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Global value chain – an opportunity for ASEAN

The global market model is transitioning slowly into what is now known as the global value chain (GVC) which is not simply about making something and then exporting it across…

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Global value chain – an opportunity for ASEAN

The global market model is transitioning slowly into what is now known as the global value chain (GVC) which is not simply about making something and then exporting it across…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 4

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) arrives at a business forum on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Bangkok on November 2, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

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Well-known economist Dr Duenden dies in fallen tree accident at home

A well-known economist at Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Dr Duenden Nikhomborirak, died after being struck by a falling tree at her residence in Wattana district, Bangkok this morning (Thursday)….

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Hong Kong enters recession as protests show no sign of relenting

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong has fallen into recession, hit by more than five months of anti-government protests that show no signs of relenting, and is unlikely to achieve…

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NHSC members who refuse to ban 3 controversial herbicides should leave the country – Deputy Agriculture Minister

Deputy Agriculture Minister Mananya Thaiseth has warned the 27 members of the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) to heed the public’s demand for a complete ban on paraquat, glyphosate and…

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Thousands in bloody protests across Iraq, 31 dead

housands of protesters clashed with riot police in Iraq’s capital and across the south on Thursday, the third day of mass rallies that have left 31 dead.   Defying curfews,…

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Special Branch police to stop background checks on Muslim students

Special Branch police have withdrawn their demand for universities to provide them with information about the backgrounds of their Muslim students. Spokesman of the House Committee on Laws, Justice Process…

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Hong Kong flash-mob rallies erupt as anger mounts over shot protester

Spontaneous flash-mob rallies broke out in Hong Kong on Wednesday as anger mounted over police shooting a teenage protester who attacked officers in a dramatic escalation of the violent unrest…

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Study predicts up to B800m health related opportunity cost if haze lasts 2 weeks

The return of haze to Bangkok and its peripherals will incur a health derived opportunity cost to the economy, estimated at 700-800 million baht, if the poor air quality lasts…

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Rush to spend “Chim-Shop-Chai” giveaways causes glitches in KTB’s system

The rush to spend the 1,000-baht giveaways, under the government’s “Chim-Shop-Chai” (Eat-Shop-Spend) program, by some 2.5 million successful subscribers has disrupted the computer systems of the state-run Krung Thai Bank,…

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Hong Kong on edge ahead of sensitive Chinese anniversary

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s metro stations and roads re-opened on Monday, after a chaotic weekend that saw police fire water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters…

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Thai student held in Egypt for suspected links to IS extremist group

A Thai student is being held by the Egyptian security agency in Cairo on suspicion of having links to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.   The Thai Embassy in…

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (2nd L) and Hong Kong Cantopop singer, actress and LGBT activist Denise Ho (C, bottom) leave after a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2019. – Leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement on Tuesday appealed directly to US lawmakers to exert pressure on Beijing, warning that an erosion of the city’s special status would embolden China’s leaders around the world. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP)

Activists push US Congress to pass Hong Kong bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that…

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Suan Dusit Poll shows most people dissatisfied with performance of MPs

Most respondents to a recent Suan Dusit Poll are disappointed with the performance of their MPs, because of their indulgence in old-style political games, characterized by mud-slinging, bickering, broken promises,…

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PM and former PDRC leader Suthep have first encounter for 5 years

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had his first close encounter in over five years with Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, the former leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, during his visit to…

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ASEAN civil society bodies boycott government-arranged conference venue when told to submit list of participants for screening

ASEAN civil society organizations kicked off their three-day meeting, being held in parallel with the ASEAN economic ministers’ meet in Bangkok at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus, today (Tuesday) with a…

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High time for action against corruption, not just talk – Privy Councilor Paiboon

A privy councilor has told a seminar, on the occasion of Anti-Corruption Day on Friday, that he is sick of the seemingly endless talking about the scourge of corruption, stressing that…

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DSI to announce breakthrough in investigation of Karen activist Billy’s disappearance

