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Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on US targets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on…

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Timeline of the fall of the Turkish Lira

It has been a rough year for the lira and the Turkish economy in general, despite logging a 7.4 percent growth rate in 2017. Omer Kablan looks at how the…

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) poses for photos with garment workers during his visit to 15,000 factory employees in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018.

It’s official: Hun Sen’s party win all 125 seats in recent elections

The Cambodia’s National Election Commission on Wednesday announced the official results of the July 29 general elections that shows the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen sweeping…

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Former Phra Buddha Issara released on bail

Former activist monk, Phra Buddha Issara, was released on bail from Bangkok special prison on late Wednesday night. A white van with the former abbot of Wat Or Noi on…

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PM Prayut tours Bangkok for first-hand look at traffic gridlock

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha went on a tour of Bangkok city today to observe first-hand the capital’s traffic problems and progress in the upgrading of transport networks designed to alleviate…

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5 new Election Commission members get royal approval

The appointment of the five new members of the Election Commission, whose main task is to prepare for the first post-coup general elections expected next year,  has been given a…

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Laos farmland flood damage bill exceeds US$15 million

The impact of recent flooding in northern and southeastern provinces of Laos has cost the agricultural sector around 127 billion kip (about US$15 million), according to an initial report from…

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Mong’s hope of citizenship brightens after receiving 3 letters of certification

Mong Thongdee’s hope of getting Thai citizenship is one step closer to reality as he has now received three letters of certification which are crucial in proving his contributions to…

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South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyun (right) and his North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon walk into a meeting room for their talks at the northern side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas today.

North, South Korea to hold summit in Pyongyang in September

(REUTERS) – North and South Korea agreed to hold a summit in Pyongyang in September, the latest step forward in cross-border ties this year after more high-level talks today, the…

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No one can obliterate Taiwan’s existence, declares President Tsai Ing-wen

(REUTERS) – Vowing that “no one can obliterate Taiwan’s existence”, President Tsai Ing-wen left on Sunday for the United States and two of its remaining diplomatic allies, amid pressure from…

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Late SEAL Samarn’s mom named national outstanding mother

The mother of former Navy SEAL member Lt-Conmander Samarn Kunan, Mrs Samran, was named a national outstanding mother on the National Mother’s Day today. She was bestowed with a framed…

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A mosque damaged by an earthquake at Bayan in Lombok, Indonesia.

Earthquake damage on Lombok reaches US$138 million

The damage and losses caused by last week’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), and Bali have been estimated to reach more than US$138 million, according to Indonesia’s…

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Two Thai workers have died in Israel

Two Thai workers, both from Nakhon Phanom province, died this month in Israel and their relatives will be liable to compensation and other benefits according to the law, Labour Minister…

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8 large-sized dams now under watch

The Office of National Water Resources is keeping a close watch on eight large-sized dams which are holding water at alarming levels, ONWR secretary-general Somkiat Prajumwong said on Friday. Mr…

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2 Thai workers in Israel injured in Hamas rocket attack

Two Thai workers, a man and a woman, were injured on Wednesday after Hamas militants in Gaza launched about 150 rockets and mortars on Israeli towns in southern Israel, Foreign…

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UNHCR lauds decision to grant Wild Boars Thai citizenship

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed the Thai Government’s decision to grant Thai citizenship to three stateless Wild Boars boys and their football coach on Wednesday….

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Former “Nen Kham” gets 114 years for cheating

Wirapol Sukphol, better known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko, former monastic chief of Wat Pa Khantitham monastery in Ubon Ratchathani province, was today sentenced to 114 years in jail…

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More seatless carriages planned for subway trains during rush hours

Bangkok Expressway and Metro Pcl which operates the Blue Line subway is pondering whether it should double the number of seatless carriage to two for each train so there will…

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Four national parks to cede some land for reservoirs

The Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives to slice off some areas of four national parks for the construction of reservoirs of the…

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Massive Truck Explosion in Italy

A massive blast of a fuel tanker on a highway in the northern part of Italy has caused at least 2 dead and 50 severely injured. The dramatic explosion occurred…

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Irrigation unveils plan to divert runoff from Kaeng Krachan dam

The Royal Irrigation Department has unveiled a two-pronged plan to divert runoff from the Kaeng Krachan dam into an irrigation system on both sides of the Phetchaburi river and into…

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Tourists flee Indonesia’s Lombok island after quake kills 91

Rescue workers found chaos and destruction across the Indonesian resort island of Lombok today  after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 91 people and prompted an exodus of tourists…

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Hospital staff treat patients outside a hospital after an earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok island, in Mataram this evening.

