Freedom of assembly, association ahead of election

December 19, 2017

Kornkritch Somjittranukit As the general election is scheduled less than one year from now, people are wondering whether the Thai junta will allow more freedom of association and assembly ahead of the election campaigns. We saw mixed signals last week. Meanwhile, a legal adviser to the junta has suggested ways to amend the...
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Commuters confront carnage in derailed US train

December 19, 2017

DUPONT, Washington: Daniel Konzelman was one of thousands of commuters barrelling along a highway outside Seattle on Monday morning when the emergency response training he learned as an Eagle Scout kicked in.
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Contraband cigarettes, whisky seized in Hat Yai

December 19, 2017

SONGKHLA: Smuggled cigarettes and liquor worth about 5 million baht was seized during overnight raids on three shops in Hat Yai district that have been searched for contraband three times previously this year, police said.
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New Berlin airport to finally open in 2020

December 19, 2017

BERLIN: Berlin's much-delayed new airport will open in October 2020, according to the airport's chief executive officer, almost a decade after a 2012 opening was called off with weeks to spare.
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Singapore issues more financial bans related to 1MDB scandal

December 19, 2017

SINGAPORE: Singapore's central bank on Tuesday said it had permanently barred Yeo Jiawei, a former wealth manager of Swiss bank BSI involved in breaches related to Malaysia's 1MDB fund, from managing financial services firms and advisory activities.
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BoI sending signal with EEC perks

December 19, 2017

The Board of Investment (BoI) yesterday approved the investment categories in the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECI) and the Eastern Economic Corridor of Digital (EECD) that will be entitled to its promotional privileges.
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SET opens up 5.25 to 1,728.96

December 19, 2017

Thai stocks opened up 0.30% at the start of trade this morning.
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Gold prices up B150 to 19,600

December 19, 2017

The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,147.08 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,500 baht per baht-weight for gold bar.
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Supersonic jet maker gets big shot in the arm

December 19, 2017

Dallas: Aerion Corp plans to sell as much as $200 million in debt as it teams up with Lockheed Martin Corp to build a private jet that flies faster than the speed of sound.
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Police unveil New Year road safety plans

December 19, 2017

Police will impound motorcycles in Bangkok whose drivers are caught not wearing a crash helmet, starting from Dec 28.
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Moei’s family turn down military meeting

December 19, 2017

The family of Pakapong "Moei" Tanyakan has every right to take their son's death to court, Supreme Commander Thanchaiyan Srisuwan said after the family declined to meet the military panel which was scheduled to officially inform them of its probe result yesterday.
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Suthep law call angers Dem leader

December 19, 2017

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has slammed former protest leaders Suthep Thaugsuban and Paiboon Nititawan for their push for amendments to the organic law on political parties.
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Analysts expect capital inflows to Asian equity

December 19, 2017

Asian equity markets are expected to continue attracting offshore capital inflows following the US Federal Reserve's remarks that interest rate normalisation will slow, say analysts.
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Deputy PMs deny party plans afoot

December 18, 2017

Gen Prawit Wongsuwon and Somkid Jatusripitak, both deputy prime ministers, deny claims a political party backed by the military will emerge to fight the next election.
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Spider ticket plan scuttles forward

December 18, 2017

The project to roll out Mangmoom, or Spider, cards that will allow commuters to travel with a single ticket is gathering pace as key modes of public transport are set to be integrated in November and December next year.
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New land prices unveiled for incoming tax change

December 18, 2017

The country's costliest land based on the Treasury Department's new appraisal prices, effective from Jan 1, 2018, is on Silom Road at 1 million baht per square wah, while the cheapest is in Khok Charoen district, Lop Buri, where each sq w is worth a mere 20 baht.
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A reluctant star

December 18, 2017

Jay Fai usually opens her shop around 3pm. But these days, no matter how early you get to Mahachai Road, it's likely you'll find a commotion and a line of people waiting for a seat. Plastic chairs have been put out on the footpath, but an army of cameras and phone-toting would-be customers still...
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Greens demand law against global warming