The Department of Special Investigation is due to hold a news conference today (Tuesday) to announce the recent discovery of important evidence which may shed light on the mysterious disappearance…

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Health Minister allegedly duped by bureaucrats into delisting hemp as Category 5 drug

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul appears to have been duped by some bureaucrats who managed to persuade him to approve a ministerial announcement delisting hemp, hemp extracts and hemp seed…

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Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group were granted bail after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while authorities…

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Protesters carry a black version of Hong Kong’s national flag during a march in Hong Kong’s Kowloon district of Kwun Tong on August 24, 2019, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. – Hong Kong riot police on August 24 fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo poles, as a standoff in a working-class district descended into violence. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

HK mass rally plan cancelled after leading activists arrested 

HONG KONG (Agencies) – A major pro-democracy march planned for Saturday in Hong Kong has been cancelled, after three prominent pro-democracy activists were arrested on Friday. Activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow…

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Beijing has not intervened so far over unrest in Hong Kong, despite ramping up the rhetoric against demonstrators (AFP Photo/Lillian SUWANRUMPHA)

Beijing expresses ‘strong dissatisfaction’ with G-7 on Hong Kong

BEIJING (AFP) – Beijing on Tuesday voiced “strong dissatisfaction” with a joint statement issued by the Group of Seven (G-7) leaders, who backed Hong Kong’s autonomy and called for calm…

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TAT wants night-life establishments to close at 4 am to promote tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to propose the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to extend the closing hours of night entertainment establishments by another t wo hours from…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters attend a rally in Victoria Park demanding democracy and political reforms in Hong Kong, China, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Hong Kong protesters throng streets under heavy rain

HONG KONG (Reuters) – At least 100,000 anti-government protesters joined a mass rally in Hong Kong on Sunday, filling major thoroughfares in heavy rain in the eleventh week of what…

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Protesters trigger second day of Hong Kong airport chaos

(AFP News) Hundreds of flights were cancelled or suspended at Hong Kong’s airport on Tuesday as pro-democracy protesters staged a second day of hugely disruptive rallies, defying warnings from the…

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(Photo) Police have increasingly been using tear gas and rubber bullets to quell violence during protests/AFP

Thais warned to stay away from protest areas in Hong Kong

Thai people living in or visiting Hong Kong have been advised, by the Thai Consulate there, to stay away from the protest areas, or to exercise caution if they want…

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Fishermen told to be more cautious operating in dugong feeding grounds

Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will seek cooperation from fishermen in exercising greater caution when fishing in or near known dugong feeding grounds for the safety of the…

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Updates – Rescue operation for missing Filipino tourists hindered by bad weather

Mr. Apichet Yim-on, head of the Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation rescue team, told Thai PBS World this morning that the rescue operation for the two missing Filipino tourists near Freedom Beach…

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Kanom Cheen Galore

By Ohhappybear     Not too long ago, I got assigned a story about wedding foods in Thailand. The topic sounds innocent enough, but when I delved into it, I found…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters march to West Kowloon Express Rail Link Station at Hong Kong’s tourism district Tsim Sha Tsui, China July 7, 2019/REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong protesters march again, hope to explain grievances to Chinese visitors

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of one of Hong Kong’s main tourism districts on Sunday to explain to mainland Chinese visitors their…

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Former Future Forward NGN committee member threatens exposé

Former Future Forward party’s New Gen Network (NGN) committee members have renewed their call for the party to reconsider the firing of the entire committee, while warning that it will…

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Senders of parcels warned not to post 7 prohibited items or face legal action

Members of the public using postal services are warned not to mail seven prohibited items or face legal action. They are also advised not to lend their ID cards to…

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Rock singer turned runner Toon Bodyslam takes to the streets again

Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai, who rose to national hero status in Thailand when he led a 2,215km, 55-day charity run and raised 1.37 billion baht for state hospitals in 2017, donned…