Tsunami warning after Bali, Lombok hit by earthquake

Indonesia’s resort islands of Bali and Lombok were rocked by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake this evening, prompting a tsunami warning and panic among holidaymakers and residents. The quake, which struck…

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Irrigation Department draws lessons from previous floods to plan this year’s dam water management

The Royal Irrigation Department has drawn lessons learned from the floods in 2016-17 in planning the management of water in the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi province to protect the…

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Screengrab taken from a handout video released by Venezuelan Television (VTV) showing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro his wife Cilia Flores and military authorities reacting to the sound of an explosion.

7 injured in murder attempt against Venezuelan President Maduro

Seven people were injured in an assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said. “President Maduro was not injured in the murder attempt,” the minister…

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PM concerned with prospect of prolonged flooding in Phetchaburi province

Prime Minister Prauyuth Chan-o-cha has instructed all authorities concerned with water management to closely monitor water situation in all dams and reservoirs, especially the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi province…

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US urges ASEAN to maintain pressure on North Korea

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today  called on ASEAN to maintain diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to achieve denuclearization. At a press conference in Singapore for…

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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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Media at odds with government spokesmen over new media restrictions

Government House reporters and photographers were at odds with the spoke persons of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha over a new set of formalities that they are to observe while covering…

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Court rejects bail for 8 ex-officials implicated in temple fund scandal

The Criminal Court for Corruption and Malfeasance Cases on Thursday rejected bail requested by five former senior officials of the National Office of Buddhism on the ground that their alleged…

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Famous Ban Paew water draining team to save Sakhon Nakhon from flooding

A team of water draining experts from Ban Paew district in Samut Sakhon province is now in the northeastern province of Sakhon Nakhon with their high-powered water pumps to help drain…

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Residents make their way in floodwaters in Shwegyin, Bago region on Wednesday. Fears that embankments could burst under fresh rains have mounted in flooded southeastern Myanmar, where more than 130,000 people have been forced from their homes and a dozen people killed.

ASEAN offers help over floods to Myanmar

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has said the regional group is ready to provide relief and humanitarian assistance to Myanmar amid the massive floods that swept through several…

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(From left-right) Philippines’ foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and foreign minister Pham Binh Minh, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s minister for foreign affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand’s foreign minister Don Pramudwinai, and Brunei’s second minister of foreign affairs and trade Erywan Yusof gesture onstage for a family photo during the opening ceremony of the 51st ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Singapore.

ASEAN seeks cybersecurity deal with Russia after series of hacks

SINGAPORE/MANILA (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations hope to strike a joint agreement on cybersecurity in coming days with Russia, accused by the United States of meddling in its elections, after…

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Foundation stone laid for museum in memory of Tham Luang rescue operation

A foundation stone laying ceremony was held at the entrance of Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district today for the construction of a gallery-cum-museum in memory of…

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Mekong River bursts its banks in Mukdahan

The Mekong River in the northeastern border province of Mukdahan has burst its banks, allowing water to flow into riverside areas. Before noon today, the water level at the Mukdahan…

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Hun Sen’s party claims clean sweep of election

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party claimed today it has won all the 125 seats in the general election held yesterday. Party spokesman Sok Eysan said  that based on…

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Monsoon floods ravaging southern Myanmar

Monsoon floods have affected nearly 100,000 people and killed at least 10 across Karen and Mon states and Bago Region in southern Myanmar, according to government media reports today. According…

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Over 500 people stranded on mountain on Lombok waiting for rescue

