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Low pressure from China will confine air pollution in Bangkok for next 7 days

Air pollution in and around Bangkok is expected to remain bad if not worse in the next seven days due to the onset of low pressure from China which will…

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More immediate steps taken to reduce dust particles as health-threatening air pollution persists

As air pollution in and around Bangkok appears to have spread to areas previously unaffected, the government has decided to take additional immediate steps to address the problem which include…

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DSI to increase reward for information about a Japanese murder case 11 years ago

The Department of Special Investigation will consider increasing the reward for information which could provide a clue to resolving the murder of a Japanese tourist in the Sokhothai historical park…

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A woman is evacuated from the scene of an explosion and gun assault at DusitD2 complex in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday.

Kenyan forces kill militants who stormed Nairobi hotel

NAIROBI – Kenyan security forces have “eliminated” the militants who stormed an upscale hotel compound of the Bangkok-based Dusit hotel group, and killed at least 14 people in an attack…

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Prolonged air pollution can cause economic loss up to 6 billion baht 

The ongoing air pollution problem caused mainly by excessive amount of PM2.5 dust particles in and around Bangkok can cause economic damage estimated up to 6.6 billion baht if it…

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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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Talks planned with oil refineries to upgrade quality of diesel to deal with pollution

In yet another attempt to ease the health hazards posed by PM2.5 dust particles, the Energy Business Department plans to hold a meeting with oil refineries this week about the…

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Prime Minister May faces defeat in Brexit vote

LONDON (AFP)   — British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing defeat over her Brexit deal when MPs vote later on Tuesday, deepening the crisis in British politics ahead of the…

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Asylum Seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport, alongside Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, right, on January 12 in Toronto, Canada.

Coming to Canada ‘worth the risk,’ says Saudi teen refugee

TORONTO (Reuters) – Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun plans to pursue an education, get a job and “live a normal life” in Canada — things she said she could not do in…

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Cloud seeding results in brief rain over parts of Bangkok 

A cloud-seeding operation by the Royal Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation Department this morning brought about a brief rain over parts of Bangkok in the afternoon as part of the on-going…

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Bangkokians may have to live with current air pollution for 1-2 months

As authorities continue to battle with the health-threatening air pollution in Bangkok, there is more bad news for city dwellers as they may have to live with it for the…

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Bangkokians scramble for N95 face masks to protect themselves against air pollution

The N95 face masks which are capable of screening PM2.5 dust particles are selling like hot cake as many Bangkokians rush to convenience and drug stores to get the protective…

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Air Force sends two planes to fight air pollution with water spraying

The Royal Thai Air Force has sent two transport planes from an airbase in the northern province of Phitsanuloke to Bangkok to help ease the problem of worsening air pollution…

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Indonesia recovers second black box from Lion Air crash

The cockpit voice recorder from an Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October has been recovered, officials said Monday, a discovery that could be critical to explaining why a…

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PM orders all agencies concerned to tackle air pollution in and around Bangkok

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Pollution Control Department and other related agencies to quickly address the worsening air quality in and around Bangkok and to inform the people…

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Greenpeace Thailand says Bangkok among cities with worst air quality

Bangkok is placed at the 9th spot of the world’s top 10 cities with the worst air quality, Greenpeace Thailand said today quoting US air quality index (AQI) On top…

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Cloud seeding sought to help ease air pollution in and around City

The Royal Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation Department has been asked to be ready to carry out cloud seeding once the weather is suitable for the operation to help ease the…

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Two militants killed in clash with security forces in Pattani

Two southern militants were shot dead while one paramilitary ranger and an 8-year-old girl were injured in a fierce gun battle in Yaring district of the southernmost province of Pattani…

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HM the King urges Thai children to learn and seek new knowledge

His Majesty the King has urged Thai children to strive for learning and seeking new knowledge, to have discipline and to be good citizens as these will help them to…

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Saudi teenager leaves for Canada for asylum

Runaway Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun left Thailand for Canada shortly before midnight on Friday, ending her weeklong bid for asylum in a third country which put her in international…

