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Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019.

Two dead as ‘unprecedented’ Typhoon Hagibis slams into Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, killing at least two people and prompting authorities to issue their highest level of disaster warning over “unprecedented” downpours that caused flooding and landslides. Around 7.3…

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One dead as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than 1.6 million people. Rated “large and…

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Judge shoots self in court after being forced to change verdict

A judge, Mr. Kanakorn Pianchana, shot himself in the chest in an apparent suicide attempt after delivering a verdict in Yala’s provincial court this afternoon (Friday). Spokesman for the court…

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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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Pheu Thai Khon Kaen’s MP sentenced to death for murder of local official

A Pheu Thai MP for the northeastern province of Khon Kaen was today (Tuesday) sentenced to death by the provincial court after he was found guilty of masterminding the murder…

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A road accident leads to seizure of 450kgs of methamphetamine

Police, in Thailand’s central province of Phetchaburi, seized about 450 kilogrammes of crystal meth, with a street value of about 225 million baht, from a ten-wheel truck which landed on…

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Chiang Rai imposes 6-month ban on movement of live animals as pigs found infected with ASF

Livestock officials in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai have banned the movement of live pigs in and out of the province for six months after several pigs were found…

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Forest fires in Indonesia cause haze problem in southern Thailand

People living in Thailand’s southern provinces of Songkhla and Satun provinces have been warned to protect their health by wearing face masks as the two provinces are blanketed with smoke…

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An elderly man implores police not to charge at Tung Chung MTR train station in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Hong Kong protesters smash MTR station

HONG KONG (Agencies) – Anti-government protesters this evening vented their fury on a mass transit railway (MTR) station in Tung Chung, a satellite town near Hong Kong International Airport which…

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Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on September 1, 2019. Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport on September 1, as the financial hub began cleaning up after another night of serious violence marked by fires, tears gas and police beatings.

Protesters briefly storm Hong Kong Airport

HONG KONG (Agencies) — Hundreds of protesters briefly stormed Hong Kong’s international airport on Sunday, despite attempts to heighten security in anticipation of a planned demonstration, before they were chased…

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Fire, tear gas and petrol bombs as Hong Kong engulfed by chaos

HONG KONG (AFP) — Chaos engulfed Hong Kong’s financial heart on Saturday night as police fired tear gas and water cannon at petrol-bomb-throwing protesters, who defied a ban on rallying…

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Army send pontoon bridge and men to fix damaged bridge and assist flood victims in NE

The Thai military has deployed one pontoon bridge to the northeastern province of Roi Et to replace one bridge damaged by strong flood currents in order to allow communication to…

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Thaksin cleared of any wrongdoing in KTB-KMG loan scandal

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was today cleared of any role in the 9.9 billion bah loan scandal between the state-run Krung Thai Bank and the Krisda Mahanakorn Group by…

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Heavy rain forecast for N East, East and the Southwestern coast tomorrow

Thailand’s Meteorological Department have advised people in northeastern, eastern and western coastal provinces of the southern region to brace for heavy or very heavy rain on Thursday as a result…

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BTS adds 27 more trains to serve Bangkok commuters

Bangkok commuters should experience an improved service on the BTS sky train system after BTS Group Holdings Plc, the operator of the system, recently put into service an additional 27…

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Economic issues for new Thai government

As of press time, political parties from both sides are racing to sign up coalition partners. After the much-awaited general election, finally, there are signs that Thailand may soon have…

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Washington orders some U.S. government employees to leave Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq on Wednesday, after repeated U.S. expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces. The U.S. State…

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One dead, 46 hurt in Venezuela May Day clashes

May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in Caracas left a woman dead and 46 people injured on Wednesday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally…

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15 dead in Sri Lanka after gun battle with suspected Islamist militants

COLOMBO (Reuters) – The bodies of 15 people, including six children, were discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a…

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An ambulance is seen outside the church premises with gathered security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.

Blasts at Sri Lanka hotels and churches kill 156

A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the attacks…

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297 people die in five days of Songkran festival

The five days of Songkran up to yesterday have claimed 297 lives with another 2,807 people injured in 2,702 road accidents across the country, according to the Centre for the…

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French President Macron: ‘We’ll rebuild Notre-Dame together’

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral after a blaze devastated large parts of the gothic gem on Monday. “Notre-Dame is our history, our literature,…

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Fire guts Paris’ Notre-Dame, but structure saved from destruction

PARIS (Reuters) – A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, gutting and destroying the roof of the Paris landmark and stunning France and the world, but firefighters said they…

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Two killed, 15 injured in fire at Central World

Two persons were killed and another 15 injured after fire broke out in an office building adjacent to Centara Grand Hotel in the compound of the Central World, Thailand’s biggest…

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Two killed, seven injured in fire at Central World

