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British media say Vichai on board helicopter that crashed

King Power and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board the helicopter that crashed in a ball of...

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King Power boss and Leicester City football club owner Vichai’s helicopter crashes outside stadium

 LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – A helicopter belonging to Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed in a ball...

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Van driver to face heavy charges for crushing to death  Filipino cyclist

The driver of a passenger van who allegedly broke the traffic light and crushed to death a long-distance Filipino...

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Fishermen told government cannot ban seafood import from Myanmar

The Thai government cannot stop the import of squid and cuttlefish from Myanmar as demanded by Thai fishermen because...

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Mahathir calls on Gen Prem for reunion of “old friends” 

It was a reunion of “old friends” in almost 30 years when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made a...

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EU lawmakers move to ban throw-away plastics

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – European Union lawmakers moved on Wednesday to ban widely-used, throw-away plastics such as straws and cotton...

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Pre-university tests will have to be postponed, not election: Gen Prawit

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon said today the upcoming general election scheduled for Feb 24 next year cannot...

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Sek Loso sentenced to two years 21 months imprisonment without suspension

Controversial rocker Seksan Sukpimai, better known as Sek Loso, was this morning sentenced to two years and 21 months...

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Mahathir pledges to help end violence in deep South in talks with Gen Prayut

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad promised on Wednesday to help bring peace to the trouble-plagued southern border region and...

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It’s official: cold season will arrive on Oct 27

Thailand will be officially entering cold season on October 27, the Meteorological Department announced on Wednesday. The department said...

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Trump holds Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince responsible for Khashoggi’s death

STANBUL (REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump, in his toughest comments yet, said Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince bore ultimate...

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Prime Minister Prayut appoints new government spokesman

Prime Minister’s Deputy Secretary-General Puttipong Punnakan has been appointed the new government spokesman, replacing Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd. Prime Minister...

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Cabinet approves new education, innovation ministry proposal

The Cabinet has approved Science and Technology Minister Suvit Maesincee’s proposal for the setting up of a new ministry...

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Small reservoir bursts, causing floods in at least 4 villages in San Kamphaeng district

The wall of a small reservoir in San Kamphaeng district of Chiang Mai collapsed during the early hours of...

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Probe into major blackout at Suvarnabhumi airport

An investigation is being conducted into a major blackout at Suvarnabhumi airport that lasted about 10 minutes on Tuesday...

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Prime Minister Mahathir arrives for talks with Gen Prayut

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia arrived in Bangkok this afternoon for a two-visit during which he will discuss...

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Police probing mysterious deaths of two migrants in custody

Authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of two illegal migrants, one Cambodian and one Vietnamese, while being detained at...

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Thaksin will have to run for the rest of his life: Gen Prawit

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will have to be a fugitive for his entire life because the statute of...

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Ill-fated passenger van overloaded and GPS system switched off

The ill-fated passenger van which crashed, killing nine Myanmar migrant workers in Kampahaeng Phet Sunday, was overloaded and its...

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Gen Prawit given thumbs-up for efforts to solve non-formal debts

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan scored 9.8 out of a total of 10 in an opinion...

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Video shows moment express train flies off tracks in Taiwan

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) today released surveillance camera footage showing the moment an express train flew off the...

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Thaksin to give lecture on Thailand’s politics at Stockholm University

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is scheduled to give a lecture on the upcoming general elections and the future...

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Man dies in car accident after livestreaming while driving in heavy rain

A man was killed after his pickup truck plunged into a roadside swamp as he was livestreaming himself driving...

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At least 18 killed in train derailment in Taiwan

At least 18 people were killed and 160 others injured after a train derailed on a tourist coastal railway...

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Ms Kanchana Silpa-archa tipped to be Chart Thai Pattana’s leader

Ms Kanchana Silpa-archa, a former deputy education minister and the only daughter of  the late former prime minister Banharn...

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Amid scepticism, Saudi official provides another version of Khashoggi death

RIYADH (REUTERS) – As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying international scepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal...

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9 People die in road carnage involving passenger van in Kamphaeng Phet

Nine people, mostly Myanmar migrant workers, died and six others were seriously injured in a road accident involving a...

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Depression lands, causing widespread heavy rain

The anticipated depression made landfall in Kui Buri district of Prachuab Khiri Khan province at 10 pm Saturday night...

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Parties step up membership recruitment campaign

While formal electioneering remains banned, several political parties have stepped up their membership recruitment campaigns which indirectly allow them...

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PM’s social media engagement seen as politically motivated: Suan Dusit Poll

Most people interviewed in a public opinion survey by Suan Dusit Poll of Suan Dusit Rajabhat University believe Prime...

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Malaysia confirms support for Thailand’s peace talks with insurgent groups

Malaysia has promised to support Thailand’s attempts to move ahead with peace talks with an umbrella organization of militant...

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Trump, Europeans call Saudi account of Khashoggi death incomplete

 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump joined European leaders on Saturday in pushing Saudi Arabia for more answers about...

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Indian officials exchange blame for train plowing into festival crowd

AMRITSAR, India (Reuters) – India’s railway officials and local community leaders traded blame on Saturday over an accident in...

