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20 percent of tour bookings to Ubon and Pakse cancelled

About 20 percent of package tour bookings to Ubon Ratchathani and Pakse and Paksong townships in souther Laos during the long weekends this week have been cancelled after the dam…

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Picture album of Tham Luang rescue to be distributed at thank-you party

An album of pictures of the operation to rescue the 12 Moo Pa Academy footballers and their coach from Tham Luang cave will be distributed to people attending the thank-you…

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23 injured in temple’s ubosot floor collapse

A total of 23 people attending a foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of an ubosot (chapel) at a temple in Warin Chamrab district of the northeastern province of…

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Australian doctor reveals how Wild Boars were sedated

The Australian doctor involved in the Tham Luang cave rescue has revealed that he taught divers how to administer dangerous anaesthetic drugs so they could sedate the Wild Boar team…

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Victims recall moments of horror as floods hit villages

Many victims of the floods that devastated several villages in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province in southern Laos have returned to their villages only to see what was left of…

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Thai rescuers help many Laotian villagers to safety

A Thai private rescue team is playing a crucial role in the operation to search and rescue Laotian villagers stranded by the floods that have devastated large areas in Sanamxay…

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Photo: Cambodian soldiers evacuate residents by boat from the floodings in Stung Treng province on Thursday. The torrent of water unleashed in a deadly Laos dam collapse has drained into Cambodia, forcing thousands to evacuate.

Impact from floods in Attapeu widens

The impact of the dam-caused flood disaster in Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district has widened as floodwaters flow further downstream from the Xe Pian River, Vientianes Times reported. It said the…

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Thai rescue teams join relief operation in Laos

Rescue teams of Laos, Thailand and China have been rushing to rescue survivors and search for signs of the missing since Monday night in the flooded villages of Sanamxay district…

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Nation-wide public donations launched for dam victims in Laos

All governors have been ordered by Interior permanent secretary Chatchai Promlert to set up donation centres in their respective provinces to accept cash or material donations from members of the…

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Company insists dam built in accordance with international standard

Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Pcl has defended its construction of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos as being in compliance with international standard, but the fracture and…

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“I inherited a corrupt government”: Mahathir

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed that he inherited a government riddled with corruption and untrustworthy officials.   “From outside we saw the damage, but we never expected the…

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Floods from Laos force 1,200 families in Cambodia to be evacuated

More than 1,200 families in Cambodia’s northern Strung Treng province affected by flooding from a collapse of Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos on Monday have been moved…

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Company must be responsible for dam collapse: Laos minister

An official of the company which operates the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos was quoted saying today that the firm would take full responsibility for the…

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Prayut chairs religious rite to mark King’s 66th birthday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning presided over a religious ceremony of five religions — Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism — to mark His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s…

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Win for CPP is win for kingdom – Hun Sen

As Cambodia gears up for a general election this Sunday, Prime Minister Hun Sen told Cambodians that a victory for his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is a victory for the…

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Friend in Need (of PA) Volunteers Foundation donates B2m to Lao flood victims

Princess Soamsawali and her daughter HRH Princess Bajarakitiyabha have instructed the Friend in Need (of PA) Volunteers Foundation of the Thai Red Cross to donate 2 million baht and 1,000…

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Air force to deliver more aid items to Laos

The Royal Thai Air Force will make two more flights today to deliver additional relief items donated by His Majesty the King to victims of massive flooding from water dischaged…

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Rescuers battle to search for 131 still missing: PM Thongloun

Laotian rescuers are battling to search for 131 villagers still missing since Monday night after a fracture in Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower dam caused devastating flooding in villages in…

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Help underway for a teacher who guaranteed loans for 60 students

The Legal Execution Department and the Student Loan Fund have stepped in to help a school teacher whose assets are at risk of being confiscated after ุ60 of her students…

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Limits set on number of SIM cards individuals can buy

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has decided to impose a cap on the number of SIM cards that each individual subscriber can buy. NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tanthasit said that…

