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Court holds first hearing of black panther illegal hunting case today

About ten months after the shooting of a black panther in the Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in February allegedly by Italian-Thai Development International Corp boss Premchai Karnasuta and three others,…

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Hua Hin food shop-owers sign MoU not to overcharge customers

Forty-eight food shop-owners in Hua Hin seaside resort town signed a memorandum of understanding today with local authorities promising not to overcharge their customers, especially for seafoods. The 48 food…

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Junta ponders executive decree to resolve marijuana deadlock

The National Council for Peace and Order is mulling invoking Article 44 of the interim Constitution to resolve the problem over marijuana patents, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in his…

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Over half a million informal debt cases settled with the help of military

The military has helped in mediating informal debts owed by over half a million people and has managed to return to the debtors over 5,000 land title deeds involving more…

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Five armed men of a drug caravan shot dead by troops near Myanmar border

Army troops have shot dead five armed men allegedly guarding a drug caravan near the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sai district of the northern province of Chiang Rai and seized…

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“Yellow Vest” demonstrators rally against a rise in petrol prices on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and clash violently with police on Saturday.

French police clash violently with protesters on Champs Elysees over petrol costs

PARIS (Reuters) – Police firing tear gas and water cannons clashed in Paris on Saturday with thousands of protesters angry over rising car fuel costs and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic…

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Two volunteers shot dead at a market place in Pattani

Two defence volunteers were fatally shot at a market place in Kapor district of Pattani province Saturday allegedly by southern militants. The two victims, identified as Supote Phonpala and Asri…

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HM King opens bicycle lane and pedals in a test ride

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Friday presided over the official opening of the Charoensook Mongkoljit (Happy and Healthy) bicycle lane at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Samut Prakan province….

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NLA unanimously passes pot bill in first reading

The National Legislative Assembly on Friday unanimously passed in the first reading an amendment to the Narcotics Act which seeks to legalize the import and export and possession of marijuana…

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Child adoption,end of marriage between same-sex couples are highlights of bill

The right of same-sex couples to adopt foster children and their right to end their “marriage” in case either of them cannot have sexual relationship or has serious communicable diseases…

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Thungyai sanctuary chief honored by UNEP for courage in high-profile hunting case

Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary chief Wichien Chinnawong has been honored with special commendation by the United Nations Environment Programme for his courage in arresting a group of wildlife hunters in…

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Pedestrians look at a screen showing a news programme featuring Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo on Thursday.

Nissan Motor board fires Ghosn as chairman following arrest

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co fired Carlos Ghosn as chairman Thursday, curtailing the powerful executive’s nearly two decade long reign at the Japanese automaker after his arrest for alleged…

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SRT to seek approval for three extensions of Red Line

The State Railways of Thailand (SRT) will propose to the Transport Ministry for extensions of the three routes of the suburban Red Line train estimated to cost a total of…

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PM expresses well wishes to the people on Loy Krathong festival

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today offered his well wishes on the occasion of Loy Krathong festival to  Thai people and expressed hope that the country will be free from misfortunes…

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HM King-designed T-shirts to be distributed to “Bike UnAiRak” cyclists

Members of the public who have signed up to join the “Bike UnAiRak” bicycle ride on December 9 will each receive a yellow T-shirt designed by His Majesty King Maha…

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NLA to debate on marijuana bill on Friday

The National Legislative Assembly is due to debate Friday on the amendments to the Narcotics Act to pave the way for the use of marijuana extracts for medical purpose, said…

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Medical Council to probe ethical conduct of Rama II Hospital over poor treatment of patient  

The Medical Council is to set up a panel to consider action against the management of Rama II Hospital for alleged violation of ethical conduct for its mishandling of a…

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Handouts for 14.5 million poor for electricity, water and travel expenses

The Cabinet on Tuesday gave nod to a 38.7 billion baht populist package to help 14.5 million poor people who hold welfare cards during the period from December to next…

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Hua Hin food sellers to sign MoU not to overcharge customers  

Food-shop owners and street food sellers in Hua Hin seaside resort town will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Hua Hin municipal administration which requires them to strictly abide…

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Permissions sought for over 64,000 flying lanterns to be released on Loy Krathong night in Chiang Mai

