A customs official with a recent seizure of rhino horn

Ferrari factor: How Vietnam's wealthy elite have made rhino horn worth its weight in gold

Customs officials in Thailand and Singapore seized £3.5m worth of rhino horn en route to Vietnam

Vanessa-Mae

Violinist Vanessa Mae set to ski in Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

The British musician will compete for Thailand after a last-ditch attempt to make qualifying standards this weekend

Driving up costs: tourists face taxes in Mexico

Simon Calder: Pack extra pounds if you're off to the sun

The man who pays his way

A Thai anti-government protester points a baton towards a building from where protesters suspected a bomb was thrown on an anti-government protest march in Bangkok on 17 January.

Thailand anti-government protests: 31 people injured in Bangkok blast

The explosion in the Thai capital city left the protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban unharmed 

A Thai anti-government protester during the fourth day of the 'Bangkok Shutdown' rally

Thai protesters march on more government offices

Eight have been killed and 450 injured since protests began in November

The week in radio: Christopher Jefferies' trial by media hid a picture of innocence

What's in a photograph? In the case of a snapshot of Christopher Jefferies, a 65-year-old retired teacher from Bristol, a portrait of a murderer.

Bangkok shutdown: Thai anti-government protesters continue demonstrations

Thousands are continuing to blockade major intersections for a second day in a bid to topple Thailand's government

In Thailand's latest round of political turmoil, which has lasted over two months, the PDRC have begun their campaign to occupy key locations in a city-wide shutdown of Bangkok. The PDRC and its supporters aim to derail Thailand's snap-poll scheduled for early February and demand that political reforms take place before an election

Parts of Bangkok brought to a standstill as tens of thousands of protesters attempt to force out Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters brought parts of Bangkok to a standstill as part of an attempt to shut down the city and force the resignation of Thailand’s prime minister.

Anti-government protesters blow whistles and shout slogans as they blocking a main road during the 'Bangkok Shutdown' campaign rally at Ratchaprasong shopping district in central of Bangkok
Muangthong United's new signing Jay Bothroyd

Transfer news: Former QPR striker Jay Bothroyd signs sensational £5m tax-free deal with Thai side Muangthong United

"This is a fantastic challenge and I am looking forward to life in Thailand with my family," Bothroyd says upon signing the deal

Hey, man, I'm chillin' like Mike Tyson's tiger

We left smoggy Hong Kong bound for Koh Samui – another destination that I did my best to avoid in my gap year. Back then, every public-school hippy that I knew spent a year there, growing their hair, smoking their body weight in hash, and really learning about poverty first hand, "man".

Thai anti-government protesters gather in front of a registration venue for election candidates at the Thai-Japan Stadium in Bangkok,

Thai protesters anti-government surround Bangkok sports stadium to try to block election sign-up

Anti-government protesters determined to unseat Thailand's prime minister surrounded a Bangkok sports stadium on Monday in an unsuccessful attempt to block political parties from registering for February elections.

Thailand opposition party will boycott February elections

Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party said Saturday that it would boycott February's general election, deepening the country's weekslong political crisis.

Anti-government protesters jump over a concrete barricade as they get closer to the Government House in Bangkok today

For the sake of a better Thailand, we must put our differences aside

The country and its people have a long way to go in the democratic process

Demonstrators marching towards Government House in Bangkok; an estimated 100,000 protesters flooded the streets

Stalemate in Bangkok: protests go on despite Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s surprise election offer

Analysts say call for early elections is unlikely to satisfy opponents who want to rid country of Shinawatra family's influence

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As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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