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Supreme Patriarch urges all temples to pray for Lao victims

The Supreme Patriarch has ordered all temples in the Northeast to gather food and other necessities to be delivered to Buddhism offices in their respective provinces so they can be…

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S. Korea to send rescue unit to Laos “within 24 hours”

The South Korean government said today it will soon send a disaster relief team to the area of Laos affected by the massive flooding that has claimed scores of lives,…

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Thai rescue team arrives in Laos to help victims of dam collapse

A forward team of about 30 rescuers and life-saving experts of a private relief organization known as “Hook 31 Foundation” in Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat is waiting to cross the…

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Officials pledge allegiance to HM the King

Government officials this morning took part in a ceremony to pledge allegiance to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun to mark his 66th birthday on July 28. The ceremony held…

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Philippines ranks world’s 2nd most dangerous country for environmentalists

The Philippines has become the world’s second most dangerous place for environmental activists after Brazil, with 48 green advocates killed last year, The Manila Times Online reported. According to watchdog…

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Prayut expresses deep concern for Lao dam disaster victims

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning expressed deep concerns over the plights of  thousands of  Lao people affected by the collapse of the Xepian-Xe Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos…

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Australian Tham Luang rescuers honoured

Dr. Richard Harris and Dr. Craig Challen were today awarded Australia’s second-highest civilian bravery decoration at a specially-convened ceremony for their leading role in the rescue of the 12 Wild…

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Hydropower dam collapses in Laos, hundreds missing

Hundreds of people went missing with many believed drowned after a hydropower dam in Attapeu province of Laos collapsed late Monday, unleashing about five billion cubic metres of water downstream,…

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Prawit rushed to hospital from Cabinet meeting

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon was urgently taken to hospital after complaining of a serious stomach-ache while attending the mobile Cabinet meeting in Ubon Ratchathani province this afternoon. He was…

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Cabinet Oks 6th Thai-Lao friendship bridge 

The Cabinet today approved the construction of the sixth Thai-Lao friendship bridge linking Nadan district of Ubon Ratchathani with Pheng township in Salavan province. Construction of the one-kilometre bridge spanning…

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Duterte vows “chilling” and “relentless” war on drugs

President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to pursue a “relentless” and “chilling” war against illegal drugs as he laid out plans for the second half of his six-year term in his…

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Ubon mobile Cabinet meeting begins

The Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, began meeting at Ubon Ratchathani University amid tight security this morning. Police have been deployed around the Thepparattana Siripapha building, where the…

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Big clean-up needed to restore flood-ravaged village in Sangkhla

Many residents of Ban Sanaepong village in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province have returned to their homes today after flooding has receded but they have found to their dismay…

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3 major dams are now over 80 percent full

Three major dams on the southwestern part of the country are now more than 80 percent full although the end of the rainy season is about three months away.  …

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Court spokesman explains why alleged knifeman was acquitted

The spokesman of the court of justice tried to clarify why the Criminal Court ordered the acquittal of the defendant in a murder case which allegedly led to an apparent…

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PM advises detractors to stop reading newspapers for 5 days

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has an advice for people who dislike him. “Stop reading newspapers for five days,” he said, adding that they would start loving him after that. Addressing…

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Surakiart defends panel on Rohingya after Kobsak quits

Former foreign minister Surakiart Sathirathai who chairs an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis has rebutted criticism by the body’s former secretary Kobsak Chutikul,…

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“Unequal wealth distribution, graft among major challenges facing Thailand”

Unequal wealth distribution is one of the most pressing problems facing Thailand with the richest one percent owning more than half of the total household wealth while entrenched corruption is…

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PM orders military to tackle informal debts

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered military officers nation-wide to work with provincial authorities to help solve problems of informal debts, especially among farmers, government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd…

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Tour boats, small fishing boats in Phang-nga told to stay ashore

Operators of tour boats and small fishing boats in the southern coastal province of Phang-nga have been told to stay ashore because of rough seas and high waves as a…

