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Thai mall shooting survivors tracked killer via CCTV

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:46 AM

By the end of the shooting spree at least 30 people are dead – the shooter included. Many more are wounded, several critically.

CAPTURED. A video grab created on February 9, 2020 from a handout video released by the MCOT Thai Public Company Limited on February 8, 2020 shows CCTV footage of Thai soldier Jakrapanth Thomma holding a gun as he walks through the Terminal 21 shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima. Photo by MCOT/MCOT Public Company Limited/AFP

Thai gunman among 30 dead in 'unprecedented' mass shooting

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:50 AM

(6th UPDATE) Thailand's prime minister blames a 'personal problem' over the sale of a house for the soldier's 17-hour rampage

MALL SHOOTING. Forensic police prepare to enter the Terminal 21 mall, where a mass shooting took place in the Thai northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima on February 9, 2020. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai Navy SEAL dies after yearlong infection after cave rescue

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara is the second Thai Navy SEAL to perish after rescuing 12 boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand

A HERO. Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara dies from blood infection months after rescuing 12 young boys and their coach in a cave in Thailand. Photo from the Royal Thai Navy Facebook page

Traditional Thai massage gets UNESCO heritage status

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The body-stretching, sharp-elbowed art of Thai massage is now part of UNESCO's prestigious heritage list

PH muay thai bags 2 golds, 3 silvers in SEA Games 2019

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Ariel Lee Lampacan and Phillip Delarmino deliver twin golds for Philippine muay thai but Ryan Jakiri settles for silver in heartbreaking fashion

GRITTY. Filipina fighter Islay Erica Bomogao battles Thai Chasing Ketmanee in the golde medal match. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

PH muay thai cops SEA Games gold in men's waikru mai

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:27 AM

Filipino bets Jaerome Calica and Joemar Gallaza dominate the ceremonial Thai dance as female counterparts Iredin Lipatan and Rusha Mae Bayacsan secure a silver

GOLDEN PERFORMANCE. The muay thai team delivers a gold for the Philippines. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Mango Tree serves new Thai dishes for the holidays

Nov 24, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Crispy pad thai? Yes please! Mango Tree features both new dishes and signature Thai staples – and they're all pretty appethaizing!

Thai cuisine restaurants get two Michelin stars for first time at home

Nov 12, 2019 - 11:15 PM

This is the first time the leading guide has awarded the accolade to local establishments offering Thai cuisine

TWO STARS. Thai chef Chumpol (third from left) holds the two Michelin stars award during a ceremony in Bangkok on November 11. Photo by Stephane Delfour/AFP

6 wild elephants drown after slipping off waterfall in Thai park

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Officials are able to rescue two elephants that were 'extremely distressed' because of the incident

DROWNED. This photo by Thai News Pix taken on October 5, 2019 shows a dead elephant at the bottom of a waterfall after it fell to its death at Khao Yai National Park in central Thailand. AFP photo/Thai News Pix

Thai judge shoots himself in court after railing at justice system

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Kanakorn Pianchana shoots himself after acquitting 5 suspects of a murder case

Thai anti-junta party hits back at fresh legal troubles

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:37 PM

Thanathorn was suspended from parliament in May when the constitutional court accepted a case alleging he violated election rules by holding shares in a media company

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks to the media before the parliamentary vote for Thailand’s new prime minister in Bangkok in June 5, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thailand's 'Wild Boars' pay respects to hero diver who died in rescue

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan died during the operation, the only fatality of the three-week ordeal at the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand

A member of the "Wild Boars" football team places flowers in front of a statue of Saman Gunan, the Thai navy diver who died during the rescue of the team from the Tham Luang cave, during the first anniversary of their rescue in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on June 24, 2019. Thailand's "Wild Boars" footballers, who captivated the world one year ago after floods trapped them underground for nearly three weeks, paid respects on June 24 to the diver who died during the rescue efforts. Jittrapon KAICOME / AFP

'Wild Boars' deal with fame one year after Thai cave rescue

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Their newfound fame has also forced silence on them, as the boys and their families can no longer talk freely about their ordeal – the result of exclusivity contracts that ban them from speaking to the press

A YEAR AFTER. This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors posing for photos in front of a statue of Saman Gunan, the Thai diver who died during the efforts to rescue the 12 boys from the '€œWild Boars'€ football team and their coach who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Rights groups, family demand answers on missing Thai activists

May 11, 2019 - 5:42 PM

A Thailand deputy prime minister denies the missing activists are in government custody

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. This handout photo released and taken by Royal Thai Government on February 11, 2019 shows Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha presiding over a meeting at the Government House in Bangkok. Handout photo

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

May 06, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'I want the unity shown here with this goodwill to be an encouraging sign for everybody, all sides to perform their duties for the prosperity of our country,' King Maha Vajiralongkorn says