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Immigration ready to give more time for UNHCR to process Saudi girl’s case

The UN refugee agency can ask for more time for Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunan to remain in Thailand while processing her request to be sent to a third country…

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Poll shows quality education is Thai children’s most favored gift for Children’s Day

What Thai children and teenagers want most as a gift for the National Children’s Day  from the post-election government is free access to quality education up to university level, according…

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Air quality in city and peripherals worsens again

One day after the air quality in and around Bangkok was declared safe, the Pollution Control Department blamed close weather and stale air for causing the air quality to worse…

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Security forces capture suspect in killing of 4 defence volunteers in Pattani

Security forces captured one suspect after a fierce gun-battle behind the historical Krue Se mosque in Pattani with a group of gunmen suspected to be responsible for an attack that…

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Improved air quality in and around Bangkok

Air quality in and around Bangkok today has improved considerably with only two of 20 areas classified as being polluted beyond safety level. Air monitors found PM2.5 particulate in the…

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Australia FM visits Thailand amid Saudi asylum seeker saga

Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne met her Thai counterpart Thursday, as her country appeared poised to offer to asylum to a young Saudi woman who fled her family to Thailand…

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Four defence volunteers killed at school by militants disguising as army troopers

Disguising themselves as army troops, suspected militants surprised a unit of defence volunteers at a school in Yarang district of the restive southern province of Pattani, killing four volunteers and…

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City Hall to introduce proper motorcycle taxi stops on street pavements

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has come up with an idea to carve out spaces on pedestrian’s footpaths to accommodate motorcycle taxi stands so that they would not trespass roads. There…

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Saudi girl reportedly declared a refugee by UNHCR

The Saudi teenaged girl who fled her family to Bangkok and is seeking asylum in Australia has been declared a legitimate refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),…

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School told to review its casual dress initiative

Bangkok Christian College which has created a buzz by allowing its students to shed off their uniform and wear casual dresses to classes on Tuesdays has been told to review…

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Victoria Police forensic officers remove bags from the Italian consulate in Melbourne on January 9

Suspect packages sent to diplomatic missions in Australia

Suspicious packages were sent to more than a dozen foreign embassies and consulates in major Australian cities on Wednesday in a seemingly orchestrated but scattershot campaign. Emergency services raced to…

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French woman and Chinese tourists drown in Koh Samui and Phuket

The body of a French woman was found floating in the sea off Thong Gate beach in the popular island of Koh Samui on Tuesday. Hotel staff at the beach…

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Australia considering Saudi teen’s asylum bid

The Australian government said it would “carefully consider” the asylum claim of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family and is now in the care of…

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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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Air quality in and around Bangkok will remain bad for at least another day

Bangkokians will have to continue to bear with health-threatening air pollution for at least another day tomorrow as air quality at 22 traffic-congested areas in and around the city remains…

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Saudi envoy insists teenager’s case is family affairs, does not affect Thai-Saudi ties

The Saudi envoy in Bangkok gave an assurance today that the case of a Saudi teenager seeking asylum in a third country from Thailand is a family affairs and will…

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Security beef-up in Hat Yai following car bomb in nearby district

Security in the commercial district of Hat Yai, Songkhla, has been stepped up following a car bomb  in neighboring district of Thepa which damaged a transformer, causing a blackout in…

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Two Hungarians killed and a Japanese seriously injured in fatal collision in central Bangkok 

Two Hungarians were killed and a Japanese seriously injured in a road accident involving a passenger van and a big bike on Rajdamri Road in Pathumwan district of Bangkok late…

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Thai rescue workers and fire trucks sent to help douse fire at a Cambodian office building near the Thai-Cambodian border

Fire trucks and rescue workers from Aranyaprathet border town were rushed into Cambodian town of Poipet on Monday night to help Cambodian officials in fighting fire at an office building…

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This handout picture taken and released by Thai Immigration Bureau on Monday shows 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun being escorted by immigration police chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport on Monday.

