Thailand to make it rain as pollution chokes Bangkok

Polluted air shrouds Bangkok’s business district as Thai authorities are set to deploy rain-making planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the pall of pollution.

Saudi embassy official wishes asylum seeker’s phone was taken

Saudi embassy charge d’affaires Abdulilah al-Shouaibi remarks at a meeting that Thai authorities should have confiscated Saudi asylum-seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s “cell phone instead of her passport”, after she galvanised a global campaign with her social media savvy. The UN has said an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her, Canberra said, as the Twitter-led campaign to grant her asylum edged towards resolution.

Saudi woman barricades herself in Thai Hotel

(7 Jan 2019) A Saudi woman who says she is fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia barricaded herself in an airport hotel in the Thai capital on Monday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun has sent out desperate pleas for help over social media. (Jan. 7)

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Tropical storm’s surging seas hit Thai beaches

(4 Jan 2019) Trees and utility poles were leveled and city streets and country roads flooded on Friday as rain, winds and surging seawater from Tropical Storm Pabuk hit coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts on southern Thailand’s east coast. (Jan. 4)

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Tropical Storm Pabuk bears down on Thailand

Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunker down as Tropical Storm Pabuk carved its way towards the kingdom, forcing airports and ferries to close and bringing downpours and massive sea swells.

Storm Pabuk approaches Southern Thailand

Waves from tropical storm Pabuk crash into the coastline in the southern Thai province of Surat Thani. IMAGES

Thai villagers take shelter as Tropical Storm Pabuk closes in

Hundreds of villagers take shelter in an evacuation centre as Thailand’s coastal South is expected to be hit by Tropical Storm Pabuk.

Sharks return to Thai bay popularised by ‘The Beach’

Thai conservationists have welcomed footage of reef sharks gliding through the azure waters of Maya Bay as a “positive sign” of recovery six months after the closure of a tourist hot-spot made famous by the movie “The Beach”.

Thai festival dazzles with paper lanterns

The annual Yi Peng festival in Chiang Mai sees thousands of paper lanterns dotting the sky in a spectacular display which draws many tourists to the northern Thai city.