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Mystery woman safe after perilous airport stunt

SAMUT PRAKAN: An apparently disturbed foreign woman dropped safely onto airbags after dangling perilously for hours from 20-metre-high structural cables at Suvarnabhumi airport on Wednesday.

A day in photos

Drug trafficker Lao Ta at the court in Bangkok and a dancing prime minister in Kalasin are featured events on Dec 13, 2017.

51 overseas job seekers swindled by same broker

Fifty-one job seekers on Wednesday sought help from Crime Suppression Division police to hunt down a man they say swindled them out of a combined 5 million baht by promising them well-paid work overseas.

Philippines reviewing 12 applications for bitcoin exchanges

MANILA: The Philippine central bank is evaluating 12 applications for the registration of virtual currency (VC) exchanges after it issued permits to two firms earlier this year, but says it is not endorsing cryptocurrencies, including…

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Southeast Asia stocks recover from early falls

Most Southeast Asian stock markets recovered to close higher on Wednesday, with Singapore settling at its highest in 31 months.


US urges Cambodia to reverse steps against democracy

PHNOM PENH: The United States has called on Cambodia to reverse steps that "backtracked on democracy" before a general election next year, a visiting US official said on Wednesday.


Thai suspect in Erawan Shrine bombing allowed bail

The Bangkok Military Court on Wednesday released Wanna Suasan, the Thai suspect in the 2015 Erawan Shrine bombing, on bail of 1 million baht on the condition she remains in the country.


AirAsia says leasing unit deal should be finalised by March

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd hopes to reach a deal on the sale of its aircraft leasing unit by March, its group chief executive said on Wednesday, as the budget carrier seeks funds to return to shareholders.

Indonesia politician's graft trial delayed by stomach woes

JAKARTA: A top Indonesian politician accused of involvement in one of the country's biggest corruption scandals told a court on the first day of his trial he's suffering a stomach complaint, forcing a postponement while his medical…


Martial law in Philippines' south extended

MANILA: Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to extend martial law for all of next year on the southern island of Mindanao, a move the government says aims to thwart Islamist and…

Dusit zoo to move


The Zoological Park Organisation (ZPO) board confirmed on Tuesday that Dusit Zoo will be relocated out of the city to a new site in Pathum Thani.

Popular Japanese comic Detective Conan to go on hiatus

TOKYO: The long-running Japanese serial comic "Detective Conan" will go on hiatus starting this month due to health concerns of its author and illustrator Gosho Aoyama, a notice in the installment released Wednesday announced.


Life imprisonment for old drug kingpin Lao Ta

The Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced former Kuomintang fighter Lao Ta Saenlee, 77, to life imprisonment, and his son to death, for selling about 20 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, or "ice", to undercover agents in Chiang Mai…


PM attacks media over Prawit questions

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has defended his deputy, Prawit Wongsuwon, claiming the media created a fuss over the deputy premier's luxury accessories to cause division between them.


Laos pair held over cash stash

NONG KHAI: Two Lao nationals were arrested while they allegedly attempted to smuggle nearly 100 million baht in cash into Thailand through a border checkpoint in Muang district yesterday.


PM assures over political ban

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday insisted the regime would gradually ease its ban on political parties, and gave assurances it would be lifted in time to give politicians enough time to prepare for a general election.

Two nabbed on e-cigarette charges

PATHUM THANI: Two suspects were arrested for allegedly selling online electronic cigarettes via Facebook in Khlong Luang district yesterday.


Digital ads set to surge

Digital advertising is coming fast and furious, with market research firm Kantar Worldpanel Thailand predicting the segment to become the second-largest channel this year after TV for the first time in a decade.

Tuesday, Dec 12

Parole for jailed election commissioners

Former election commissioners Parinya Nakchatri and Wassana Permlarp were released on parole Tuesday evening after serving 18 months of a two-year prison sentence for facilitating electoral fraud.

A day in photos


Miss Thailand at Government House and a ceremony at the Giant Swing are featured events on Dec 12, 2017.

Thailand tops road death ranking list

Thailand now tops the rankings as the country with the highest death rate in road accidents, according to one global survey.

Snack attack

An average schoolchild requires 1,600 to 1,850kcal of energy per day. Let's say he eats three grilled pork skewers and a doughnut for breakfast, a pad Thai and a piece of chocolate cake for lunch before wrapping up his day with fried rice…

Monday, Dec 11

Bomb explodes in New York subway

A pipe bomb that was strapped to a man went off in the New York City subway near the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday, injuring the suspect and another person on the platform at the height of the morning rush hour, law enforcement…

A day in photos

Miss Thailand returning to Bangkok and a blaze in historical Phraeng Nara area are featured events on Dec 11, 2017.

Australian Hells Angels bikie arrested for smuggling 'ice'

An Australian who is a member of the Pattaya Hells Angels and his Thai wife have been charged with smuggling a large amount of crystal methamphetamine into the country, and assets worth about 20 million baht frozen for examination.

Rape of Rohingya 'sweeping, methodical'

UKHIA, Bangladesh: The newlyweds were asleep in their home in western Myanmar in June when seven soldiers charged in.

Sunday, Dec 10

Prawit ready to submit his bling letter

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will submit an explanation on his luxury watch and diamond ring to the National Anti-Corruption Commission Tuesday, a source close to Gen Prawit said.

The effects of digitalisation

This year marked a sea change with consumers became more accepting of digitalisation, especially regarding purchasing behaviour. From pre-purchase activities through to post-purchase consumption, evaluation and disposal activities,…

Prayut backs fight against corruption

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged all sectors of Thai society not to tolerate corruption and said he expects the country's position on the corruption perception index (CPI) to improve this year.

Bid to repel aquatic invaders

The arrival of alien fish in natural water sources, including rivers, canals and shrimp farms in Samut Songkhram and neighbouring provinces, is giving the Department of Fisheries a big headache.

Saturday, Dec 9

DJ and the PM

On the first Dec 5 National Day of the only active military regime in the world, the United States sent a so typically American message -- "Nice foreign relations we've got here. Be a shame if anything happened to them."

Activists to ask Constitutional Court to scrap NCPO order

Activists will petition the Constitutional Court to lift one of the junta’s orders on the grounds that it is an outright violation of the constitution.

Barking up the right trees

Koh Loi, a small garden in the middle of a pond in Lumpini Park is well known for normally being the park's quietest spot.

As 10 firms bail, JV last man standing in Bangkok bus bid

SCN-CHO, a joint venture, is the sole remaining bidder to supply 489 natural gas-powered buses for Bangkok after 10 firms pulled out of the race for the 4.02-billion-baht city bus project.

Friday, Dec 8

Phitsanulok child abused in sex video on Line

PHITSANULOK: Authorities say video of a couple having sex with their three-year old son was posted to a Line chat group, and they're hunting for the person who hired the couple.

UK, EU unlock Brexit impasse

LONDON: The UK and the European Union struck a deal to unlock divorce negotiations, opening the way for talks on what businesses are keenest to nail down -- the nature of the post-Brexit future.

Judicial EC picks face legality test


The Supreme Court's selection of two election commissioners may defy the law as the process was not an open one, says Election Commission (EC) member Somchai Srisutthiyakorn.

Clock ticking for blinged-out Prawit

A 30-day deadline has been given to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon to explain exactly how he acquired a luxury watch and diamond ring.