Students killed in Thailand bus crash

Three British gap-year students travelling through Thailand have been killed in a bus crash.

Thai army chief intervenes in election

Thailand’s powerful army chief has made a dramatic political intervention in the run-up to the country’s hard-fought election by urging people not to vote for a party allied to the ousted premier, Thaksin Shinawatra.

Baby animals found in man's luggage

Authorities at Bangkok's international airport in Thailand have arrested a first-class passenger whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged and were bound for Dubai.

At large in Thailand: Trunk callers

The setting is stunning, the spas superb, the Thai cuisine tasty – but the elephants are what make this the perfect family holiday

Thailand banned from 2012 Olympics football tournament

Palestine will replace Thailand in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2012 Olympics after the Thais were booted out for fielding an ineligible player.

Thai protesters mark anniversary of deaths

About 40,000 red-shirted, anti-government protesters gathered yesterday in Bangkok to mark the first anniversary of clashes with the military in which 26 people were killed. No one has been declared responsible for the unrest which saw soldiers fight thousands of protesters in Thailand's worst political violence in 18 years.

Two tonnes of elephant tusks seized

Thai authorities have seized two tonnes of elephant tusks from Africa, hidden in a shipping container – the country's largest ivory seizure.

The Hedonist: Bangkok

What to see and where to be seen

Travel Agenda: Green London; National Cherry Blossom Festival; Bern; St Regis hotel in Bangkok; Museum aan de Stroom; Global Hotel Alliance

Today: Get your hands on a copy of Green London, Enjoy England's and Green Traveller's new map that lists environmentally conscious places to stay, eat and visit in the capital. The map is also available to download ( enjoyengland.com). Also in the capital, good places to watch the Boat Race are the Bishop's Park in Fulham and Furnivall Gardens in Hammersmith, where big screens and beer will be on tap. More Spring celebrations surround the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, with parades, fireworks and street festivals ( nationalcherryblossomfestival.org)

Cameraman 'not shot by soldier'

The controversy surrounding the death of a Japanese cameraman who was shot dead in Bangkok has been reignited after Thai investigators announced they had reversed the conclusion of a preliminary inquiry that suggested he had most likely been killed by soldiers.

Plea to UN over border clashes

Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for a fourth day yesterday over a disputed border area around a 900-year-old mountaintop temple, deepening political uncertainty in Bangkok and prompting Cambodia to call for the United Nations to intervene.

The Windup Girl, By Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi's debut novel, the winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards for science fiction, is set in a dystopian Bangkok after the world has suffered an environmental catastrophe: sea levels are rising, fossil fuels are all but exhausted, and genetic manipulation offers the only hope for a sustainable food supply. Against this bleak backdrop, Thailand stands on the brink of civil war, riven by competing political and commercial interests.

The Weekend's TV: Macbeth, Sun, BBC4<br/>Take Me Out, Sat, ITV1

A thrilling tale full of sound and fury

Protesters mark fatal anniversary

At least 10,000 anti-government protesters returned to Bangkok's streets yesterday to mark the six-month anniversary of a deadly military crackdown, but there were no violent incidents.

US trial for 'Merchant of Death' after extradition

Thailand extradited accused Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout to the US yesterday to face terrorism charges, siding with Washington in a tug-of-war with Moscow over whether to send him to stand trial or let him go home.

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