in flames

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A 57-floor hotel and shopping building has gone up in flames in Bangkok, Thailand. At least one person has died jumping to escape the fire, which ripped through the popular tourist spot.

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