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Typhoon Nakri weakens with little impact on Thailand

Typhoon Nakri weakened to tropical storm as it made landfall in Vietnam on Sunday night and is weakening further as it moves inland toward southern Laos, the Thai Meteorological Department…

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PM reminds Loy Krathong celebrants to use environment-friendly floats

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reminded everyone celebrating the Loy Krathong festival tonight of the need to protect the environment by using Krathong, the traditional floating baskets, made of only…

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Village guard system in Deep South to be revamped after Tuesday’s attack

The current village guard system, in the restive Deep South of Thailand, will be completely overhauled or replaced by a mobile system, under which village defence volunteer units will be…

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Huge manhunt launched for two drug suspects who escaped from Pattaya court

About 200 local and border patrol police are hunting for two fugitives and their helpers who are believed to be on the run near the Thai-Cambodian border in Sa Kaew…

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15 defence volunteers killed in raid on Yala outpost

Fifteen village defence volunteers were killed and two others seriously injured in a surprise raid on their makeshift outpost, situated on a road in Tambon Lam Phraya in the Muang…

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Bangkok and Sukhothai join UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network

Bangkok and Sukhothai have been included among 66 new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the latest listing published on October 30th. The UCCN was created in…

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Tropical storm Matmo to bring heavy rain to most provinces throughout this week

The Meteorological Department today issued a warning to people in lower Northeast, lower Central, the eastern region and upper South to brace for isolated heavy to very heavy rain today…

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Famous Thai musician ‘Add’ Carabao urges Government not to bow to US pressure

Well known “Song for Life” rocker ‘Add’ Carabao is urging the Thai government not to bow to the “bully tactics” being used by the United States when it suspended USD1.3…

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PM praised for not responding to US appeal to postpone the ban on glyphosate

The Biothai Foundation has praised Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for not directly responding to an appeal from US under-secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, Mr. Ted A….

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Police mull lèse majesté charge against driver involved in road rage incident

Police are considering filing a charge of lèse majesté against a hot-tempered motorist, who allegedly makde insulting remarks about the Thai people in general and the country’s highest institution, in…

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PM challenges Opposition back up claims of graft in state projects

Prime Minister  Prayut Chan-o-cha has challenged the opposition to produce evidence of the corruption they allege is rife in Government infrastructure mega projects, such as the electric trains, assuring that…

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Hackers try to disrupt registration for Chim-Shop-Chai scheme

Hackers have attempted to disrupt state-run the Krung Thai Bank computer system used for the registration of subscribers to Phase 2 of the Government’s “Chim-Shop-Chai” (Eat-Shop-Spend) scheme, resulting in delays…

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Fact-finding panel to probe alleged meddling in judicial affairs

The Judicial Commission has set up a three-member panel to conduct a fact-finding investigation into the self-inflicted shooting of a chief judge at Yala provincial court last Friday and his…

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Chuan reminds opposition of 2004 armoury raid in Narathiwat as they ponder charter amendments

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has advised opposition parties to move cautiously if they want to amend any provision in the Constitution relating to resolving the southern unrest problem, in order…

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Director promises dank thrills in Tham Luang rescue saga

(AP) — Their story gripped the world: determined divers racing against time and water to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks in a…

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11 districts in Bangkok have excessive PM2.5 dust particles

Air quality in Bangkok, and its two neighbouring provinces of Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, has worsened today (Sunday), with the level of PM2.5 dust particles ranging from 37 to…

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Seven districts in Ubon remain flooded

Seven districts of the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani remain flooded today, with the flooding in Muang, Warin Chamrap and Sawang Weerawong districts still serious, according to the provincial administration…

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Three high-speed train projects shelved due to lack investor interest

The government has decided to shelve three high-speed projects due to lack of investor interest in co-investment. Well-informed sources in the Transport Ministry said that none of the three projects,…

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Poll – Most commuters dissatisfied with passenger vans and taxis

