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Thai youth to join worldwide climate protests tomorrow

Thai youth will tomorrow (Friday) join their brothers and sisters in more than 100 countries to launch a worldwide climate strike and protest to put pressure on their respective governments…

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Mingkwan quits as New Economics party leader

Mingkwan Saengsuwan has called it quits as leader of the New Economics party, but still retains his status as a party-list MP, claiming that he has already fulfilled his responsibilities…

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Charter Court suspends Thanathorn from performing duties as an MP

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongkit’s promising political career came to a sudden halt today when the Constitutional Court suspended his role as a member of parliament pending a final…

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Interpol expects more arrests will follow as investigations continue, stemming from an operation into a site on the “dark web” that was launched two years ago/AFP

50 children saved after police bust paedophile website: Interpol

International police group Interpol said Thursday that nine people had been arrested in Thailand, Australia and the US and 50 children had been rescued after investigators took down an online…

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“I shall reign in righteousness for the benefits of the people”

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn declared he will “reign in righteousness for the benefits of the people forever.” In his brief inaugural speech upon being crowned the 10th Monarch of…

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Thai PBS’s Tham Luang documentary to shine at INPUT event

A documentary on the extraordinary cave rescue at Tham Luang in Chiang Rai that captivated people worldwide last year produced by Thai PBS will be one of the highlights at…

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Japan’s Emperor Naruhito pledges to work as symbol of the people

Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally took up his post on Wednesday a day after the abdication of his father, saying he felt a “sense of solemnity” but pledging to work as…

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What you should know about the Coronation Ceremony

What: The Coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebeyavarangkun Why: In countries where the monarchy is the head of state, the Coronation Ceremony is a rare event of great…

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Phuket faces water shortage which may become critical in May if there are no rains

Thailand’s popular tourist destination of Phuket is now experiencing water shortage, with water in the province’s three reservoirs just enough for the production of tap water until May and the…

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Prayut, Hun Sen open bridge across Thai-Cambodian border

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen jointly presided over the opening of a border bridge linking Thailand’s Sa Kaeo with Cambodia’s Banteay Meancheay provinces this…

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Article 270 versus national government

Over the past few days, calls for a “national government” have grown, but so are a group of constitutional interpreters who believe that writers of Thailand’s new charter had anticipated…

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Savers earning over 20,000 baht interest a year to face 15 percent tax

Bank depositors in Thailand who earn more than 20,000 baht interest a year from their bank deposits will now be taxed 15% on the interest they earn, according to Finance…

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Sacred water moved to The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Sacred water, contained in 86 Kontho traditional Thai-style vases, were this morning moved from Wat Suthat Thepwararam to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace for safe keeping…

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Mingkwan firm on not joining Palang Pracharat

New Economics party leader Mingkwan Sangsuwan reaffirmed today that his party will not join the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party in forming a coalition government due to political differences. “I would like to reaffirm that, firstly,…

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Indonesia President Joko Widodo declares victory in presidential race

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared victory on Thursday in the race to lead the world’s third-largest democracy, saying unofficial results showed his ticket had got 54 percent…

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Analysis: Everyone is biding time in tight political race

It is no surprise that New Economics Party leader Mingkwan Sangsuwan was rumored over the weekend to have agreed to join the Palang Pracharat alliance. It is also no surprise…

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Queen Sirikit in hospital for bladder inflammation treatment

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital suffering cystitis, which is an inflammation of the bladder, according to the Bureau of the Royal Household today. The Queen’s…

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A woman cries as people look at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral engulfed in flames from the Paris’s Hotel de Ville esplanade on April 15, 2019. – A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Investigators probe Notre-Dame inferno as donations pour in

PARIS (AFP) — Pledges to donate millions of euros in cash and materials poured in today in the aftermath of a massive fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, which…

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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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Pheu Thai rejects proposal for unity government

Pheu Thai party secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai has voiced his strong objection to the recently-floated idea of a national unity government, saying that the current political situation has not yet reached…

