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“Unlocked” parliamentary politics probably as good as it gets

The lifting of political restrictions will kick-start a semblance of conventional election campaigns as Thais know them. The greater...

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“Unlocked” parliamentary politics probably as good as it gets

The lifting of political restrictions will kick-start a semblance of conventional election campaigns as Thais know them. The greater...

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NLA passes labour bill aimed to increase severance pay and maternity leave

The National Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed amendments to the Labour Protection Act which will essentially increase severance pay...

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How to prepare students for this disruptive era

How to prepare students for this disruptive era by Dame Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

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PM warned to not engage in political campaigning

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been warned not to engage in election campaigning even if he is nominated as...

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Tham Luang cave rescuers named Time’s heroes of the year 2018

Rescue volunteers involved in the dramatic and complex rescue operation to extract 12 boys and their football coach trapped...

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Quote of the week

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“Thumbs up” pics for Myanmar Reuters reporters as they mark year in jail

Messages of solidarity poured in Wednesday from around the world on the one-year anniversary of the arrest of two...

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General News

Vegetables and fruits in student lunches heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals   

Vegetables and fruits found in lunches for students under the government-sponsored lunch programme are almost 100 percent contaminated with...

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PM Prayut ends assets declaration row with executive order

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday issued an executive order exempting members of university council and board members of...

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Bahraini footballer detained 60 days awaiting extradition to Bahrain  

The Criminal Court today ordered a former Bahraini national footballer detained for 60 days pending an extradition process after...

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PM says he won’t invoke special power to solve poll ballot controversy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted today that he has nothing to do with the controversial new ballot design of...

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Gen Prayut lifts ban on political activities, election campaign to begin

After a long wait, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) finally lifted the ban on political activities...

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HM King leads tens of thousands in “Un Ai Rak Bike Ride”

HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn leads the “Un Ai Rak Bike Ride” through the capital on Sunday. Thousands of cyclists...

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Photo of the Day

Photo of the day

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn is leading “Bike Un Ai Rak”, the 39-km bike ride, from the starting point...

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EC warned new ballots could lead to possibility of election being nullified

As resentments among political parties and politicians grow against the new poll ballot design, a former election commissioner has...

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Agoda lists Bangkok as most-visited Asian city for tourists in Asia

Bangkok tops the list of most-visited tourist destination among Asian cities for 2018, according to Agoda, the fastest-growing online...

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Photo of the day

Protesters stand close to a fire near the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on Saturday during a protest of...

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Police clash with ‘yellow vest’ protesters in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – French riot police clashed with “yellow vest” protesters in central Paris on Saturday during the latest...

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Pheu Thai party cries foul over reported omission of party logos from poll ballots

The Pheu Thai party has cried foul over what its spokesman described as an “election tragedy” a proposal reportedly...

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Thais nation-wide ready for the biggest bicycle ride of the year

Altogether 25 roads in Bangkok will be closed as of noon on Sunday until 8 pm to facilitate the...

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Gen Prawit’s expensive wristwatch probe to be wrapped up this month

Investigation into the scandal surrounding luxurious wristwatches worn by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan is expected to be wrapped...

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Thailand’s new 1,000-baht banknote wins international award

The first issue of 1,000 baht banknotes of the reign of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has won The...

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It’s official: Election will take place on February 24

It has been officially confirmed that the much-awaited election will take place on February 24, 2019 with advance voting...

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Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim promised a more active contribution from Malaysia to help Thailand find a peaceful solution to the conflicts in the South

Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim promised a more active contribution from Malaysia to help Thailand find a...

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General News

Leicester City owner helicopter crash due to failure of rotor pedals – probe

LONDON (AFP) – Disconnected cockpit pedals caused the helicopter crash that killed the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City...

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Top Huawei executive arrested on US request, clouding China trade truce

VANCOUVER/BEIJING (Reuters) – The daughter of Huawei’s founder, a top executive at the Chinese technology giant, was arrested in...

