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Bangkok: Capital of Thailand
Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand and has a population of over eight million, 12.6 percent of the country's population. Over fourteen million people lived within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region at the 2010 census, making Bangkok the nation's primate city, dwarfing Thailand's other urban centres in both size and importance to the national economy.


Hundreds join protest against ban of opposition party in Thailand

Hundreds of students and supporters held a protest in Bangkok on Saturday against a court decision dissolving Thailand's second largest opposition party, less than a year after an election that ended..
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Thai police arrest gunman for killing ex-wife at shopping mall

A man killed his ex-wife and wounded another person at a shopping center in Bangkok on Tuesday, police said, just 10 days after a mass shooting at another mall in Thailand's northeast.
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Thai soldier kills more than a dozen in shooting rampage [Video]Thai soldier kills more than a dozen in shooting rampage

A Thai soldier killed more than a dozen people in a shooting rampage on Saturday in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima in the north east of Thailand. Lauren Anthony reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

The sea turtles swimming again thanks to prosthetics [Video]The sea turtles swimming again thanks to prosthetics

Goody the turtle lost her left flipper years ago in Thailand - but now she's swimming properly again, thanks to a specially-designed prosthetic flipper. Lauren Anthony reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:07Published

Cat vs chants: Friendly feline tests Buddhist monk's patience [Video]Cat vs chants: Friendly feline tests Buddhist monk's patience

A temple cat's insistent bid for affection during solemn Buddhist prayers for the new year. Video credit: Flash Nophayong Sookphan.

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Gunman kills ex-wife at Bangkok shopping mall days after mass shooting

A man killed his ex-wife and wounded another person at a shopping center in Bangkok on Tuesday, police said, 10 days after a mass shooting at another mall in Thailand's northeast.
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Thai villagers turn to court in protest over Mekong dam in Laos

Villagers along the Mekong River have asked a court in Bangkok on Friday to slow down Thai purchases of electricity from a hydropower dam in Laos, which they say has harmed their livelihoods since it..
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Israel's El Al Airlines suspends Hong Kong flights over coronavirus

El Al Israel Airlines is suspending its Hong Kong flights and will be reducing flights on its Bangkok route in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the company said on Wednesday.
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Not just Chinese travellers staying away as virus shakes Asian tourism

As a driver of one of Thailand's renowned "tuk tuk" motorised rickshaws, Amonchai Laodoungdee is used to busy days ferrying tourists around Bangkok, but on Tuesday he waited for four hours at a..
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Thai soldier kills 'many' in shooting rampage

Thai soldier shoots dead "many people" in and around city of Korat, north-east of Bangkok, reports say
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Bottles for blessings: Thai Buddhist temple recycles plastics into robes

At a Buddhist temple south of Bangkok, a monk watches as a machine presses down on thousands of water bottles, before a giant bale of crushed plastic rolls out with a thud.
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China sends two flights to bring back Wuhan citizens from Thailand and Malaysia

China's aviation authority has dispatched two Xiamen Airlines flights to bring back Wuhan citizens to the Chinese city from Bangkok in Thailand and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, it said on its website on..
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Bali to Bangkok: China virus threatens disaster for tourist hotspots

The colourful dances of Bali's annual Kintamani Festival have fallen victim to coronavirus -- and travel restrictions to halt its spread could prove costly for other places that rely on Chinese..
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Thai protesters demand action as air pollution clouds Bangkok

Dozens of activists held a rare protest on Thursday over air pollution in Bangkok, a day after Thai officials closed schools due to concern over the impact.
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Thai king orders new traffic rules to curb congestion from royal motorcades

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered police to stop completely blocking roads in Bangkok for royal motorcades, a government spokeswoman said.
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Political exercises: Thai rivals plan to mobilize thousands

More than 10,000 people have registered for a "Run Against Dictatorship" in Bangkok next month while supporters of the Thai government plan to stage a rival walk on the same day, organizers said on..
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Thousands join biggest protest for years in Thai capital

Thousands of people joined Bangkok's biggest protest since a 2014 coup on Saturday, after authorities in Thailand moved to ban a party that has rallied opposition to the government of former military..
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Thai opposition leader says protest 'just the beginning'

Thai opposition party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit told a protest on Saturday that it was "just the beginning" as thousands of people rallied in the capital Bangkok for the biggest protest..
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Thai opposition leader asks supporters to mobilize in Bangkok on Saturday

Thai opposition party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit called on supporters to mobilize in Bangkok on Saturday, days after the country's election body called for the dissolution of his Future..
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Thai king completes coronation year with barge procession through old Bangkok

Aboard a golden royal barge, King Maha Vajiralongkorn was rowed along the river winding through the oldest part of Bangkok on Thursday, as thousands of loyal Thais thronged the banks to see the final..
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Pope Francis begins visit to Thailand as faithful jostle for selfies

Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on Wednesday to meet with its small but devoted Catholic minority on a seven-day Asian trip that will include a family reunion in Bangkok and take his anti-nuclear..
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Small in numbers, Thai Catholics preserve centuries-old traditions

The last time Vararunee Khonchanath was in the presence of a pope was before she was born just over 35 years ago, but when Pope Francis visits Bangkok later this week to bless Thailand's tiny Catholic..
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China calls on U.S. to 'stop flexing muscles' in South China Sea

China, during defense talks in Bangkok on Monday, called on the U.S. military to stop flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and to avoid adding "new uncertainties" over Taiwan, underscoring..
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Cambodia opposition founder says he was blocked from boarding plane home from Paris

Cambodia's self-exiled opposition party founder Sam Rainsy, who has vowed to return to his home country to lead demonstrations against authoritarian rule, said he had been prevented on Thursday from..
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Thai PM says Cambodia's Sam Rainsy unlikely to be allowed in

Thailand is unlikely to allow entry to Cambodian opposition founder Sam Rainsy, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday, after the self-exiled dissident said he planned to return to Cambodia..
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India to continue talks on RCEP trade deal: Australian minister

India is going to continue talks on an Asia-wide trade deal that is being discussed at a summit of regional leaders in Bangkok and which Thailand has said will be signed next year, Australia's trade..
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Trade talks in balance at Southeast Asian leaders summit

Plans to finalize an Asia-wide trade deal at a summit in Bangkok this weekend were uncertain after new demands raised by India in the negotiations to create the world's largest trading bloc.
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Security tight in Thai capital ahead of Southeast Asia summit

Thailand mobilized more than 17,000 security officers on Friday ahead of a three-day summit of Southeast Asian and other international leaders in Bangkok, guarding against attacks after a dozen..
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U.S. set to disappoint Asia with downgraded delegation for Bangkok summits

The United States has downgraded its participation in back-to-back Asia-Pacific summits in Bangkok next week, a move bound to disappoint Asian partners worried by China's expanding influence.
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U.S.-China tensions spur progress on giant Asia trade pact

Tensions between the United States and China have given new impetus to a China-backed trade pact and there is a chance of major progress, if not final agreement, when Southeast Asian leaders meet in..
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China denounces Thai politicians for show of support to Hong Kong activists

The Chinese embassy in Bangkok has condemned Thai politicians for showing support to Hong Kong activists amid mass anti-Beijing protests, saying that such move could harm the relationship between the..
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'I don't recommend you do this': Thailand's stealthy snake wrangler

In the dead of night, Thai firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo stealthily approaches a python coiled around the rafters of a home in Bangkok, and quickly grabs its head with his bare hands.
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Thai police seek three more suspects in Bangkok blasts

Thai authorities issued arrest warrants on Tuesday for three more suspects linked to bomb attacks as the capital hosted a diplomatic meeting last month, raising to seven the number of suspects still..
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Bangkok bombings may be linked to politics: police

A series of bombings in the Thai capital Bangkok last week may be linked to politics, police said on Thursday as authorities hunted for more than a dozen suspects in connection with the attacks.
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Unexploded firebomb discovered in Thai capital

Thai authorities recovered an unexploded firebomb at a market in central Bangkok on Wednesday in what they said was a device left over from coordinated attacks last week that wounded four people.
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Thailand seeks more than 10 suspects for series of bombs in Bangkok

Thai security forces are hunting more than 10 suspects in connection with a series of bomb attacks in Bangkok last week, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday.
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Bombs hit Bangkok during major security meeting

Six small bomb blasts wounded at least four people in Bangkok on Friday, as the Thai capital hosted a Southeast Asian security meeting with top diplomats from the United States, China and other world..
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Thai police say total six bombs exploded in Bangkok

A total of six bombs exploded at three locations in Bangkok on Friday and one explosive device was recovered before it blew up, a senior police officer said.
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Thai PM condemns those behind blasts that destroy peace

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha on Friday condemned those behind at least three small bomb blasts that hit the capital Bangkok as it was hosting a South East Asian security meeting with world..
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Three small blasts hit Bangkok as city hosts major security meeting

Three small explosions, one possibly a homemade bomb, injured three people in Bangkok on Friday, as the Thai capital hosted a Southeast Asian security meeting with top diplomats from the United States,..
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Several small blasts heard in Thai capital, two hurt

Several small explosions were heard in Bangkok in at least three locations on Friday and police said that two street cleaners had been hurt by what appeared to be a homemade bomb.
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Several small explosions in Bangkok: local media

Several small explosions were heard in Bangkok in at least three locations on Friday and two street cleaners suffered minor injuries, Thai media reported.
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