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Big Ben bell to go silent for repairs until 2021

August 21, 2017

LONDON - The British Parliament's Big Ben bell is due to sound the hour for the last time before it is silenced for repair work scheduled to last until 2021.
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The Latest: Spain official confirms ID of attacker at large

August 21, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain -- The latest on the aftermath of the Spain attacks (all times local):
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Scholars: Refuse to bow down to China censorship pressure

August 21, 2017

BEIJING -- Scholars are petitioning Cambridge University Press to restore more than 300 politically sensitive articles removed from its website in China after a request from authorities, underscoring concerns about freedom of speech and the Chinese government's increasing leverage over academic organisations.
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Orders open Tuesday for royal cremation coins

August 21, 2017

The Treasury Department will accept orders for special coins commemorating King Rama IX's cremation at banks and state financial institutions from Aug 22 to Sept 30.
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Korean Thai Chamber of Commerce event at Dusit Thani Pattaya

August 21, 2017

Dusit Thani Pattaya Executive Assistant Manager Larry Choi (left) welcomed Kim Do Soon (middle), president of the Korean Thai Chamber of Commerce and CEO of Hangkang LED. Kim arrived at the hotel to attend a gathering of managing directors,...
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University of Texas to remove Confederate statues

August 21, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas President Greg Fenves has ordered the removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures from a main area of campus, saying such monuments have become “symbols of modern white...
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Bangkok’s monorail makes progress

August 21, 2017
Bangkok’s monorail makes progress

BANGKOK, 21 August 2017: Bombardier Transportation has announced two contracts for its Innovia Monorail 300 system for two mass rapid transit lines in Thailand. The contracts are with the Northern Bangkok Monorail Co Ltd (NBM) and the Eastern...
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SET rises 4.69 to 1,571.22 at midday

August 21, 2017

The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 4.69 points or 0.30% to close at 1,571.22 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 17.2 billion baht, with 3.28 billion shares traded.
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Singaporeans fast track immigration

August 21, 2017
Singaporeans fast track immigration

BANGKOK, 21 August 2017: The first automated passport checkpoints opened at the weekend at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in a bid to reduce long queues at immigration checkpoints. The automated channels are now open to Singaporean travellers in the...
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Funding allocated to expand Khon Kaen, Krabi airports

August 21, 2017

The Department of Airports has been allocated 9.61 billion baht to expand Khon Kaen and Krabi airports to at least double their passenger-handling capacities within four years.
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Thai tourism trends positive

August 21, 2017
Thai tourism trends positive

BANGKOK, 21 August 2017: Foreign tourist visits to Thailand increase 4.81% in July to reach 3,088,042 according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, permanent secretary Pongpanun Svetarundra. The top  region was East Asia followed by Europe, South...
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PM kicks off two-day mobile cabinet meeting

August 21, 2017

NAKHON RATCHASIMA - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha arrived in Nakhon Ratchasima on Monday morning for a two-day mobile cabinet meeting.
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Fewer gates for eVisa travel

August 21, 2017
Fewer gates for eVisa travel

PHNOM PENH, 21 August 2017: Travellers should be aware that Cambodia’s eVisa is not available at every immigration checkpoint in the country. Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced, last week, a decision to restrict the...
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Expedia beefs up hotel support

August 21, 2017
Expedia beefs up hotel support

BANGKOK, 21 August 2017 – Expedia  launched its Rev+ tool in Thailand this week for hotel partners. As part its partner portal, Expedia PartnerCentral, helps helps hotels to manage their online rates better and gain insights on their...
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Millions of Americans await awe-inspiring total solar eclipse

August 21, 2017

SALMON, Idaho/MURPHY, North Carolina -- Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast...
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China to relaunch the world’s fastest bullet trains

August 21, 2017

BEIJING -- China is relaunching the world's fastest bullet trains, running at 350 kilometres per hour.
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In Vietnam, best education can mean worse job prospects

August 21, 2017

HANOI -- Nguyen Van Duc graduated two years ago with a bachelor’s degree in economics from one of Vietnam’s best universities. Today, he earns about $250 a month as a motorbike taxi driver in Hanoi.
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3.9m ya ba pills hidden in cold-storage truck

