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Aston Martin DB11 gets V8 turbo power
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:12:00 +0200
Latest coupe from Britain adopts twin-turbo 4.0-litre powerplant from a technical collaboration with Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division.
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20 years on, scars from Asian financial meltdown linger
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:04:00 +0200
It's been 20 years since a financial meltdown spread through much of Asia, wrecking economies and bringing down governments.
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3-2-1 Liftoff!
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:06:00 +0200
About 1,200 homemade rockets take off during the Bung Fai Festival running from June 9-11 in Phanom Prai district, Roi Et province. — Jetjaras Na Ranong
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Yingluck to ask court to examine rice warehouses
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:00:00 +0200
Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she would ask the Supreme Court to examine warehouses in Ang Thong which stored pledged rice during her administration when she arrived at the court for the 14th day of the presentation of her defence case...
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Thousands in Arizona flee as wildfires sweep western US
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:21:00 +0200
PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA -- A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters...
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US scrambles to begin 6-nation travel ban
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:26:00 +0200
WASHINGTON - Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security laboured Wednesday to finalise rules for visitors from six mostly Muslim nations who hope to avoid the Trump administration's revived travel ban and come to the...
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Trump, Republicans look for Plan B after healthcare delay
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:20:19 +0200
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Cyber attack continues its destructive world tour
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:18:00 +0200
The cyber attack is wreaking havoc across the globe on Wednesday, crippling thousands of computers, disrupting operations at ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting production at a chocolate factory in Australia. - Reuters
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Hillsborough disaster: six people charged
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:16:19 +0200
Britain's state prosecution service on Wednesday announced criminal charges against six people over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 fans died, the country's worst sporting disaster. - REUTERS
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Over 20 migrants die as thousands rescued off Libya
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:14:00 +0200
Over 20 bodies have washed up on the Libyan coast as thousands of migrants attempt to cross the Mediterranean. - Reuters
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Unsustainable welfare a time bomb
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:30:00 +0200
I don't believe any government would be insane enough to revoke the Universal Healthcare Coverage (UC) scheme, also known as the "gold card", or cut the benefits it provides to about 49 million Thais, let alone propose a co-payment scheme as feared by...
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A city best viewed from street level
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:25:00 +0200
Is Bangkok going to be made a "City of Seven Wonders"? After making us wonder with its 8.6-billion-baht riverside promenade, dubbed the "New Landmark of Thailand", the government is initiating a second wonder project as a new landmark for the capital...
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TIP report fails to budge
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:20:00 +0200
In releasing the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the US State Department has maintained Thailand's Tier 2 Watchlist status which means the country is not doing enough to combat this serious crime.
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Critics slam river tower construction
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
Critics have slammed a 4.62-billion baht observatory tower project in the Klong San area, saying government-owned riverside land where the structure will be located will be set aside to serve the interests of the private sector.
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Thailand again fails trafficking test
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
Thailand is disappointed with the US decision to keep the country on the Tier 2 Watchlist of its latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report but insists the latest ranking will not affect the country's export growth expected at 5% this year.
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DSI raids TV station over pyramid scheme
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said it has raided the Thai Muslim Television station in eastern Bangkok in search of evidence of a pyramid scheme it allegedly hatched behind its investment projects.
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DLT slams brakes on customs car auction
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
The Customs Department has abruptly cancelled an auction of hundreds of confiscated vehicles after the Department of Land Transport refused to issue registration certificates for most of them.
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GDP growth could hit 3.8% on exports
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
Thailand's economy could manage up to 3.8% growth this year if exports continue growing, says the government's planning unit.
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PPP fast-tracks motorways
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Committee has approved to put two motorways worth a combined 142 billion baht under the fast-track PPP scheme, the first joint investment projects from the Highways Department in 20 years.
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PM urged to save satellite slots by fixing fee structure
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider, has urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to invoke the powerful Section 44 to resolve uncertainty around the satellite business's new fee structure.
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Ex-Thailand resident sentenced in hacking plot
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:16:00 +0200
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - A Pakistani man has been sentenced to four years in prison for laundering nearly $20 million (679 million baht) as part of an international computer and telephone hacking scheme.
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Alibaba spending $1bn to raise stake in Lazada
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:42:00 +0200
SINGAPORE - Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding is investing an additional US$1billion (34 billion baht) in Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group, boosting its stake by nearly a third to 83% and amplifying its focus on the region.
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Cambodia tourism industry eyes more Russian visitors
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:55:00 +0200
The Cambodian Tourism Ministry has outlined the potential of tourism services and investment opportunities to Russia, hoping to attract tourists and investments to Cambodia.
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Elephant smuggling dispute reaches DSI
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:16:00 +0200
Wildlife authorities have asked the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to probe the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace for allegedly smuggling elephants to Germany and keeping wild elephants.
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Jaguar goes wild with XE SV Project 8
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:29:00 +0200
Roadworthy and track-ready Jaguar gets 600hp of power and only 300 units will be built in left-hand-drive form.