Indonesian rescuers are racing against time to evacuate more than 560 people, including many Thai tourists, from Mount Rinjani on Lombok after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the island in West…

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Cash donations for Lao dam victims now top B32m

The amount of cash donations made through government’s bank account for victims of the dam disaster in Attapeu and Champassak provinces of southern Laos has surpassed 32 million baht, Prime…

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Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

People living along the bank of the Mekong River in Chiang Rai province in the North and Mukdahan province in the Northeast have been told to take precautions against possible…

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Help sought for Thais trapped in Lombok landslide

A Thai female tourist who claimed to be among 150-200 Thai tourists trapped at a lake in the Gunung Rinjani national park of Indonesia has asked for help to get…

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At least 3 killed in Lombok’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake

At least three were confirmed dead after a powerful  6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the popular tourist destination of Lombok in Indonesia this morning, according to Reuters. The quake which was…

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Wild Boars team joins final farewell to ex-SEAL Samarn

The 12 Wild Boars footballers and their coach who are all in their monkhood, with the exception of Adul Sam-on who is a Christian, joined the family of the late…

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Chalermchai unveils “The Heroes” painting in Chiang Rai

“The Heroes”, the 13×3 metres canvas painting which tells the story of the dramatic rescue of 12 Wild Boars boys and their football coach from Tham Luang cave in Mae…

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Eight bodies recovered from buried house in Nan

Search and rescue workers have recovered all the eight bodies of villagers whose house was buried in a landslide in Bo Klua district of the northern most province of Nan…

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Lao dam disaster donations top 25 million baht

Cash donations made by the people through a government bank account to help Lao people affected by the collapse of a saddle dam of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower project…

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7 districts of Nakhon Phanom declared flood disaster zone

The disaster prevention and mitigation centre of the northeastern border province of Nakhon Phanom has declared seven districts a flood disaster zone as water in the Mekong River has continued…

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People around the world marvel at eclipse of the century

Stargazers around the world this morning watched the spectacular event as the moon turned “blood red” in a total lunar eclipse for an hour and 43 minutes — the longest…

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New banknotes that change colours when tilted available Saturday

The Bank of Thailand will start issuing a new set of banknotes featuring His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebavarangkun’s portrait on the front side on Saturday which coincides with the…

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Thai rescuers help many Laotian villagers to safety

A Thai private rescue team is playing a crucial role in the operation to search and rescue Laotian villagers stranded by the floods that have devastated large areas in Sanamxay…

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Supreme Patriarch urges all temples to pray for Lao victims

The Supreme Patriarch has ordered all temples in the Northeast to gather food and other necessities to be delivered to Buddhism offices in their respective provinces so they can be…

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S. Korea to send rescue unit to Laos “within 24 hours”

The South Korean government said today it will soon send a disaster relief team to the area of Laos affected by the massive flooding that has claimed scores of lives,…

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12 Wild Boars ordained in Chiang Rai

Eleven Moo Pa Academy football players and their coach Ekapol Chanthawong were ordained on Wednesday at Wat Phra That Doi Tung in Chiang Rai in a ceremony attended by a…

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Prayut expresses deep concern for Lao dam disaster victims

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning expressed deep concerns over the plights of  thousands of  Lao people affected by the collapse of the Xepian-Xe Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos…

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Firefighters and volunteers try to extinguish flames during a wildfire at the village of Kineta, near Athens on Tuesday. AFP photo

Greece’s wildfires deaths soar to 74

Greece’s Prime Minister  Alexis Tsipras told of the “unspeakable tragedy” the country faced after at least 74 people were killed by wildfires that swept through a resort, trapping people in…

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A house is threatened by a huge blaze during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. More than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the “extremely difficult” situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE GACHE

50 Die in Greece’s worst wildfires in decade

At least 50 people have died and 170 injured in wildfires ravaging woodland and villages in the Athens region, as Greek authorities rush to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on…

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12 Wild Boars attend pre-ordination ceremony

Eleven of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach will this afternoon have their heads shaven in a ceremony at a local temple in Mae Sai District of Chiang…

