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Drought fears soar as monsoon to end


Rainmaking operations are needed in areas likely to face water shortages, as the wet weather is expected to end in the middle of next month.

Warong denies party rumours

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Former MP Warong Dechgitvigrom has denied he is mapping out his strategy to compete for the Democrat Party leadership out of a club and condominium connected to leading figures of another party.

Parsing the fat

The idea of shedding kilos in this weight-obsessed society has gone beyond paying pricey gym membership fees and hiring a personal trainer to build the perfect body. A number of women who feel they're overweight shift from one diet to the…

Three juristic entities apply to offer VAT refund service

Three applicants have proposed to offer refund services for value-added tax (VAT) for foreign tourists, says the Revenue Department.

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PM hints at political stay

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Politicians on Monday called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to play by the rules after he declared an interest in remaining in the political fray.


Quarter of city's public vans to be retired


The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has revealed that nearly one in four public vans operating in Bangkok and its metropolitan area will be decommissioned by the end of the year, as they are gradually set to be replaced by new mini…

Martial law stirs up division in Pattani


PATTANI: More than 50 local people staged a protest Monday against Prince of Songkla University's Pattani campus after a youth group, consisting of its students, issued a statement decrying last week's invocation of martial law in two…


Second Trump-Kim summit 'quite soon'

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UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to meet again soon with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he saw "tremendous progress" in easing tensions.


Taiwan to expand citizenship to Asean


Taiwan, battling a severe brain drain to the mainland, plans to offer citizenship to students and skilled workers from Southeast Asian nations under proposed legislation that will head to the self-ruled island’s lawmakers for review and a…

Vietnam has first female president


Vietnam's appointment of its first female president belies a deep gender imbalance in the communist country's politics and society and will do little to improve women's rights, advocates said on Monday.


China reports new African swine fever outbreak


BEIJING: China's northern region of Inner Mongolia has reported a new outbreak of African swine fever, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Monday, as authorities struggle to contain the highly contagious disease.

SET snaps 4 straight sessions of gains, Indonesia falls over 1%

The Stock Exchange of Thailand ended four consecutive sessions of gains, while Indonesian shares dropped on Monday amid ongoing presidential elections in Southeast Asia's largest economy.


Pickup truck found but Brit, Thai wife still missing

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PHRAE: Police have found the pickup truck owned by a British man and his Thai wife missing since last week, but the couple's fate remained unknown on Monday.

Another rape claim in Surat Thani

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Another British woman claimed she had been raped in Surat Thani province, this time on Koh Phangan, but withdrew the claim after a medical examination.


Orangutans saved as Malaysia foils high-seas smuggling bid


A pair of young orangutans, baby crocodiles and rare birds were among over 400 animals rescued from a boat off Malaysia as they were being smuggled from neighbouring Indonesia, officials said Monday.

Monetary policy to remain accommodative: BoT chief

Thailand's monetary policy will remain accommodative in the medium term and any rate increases will not be continuous, the central bank said on Monday.


Rain continues to pound capital


The stormy weather will continue in Bangkok at least until Thursday, with downpours also forecast for some areas in the northern and northeastern regions, the Meteorological Department said on Monday.

Prayut declares he is interested in entering politics

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has finally admitted he is interested in entering the political fray, after previously keeping mum about his political ambitions.


Trump's latest tariffs on China begin to bite


WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's latest round of punitive tariffs on China took effect on Monday, adding $200 billion in Chinese imports to the escalating trade war that is clouding the global economic horizon.

Spray-can satire creates headache for junta

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Thailand's junta chief caricatured as a "lucky cat" with a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line -- daring graffiti is cropping up across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for rare political…

Monday, Sep 24

Drug blitz at full moon party

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Anti-drug authorities led by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) have arrived in Surat Thani to begin a crackdown on drugs at the province's beach holiday destinations.

Sunday, Sep 23

China seizes Uighurs, abducts children as 'orphans'

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ISTANBUL: Every morning, Meripet wakes up to her nightmare: The Chinese government has turned four of her children into orphans, even though she and their father are alive.

Second Swiss canton votes for 'burqa ban'


GENEVA: A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional "burqa ban", after voters in St. Gallen emphatically voted Sunday to prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces.

Floods hit Bangkok, Chon Buri's Pattaya and Bang Lamung

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Heavy rain on Sunday flooded many roads in Bangkok, including the major arteries of Ratchadaphisek and Ramkhamhaeng. Pictures posted on Twitter showed flooding at Rajamangala National Stadium.

Chinese warned over Thai weather

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The Chinese embassy in Bangkok has issued a safety warning to tourists travelling to Thailand during next month's "Golden Week" holiday, after six drowning incidents involving Chinese visitors occurred in August, according to a report by…

Saturday, Sep 22

China backs out of US trade talks

China has scrapped planned trade talks with the United States and is unlikely to sit down with Washington until after November’s midterm elections, according to people familiar with the situation.

Royal Turf Club board to build new horse-racing track

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The board of the 102-year-old Royal Turf Club of Thailand has decided to find fresh funds to build a new horse-racing track in Nong Chok district in Bangkok and to seek a 1.3-billion-baht debt moratorium after its track in Nang Loeng…

'It won't burn down': Architect defends Suvarnabhumi design

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Architect Duangrit Bunnag has responded to critics who claim his wood-heavy design for the new terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport poses a fire risk.

Ford to pay B23m to car owners in class-action ruling

The Southern Bangkok Civil Court has ordered Ford Sales & Service (Thailand) to pay 291 car owners compensation ranging from 20,000 to 200,000 baht (23 million baht in total) for the sale of substandard vehicles in the country's first…

Friday, Sep 21

Last trishaw driver still rolling at 76

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SUKHOTHAI: Thong Mektanee began driving a trishaw in Sawankhalok municipality when he was 26 years old and shows no signs of slowing down 50 years later. He’s the last of his kind.

Ford ordered to pay B23m to car owners

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The South Bangkok Civil Court has ordered Ford Sales & Service (Thailand) to pay 291 car owners for substandard vehicles in the country’s first class-action ruling.

Woman found dead at waterfall was Chinese tourist

The woman found dead at a waterfall in Hat Yai district, Songkhla on Thursday has been identified as a Chinese tourist who visited the area alone. Mystery surrounds the circumstances of her death.

Government prods Thai Airways about plane buys

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has directed Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) to finalise its comprehensive plan to purchase 23 aircraft worth over 100 billion baht by the end of this year.

Thursday, Sep 20

Hua Hin completes laying shark net off beach

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PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Hua Hin authorities have finished installing a shark net off the beach where a Norwegian was attacked during his swim five months ago.

Thai Airways needs 100bn for upgrade, says chairman

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Thai Airways International has to pay hefty bills to rejoin the ranks of the world's premium airlines.

Body of slain Thai student returns home from Seattle

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PATHUM THANI: The body of the 25-year-old Thai woman killed by her Thai roommate in their apartment room in Seattle, in the United States, has been flown back to Thailand for funeral rites in her home province.

Airport scare sparks security overhaul

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Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) will install fingerprint and face-recognition equipment at Suvarnabhumi airport by the end of next year, following recent criticism of its security measures.