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Princess Chulabhorn recovering well after cataract surgery, back pain treatment

HRH Princess Chulabhorn is recovering satisfactorily at Ramathibodi hospital after undergoing cataract surgery and treatment for back pain, the Bureau of the Royal Household announced today. The medical team at…

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Canadian tourist dies in fall from zip line in Chiang Mai

A Canadian tourist died today after falling  from a zip line in the forest of Mae On district in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai. The victim, 25-year-old Spencer Charles, plunged…

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Incumbent President Joko Widodo (C-L in white) and his running mate for the upcoming election Ma’ruf Amin (C-R in white) parade during a campaign in Tangerang, in the Banten province on April 7

Indonesia president leads in polls, ballot tampering charges probed

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Four days ahead of Indonesia’s general election, President Joko Widodo retains a double-digit lead over his challenger, retired general Prabowo Subianto, three opinion polls published this week…

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Bangkok governor leads sacred water drawing ceremony

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang today led city officials in a ceremony to draw water from a pond at the Haw Sastrakhom, a small building inside the Grand Palace.   The sacred water, which is regularly…

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General Prem praises PM Prayut’s honesty and selflessness

Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda this morning offered high praise to the present government and commended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for his honesty and selflessness. Referring to him as…

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Songkran is set to boost spending, economic sentiment

After Thai consumer confidence in March recorded the first drop in three months, businesses are pinning their hope on Songkran Festival as a booster of the spirit of spending. Usually,…

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“Most Democrats want to join Palang Pracharat-led coalition”

A group of Democrat party members, including several former MPs and newly-elected candidates, want the party to join a pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat coalition government, according to Democrat party deputy leader…

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Army chief warns against divisive rhetoric

Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Komgsompong today issued a stern warning to politicians and academics to refrain from making statements which foment unrest, political divide, and challenge the constitutional monarchy. In…

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Activists defy junta, launch impeachment campaign against Election Commission 

Defying the warning by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), pro-democracy activists rallied at the Victory Monument and in the Rajprasong commercial district in Bangkok on Sunday afternoon…

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Poll shows most Thai’s don’t believe new government can end political  divide

Most Thais believe the new government, be it led by the Palang Pracharat or Pheu Thai, will not be able to end political division or other protracted problems, according to a recent Suan Dusit Poll. The poll shows…

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King strips Thaksin of all Royal decorations

His Majesty the King has issued a Royal Command recalling all Royal decorations bestowed upon fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for his services while he was still in Thailand, citing…

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EC maintains unofficial poll results on March 24 were accurate

The Election Commission (EC) said today that reporting of the unofficial election results, using the Rapid Reporting system and released on election night, were accurate although attempts to hack the…

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Students launch impeachment campaign against Election Commission

Students from nine of Thailand’s universities have launched a signature-collection campaign to demand the impeachment of the Election Commission (EC), accusing it of mishandling the March 24th general election resulting…

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Palang Pracharat will not rush to form government — Uttama

Palang Pracharat party leader Uttama Savanayana announced today that there is no need for the party to rush to form a government because the official election results have yet to be announced…

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Despite Pheu Thai camp’s announcement, it’s far from over

The announcement by the Pheu Thai-led alliance that it is ready to form a post-election coalition government because it has 255 House of Representatives seats is anything but a declaration…

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Dust stirred up as rivals compete for control

The rival attempts by Palang Pracharat and Pheu Thai to cobble up a post-election coalition government promise to be a lengthy and messy political endeavor. Both camps in the political…

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Thungyai wildlife chief wants heavier penalty for Premchai 

Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary chief Wichien Chinnawong said today that, while he respects the verdict of the Thong Pha Phume provincial court on Italian-Thai Development boss Premchai Karnasuta, he believes the billionaire deserves a heavier penalty.   Speaking at…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening of the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge. (Photo from Gen Prayut’s Facebook page)

Gen Prayut and Suu Kyi open 2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha joined Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi today to preside over the opening of the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge across the Moei River, linking…