Thai authorities will not deport Saudi teen who claims she is in danger

An 18-year-old Saudi girl who fled her family and barricaded herself inside a  hotel at  Suvarnabhumi airport to prevent being expelled by Thai authorities yesterday left the airport after talks…

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Gen Prayut-led live TV program raises over 131 million baht for Pa Buk victims

A live TV program which saw Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha personally take phone calls from donors raised more than 131 million baht to help victims of tropical storm Pa…

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Gen Prayut joins live TV program to solicit donations for Pa Buk victims

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is at this moment leading members of his Cabinet on a live TV program to solicit donations from members of the public to help victims…

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Ukrainian couple safely rescued after getting lost in jungle in Krabi 

A Ukrainian tourist couple reported missing while venturing into the jungle of the Nopparatthara-Phi-Phi Islands national park in the southern province of Krabi on Sunday were found and rescued by…

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Motorists told to switch to public transport to help ease air pollution

The Pollution Control Department has pleaded with motorists in Bangkok to switch to public transports to help reduce car emissions and improve air quality in and around Bangkok. The appeal…

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Thailand says Saudi woman in asylum case to be sent back

A Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport will be sent back Monday, Thai authorities said, after she made a desperate plea for asylum and for other passengers to help…

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PM to chair fund-raising TV programme Monday night to help storm victims

The government and the Mass Communications Organization of Thailand (Mcot) will hold a fund-raising campaign via Channel 9 TV station on Monday night to help victims of tropical storm Pa…

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Six passengers killed in tour bus accident in Pathum Thani 

Six passengers, including a baby girl, were killed and 50 others injured when a tour bus ploughed into a roadside ditch on Paholyothin  road in Pathum Thani province early Sunday…

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Pa Buk weakens into low pressure cell but 4 provinces still face heavy rain

Pa Buk storm has further weakened from depression into low pressure cell in the Andaman Sea since Saturday night, but the four southern provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Chumporn…

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Scientist fears impact to marine lives from Pa Buk

Besides damages inflicted on properties, live stocks and farmlands by tropical storm Pa Buk, the storm is likely to have caused extensive damages to marine lives, coral reefs and marine…

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NLA president warns critics not to blame coronation for possible delay of election

National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitworachai has warned critics to refrain from blaming the coronation ceremony for causing a potential delay of the election. He said that authorities concerned with…

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Pa Buk weakens into depression as it moves into Andaman Sea

Tropical storm Pa Buk has weakened into a depression and moved into the Andaman Sea at about 9 am this morning, the Meteorological Department reported. After wreaking havoc in the…

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Pa Buk makes landfall in Pak Phanang, Tha Sala districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat

Tropical storm Pa Buk landed in Pak Phanang and Tha Sala districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat province at about 12.45 pm today, uprooting trees and power poles and putting Pak…

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Sea water sweeps ashore in Pak Panang District, Nakhon Si Thammarat as tropical storm Pa Buk makes a landfall

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News in brief 

Friday January 4, 2019 11.32 am : Thai PBS team reports from Krung Chin in Nop Pitum district, Nakhon Si Thammarat, that it has been raining all night until this…

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13 students and 4 teachers saved by firemen from burning school building

Thirteen students and four teachers of the famous Dhepsirin high school in Bangkok were trapped in a burning building on the campus before being jrescued safely by firemen. The students,…

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Weather bureau confirms Pa Buk to hit Nakhon Si Thammarat tonight

The Meteorological Department issued an announcement this morning confirming that tropical storm Pa Buk packed with 75 kph wind at its epic-centre would make landfall in Nakhon Si Thammarat province…

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How recycled foods become junk food in Manila

Residents of Tondo slum in metro Manila live on “pagpag” or left-overs of fried chickens collected from garbage dump. More : www.facebook.com/ThaiPBSWorld/videos/1226737860810854

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Nakhon Si Thammarat starts mass evacuation of people in six coastal districts