Most commuters have complained about the poor service provided by passenger vans, citing rudeness, reckless driving and the poor condition of the vehicles. People who use taxis said they have…

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Chiang Mai: The Capital of Digital Nomads

Find out what so fascinating about Chiang Mai, which makes it became the best digital nomad destinations? And what is it like to be living and working in the north…

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Advice from digital nomads in Chiang Mai to the newcomers

In today’s world the tremendous advances in digital technologies have allowed people to work from anywhere in the world; by the seaside, up a mountain or near the tranquil river,…

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New design manhole covers to be introduced as part of Bangkok’s landscaping

The City Planning Office of City Hall is to introduce a new design of manhole covers as part of the efforts to beautify and improve the landscaping of Bangkok. The…

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IUCN officials conduct biodiversity survey of Khao Phanoen Thung in Phetchaburi province

Officials from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), accompanied by Thai government representatives, are due to visit Khao Phanoen Thung, a forested mountain in the Kaeng Krachan…

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The Supreme Court hands suspended jail term to Krabi businessman and awards Poda Island to the National Park Dept.

After more than 30 years of legal battles, that involved three relates cases over the ownership of the scenic Poda Island off the coast of Thailand’s southern coastal province of…

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Treasure in the Garbage Dump

Is it true that selling waste can produce a big income? Is it true that some people bought a lot of land by selling waste? Let’s find out together!

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Ex-park chief Chaiwat says “Charge me alone”

Former chief of Kaeng Krachan national park, Mr. Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn, said today (Thursday) that he is ready to face charges from the Department of Special Investigation for alleged involvement in…

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Flood wall reinforced along Yom River in Sukhothai to prevent flooding

Officials and volunteers in Thailand’s lower northern province of Sukhothai were mobilized Tuesday to install more sand bags to reinforce the flood wall along the Yom River, to prevent the…

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National park chief says officials implicated in Billy’s murder won’t be protected

Chief of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department has given an assurance that he will not protect any of his officials if they are implicated in the kidnapping…

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Tropical storm Podul expected to hit northern Thailand Aug 31-Sept 1

Thailand’s Meteorological Department is closely monitoring tropical storm Podul, which is expected to cross into northern Thailand and cause heavy rain between August 31st and September 1st. The storm pushed…

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Four abandoned and starving dogs rescued from a house in Nonthaburi

Four dogs, which were abandoned in a cage without food and water for almost a month in a town house in Nonthaburi province, were rescued on Tuesday by officials from…

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Two female car vandals given suspended prison terms and 12,000 baht fines

Two female car vandals, who made headlines last year for using an axe and spade to vandalize a pickup truck which parked in front of their house, were today given…

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Thai exports for April fall to the lowest level in 24 months

Thailand’s exports in April fell 2.57% to US$18.5 billion – the lowest since May 2017.  The fall is being blamed on the intensifying trade war between the United States and…

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Charter court decides today if it will accept Thanathorn’s share ownership case

Thailand’s Constitutional Court is today scheduled to consider whether to accept the Election Commission’s (EC) petition for the court to rule on the qualifications of Future Forward party leader Thanathorn…

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Legal action being considered against private hospital for alleged overcharging

Thailand’s Commerce Ministry is pondering legal action against a private hospital for allegedly overcharging a patient who was admitted suffering with acute diarrhea. A well-informed source said that the Internal…

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Registered patients can keep medicinal cannabis for 3 months from May 21st

Patients, in registered possession of medicinal cannabis, will be allowed to keep it for three months after the amnesty deadline expired on Tuesday. Food and Drug Administration secretary-general Dr. Tharet…

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Compromise may save expressway authority from paying sky high fees to expressway operator

The Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) board has agreed to extend the concession period of NECL, a subsidiary of Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company (BEM), to operate two expressways…

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Thousands fill temple for free durian

Wat Tha Mai, in Krathum Ban district of Thailand’s coastal province of Samut Sakhon, was jam packed with people who flocked to the temple this morning (Wednesday), not to pay…