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Fishermen warn of mass protest if sea fishing banned off Nakhon Si Thammarat province

Local fishermen in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat warned today of mass protests against the provincial governor if he fails to come to their rescue and allow them…

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Choosing Thailand’s Prime Minister Follow the vote that will decide the country’s political future with ThaiPBS World on Wednesday, June 5, starting 11.00am at Facebook: ThaiPBSWorld with Thepchai Yong &…

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A West African green monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus) in Simenti, Senegal whose response to threat was compared with Vervet monkeys/AFP

Monkey experiments offer clues on origin of language

Green and vervet monkeys live on either side of Africa and their evolutionary paths diverged 3.5 million years ago, and yet the two species share a hard-wired vocabulary when faced…

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New sex offences law with harsher penalties now enforceable

Sex offenders, especially rapists and people who disseminate or share visual images such as video clips of sexual activities, will face harsher penalties under the newly-amended Criminal Code, which is…

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Prosecutors seek higher illegal hunting penalties for Premchai and gang

Public prosecutors appealed to the Appeals Court today against the verdicts and sentences imposed on construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta and three others, demanding higher penalties for illegal hunting in the…

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Dinosaur footprints found in Sakhon Nakhon national park

About a dozen footprints, from what is believed to have been a Theropod dinosaur, which existed on Earth about 140 million years ago, have recently been found embedded in stone…

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Director of ‘Friend Zone’ talks about the film and ‘soft power’

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Meet the Director “Friend Zone”

Director of ‘Friend Zone’ talks about the film and ‘soft power’

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The ortolan bunting, like one seen here in Lithuania, is a prized delicacy in France/AFP

Illegal hunting threatens songbird prized as delicacy: study

Every year, nearly five million breeding pairs of ortolan buntings — a type of tiny songbird classified as endangered in several countries — migrate from Europe to Africa for the…

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Pheu Thai turns to Thaksin’s son to woo Democrats and Bhumjaithai

With time running out, and desperate to form a majority pro-democracy government, the Pheu Thai party has resorted to enlisting the help of Mr. Panthongtae Shinawatra, the only son of…

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Increasing opposition to government withdrawing Philip Morris lawsuit

The Thailand Health Promotion Institute has joined anti-tobacco advocates in opposing the recommendation from the Foreign Ministry that the Thai government withdraw the 60 billion baht lawsuit against Philip Morris,…

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(Photo) Indonesia’s Joko Widodo (C), who has won a second term as president, spoke to reporters with his running mate Ma’ruf Amin (R) in Jakarta three days before the official results were announced/AFP

Indonesia opposition plans legal challenge after president’s re-election confirmed

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo comfortably won re-election in last month’s poll, an official count showed on Tuesday, throwing the spotlight on his opponent Prabowo Subianto who has…

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Photo: (AFP) Canada has also been dragged into the Huawei spat, after it arrested the firm’s CFO in December on a US extradition request

China formally arrests two Canadians on state secrets charges

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have formally arrested on state secrets charges two Canadians detained last year, the government said on Thursday, drawing condemnation from Canada in a case that…

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Facebook tightens live-streaming in crackdown on violence

Facebook will bar “dangerous” people from posting live videos on its platform, in response to the livestream of the March 2019 mosque massacre in New Zealand Facebook announced Wednesday it…

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Thai army to buy 37 US-made armored cars

The Royal Thai Army has placed an order for thirty seven 1126 Stryker armored cars from the United States, valued at an estimated US$80 million, under the Foreign Military Sales…

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Durian growers ask Commerce Ministry to find new export markets

Durian growers in the eastern province of Chanthaburi, Thailand’s largest source of the “king of Thai fruit”, have asked the Ministry of Commerce to seek new export markets for durian,…

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Six ex-PAD leaders among thousands pardoned by the King

Six former leaders of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PAD), a political group which was active over a decade ago, are among thousands of inmates pardoned by His Majesty the King…

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Six Prachachat candidates disqualified by EC