Mass evacuation has been ordered for people living in six coastal districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat where powerful tropical storm Pa Buk was predicted to make landfall tomorrow night. Governor…

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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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PTT  evacuating some staff from offshore oil rigs ahead of arrival of tropical storm Pa Buk

PTT Exploration and Production Company has started evacuating some of its staff working on the oil rigs in the Gulf of Thailand to the shore in southern province of Songkyla…

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Coronation ceremony to be held during May 4-6

The coronation ceremony for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn is set to be held during May 4-6, the Royal Household Bureau announced on the New Year’s day. The announcement said…

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Supreme Court president promises no delayed justice

The Supreme Court president has promised that all cases referred to the Supreme Court will be wrapped up and verdicts handed down within a year. In his New Year’s message…

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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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Tight security in Hat Yai ahead of New Year’s countdown 

Top-level security has been imposed in the southern commercial district of Hat Yai ahead of the New Year’s countdown tonight where thousands of tourists from Malaysia and Singapore will join…

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Kanchanaburi jolted by 4.9 magnitude quake Sunday night

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake jolted the western province of Kanchanaburi on Sunday night, but no casualties or damages were reported. The tremor was felt by people in Muang, Saiyoke, Si…

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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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Air quality in and around city improves satisfactorily

Air quality in and around Bangkok which posed health hazards in the past couple of weeks has improved satisfactorily, with the amount of particulate in the air below the hazardous…

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Lord Buddha’s relics and Buddha statues from 13 countries at Sanam Luang for New Year’s countdown

For the first time, the Lord Buddha’s relics and important Buddha statues from 13 countries have been temporarily installed at Sanam Luang for large-scale Buddhist prayers in a religious countdown…

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Weather bureau predicts a cold New Year

Those who are looking forward to a cold New Year will not be disappointed. The Meteorological Department said this morning that the mercury in many parts of the country, especially…

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Death toll for two days rises to 98 as drunk driving blamed for most road accidents

Drunk driving is blamed as the main cause of most road accidents in the past two days, resulting in 98 fatalities and 1,024 injured from 990 road accidents across the…

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HRH Princess Sirindhorn offers New Year’s well wishes to Thai people 

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn expressed her well wishes to the staff of the Thai Red Cross Society and members of the public after presiding over the offering…

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Security stepped up in Naratiwat following multiple attacks Friday night

Security officials in 14 districts of the southernmost province of Narathiwat have been put on high alert after suspected militants attacked a tambon defence volunteer’s base in Ra-ngae district and…

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9 motorists strapped with ankle monitors and placed on parole for drunk driving

Nine motorists were placed on parole and strapped with ankle monitors for 15 days by the court on Thursday after they were found guilty of drunk driving, said Mr Prasarn…

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Militants may try to expand operations beyond the deep South:  NSC chief

A top security official said today that southern militants might try to expand their terrorism activities outside the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. National Security Council secretary-general…

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42 killed and over 400 injured in road accidents on first day of New Year’s festival

Forty-two people were killed and 432 others injured on the first day of the 7-day ”New Year’s Danger Watch” period on Thursday, Tourism and Sports Minister Veerasak Kowsurat told a…

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NACC in hot waters for absolving Gen Prawit in wristwatch scandal

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has landed itself in hot waters with its ruling that clears Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan in a scandal in which he was accused…

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Raisa Rifani, 2, and her mother Rika Jayanti pose for pictures with Raisa’s doll “macha” at a relief centre in Kalianda, Lampung province on Thursday after they were evacuated from Sebesi island following the December 22 tsunami that was caused by activity at a volcano known as the “child” of Krakatoa.

