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Ivory sales in China finally end this month. But elephants aren’t yet safe.

December 14, 2017
Ivory sales in China finally end this month. But elephants aren’t yet safe.

As carvers lament the end of an era, the battle to end poaching is far from over. 
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First driverless car test on public road held in Japan

December 14, 2017

NAGOYA: Japan's first test of a remote-controlled driverless vehicle on a public road was held on Thursday in Aichi prefecture, home to Toyota Motor Corp and other auto companies.
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Prosecutors demand 25-year jail term for Park’s friend

December 14, 2017

SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors on Thursday demanded a 25-year prison term for the confidante of ousted South Korean President Park Geun Hye at the centre of a corruption scandal.
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Businessman arrested for exports to North Korea

December 14, 2017

KYOTO: A business executive and two others were arrested Thursday for allegedly exporting food and other items to North Korea in violation of the government's export ban, police said.
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Denmark considers using cryptocurrencies for aid

December 14, 2017

COPENHAGEN: Denmark sees potential for blockchain technology in humanitarian aid and said on Thursday it is considering becoming the first donor country to move money using cryptocurrencies.
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ECB keeps policy, guidance unchanged

December 14, 2017

FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank reaffirmed its ultra-easy policy stance on Thursday, promising to keep rates steady until after the end of bond buys and maintaining a pledge to increase the purchases, if necessary.
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Rising US output threatens global oil market balance

December 14, 2017

LONDON: The global oil market will likely show a surplus in the first half of 2018, as rising US supply offsets Opec's discipline in maintaining its production cuts for the whole of next year, the International Energy Agency (IEA)...
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Disney to buy Fox film, TV assets for $52.4bn in stock

December 14, 2017

NEW YORK: The Walt Disney Co on Thursday agreed to buy film, TV and international assets from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion (1.7 trillion baht) as Disney seeks greater scale to tackle growing competition from...
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Putin says US gripped by fabricated spymania

December 14, 2017

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the US was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump's opponents but he thought battered US-Russia relations would recover one day.
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Japan approves 2018 tax reform package

December 14, 2017

TOKYO: Japan's ruling coalition Thursday unveiled a tax reform package for fiscal 2018, which would raise income taxes on salaried workers earning over 8.5 million yen ($75,000) and taxes on tobacco products, as well as introduce a new departure...
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Abe may have hit a snag in plans to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution: His own party

December 14, 2017
Abe may have hit a snag in plans to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution: His own party

The prime minister is pressing ahead with plans to buy U.S. weapons, as urged by Trump.
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Fierce winds as firefighters battle California wildfire

December 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES: California firefighting crews may face on Thursday another round of fierce gusts that have fed a volatile wildfire, one of the largest in the state's history, as they protect homes from flames and build control lines.
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Fierce winds to intensify as firefighters battle California wildfire

December 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES: California firefighting crews may face on Thursday another round of fierce gusts that have fed a volatile wildfire, one of the largest in the state's history, as they protect homes from flames and build control lines.
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Most SE Asia stocks jump after Fed’s inflation caution

December 14, 2017

Most Southeast Asian stock markets jumped on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve's caution on inflation tempered expectations for interest rate tightening in 2018, while Singapore shares dropped after four straight sessions of gains.
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Bus overturns, Korean tourists injured

December 14, 2017

A tour bus taking 12 South Koreans to a hot spring overturned in Chiang Mai province on Thursday, seriously injuring one tourist and slightly injuring 13 other people.
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Indonesia central bank holds key rate at 4.25%, as expected

December 14, 2017

JAKARTA: Indonesia's central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday, as expected, as it aims to maintain financial stability following the much-anticipated rate hike by US Federal Reserve.
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Thai golfers in 2nd, 3rd positions at Indonesian Masters

December 14, 2017

JAKARTA: Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place after the first round of the Indonesian Masters on Thursday, while Phachara Khongwatmai (65) was tied in third position with Kim Giwhan.
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SET closes up 8.06 to 1,714.99