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US warns Syria over potential chemical attack
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:29:50 +0200
The White House says it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack similar to those seen before an April 4 chemical attack, and warns of a ‘heavy price’ if President Bashar al-Assad and his military carry...
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Pheu Thai wades into primary voting row
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:55:00 +0200
The Pheu Thai Party yesterday lodged a petition with the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) calling for a review of the controversial political party law.
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GOP healthcare bill an 'immoral piece of legislation': Sanders
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:09:26 +0200
At a rally in Columbus, Ohio on a three-state tour to oppose the Senate Republican healthcare bill, Senator Bernie Sanders calls the proposed Obamacare replacement, "immoral." - REUTERS
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Hopes fade for victims of China landslide
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:05:36 +0200
Rescue workers in China pulled more bodies out of piles of rock and mud on Sunday as they searched for 93 people still missing a day after a landslide buried a mountain village, with hopes fading of finding survivors. - REUTERS
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CPF plant closed after deaths
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:55:00 +0200
The deaths of five people who fell into a wastewater treatment pond at a CPF factory on Friday has led authorities to temporarily shut down the Bang Na-Trat Road facility.
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Thailand gains, losses cited in trafficking report
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:32:00 +0200
WASHINGTON - Thailand stepped up investigations of human trafficking last year but got even fewer results and prosecutions, leaving the country locked on the Tier 2 Watch List of the US State Department's annual listing.
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Dramatic sinking of Colombian boat caught on camera
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:04:41 +0200
Nine people are dead after a packed multi-decked tourist boat sank in Colombia's Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday. — Reuters
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Revolution's legacy back from the brink
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:00:00 +0200
Meanings assigned to specific persons and objects change through time. Once they were defined as supreme, then redefined as degenerate and consigned to oblivion.
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Time to kill Trump, actor Johnny Depp jokes
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:47:00 +0200
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp courted controversy at Britain's Glastonbury music festival after making a joke about assassinating US President Donald Trump. — Reuters
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CPF waste pond manager charged over deaths
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:32:00 +0200
Police have charged the head of the Charoen Pokphand Foods wastewater treatment section with negligence over the deaths of five people at CPF's plant in Bang Na on Friday.
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At least 600 UK towers have dangerous cladding
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:46:00 +0200
At least 600 buildings in the United Kingdom are fitted with combustible cladding, the UK government says. — Reuters
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Off-putting celebration
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:20:00 +0200
The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has done itself no favours in the last few days. Its treatment of the June 24 anniversary of the 1932 revolution was a self-inflicted shot to the foot. The arrest of a pro-democracy activist was self-defeating....
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Legacy of regime not looking good
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:30:00 +0200
A lack of respectability and legitimacy in leadership will be tough challenges for any future conservative or liberal government to overcome as and when they come into power.
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Colouring politics with musical tradition
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:25:00 +0200
In the world of Thai traditional music, there is a highly esteemed competition, known as prachan, in which groups of musicians battle each other to produce the best pieces. The practice resembles a political fight in many ways.
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Meechai expresses doubts over primaries
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
At least two issues stemming from the controversial primary vote system in the organic bill on political parties risk contravening the charter, says Constitution Drafting Committee chairman (CDC) Meechai Ruchupan.
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US govt-linked websites hacked with pro-IS rant
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:48:00 +0200
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked on Sunday with a message that professed support for the Islamic State terrorist group.
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Gaga on gay pride: It's a time to shine light on equality
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:02:00 +0200
NEW YORK - Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of gay rights, says pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality.
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Taxi drivers protest against Uber
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:54:00 +0200
Some 30 taxi drivers protested against Uber and Grab at Parliament on Friday, urging lawmakers to take action against the ride-sharing service providers.
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Safety measures questioned after CPF plant deaths
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:13:00 +0200
Police are investigating why visitors were allowed near an open wastewater treatment pond, in what should have been a tightly-restricted area, at Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF) in Bang Na district, where five people died last Friday.
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Tourism offers developers new growth opportunities
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:56:00 +0200
The booming tourism industry has opened up new opportunities to Thai property developers who should focus more on foreign investors, especially the Chinese.
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B2bn rice insurance scheme gets nod
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:08:00 +0200
The cabinet yesterday approved a rice insurance scheme for the first crop of the 2017 season, worth 2 billion baht.
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Fund fraud found at several hundred more temples
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:51:00 +0200
Police have found evidence of embezzlement of state maintenance funding at 476 more temples as they expand their investigation nationwide.
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Prasarn joins chorus urging bubble caution
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:09:00 +0200
Former Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul has flashed a warning that cooperatives and an unbalanced property sector will be the sources that trigger a new financial crisis if regulators fail to tighten rules and regulations in a pre-emptive...
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PM to take arms wish list to US
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
The armed forces have been ordered to conclude their procurement programmes this month as part of the preparatory work ahead of the prime minister's planned visit to Washington late next month.
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Ex-PM's pleas get Prawit cold shoulder
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0200
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has given the cold shoulder to former premier Yingluck Shinawatra's pleas for justice over charges against her in connection with the rice-pledging scheme.
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