Thai ‘high society’ flourishing in unequal Kingdom

Polo, branded the ’Sport of Kings’, is undergoing an unlikely renewal in Thailand, one of the world’s most unequal countries, as it goes to the polls on March 24 with the widening wealth gap in sharp focus.

American crowned queen in Thai transgender pageant

American contestant Jazell Barbie Royale is crowned “Miss International Queen” in Thailand at a beauty pageant for transgender women, becoming the first person of colour to win the competition since it started in 2004.

Thai artist challenges the political status quo

Taking a swipe at the country’s chaotic politics, satire is peppering Thai art galleries and social media, with elections just weeks away. One man who has thrown himself headlong into the fray is graffiti artist Headache Stencil — dubbed “Thailand’s Banksy”.

Thousands stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Thousands of travellers were stranded in Bangkok on Thursday when Thai Airways cancelled all flights over Pakistan after Islamabad closed its airspace in response to soaring tensions with India.

US, Asian military forces hold annual ‘Cobra Gold’ exercise

The US and Thailand hold the annual joint ‘Cobra Gold’, the largest US-led military exercises in Asia involving gruelling drills in the Thai jungle, war games, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise. This year’s 11-day exercise is the 38th edition which sees 4500 U.S. personnel participate directly in the exercise.

Thai with dementia returns home after 640 kms detour in China

A 59-year-old Thai woman with dementia who vanished from her home nine months ago and apparently walked 640 kilometres (400 miles) into China is reunited with her daughter in Thailand.

Eating scorpions, worms in Thai/US military drill

Thailand and the US hosted the opening ceremony for the annual Cobra Gold military exercise, the biggest activity of its type in the Asia-Pacific region with participants learning jungle survival skills. (Feb. 14)

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Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi makes a triumphant return to Australia landing in Melbourne, ending a two month ordeal that saw him jailed in Thailand and threatened with forced return to his native Bahrain.. IMAGES of Hakeem al-Araibi’s arrival

Footballer Hakeem al Araibi arrives at Thailand court

Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini refugee footballer and Australian resident arrives at court in Bangkok, Thailand. He was detained by Thai immigration authorities in late November on an extradition request from Bahrain after arriving in Bangkok for a vacation with his wife. IMAGES

Australian demo urges Thailand to free refugee footballer

People carrying placards and posters gather at Federation Square in Melbourne to call on Thailand to release a refugee footballer who has been held for more than two months on an extradition request from Bahrain. Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini footballer who was granted refugee status and residency in Australia, was arrested in Thailand in late November while on vacation with his wife.