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Prayut chides political parties for boycotting meeting with NCPO

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, visibly infuriated by major political parties’ boycott of a meeting with him and the National...

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Anti-graft agency is pondering new wealth declaration announcement

The National Anti-Corruption Commission is considering amending its controversial assets declaration announcement so that officials holding some positions would...

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Prayut and Palang Pracharat: A marriage waiting to happen

Strategically speaking, there’s a huge difference between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha being in the Palang Pracharat Party’s list of...

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Prayut and Palang Pracharat: A marriage waiting to happen

Strategically speaking, there’s a huge difference between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha being in the Palang Pracharat Party’s list of...

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Asean News Video

Did the Malaysian military ever have the idea of taking a leaf from the book of Thai military and intervene to end the political monopoly of the UMNO-led government of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak? Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim didn’t think so

Did the Malaysian military ever have the idea of taking a leaf from the book of Thai military and...

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Joining Palang Pracharat is under consideration: PM Prayut

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted today that the pro-military Palang Pracharat Party would be a choice if he is...

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Abhisit rules out joining pro-military party in forming government if it continues with current economic policies

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has ruled out the prospect of his party joining the pro-military Palang Pracharat party...

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Environment ministry eyes cutback of 3,600 million plastic bags in one year

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has set a target to cut down the use of single-use plastic...

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Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim was in Bangkok recently and recounted in an interview how he kept his sanity during his years-long solitary confinement.

Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim was in Bangkok recently and recounted in an interview how he...

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How long will Chaturon last on center stage?

In politics, there are names that carry with them “good images”. In the end, something is often found lacking...

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Highlights of the week

How long will Chaturon last on center stage?

In politics, there are names that carry with them “good images”. In the end, something is often found lacking...

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PM to discuss lifting of political restrictions and poll-related issues with parties on Friday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will chair a meeting this Friday with representatives of the so-called “Five Rivers”, the Election...

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Tourist arrivals in Phuket increase 10 percent during high season

Tourist arrivals in the famous resort town of Phuket have increased by 10 percent, with more visitors from India...

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General Highlight News

No plastic bags for shoppers on Dec 4 as campaign against single-use plastic bags launched

Marking the Thai Environment Day tomorrow (Dec 4), convenience stores, modern trade stores and shopping malls will refrain from...

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General News

Public Health Ministry aims to end AIDS problem by 2030

On the occasion of the World’s AIDS Day on December 1, the Ministry of Public Health has set a...

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Protest clashes erupt in Paris as anti-Macron rallies return

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters trying to tear down barricades on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday...

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Countering China: US, Japan and India push for open Asia

The leaders of the United States, Japan and India met jointly Friday for the first time and called for...

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Finance mulls 5 percent VAT refund for shoppers as Chinese New Year’s gift

The Finance Ministry plans to introduce 5 percent value-added tax (VAT) refund as a Chinese New Year’s gift to...

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General News

Former US President George H.W. Bush dies aged 94

Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 in Houston, according to his family spokesperson. US...

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General News

Bird flu scare prompts suspension of import of birds and poultry from Russia

The Livestock Development Department has imposed a 90-day slowdown of import into or transit through Thailand of birds and...

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Business News

Government to give 1,500 baht/rai cash handouts to oil palm planters

In yet another populist move, the National Oil Palm Committee led by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan plans to...

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HM Queen Sirikit credited for Unesco’s listing of Khon as cultural heritage

Thai khon drama or the masked dance drama has been listed as intangible heritage of humanity by Unesco on...

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PM says he wants Thailand to be strategic partner with Germany

Describing Germany as a long-time ally of Thailand dating back to over 150 years, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told...

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Chaturon accuses  junta of taking advantage of rival political parties

Thai Raksachart party strategy committee chairman Chaturon Chaisaeng has accused the junta of “taking advantage to the last minute”...

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“I did my best,”  Thungyai chief says after being “grilled” for 3 hours by defence lawyers

Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary chief Wichien Chinnawong, a key witness in the much-publicized black panther hunting case,  was “grilled”...