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Free visa on arrival for tourists from 21 nations,including China

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to seek cabinet approval on a proposal to offer a temporary waiver for...

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Exclusive: Southern Thailand peace talk with Panitan Wattanayagorn

Why Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir’s visit is critical to peace talks in southern Thailand. An interview with Panitan Wattanayagorn,...

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PM Prayut calls for “forward-looking” relationship with Europe

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday assured his Netherlands and Norwegian counterparts that his government will stick to its...

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Wild Boar boys and their coach have 22 film offers awaiting approval

As many as 22 movie, documentary and book projects about the Tham Luang cave rescue operation and about the...

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Deputy PM Gen Prawit downplays army chief’s coup remarks

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan this morning played down the specter of a military coup in the future...

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Trump to nominate former Air Force general David Stilwell as top Asia diplomat

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump plans to nominate former Air Force General David Stilwell to be the...

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Import of plastic scraps for recycling to be banned in 2021

The electronic trash and plastic scraps management committee of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has decided to...

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PM to be asked to scrap second passenger terminal project at Suvarnabhumi 

Twelve engineering and architecture organizations have joined forces to ask Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to exercise his executive power...

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PM Prayut orders review of bill on cybersecurity bill: government spokesman

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered a review of the controversial bill on cybersecurity following a public outcry over...

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Swiss lose competitiveness crown to US, Thailand comes 38th in revamped global rankings

GENEVA (Reuters) – Switzerland’s nine-year streak as the world’s most competitive economy came to an end on Wednesday, dethroned...

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Wild Boars soccer team calls on PM Prayut at Government House

Members of the Wild Boars soccer team capped their week-long journey that took them to Argentina and the United...

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Thai police close Koh Tao alleged rape case due to lack of evidence

Thai police have ended investigation into allegation by a British backpacker that she was drugged, raped and robbed on...

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A marathon run that has a thirsty end  

The charity Chon Buri marathon 2018 held on October 14 in the eastern seaboard province of Chon Buri has...

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“Iron Lady” is off the blocks, again…but will she make it?

Sudarat Keyuraphan had always been tipped to become Thailand’s first female prime minister, until Yingluck Shinawatra came along. Now,...

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Myanmar nationalist monk Wirathu threatens to ‘take up arms’

YANGON (The Irrawaddy)  — Myanmar’s ultranationalist firebrand Buddhist monk U Wirathu said he would take up arms if Myanmar’s...

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“Iron Lady” is off the blocks, again…but will she make it?

Sudarat Keyuraphan had always been tipped to become Thailand’s first female prime minister, until Yingluck Shinawatra came along. Now,...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic surprises Wild Boar kids on US talk show

The Wild Boars soccer team, who were saved in a dramatic rescue operation in Tham Luang cave in Chiang...

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PM Prayut promises to try to read every Facebook comment

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has promised to try to read every comment posted on  his Facebook page which he...

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EC will probe Pheu Thai’s alleged influence over two parties

The Election Commission (EC) will investigate allegations that Pheu Tham Party and Pheu Chart Party are proxies of the...

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Govt dismisses report Wild Boar kids seal deal with Universal Pictures

Deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak today (Oct 15) dismissed a report by The Wall Street Journal that the 13...

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PM Prayut’s Facebook receives good response

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s Facebook page has attracted more than 34,000 likes and another 36,000 followers on the first...

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Anwar sworn in as MP after winning by-election

Malaysian veteran politician Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as a member of Parliament this morning, two days after he...

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Phang-nga tour operators boycott visits to Similan-Surin islands to protest against new restrictions

About 50 tour operators in the southern province of Phang-nga have agreed to suspend boat trips to Similan-Surin islands...

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Myanmar’s nationalist Buddhist monk lashes out at UN, international community

An ultra-nationalist monk – dubbed the ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’ – on Sunday condemned the international community for their calls...

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PM Prayut goes full steam in the social media

With political parties beating the war drums, it seems that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has realized that he cannot...

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Unofficial results show Anwar Ibrahim wins by-election

Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim made a political comeback today by winning a by-election at Port Dickson, based...

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First group of Rohingya refugees to start returning to Myanmar soon 

The repatriation of the first group of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh is likely to begin after the next meeting...

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Asean

HM King endorses 20-year National Strategy

A Royal Command has been issued by His Majesty the King to endorse the government’s 20-year National Strategy effective...

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General

New visa options proposed to attract more Chinese tourists

The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) is proposing three new visa options for Chinese tourists, which it believes...

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Sudarat affirms Phue Thai’s stance against pro-regime camp

Key Pheu Thai Party figure, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, has insisted the party would not be ready to work with...

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Thais make merits to commemorate the second year of the passing of HM King Bhumibol

Wearing yellow, the colour of the late HM the King, thousands of people joined the medical staff of Siriraj...

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Gen Prawit confirms reports of change of southern peace talks chief 

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon today confirmed that the government has replaced the leader of...

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Business

FM dismisses rumours of quota of visas for Chinese tourists

The Thai Foreign Ministry has dismissed rumours that Thailand is imposing a limited quota of visas for Chinese visitors...