Two killed, seven injured in fire at Central World Three persons were killed and another seven injured after fire broke out in an office building of Centara Grand Hotel in…

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PM urges parties to refrain from campaign mud-slinging

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today urged political parties to be constructive in their election campaigning and to refrain from mud-slinging. In an apparent reference to the spat between the army…

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Army chief dismisses coup rumour, but again says “don’t cross the line”

Thailand’s Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong today ruled out the possibility of a coup d’état , saying that unfounded reports of a coup were spread by “the same old group…

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Smog problem made worse in the provinces by sugarcane burning

While Bangkok and surrounding provinces enjoy improved air conditions, the smog situation in several northern and northeastern provinces is deteriorating due mainly to the burning of vegetation, sugarcane in particular….

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Election Commission decides to dissolve Thai Raksa Chart, Constitutional Court to have final say

The Election Commission has voted unanimously to ask the Constitutional Court to consider disbanding the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party.  A press release of the EC’s office said that the…

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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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Election Commission yet to decide on Thai Raksa Chart’s fate

Chairman of the Election Commission Itthiporn Boonprakong denied that the commission has already made a decision to have the  pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party dissolved for nominating  Princess Ubolratana as its prime…

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One killed and four injured in chemical explosion in Suvarnabhumi airport’s car park

One person was killed and four others injured in a chemical explosion in a car park at Bangkok’s Suvarnbhumi International Airport today. The identities of the dead and injured were…

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A rain-making chopper crash-lands but three airmen escape safely

A helicopter belonging to the Royal Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation Department crash-landed while on a training flight in the central province of Nakhon Sawan this afternoon (Wednesday). The pilot, a…

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E-banking systems of 5 banks crash

The electronic banking systems of five banks – Krungthai, Kasikornthai, Siam Commercial, Bank of of Ayudhya and Thanachart – crashed today. The crash has caused disruptions in financial transactions via…

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15 wounded in school van accident in Chiang Rai

Fourteen children were injured this morning when a van carrying them on their way to school rammed into the rear of a six-wheeled truck in Wiang Pa Pao district of…

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Longer truck ban periods imposed on five city roads

The Metropolitan Police has imposed longer periods of the ban on all kinds of trucks on five roads during the morning and everning rush hours to ease traffic congestion caused…

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Heavier penalties for traffic violations in the offing

The government plans to stiffen penalties for traffic violations as a means to deal with traffic gridlock in Bangkok, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said today. Gen Prawit said the…

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Housing bank sets aside 1 billion baht to help flood-affected customers

The Government Housing Bank has set aside one billion baht as a fund to help its customers who are affected by flooding. GHB managing director Chatchai Sirilai said the bank…

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PM Prayut vows to get rid of informal debts

Branding informal debt as an evil, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said last night he could not afford to let unscrupulous money lenders take advantage of their poor debtors and vowed…

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Tropical storm “Bebinca” to bring more rain to North, Northeast Aug 16-17

The North and Northeast regions will continue to be hit with widespread rain and isolated torrential downpours during Aug 16-17 as tropical storm “Bebinca” is expected to move to upper…

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Parker Solar Probe Launch

This handout photo released by NASA shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe on board launching from the Mobile Service Tower on August…

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Phetchaburi residents warned of 1-2 months of flooding

People in Phetchaburi province, especially in Muang district, have been warned that they might have to endure flooding for up to 1-2 months. National Water Resources Office secretary-general Somkiart Prachamwong…

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PM thanks US for return of Ban Chiang artefacts

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanks the United State government for the return of 12 pre-historic artefacts of the Ban Chiang era to Thailand and all parties concerned for their hard…

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Landslides force closure of road to popular Phu Tub Berk 

The highways office in Phetchabun province has ordered the closure of the road leading to Phu Tub Berk mountainous resort village for major repairs after more cracks from landslides were…

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1 million students to have their pay deducted to service loans

The Student Loan Fund Office has set a target to deduct a certain portion of the salaries paid to about one million government officials and employees of private companies who…

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Big clean-up needed to restore flood-ravaged village in Sangkhla

Many residents of Ban Sanaepong village in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province have returned to their homes today after flooding has receded but they have found to their dismay…

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Navy chief praises Thai Navy SEALs in special citation

The commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy, Admiral Naris Prathumsuwan, has praised the bravery and dedication of the Thai Navy SEALs and naval medical staff for their performance in the…

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Crocodile sighting prompts warning against swimming off Nai Han beach

No-swimming signs were put up on Nai Han beach in Phuket today after a crocodile estimated to be about two metres long was sighted swimming in the sea about 100…

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Private helicopter crashes in Khon Kaen, 3 killed