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Man jumps to death from 8th floor of Criminal Court

A man jumped to his death this morning from the 8th floor of the Criminal Court on Rajadapisek Road after the court acquitted the defendant accused of stabbing his son…

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Mahathir government ponders reducing voting age to 18 from 21

Malaysia’s youngest ever minister, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, said the government plans to reduce the voting age from 21 to 18 before the next elections…

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Large quantity of crystal meth seized in Chiang Rai, 7 arrested

A combined team of rangers of the Pha Muang Force, local police and officials of the Northern Border Drug Prevention and Suppression Centre seized a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine,…

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Minister Weerasak recounts how international rescuers were brought in

International rescuers, British cave divers in particular, played as much a crucial role as the Thai Navy SEALs in the successful search and rescue of the 12 Wild Boars footballers…

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Majority objects to teachers not paying debts

More than 75 percent of respondents to an opinion poll disagreed with a threat by a group of  teachers  to stop paying debts to the state-run Government Savings Bank. Last…

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Crocodile escapes capture on Karon beach

Crocodile hunters tried unsuccessfully to capture a crocodile found on the beach in Muang district of Phuket early this morning. The crocodile, which was believed to be the same one…

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Depression warning for North and Northeast on July 23-24

The Meteorological Department today warned people in the North and in Northeast to brace for intense rains and heavy rains in some areas tomorrow and Tuesday due to depression. According…

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Floods force 300 villagers in Sangkhla Buri to be evacuated

About 300 people of a village in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi were today evacuated to a temporary shelter after floods swept into their village. The evacuees, mostly children, women…

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Three provinces still affected by flood from “Son-tinh”

Floodings as a result of tropical storm “Son-tinh” which has weakened to a low pressure cell still wreak havoc  in three provinces — Kanchanaburi, Phichit and Nakhon Sawan, Disaster Prevention…

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Sangkhla Buri flooding still critical

The flooding situation in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province is still critical as Highway 323 is still about 1.20 metres under water, making it impassable to small vehicles. The…

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Chuvit released from prison

Chuvit Kamolwisit, an outspoken television show host and former politician, was released from the Bangkok Remand Prison this morning after completing a one-month jail term handed down by the Supreme…

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Sangkhla Buri district declared disaster zone

Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province has been declared a disaster zone following heavy flooding in 10 villages and two tambon, with the only artery road leading to the district…

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Sangkhla district of Kanchanaburi hit by flood

More than 300 houses in Sangkhla district of Kanchanaburi province were half-submerged today,  stranding many residents after the district was lashed by heavy rains caused by depression Son Tinh. Mr…

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NACC waiting for info on Prawit’s watches from manufacturers

The National Anti-Corruption Commission denies foot-dragging in its investigation into the luxury watches scandal involving Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, saying that information it has obtained so far is still…

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Stormy sea prompts swimming ban at Phang-nga beaches

Red flags and no-swimming signs have been put up in front of hotels and resorts along the beaches in Takua Pa district of Phang-nga province on the Andaman Sea coast…

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Double-track railway to be proposed to Ubon Ratchathani cabinet meeting

The private sector of the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani plans to propose the construction of a double-track railway to the Lao border and the expansion of Ubon Ratchathani airport…

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NCPO denies military role in poaching of ex-MPs

The National Council for Peace and Order has nothing to do with the alleged poaching of former MPs to join politcal parties set up to support Prime Minister Gen Prayut…

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Bung Kan hit by flash floods

Floodwaters from continuous rain have inundated farmlands in three districts of the northeastern border province of Bung Kan, particularly in Seka district where a pig farm has been severely hit…

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Movie rights of Tham Luang rescue become an issue

The Ministry of Culture is mulling an idea of setting up a national ad hoc committee to handle the copyright of the information related to the Tham Luang cave rescue…

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Marine Dpt probes alleged bribe taking by officials from a Japanese firm

The Marine Department has set up a committee to investigate officials of the department suspected of having received bribes, totaling 20 million baht from a Japanese company to facilitate the…