Permissions have been sought with local authorities for the release of over 64,000 flying lanterns on the night of Loy Krathong on Thursday in the northern province of Chiang Mai…

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Nissan to oust Ghosn after arrest for alleged financial misconduct

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on Monday for alleged financial misconduct and will be fired from the board this week, a dramatic fall…

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Pensioners to receive 1,000 baht monthly allowance under new assistance package

The Office of Fiscal Policy has proposed to the Finance Ministry an assistance package to help 3.5 million of pensioners who hold welfare cards which includes an increase of monthly…

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Applications for patents for pot extracts to be cancelled: commerce minister

The controversy over foreign firms applying for patents for marijuana extracts is expected to come to an abrupt end with the Commerce Ministry planning to invoke Section 30 of the…

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Huge whale shark spotted near Phi-Phi Don islands off Krabi province

A huge female whale shark was sighted on Saturday near Phi-Phi Don islands inside the Nopparat Thara-Phi-Phi marine park in the southern province of Krabi. Worapote Lomlim, chief of Nopparat…

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Salvaged Phoenix tourist ship impounded and cordoned off for investigation

The government has ordered the Phoenix tourist ship, which was salvaged off Phuket on Saturday, to be impounded for investigation after it was towed to a dockyard on the tourist…

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3.1 million more poor people to receive welfare cards

An additional 3.1 million poor people who have passed the qualification screenings will be eligible to receive welfare cards under Thai Niyom Yangyuen scheme, one of Prayut government’s populist projects,…

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CIA believes Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating…

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U.N.-backed court rules Khmer Rouge leaders committed genocide

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – A U.N.-backed court found two leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge guilty of genocide on Friday, almost four decades after the ultra-Maoist regime which oversaw the “Killing…

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Commerce minister admits difficult to scrap applications for marijuana patents 

Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong has admitted that it is difficult to cancel all the applications for patent registration for  marijuana extracts because many of the applications have been submitted to…

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Rama II hospital temporarily closed for turning car park into out-patient building

The Rama II hospital which was accused of refusing to accept for treatment a woman attacked with acid last Friday night has been ordered closed temporarily for turning a car…

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Plain cigarette packaging to be introduced to discourage smoking

Cigarette packaging in the near future will be plain and much less attractive under a new regulation approved by the National Tobacco Products Control Committee. Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn…

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Leicester City helicopter crash investigation focusing on tail rotor

LONDON (Reuters) – British air accident investigators looking into the cause of the helicopter crash that killed Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha said on Wednesday they are focusing…

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Norwegian found dead hanging outside condominium in Pattaya

A 69-year-old Norwegian was found dead today with his body hanging from a rope from the 31st floor of a condominium in Pattaya in what police believe to be an…

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Cabinet OKs tourism package to lure more foreign tourists

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a tourism promotion package aimed at attracting more foreign tourists to Thailand to meet the government’s ambitious goal  of earning two trillion baht in tourism…

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Thai  boxing supporters to protest against child boxing bill as 13-yr-old boxer dies after being knocked out

Supporters of Thai boxing have threatened to stage a protest in front of the Parliament against a child boxing bill which essentially seeks to ban children under 12 from boxing….

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Cabinet endorses bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes

In a landmark decision, the Cabinet on Tuesday approved a new narcotic bill which will make it legally possible for the import and export of marijuana as well as possession…

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No cold weather for Bangkokians this cold season 

Bangkokians hoping to have a chance to put on their sweaters during what is supposed to be the cold season will be disappointed because the mercury will not drop any…

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Wissanu sees no justification for election to be postponed…at least for now

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said this morning that at least for now  he sees no justification for the election scheduled for February 24 to be postponed despite the fact…

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Park department agrees to scrap concrete road plan to Panern Thung  

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation has bowed to pressure from green groups by agreeing to scrap a plan to pave the 21.9 kilometre route leading to…

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Hospital in hot waters for allegedly refusing to accept acid-attacked woman who later dies

Self-appointed defender of crime victims Atchariya Rungrattanapong on Monday escorted the family of a Bangkok woman who was attacked with acid and later denied treatment at a private hospital before…

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The two pieces of “Berlin Wall” art after being unveiled in the compound of the German Embassy on Sathorn Road Monday afternoon. The unveiling ceremony was presided over by German Ambassador-designate Georg Schmidt (5th from left) and attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Virasakdi Futrakul (7th from left) and both foreign dignitaries and Thai guests as well as the three painters from Thailand, France and Germany. – Photo from German Embassy

