Vietnam unveils cyber unit to combat ‘wrong views’

December 26, 2017

HANOI: Vietnam has unveiled a new, 10,000-strong military cyber warfare unit to counter "wrong" views on the internet, media reported, amid a widening crackdown on critics of the one-party state.
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Land reform officials jailed for Khao Yai land sale

December 26, 2017

A court in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday sentenced 12 officials of the Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) to 10 years in jail each for illegally issuing title deeds on reserved agricultural land covering 150 rai near the Khao Yai National Park in the province and selling them for 1.5 billion baht.
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Cabinet gives nod to New Year’s gifts

December 26, 2017

The cabinet has approved New Year’s gifts to people, ranging from free rice and discounted products to soft loans.
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Vietnam escapes damage after typhoon takes heavy toll in Philippines

December 26, 2017

HANOI: A storm that battered the Philippines killing more than 230 people in floods and landslides lost its power on Tuesday as it passed over Vietnam where hundreds of thousands had taken cover.
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Donations continue after Toon finished charity run

December 26, 2017

Donations to rocker Artiwara Kongmalai's charity run have continued after he completed his South-North marathon, exceeding 1.2 billion baht as he was ceremonially welcomed in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai on Tuesday.
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Junta’s lawmakers proposes more penalties for election absentee

December 26, 2017

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) may ban people who fail to go to vote from working for the government in a bid to increase the penalty for absentees of an election. Moreover, the Election Commission may have a new power to call for a re-election as it sees fit.?? ? On 25 December...
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New Year’s Eve in Japan: watching a hit TV show about a man who eats alone

December 26, 2017
New Year’s Eve in Japan: watching a hit TV show about a man who eats alone

“The Solitary Gourmet” serves up escapism for Japan’s stressed salarymen.
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Egypt hangs 15 militants for killing security forces in Sinai

December 26, 2017

CAIRO: Egypt on Tuesday executed 15 militants convicted of carrying out attacks that killed security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, security sources said.
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Pakistan army says Indian fire kills 3 soldiers in Kashmir

December 26, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Three Pakistani soldiers have been killed by Indian fire across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, Pakistani officials said Tuesday.
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SET closes up 2.26 to 1,752.48

December 26, 2017

The Stock Exchange of Thailand closed up 0.13%, or 2.26 points, after briefing setting a record during intraday trade on Tuesday.
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Tax deductions approved for touring 55 provinces

December 26, 2017

The cabinet on Tuesday approved annual income tax deductions of up to 15,000 baht for people visiting 55 "second-tier" tourism provinces next year.
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Somalia IS chapter urges holiday attacks

December 26, 2017

JOHANNESBURG: A group that monitors extremist organizations says the Islamic State group has posted what is thought to be the first video from IS-affiliated fighters in Somalia.
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Cabinet extends tax break for start-ups

December 26, 2017

The cabinet has approved a second one-year extension to the tax measure supporting start-ups in 10 target industries.
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Topless activist tries to snatch Jesus statue from Vatican crib

December 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY: A topless activist from the feminist group Femen tried to snatch the statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square on Monday but was stopped by police as she grabbed it.
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Court jails seven for murder of disabled bread man

December 26, 2017

Six young men and a woman have been convicted of the savage murder of a disabled bread delivery man, sentenced to between 12 and 19 years imprisonment and ordered to pay compensation of 750,000 baht to the victim’s family
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British navy escorts Russian warship near UK waters

December 26, 2017

LONDON: British officials say the Royal Navy has escorted a Russian warship through the North Sea near UK waters.
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Cartoons mocking junta voted best FB page of 2017

December 26, 2017

A cartoonist mocking the junta is the most popular Facebook page of the year according to a poll by Prachatai while an exiled historian who consistently posts news about Thai royal family was voted the third.? ? During the past two weeks, Prachatai has conducted an online poll on Facebook, asking respondents what...
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Shanghai to limit population to 25m by 2035

December 26, 2017

SHANGHAI: China's financial hub of Shanghai will limit its population to 25 million people by 2035 as part of a quest to manage "big city disease", the cabinet has said.
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SET falls 0.85 to 1,749.37 at midday

