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The host nation for this weekend's global conservation gathering is called to account for its role in African elephant poaching

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Authorities have tightened security measures at the US Consulate in the northern province of Chiang Mai following reports that it could be a target of attack from al-Qaida and Salafist terrorist groups this month.

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Andy Murray defended his Brisbane International title with a straight-sets win over 21-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

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Lee Westwood and his family are moving to Florida next month

Florida-bound Westwood aiming for title hat-trick

Lee Westwood begins the defence of the Nedbank Challenge Trophy in South Africa today before heading to Bangkok next week, where he lowered the course record a year ago en route to victory in the Thailand Golf Championship. Far from it representing the close of play at the end of another busy year for Westwood, his season-ending sequence that began in Dubai last week is in fact a departure.

Thai inmates go 'Gangnam Style' before PSY concert

A day before South Korean rap sensation PSY brings his "Gangnam Style" to Thailand, scores of inmates have danced to the hit behind barbed wire and bars in a Bangkok prison.

Man has penis removed after olive oil injections

A 50-year-old Thai man had to have his penis removed after decades of trying to make it bigger through injections of olive oil resulted in his member developing cancer.

A typical street restaurant in Bangkok, on the corner of the busy Yaowarat Road and Phadung Dao

Grub street: Bangkok still reigns supreme when it comes to street food

Every city in the world is now getting in on the street-food act, but Bangkok is still the best, says John Brunton in his own words and pictures.

Man caught smuggling 600 deadly cobras into Thailand

Thai authorities have seized a pickup truck full of deadly cobras at a checkpoint in the country's central region. They believe the snakes came from Malaysia and were destined for a third country for use in traditional medicine or human consumption.

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She transcended the vapid content to project an image of innocence

A view of the Bangkok skyline

Thailand government claims to have struck deal to host Bangkok Grand Prix in 2014

Thailand's government sports authority says it has struck an in-principle deal to host a Formula One race in Bangkok in 2014, with negotiations ongoing about the hosting fee, according to a report in The Nation newspaper.

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Travel Challenge: Half-term Thailand

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a holiday for a family of four in Thailand during the October half term. Prices are for two adults and two children. Each package includes a week's accommodation, transfers and flights from the UK on either Saturday 27 or Sunday 28 October.

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