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Super yacht at centre of graft probe arrives in Malaysia from Indonesia

A US$250 million super yacht owned by a fugitive Malaysian billionaire and at the centre of a major graft inquiry arrived in Malaysia this afternoon after an approximately 20-hour journey…

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230 aftershocks jolt Lombok Island

As many as 230 aftershocks have jolted Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, since the island was rocked by a powerful earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale on…

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Over 1,290 foreign tourists evacuated to Bali

More than 1,290 tourists, mostly foreign nationals, who were evacuated from three popular islets off the northwest coast of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), have arrived at Benoa Bay…

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Foreign tourists disembark a boat coming from Gili Trawangan island, in Bangsal, North Lombok today, the day after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the area.

Earthquake death toll on Lombok island rises to 98

Rescuers used diggers and heavy machinery to clear debris and search for survivors after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 98 people on Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok, prompting…

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PM moody with question about Thailand’s Asean chairmanship

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s mood obviously turned sour this afternoon after he was asked to react to the much-publicized commentary by an Indonesian newspaper columnist who argued that Thailand doesn’t…

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Irrigation unveils plan to divert runoff from Kaeng Krachan dam

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

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Police’s job openings for male-only officers discriminatory: NHRC

The Royal Thai Police Office’s recent job opening for male-only inquiry officers is discriminatory and a violation against the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women…

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Tourists stream into Wat Rongkhun to see Samarn’s statue

The famous Wat Rongkhun in Chiang Rai’s Muang district now has a new attraction — the half-finished statue of Lt-Commander Samarn Kunan, former Thai Navy SEAL member who died during…

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Tourists flee Indonesia’s Lombok island after quake kills 91

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

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Prayut to visit Phetchaburi as Kaeng Krachan dam’s spillway spills over

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha plans to visit Phetchaburi on Wednesday as excess water began to overflow the spillway of Kaeng Krachan dam into the Phetchaburi river at about 10…

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Two Kanchanaburi dams discharging more water

Two major dams in the western province of Kanchanaburi, Vajiralongkorn Dam and Srinagarind Dam, are now discharging more water down the Mae Klong River following continuous rain influenced by a…

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Don dismisses article against Thailand’s ASEAN chairmanship 

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has denounced an Indonesian newspaper columnist’s proposal to deny Thailand the ASEAN rotating chairmanship, saying the article was senseless, according to The Nation “The author misunderstood…

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Debris is seen at a shop in Denpasar on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on August 6, 2018, after it was damaged in an earthquake that struck Lombok. A powerful quake which struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has killed 82 people and wounded hundreds, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said early on August 6, with thousands of buildings left damaged. The 6.9 magnitude tremor, which triggered panic among tourists and locals on Sunday evening, was also felt on the neighbouring island of Bali, one of Southeast Asia’s leading tourist destinations.

At least 82 killed by 7.0 quake in Indonesia’s Lombok, Bali

At least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday evening. The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and…

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Foreign tourist and residents wait outside a hotel in Bali’s capital Denpasar on Sunday night after a major earthquake rocked neighbouring Lombok island.

Bali affected by quake, but airport operation normal

The resort island of Bali was affected by a magnitude 7 earthquake that struck neighboring province West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday evening, leading to a tsunami warning, the Jakarta Post…

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

Tsunami warning after Bali, Lombok hit by earthquake

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

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

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

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

7 injured in murder attempt against Venezuelan President Maduro

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

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PM concerned with prospect of prolonged flooding in Phetchaburi province

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

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Phetchaburi residents in frantic rush to face flooding tomorrow

People in Phetchaburi’s Muang district have started filling sand bags distributed by officials in preparation for potential flooding as 20 water-pushing boats provided by the Royal Thai Navy were on…

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Ex-central bank governor elected leader of Ruampalang Prachachart Thai

Former Bank of Thailand governor M.R. Chatumongol Sonakul was elected leader of Ruampalang Prachachart Thai party, a newly-formed party designed to support Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return to power,…

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Russia appoints movie star Seagal US envoy

Celebrated action movie star Steven Seagal, who is a Russian citizen, has been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of the Russian-US humanitarian ties,…

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Laos Energy Ministry to join investigation into dam failure

The Ministry of Energy and Mines is ready to join with all stakeholders in a government mission to investigate the cause of the damage to saddle dam D at the…

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5 districts in Phetchauburi face flooding as more water drained out of Kaeng Krachan dam

People living in five districts of Phetchaburi province have been warned to brace for flooding as more water is being drained out of Kaeng Krachan dam which is now 97…

