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PM shuns media amidst Facebook kerfuffle

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha abruptly cancelled a press interview session at Government House Thursday, leaving the media confounded as to why the regime said it would host CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Bangkok on Oct 30.

Jail term upheld for Benja in Shin share tax case

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The Appeal Court has upheld a three-year jail sentence, without suspension, on former deputy finance minister Benja Louischareon and three ministry officials in the Shin share sale tax case.

Spain set to take control of Catalonia in independence fight

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BARCELONA: The standoff over Catalonia intensified significantly Thursday as the Spanish government said it would take emergency measures to halt a secessionist drive after the leader of the restive region said that separatist lawmakers…

Two bombs target officers in Narathiwat, no injuries

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NARATHIWAT: Two bombs targeting soldiers and defence volunteers went off in Sungai Padi and Chanae districts on Thursday, but caused no injuries.

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US sex trafficking sweep rescues 84 children

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NEW YORK: - US authorities have rescued 84 children, one just 3 months old, and arrested 120 people in a nationwide sweep of child sex trafficking that exposed the growing use of technology by traffickers, officials said on Thursday.

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US jobless claims drop to more than 44-year low

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WASHINGTON: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level in more than 44 years last week, pointing to a rebound in job growth after a hurricane-related decline in employment in September.

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Thai shares fall most in 11 months, Philippines rebounds

Thai shares on Thursday recorded their biggest single-day fall since mid-November while Philippine shares reversed losses by the end of the session.

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Rascal monkeys again pillaging homes, shops

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PHETCHABURI: An army of hungry monkeys is once again wreaking havoc in the local community at Khao Wang, ransacking homes and shops, stealing food and even attacking tourists visiting the town’s landmark hill.

Malaysia in talks with US firm to resume MH370 search

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is negotiating with US-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity to resume the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

SET closes down 24.10 to 1,683.43

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The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index fell 1.41%, or 24.10 points, to 1,683.43 on Thursday.

French actress Danielle Darrieux dies at 100

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PARIS: Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theatre career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.

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Taliban kill 43 in attack on army camp in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan: The Taliban have killed at least 43 Afghan soldiers in an attack that wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

Australian car making to end soon with GM plant closing

CANBERRA: The Australian auto manufacturing era is about to end after more than 90 years when General Motors Co's last Holden sedan rolls off the production line in the industrial city of Adelaide on Friday.

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'Ying Kai' gets 3 additional years in jail

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The Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced Monta Yokrattanakan, better known as Ying Kai, to three years in jail for human trafficking and awarded 590,007 baht to a young woman forced to work as her maid.

Police patrol attacked, emerge unscathed, in South

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NARATHIWAT: Two patrolling police officers were attacked by four men riding on two motorcycles, but emerged from the fusillade of bullets unscathed, in Sungai Padi district on Wednesday night.

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Facebook denies PM-Zuckerberg meeting

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"There are no plans currently for any of our senior leaders to visit Thailand," a Facebook statement says, apparently contradicting the prime minister's announcement that a meeting was scheduled for Oct. 30

Buddhist monks order reforms ahead of royal transition

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Under growing pressure from Thailand's military government, and their own religious bodies, Buddhist monks have launched a fresh round of reforms in recent weeks to clean up temples and overhaul a religion stalked by scandal.

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Mourners drive flight traffic

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Those coming to Bangkok to pay their final respects to the late King Bhumibol are creating an extra surge in passenger traffic.

CPF announces antimicrobials policy

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Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF) announced a new policy on the use of antimicrobials in its livestock and aquaculture businesses as a response to public demand for more stringent food safety standards.

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Govt vows to flush out flood water

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The government has set a deadline for the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) to push massive amounts of runoff from the North out to sea - seven days.

Wednesday, Oct 18

Jail threat for marigold price spikes

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Vendors could face up to seven years in prison if they sell overpriced marigolds, which are a symbol of commemoration for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, according to the Department of Internal Trade (DIT).

BMA on defensive amid tunnel backlash

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has defended its giant drainage tunnels, saying they at least "speed up" the drainage of flood water in the capital.

Second tourist this week drowns off Karon beach

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PHUKET: A tourist was pronounced dead after he drowned off Karon Beach on Wednesday.

Jail term upheld for father of Akeyuth's murderer

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The Supreme Court has upheld a 16-month jail term for the father of the murderer of outspoken property tycoon Akeyuth Anchanbutr, who received 4 million baht stolen from the victim.

Tuesday, Oct 17

Hua Hin hit by deluge of rotten fish after rains

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Villagers and tourists in the seaside town of Hua Hin were assaulted by the smell of rotten fish yesterday morning after hundreds of thousands of specimens died on a 10-kilometre stretch of beach there following torrential rains on Monday.

Commerce minister: No currency manipulation here

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The Bank of Thailand rejected claims Tuesday that it engages in unfair currency practices to gain a trade advantage, but the country appears close to meeting official US criteria on exchange-rate manipulation.

The rise and fall of the Islamic State group

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BEIRUT: The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse.

Wildlife park chief swept to death as floods batter provinces

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The head of a wildlife sanctuary died when his pickup truck was swept away by mountain runoff in Lom Sak district of Phetchabun shortly before dawn on Tuesday, as flash floods and landslides hit several provinces.

Monday, Oct 16

Huge deluge on the way

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A fresh round of torrential downpours is expected in the lower Central region including Bangkok over the next few days because of a monsoon trough, according to the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).

Bangkok improvises to stay afloat

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Residents of flood-prone areas in Bangkok were forced to resort to makeshift measures to secure their homes and possessions last weekend after the city was slammed by violent rainstorms that left cars submerged while mothers pulled infants…

Japan's internet maverick new target: $180 steaks

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TOKYO: Japan’s corporate enfant terrible Takafumi Horie built one of the country’s most successful internet businesses, stood for parliament, went to prison and started a space company that aims to put the country’s first privately funded…

Sudarat warned against exploiting royal cremation

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The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will warn a Pheu Thai Party key figure against roaming streets with her marigold campaign for the late King Rama IX.

Sunday, Oct 15

Sovereign attractions

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In remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, it is a good time for Thais and foreign tourists to visit and discover outstanding royal projects located across the country.

Man goes 360km by wheelchair for final farewell to late King

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PHITSANULOK: Sathit Jantarangsri knows that the debt he owes to the late King Bhumibol can never be repaid. What he can do is to pay his respects to His Majesty whenever he has a chance.

Irrigation department vows to protect city from floods

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The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has pledged to spare Bangkok from severe flooding after the capital was hit with the heaviest rainfall in more than 30 years.

Flood control to shore up Pattaya

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As a Pattaya native, Noppinun "Nu" Sangthong, a 47-year-old owner of a souvenir shop on Beach Road, has seen virtually everything -- from the behaviour of crazy drunken sex tourists to transgender thieves with tricks up their sleeves.

Saturday, Oct 14

Students fire up for Michigan marijuana degree course

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MARQUETTE, Michigan: A US university is offering an unusual degree -- in marijuana.

Widespread floods in Bangkok after heavy rain

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Bangkok people woke up to a waterworld on Saturday after at least 55 major roads were submerged following downpours in the early hours. Five remained flooded as of 2pm.

King makes merit for late monarch

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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun attended a merit-making ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace on Saturday morning, following major merit-making ceremonies to mark one year of the…

Phuket carves out learning niche

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Phuket municipality is celebrating the completion of its quest to introduce a "trinity of knowledge" to further the learning of locals, especially youngsters in primary schools.