Friday, Nov 30


Japan court extends Ghosn detention


TOKYO - A Tokyo court on Friday extended the detention of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, local media said, after his arrest on allegations of financial misconduct that have shaken the auto industry.


B1.3m stolen from car when couple went to eat

ROI ET: A couple left a bag containing 1.3 million baht cash in their car for a couple of hours while they had a meal nearby, and returned to find the money gone.

Inter-Korean railway link gets on track


South Korean officials have departed for a field study with North Korea to relink railways cut since the 1950-53 Korean conflict. - REUTERS


VietJet plane makes troubled landing in Vietnam

HANOI: A VietJet Aviation flight made a troubled landing on Thursday evening after the wheels on its front landing gear had "problems", with passengers reporting minor injuries, the carrier and Vietnam's aviation authority said on Friday.

India's Modi promotes yoga in Argentina ahead of G20


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a yoga event in Argentina ahead of the G20 summit, calling the ancient practice India's gift to the world. - Reuters

Smuggler killed in border clash


CHIANG RAI: Soldiers clashed with drug smugglers near the border early Friday morning, killing one of them and seizing 350,000 methamphetamine pills.

Actor Jiang Jinfu arrested in alleged abuse of girlfriend

TOKYO: Japanese police said on Friday they have arrested a Chinese actor on suspicion of assaulting his former girlfriend, causing her injuries.


113 inmates escape from Indonesian prison

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: More than 100 inmates escaped from a prison in western Indonesia after overpowering a guard during prayer time, police said on Friday.

Papua New Guinea's 'gay village' offers sanctuary, hope


PORT MORESBY - As an openly gay man in Papua New Guinea, where sex between men is illegal and stigma and violence widespread, 24-year-old Kapera Patrick remembers thugs pelting him with abuse, stones and bottles.

Australia raised detained refugee with Thai authorities

MELBOURNE/BANGKOK: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne says her officials have raised with Thai authorities the plight of an Australia-based refugee professional soccer player who has been detained in Bangkok and fears deportation to…

Singer 'Jui' injured by plane passenger

Pop-folk singer Su "Jui" Boonlieng was injured on a flight to Koh Samui when a Chinese tourist rushed to open an overhead locker after the plane landed and floor-tile samples fell onto his head.

Charm offensive

Contestants meet organisers in Bangkok on Thursday to participate in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant with the final round scheduled for Dec 17.—  Patipat Janthong

55-year-old 'ghost students' found in Yasothon

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Graft busters monitoring the public sector have found fictitious students, some in their 50s, on the rolls of a school in Yasothon province as they continue to crack down on ghost learners.


Japan prosecutors seek to extend Ghosn detention

TOKYO: Tokyo prosecutors were expected Friday to request an extension to Carlos Ghosn's detention over allegations of financial misconduct against the former Nissan chief that have shaken the auto industry.

Go-Jek wage street fight for SE Asia 'super-app' supremacy

JAKARTA: At a makeshift kiosk outside her home in a South Jakarta backstreet, 39-year-old Julaiha stands at the front lines of a multi-billion-dollar battle over one of the richest opportunities in the global digital economy.


New Mazda 3 unleashed for 2019

C-segment hatchback and saloon comes with new 2.0-litre petrol engine and mild hybrid.

Pentagon looks to exoskeletons to build "super-soldiers"


The U.S. Army is investing millions of dollars in exoskeleton technology to make soldiers stronger and more resilient, in what experts say is part of a broader push into advanced gear to equip a new generation of "super soldiers." - REUTERS

Modi pursues yoga diplomacy at Argentina G20 summit

BUENOS AIRES: Stepping away from the sealed security zone and ceremonial pomp of the Group of 20 summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought a message dear to his heart to host Argentina -- the value of yoga.

US life expectancy drops again


The CDC says US life expectancy declined in 2017 fueled by drug overdoses and suicides. - Reuters


G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

BUENOS AIRES: G20 powers open two days of summit talks in crisis-hit Argentina on Friday after a stormy buildup dominated by US President Donald Trump's consensus-bucking crusade to realign world trade.

Gold prices unchanged

The Gold Traders Association on Friday morning announced buying prices at 18,661.96 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,000.00 baht per baht-weight for gold bars.

Footpath vending in LA legalised

LOS ANGELES: It was his 63rd birthday on Wednesday but instead of staying home to celebrate, Andres Garcia got in his truck and drove 25 miles to Los Angeles City Hall to see the little sidewalk vending business he's run for 15 years…

China suspends gene editing research after uproar

BEIJING/HONG KONG: Chinese authorities has ordered the suspension of research activities of people involved in the controversial editing of human genes, calling such research illegal and unethical, official media reported on Thursday.

Latin America and Caribbean is world's most violent region

SANTIAGO: Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region on the planet, accounting for 39% of the world's murders, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said in a study published on Thursday.

Environment Day, Every Day


A fun fact that you may not be aware of -- Dec 4 is Thai Environment Day and it has been for about 27 years. The Ministry of Science and Technology proposed that the date should observe the importance of the environment and natural…

Sexy looks and pure sound


Wireless is where everything is headed nowadays which kinda proves Apple made the right move doing away with the headphone jack on their phones (although it should be noted I am begrudgingly admitting that). Obviously, it's not just…

Parks and Recreation


Winter is coming. In fact, the Thai winter has already breezed its way into Bangkok, with cool mornings and breezy nights. When Mother Nature gives us these signals, we, living in the concrete jungle, shouldn't ignore them. In fact, gear…


Amazon launches machine learning-powered toy car

LAS VEGAS: Self-driving cars, meet Amazon.com Inc's self-driving toys.

OAG pushes for end of scandal-hit temple


The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has suggested a court petition to order the dissolution of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, linked to the Khun Yay Maha Ratana Upasika Chandra Khonnokyoong Foundation, after it was accused of involvement in the…

A teaching moment in the ruins of Butte County


For two dozen third-graders who survived the massive wildfire that largely obliterated Paradise, California, school is now the small home of their teacher, Sheri Eichar: Reading center on the couch, math in the kitchen nook, language in…