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Accused American paedophile caught in Samui
SURAT THANI: An American man wanted for child sex abuse in his home country has been arrested on Koh Samui.
Reaching for the sky: Splashes galore as Frisian pole-jumpers climb poles for fierljeppen
NETHERLANDS: At 22, Dutch pole-jumper Sytse Bokma is getting to the top of his game – literally. But on a muggy summer’s afternoon in rural northern Netherlands, things just weren’t going his way.
11 held in crackdown on foreign crime
BANGKOK / SAMUT PRAKAN: Police have arrested 11 foreign suspects during raids on six targets in Bangkok and Samut Prakan as part of a crackdown on transnational crime networks and people staying in the country illegally.
Phuket and Andaman province products promoted at Udon Thani Goods Fair
PHUKET: The Phang Nga Provincial Administrative Organisation (OrBorJor) is currently promoting the products of Andaman coastal provinces through a Goods Fair being held in Udon Thani.
Section of Phuket’s route 4018 in Layan to be closed on Monday
PHUKET: The Phuket Highways Office has announced that a section of the 4018 road in Layan, Thalang will be closed for five hours on Monday (Sept 25) while workers place concrete barriers along the road.
Japan: the land of a thousand conveniences
JAPAN: Heated toilets that spray users clean, train seats that revolve so passengers can admire the scenery and a convenience store on every corner: welcome to Japan, where hospitality and customer service form part of the country’s DNA.
Phuket Police hunt Thalang snatch-and-grab thieves
PHUKET: Thalang Police are hunting for two suspects who on Wednesday snatched a Danish tourist’s bag containing valuables worth over B55,000 from his motorbike when he pulled over for a brief moment on Thepkrasattri Rd.
Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee
INDONESIA: Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late yesterday (Sept 22), after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.
Remapping eats on the streets
BANGKOK: If you are a working-class employee in Thong Lor – a street filled with chic bars, expensive restaurants and high-society teenagers speeding by in foreign luxury cars – then available street food is one of few options that aligns with your daily dining budget.
Phuket’s Eva Beach appeal earns demolition reprieve, says Rawai Mayor
PHUKET: Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos is sticking to his guns and refusing to take any action against the Eva Beach condo project until he receives express instructions from the court to do so, despite already being informed by the court that many parts of the project have been deemed illegal.
 
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Luxury property on the hillside of Ao Sane to be partially demolished

The 12-meter high beach villa project on the cliff at Ao Sane has been proven to be illegal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The owners have been instructed to demolish the upper structure to meet the legal height of 6 meters. Meanwhile, Phuket’s Governor has set up a committee to investigate […]

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What makes a good rental villa?

by Ian Macaulay www.AquilaPhuket.com Not everyone who has gone through the process of owning or building a villa will want to rent it out.  Even if you don’t, rentability can have a significant impact on the asset and resale value so it’s well worth being aware of a given property’s potential appeal to the rental market. […]

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Patong and Rawai worst hit from floods

DATELINE: 1pm, August 15. The torrential rain in Phuket is affecting several at-risk areas including Patong and the Sea Gypsy Village in Rawai. Several hours of heavy rains have resulted in some parts of Patong to be underwater, especially on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road where smaller vehicles and motorbikes could barely move through. More than […]

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‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’. Thailand in the middle of the world’s human trafficking hot spot.

Today is ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ – a day where we reflect on the many victims of trafficking who live among us, but have been forced into silence due to threats to their life, retaliation against their family, feelings of hopelessness, or being enslaved and physically unable to speak out. The day has […]