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Prayut gets 6.40 out of 10 in latest satisfaction rating

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scored 6.40 out of 10 and his government 5.06 in a recent satisfaction rating survey conducted by Bangkok University, or Bangkok Poll. The poll was…

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“Red shirts” leader Jatuporn released from prison

Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), walked out of the Bangkok Remand Prison a free man this  morning after serving one year and 15…

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Media at odds with government spokesmen over new media restrictions

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

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PM shuns media members

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha refused to talk to the media when he presided over the opening of Thailand Social Expo 2018 at Impact Exhibition Centre on Friday morning. The prime…

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Readjustment of  water drainage from three dams ahead of anticipated more rains

The National Water Resources Office has ordered a readjustment of the plan to drain water out of Vajiralongkorn, Nam Oon and Kaeng Krachan dams in anticipation of more rains in…

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Hun Sen slams the opposition CNRP’s election boycott a “stupid act”

Prime Minister Hun Sen has slammed the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party’s election boycott a “stupid act” and a miscalculation”. Days after the ruling Cambodian People’s Party claimed landslide victory…

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Two bomb suspects arrested in Pattani

A combined team of military and police officers have arrested two men suspected of involvement in the bombing of ATM machines in Pattani’s Yarang district on May 20. Soldiers from…

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Red flags erected along Chi River banks in Yasothon

Yasothon authorities have erected red flags along the banks of the Chi River which runs through the province as a warning for residents to take precautions as the river has…

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Lao dam collapse won’t affect Thailand’s power security

The recent partial collapse of one of the saddle dams of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower project in Laos’s Attapeu province will not affect Thailand’s electricity security, Energy Minister Siri…

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China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi stands with Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan (right) and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh during the ASEAN-China meeting in Singapore yesterday.

ASEAN, China reach milestone in Code of Conduct talks

ASEAN and China have made a major breakthrough by agreeing to have a single text that would serve as the basis for negotiations toward establishing the Code of Conduct in…

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

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

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Consumer’s confidence index for July highest in 62 months

Consumer’s confidence index for the month of July was registered at 82.2 representing the highest rate for the past 62 months of five years and two months since June 2013,…

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

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

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War room to start keeping track of water situation tomorrow

The government will open a “war room” tomorrow to keep track of water situation throughout the country around-the-clock in anticipation of another storm which was forecast to hit Thailand in…

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Hun Sen takes selfie with admirers

A garment worker kisses Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen  as they pose for a selfie during a visit to a garment factory in Phnom Penh today. The premier’s party says…

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Phayao gearing up for opening of Ban Huak checkpoint

All parties concerned in the northern border province of Phayao are gearing up for the opening of a perment border checkpoint with Laos at Ban Huak in Phusang district.  …

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

ASEAN offers help over floods to Myanmar

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

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

ASEAN seeks cybersecurity deal with Russia after series of hacks

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

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Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi to discharge more water 

Up to 36 million cubic metres of water will be released downstream each day from the Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi province from tomorrow until Sunday. Vajiralongkorn dam director Mr Waiwit…

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Heavy floodings hit 7 northeastern provinces

Persistent heavy rain and the overflow of water from the Mekong River and its tributaries have caused severe flooding in seven provinces in the Northeast, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department…

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Cameramen warned not to use baits to lure birds for photo shooting

Wildlife photographers have been warned not to use baits or sound recorder to lure wild animals out of the bushes to the open so they can take their pictures or…

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Over 1,000 pigs seized in Chachoengsao after red meat enhancer found

Officials of the Livestock Development Department have seized 1,089 pigs from two pig farms in Muang district of Chachoengsao province after urine tests show positive result of red meat enhancer….

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

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

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Many vendors rebel against hawking ban on pavement of the world-famous Khao Sarn Road which goes into effect today.

Khao Sarn vendors defy enforcement of hawking ban

Vendors on Khao Sarn road, an area renowned for street foods and popular with western backpackers,  have openly defied the City Hall’s vending ban on the sidewalks. Officials of the…

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List of 5 EC members to HM the King on Aug 3

The list of the five newly-designated Election Commission members, including its chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong, is expected to be forwarded to His Majesty the King for royal approval on Aug 3, National…

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Democrat Party to file defamation suit against Nakhon 

The Democrat Party has decided to take legal action against Nakhon Machim, a former Democrat MP for Phitsanulok, for allegedly accusing it of conspiring with the military and the judiciary…

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Thai rescuers return home for new challenges after ending mission in Laos 

Thai rescue volunteers have ended their mission in the flood-ravaged Sanamxay district of Attapeu in southern Laos and are headed back to Thailand where their service will be needed in…

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Pheu Thai’s outspoken Pichai summoned by police

Pichai Naripthaphan, a former energy minister and a member of the Pheu Thai Party’s economic team, has been summoned to report to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) police tomorrow….

