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An award-winning photo of an elephant swimming has reignited a fierce debate on animal welfare in Thailand

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An image of a young elephant performing for an audience while submerged in a tank in Thailand has reignited conversations on the issue of animal welfare. 

Award-winning photo: Taken at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Australian photojournalist Adam Oswell’s winning entry for the Natural History Museum’s (NHM) prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) award for Photojournalism attracted international attention in October this year, reported CNN

Over a quarter-million people demand marriage equality in Thailand after ‘homophobic’ court ruling

More than 275,000 people have signed a petition demanding marriage equality in Thailand, one of the few countries in Asia that boasts being a warm safe haven for the LGBTQ plus community.

Driving the news: The petition came in response to a Nov. 17 ruling by the Thai Constitutional Court, which determined that Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code — the law defining marriage as between a man and a woman — does not violate the nation’s constitution.

Thai king flies to Germany with his 30 royal poodles, entourage of 250 amid growing protests back home

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Pro-democracy demonstrations have continued in Bangkok amid reports that Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has flown to Germany. 

King’s second home: On Monday, Vajiralongkorn arrived in Munich and booked an entire floor of the Hilton Munich Airport hotel for his entourage of 250 people and 30 royal poodles, reported South China Morning Post.

Thai resident faces attempted murder charges after cutting support rope of workers 26 floors high

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A woman in Thailand faces attempted murder and property destruction charges after cutting the support rope of workers at the building she lives in.  

What happened: On Oct. 12, a high-rise condominium resident in Nonthaburi, Thailand, allegedly cut the support rope of two painters who were working to repair a crack on the building, reported AP.

Buri Ram’s meatballs sales rocket 3,333% after BLACKPINK’s Lisa said they were her favorite

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Thai street food vendors in Buri Ram station saw a massive influx of customers after BLACKPINK’s Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban revealed one of her favorite foods could only be found there. 

Her favorite street food: On the Woody Show for her first Thai TV interview after releasing her solo album on Sept. 11, Lisa, 24, said it has been over a year since she visited her home province of Buri Ram because of COVID-19 restrictions, Bangkok Post reported.

Adorable Husky Guard Dog Sleeps Through Staged Armed Robbery in a Jewelry Store in Thailand

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An adorable female husky has gone viral on Thai social media after his owner posted CCTV footage of the dog sleeping as the local police department conducted an “armed robbery” training exercise in his jewelry store last week.

Worawut Lomwanawong told Bored Panda his city’s police department picked his store as a case study for a security test on how to react to an armed robber entering his store to steal his jewelry. The robber for this exercise was a police officer dressed in plainclothes.

Woman Sentenced to Over 43 Years in Prison for Criticizing Thai Monarchy on Social Media

Anchan Preelert

A former civil servant is now facing 43 years and six months of prison time for violating Thailand’s lèse-majesté law after she posted several audio clips critical of the Thai monarch on social media.

Anchan Preelert, 65, was initially sentenced to 87 years in prison but was halved after pleading guilty to 29 separate violations to the lèse-majesté law, or the insulting of a monarch or other ruler, according to Reuters.

Thai Rescue Worker Revives Baby Elephant Hit by Motorbike Using CPR

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A man in Thailand used CPR to save the life of a baby elephant that was struck by a motorbike while crossing a road in the southeastern province of Chanthaburi.

Rescue worker Mana Srivate, who was off-duty when the accident occurred on Sunday, has performed dozens of resuscitations in his 26-year career, but this was the first time he’s done it on an elephant, BBC reported.

Private Photos of Thai King’s Consort Leaked to Anti-Monarchy Activists

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Apparently out to humiliate Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s official “consort,” a still unidentified party reportedly sent sexually explicit photos of her to anti-monarchy activists outside the country.

Leaked images: British journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall and Thai academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun were among the recipients of over a thousand pictures of Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, many of which are nudes, The Times reported.