Koreas plan Olympic first with joint women’s hockey team. But many in the South are not happy.

January 17, 2018
Koreas plan Olympic first with joint women’s hockey team. But many in the South are not happy.

The announcement — part of North-South outreach for next month’s Games — brought quick backlash in South Korea as too much of a concession toward thawing relations.
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Rival Koreas agree to form unified Olympic team

January 17, 2018

SEOUL: The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said.
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Clock ticks on Thai general as online sleuths count his Rolexes

January 17, 2018

Thailand's junta number two has been snapped with 25 different luxury watches worth $1.2 million since a 2014 coup, social media sleuths said Wednesday, a day after the ex-general vowed to resign if a graft panel finds him guilty of wrongdoing.
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Second giant panda cub born in Malaysia

January 17, 2018

A giant panda loaned to Malaysia from China has given birth to a second cub during its stay in the Southeast Asian country, zoo officials said Wednesday.
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Malaysian sultan gets Flintstones car

January 17, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian sultan has been given a life-size replica of Fred Flintstone's car from the classic cartoon, although the modern update has an engine so he won't tire out his regal feet.
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Britain appoints minister for loneliness

January 17, 2018

LONDON: Britain has appointed a minister for loneliness to take forward the work of murdered lawmaker Jo Cox and tackle the isolation felt by more than one in ten people in the UK.
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Newley’s Notes 118: Hot CES Gadgets; Facebook’s Big Change; HQ Trivia is Killing It

January 17, 2018
Newley’s Notes 118: Hot CES Gadgets; Facebook’s Big Change; HQ Trivia is Killing It

Edition 118 of my email newsletter went out on Sunday. To join the list, simply enter your email address here . It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends.
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Pakistan police arrest man in rape, murder of 7-year-old girl

January 17, 2018

LAHORE, Pakistan: Pakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl that ignited nationwide protests and outrage over allegations of government inaction, two police officials said.
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Myanmar police shoot dead 7 protesters in troubled Rakhine

January 17, 2018

YANGON: Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators and 12 were injured in troubled Rakhine State, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent.
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Inthanin Coffee to open doors in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh

January 17, 2018

Inthanin, a Thai chain of cafes, is preparing its entrance into the booming local market, planning to open its first outlet in the kingdom this year.
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Highway cop suspected of aiding wife’s drug trafficking

January 17, 2018

A senior highway policeman is under suspicion of helping his wife, who is already in custody, deliver drugs from Laos to the far South after he was found in a house raided by narcotics police in Pathum Thani on Tuesday.
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Japanese public TV says staffer sent missile alert in error

January 17, 2018

TOKYO: Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Wednesday that an erroneous alert about a North Korean missile fired at Japan was sent by a staff member who meant to transmit a different news flash.
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Thai stocks end higher, lead Southeast Asian peers

January 17, 2018

The Stock Exchange of Thailand index ended higher and outperformed other stocks in Southeast Asia on Wednesday.
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Finnish air hostess found dead in Phuket hotel

January 17, 2018

PHUKET: A Thomas Cook Airlines stewardess was found dead inside a hotel room in Thalang district on Wednesday.
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Luksika Kumkhum beats Bencic in Australian Open

January 17, 2018

Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum defeated Belinda Bencic 6-1, 6-3 in a match on Melbourne Park's third show court.
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Anti-corruption bill allows junta to infiltrate checks and balances

January 17, 2018

Kornkritch Somjittranukit A new organic bill appears to breach the constitution, by allowing the current National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) chairman, who has a close connection with the junta, to continue sitting in office despite being constitutionally ineligible.? ? Over the past week, the Thai public has questioned the NACC over its ability to...
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Medical Council to probe doctor-patient brawl

January 17, 2018

The Medical Council of Thailand will investigate an incident in which a doctor and the father of a child brought in for treatment argued angrily, grappled and hit out at each other.
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‘Biggest loan shark’ surrenders, held in custody

January 17, 2018

Wanted loan shark Wichai Pan-ngam, 47, of Pathum Thani, the alleged leader of the so-called "helmet gang", has surrendered to the Department of Special Investigation after over a year on the run.
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Myanmar army’s popularity surges amid Rohingya crackdown

January 17, 2018

Activist Nyo Tun spent 10 years as a political prisoner locked away by Myanmar's military in the notorious Insein prison, where he endured beatings and other cruelty for his efforts to bring democracy.
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Indonesia sends military to help fight health crisis in Papua