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Man arrested for picking anemone from the sea

A tour guide has been arrested on charges of hunting protected marine species after he allegedly picked a bunch of anemone, along with anemonefish, from the sea for display to…

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Maya Bay to stay closed for another 6 months

The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has agreed to extend the closure of Ao Maya, or Maya Bay, a popular tourist attraction in Thailand’s southern province of…

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Police bust Chinese call centre gang in Phuket

Thai police, in Thailand’s southern resort province of Phuket,have broken up a Chinese call centre fraud gang, arresting 16 Chinese nationals at a rented house on Tuesday. The police also seized 18 computers, 68 cell phones…

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PM2.5 particulate returns to threaten nine areas of Bangkok

PM2.5 dust particles have returned to Bangkok and its neighboring provinces, with nine areas found to contain levels exceeding the 50-micron standard level today, according to the latest air quality readings by the Pollution Control…

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Four bomb blasts in Satun, three in Phatthalung, no casualties

Seven explosions were reported late Saturday night and early Sunday morning in Thailand’s southern provinces of Satun and Phatthalung. Police in Satun province reported that two minor explosions occurred near the provincial police HQ in Muang…

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Thailand to ban import of plastic waste next year

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will propose to the cabinet a total ban on the import of plastic waste into Thailand beginning next year. Natural Resources and Environment…

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Charter Court to begin deliberating Thai Raksa Chart’s fate today

The Constitutional Court will today begin the process of deliberating the Election Commission’s request for it to consider dissolving the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart Party for its nomination of Princess…

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National Geographic competes to make Tham Luang rescue documentary

National Geographic has recently contacted the government-appointed Creative Media Committee for the rights to shoot a documentary about last July’s dramatic rescue operation at Tham Luang cave. British diver Rick Stanton, who was…

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Wang Nua district of Lampang province declared disaster zone

Wang Nua district of Thailand’s Northern province of Lampang, which suffered over 30 aftershocks following a 4.9 magnitude quake related to the Phayao fault line on February 20th, has been…

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AOT dumps Duangrit Bunnag Group’s Suvarnabhumi Terminal 2 design

The board of Airports of Thailand Public Company, the operator of Suvarnabhumi international and several other airports in Thailand, has scrapped the Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal 2 project design, budgeted at…

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Future forward leader targeted over allegations against junta

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit who is due to appear before the public prosecutor next week said Wednesday that he was not worried that he might be indicted and…

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Two Italian tourists hurt when thrown from elephant

Two Italian tourists have been injured, one of them seriously, when they were thrown off an elephant at the Bang Kaeo Adventure elephant camp in Thailand’s southern province of Phang-nga on Tuesday.   Muang district police, went to the park in Tambon…

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National assembly to debate controversial rice bill despite protests

Despite protests by some farmer groups and the Democrat party, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is determined to go ahead with its planned deliberation of the controversial rice bill in…

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Law to legalize marijuana for medical purposes takes effect

Marijuana, or “kanja” as it is known in Thailand, can now be grown legally and used in medical and scientific applicationswith the consent of the authorities concerned. The Narcotics Act B.E. 2562, which seeks to amend specific provisions of the Narcotics Act of 1979…

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Usable water level in Khon Kaen’s Ubonrat reservoir alarmingly low

About a year ago, irrigation officials were discharging excess water through Ubonrat dam to increase reservoir capacity to ease flood problems in Thailand’s northeastern province of Khon Kaen. Today, the…

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Tham Luang cave closure postponed until further notice

Cancelling Friday’s order to close the famous Tham Luang cave in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai from February 19th, the public relations office in Chiang Mai announced today that…

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Temperatures in 7 provinces set to hit 42-43 Celsius

Thailand’s Meteorological Department is warning people in seven provinces to brace for unusually high 42-43 degree Celsius daytime temperatures this summer. They are Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Uttradit, Sukhothai and…