December 18, 2017

A national reform panel on natural resources and the environment is pushing for a draft bill to fight global warming and climate change which is the first of its kind in the country, says a member of the panel and green economist.
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MRTA demands Bestlin move rejected buses

December 18, 2017

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) will file a lawsuit against Bestlin Group later this month if the company does not move 84 NGV-fuelled buses from the authority's maintenance centre, acting MRTA governor Rithika Suparat says.
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Rupture between Afghan president, regional leader could shake fragile government

December 18, 2017
Rupture between Afghan president, regional leader could shake fragile government

Atta Mohammad Noor is the last remaining Afghan regional strongman.
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Everton thrash Swansea in EPL match-up

December 18, 2017

LIVERPOOL: Wayne Rooney had one penalty saved and scored another in Everton's 3-1 win over last-place Swansea in the Premier League that maintained the team's resurgent form under recently-hired manager Sam Allardyce on Monday.
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Government ‘too slow to probe Prawit’

December 18, 2017

The government is adopting double standards in its probe of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon's assets, says Pheu Thai Party's acting deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard.
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AIS, True demand 4G concession fee delay

December 18, 2017

Advanced Info Service (AIS) and True Move have joined together to ask the government to invoke Section 44 to ease their financial burden, extending the due date of their last 4G licence payment, originally scheduled for 2019, for another five years.
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New Parks bans: No alcohol, no pets

December 18, 2017

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation warned New Year revellers on Monday not to take their pets, mostly cats and dogs, into national parks across the country as it fears diseases could be passed on from them to wildlife.
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US vetoes UN resolution on Jerusalem

December 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other UN Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a vote that showed the depth of global opposition to the US move.
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Atlanta airport restored; thousands of flights affected

December 18, 2017

ATLANTA: Hundreds of flights were cancelled and long lines snaked throughout the world's largest airport Monday as the nation's air-travel system struggled to get back on schedule after a crippling power outage in Atlanta that struck just days before the Christmas travel rush.
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‘Many deaths’ as US Amtrak train derails near Seattle

December 18, 2017

TACOMA, Washington: An Amtrak passenger train derailed south of Seattle in Washington state on Monday, and authorities reported "injuries and casualties".
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7 best Bangkok temples

December 18, 2017

Bangkok is full of temples, which the people of Thailand call "wats." Here's a look at seven of the best for visitors to see.
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‘Icebox killer’ sentenced to almost 44 years

December 18, 2017

A Bangkok court has sentenced an Irish man to 43 years and 10 months in jail for attempting to kill a policeman, forging passports and moving the dismembered body of an American businessman found in a freezer in a high-profile case last year.
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Passport forger sentenced to almost 44 years

December 18, 2017

A Bangkok court has sentenced an Irish man to 43 years and 10 months in jail for attempting to kill a policeman, forging passports and moving the dismembered body of an American businessman in a high-profile case last year.
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Algerian nabbed at Suvarnabhumi on theft charges

December 18, 2017

An Algerian has been arrested on theft charges as he was returning to Thailand at Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday.
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Holiday travel chaos ahead after Atlanta airport outage

December 18, 2017

ATLANTA: While power has been restored to the world's busiest airport, the travel woes will linger for days.
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Lead singer of South Korean boy band Shinee dies

December 18, 2017

SEOUL: The lead singer of South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, several news outlets including the Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information.
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New ban proposed for people who do not vote

December 18, 2017

CHIANG MAI: A panel vetting the MP organic law has discussed an additional penalty for eligible voters who have failed to cast the ballot -- they may not work for a public service for two years.
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Landslide kills at least 8 Indonesian miners on slope of volcano

December 18, 2017

JAKARTA: A landslide on the slopes of Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano on Java island on Monday killed at least eight people mining sand and stones and injured eight, the country's disaster mitigation agency said.
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Vietnam stocks lead SE Asian peers on Sabeco stake sale

December 18, 2017

Vietnam shares rose more than 2% on Monday, helped by a US$5 billion stake sale in state-owned Saigon Beer Corporation (Sabeco) in the country's biggest ever privatisation process, while Philippines rose on bargain-hunting after last week's losses.
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