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Surakiart defends panel on Rohingya after Kobsak quits

Former foreign minister Surakiart Sathirathai who chairs an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis has rebutted criticism by the body’s former secretary Kobsak Chutikul,…

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Tour boats, small fishing boats in Phang-nga told to stay ashore

Operators of tour boats and small fishing boats in the southern coastal province of Phang-nga have been told to stay ashore because of rough seas and high waves as a…

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Minister Weerasak recounts how international rescuers were brought in

International rescuers, British cave divers in particular, played as much a crucial role as the Thai Navy SEALs in the successful search and rescue of the 12 Wild Boars footballers…

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Majority objects to teachers not paying debts

More than 75 percent of respondents to an opinion poll disagreed with a threat by a group of  teachers  to stop paying debts to the state-run Government Savings Bank. Last…

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Crocodile escapes capture on Karon beach

Crocodile hunters tried unsuccessfully to capture a crocodile found on the beach in Muang district of Phuket early this morning. The crocodile, which was believed to be the same one…

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Depression warning for North and Northeast on July 23-24

The Meteorological Department today warned people in the North and in Northeast to brace for intense rains and heavy rains in some areas tomorrow and Tuesday due to depression. According…

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Floods force 300 villagers in Sangkhla Buri to be evacuated

About 300 people of a village in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi were today evacuated to a temporary shelter after floods swept into their village. The evacuees, mostly children, women…

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PM welcomes movies on rescue operation but calls for caution

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has no objection to Thai or foreign movie companies making movies about the Tham Luang rescue operation as it would  help enhance Thailand’s image, government spokesman…

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Media warned against interviewing Wild Boars boys or face legal action

Members of the Thai and foreign media have been asked not to interview any of the 12 Wild Boars young footballers or face legal that could lead to a six-month…

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Three provinces still affected by flood from “Son-tinh”

Floodings as a result of tropical storm “Son-tinh” which has weakened to a low pressure cell still wreak havoc  in three provinces — Kanchanaburi, Phichit and Nakhon Sawan, Disaster Prevention…

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Sangkhla Buri flooding still critical

The flooding situation in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province is still critical as Highway 323 is still about 1.20 metres under water, making it impassable to small vehicles. The…

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Sangkhla Buri district declared disaster zone

Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province has been declared a disaster zone following heavy flooding in 10 villages and two tambon, with the only artery road leading to the district…

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Foreign media slammed for pursuit of Wild Boars boys

Justice deputy permanent secretary Thawatchai Thaikhieu today expressed disappointment at the conduct of some foreign journalists who defied advice of psychiatrists and child welfare officials against interviewing the young members…

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Stormy sea prompts swimming ban at Phang-nga beaches

Red flags and no-swimming signs have been put up in front of hotels and resorts along the beaches in Takua Pa district of Phang-nga province on the Andaman Sea coast…

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The century’s longest lunar eclipse on July 27-28

The century’s longest lunar eclipse will be seen in all parts of Thailand during July 27-28 between 00.14-6.10 am. Dr Sarun Posayachinda, director of the National Institute of Astronomical Research…

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Wild Boars, soldiers in religious ceremony dedicated to ex-SEAL Samarn

Members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach this morning attended a traditional blessing ceremony at a local temple in Mae Sai District in Chiang Rai as nine…

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One-hour trip that ended in a saga gripping the world

The 12 Wild Boars footballers and their coach originally intended to spend just an hour exploring the Tham Luang cave on June 23 and to leave the cave before 5…

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Thai engineer impressed with Musk’s team

A Thai engineer involved in the drilling operation to find alternative entrances into Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai at the height of the “Wild Boars” rescue mission early month…

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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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Tropical storm “Son-tinh” brings more rain to upper Thailand

The upper part of Thailand will have more rain and isolated heavy to very heavy rain during July 18-21 as Tropical Storm “Son-tinh,” which is moving in the westerly direction…

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Officials seize decorative corals in raids at Chatuchak area

Police and officials from the national parks, fisheries and marine resources departments seized a substantial haul of decorative corals and coralline algae in raids of several shops in Chatuchak area…