Pieces of history and art from Berlin to Bangkok

Two original segments of the Berlin Wall, which have been turned into pieces of art,  were unveiled in the compound of the German Embassy on Sathorn Road this afternoon. German…

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Anti-graft group supports move requiring university council members to declare assets

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT), a non-governmental agency that campaigns against graft, is fully supportive of the ruling of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) that requires the chairs and…

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Nida poll shows 77 percent of people say they don’t understand electoral system

More than 95 percent of respondents in an opinion poll said they intended to go to the polls while over 77 percent admitted they didn’t know that they will have…

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Court issues arrest warrant for organizer of controversial marathon event 

The Chon Buri provincial court on Friday night issued a warrant for the arrest of the organizer of the controversial Charity Chon Buri marathon for alleged public fraud charge after…

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Floods hit Prachuab Khiri Khan, forcing patients to be moved out of hospital

As heavy downpours caused flooding in several areas in the tourist town of Prachuab Khiri Khan, personnel at Bang Saphan district hospital in the province on Thursday night decided to…

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Measles continue to spread in Pattani

Health officials in the three southernmost provinces are still unable to contain the spread of measles especially in Pattani province where an average of 10-15 new cases are being reported…

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Excise tax on food with high content of fat and salt being pondered

The Excise Department is pondering imposing tax on processed food with high content of fat and/or salt or sodium as part of the attempts to protect the health of consumers. Describing…

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Friends hug outside the Los Robles Medical Center in Thousands Oaks, California on November 8, 2018, as they pay tribute to Ventura Country sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus who was killed in a shooting at Borderline Bar the night before.

12 killed in shooting spree in California bar

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire in a crowded Southern California bar popular with college students, killing 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, police said on Thursday….

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Two bills in pipeline to address forest encroachments

The Ministry of Natural Resources and The Environment are drafting two bills which seek to empower the director-general of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and the National Park Committee…

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GPO is ready to start producing marijuana oil tentatively next May

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization is set to start producing marijuana oil from seized marijuana in May next year, initially with a production target of 60,000 bottles per month at its…

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South Florida voters cast their ballots at a polling center in Miami, Florida on November 6.

First polls close as voters decide control of US Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first polls began to close in parts of Indiana and Kentucky on Tuesday as Americans cast votes at the end of a divisive campaign to decide…

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Visa on arrival fee waiver for tourists from 21 countries for 60 days

The Cabinet on Tuesday agreed to waive the fee for visa on arrival for tourists from 21 countries for a 60-day period until the end of January.   Tourists from…

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Hospital demands proceeds from controversial charity Chon Buri marathon organizer

The controversial charity Chon Buri marathon run has been over with a sour note among many runners for almost a month. But its fallout still lingers on. This time, it…

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Officers inspect the turbine engine of the Lion Air JT 610 aircraft at Basarnas Post in Tanjung Priok Port Jakarta, Indonesia on November 4. The debris of the Lion Air JT 610 found in Tanjung Karawang Sea will then be examined by The National Transportation Safety Commission.

Indonesia extends search for jet crash victims, second black box

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities on Sunday extended by three days the search for victims and a black box from the wreckage of a Lion Air passenger jet that crashed…

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PM due to officiate opening of Ratchayothin road tunnel

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to officiate the opening of the road tunnel at the busy Ratchayothin intersection this morning (Monday). The tunnel will be open to traffic at…

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Park department agrees to suspend road upgrade project after protest by green groups

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has yielded to pressure from environment groups by deciding to put on hold a project to upgrade a road leading to…

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Park chief defends maintenance of road to Khao Panern Thung as necessary for safety and convenience

Despite protests by 15 green groups, the chief of the Department of Natiponal Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has fiercely defended the planned major maintenance of a road to the…

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Leicester City fans holds up a commemorative banner for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Leicester City at Cardiff City Stadium on November 3 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Leicester City players fly to Vichai’s funeral in Bangkok

Leicester City fans and players paid emotional tributes to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash last week, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Cardiff City. Meanwhile, Leicester…

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Poll shows most Bangkokians happy with Governor Aswin’s performance

