Category Archives: Thailand

Thai court dissolves Shinawatra-linked party over botched princess bid

A key party linked to Thailand’s powerful Shinawatra clan was dissolved Thursday by a court, just weeks before a general election, over its ill-starred bid to front a princess as a candidate for premier.

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi spared extradition to Bahrain

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi will not be sent back to Bahrain after Thailand dropped extradition proceedings against him at the Gulf state’s request, a prosecutor said Monday, ending a two-month detention ordeal that stirred global outcry.

Thai princess’s bid for PM foiled as party obeys royal command

A new Thai political party vowed Saturday to obey a command from the king blocking the candidacy of a princess for prime minister in a dramatic reversal that appeared to boost the junta’s chances ahead of March elections.

Thai princess to run for PM in unprecedented move

Thailand’s royalty made an unprecedented move into politics on Friday when the sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn was declared as a prime ministerial candidate for March 24 elections, registration papers showed.

Thailand picks up the pieces after tropical storm Pabuk

Villagers in southern Thailand have begun to recover and rebuild what is left of their homes and livelihoods after Tropical Storm Pabuk swept through on Friday. FRANCE 24 went to meet those dealing with its aftermath. In the village of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Juritha, a grandmother and wife of a fisherman, was not so lucky. Her home was devastated. “The ceiling is destroyed, everything is damaged,” she told FRANCE 24. Many of her neighbours have also lost their homes. Jom, Juritha’s 63-year-old husband, has spent fifty years working as a fisherman and has seen all kinds of disasters, including tsunamis. But now the weather in January is so bad he cannot get his boat out to sea to make a living. “The waves are too big, but I really need to fish,” said Jom. The fishermen have avoided the worst but they will have to rebuild their houses in the rain and it will be many days before they can get back to sea.

Floods, blackouts but tourist islands spared as Thai storm downgraded

Floods and blackouts caused by Tropical Storm Pabuk left nearly 30,000 people in evacuation shelters across southern Thailand Saturday, as relieved tourists stranded on islands further north were spared the worst and began to plot routes home.

Thailand braces for powerful tropical storm

Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk struck the kingdom, forcing airports and ferries to close and bringing power blackouts, heavy rains and massive sea swells. Boats were recalled to shore across the Gulf of Thailand, while three key southern airports were shut until Saturday, leaving tourists who remain on islands now cut off from the mainland. “We’ve bought [flash] lights and some more water,” some tourists who were preparing for the storm said. FRANCE 24’s Yuka Royer reports.

Thailand braces for impact as Tropical Storm Pabuk nears tourist islands

Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk edged closer, forcing airports and ferries to close and bringing downpours and massive sea swells hours before its expected landfall.

Thai cave boys speak of ‘miracle’ rescue after hospital discharge

Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded Thai cave spoke publicly of their incredible ordeal for the first time on Wednesday at a press conference that was beamed around the world.

Rescued Thai boys were sedated and stretchered from cave

The 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave were sedated and passed on stretchers along the twisting, narrow passageways of the Tham Luang complex, a rescuer said Wednesday as the first footage emerged of an astonishing mission that captivated the world.

All 12 boys and their coach freed from flooded Thai cave

The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that captivated the world.

‘Operations are still going on’ at Thai cave, says France 24’s Jacob Goldberg

All 12 boys and their football coach were rescued from a Thailand cave complex, the Thai Navy Seals announced Tuesday, marking an end to a dangerous, nail-biting rescue mission closely followed across Thailand and the world. But operations are still going on at the cave, reports France 24’s Jacob Goldberg in Thailand.

All 12 boys, football coach rescued from Thailand cave

The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that captivated the world.

Rescuers start mission to extract final five from Thai cave

An eleventh person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, raising hopes all 13 would be out by the end of the day.

Four more boys brought to safety in Thai cave rescue mission

Eight of the 12 boys trapped with their football coach in a labyrinthine flooded cave complex in northern Thailand have been freed, authorities said on Monday, adding that the time for rescuing the others will depend on the weather.