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Pattaya swingers' hotel operator faces fine of B18m

CHON BURI: Police have asked Bang Lamung district office to close the Pattaya hotel where international swingers were arrested over the weekend, and recommended the Chinese operator be fined the maximum 18 million baht for not having a…

NLA probe set up into audio clip mentioning PM

National Legislative Assembly president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai has ordered an investigation into an audio clip in which a speaker claims Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was not happy with the candidate telecom regulators, all of them…

Live-streaming attacker high on meth, say police

A man whose vicious attack on his girlfriend was broadcast live on his Facebook page on Sunday evening was high on methamphetamine, or yaba, at the time, according to police.

Census finds increase in Irrawaddy dolphins

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's government and a major conservation group say the number of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins along a stretch of the Mekong River has increased for the first time in 20 years but the animals still face serious…

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Professor defends role in Cambridge Analytica data scandal


WASHINGTON: The psychologist behind an app that harvested data from 50 million Facebook users defended his role in the scandal Sunday, saying he "never heard a word" of opposition from the social media giant.

Iran bans banks from using cryptocurrencies


TEHRAN: Iran banned the use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by banks and financial institutions on Monday amid ongoing debate over how best to regulate the technology.

Cambodia police arrest 119 Chinese over telecoms fraud

PHNOM PENH: Dozens of Chinese have been arrested in Cambodia on suspicion of extorting money from people in China via a telecoms scam, police said on Monday.


Moriya wins LA Open, first win in 6 years

LOS ANGELES: Moriya Jutanugarn won the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open by two shots for her first victory after six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.


Somchai quits race to head poll watchdog

Former member of the Election Commission (EC) Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said on Sunday he has withdrawn from the race to be selected as the EC's secretary-general.


Buriram beaten as Beetles bite again

Defending champions Buriram United's year-long unbeaten run in Thai League 1 ended on Sunday night following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of their bogey team Chiang Rai United.


Laos vows to help track Thai fugitives

Thai political fugitives in Laos will be kept under strict surveillance to prevent them from engaging in lese majeste activities, the Laos government has assured Thailand.

Cops swoop after assault broadcast live

Police rescued a woman being viciously assaulted as the attack was broadcast live on social media.

Reformers devise game plan in police force rejig

A new battlefront is emerging after the government signalled it would drop the draft police reform proposals with time running out before the election and the government hoping to deliver on the reform promise.

Bridge holds key to Nakhon Phanom boom

Nakhon Phanom must commercialise its land surrounding the Third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to "unlock its potential" as a main logistics hub for international trade in Asean and southern China, Northeastern Thai Industries Federation…

Put an end to conscription for good of all


Last week, I believe it must have been heartbreaking for many Thais who watched a video clip of a young man weeping and almost fainting upon learning he was drafted to serve in the army for two years via the annual conscription round. Yet,…

A police academy where humility is taught

Forget its old reputation of being a military-style training school, the 117-year-old Royal Police Cadet Academy (RPCA) has undergone a major overhaul and become an educational institution offering a standard dual undergraduate degree --…

A swinish proposal


At a meeting earlier this month in Washington, the US government asked its Thai counterparts to do something they have never done, and should not do. In brief, the US delegation to bilateral trade talks asked Thailand to legalise a drug…

It's time for public sector to get on board


Last year was the 20th anniversary of the Asian Financial Crisis, a crisis which touched off a journey towards better governance throughout Asia. Thailand is no exception. Since then, continuous efforts have been made by the country's…


Kabul suicide bomber kills 57 at voting centre

KABUL: An Islamic State suicide bomber carried out an attack at a voter registration centre in the capital Kabul on Sunday, killing 57 people and wounding more than 100 others, said officials form the Afghan interior and public health…


Social media campaigns against Doi Suthep court project

Campaigners against the construction of a court housing project at the foot of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai are using social media to increase pressure for the return of the forest.

Sunday, Apr 22

25 detained at Pattaya hotel's 'swingers' party'

CHON BURI: Eleven men and 14 women of various nationalities were rounded up late on Saturday night in a raid on a hotel in South Pattaya in tambon Nong Prue while attending a swingers' party for attendants to swap partners for sexual…

'Nutty' Thai chef wows 'MasterChef' judges

An amateur Thai chef described as "nuts" because of his eccentric food combinations wowed the judges in the final of Britain's top TV cooking competition. Nawamin Pinpathomrat, 28, from Songkhla province, competed against two English chefs…

Prayut plays down concerns over Alibaba monopoly

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Saturday played down concerns over Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's monopoly after Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the company on investment in the Eastern Economic…

Saturday, Apr 21

Inmate 'choked to death'

A Samut Prakan prison inmate who suffered severe bruises and burns while being "disciplined" by officials survived the ordeal but died afterward when he choked on his food, authorities say.

NLA whip: Leaked clip doctored

A leaked audio clip indicating the prime minister was not happy with the 14 telecom regulator candidates, which led to the selection being scrapped by the National Legislative Assembly, was doctored, says a whip.

Bad bridge vibes

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) plans to develop infrastructure for the Chao Phraya River have faced constant resistance, with one bridge in particular looking destined to never get built.

Pongporn warns media over monks

National Office of Buddhism (NOB) director, Pol Lt Col Pongporn Phramsane, on Friday insisted that all five senior monks allegedly implicated in the third and latest round of temple fund embezzlement probes are still presumed innocent…

Friday, Apr 20

NLA promises no foot dragging on new NBTC candidates

One day after dumping all the candidates to be new broadcasting and telecommunications regulators, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) said on Friday that attempts to search for new ones will start soon.

Indonesia's Aceh canes couples for public shows of affection

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province on Friday caned several unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution before an enthusiastic audience of hundreds.

Prawit to visit US for talks

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will lead a Thai delegation to visit to the US next week, at the invitation of the Pentagon, said Ministry of Defence spokesman Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich.

Vietnamese gang among 60 arrested in Songkran sweep

More than 60 foreign nationals have been arrested for either overstaying their visas or entering the country illegally during recent police crackdowns.

Thursday, Apr 19

Lame-duck NBTC board to get Section 44 approval

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Thursday rejected the final list of 14 proposed candidates to become National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) board members.

NLA puts brakes on NBTC candidates

The National Legislative Assembly has voted to cancel the selection of telecom commissioners and to send the list of 14 candidates back to the screening panel for a recheck of their qualifications.

Man shoots himself dead on Facebook Live

SAMUT PRAKAN: A man shot himself dead in a condo car park while streaming live on Facebook, after his girlfriend broke up with him early on Thursday.

Somkid makes positional play

Following the appointments of Palang Chon Party leader Sonthaya Khunpleum and his brother Itthiphol as political office-holders, speculation is rife the regime will not stop at poaching members of the Khunpleum clan as it moves to get its…

Wednesday, Apr 18

Traffic law enforcement simply not tough enough

As another deadly Songkran comes to an end with no reduction in road deaths, there is great concern over what approaches the government can still employ to curb the carnage each year.

German police bust Thai prostitution ring

German authorities say they have raided 62 properties and arrested seven people in an investigation of an alleged trafficking ring set up to bring Thai women and transsexuals to Germany to work as prostitutes.

Regime moving chess pieces into place

The regime's political intentions are becoming clearer after it appointed two brothers from the Khunpleum clan as officials in what is seen an attempt to round up talent to give it more options in terms of fielding prime ministerial…

Missing activist case may be referred to DSI

Claims it has made no progress in the probe into the disappearance of Karen activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen over the past four years are not true, the Justice Ministry insists.