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Anti-graft body calls for scrutiny of two major projects at Suvarnabhumi airport

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has expressed concern over alleged lack of transparency in two major projects at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. In a statement, issued on Sunday, the private…

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Thai motorcycle taxi drivers block Thai-Malaysian border to protest tighter immigration checks

About 50 Thai motorcycle taxi drivers blocked the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint Sunday morning to protest what they allege are stricter immigration checks by Malaysian immigration officials. The taxi drivers have…

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6 billion baht request to Cabinet for sugarcane harvesters to reduce smog

Thailand’s Finance Ministry will seek cabinet approval for 6 billion baht, to be distributed by the state-run Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC), for farmer cooperatives and community enterprises…

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PM tours Chatuchak weekend market

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha toured Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak weekend market today (Saturday) and chatted with both vendors and shoppers. Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, Interior Minister Anupong…

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Smog eases in and around Bangkok

The atmosphere in Bangkok and its suburbs has been declared safe today, with PM2.5 dust particles falling below 50 microns according to the Pollution Control Department. The department said that…

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Missing Chiang Rai woman found safe in Chinese city after 8 months

A 59-year-old Thai woman, reportedly suffering from Alzheimer, who went missing from Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai eight months ago has been found in Kunming, in China’s Yunnan province,…

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Constitutional Court accepts EC’s ruling to dissolve Thai Raksa Chart for consideration

The Constitutional Court has voted unanimously to accept for consideration the Election Commission’s ruling that the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party be disbanded over its nomination of Princess Ubolratana as…

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High pressure increases PM2.5 dust particles in and around Bangkok today and tomorrow

After a brief respite, air quality in Bangkok and surrounding provinces deteriorated today, with PM2.5 dust particulate rising. The arrival of a moderate high pressure front from China and stale…

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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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‘I love Australia’ says refugee Bahraini footballer as he arrives in Melbourne

Australian footballer and refugee Hakeem al-Araibi arrived in Melbourne this morning after being freed from a Thai prison where he had been held for over two months pending an extradition…

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Heavy sentences handed down to 4 militants for violence in southern province of Songkhla

One southern militant was condemned to death and three others given life imprisonment by the Na Thawee provincial court in the southern province of Songkhla on Monday after they were…

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Bahraini footballer Hakeem freed after Bahrain withdraws extradition request

Jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi was freed from detention this evening and was expected to fly out of Bangkok to Australia after the Criminal Court endorsed the public prosecutor’s request…

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Today’s improvement in air quality in and around Bangkok will continue through tomorrow

The air quality in and around Bangkok over the past 24 hours has remained well within standards, with the level of PM2.5 dust particles in all areas being measured at…

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Speed boat carrying Chinese tourists crashes into oil tanker off Phuket, 1  seriously injured

A number of Chinese tourists were injured, one seriously, when a speed boat in which they were travelling struck an oil tanker in the seas off Phuket province this afternoon…

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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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Weatherman predicts worsening smog problem next week

Smog conditions in and around Bangkok are expected to get worse between February 13th and 15th, with an increase in the level of accumulated PM2.5 dust particles in the atmosphere…

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Thailand urged to probe suspected abduction of Vietnamese journalist in Bangkok

Amnesty International Thailand has urged Thai authorities to investigate the suspected abduction in Bangkok of a Vietnamese journalist, a Radio Free Asia contributor. On Wednesday, Amnesty’s senior director for Global…

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23 Chinese tourists safely rescued after speed boat hits submerged reef and sinks off Koh Samet

Twenty-one Chinese tourists escaped unhurt but two suffered inhaling sea water after a speed boat in which they were travelling hit a submerged reef and sank in the sea near…

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Princess Chulabhorn has spinal inflammation and cataracts

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has been diagnosed with a spinal inflammation and blurred vision caused by cataracts, the Bureau of the Royal Household announced today. Doctors at Ramathibodi hospital,…

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

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

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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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Smog problem eases today and situation to improve further tomorrow

Air quality in and around Bangkok has improved during the past 24 hours with the level of PM2.5 dust in all areas well within the 50-micron standard, the Pollution Control…

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Khunying Sudarat vows to lead Pheu Thai party to election victory

Pheu Thai party’s election strategy chief Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan vowed on Tuesday to lead the party to election victory to replace the “military government” with a “government which is specialized…

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Bangkok governor warns misplaced campaign posters will be removed

Election candidates are warned to install their campaign posters at locations designated by the Election Commission, otherwise they may be removed and the candidates may face investigation by election officials….