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Robots threatening jobs for new graduates

New graduates, especially those with bachelor’s degrees in fields not highly demanded by the labour market, are likely to face stiff competition from robots, warned Mr Thanit Sorat, vice president…

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Thanathorn says his party no threat to national security

Acting leader of the Future Forward (Anakot Mai) Party Thanathorn Joengrungruangkit reported to the Technology Crime Suppression Division  today to defend himself against allegation filed against him by the National Council…

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It’s up to Britain whether to extradite Yingluck: Gen Prayut

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that it’s up to British police whether they would respond to the Thai Government’s request for an extradition of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra…

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107-year old Karen spiritual leader granted Thai citizenship

Spiritual leader of ethnic Karens of Kaeng Krachan forest in Phetchaburi, 107-year old Ko-ee Meeme, registered for a Thai identity card at Kaeng Krachang district office on Tuesday after he…

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Phu Chee-fah declared disaster zone after road section caved in

Chiang Rai’s Phu Chee-fah was on Tuesday declared a disaster zone after the cave-in of a section of the mountain road leading to the popular tourist destination which subsequently pulled…

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Itthiporn named new Election Commission chairman

Mr Itthiporn Boonprakong was voted chairman of the Election Commission by the four other election commissioners-designate at a meeting today. The meeting was chaired by Mr Thawatchai Thoedpaothai, the most…

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Flash floods, landslide force schools to close in Mae Hong Son

Many schools in Sop Moei district of Mae Hong Son province have been temporarily closed after flash floods hit many areas and Mae Sariang-Mae Sam Laep road was blocked by…

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Chiang Rai road temporarily blocked by landslide

A main road connecting Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong district along the Mekong River in Chiang Rai was briefly blocked by fallen earth and rocks in a landslide early this…

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15 provinces warned of flash floods, landslides

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has issued a warning for 15 provinces, five each in the North, Central and South, to beware of flash floods and landslides, department chief…

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Finance Ministry to introduce “Sharing Economy”

The Fiscal Policy Office has been instructed to hold discussions with the Commerce Ministry and the private sector about the Finance Ministry’s plan to introduce the so-called “Sharing Economy” concept to…

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First group of Thai on way home from Lombok

The first group of Thai tourists safely rescued from Mount Rinjani on Lombok island yesterday are on their way back to Thailand this morning.   A post on the Facebook…

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More Thai rescuers in Attapeu to help find missing villagers

More Thai rescue teams have arrived in Laos to help with the efforts to search for 120 people still missing in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province after the partial collapse…

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All Thais trapped in Lombok rescued to safety

All the Thai tourists stranded on Mount Rinjani on Lombok island of Indonesia which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Sunday have been brought out to safety,  Thai Ambassador…

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Water discharged from Lao dams pushes up water level in Mekong

Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute and other water-related agencies have expressed concern that the increased discharge of water from Nam Ngum 5 dam in Laos will accelerate rising water in…

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Thais stranded in Lombok being brought out to safety

At least 216 Thai tourists who were stranded on Mount Rinjani on Lombok island of Indonesia which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Sunday have been brought down to…

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Hun Sen’s party claims clean sweep of election

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

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Navy SEAL releases clip of under-water atmosphere in Tham Luang cave

The Thai Navy SEAL today released a video clip showing what its divers had to encounter while diving  from the so-called Chamber 3 of Tham Luang Khun Nam-Nang Non cave…

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Monsoon floods ravaging southern Myanmar

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

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Landslide-devastated Ban Huay Kharb village to be resettled

About 60 families in Ban Huay Kharb, Nan’s Bo Klua district which was hit by a landslide over the weekend have agreed to be resettled to a new location after…

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This handout photograph taken and released on July 30, 2018 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C in white) visiting earthquake-affected people at a shelter in Lombok. More than 500 hikers and their guides remain stranded by landslides on an active volcano on Lombok, a day after a powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian holiday island, a national park official said on July 30. / AFP PHOTO / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AGUS SUPARTO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / AGUS SUPARTO / PRESIDENTIAL PALACE” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Over 500 people stranded on mountain on Lombok waiting for rescue