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Premchai granted bail, says “I’m sorry”

Thailand’s billionaire construction tycoon Premchai Kanasuta said he was “sorry” after he was granted bail following a court verdict that sends him to 16 months in prison for involvement in…

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Court to rule on Premchai poaching case tomorrow

The Thong Phaphume provincial court in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi is scheduled to deliver its long-awaited verdict in the illegal hunting case in which a billionaire Thai construction tycoon…

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Hero refugee chased gunman away from New Zealand mosque

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (AFP) — When Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz saw a man brandishing a gun outside his mosque in Christchurch, he ran towards the attacker armed with the only…

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Fighting populism with more populism?

The lead–up to the March–24 general election sees an unprecedented clash of populist policies.  Absent in the debate, however, are convincing ideas as to how they would be financed.   …

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Suthep asks whether Abhisit is siding with Thaksin

Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai party founder Suthep Thuagsuban has hit out at Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva by asking whether the latter, to fulfil his ambition to be the next prime minister, has taken sides with fugitive…

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Abhisit says no to Prayut’s return as post-election prime minister

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva made it clear today that he will definitely not support Prayut Chan-o-cha as the post-election prime minister. In a short video clip, uploaded on social media today, Abhisit explained…

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Military officers to dominate NCPO-appointed Senate

The 194 senators to be handpicked by the Thailand’s military junta, which is officially known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), are expected to be dominated by…

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Constitutional Court orders Thai Raksa Chart dissolved

The Constitutional Court this afternoon ordered the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart Party dissolved as a punishment for its failed nomination of Princess Ubolratna, a member of the Royal Family, as…

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Politicians taking part in the Thai PBS election forum on how they hope to tackle corruption problem on Tuesday night.

How politicians think they can fight corruption

Politicians competing in the March-24 general election agree that corruption is a scourge that is undermining the Thai society and dealing with it will be one of their priorities if…

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Palang Pracharat drops plan for PM to address rallies

The pro-junta Palang Pracharat party has decided to abandon its plan to have its prime ministerial candidate, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, attend its campaign rally this Sunday in Thailand’s northeastern…

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PM says he is aware of campaign debut risks

Still undecided about joining the Palang Pracharat party’s campaign rally in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima this Sunday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted today that he was fully aware…

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PM still undecided about campaign debut in Nakhon Ratchasima

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha remains undecided whether to attend his first campaign rally for the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party, due to be held in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima…

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21 PAD protesters acquitted for 2008 parliament siege

Twenty-one anti-Thaksin protesters, accused of laying siege to Thailand’s parliament in October 2008, were acquitted today after the Criminal Court ruled that their protest was peaceful and only turned violent…

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Constitutional Court to rule on Thai Raksa Chart’s fate on March 7

The Constitutional Court has set March 7 as the date to decide the fate of Thai Raksa Chart Party which is facing the prospect of being dissolved for nominating Princess…

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Representatives of five political parties offer their platforms on basic economic problems during an election forum organized by Thai PBS on Tuesday.

Solving bread-and-butter issues for agricultural sector key policy for parties

Tackling bread-and-butter issues was the focus of the debate of representatives of five political parties taking part in an election forum organized by Thai PBS on Tuesday night. They took…

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This picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 24 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing Pyongyang Station for the second North Korea-US summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

North Korea’s Kim leaves by train for summit with Trump in Hanoi

SEOUL/HANOI (Reuters) – North Korea on Sunday confirmed for the first time that its leader, Kim Jong Un, will hold a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, days ahead…

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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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Thai Raksa Chart party to go all out for election campaigning

In an apparent about-face, the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party has decided to go full steam on election campaigning even though the party’s fate still hangs in the balance with…

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Major quake feared in Lampang following minor tremors

The Earthquake Watch Division of Thailand’s Meteorological Department is closely monitoring a series of tremors in Wang Nua district of the northern province of Lampang today fearing a major earthquake…

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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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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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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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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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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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Voice TV to seek court reprieve after 15-day closure order