January 17, 2018

JAKARTA: Indonesia is deploying military paramedics to carry food and vaccines to a remote part of its easternmost province of Papua, where reports say at least 61 infants died from malnutrition and diseases such as measles.
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Vietnam oil executives apologise to Communist Party in trial

January 17, 2018

HANOI: Vietnamese executives on trial for losses at a scandal-hit state oil firm used their final statement in court on Wednesday to apologise to the ruling Communist Party, media said, as Vietnam's biggest corruption trial for years draws to a close.
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Four Phangan police purged over mourning-period beach party

January 17, 2018

SURAT THANI: Four senior police officers on Koh Phangan have been transferred out of the island for allowing a beach party to take place when the country was observing a mourning period for the late King Bhumibol.
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Sek Loso reports to acknowledge charge of drug use

January 17, 2018

Rock star Sek Loso reported to Bangkok police on Wednesday to acknowledge a charge of drug use after a urine test showed traces of methamphetamine and ecstasy.
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Myanmar police shoot dead seven protesters in troubled Rakhine

January 17, 2018

YANGON: Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators and 12 were injured in troubled Rakhine State, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent.
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NACC membership issue heads to Constitutional Court

January 17, 2018

The controversial approval of legislation allowing all nine members of National Anti-Corruption Commission to remain in office is likely to be challenged in the Constitutional Court by disgruntled members of the National Legislative Assembly.
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People to march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen to demand back civil rights

January 17, 2018

Thaweeporn Kummetha A network of civil societies will march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen next week to demand back civil rights and public participation after their rights have been taken away over three years of junta regime. The march will also gather 10,000 signatures to propose the people’s version of the environmental law.?...
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‘Dust sculptures’ warn of danger from polluted air

January 17, 2018

Artist Rueangsak Anuwatwimon has applied his talent to awakening people to an invisible threat they unwittingly breathe in - by incorporating ultra fine dust collected from polluted areas across Thailand in his human sculptures.
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Taipei rocked by 5.7-magnitude earthquake

January 17, 2018

TAIPEI: A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Taipei on Wednesday afternoon, according to the government, with several witnesses reporting a slight rocking of buildings in downtown Taipei.
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JD.com widens SE Asian presence with Tiki deal

January 17, 2018

BEIJING: Chinese online retailer JD.com Inc has made an investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn, expanding its Southeast Asia business amid growing competition in the region from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Amazon.com Inc.
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Prosecutors drop lese majeste charges against Sulak

January 17, 2018

Military prosecutors on Wednesday dropped lese majeste charges against 85-year-old historian and social critic Sulak Sivarasa brought over a comment he made about King Naresuan the Great more than three years ago.
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Purge starts of encroachers on Samui, Phangan

January 17, 2018

SURAT THANI: Authorities are gearing up for action against people illegally occupying land on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan after an aerial survey revealed large scale forest encroachment on the two tourist islands.
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AKARYN appoints resort manager

January 17, 2018
AKARYN appoints resort manager

PHUKET, 17 January 2018: AKARYN Hotel Group has appointed Thomas Koessler as its new cluster resorts manager for two hotels in Phang Nga province on the mainland facing Phuket island. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations at Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa and akyra Beach Club Phuket. A native of Austria,...
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Thailand rolls passed 35 million mark

January 17, 2018
Thailand rolls passed 35 million mark

BANGKOK, 17 January 2018: Thailand closed 2017 with 35.38 million arrivals after December registered a record 3.5 million visits that generated an estimated THB1.9 trillion in revenue for the economy. The tally is based on foreign arrivals logged by the Immigration Bureau at airports, land or river/sea border checkpoints, nationwide. and based on...
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Are REITs better than property funds?

January 17, 2018

First introduced in 2014 to replace the Property Funds for Public Offering (PFPO) scheme, REITs have gained popularity and played an increasingly important role in Thailand's real estate industry.
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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed again

January 17, 2018

HONG KONG: Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, 21, was sentenced to a second jail term of three months on Wednesday for what a judge described as his "leading" role during some of the 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" street demonstrations.
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Lèse majesté charges dropped against Sulak over ancient king’s elephant battle

January 17, 2018

All charges were dropped Wednesday morning against Sulak Sivaraksa, renowned social critic and historian, who questioned whether an ancient story of a Thai king’s elephant battle was apocryphal. ? Sulak?walked out of a military courtroom just before 10am after charges of royal defamation and computer crimes were dropped three years after he publicly...
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