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

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Cash donations for Lao dam victims now top B32m

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

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59 provinces told to brace for floods, mudslides

Disaster prevention and prevention offices in 59 provinces have been instructed to be fully prepared for river overflows, flash floods and landslides as many provinces in the North, Northeast, Central…

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Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

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

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304 Thais stranded in Indonesia’s Lombok

The Thai embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, has been instructed to expedite its coordination with Indonesian authorities to help the 304 Thai people trapped at the camping site near Lake Rinjani…

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Hun Sen’s party claims election victory

Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) claimed on Sunday that it had won a general election that rights groups said was neither free nor fair due to voter intimidation and…

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Laos to work with Thailand, South Korea to probe dam collapse

The Laotian Government will work with Thailand and South Korea whose companies are stakeholders in the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project to investigate the cause of the collapse of its saddle…

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Indonesian rescue workers meet 4 groups of Thai tourists

Indonesian rescue workers have reached Thai tourists trapped at four locations around Mount Rinjani volcano on Lombok island, according to a report from the Thai Embassy in Jakarta. The embassy…

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Cambodia poll sees 80 per cent turnout

Despite calls for a boycott, the just-concluded general election in Cambodia saw a turnout as high as 80.49 per cent, the National Election Commission (NEC) said. It said the turnout…

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Death toll in Lombok landslide rises to 14

The death toll from a powerful magnitude-6.4 earthquake which struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia today has climbed to 14 while about 150 Thai tourists are reported…

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Democrat in war of words with red-shirt leader

Democrat party deputy spokesman Churith Laksanavisit hit back at red-shirt co-leader Natthawat Saikua over the latter’s accusation that the party was involved in the overthrow of Thai Rak Thai-led Thaksin…

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Record-high water inflow into Vajiralongkorn dam in 34 years

An accumulated amount of 3,325 million cubic metres of water have flowed into the Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi province since the beginning of this year, making it the annual record…

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Help sought for Thais trapped in Lombok landslide

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

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At least 3 killed in Lombok’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake

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

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1 killed after relief supplies truck falls into stream in Attapeu

One person was killed and the other injured when a six-wheel truck loaded with relief supplies to be sent to flood victims in Attapue province of Laos fell from the…

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Northern provinces warned to watch out for flash floods

Directors of public disaster prevention and mitigation centres in all northern provinces have been ordered to watch out for flash floods and landslides in the wake of possible heavy rains…

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Eight bodies recovered from buried house in Nan

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

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Cambodia goes to poll, Hun Sen looks set to extend power

Cambodians have begun casting their votes in an election designed to extend strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 33 years in power. The country’s only credible opposition party is not contesting…

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Hun Sen assured of victory as Cambodia goes to poll tomorrow

Cambodians on Sunday go to the poll the opposition parties have slammed as a “sham” and designed only to pave the way for Prime Minister Hun Seen to extend his…

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33 households evacuated for fear of second landslide

Thirty-three households in a mountainous village in Bo Klua district of the northernmost province of Nan were ordered today to immediately evacuate to a temple five kilometres away for fear…

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Lao dam disaster donations top 25 million baht

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

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7 killed, 2 missing in Nan landslide

Seven people were killed and two others missing in a landslide caused by heavy rain in a village in Bo Klua district of Nan province in the North this morning….

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7 districts of Nakhon Phanom declared flood disaster zone

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

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Govt’s thank-you party postponed indefinitely

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the government’s thank-you party, originally scheduled for Aug 1, to be postponed indefinitely because many of the guests are currently taking part in relief…

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People around the world marvel at eclipse of the century

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

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PM leads religious activities marking HM King’s birthday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning performed a religious ceremony at Sanam Luang to mark His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 66th birthday.  A large number of people, including Privy Council…

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PM explains new principle in garbage disposal management

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha last night defended the new Cleanliness Act promulgated last year which empowers local administration organizations to manage garbage disposal with the private sector allowed to join…

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Crackdown on suspected major loan sharks in Udon Thani

In a major crackdown of loan sharks in the northeastern province of Udon Thani, police, military personnel and local administration officials arrested three members of a business family on charges…

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SK Group of South Korea to donate US$10 million to Laos

SK Group of South Korea, a major partner in the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam project whose partial collapse triggered a devastating flood that ravaged several villages in southeastern Laos, has…

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HM King: Thailand stands by Laos and its people

His Majesty the King has conveyed his condolences to Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith over the flood disaster caused by the partial collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in Attapeu province….

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