Thailand’s broadcast regulator, the NBTC, has ordered Voice TV, a broadcaster known for its critical coverage of the military,  off the air for 15 days as of 1am on February…

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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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HM the King says Princess Ubolratana’s bid to be Thailand’s PM “inappropriate”

In what is seen as an objection to Princess Ubolratana’s bid to become Thailand’s next prime minister, HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn tonight described her one-day-old nomination under the banner of…

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“She has compassion for the people” says Thai Raksa Chart of Princess Ubolratana

Thai Raksa Chart Party, which is known to have support of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, dropped a political bombshell today when it formally nominated Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana,…

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Pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart nominates Princess Ubolratana as PM candidate

It was the biggest surprise of modern Thai political history when a member of the Thai Royal Family, Princess Ubolratana was today nominated prime ministerial candidate by the newly-formed Thai…

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Australian PM writes to Prayut expressing “very strong feelings” against shackling of jailed Bahraini footballer

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has written to his Thai counterpart, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, expressing his disturbance, and that of many Australians, at the sight of jailed Bahrani footballer Hakeem…

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Thai Foreign Ministry clarifies the jailed Bahraini footballer’s saga

Thailand hopes that Australia and Bahrain, both good friends of Thailand, will mutually work in good faith to come up with a “win-win” solution over the fate of jailed Bahraini…

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Trump says to meet North Korea’s Kim in Vietnam in late February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would hold his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28, while giving himself…

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Coronation-related activities to formally start on April 6 with blessing of coronation water

Activities related to the coronation will kick off on April 6, starting with the launch of a ceremony for the collection of holy water to be held simultaneously in all…

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City governor to take charge of pollution problem  

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang has been authorized to take necessary steps to suspend activities that are contributing to the worsening air pollution in Bangkok. In the meantime, the Pollution Control…

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Thailand to have election on March 24

The Election Commission has set Sunday, March 24 as the date for the long-awaited general election. The commission made the decision during an urgently-called meeting only hours after the Royal…

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Thailand claims world’s first cancer operation and intravenous chemotherapy for elephant

Thai veterinarians have successfully removed a 5-kg cancerous tumor from the intestines of a female elephant and, later, applied intravenous chemotherapy until the animal was cleared of cancer in what…

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Malaysian dialogue facilitator Abdul Rahim Noor sees a long process ahead. — Photo from Malaysiakini.com

Southern Thai peace talks will be “very long process”: Malaysian facilitator

Peace talks between the Thai Government and the southern Thai separatist groups could take up to three years, Malaysian dialogue facilitator Abdul Rahim Noor, said in an interview. Calling the…

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March 24 “most suitable date” for election: Wissanu

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam hinted today that the much-awaited election could be held on March 24. He described March 24 as the “most suitable date” for the election as…

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Kenyan security forces help people to escape after gunmen attack the DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday.

4 Thai workers safely evacuated after gunmen attacked Dusit D2 hotel in Nairobi

Four Thai staffers working at a hotel own by Thailand’s Dusit Thani Group in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi have been evacuated to safety following an attack of the hotel…

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Army chief Gen Apirat to pro-election activists: Don’t cross the line

Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong today warned political activists campaigning against an election postponement “not to cross the line”. He was responding to a threat by a group of activists…

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Opponents of poll delay warn of bigger protest if no words on election date this Friday

The activist group pushing for an early election today threatened to escalate its campaign if the Election Commission fails to announce an election date by this coming Friday. It plans…

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3 ministers in hot water after Constitutional Court asked to rule on their qualifications

The Election Commission has faulted three cabinet members and former Prime Minister’s Office Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul for holding shares in companies granted business concessions by state agencies in violation…

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EU lifts ”yellow card” on Thailand for successful tackling of IUU fishing

The European Union formally announced today the lifting of the “yellow card” imposed on Thailand since 2015 in recognition of the substantive progress made by Thailand in tackling the illegal,…