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Actor Colin Firth gets Italian citizenship after Brexit vote
ROME: British actor Colin Firth, who has often played the role of a quintessential Englishman in his many films, has become an Italian citizen, Italy's Interior Ministry said.
Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup
ANKARA, Turkey: Organisers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup.
Latest Pyongyang nuke threat raises stakes dangerously
WASHINGTON: If North Korea follows through on its threat to conduct an atmospheric nuclear test, it would be a far more dangerous step than anything Kim Jong-un has attempted — and poses a host of hard decisions for the United States because attempting to stop the test could be as dangerous as letting it go ahead.
Probe into police officers who helped Yingluck begins Monday
A police colonel has dismissed talk that he could face difficulty investigating a fellow officer of the same rank for involvement in helping Yingluck Shinawatra flee the country.
Test of the troops
Soldiers rehearse ahead of the royal funeral procession for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the compound of the 11th Infantry Regiment, King’s Guard, on Friday. It was the first rehearsal by all of the military units involved. — Apichit Jinakul
Rohingya crisis dents Myanmar hopes of Western investment boom
YANGON/HONG KONG: When officials from Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon toured six European countries in June, they were hoping to drum up investment in transport, energy and education.
Trump loops Facebook into the 'Russia hoax'
US President Donald Trump took a swing at Facebook on Friday - a day after the social media giant vowed to step up its fight to protect election integrity. — Reuters
Frida the rescue dog emerges as a Mexico quake hero
For a Mexico still reeling from the lives lost and devastating damage of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, Frida the Navy rescue dog has become a source of pride and hope as the search for victims continues. — Reuters
Audi Q5 35 TDI (2017) review
The Q5 always stood out with fuss-free packaging and driving manners. Better now is the availability of a competitive diesel option.
Cop in 'great escape' link
A former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau is suspected of masterminding the escape of ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra after a police colonel admitted during questioning he was ordered to help Ms Yingluck flee, a source says.
 
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App helps enforce crackdown on 'Hi-Society Hill'
LANDHOLDERS are being urged to prevent problems by using the “Forest4Thai” smartphone app to check whether a plot they want to buy or build on encroaches on forestland.
Suspects arrested over Pattani bomb attack
Two suspects linked to the fatal bomb attack that killed four rangers and wounded five others in Pattani on Friday were apprehended on Saturday.
Massive Pattani hunt for Rangers’ killers
Some 500 tripartite forces of military, police and civilians backed by tanks, personnel carriers and a helicopter conducted searches at several spots in Pattani’s Sai Buri district on Saturday morning for insurgents who carried out a fatal bomb attack on Friday.
Another Royal Urn attendance record on Saturday as Thais pay respects
As people from all corners of Thailand continued to visit the Grand Palace’s Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall to pay respects before the Royal Urn of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Saturday, visitor numbers reportedly reached the week's peak of 32,000 people at Sanam Luang.
Free Bangkok transit rides for Royal cremation period
Free public transport in Bangkok will be provided October 25-27 to help people coming into, and moving through the capital to attend the funeral flower-laying sites for the Royal Cremation of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Alleged American paedophile arrested in Samui
Samui police Saturday arrested an alleged American paedophile while he was buying a ticket for a ferry boat to travel to Bangkok, said Surat Thani Immigration Police Chief Pol Col Wanchana Borwornboon.
Three police interrogated over role in Yingluck’s escape
Ex-prime minister possibly fled by avoiding immigration checkpoint and entering Cambodia through a casino.
Four soldiers killed in Pattani as pickup truck is blown up
FOUR SOLDIERS were killed and six others injured when a bomb attack targeted their patrol pickup in Pattani’s Sai Buri district yesterday morning.
A timeless, ‘perfect’ musical
In many ways ‘West Side Story’ – coming to Bangkok – improved on Shakespeare’s sublime ‘Romeo and Juliet’
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Rabbis lead Jewish heritage tour to Southeast Asia's synagogues

Observe the Shabbat and discover the Jewish history and traditions of Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam on a 15-day tour escorted by two rabbis. Highlights include dinner and services at Singapore's historic Magen Aboth Synagogue; Shabbat at Myanmar's Musmeah Synagogue, home to more than 120 Torah scrolls; and a talk with the chief rabbi of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.