Six election candidates representing the Prachachat party have been disqualified by the Election Commission (EC) after they were found to be members of other parties as well. EC deputy secretary-general…

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Emperor Akihito’s abdication speech, 30 April 2019

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Pheu Thai MP-elect in Chiang Mai slapped with orange card by EC

Pheu Thai party’s prospective MP for Chiang Mai’s Constituency 8 has had his right to contest an election suspended for one year after the Election Commission (EC) faulted him for…

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Defence Ministry dismisses report on Gen Prawit’s wealth

Thailand’s Ministry of Defence has described as false a report on an overseas-based website which named Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, also defence minister, as being among Asia’s 45 richest…

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Prawit orders action against seasteading settlement off Phuket

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered the Royal Thai Navy and security agencies to take action against the planned seasteading settlement on the high seas off Phuket in accordance with international…

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Queen Sirikit in hospital for bladder inflammation treatment

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital suffering cystitis, which is an inflammation of the bladder, according to the Bureau of the Royal Household today. The Queen’s…

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Transport Co plans 9,000 bus trips a day from Bangkok for Songkran

The state-run Transport Company will increase its bus and passenger van services by 3,000 to 9,000 trips per day from April 10-13 to accommodate the sharp rise in the number of…

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Sacred water rite for coronation ceremony tomorrow

Formal activities preceding the Royal Coronation Ceremony of His Majesty the King will commence tomorrow with the drawing of sacred water in every of the 76 provinces throughout the country…

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Thanathorn summoned to acknowledge sedition charges 

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit complained today that his party is being intimidated by a “dark power which refuses to let go of Future Forward” after he was summoned by the police…

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PM to fly to Chiang Mai on Tuesday to discuss haze problem

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will fly to the northern province of Chiang Mai on Tuesday morning to chair a meeting of upper northern provincial governors to discuss the haze problem…

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Is the EEC’s future hanging in a balance?

The future of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) could hang in a balance as it remains uncertain which parties will form the new government.  The EEC, the massive-scale infrastructure project…

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Bhumjaithai party remains uncommitted 

Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has made clear that the party has not yet decided which of the two camps to join, the Pheu Thai-led or the Palang Pracharat-led coalitions,…

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Live Election 2019 Aftermath

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Abhisit quits Democrat helm after poll humiliation

Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has quit the helm of Thailand’s oldest party after the general election’s results showed the political camp perform well below par and could end up with…

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Skepticism over claim that majority support drilling near Si Thep historical park 

Conflicts over the pros and cons of an oil drilling project near the Si Thep historical park in Thailand’s lower northern province of Phetchabun, have flared up again after results…

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Gen Prawit says no coup after Sunday’s election

Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan assured the public today that there will not be a coup after the March 24th general election. Responding to questions about his role in maintaining peace and order around the…

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Tolls on two motorways waived April 10-18 for Songkran

For the Songkran break, Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday decided to waive tolls on the Bangkok-Pattaya and Bangkok-Bang Pa-in-Bang Phli motorways effective midnight on April 10th until midnight on April 18th….

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THAI resumes flights to Europe via China today

Thai Airways International is resuming flights to European destinations via China instead of Pakistan after an abrupt cancellation of several flights last night due to armed tensions between India and…

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2.5 million people register for early voting

As many as 2.5 million eligible voters have registered to vote in advance of the March-24 general election, Election Commission secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma disclosed on Tuesday.   He said that…

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Smog condition worsens in and around Bangkok today and likely to remain so until Feb 4

Smog problem in and around Bangkok appears to be getting out of control, with 39 areas being affected by excessive PM2.5 dust particles, especially in areas along Rama II road…

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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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Air quality in and around Bangkok worsens, posing health threats

What appeared to be like morning fog in and around Bangkok this morning was not actually fog but dust particles which pollution control experts said are worsening air quality in…

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Heavy rain causes widespread flooding in three southern provinces

Heavy rain that has battered the southern region for the past few days has caused flooding in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung provinces. In Nakhon Si Thammarat province,…

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Macron says nothing justifies violence as rioters run amok in central Paris

PARIS, BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that the wave of violence and vandalism in Paris on Saturday could not be justified as rioters ran…

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Demonstrators stand in front of a burning car during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, on December 1, 2018 in Paris Speaking at the Paris police’s command centre, French Prime Minister said 36,000 people were protesting across France, including 5,500 in the capital for this 3rd nationwide day of blockade ands demos.