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“150 days” fuss simplified

To follow Thai politics, ones initially were required to be just well-versed in mathematics. Now, people need to also be good at reading the technical language of the laws. The…

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Somkid confident of 4-4.2 percent growth rate for 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is confident that Thailand’s economy for the year 2018 would grow between 4-4.2 percent, citing several economic indicators which have shown sign of improvements. In…

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Major tropical storm to revisit Ban Laem Taloompook after 57 years

Fifty-seven years after the deadly tropical storm Harriot struck Ban Laem Taloompook in Pak Phanang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat and left behind a trail of deaths and destruction, it…

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Government to invite Princess Sirindhorn to chair coronation organizing panel

The government will invite Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to chair the organizing committee for the coronation ceremony of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn scheduled for May 4-6….

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Road death toll for four days climbs to 236

Another 51 people died in road accidents on Sunday, bringing the death toll for four days of the New Year’s festival to 236, with 2,265 injured from 2,194 road accidents…

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HM the King issues New Year’s greeting card to express well wishes to Thais

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has issued a New Year’s greeting card expressing his well wishes to the Thai people. The message in the greeting cards reads: “2019 greetings with…

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Road accident death toll for three days jumps to 182

The death toll from road accidents for the past three days during the New Year’s festival has risen to 182, with 1,690 injured from 1,633 accidents across the country, said…

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EC urged to probe suspected cheats in selection of senators

The Election Commission has been told to investigate suspected cheats in the selection of senators in Bangkok on Thursday. In a statement addressed to the EC today, PNET, a non-governmental…

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Security alert in Songkhla after three more bombs found 

A security red alert was declared today in the southern province of Songkhla,  especially in Hat Yai commercial district popular with Malaysian tourists, after three more improvised explosive devices (IEDs)…

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Indonesian rescuers struggle against heavy rain to reach tsunami-hit villages

SUMUR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian rescue teams on Wednesday struggled to reach remote areas on the western coast of Java amid an “extreme weather” rain warning after a tsunami killed…

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Court hands down heavy jail terms for ex-officials of KMIT Lat Krabang on corruption charges

In a record marathon verdict reading which took 15 hours from 8 am on Tuesday until 1 am today with lunch and dinner breaks, the Min Buri provincial court acquitted…

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A number of buildings and vehicles are seen damaged due to being hit by a tsunami wave that hit the Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung and Tanggamus Regencies in Banten, Indonesia on Sunday.

Indonesian rescuers use drones, sniffer dogs as tsunami death toll tops 400

LABUAN, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian rescuers on Tuesday used drones and sniffer dogs to search for survivors along the devastated west coast of Java hit by a tsunami that killed…

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Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster

TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Body bags were laid out along the shattered coastline as Indonesian authorities stepped up efforts to collect the dead and save the injured Monday in…

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Thousands flock to Government Housing Bank for cheap housing loans

Thousands of people flocked to the head office of the Government Housing Bank (GHB) on Rama 9 Road in Bangkok this morning in order to apply for housing loans to…

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US government shuts down at midnight

WASHINGTON (REUTERS, AFP) – The US House of Representatives adjourned Friday without Congress passing a spending deal, assuring a partial government shutdown at midnight as President Donald Trump and lawmakers…

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EC welcomes international observers to monitor election

The Election Commission has made clear it does not object to having international observers monitor the forthcoming election on February 24. EC chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong said Wednesday that he had…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during a conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening Up policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday.

China will ‘never seek hegemony,’ Xi says in reform speech

BEIJING (AP) — China will never pursue hegemony, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday as global concerns persist over the country’s growing economic influence. During a speech to mark 40 years…

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EC backtracks and agrees to ballots with both party’s names and logos

Backing down under pressure from political parties, the Election Commission has agreed to opt for an election ballot design that is complete with the names and logos of political parties…

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“Unlocked” parliamentary politics probably as good as it gets

The lifting of political restrictions will kick-start a semblance of conventional election campaigns as Thais know them. The greater freedom will certainly increase criticism against the military government, but Prime…

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