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Thailand proposes third country option for jailed Bahraini footballer

Australia and Bahrain should hold talks to resolve the case of jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Arabi by having him sent to a third country instead of extraditing him to Bahrain…

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Thailand proposes third country option for jailed Bahraini footballer

Australia and Bahrain should hold talks to resolve the case of jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Arabi by having him sent to a third country instead of extraditing him to Bahrain…

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NEB to meet to discuss smog problem today as air quality improves

Thailand’s National Environment Board (NEB) is scheduled to hold a meeting today (Monday) to map out measures to cope with the smog problem in and around Bangkok as the Pollution…

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Democrats unveil ten policies to make Bangkok livable, clean, safe

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva today presented ten policies to upgrade the livelihood of the people in Bangkok by making the city “livable, beautiful, clean, safe and with opportunities”. He…

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Most undecided yet which parties to vote for

Poll finds most people undecided about which parties to vote for About 76 percent of respondents in the latest opinion poll admitted that they have not yet decided which parties…

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Air quality improves Sunday, marathon run proceeds as planned

Air quality in and around Bangkok improved today (Sunday) with no areas of Bangkok currently affected by excessive levels of PM2.5 dust particles. The Pollution Control Department described air quality…

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Illegal wildlife hunting  scandal – One year on

The trial of one of Thailand’s top construction tycoons, Premchai Karnasuta, for alleged illegal wildlife hunting moves into its final stage as the Thong Pha Phum provincial court has scheduled…

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Most people want PM to use “bitter pill” to deal with smog problem: Suan Dusit Poll

Most people in and around Bangkok feel that the smog problem has reached a critical level and that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha should invoke his special powers under Section 44…

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First nesting of a Ridley’s turtle in 23 years on Phang-nga beach

After a 23 year absence from the beach in Thai Muang district of the southern Thai province of Phang-nga, Ridley’s turtles have returned to the beaches to breed, causing excitement…

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Thai court to hear Bahraini extradition request for footballer

The Thai Criminal Court yesterday agreed to hear the public prosecutor’s request for an extradition of jailed footballer Hakeem Al Araibi, who fled his home country in Bahrain amid political…

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PM asks for cooperation in reducing number of diesel-powered vehicles on streets

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today sought assistance from the owners of diesel powered private cars asking them to avoid the use of their vehicles, except when absolutely necessary, until…

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PM reaffirms the need to increase measures to combat smog problem

On the evening of January 31st, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government will further increase measures to deal with the ongoing smog problem in and around Bangkok. The…

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PM claims wristwatch scandal not cause of Thailand’s downgrading in corruption index

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning claimed that Thailand’s drop in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index rankings has nothing to do with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan’s wristwatch scandal….

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Phahonyothin road in Bang Khen district the worst affected area today

Phahonyothin road in Bang Khen district of Bangkok has surpassed Rama II road in Samut Sakhon as the worst-affected area from PM2.5 dust particles out of a total of 41…

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All schools in Bangkok closed as smog problem worsens

The Ministry of Education has ordered all schools in Bangkok closed for two days starting Thursday as smog condition in and around Bangkok worsened today. Meanwhile, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwangkuang…

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May wins mandate to reopen Brexit deal but EU says no changes

British Prime Minister Theresa May won a few weeks to salvage a Brexit deal but headed toward a clash with the European Union by promising to overhaul the divorce agreement…

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Japan’s Nikkei: Ghosn says arrest due to plot within Nissan

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese business daily Nikkei reported Wednesday that Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, in his first interview since he was detained in November, blamed his arrest on…

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This picture taken on January 25, 2019 shows an Indonesian woman breaking down as she discovers her family members were killed in a landslide in Gowa, after heavy rains and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island.