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Prince William and Kate pay tribute to Leicester City crash victims

LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William paid a personal tribute to Leicester soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha during...

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EC completes redrawing of constituency boundaries

The Election Commission has completed redrawing of the boundaries of 350 election constituencies and the announcement of the revised...

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Ex-commerce minister sent to Police Hospital for examination

Former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyaphirom has been sent to the Police General Hospital for examination to determine whether he...

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Doi Inthanon records minus zero temperature for first time this year

The country’s highest mountain peak, Doi Inthanon in Chom Thong district of the northern province of Chiang Mai recorded...

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Court holds first hearing of black panther illegal hunting case today

About ten months after the shooting of a black panther in the Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in February allegedly...

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Plane shortage leads to THAI’s 10 percent loss of market share in past 3 months

Thai Airways International has lost 10 percent of its market share in the past three years due to a...

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Over 100 ex-MPs quit parties on the last day of party membership registration

Over 100 politicians, mostly members of the trouble-plagued Pheu Thai party, showed up at the office of the Election...

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Tourism business starts to rebound:  Minister Veerasak

The Thai tourism business which was dealt a serious blow since mid-July from a substantial drop of Chinese arrivals...

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Wissanu says December-7 meeting will clear up political uncertainty

Uncertainty about the election date and when exactly political restrictions will be lifted to allow parties to engage fully...

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Applications open today for senatorial posts

The Election Commission today starts accepting applications for senatorial posts from members of the public at its head office...

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Thaksin’s son Panthongtae formally joins Pheu Thai party

After having sat on the sidelines for years, fugitive former prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s only son, Panthongtae “Oak”, has...

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US closes Mexican border crossing, repels some migrants with tear gas

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) – The United States closed its busiest border crossing with Mexico on Sunday after Mexican police...

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More former Pheu Thai MPs join Palang Pracharat party

Pheu Thai party continues to bleed as another batch of its former MPs from Kamphaeng Phet flock to the...

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General News

Two volunteers shot dead at a market place in Pattani

Two defence volunteers were fatally shot at a market place in Kapor district of Pattani province Saturday allegedly by...

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HM King opens bicycle lane and pedals in a test ride

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Friday presided over the official opening of the Charoensook Mongkoljit (Happy and Healthy)...

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Prayut lays out measures to help rubber planters, blames Thaksin government for rubber crisis

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has blamed the Thaksin government’s policy in 2004 to promote the expansion of one million...

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Despite apparent optimism, Palang Pracharat faces daunting realities

When a political party has a caucus or launching ceremony, optimism prevails without fail. That optimism can be justified...

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Despite apparent optimism, Palang Pracharat faces daunting realities

When a political party has a caucus or launching ceremony, optimism prevails without fail. That optimism can be justified...

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Child adoption,end of marriage between same-sex couples are highlights of bill

The right of same-sex couples to adopt foster children and their right to end their “marriage” in case either...

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Thungyai sanctuary chief honored by UNEP for courage in high-profile hunting case

Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary chief Wichien Chinnawong has been honored with special commendation by the United Nations Environment Programme...

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Business News

Chiang Mai’s small hotels on sale due to falling Chinese tourist arrivals

A fallout from declining tourist arrivals, especially Chinese since the Phoenix tourist boat tragedy in mid-July, has forced more...

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General Highlight News

HM King-designed T-shirts to be distributed to “Bike UnAiRak” cyclists

Members of the public who have signed up to join the “Bike UnAiRak” bicycle ride on December 9 will...

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Profiles

Star to fallen idol: The Japanese rise and fall of Carlos Ghosn

The once-revered Carlos Ghosn’s life was even made into a manga comic but soon after Monday’s arrest his successor...

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NLA to debate on marijuana bill on Friday

The National Legislative Assembly is due to debate Friday on the amendments to the Narcotics Act to pave the...