KING. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (C), Queen Suthida and his daughter Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (L) wave to well-wishers from the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall of the Grand Palace as they grant a public audience on the final day of his royal coronation in Bangkok on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

PH pins medal hopes on muay thai, boxing in 2019 Arafura Games

Apr 26, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Young boxers and muay thai fighters banner the Philippines' campaign in the multisport event in Darwin, Australia

FRIENDLY GAMES. Philippines sends 91 athletes to compete in the Darwin-hosted 2019 Arafura Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

7 Thai parties form coalition to thwart junta

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Pheu Thai, affiliated with self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, joins forces with 6 other parties in a bid to halt military-backed factions from leading the country

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at the Government House for a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on March 26, 2019, two days after the country's general election.  Ye Aung THU / AFP

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Thailand is broadly divided between pro-Shinawatra factions and an elite aligned with the military, which has portrayed itself as a stabilizing force and defender of the country's monarchy

FINAL RALLY. Thailand's junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party's candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party's final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Cliffhanger election looms as record number of Thais turn out for early voting

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:39 PM

With election day looming, voter enthusiasm is writ large across the country and online, with Thais sharing memes and engaging in online debate

EARLY VOTING. A woman casts her ballot during early voting in Bangkok on March 17, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election.Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Thai court dissolves Shinawatra-linked party over princess PM bid

Mar 07, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Thai Raksa Chart party executives – including two Shinawatra family members – are banned from politics for a decade

THE SHINAWATRAS. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives gifts from supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Stand at your desk for a healthier, happier lifestyle

Mar 02, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation's standing desk is designed to promote physical activity with its own exercise manual illustrating various poses and stretches that you can do while standing

Thousands stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Feb 28, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The disruption follows a snowballing crisis between nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India, which has raised fears of an all-out war

STRANDED IN THAILAND. Stranded passengers wait at the check-in area at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on February 28, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defense spending

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The country spends among the most on defense in Southeast Asia and recent big purchases have drawn criticism in a state riddled with inequality and corruption

DEFENSE SPENDING. In this file photo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at Government House before a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai court to hear case against party behind princess political bid

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Party officials fear the case is being hustled through ahead of the March 24 election, which is already stacked in favor of the ruling junta, whose leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha wants to return as a civilian premier

THAI ELECTIONS. In this file photo, an official of Raksa Chart party holds the registration document bearing the photograph of Thai Princess Ubolratana prior to submitting to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. File photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn / Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess' PM candidacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'Above us is His Majesty and the monarchy,' Preechaphol Pongpanit tells reporters at the party's headquarters

THAI POLITICS. Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit makes the traditional Thai gesture of respect while speaking to journalists on arrival at the party headquarters in Bangkok on February 12, 2019. Photo By Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai princess disqualified from list of candidates for PM

Feb 11, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Election Commission says it has excluded Princess Ubolratana 'because all royal family members are above politics'

POLITICS. This file photo shows Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand speading during a Q&A session before the screening of 'Where the Miracle Happens' as part of the Thai Film Festival at Arclight Cinema on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images/AFP

Thai cave rescue film to be released on mission anniversary

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The first film on the dramatic cave rescue will be a genuine retelling of the gripping mission, directed by Thai-born director Tom Waller

British divers in Thai cave rescue make UK honors list

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The 7 underwater specialists receive awards for bravery and excellence, with two members – Richard Stanton and John Volanthen – given the George Medal, the country's second highest civilian gallantry award

THAI RESCUE. British cave-diver Robert Charles Harper explores an opening in the mountain during rescue operation for a missing children's football team and their coach in Tham Luang cave, Chiang Rai province on June 29, 2018.Photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/ / AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:21 PM

One of the military's first acts after seizing power in May 2014 was to outlaw political activity of all kinds. The ban is officially lifted on Tuesday, December 11.

A man waves a giant national flag at Democracy Monument in Bangkok on May 23, 2014. Christophe Archambault/AFP

The week in photos: November 24-30, 2018

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WOMEN VS WOMEN. A Turkish female riot police officer reacts during clashes with women's rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on November 25, 2018, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Thais outraged by child boxer's death in ring

Nov 14, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Thirteen-year-old boxer Anucha Tasako collapsed after his opponent delivered several blows to his head

TRAGIC. A portrait of 13-year-old muay thai boxer Anucha Tasako is displayed next to his coffin during a funeral at a Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan province.Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Here’s your chance to meet 'Prince Ian' of Thai 'Princess Hours' in PH

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Thai actor Sattaphong 'Tao' Phiangphor is heading to Manila

Stateless footballers rescued from Thai cave granted citizenship

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:08 PM

'Today all of you get Thai citizenship,' Mae Sai district chief Somsak Khanakham says in a ceremony, as they are handed national ID cards

