Malaysia plans special court on human trafficking as cases soar

January 15, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is setting up a special court to tackle rising numbers of human trafficking cases, in a move welcomed by campaigners who said it would help deliver justice to victims.
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Britain scrambles two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes

January 15, 2018

LONDON: Britain scrambled two Royal Air Force Typhoon jets on Monday from Scotland to intercept Russian planes near the United Kingdom's airspace, a defence ministry spokesman said.
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Tropical Singapore rugs up as temperatures drop

January 15, 2018

SINGAPORE: A dip in temperature in Singapore has prompted an unusual parade of fur jackets, scarves and other winter items in the streets of the perennially balmy city-state, as more northern parts of the globe shivered under Arctic conditions.
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2000 acres prepared for medical marijuana plantation

January 15, 2018

Thai government agencies are going to sponsor a large-scale?project to plant marijuana on over 2000 acres of land for the medical purpose. This project follows the movements of some high-level government officials who want to decriminalise cannabis in Thailand.? ? ? The National Farmers Council (NFC), after consultation with anti-drug agencies, has revealed...
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20 officials probed for ‘sponsored services’

January 15, 2018

Twenty government officials might have been implicated in human trafficking following the crackdown on a massage parlour in Bangkok on Friday.
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Philippine news website’s licence revoked after Duterte threat

January 15, 2018

The Philippine government has revoked the operating licence of leading news website Rappler, officials said Monday in a ruling denounced by President Rodrigo Duterte's critics as another blow to press freedom.
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SET closes at record high, outperforms SE Asian peers

January 15, 2018

Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Monday with Thailand closing at a record high, tracking gains in broader Asia after Wall Street extended its record-setting run.
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Malaysia upholds death sentences for 9 Filipinos

January 15, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Monday upheld death sentences handed down to nine men from the Philippines in connection with a 2013 incursion into the Malaysian part of Borneo island by Philippine fighters seeking to stake an ancient claim.
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Fire gutted tour speedboat being towed to Koh Phi Phi

January 15, 2018

The wreckage of the speedboat that exploded on Sunday is being hauled ashore on Phi Phi island so authorities can identify the cause of the blast that injured 16 Chinese tourists.
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A conversation with activist summoned 18 times for “attitude adjustment”.

January 15, 2018

Yiamyut Sutthichaya An activist with the Assembly of the Poor on the issue of the Pak Mun Dam, Krissakorn Silarak has been summoned to military bases 18 times. Kritsakorn spoke of the experience of his mother and coworker throwing their telephones in frustration with military pressure.? ? Summonses to a military base for...
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Education commission rejects 2% of university courses

January 15, 2018

The Higher Education Commission will ask various universities to suspend 182 courses it deems to be substandard for a period of two years.
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Singapore seeks to extradite ‘bank robber’ once jailed in Thailand

January 15, 2018

SINGAPORE: Singapore said on Monday it was seeking to extradite a Canadian man suspected of a rare bank robbery in the city-state, after he was detained by authorities in Britain last week.
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Myanmar says 1st camp for Rohingya will be ready next week

January 15, 2018

Myanmar officials say a camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees returning from Bangladesh will be ready by its promised deadline next week.
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Activists launch campaign to ‘disarm’ NCPO

January 15, 2018

Activist groups are inviting people to sign a petition calling for the annulment of 35 orders issued by the National Council for Peace and Order they say violate people's rights.
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Statement from Nobel Prize laureates to Chulalongkorn University

January 15, 2018

Dear Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn, Ph.D. President of Chulalongkorn University; Professor Thongtong Jansrangsu, President of the appeal committee of Chulalongkorn University and the board of the appeal committee. ? We, Nobel laureates, educators, scientists, academics and human rights activists, have been informed about the event in which 8 Chulalongkorn University students walked out of...
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Rescuers, police praised for helping tourists lost in Samui jungle

January 15, 2018

SURAT THANI: Volunteer rescuers and police have received a thumbs-up for helping five tourists unable to find their way out of a jungle on Koh Samui on Sunday night.
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Cats and small dogs lead pet growth in Thailand

January 15, 2018

Households with pets continue to rise in Thailand, with the purchase or adoption of cats showing the strongest growth, followed by small dogs. One of the major driving forces behind this trend is urbanization, as the migration from rural to urban areas shifts people into high-rise flats and condominiums, particularly in Pattaya and surrounding...
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12,000 flee as lava oozes from Philippine volcano