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Chuvit to be released this Saturday

Chuvit Kamolvisit, an outspoken television show host and former leader of the now-defunct Rak Thailand Party, will be released on Saturday, July 21, after serving a one-month jail term at…

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Charter Court accepts Don’s case for consideration

The Constitutional Court has accepted the Election Commission’s proposal for it to rule whether Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai should be disqualified for the ministerial post in connection with his wife’s…

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Journalists begin arriving for press conference with “Wild Boars”

Journalists, both Thai and international, have started arriving at the office of Chiang Rai provincial administration for the first press conference with the 12 Wild Boars soccer team and their…

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Thai engineer impressed with Musk’s team

A Thai engineer involved in the drilling operation to find alternative entrances into Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai at the height of the “Wild Boars” rescue mission early month…

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Cabinet nod for draft agreement on repatriation of Myanmar refugees

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft agreement on the repatriation of Myanmar refugees as proposed by the Foreign Ministry, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said. The draft agreement was made…

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Tropical storm “Son-tinh” brings more rain to upper Thailand

The upper part of Thailand will have more rain and isolated heavy to very heavy rain during July 18-21 as Tropical Storm “Son-tinh,” which is moving in the westerly direction…

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French tourists injured in bus accident in Chiang Rai

Twenty-five French tourists and one Thai guide were injured with 4-5 of them in serious condition after a tour bus in which they were travelling overturned on a secondary road…

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Policeman sentenced to 7 years in jail for engineer’s death

The parents of a young engineer shot dead by police in Sakhon Nakhon seven years ago on the pretext that he was involved in drug dealing were finally vindicated when…

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Rain, isolated heavy rain expected across the country this week

Abundance of rain is forecast for the upper part of the country this week, with isolated heavy rain predicted for the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and west…

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Australian diver admits boys and coach sedated in rescue

One of the two Australians who were with the Wild Boars football team and helped them escape safely from the Tham Luong cave in Chiang Rai has revealed the boys…

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Teachers demand a moratorium to their debts to GSB for six months

About 450,000 teachers who are members of the funeral welfare fund for teachers have vowed to stop reimbursing the Government Savings Bank for debts they owe to the bank starting…

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British diver may sue Musk for calling him “pedo”

British caver Vernon Unsworth who helped rescue the Wild Boars soccer team from Tham Luang cave said today he may take legal action against Elon Musk after the Tesla CEO…

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Death sentence handed down on Muslim militant

A Muslim militant has been sentenced to death for his parts in three violent incidents in Pattani province in which seven people were killed and eight others injured, said Col…

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PM thanks all for successful recovery of victims of Phuket boat tragedy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanks all authorities, both Thai and Chinese, for having successfully recovered the bodies of all 47 victims who died on July 5 when the Phoenix dive…

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Tesla CEO Musk attacks British diver

Tesla and Space-X CEO Elon Musk came under fire yesterday after launching a bizarre attack on a British diver who helped rescue the “Wild Boars” soccer team trapped in Tham…

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France crushes Croatia 4-2 to reclaim World Cup

France’s players celebrate as they hold their World Cup trophy during the trophy ceremony at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia…

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Phoenix dive boat’s managing director to be indicted Monday

The managing director TC Blue Dream Company which operated the Phoenix dive boat before it went down iin rough seas resulting in the death of 46 Chinese tourists will be…

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British diver describes Musk’s mini-sub as PR stunt

A British diver involved in the rescue of a Thai soccer team from the flooded Tham Luang cave system has dismissed Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposed mini-submarine as a PR…

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ACT questions NACC’s delay in probing wristwatch case

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has questioned what it  suspect to be foot-dragging by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over its investigation into two controversial cases – Deputy Prime Minister…

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Public Health bans foods containing trans fats

A ministerial order has been issued by the Public Health Ministry banning the production, import and distribution of food containing trans fat. The order which was issued on June 13…

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Phuket marine chief removed over Phoenix boat tragedy