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13 Wild Boars to be discharged tomorrow

The 12 Moo Pa Academy football players and their coach will be released from hospital tomorrow — a day earlier than planned, Chiang Rai Governor Prajon Pratsakul confirmed today. Mr…

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Criteria for granting Thai nationality must be strictly adhered: Anupong

The legal criteria for granting Thai nationality to stateless people must be strictly adhered to in the case of three members of the Moo Pa Academy football team and their…

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Wild Boars in tears after being told of Samarn’s death

The 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were today informed of the sacrifice made by Petty Officer 1st Class Samarn Gunan, and ex-Navy SEAL who lost…

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Belgium trounce England 2-0 to win third place in World Cup

Belgium las night beat England 2-0 to win the bronze in the World Cup in the match at Saint Petersburg. Thomas Meunier gave Belgium an early lead when he diverted…

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No special treatment for citizenship for 4 “Wild Boars”

Mae Sai district officials are searching for the birth certificates of three members of the Wild Boars Academy football team and their coach, Aekkaphol Chanthawong, legally required for the process…

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Royal cremation today for ex-SEAL member Samarn

A large number of people have since this morning gathered at Wat Nong Khu temple in Tambon Muang Hong of Chaturaphak Phiman district in the northeastern province of Roi-et where…

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Big cleaning day at Tham Luang

A big cleaning day has begun today at Tham Luang cave in the Tham Luang – Khun Nam Nang Non National Park in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district which was…

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“Wild Boars” boys and coach to be discharged Thursday

The 12 young members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach are expected to be discharged from Chiang Rai hospital this coming Thursday, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn….

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Intersex people entitled to health coverage for sex change

Intersex people who are born with a combination of male and female biological characteristics are entitled to health security right for sex change but with approval of a medical practitioner,…

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“Wild Boars” expected to return home next week

The state of health of the 12 Wild Boars Academy football team members and their coach has continued to improve and they are expected to be allowed to go home…

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VIP treats for international rescuers

As a show of gratitude to the international rescuers who took part in the 17-day rescue operations at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, the government is…

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Navy SEAL members given hero’s welcome at their home base

A total of 159 naval officers, including 127 Navy SEAL members, were given a hero’s welcome upon their arrival at the U-tapao airbase in Sattahip naval base, Chon Buri province,…

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Operation underway to retrieve last Phoenix victim

An operation is now underway to retrieve the body of a Chinese tourist, believed to be the last victim, stuck under the wreckage of Phoenix boat near Koh Heh in…

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Croatia crushed England 2-1 to reach World Cup final

Croatia created history last night by crushing England 2-1 to reach the World Cup final for the first time.  England, meanwhile, had its dream of reaching its World Cup final…

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Australian doctor-diver praises Wild Boars boys

The Australian doctor who was the last man out of Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai has praised the 12 young footballers whose ordeal sparked the rescue, according to ABC…

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“Wild Boars” the movie?

Hollywood film producers are wasting no time and have already started plotting a movie based on what is seen as one of the world’s most daring rescue operations that saw…

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France beats Belgium 1-0  to go into final

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent France into the World Cup final for the first time since 2006.  The 1-0 win over Belgium in Saint Petersburg makes it the third time…

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Applause and cheers greet international and Navy SEAL divers

The international divers and Thai Navy SEAL frogmen who were involved in the high-risk operation to bring all the 13 survivors out of Tham Luang cave were given a resounding…

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Mission accomplished: All Tham Luang survivors safely rescued

The five remaining survivors of the Wild Boards soccer team have been safely brought out of Tham Luang cave, ending three days of high-risk rescue operation that has captivated the…

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Rescuers preparing to bring out the last 5

Thai and international divers are preparing to resume the rescue operation to bring out the last five members of the “Wild Boars” soccer team from Tham Luang cave in Chiang…

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Australian doctor plays crucial role in rescue mission — paper

An Australian doctor is at the centre of the onging attempt to rescue the young footballers and their soccer coach trapped in Tham Luang  cave in Chiang Rai.   The…

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