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PM tours Chatuchak weekend market

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha toured Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak weekend market today (Saturday) and chatted with both vendors and shoppers. Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, Interior Minister Anupong…

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High pressure increases PM2.5 dust particles in and around Bangkok today and tomorrow

After a brief respite, air quality in Bangkok and surrounding provinces deteriorated today, with PM2.5 dust particulate rising. The arrival of a moderate high pressure front from China and stale…

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NBTC asked to review suspension order against pro-Thaksin Voice TV

Thailand’s three press associations have urged the national broadcast regulator, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), to reconsider its order to suspend the operations of Voice TV for 15 days….

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Supreme Court upholds 8-month jail term for 6 ex-PAD leaders

Six former leaders of the anti-Thaksin People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), including ex-Bangkok governor Chamlong Srimuang, have lost their legal battle as the Supreme Court upholds their eight-month prison sentences…

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Pro-Thaksin Voice TV temporarily goes off air

Voice TV, a pro-Thaksin digital broadcaster known for its critical coverage of the military, went off the air at midnight as ordered by the broadcast regulator.   “Temporarily off air…

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Princess Ubolratana says she regrets for troubles caused

Princess Ubolratana said yesterday she regrets that her desire to help the country by entering the March-24 election as a prime ministerial candidate has ended up in trouble.   “I…

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Alleged firing of commanders of three armed forces dismissed as fake news

The government today dismissed what was purportedly an announcement by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) relieving the commanders of the three armed forces as fake.   Assistant…

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Weatherman predicts worsening smog problem next week

Smog conditions in and around Bangkok are expected to get worse between February 13th and 15th, with an increase in the level of accumulated PM2.5 dust particles in the atmosphere…

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Smog problem eases today and situation to improve further tomorrow

Air quality in and around Bangkok has improved during the past 24 hours with the level of PM2.5 dust in all areas well within the 50-micron standard, the Pollution Control…

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Thailand proposes third country option for jailed Bahraini footballer

Australia and Bahrain should hold talks to resolve the case of jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Arabi by having him sent to a third country instead of extraditing him to Bahrain…

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14 Pheu Chart candidates change  names to “Thaksin” and “Yingluck”

At least, 14 candidates of the pro-Thaksin Pheu Chart party have changed their names to “Thaksin” for the men and “Yingluck” for the women when they applied for registration on…

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Thailand proposes third country option for jailed Bahraini footballer

Australia and Bahrain should hold talks to resolve the case of jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Arabi by having him sent to a third country instead of extraditing him to Bahrain…

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Smooth and peaceful registration of candidates with no fanfare

Accompanied by their supporters, election candidates flocked to registration centres across the country to register their candidacy in, what was described by Election Commission secretary-general Jaroongwit Poomma as, a trouble-free…

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NEB to meet to discuss smog problem today as air quality improves

Thailand’s National Environment Board (NEB) is scheduled to hold a meeting today (Monday) to map out measures to cope with the smog problem in and around Bangkok as the Pollution…

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Air quality improves Sunday, marathon run proceeds as planned

Air quality in and around Bangkok improved today (Sunday) with no areas of Bangkok currently affected by excessive levels of PM2.5 dust particles. The Pollution Control Department described air quality…

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Illegal wildlife hunting  scandal – One year on

The trial of one of Thailand’s top construction tycoons, Premchai Karnasuta, for alleged illegal wildlife hunting moves into its final stage as the Thong Pha Phum provincial court has scheduled…

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Woman dies in mysterious flooding in Prawet road tunnel

A road tunnel in Prawet district of Bangkok was mysteriously flooded, trapping a  female motorist in her malfunctioned car until she was drowned on Thursday morning. Prawet district director Thanasith…

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Public feedback needed if social security contribution is to be increased

The Office of the Social Security will hold public forums in Bangkok and key provinces across the country to gauge public opinions on whether social security contribution by people earning…

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