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Media companies, journalists drop out of Saudi event after Khashoggi disappearance

NEW YORK/DUBAI (Reuters) – Media companies are pulling out of a Saudi investment conference because of growing outrage over...

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Asean

ASEAN leaders gathering agrees to reduce disparity

ASEAN leaders have agreed to reduce disparity in development in the member countries during an informal gathering held on...

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PM Prayut in Bali to attend ASEAN informal gathering despite new quake

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other ASEAN leaders have arrived in Bali today for an informal gathering of the...

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Ethnic Mon suspect claims he was  ordered to kill bearcat

An ethnic Mon man implicated in the Saiyok National Park wildlife hunting trip told police he was forced by...

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People watch Hurricane Michael October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Michael slammed into the Florida coast on October...

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EC responsible for probing Thaksin’s alleged interference in Phue Thai: PM Prayut

Only the Election Commission can decide whether ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s influence on Pheu Thai Party is against...

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Highlights of the week

Democrat “primary” will be more than just a political ritual

What was supposed to be Abhisit Vejjajiva’s stroll to a new term as the Democrat leader has apparently changed....

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Business

IMF raises economic forecast for Thailand, trims Asean’s outlook

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised its projection of Thailand’s economic growth for this year to 4.6% from...

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Thaksin’s son indicted for money-laundering linked to KTB scandal

Panthongtae Shinawatra, the only son of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was today indicted on money laundering charges in...

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Tham Luang rescue should inspire people to live for others: Governor Narongsak

Governor of Phayao Province Narongsak Osatanakorn, said yesterday that the dramatic rescue operation at Tham Luang cave in Chiang...

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Over 400 flights delayed at Suvarnabhumi airport after THAI plane skidded off runway

Altogether 448 flights arriving at and departing from Suvarnabhumi international airport on Tuesday were delayed after a THAI Boeing...

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Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to visit North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to visit Pyongyang, a gesture designed...

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More evidence of alleged illegal hunting found as officials ponder moving  monastery out of the park

Forest rangers have found more evidence at the lodging in the compound of a forest monastery in Saiyok national...

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New Mekong strategy aims to boost quality infrastructure

The five Southeast Asian nations along the Mekong River, including Thailand, and Japan today adopted a new three-year strategy...

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Aftershock sows panic after Haitian quake kills at least 12

A day after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least 12 people along Haiti’s northwest coast, a strong aftershock sent...

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Asean

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation, China says

BEIJING/PARIS (REUTERS) – China said on Sunday it was investigating Meng Hongwei for suspected wrongdoing after the head of...

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China taking active moves to counter Western influence in Myanmar: US Report

YANGON (The Irrawaddy) —A recent US report portrays China as seeking privileged access and influence inside Myanmar in order...

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Mahathir says quarrelling with ex-PM Najib keeps his brain active

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has a piece of advice for senior citizens:  They should not be sleeping, but...

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India seeks to operate more direct flights to Phuket

India is to begin operating a daily direct flight between New Delhi and Phuket from Thursday and more direct...

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After nine years of waiting, Mong Thongdee finally gets Thai citizenship

Stateless Mong Thongdee’s dream of Thai citizenship has finally been fulfilled when Chiang Mai governor approved his application for...

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Business

Japan and Germany eye Thailand’s train-making factory project

Japan and Germany are interested in investing in Thailand’s new project to build a factory to assemble trains, said...

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[Interview] Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of Future Forward Party spells out his vision in interview with ThaiPBS World

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Transport Company to pay 26 -million-baht to families of 25 road accident victims

The state-run Transport Company will comply with the Chanthaburi provincial court’s order for it to pay 26 million baht...

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Politics

Thanathorn makes dismantling “legacy” of NCPO his main political message

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has made dismantling of what he describes as the “legacy” of the National Council for Peace and...

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Political Pulse

Will Bhum Jai Thai deliver for Gen Prayut?

The medium-sized Bhum Jai Thai Party can be another beneficiary of a new electoral rule which essentially makes sure...

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Congolese doctor, Yazidi activist win Nobel Peace Prize for combating sexual violence

OSLO (Reuters) – Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo,...

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PM Prayut reaffirms election will take place on February 24 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed today that general elections will take place on February 24 next year and insisted...

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Karen spiritual leader Ko-ee Memi dies at King Mongkut hospital in Phetchaburi

The spiritual leader of the Karen tribesmen at Kaeng Krachan forest, 107-year -old Ko-ee Memi, died at the King...

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Business

Thailand removed from CITES blacklist of countries affected by illegal trade of ivory tusks

Thailand has been removed from the blacklist of countries affected by illegal ivory trade, said Mr Somkiart Suntornpitakkool, director...

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Business

World Bank projects higher economic growth for Thailand

The World Bank has adjusted its projection of Thailand’s economic growth for the entire year to 4.5%, from the...

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Business

Diesel price to go up if global crude oil price rises to US$90-100/barrel

Energy Minister Siri Chirapongphan has hinted that retail price of diesel may be increased above 30 baht/litre if global...

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Consumer confidence index drops for first time in four months

Consumers’ confidence index for the month of September dropped slightly to 82.3 from August’s 83.2 – the first time...

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