Protest clashes erupt in Paris as anti-Macron rallies return

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters trying to tear down barricades on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday as hundreds converged on the city for new demonstrations, with anger…

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Finance mulls 5 percent VAT refund for shoppers as Chinese New Year’s gift

The Finance Ministry plans to introduce 5 percent value-added tax (VAT) refund as a Chinese New Year’s gift to shoppers who spend up to 20,000 baht during February 1-15 festive…

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Future Forward Party suspends activities of youth wing accused of budget misspending 

A fissure has erupted in the newly-formed Future Forward party when its executive committee on Wednesday decided to suspend the activities of its Bangkok youth wing, known as the “New…

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

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

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Rama II Hospital faulted for mishandling patient suffering from acid attack

The Public Health Ministry has found grounds to charge Rama II Hospital for its poor handling of a victim attacked with acid who later died after being refused treatment there…

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

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

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3.1 million more poor people to receive welfare cards

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

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Judge orders White House to return CNN’s Jim Acosta’s press pass

CNN’s Jim Acosta has returned to his post at the White House following a court ruling that forced the Trump administration to reinstate his press pass, CNN reported. Now President…

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Highly respected monk V. Vajiramedhi to be honored by UNHCR

Widely-respected Buddhist monk the Venerable V. Vajiramedhi has been honored as the patron of UNHCR in the field of peace and compassion, the first Thai ever honored with the prestigious…

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Law amended to allow assets management firms to manage non-performing assets

Amendments to the Assets Management Companies Act which will enable AMCs to manage or to accept transfer of non-performing assets from non-bank operators have  passed the deliberation of the Council…

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Petchkasem highway in Bang Saphan district reopened to traffic

Petchkasem highway in Bang Saphan district of the southern province of Prachuab Khiri Khan which was closed to traffic due to flooding on Friday has been reopened to normal traffic…

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Petchakasem highway in Bang Saphan district temporarily closed

The south-bound Petchakasem highway has been closed to traffic after a stretch of the road in Bang Saphan district of Prachuab Khiri Khan was heavily flooded.  The Highways Department said…

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University rectors want NACC to review assets declaration ruling

State university rectors are demanding the National Anti-Corruption Commission to reconsider its ruling requiring university council chairmen and members to declare their assets and liabilities. The demand for a review…

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“Popcorn”gunman sentenced to 37 years in jail by Supreme Court

An alleged gunman who came to the rescue of protesters of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) under attack by armed men at Lak Si intersection during the demonstration against…

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Chaturon explains why Pheu Thai core members are turning their back on the party

If anyone is wondering why several key veteran politicians are leaving the once powerful Pheu Thai Party to form new parties or to join some of the existing ones, one…

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20 school children injured in van accident in Lampang

About 20 school children were injured when a passenger van in which they were travelling to schools crashed into a roadside power pole apparently after one of the car tires…

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Crashed Indonesia jet had damaged airspeed indicator on last four flights

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said on Monday an airspeed indicator of a Boeing Co. 737 MAX plane that crashed last week killing all 189 people…

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US congressional midterm elections a referendum on President Trump?

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – For many Americans, Tuesday’s congressional midterm elections are a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump’s divisive persona, hard-line policies and pugnacious politics. But on the eve of…

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Dr Arthit denies he will visit Thaksin to apologize 

Rangsit University rector Dr Arthit Urairat on Monday dismissed as fake news a post in the social media purportedly from him, saying he felt guilty for having attacked former prime…

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