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Thai cave boys leave Buddhist monastery after honoring dead rescuer

Aug 04, 2018 - 2:37 PM

11 of the boys, together with their coach, were ordained to 'make merit' for late rescue diver Saman Kunan

Members of the "Wild Boars" football team hand flower garlands to Buddhist monks during a ceremony to mark the end of their retreat as novice monks at the Wat Phra That Doi Tung temple in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on August 4, 2018. The Thai boys freed from a flooded cave in a rescue bid that gripped the world left the Buddhist monastery 11 days after ordaining as novice monks to honour a diver who died in the mission to save them. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA

Thai boys rescued from cave to be ordained in Buddhist ceremony

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The boys will spend time living in a monastery before returning to normal life – a common practice in Buddhist-majority countries like Thailand

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Thai cave boys speak of 'miracle' rescue after hospital discharge

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The "Wild Boars" team members look healthy and happy as they answer questions about the 9 days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team

WILD BOARS. Rescued Thai football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) together with 12 children pays tribute during a press conference in Chiang Rai on July 18, 2018 following their discharge from the hospital to volunteer and former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died during the rescue operation. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai cave boys to leave hospital, speak to media

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The Wild Boars football team are being discharged 'so media can ask them questions and after that they can go back to live their normal lives without media bothering them,' says a spokesman

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack rattles Tesla investors: ‘This thing is unraveling’

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Musk's Tesla has never earned an annual profit. His tweets, the latest of which involves pedophile accusations against a key figure in the rescue of the Thai boys trapped in a cave, are proving to be a big distraction

TWEET TROUBLES. The rescue saga involving young Thai footballers trapped in a cave may be over, but a controversial 'pedo' tweet by Elon Musk, in reference to one of the rescuers, has caused some trouble for him and his company. Photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP


British caver considering legal action after Elon Musk 'pedo' tweet

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk launches a tirade against Vernon Unsworth without providing any justification or explanation, after the cave expert slams his offer of a miniature submarine to extract the footballers from the Tham Luang cave as a 'PR stunt'

ELON MUSK. Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

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Rescued Thai cave boys to leave hospital July 19

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'All 13 Wild Boars are in good physical health... all are in good spirits,' Thailand's public health minister tells reporters

IN GOOD SPIRITS. This video grab taken from undated handout footage released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 14, 2018 shows rescued "Wild Boars" football team coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) with two members of the team recovering at the hospital in Chiang Rai province. Photo handout by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Thai cave rescue site to become a museum

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn tells reporters the site will ultimately be converted into a museum showcasing the clothes and equipment used during the dramatic rescue

RESCUE OPS. Bicycles belonging to members of a children's football team, who are trapped in a cave chamber along with their coach, are seen as Thai rescue personnel (background) conduct operations under floodlights at the entrance to Tham Luang cave. File photo by Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

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Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movie

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Pure Flix is in talks actors, writers and potential investors for the movie

Thai soldiers walk out from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 8 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. Four boys among the group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than a fortnight were rescued on July 8 after surviving a treacherous escape, raising hopes elite divers would also save the others soon. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Thai boys were sedated, stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Video of the rescue is released by authorities who had until late Wednesday closely guarded the details of the seemingly unprecedented operation

RESCUE. This undated handout photo released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 11, 2018 shows one of the members of the "Wild Boars" team being moved on a stretcher during the rescue operation at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district. Handout photo by Royal Thai Navy/AFP

Coach Ek, the unlikely stateless hero of Thai cave drama

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Coach Ekkapol Chantawong, the 25-year-old who was among the last to emerge from the cave on Tuesday, is lauded for keeping the the young footballers - aged 11-16 - calm as starvation loomed in the dark

A COACH AND HIS PLAYERS. Thanaporn Promthep, mother of one of the 12 missing boys, displays an image believed to have been taken in 2017 of her son Duangpetch Promthep, nicknamed "Dom" (pictured 2nd R-with light) and his football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (R), on July 2, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thais rejoice at success of dramatic cave rescue

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) A few hundred school children gather opposite the Chiang Rai hospital. Their teacher leads them in a chant thanking 'everyone who came to help make the mission succeed.'

SAVED AT LAST. Thai students cheers at a school in front of hospital where the boys rescued after being trapped in a nearby cave for 18 harrowing days have been brought for observation in Chiang Rai on July 11, 2018. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

FIFA says rescued Thai boys won't attend World Cup final

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a FIFA event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration,' a spokesman says

RESCUE EFFORTS. This handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 4, 2018 and taken on July 3 shows Adul Sam-on (R), a member of a Thai youth football team who is trapped with 11 other children and their coach, gesturing as he sits inside the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province. Handout image by the Royal Thai Navy/AFP

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