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Thirteen injured in passenger van-pickup crash


Chon Buri: Thirteen people were injured in a crash involving a passenger van and a pickup truck in Bang Lamung district on Friday morning.

Regime admits election uncertainty hurts corruption ranking

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Thailand scored poorly in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) because of its political system, a lack of transparency concerning government officials, compromised press freedom and a low level of public participation in national…

Science Says: European art scene began with Neanderthals

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NEW YORK: From the murky depths of Spanish caves comes a surprising insight: Neanderthals created art.

Black markets


More than half of the approximately 1,000 markets operating across Bangkok are running illegally, city governor Aswin Kwanmuang says, as authorities ramp up efforts to address the problem.

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Land of smiles buried behind face masks


Greenpeace has implored Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to deal with the haze that continues to blacken Bangkok's air after weeks of toxic smog, presenting him with a "symbolic" dust-filled sandglass Thursday to stress how time is running…

Ministry downplays need for southern power plants

The government says construction of new large-scale power plants in southern Thailand is unlikely over the next five years, arguing that existing power plants are capable of meeting demand.


Carcinogen levels in school, public milk supplies 'safe'


The levels of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) carcinogens in school and public milk samples have met international food standards which means they are safe for students, the Foundation for Consumers says.

Online-based economy to skyrocket through 2025


Thailand's digital economy is expected to reach US$37 billion (1.17 trillion baht) by 2025, out of $200 billion in Southeast Asia, of which e-commerce and ride-hailing services comprise the major share, according to a study by Google and…

Digital Park master plan takes shape


The government is set to finish the final master plan for Digital Park Thailand's construction by March before starting roadshows abroad this year to attract foreign investment.


Pheu Thai denies Thaksin influence

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The Pheu Thai Party denies former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is pulling the strings behind the former ruling party, which may be considered a violation of the new charter prohibiting a party from being influenced or controlled by an…


German fake-news scandal: 'Bild' hoodwinked


BERLIN: Germany's biggest-selling daily newspaper Bild came under pressure on Wednesday after a satirical magazine claimed it made up emails published by the newspaper that suggested Russian meddling in German politics.


Flawless Moriya in four-way tie for top spot

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Pattaya: Competition was close at the end of the opening round of the Honda LPGA Thailand as four players emerged tied for the top spot yesterday.


Court dismisses bid to lock up pro-election activists

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The Criminal Court has dismissed police request to detain four pro-election activists, saying they have cooperated with authorities and are no flight risks.

Malaysian rapper in the dog house over 'obscene' video

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia detained rapper Namewee on Thursday amid an uproar over an "obscene" Lunar New Year music video depicting people in dog masks dancing in what appears to be the administrative capital of Putrajaya.


No more wet markets near axe aunts' house

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Bangkok district authorities ordered the closure of all illegal markets within seven days - and prohibited raw foods at the remaining licensed markets - at the Seri Villa housing estate in Prawet district, where enraged residents attacked…


NLA rejects all 7 candidates for Election Commission

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The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has voted down all seven candidates for the new Election Commission (EC) in a move that will force the search process to start anew.

Premchai 'too busy' to see police

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Accused poacher Premchai Karnasuta, one of the wealthiest men in Thailand, has managed to postpone his meeting today with police interrogators in Kanchanaburi province until March 5. His lawyer said he was far too busy to attend.


Greenpeace appeals to PM to tackle air pollution 'crisis'

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Environment group Greenpeace on Thursday called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to tackle an air pollution "crisis" in Bangkok, weeks after a pollution agency said the city's air quality had hit dangerous levels.


No rush to raise interest rates: central bank chief


Thailand is in no rush to tighten its monetary policy despite rising global interest rates, thanks to ample domestic liquidity and benign inflation, the central bank governor said on Thursday.


Japanese dad of 13 'wanted 100-1000 children'

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TOKYO: A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country.

Wednesday, Feb 21

As watch saga drags on, all eyes on NACC

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The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will write to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon in the next few days, demanding he provide specific details on how he acquired 25 luxury watches he was seen wearing in pictures shared…

World's ugliest fish examined

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SYDNEY: More than 100 rarely seen fish species were hauled up from a deep and cold abyss off Australia during a scientific voyage, researchers said Wednesday, including a cousin of the "world's ugliest animal" Mr Blobby.

US-Russia ties will be hard to repair: Moscow


MOSCOW: Moscow on Wednesday said it would be "very difficult" to improve US-Russia relations, which have plummeted to Cold War lows on accusations of election meddling and crises in Syria and Ukraine.

No more delays, DSI warns 'Oak' in KTB case

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Investigators have agreed to hear from nine more proposed defence witnesses in the money laundering case against Panthongtae "Oak" Shinawatra, but say the process must be completed by March 15 to avoid any further delay.

Tuesday, Feb 20

Watch out, PM tells critical graftbuster

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha lashed out at a key member of the government's anti-corruption drive Tuesday after the man urged him to take action over an expensive collection of luxury watches worn by one of his deputies.

Would Bangkokians tolerate a vehicle ban to ease toxic haze?

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A vehicle ban is needed to tamp down Bangkok's growing haze problem as the health of city residents is being put at risk, a local expert on pollution said Tuesday.

Rock star Sek Loso arraigned on firearm charges

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NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: Prosecutors on Tuesday indicted rock star Sek Loso in court on firearm charges arising from an incident at a temple in this southern province in December.

Yachting faces barriers to growth

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As regulations in Thailand pen in the local growth of the high-end yachting industry, Thai yacht distributor and service provider Boat Lagoon Yachting looks to neighbouring countries to fuel its expected 20% turnover growth.

Monday, Feb 19

Thaksin backs Sudarat for top job over rival

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Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who pundits claim still controls the Pheu Thai Party from overseas, wants Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan to remain his nominee as its official leader, said a well-placed source within the…

North Korea's Olympic ambition falters


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Kim Jong Un wants to turn his country into an international sports power - think East Germany in the 1970s and 80s. The North Korean leader is pouring resources into training and infrastructure, athletes are…

Theft by officials in aid for poor scheme widespread

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More embezzlement of financial aid intended for the destitute has been uncovered as graft busters expand their investigation in rural provinces, and the corruption appears to be well organised.

St. Gabriel's College director stands aside after protest

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The director of Saint Gabriel's College has stood aside after students, parents and alumni protested and demanded his resignation on Monday morning, accusing him of poor management in appointing new staff.

Sunday, Feb 18

College key to Shan regeneration

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The Shan State Army (SSA) laid down its arms in a ceasefire with the Myanmar government two years ago and the state's ruling administration is now enjoying the fruits of the transition to peace. These quieter times have allowed the…

Parties shy away from activists

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Political parties have brushed aside calls by pro-election activists to join them to press for an early election, warning the activists could be seen to be a political tool and their pro-election campaign could lose legitimacy with…

Detention centres stuck in past century

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'Thailand 4.0" is the military government's oft-heard catchphrase, but Thailand's immigration detention system is a relic from a previous century. The need for detention centre reform is not simply humanitarian, but economic, social and…

Prayut govt gets low score in performance rating: Suan Dusit Poll

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The government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has received a score of only 5.35 points out of 10 for its overall performance, an opinion poll conducted by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, revealed on Sunday.