The majority of Bangkokians are satisfied with the performance of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration under Governor Aswin Kwanmuang and wants him to stay on to resolve other chronic problems, namely traffic…

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First frost of the year revisits Doi Inthanon mountain peak

The first frost of this year was reported this morning at 6 am on top of Doi Inthanon – Thailand’s highest and one of the most famous peaks in Chiang…

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Green groups to petition PM to suspend road construction at Khao Panern Thung

Fifteen wildlife conservation organizations will march to the Government House next Monday to petition Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to put on hold the Kaeng Krachan national park’s plan to asphalt…

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Khao Panern Thung mountain attraction closed to visitors for 560 days for road repairs

Starting today, tourists will not be able to travel to Khoa Panern Thung, a popular mountain-top tourist attraction to watch a “sea of mist” blanketing surrounding mountains, for more than…

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Land Dept asked to scrap land deeds for mountain water park since 2009: DSI

The Department of Special Investigation revealed today it had formally requested the Department of Lands to revoke the title deeds for the 1,800 rai of forest land, currently the location…

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Pol Gen Sivara says no evidence yet to place charges over controversial rap song  

At least for now, it is legally all right to sing, listen or share the controversial rap song, “Prathet Koo Me” because so far there has been no evidence to…

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Northern provinces to experience cold weather, temperature dropping 3-5 degrees Celsius 

Mercury in the northern region will drop between 3-5 degrees Celsius tomorrow until Friday whereas the southern region will face more rain and isolated heavy rain in some areas. The…

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Probe urged into 1,800 rai of destroyed watershed forest in Phetchabun

The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) is calling on agencies concerned to look into about 1,800 rai of deforested forest land, in a watershed area of Phetchabun’s Phu Khi Kai…

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

 LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – A helicopter belonging to Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed in a ball of flames in the club’s car park on Saturday after a…

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Police probing anti-dictatorship rap song

Technology crime suppression division police are investigating a rap song by a group of little known rappers to determine whether its lyrics are damaging to the image of the country…

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

The driver of a passenger van who allegedly broke the traffic light and crushed to death a long-distance Filipino cyclist in the eastern province of Chachoengsao  during the early hours…

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Nation-wide drug suppression blitz launched today

The Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) today (Oct 26) carried out a new round of drug suppression blitz targeting 79 places across the country, said Wichai Chaimongkol, deputy secretary-general…

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Sek Loso sentenced to two years 21 months imprisonment without suspension

Controversial rocker Seksan Sukpimai, better known as Sek Loso, was this morning sentenced to two years and 21 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of illegal possession of firearms,…

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Obama, Clinton among targets of suspected bombs ahead of US election

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former US President Barack Obama and two members of his cabinet were among the targets of suspected package bombs delivered to high-profile Democrats and CNN in…

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

Thailand will be officially entering cold season on October 27, the Meteorological Department announced on Wednesday. The department said that average temperature in the upper northern region is steadily dropping,…

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Cabinet approves new education, innovation ministry proposal

The Cabinet has approved Science and Technology Minister Suvit Maesincee’s proposal for the setting up of a new ministry which will merge his ministry, the Office of Higher Education Commission,…

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

The wall of a small reservoir in San Kamphaeng district of Chiang Mai collapsed during the early hours of Wednesday, sending a huge amount of water gushing downstream to inundate…

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Probe into major blackout at Suvarnabhumi airport

An investigation is being conducted into a major blackout at Suvarnabhumi airport that lasted about 10 minutes on Tuesday morning affecting passenger check-in, baggage carousel, computer, immigration check, lift and…

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Police probing mysterious deaths of two migrants in custody

Authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of two illegal migrants, one Cambodian and one Vietnamese, while being detained at the Suan Phlu detention facility of the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok….