Seven top holiday spots not overrun by tourists, Kaohsiung included

After another season of tourist gridlock at the world's A-list sightseeing destinations, the search for alternatives is driving travellers ever further off the beaten track. Try Palawan if you think Boracay's days are numbered, Flores instead of Bali and Xishuangbanna rather than Yangshuo.


Robot Olympiad champs need help getting to world finals

Three Mathayom 1 students at Wattanothaipayap School in Chiang Mai have won the World Robot Olympiad Thailand junior championship and are ready to represent the country at the international level at a competition in Costa Rica in November. School director Thitinat Sakthananon is hoping donations to cover their travel expenses will come from citizens or the private sector.


Rates debate

Customers line up to exchange foreign and Thai currency at a kiosk in Chiang Mai. The baht has increased in value more than 8% this year against the US dollar.


Cement train derails in Saraburi, three injured

The No.1601 train was carrying cement in 16 cars. The last car was a second-class air-conditioned sleeper with three company staff.


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Performers open Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018. Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn has cast doubt on a tax break for travel.


Thai-Japanese rail plans take shape

Initial construction costs for the Thai-Japanese high-speed railway's first phase from Bangkok to Phitsanulok have been estimated at 270 billion baht, says Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith. The 380-kilometre route from Bangkok to Phitsanulok is part of a project between Thailand and Japan to construct a high-speed railway connecting the capital to Chiang Mai.


Bucking the crowd

Santitarn Sathirathai accurately predicted a slump in Indonesia's economy - when others were blind to the warning signs - by controlling for his biases. Unlike his father, former deputy prime minister Surakiart Sathirathai, Mr Santitarn steered clear of a political career path and chose to become an economist.


Baiju maker to target under-30s in Thailand launch

The distilled wine brand, known in its native China for advertising slogans such as " I drink all people under the table only to have a chance to whisper to you " and " What I want to say most is in my eyes, in my drafts, in my dreams and in the bottle ", is especially popular among social-savvy under-30s. Its promoters have already held a series of promotional events at fashionable venues in Phuket and Chiang Mai to show off the drink.


Scientists sniff out Thailand's first truffle species

Gastronomes of the world delight. Two new types of truffle have been unearthed in Thailand's far north, scientists announced Thursday in what they called a first for Southeast Asia.


 
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Thai spikers book date in Japan
NAKHON PATHOM: Thailand defeated North Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-19) on Saturday to secure a place in next year's FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan.
Actor Colin Firth gets Italian citizenship after Brexit vote
ROME: British actor Colin Firth, who has often played the role of a quintessential Englishman in his many films, has become an Italian citizen, Italy's Interior Ministry said.
School head accused of collecting extra salaries
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: Two women have accused a school director of using their names to collect salaries from the school even though they did not teach there.
PM's party ahead in NZ vote
AUCKLAND: Vote counts on Saturday night in New Zealand's general election showed Prime Minister Bill English's National Party ahead but not by enough to form a government without help from other parties.
Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup
ANKARA, Turkey: Organisers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup.
Accused American paedophile caught in Samui
SURAT THANI: An American man wanted for child sex abuse in his home country has been arrested on Koh Samui.
Iran tests long-range missile
DUBAI: Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres after displaying it at a military parade on Friday, state media reported on Saturday.
Latest Pyongyang nuke threat raises stakes dangerously
WASHINGTON: If North Korea follows through on its threat to conduct an atmospheric nuclear test, it would be a far more dangerous step than anything Kim Jong-un has attempted — and poses a host of hard decisions for the United States because attempting to stop the test could be as dangerous as letting it go ahead.
Probe into police officers who helped Yingluck begins Monday
A police colonel has dismissed talk that he could face difficulty investigating a fellow officer of the same rank for involvement in helping Yingluck Shinawatra flee the country.
Thais warned not to go to northern Bali
Thais have been warned not to travel to northern Bali after Indonesia authorities raised Mount Agung's alert status to the highest level on Friday.
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