Indonesia hikes danger level for deadly tsunami volcano

Indonesia on Thursday raised the danger alert level for an erupting volcano that sparked a killer tsunami at the weekend, after previously warning that fresh activity at the crater threatened…

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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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Gen Prawit cleared of wrongdoings over the expensive wristwatch controversy

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has been cleared of any wrongdoings after the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) ruled today that all the 22 expensive designer wristwatches which he was seen…

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Bodies of two missing South Korean golfers in Nan found

The bodies of two elderly South Korean golfers who went missing after their golf cart fell into the Nan river in the northern province of Nan following an accident on…

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Famous Golden Mermaid on Songkhla’s Samila beach damaged by bomb blasts

Authorities are probing two explosions that rocked the popular Samila beach of the southern province of Songkhla late Wednesday night, shattering the tail section of the famous Golden Mermaid. No…

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NACC postpones decision on Gen Prawit’s wristwatch controversy until Thursday

National Anti-Corruption Commission secretary-general Worawit Sookboon was on Wednesday evening booed by a large group of reporters who were disappointed by his refusal to discuss the controversial issue regarding Deputy…

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Cabinet approves same-sex cohabitation bill

In a landmark decision, the cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill that seeks to legalize the cohabitation of intersex couples and to enable them to undertake collective financial transactions. Natthaporn…

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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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Two South Korean golfers went missing after golf cart fell into Nan river

Two elderly South Korean golfers went missing and believed drowned after their golf cart was rammed by another cart and fell from a platform into the Nan river in Phrom…

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More loans planned for One Million Housing Units project

The Finance Ministry has ordered the Government Housing Bank to increase the limit of housing loans initially set at 50 billion baht for the One Million Housing Units project after…

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NLA passes marijuana legalization bill

The National Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed into law a bill that seeks to legalize the possession and use of marijuana and krathom for medical purposes, the import, export, trading…

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Motorists involved in road accidents during New Year will undergo blood tests for alcohol

All motorists and motorcyclists involved in road accidents during the New Year’s festival from December 27 to January 2 will be subjected to blood tests at hospitals for alcohol as…

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Missing Myanmar boy found dead in sugarcane plantation

The two-year-old Myanmar boy whose disappearance in a sugar cane plantation in the central province of Suphan Buri on December 17 touched off a massive search was found dead today….

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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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Pollution in 28 areas in and around Bangkok still poses hazards

Air pollution in 28 areas in Bangkok and its peripherals this morning still poses  a health threat, with the amount of fine particulates (PM2.5 in size) in the air exceeding…

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Elephants join search for 2-year-old Myanmar boy missing for 6 days in Suphan Buri sugarcane plantation

Four elephants were this morning employed to help some 300 police, military personnel, local administration officials and private rescue workers in a massive search for a two-yearขold Myanmar boy who…

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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.

Tsunami from erupting Krakatau kills at least 222 in Indonesia

PANDEGLANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – A tsunami killed at least 222 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed caused by the…

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‘Volcano’ tsunami kills at least 168 in Indonesia

A tsunami following a volcanic eruption killed at least 168 people when it slammed without warning into popular beaches around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait on Saturday night, cutting a swathe of…

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A house is seen damaged by a tsunami, in Carita, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. The tsunami apparently caused by the eruption of an island volcano killed a number of people around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, sending a wall of water crashing some 65 feet (20 meters) inland and sweeping away hundreds of houses including hotels, the government and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Dian Triyuli Handoko)

Tsunami triggered by volcano sweeps Indonesia beach at least 62 dead

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A tsunami apparently caused by the eruption of an island volcano killed at least 62 people around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, sending a wall of water crashing…

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Residents sit inside a mosque as they evacuated following high waves and the eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano at Labuan district in Pandeglang regency, Banten province, Indonesia. – Photo from Antara via Reuters

At least 20 killed, 165 wounded after tsunami hits Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A tsunami apparently caused by undersea landslides killed at least 20 people after the waves hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, the government reported. The…

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PM concerned with Bangkokians’ health due to worsening air pollution

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ol-cha has ordered the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Pollution Control Department to urgently tackle the dust particle pollution problem in Bangkok which has exceeded standard level, government…

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HM the Queen in hospital for physical checkup

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital on Wednesday for general physical checkup, the Bureau of the Royal Household announced Wednesday. The Queen will remain at the hospital…

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