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Ex-commerce minister Boonsong to be sent to Police Hospital for operation

Former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, who is serving a 42-year jail term in connection with the scandal-tainted rice deal with China, will be allowed to leave Klong Prem prison for…

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Turkey’s Erdogan says strong signs Khashoggi killing was planned

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that there were strong signs that the killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned and that he was…

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City Hall to dismantle more than 1,000 huge roadside billboards

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administraion will this Friday start dismantling 1,170 huge billboards, including LCD screens, after the company granted with the permission to install them has failed to  pay their…

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Ill-fated passenger van overloaded and GPS system switched off

The ill-fated passenger van which crashed, killing nine Myanmar migrant workers in Kampahaeng Phet Sunday, was overloaded and its GPS system switched offf, said the Kamphaeng Phet provincial land transport…

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Video shows moment express train flies off tracks in Taiwan

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) today released surveillance camera footage showing the moment an express train flew off the tracks yesterday as it sped around a bend in Taiwan’s Yilan…

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

A man was killed after his pickup truck plunged into a roadside swamp as he was livestreaming himself driving in a heavy rain on Sunday afternoon in Wang Thong district…

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At least 18 killed in train derailment in Taiwan

At least 18 people were killed and 160 others injured after a train derailed on a tourist coastal railway in north-eastern Taiwan, Taiwan News reported. The train went off the…

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

Nine people, mostly Myanmar migrant workers, died and six others were seriously injured in a road accident involving a passenger van hired to transport Myanmar migrant workers in Kamphaeng Phet…

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

Malaysia has promised to support Thailand’s attempts to move ahead with peace talks with an umbrella organization of militant groups in Thailand’s deep south, said defence spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich. Lt…

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Indian relatives stand next to the burning pyres of Rammilan, who was killed when a train ploughed into a crowd of revellers, at a cremation ground in Amritsar on Saturday.

Indian officials exchange blame for train plowing into festival crowd

AMRITSAR, India (Reuters) – India’s railway officials and local community leaders traded blame on Saturday over an accident in which a train ran over scores of people gathered on the…

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Police probe deer hunting in wild animal shelter in Phetchaburi

Phetchaburi provincial police have launched an investigation into illegal hunting in a wild animal shelter in Tha Yang district of Phetchaburi province. Two deer were separately found shot dead in…

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Cash rewards for people providing information leading to drug seizures

Members of the public who give information to officials leading to seizure of narcotic drugs will be eligible to financial rewards, according to an announcement of the Justice Ministry published…

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Depression to hit Prachuab Khiri Khan today

A depression with wind speed at its epic-centre averaging 55 km/h was to make landfall in the southern province of Prachuab Khiri Khan province on Saturday and will result in…

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Tarutao national park imposes limits on visitors

Following in the footsteps of Similan island which has imposed a limit on the number of visitors to preserve its environment, the Tarutao national park in the southern province of…

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Two tourists held for spray-painting Chiang Mai city wall face stiff jail term

Two foreign tourists charged with vandalism for spray-painting graffiti on an ancient city wall in Chiang Mai face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty, police said on Friday. Briton…

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Injured tourist rescued but to be fined 500 baht along with 4 others for trespassing

A rescue team successfully brought a tourist who accidentally fell into a forest ravine in a national park in Kanchanaburi and was seriously injured out to safety Thursday morning. But…

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Import of plastic scraps for recycling to be banned in 2021

The electronic trash and plastic scraps management committee of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has decided to set the import quota of plastic scraps for recycling industry at…

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Rescue team reaches seriously injured tourist who fell into a ravine in Kanchanaburi

A army rescue team dropped from a helicopter into a ravine near a waterfall in Khao Laem Dam National Park in Sangkhla Buri district of the western province of Kanchanaburi…

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Parks Department won’t bow to tour operators’ pressure over Similan island restrictions

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation will not bow to pressure from tour operators in the southern province of Phang-nga for it to ease  restrictions on the…

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A marathon run that has a thirsty end  

The charity Chon Buri marathon 2018 held on October 14 in the eastern seaboard province of Chon Buri has become the talk of the town – in a bad way…

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

About 50 tour operators in the southern province of Phang-nga have agreed to suspend boat trips to Similan-Surin islands in the Andaman sea for Monday and Tuesday to protest against…

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Woman helps driver trapped in half-submerged car in a swamp in Phayao

A 57-year old woman is being hailed as a heroine by her neighbours and local officials for single-handledly rescuing a man trapped in an overturned pickup truck half-submerged in a…

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Thailand loses top firefighter in perfume factory fire

Nitiphat Nitiphongsakul, dubbed the country’s No 1 firefighter and firefighting expert, died Saturday during an operation to extinguish fire at a perfume-making factory in Bangkok’s Rat Burana district.   He…

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