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Bangkok bomb suspect detained on Thai-Cambodia border

Sep 1, 2015

Bangkok bomb suspect detained on Thai-Cambodia border

Thailand’s prime minister said a foreign man believed to be a “main suspect” in the Bangkok bombing this month was arrested Tuesday at a checkpoint on the Cambodian border, the second foreigner to be detained. The blast on Aug. 17 tore through a religious ...

Thai police seek two new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe

Aug 31, 2015

Thai police seek two new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe

Thai police issued arrest warrants Monday for two more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality, and released their images in the widening investigation into Bangkok’s deadly bombing two weeks ago that yielded its first arrest over the weekend. National ...

Aug 28, 2015

Briton pleads guilty in New York over smuggling North Korean drugs

A British man pleaded guilty in New York on Thursday to conspiring to import 100 kilograms of dangerously pure North Korean methamphetamines into the United States, American prosecutors said. Scott Stammers, 46, was one of five defendants arrested by authorities in Thailand in September ...

Thai police say Bangkok bomb substance smells like TNT

Aug 26, 2015

Thai police say Bangkok bomb substance smells like TNT

Thai explosives experts say substance from the bomb that blew up in downtown Bangkok last week smells like TNT, although police still have not received chemical test results, the national police spokesman said Wednesday. Prawuth Thavornsiri told journalists that it was still not clear ...

Aug 25, 2015

U.S. Marine admits choking transgender Filipino, denies murder

A U.S. Marine charged with murder testified in court Monday that he choked a Filipino unconscious during a fight that started when he discovered that she was a transgender woman in a Philippine motel but stressed that he didn’t kill her, his lawyer said. ...

Aug 24, 2015

Faulty CCTV cameras hamper Thai bomber hunt

A week after a deadly bomb tore through central Bangkok, Thailand’s police chief Monday admitted that his force’s frantic search for those responsible has been hampered by faulty security cameras. The trail is growing increasing cold seven days after the bombing, which killed 20 ...

Aug 24, 2015

Jealous wife sentenced to life for Cambodia acid attack

A Cambodian court on Monday sentenced a garment factory worker to life in prison for killing another woman in an acid attack motivated by jealous rage over an alleged love affair. Sroeun Nann was arrested in March after splashing the acid on Meas Vanny, ...

Aug 24, 2015

The Maldives ex-president back in jail: party

The Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed has been thrown back in jail a month after his 13-year prison sentence was commuted to house arrest, his party said Monday. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said police and prison officials clashed with supporters as they removed ...

Police fear Bangkok bombing suspect may have fled

Aug 23, 2015

Police fear Bangkok bombing suspect may have fled

Despite new surveillance video that may offer a possible clue to the bombing in central Bangkok that killed 20 people, Thai police said Sunday that the perpetrators may have already fled the country, and that they will “need some luck” to catch them. Surveillance ...