December 14, 2017

The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index advanced 0.47%, or 8.06 points, to 1,714.99 on Thursday.
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Storm warning for South, cool change elsewhere

December 14, 2017

Heavy rain is again expected in six southern provinces along the Gulf of Thailand this weekend, the Meteorological Department warned on Thursday.
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Japan, Myanmar leaders hold talks in Tokyo

December 14, 2017

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar President Htin Kyaw held a meeting on Thursday in Tokyo, with the Japanese leader expected to announce fresh support for infrastructure projects in the Southeast Asian country.
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Thailand cuts back North Korean trade to nearly ‘none’: Government

December 14, 2017

Thailand has drastically reduced trade with North Korea amid mounting international pressure to isolate the pariah state, the government said Thursday, as a senior US envoy arrived for talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme.
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Philippines holds rate; economists predict hike in 2018

December 14, 2017

The Philippine central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low, with economists forecasting it will start tightening policy in 2018 to curb inflation risk.
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Men arrested with 5.4m meth pills, 120kg of ‘ice’

December 14, 2017

Two men have been arrested with 5.4 million speed pills and 120 kilogrammes of 'ice' believed to be from Myanmar at a house in Muang district, Nonthaburi province.
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At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

December 14, 2017

International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces.
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Human rights lawyer faces Computer Crime charges for FB post

December 14, 2017

The police have summoned Anon Numpa, a human rights lawyer, and pro-democracy activist, to meet the police because of his Facebook post criticising a verdict. ? ? Anon Nampa (file photo) ? According to Thai Lawyers for Human...
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Toon charity run donations pass B800m

December 14, 2017

Ironman Toon Bodyslam has seen donations go beyond 800 million baht during his run in Kamphaeng Phet.
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Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 AMG Dynamic

December 14, 2017

The Cool Compact  Four-Door Coupé Benz by John K. Lindgren Not the “Baby-Benz” nor C-Class, E-Class or S-Class. This is the CLA. Bold, expressive styling, fully loaded and drives like a sport coupé.
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Tour operator’s B4bn frozen for alleged tax evasion

December 14, 2017

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) on Thursday placed a 90-day freeze on 4.25-billion-baht of zero-dollar tour operator OA Transport executives' assets, on suspicion of massive tax evasion.
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Myanmar revives overland route

December 14, 2017
Myanmar revives overland route

YANGON, 14 December 2017: Tourists can once more apply for permits to travel overland from Inle Lake to Keng Tung a historical city around 100 km from the border with China and 160 km from Thailand. The military...
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Suicide bomber kills at least 13 in Somalia’s capital

December 14, 2017

MOGADISHU: A suicide bomber in police uniform blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least 13 police officers, officials said.
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SET up 7.69 points to 1,714.62 at midday

December 14, 2017

The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index went up 7.69 points, or 0.45%, to close at 1,714.62 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 23.96 billion baht with 4.37 billion shares traded.
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Bitcoin fever exposes crypto-market frailties

December 14, 2017

LONDON/NEW YORK: As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10 million customers unable to...
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New book launch

December 14, 2017
New book launch

CHIANG RAI, 14 December 2017: Knowledge Media Group will release its latest guidebook, ‘The Best of Myanmar’ at a book launch, 27 December, hosted by Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake, Yangon. Publisher, Jaffee Yee, describes Best of Myanmar  as a “premium armchair...
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Suicide bomber kills at least 3 in Somalia’s capital

December 14, 2017

MOGADISHU: A suicide bomber in police uniform blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least three police officers, an official said.
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Duterte coal tax will make costly Philippines power even pricier

December 14, 2017

MANILA: Electricity prices in the Philippines, already among the highest in Southeast Asia, will probably rise after President Rodrigo Duterte signs legislation next week boosting taxes on coal, the nation’s main fuel for power plants.
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Jatuporn’s defamation jail terms halved

December 14, 2017

The Supreme Court has halved two prison terms given to red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan for accusing former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of ordering soldiers to kill protesters.
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