A private helicopter crashed in Chonnabot district of the northeastern province of Khon Kaen on Wednesday morning (July 18), killing three people on board, police said. Pol Col Kirati Amornpatpanin,…

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Teachers warned of serious consequences for debt default 

Teachers who have threatened to stop servicing their debts to the Government Savings Bank were warned that they could face serious consequences, including the prospect of being declared bankrupt by…

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British diver describes Musk’s mini-sub as PR stunt

A British diver involved in the rescue of a Thai soccer team from the flooded Tham Luang cave system has dismissed Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposed mini-submarine as a PR…

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Heavy rains warning during July 13-19

The Meteorological Department has warned people across the country to brace for intense rains, with heavy rains in some parts of the northern, northeastern, central, eastern and southern regions which…

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NLA passes bill on transfer of  B12.7bn for work under 20-year national strategy

The National Legislative Assembly today passed in three straight readings a bill to transfer 12.7 billion baht from the 2018 budget to a central fund for development under the 20-year…

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NAVY SEAL confirms 9th survivor out of cave

The Thai Navy SEAL has confirmed that one of the five remaining survivors still trapped in Tham Luang cave was savely taken out.  It said in its Facebook page that…

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Soldier killed in Narathiwat gun attack

A soldier was killed in a gun attack in Cho Ai Rong district of Narathiwat this morning, police said. A police investigation found that while Chief Warrant Officer Patchai Suree,…

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Three more bodies believed to be boat accident victims plucked from the sea

Naval search teams have plucked three more bodies from the sea, bringing the number of confirmed deaths from Phoenix dive boat accident to 44 and the number of missing down…

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Narongsak promises last 5 survivors to be extracted faster tomorrow

Rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced the successful extraction of four more “Wild Boars” soccer team members out of the Tham Luang cave and expressed confidence that rescuers would be…

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Next operation to bring the rest to safety to begin in 10-20 hours: ex-governor Narongsak

Former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced Sunday night that four survivors were safely extracted out of the flooded cave and are now in the hands of doctors at Chiang…

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Rescue operation to extract cave survivors has begun

   Divers have begun an operation to try to extract the 13 survivors out of Tham Luang cave, chief of the rescue mission Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced at 10.30 am this…

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All Phuket boats told to stay ashore to facilitate search for 23 still missing

The Phuket Marine Office has issued an order prohibiting all boats from leaving the Ao Chalong bay to facilitate the search for 23 passengers still missing after two boat accidents…

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France in semi-finals with 2-0 victory over Uruguay

France outclassed Uruguay 2-0 tonight to become the first team to advance to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018.  Raphael Varane scored with a header in the 40th minute. …

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58 still missing off Phuket after boats capsize

A search will continue today for 58 people, most of them tourists, who are still missing after three accidents in strong seas off Phuket involving two jet skis, a dive…

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Search mounted for 49 people missing in sea off Phuket

Forty-nine people are still missing while 89 others were plucked from the rough sea off Phuket this afternoon after one dive boat and a yacht capsized. Phuket governor Norapat Plodthong…

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Search mounted after army’s plane crashes with 4 people on board

A search was immediately ordered after an army Cessna 182 light plane disappeared from the radar screen and believed to have crashed.   The four-seat, single-engine light plane took off…

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NLA unanimously passes Sangha Council bill in straight readings

A bill to empower His Majesty the King to handpick members of the Sangha Supreme Council, the supreme governing body of Buddhist monks in Thailand, sailed through the National Legislative…

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Cabinet freezes VAT at 7 percent for another year

The Cabinet today decided to maintain the value-added tax at 7 percent for another year as of October 1.   Mr Natthaporn Jatusripitak, spokesman of Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak,…

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Thais advised to check flights to Bali after Mount Agung eruption

The Thai Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, has advised Thai people who plan to travel to Bali to check information on flights to the resort island before departure. The advisory was…

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New 500 and 1,000 baht banknotes in circulation from July 28

The Bank of Thailand will put new 500 and 1,000 baht banknotes in circulation on July 28 to mark His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s birthday, BoT governor Veerathai Santiprabhob…

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Cheers erupt as governor confirms all 13 boys and coach found alive!

SEAL rescue teams have found all the 12 missing young footballers and their coach lost in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai after nine days of painstaking search and rescue…

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All 13 boys and coach found!

The 12 missing young footballers and their coach who have been missing in Tham Luang cave since June 23  have all been found, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced. He said…

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Helicopters will be used in evacuation of survivors

Evacuation of survivors from Tham Luang cave to hospitals will be carried out by helicopters instead of by ambulances so that they can reach the Chiang Rai hospital within just…

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More water drained out of Tham Luang cave, search resumes

Rescue teams continued to drain water out of Tham Luang cave throughout the night and are encouraged by the receding water level as the search for the 12 young footballers…

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