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Permissions sought for over 64,000 flying lanterns to be released on Loy Krathong night in Chiang Mai

Permissions have been sought with local authorities for the release of over 64,000 flying lanterns on the night of...

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General Highlight News

Nissan to oust Ghosn after arrest for alleged financial misconduct

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on Monday for alleged financial misconduct and...

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Business News

Growth rate for 3rd quarter drops but to rebound in last quarter:  NESDB

Economic growth rate for the third quarter was registered at 3.3 percent – down from 4.6 percent during the...

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Poll shows almost half feel they are not better off after 4 years under junta

Almost half of the respondents to an opinion poll admitted that the Prayut government’s “Return the Happiness to the...

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Business News

World’s biggest glass-bottomed skywalk unveiled in Bangkok

King Power International Group has unveiled what is billed as the world’s biggest glass-bottomed skywalk located on the rooftop...

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News Politics

Royal Decree for selection of 200 senators announced

A Royal Decree for the selection of 200 senators has come into effect after its publication in the Royal...

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General News

U.N.-backed court rules Khmer Rouge leaders committed genocide

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – A U.N.-backed court found two leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge guilty of genocide on Friday,...

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News World

Keynote address by former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun Thai PBS Public Media Conference and Mini-INPUT 2018

It is a pleasure for me to be here with you today. At the outset, let me congratulate the...

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Asean Highlight News

Thailand takes over ASEAN chairmanship from Singapore

SINGAPORE – Thailand took over the chairmanship of ASEAN from Singapore this afternoon at the end of the two-day...

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Asean News

US VP Pence rebukes Myanmar’s Suu Kyi over ‘persecution’ of Rohingya

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – US Vice President Mike Pence expressed the Trump administration’s strongest condemnation yet of Myanmar’s treatment of...

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General News

Norwegian found dead hanging outside condominium in Pattaya

A 69-year-old Norwegian was found dead today with his body hanging from a rope from the 31st floor of...

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Business News

Thailand should learn to adjust its sail to cope with China: former envoy

Former Thai ambassador to China Viboon Koosakul has suggested that Thailand learn to make adjustments to accommodate modern China...

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General News

Thai  boxing supporters to protest against child boxing bill as 13-yr-old boxer dies after being knocked out

Supporters of Thai boxing have threatened to stage a protest in front of the Parliament against a child boxing...

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Cabinet endorses bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes

In a landmark decision, the Cabinet on Tuesday approved a new narcotic bill which will make it legally possible...

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News Politics

Democrat Party unveils “New Dems” — its own version of young politicians

Not to be left out by other parties, the Democrat Party today unveiled a group of 21 young members,...

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Asean News

Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbors to call for ‘accountability’ in Rakhine crisis

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations will call for those responsible for atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to be...

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General News

No cold weather for Bangkokians this cold season 

Bangkokians hoping to have a chance to put on their sweaters during what is supposed to be the cold...

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General News

Wissanu sees no justification for election to be postponed…at least for now

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said this morning that at least for now  he sees no justification for the...

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Asean Highlight News

PM Prayut vows to push for greater ASEAN connectivity

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today pledged to push for greater connectivity to strengthen business and investments in ASEAN when...

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General News

Park department agrees to scrap concrete road plan to Panern Thung  

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation has bowed to pressure from green groups by agreeing to...

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Highlight News Politics

Anti-graft body launches fresh probe into scandalous rice deals

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has launched a fresh investigation into rice deals committed under the government of former prime...

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General Highlight News

Hospital in hot waters for allegedly refusing to accept acid-attacked woman who later dies

Self-appointed defender of crime victims Atchariya Rungrattanapong on Monday escorted the family of a Bangkok woman who was attacked...

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General News

Pieces of history and art from Berlin to Bangkok

Two original segments of the Berlin Wall, which have been turned into pieces of art,  were unveiled in the...

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Rescuers rush food and drinking water by foot to marooned village in Bang Saphan Noi

Troops and rescue workers with ready-made foods and drinking water were on Saturday sent to a village behind Chong...

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