Indonesia flood, landslide death toll rises to 70

JAKARTA (AFP) – Floods and landslides that battered Indonesia’s Sulawesi island have killed at least 70 people, the authorities said on Tuesday, as aerial footage underscored the scale of the…

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IOC joins FIFA to urge Thai government to send Bahrani footballer to Australia

The International Olympic Committee has joined FIFA and other supporters of former Bahraini national footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi in demanding the Thai government to free him from detention and allow him…

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Huge crowd pay last respect to late Luang Phor Koon ahead of royally-sponsored cremation Tuesday

Tens of thousands of worshippers have been flocking to the northeastern province of Khon Kaen over the past few days to pay their last respect to the late Luang Phor…

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Smog problem eases in and around Bangkok with only 12 affected areas

Thanks to better air circulation and morning breeze, smog condition in and around Bangkok has improved considerably with only 12 areas affected by excessive PM2.5 dust particles.  The Pollution Control…

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BNK48 girl group invited by German ambassador to discuss Nazi terror

The German ambassador to Thailand has invited members of the country’s top girl group BNK48 to the embassy for a discussion on the terror of Nazi dictatorship. In his twitter…

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Ratchaburi province hit by smog for the first time

The western province of Ratchaburi is the latest province to be affected by PM2.5 dust particles to the extent that the provincial public disaster prevention and mitigation office has issued…

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Smog along Rama II road in Samut Sakhon province reaches critical level

Smog problem in and around Bangkok has worsened today with 41 areas being affected with excessive amount of PM2.5 dust particles, particularly along both sides of Rama II road in…

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Australian cave divers Harris and Challen honored Australian of the Year 

Two Australian cave divers who helped in the dramatic rescue of the 12 Wild Boar footballers and their football coach from Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai last July have…

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South Korean suspect claims he was forced to witness murder of colleague

A South Korean computer programmer turned himself in to Crime Suppression Division police early this morning allegedly in connection with the recent gruesome murder of another South Korean. The suspect,…

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Air quality improves slightly this morning, but may get worse in the afternoon

Air quality in and around Bangkok this morning has slightly improved with only 11 spots being affected with excessive amount of PM2.5 dust particles beyond the 50-micron standard level, the…

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Officials seized 1,666 black bear claws from bus in Ayutthaya

Police and forest officials have seized 1,666 Asia black bear claws and arrested four men, including a Vietnamese and a Laotian, in a major bust of transnational wildlife carcass trafficking…

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“Red zones” declared in seven worst-affected areas in Bangkok and Samut Sakhon 

Seven areas in Bangkok and neighboring province of Samut Sakhon have been declared  “red zones”  after the amount of PM2.5 dust particles in these spots start exceeding 90 microns. Pollution…

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Worse air pollution reported in and around Bangkok today

Air quality in and around Bangkok has become worse today with higher amount of PM2.5 dust particles in the air as a result of close weather, stale air with wind…

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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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Air pollution affecting 39 areas in and around Bangkok

Air pollution has expanded today to cover 39 areas along busy roads and farther away in and around Bangkok compared to yesterday’s 27 areas. The Pollution Control Department reported today…

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Air quality worsens in and around Bangkok today and tomorrow

Air quality in and around Bangkok has worsened again today with 27 areas being affected with excessive amount of PM2.5 dust particles beyond standard level, largely due to a combination…

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Over 4,000 people attend bathing rite for monks killed in Narathiwat armed assault 

About 4,000 villagers and Buddhist disciples, including more than 300 monks from several temples in the southern provinces and Malaysia, today attended the bathing rite for the two monks killed…

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Slight improvement in air quality in and around Bangkok today

Air quality in and around Bangkok this morning slightly improved to moderate level, with only two traffic-congested roadside areas and another area further away from the main road where the…

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Attack that killed four monks at Narathiwat temple draws widespread condemnations

Condemnations have poured in over an armed attack on a Buddhist temple in Narathiwat province Friday night which killed four monks — an incident widely believed designed to sow seeds…

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Trump, Kim to meet anew in February after N.Korean visits White House

President Donald Trump will meet for the second time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February, the White House said Friday, after a top general from Pyongyang paid…

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4 monks killed in attack on Buddhist temple  in Narathiwat 

A group of armed men stormed a Buddhist temple in Su-ngai Padi district of the southernmost province of Narathiwat Friday night, killing the abbot and three other monks. The dead…

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Two cops sustain serious injuries in roadside bomb blast

Two policemen were seriously injured in a roadside bomb explosion in a village in Nong Chik district of the southern province of Pattani this morning. The two police officers who…

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Drunk cycling will soon be considered legal offence with 500 baht fine

Drunk bicyclists who are currently immune to litigation because there is no law to make drunk cycling an offence will in the near future face a fine of 500 baht…

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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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