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Chairs and chili fly as Sri Lankan MPs brawl

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s political crisis escalated Friday with police having to escort the speaker into parliament and MPs throwing chairs and chili powder at rivals.

Land and building tax legislation passed by NLA

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday passed the long-delayed bill on land and building tax, which will become law after it is published in the Royal Gazette.

Three crew hurt in Samui ferry fire

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Three crew members were injured when a fire broke out in the engine room of a ferry travelling from Koh Samui to the Surat Thani mainland on Friday. All passengers were safe.

Chinese smokers twice as likely to have abnormal sperm

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Chinese men who smoke are twice as likely to have abnormal semen than those who do not, according to a recent study.

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Mahanakhon skywalk

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People visit a glass-bottomed skywalk, about 314 metres from the ground at King Power Mahanakhon Building. — Patipat Janthong

SET index falls for third session, other SE Asia stocks rise

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The Stock Exchange of Thailand index fell again, while other Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Friday amid hopes of a thaw in Sino-US trade relations.

Q3 growth seen slowing as tourism, exports cool

Thailand's economic growth in July-September is expected to have slowed from the previous quarter, a Reuters poll showed, as softer exports and tourism offset a pickup in private consumption.

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Elephant shot dead, armed man seen nearby

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UBON RATCHATHANI: A wild elephant has been found dead with gunshot wounds near a waterfall inside Buntharik-Yod Mon wildlife sanctuary. Photos from a camera trap showed an armed man in a military uniform of a neighbouring country in the…

Julian Assange charged in US: WikiLeaks

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WASHINGTON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged in the United States, the organisation said, in a development that could have implications for Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential…

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Potjaman's secretary flees money-laundering charge

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The Department of Special Investigation is trying to track down Kanchanapa Honghern, secretary to the ex-wife of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and her husband, who fled the country to avoid money-laundering charges in…

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Pupils hurt in truck-bus crash

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PHATTHALUNG: A six-wheeler crashed into a school bus stopped in heavy rain, injuring nine pupils and five adults, on the Phetkasem Highway in Muang district on Friday morning.

Number of missing in California fire soars beyond 600

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LOS ANGELES: The number of people listed as missing in one of California's deadliest wildfires has skyrocketed past 600, authorities said on Thursday, as the remains of seven additional victims were found by rescuers.

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Gold prices up B50 to B19,000

The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 18,555.84 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 18,900.00 baht per baht-weight for gold bars.

EEC tabbed for tourism lift

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The Tourism and Sports Ministry says the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative could help boost tourism and small business in a greater area along the Eastern Seaboard.

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Cigarette packs to get overhaul

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Ten new warning images on cigarette packages and plain packaging are part of a new regulation before the Public Health Ministry to discourage smoking, according to minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn.

Hotels panic as Chinese cause slump

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Hoteliers in Pattaya are urging the government to step in and help following a 60% slump in Chinese tourist arrivals in the resort city in recent months.

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Prayut announces 2019 Asean theme

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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday introduced "Advancing Partnership for Sustainability" as the official theme for the Asean chairmanship next year.

Media must be 'the voice of reason'

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The media can play an important role in providing a "voice of reason" to counter political bigotry and help voters make more informed decisions about which candidates to back in the general election next year, a seminar in Bangkok was told…

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Hundreds of illegal migrants at US-Mexico border

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TIJUANA, Mexico: The bulk of the migrant caravan crossing Mexico began arriving Thursday at the US border, as around 800 Central Americans reached the city of Tijuana aboard 22 buses after more than a month's trek.

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Rohingya refuse repatriation to Myanmar

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COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: The head of Bangladesh's refugee commission said plans to begin the repatriation of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar on Thursday were scrapped after officials were unable to find anyone who wanted to return.

Thursday, Nov 15

Thais take Asean chair, haunted by past summit chaos

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Protests, broken windows and dignitaries forced to flee by helicopter -- Thailand's last stint as host of Southeast Asia's biggest summit was devoured by political chaos.

Czech tsunami victim searching for Thais who saved her

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A Czech supermodel severely injured by the 2004 tsunami hopes to find and meet three Thais, one of whom saved her life, when she visits Thailand in early December.

Wednesday, Nov 14

EC to monitor Pheu Thai, Thaksin meet

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The Election Commission (EC) is keeping a close watch on Pheu Thai Party members who will reportedly meet former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Singapore, its secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma said.

'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star

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PARIS: A "super-Earth" has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said Wednesday in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth's nearest planetary neighbours.

Skymark flight delayed after pilot tested positive for alcohol

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TOKYO: Skymark Airlines said on Wednesday its 8.40am flight from Tokyo's Haneda airport to Sapporo in northern Japan was delayed for 23 minutes after alcohol was detected on the breath of the plane's American pilot.

Mother proud of son dying in 'dream sport'

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SAMUT PRAKAN: The mother of a 13-year-old boxer mourned the loss of her son and said she was proud of him for following his dreams of fighting in the ring.

Tuesday, Nov 13

Sports minister vows boxing reform

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Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat has vowed to forward a draft amendment to the Boxing Act to the cabinet for consideration as quickly as possible to protect young boxers, after a 13-year-old Muay Thai fighter died after being…

Child boxer dies after fight

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A 13-year-old boy has died after suffering a brain haemorrhage during a Muay Thai fight on Monday night.

Govt: No more election delays

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Key ministers came out on Tuesday to confirm there are no plans to further defer the long awaited general election.

Sontirat eyes oil palm price slump fixes

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The Commerce Ministry will propose several measures aimed at tackling the domestic oil palm price slump to the cabinet today, according to minister Sontirat Sontijirawong.

Monday, Nov 12

Marijuana patent bid shot down

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The Commerce Ministry has allayed fears it will put the brakes on developing marijuana extracts for possible medicinal usage, saying the project has the backing of the government.

Rough seas challenge mission to salvage 'Phoenix'

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PHUKET: Singapore and Thai divers are expecting unfriendly cooperation from nature as they will soon kick off another attempt to lift the deadly "Phoenix" boat from the seabed off the resort island.

Traffic project tipped to cause chaos

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The 900-day construction of three overpass projects over Na Ranong intersection is expected to cause major traffic problems around the area with motorists being advised to avoid the route.

Free for all

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Sky. Seon: Have you eaten anything yet?Pa. Hoon: Not yet. We are so busy in the kitchen.Sky. Seon: Shall we have rice soup together?Pa. Hoon: Of course, but Seonho …Sky. Seon: Yes?Pa. Hoon: Could you check on Pa. Ong?Sky. Seon: Hmmm.

Sunday, Nov 11

Abhisit re-elected Democrat leader

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Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was re-elected leader of the Democrat Party at the party's general assembly on Sunday.

New poll rules upset Pheu Thai Party

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The Pheu Thai Party is struggling to circumvent the ''headaches'' posed by a new voting system which will put it at a disadvantage in the next general election.

Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon still flooded

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Prachuap Khiri Khan province in the lower Central region and Chumphon in the upper South are still ravaged by flooding with three people reported killed, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chayapol Thitisak said…

City to revive 'Venice of the East' through new boat lines

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The construction of six electric train lines in Bangkok will leave main roads almost paralysed in terms of traffic congestion.