January 15, 2018

Thousands fled from their homes as lava oozed out of a rumbling Philippine volcano on Monday in what volcanologists described as a "quiet eruption", warning it could lead to a hazardous explosion within days.
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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 38

January 15, 2018

BAGHDAD: At least 38 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page.
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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25

January 15, 2018

BAGHDAD: At least 25 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page.
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Focus on ‘Chiang’ cities

January 15, 2018
Focus on ‘Chiang’ cities

CHIANG RAI, 15 January 2018: Three universities and a tourism office in far north Thailand are leading a mission to brand tourism and build cooperation with neighbouring countries. Chiang Rai’s provincial tourism office is funding the series of seminars, while the universities are providing content and research. Professors in business and tourism studies...
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Injuries at Indonesia bourse after floor collapse

January 15, 2018

JAKARTA: Indonesia's Stock Exchange reopened for the afternoon session on Monday after about a dozen people were injured in a floor collapse. All staff were safe, it said.
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People evacuated from Indonesia bourse

January 15, 2018

JAKARTA: Dozens of people were seen running from the Indonesian Stock Exchange in central Jakarta on Monday, Metro TV showed, after unconfirmed reports of a collapsed structure inside the building.
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Man hunted for kicking passing young boy to ground

January 15, 2018

Police from Bangkok's Hua Mak station are hunting for a man aged about 25 who viciously kicked and knocked down a small boy for no apparent reason as he walked passed the child and his grandmother in the street.
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Rocker Sek Loso accuses police of double standard

January 15, 2018

Rock singer Sek Loso has accused police of double standard in a Facebook clip after learning a local official facing similar charges was released on bail for a third of a surety required of him.
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Rocker Sek Loso reports to Nakhon Si Thammarat court

January 15, 2018

Rock singer Sek Loso has arrived in Nakhon Si Thammarat to report to the provincial court in connection with the gun-firing incident on Dec 29 last year.
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Best time to buy fares

January 15, 2018
Best time to buy fares

BANGKOK, 15 January 2018 – Singapore and Bangkok are among the top five air travel hubs for both economy and premium air travel according to the latest Expedia ARC Air Travel Outlook Report. The report also identifies the best months and days of the week to book air travel, while five air travel...
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India mulls tourism tax cuts

January 15, 2018
India mulls tourism tax cuts

NEW DELHI, 15 January 2018: India is plans to cut taxes on travel and tourism as part of the Union Budget that will offer incentives for an industry estimated to earn USD210-billion sector for the national economy, government sources told Thomson Reuters. The cut in taxes should boost economic growth and create more...
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RTAF wants engines replaced on new S.Korean jets

January 15, 2018

The Royal Thai Air Force is demanding South Korea replace the weather-damaged engines of two new KAI T-50 advanced jet trainer/light attack planes before it takes delivery.
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Thai family a focus at vigil for mudslides victims

January 15, 2018

MONTECITO, California: Thousands of people gathered Sunday night at a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the 20 people, including a Thai man, his son and his father-in-law, who were killed when mudslides ravaged a Southern California community.
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Man arrested selling fake ecstasy on Walking Street

January 15, 2018

PATTAYA: A 40-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly selling marijuana on Walking Street, and cough relief pills he claimed to be the drug ecstasy.
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Army APC crashes, kills bystander in Pattani

January 15, 2018

PATTANI: An armoured personnel carrier (APC) crashed into roadside stalls and parked vehicles in Muang district late on Sunday afternoon, killing a man and injuring two other people, and the victims' families are demanding the army driver be tested for alcohol consumption.
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Philippines volcano eruption possible ‘within weeks or days’

January 15, 2018

MANILA: The Philippines' chief volcanologist warned on Monday of a possible hazardous eruption at Mount Mayon "within weeks or even within days", as magma continued to pile up at the summit of the Southeast Asian country's most active volcano.
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Asia named as growth catalyst

January 15, 2018

Asia-Pacific will drive demand for air travel over the next two decades, according to the 2018 Air Travel Outlook report produced by Expedia in collaboration with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC).
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The value of old money

January 15, 2018

High-tech library, co-working space and museum rolled into one, the Bank of Thailand's new Learning Center -- recently opened to commemorate its 75th anniversary -- is shaping up to be Bangkok's latest riverside destination. Situated right by the Chao Phraya, with a picturesque view of the river, the centre is located across from the...
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Govt blitz on foreign buses stirs concern

January 15, 2018

Songkhla: Authorities have been urged to issue clear guidelines on the use of foreign-registered buses in the southern province of Songkhla following the recent seizure of Malaysian buses in Hat Yai.
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