December 26, 2017

The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went down 0.85 points, or 0.05%, to close at 1,749.37 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 25.48 billion baht, with 4.1 billion shares traded.
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Vietnam’s 2017 FDI inflow rises 10.8%

December 26, 2017

HANOI: Vietnam received an estimated $17.5 billion (573 million baht) in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2017, up 10.8% from the previous year, the government's ministry of planning and investment said.
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Vietnam’s 2017 FDI inflow rises 10.8% -govt

December 26, 2017

HANOI: Vietnam received an estimated $17.5 billion (573 million baht) in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2017, up 10.8% from the previous year, the government's ministry of planning and investment said.
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Multiple attacks in far South overnight

December 26, 2017

NARATHIWAT: Several checkpoints in Narathiwat were attacked by gunmen, a microwave tower set on fire and roads blocked by felled trees and burning tyres on Monday night.
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Foreign suspect ‘poses as Pattaya cop’ to prey on tourists

December 26, 2017

CHON BURI: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a foreign suspect who has allegedly claimed to be a police officer to extort or steal money from tourists holidaying in the resort city of Pattaya.
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Building owner, manager arrested in deadly S.Korean fire

December 26, 2017

SEOUL: South Korean police have arrested the owner and the manager of a building where 29 people died in a fire last week, accusing the pair of multiple safety lapses, including blocked exits and malfunctioning sprinkler systems.
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Corruption is worse in US, says Cambodian graft buster

December 26, 2017

PHNOM PENH: The chairman of the Anti-Corruption Unit declared yesterday that corruption was present in every country, and was worse in the United States than in Cambodia.
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‘Vulgar butcher’ receives China’s harshest sentence yet in crackdown

December 26, 2017

BEIJING: China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence to be passed so far in a government crackdown on activism that began more than two years ago.
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Peruvians march against Fujimori pardon for 2nd day

December 26, 2017

LIMA: Hundreds of Peruvians filled the streets of downtown Lima on Monday to protest a pardon granted to former leader Alberto Fujimori, calling on President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to step down in a second day of unrest.
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SET opens up 0.42 to 1,750.64

December 26, 2017

Thai stocks opened up 0.02% at the start of trade this morning.
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Gold prices up B100 to B19,850

December 26, 2017

The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,389.64 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,750 baht per baht-weight for gold bar.
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F5: Digital security demand increasing

December 26, 2017

The national e-payment scheme, mobile banking and smart factories are driving demand for application security service technology in Thailand, says a US-based application delivery network firm.
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BoT governor to keep accommodative policy

December 26, 2017

As inflationary pressure remains subdued, the Bank of Thailand will continue with its accommodative stance to support the country's economic recovery, the central bank's chief says.
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Asean-China FTA cuts tariffs on 400 more items

December 26, 2017

Import tariffs on around 400 items traded between Asean and China will be cut to 0-5%, starting from Jan 1, 2018, as part of the continuing stages of the Asean-China free trade agreement (FTA). The pact is expected to help double trade value between the two sides to US$1 trillion (32.7 trillion baht) by...
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Tourism rebates tipped to spread wealth

December 26, 2017

Tax breaks for tourism spending in secondary provinces from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2018 will go before the cabinet today. The move is intended to distribute income to these provinces and make the recovery more broad-based.
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Revival of supersonic travel faces headwinds

December 26, 2017

Supersonic passenger travel, which died out with the Concorde's demise in 2003, will make a comeback by the mid-2020s if three US entrepreneurial companies can make jets quiet and efficient enough to win over buyers and fliers.
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NBTC backs Section 44 for digital TV

December 25, 2017

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has officially endorsed a three-year suspension of terrestrial digital TV operators' licence payments by requesting that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) invoke Section 44, allowing operators to postpone their payments.
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New Year rush to increase passenger traffic by 6.6%

December 25, 2017

Passenger traffic through Thailand's key airports during the New Year holiday season is expected to surge 6.6%.
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