August 21, 2017

The driver of a cold-storage truck was arrested after a hidden compartment containing about 3.9 million methamphetamine pills was found in his vehicle in Lampang province on Sunday.
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US warship hits tanker near Singapore; 10 missing

August 21, 2017

SINGAPORE -- At least 10 US sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker early Monday east of Singapore, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in...
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Phra Phayom receives 11 stitches after slip and fall

August 21, 2017

Outspoken monk Phra Phayom Galayano is believed to have escaped serious injury after he slipped and fell on a wet floor at his temple.
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US, S.Korea begin military drills amid N.Korea tensions

August 21, 2017

SEOUL -- South Korean and US forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, amid reports that Pyongyang has generated at least $270 million since February despite UN sanctions.
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Myanmar men appeal against death sentences over British murders in Thailand

August 21, 2017

Two men from Myanmar convicted of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island in 2014 submitted their final appeal on Monday against the death sentence.
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NCO denies foul play in conscript’s death

August 21, 2017

SURAT THANI - The corporal in charge at Vibhavadi Rangsit Military Camp in Muang district on Saturday night has denied any physical abuse of conscripts under his watch, following the death of 21-year-old Pvt Noppadol Worakitpan.
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SEA Games: Bus carrying squash players involved in accident

August 21, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Buses transporting SEA Games squash players en route to the Bukit Jalil national stadium were involved in an accident Monday (Aug 21) morning, according to police. The accident involved two buses carrying 13 athletes from Thailand, five...
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Economy grew faster than forecast at 3.7% last quarter

August 21, 2017

Thailand’s economy grew at a faster pace than economists forecast last quarter, buoyed by tourism and exports.
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Hilton Pattaya’s Flare Restaurant offers flair, finesse and good taste

August 21, 2017

by Mick & Di, The Food Lovers thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com Soaring over Central Festival Pattaya Beach leisure complex, ascending 34 levels into the heavens is sited the luxurious Hilton Pattaya. Italian minimalist interior design has contributed to impart a neutral zen-type...
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SET up 1.56 points at opening

August 21, 2017

Thai stocks opened up 0.10% at the start of trade this morning.
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US warship collides near Singapore; 10 missing

August 21, 2017

SINGAPORE -- The USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday, just two months after another US warship was involved in a fatal crash near Japan. Ten sailors are missing and five are...
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Tapioca price control planned

August 21, 2017

Thai tapioca exporters have agreed to stop lowering prices to put a lid on the losses incurred by local farmers, industry officials said last week.
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Airbnb holds out for state support to gain foothold

August 21, 2017

Airbnb, an online service that lets property owners rent out their residences directly to others, is calling for legal support from the Thai government, saying its business model can help strengthen the local economy and generate more income for...
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Developers sweeten pot for buyers

August 21, 2017

Developers are offering free or low monthly instalments for up to three years to speed clearance of ready-to-transfer condominiums and to cushion against high rejection rates for housing loans.
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Govt to offer incentives to port investors

August 21, 2017

Authorities are seeking approval from Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak for a new benefit-sharing arrangement between state and private sectors to give four river and sea ports shunned by investors a new lease on life.
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Far-reaching changes afoot for excise tax

August 20, 2017

Organic laws concerning the new excise tax rates, which will apply to all products subject to excise duties except for alcohol and cigarettes, will top the cabinet's agenda this week.
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LCCs bite into legacy carriers’ air traffic

August 20, 2017

As low-cost carriers' (LCCs) portion of air traffic continues to soar in Thailand, legacy airlines are seeing their share of the sky shrink.
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Buri Ram airport upgrade gets approval

August 20, 2017

Buri Ram: The province is set to expand its commercial airport to accommodate growing visitor traffic after it was granted a budget of 140 million baht for the project.
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Ex-minister warns against Bestlin bids

August 20, 2017

Allowing Bestlin Group to join a fresh round of bidding for 489 city buses would be an affront to the government's anti-graft campaign, warns former finance minister Korn Chatikavanij.
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