The Marine Department has ordered an immediate transfer of the chief officer of Phuket Marine Office and the setting up of a panel to consider disciplinary action against him for…

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Malaysian government promises more press freedom

The new Malaysian government led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has given an assurance that press freedom in the country would be given more space to grow, national news agency…

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Supreme Court sentences Vatana and 10 others to jail over Klong Dan corruption case

The trial of the so-called “Mother of Corruption” case concerning the Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant has come to an end with the Supreme Court finally sentencing 11 individuals, including…

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29 injured in restaurant cave-in in Bang Saray seaside village

Twenty-nine tourists were injured when the wooden floor of a beach-front seafood restaurant in which they were having a buffet lunch caved in. The incident took place at about noon…

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S Korea wants ASEAN to play role in peace process

Asean can continue to play a constructive role in helping to usher in peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in today. “It is necessary…

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UN ready to send teams to Rakhine for repatriation of Rohingyas

The United Nations is preparing to send teams to Rakhine state of Myanmar to begin work aimed at repatriating Rohinya Muslims from Bangladesh to Myanmar, The Irrawaddy News reported today,…

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Appeals Court upholds death sentence on Spaniard for murder

The Appeals Court today upheld the death sentence handed down on a Spanish man for murdering a fellow Spaniard and dumping the dismembered body in the Chao Phraya River in…

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Somkid denies political agenda for Cabinet meeting in Northeast

There is no political agenda in the mobile Cabinet meeting scheduled for July 23-24 in the northeastern provinces of Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said…

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Parents file a complaint against school director for alleged school lunch cheat 

 A complaint was today (Thursday) lodged with Nakhon Ratchasima governor by a group of parents accusing the school director in Tambon Thai Samakkhi of corruption concerning school lunch program. One…

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Crackdown launched against illegal car parking and  driving by motorbikes on sidewalks

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a city-wide crackdown on Thursday against motorcycle riding or car parking on sidewalks. The crackdown was focused on 115 points of sidewalks where there have been…

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NLA president says the current five EC members must quit in 15 days

The five incumbent election commissioners must quit their posts in 15 days starting from today (Thursday) when the National Legislative Assembly voted to endorse five candidates nominated by the selection…

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Farmers of flooded farmland near Tham Luang cave given material support

The Department of Agricultural Extension today (Thursday) presented plant seeds, plant saplings, and biological control products to about 100 rice farmers who sacrificed their farmland to be used as a…

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NLA endorses 5 new EC members

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) today voted to endorse five of the seven persons nominated to form a new Election Commission and rejected two nominees. Of the seven people nominated…

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Operation underway to retrieve last Phoenix victim

An operation is now underway to retrieve the body of a Chinese tourist, believed to be the last victim, stuck under the wreckage of Phoenix boat near Koh Heh in…

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Widespread rain countrywide forecast for July 12-15

The Thai Meteorological Department has warned people throughout the country to brace for rain, isolated heavy rain, and flash floods during July 12-15 as a result of the monsoon trough…

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“Race against time” to rescue Japan flood victims

People are rescued by boats from Mabi Memorial Hospital that was isolated due to flood damage caused by heavy rain in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on July 8, 2018. Japan’s Prime…

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Search for Phoenix’s  15 missing passengers resumes 

Search for the last 15 missing passengers from the sunken Phoenix dive boat continues for the third consecutive day today amidst rainfall with the search to be expanded to Phi-Phi…

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15 provinces warned of heavy rain, high waves during July 7-12

People in 15 provinces along the coasts of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand should remain on high alert for possible high waves, inshore surges, heavy rain and…

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Survivors claim they were not warned to wear life jackets

A survivor of the Phoenix dive boat accident on Thursday said that passengers on board the ill-fated tour boat were not warned to wear life vests nor was there a…

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NLA to vote on new Election Commission on July 12

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will vote on July 12 to decide whether to endorse the selection of seven new members of the Election Commission. Seven people have been  nominated…

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