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Update: Wed, Jan 17 2018    

Thailand Removed From US Notorious Markets Watchlist

Thailand has been excluded from the recent US Notorious Markets watchlist, Thai News Agency reported. Thai Minister of Commerce Sontirat Sontijirawong announced that as of Jan 11, the US Trade Representative made public the new reviewed list of intellectual property defaulters for 2017 titled Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets which includes Physical and Online Markets.

MP Kiyingi airlifted to Thailand in critical condition

Mr Kiyingi was flown out of the country on life support on Saturday in the company of his wife, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs. The MP has been battling lung complications since November 2017.

RTAF wants engines replaced on new S.Korean jets

The Royal Thai Air Force is demanding South Korea replace the weather-damaged engines of two new KAI T-50 advanced jet trainer/light attack planes before it takes delivery. Air force chief ACM Johm Rungswang said on Monday the air force expects the supplier, Korea Aerospace Industries , to replace the engines.

Fighter Claims Severe Beating From Coach Over "Dive" Claims

A Muay Thai boxer from Thailand has complained that following a knockout, he was accused of taking a dive, physically assaulted and held against his will at his boxing camp. Nattawut Thorniyomsuk said on his Facebook page that he was kicked in the mouth, caned 20 times with rattan sticks and detained for three days.

A Sino-Japanese tug-of-war taking place in Thailand

An East Japan Railway Co. shinkansen departs from Tokyo Station in May 2015. Last month, State Minister of Transport Takao Makino presented his Thai counterpart with a report for a 670 km bullet train running from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Hunt on for ex-cop in Korat murder case

Nakhon Ratchasima: A warrant has been sought for the arrest of a former policeman in connection with the killing of a 41-year-old businessman in Bua Yai district on Jan 10, local police said. Pol Col Kharom Boonsod, chief of Bua Yai police station, said police have requested an arrest warrant against Pol Snr Sgt Maj Polsak Boonruang over the death of pub and restaurant owner Veerachai Lor-ariyathanachote in the province, also known as Korat.

Thailand and back again

Squeezing into the oyster can of LAX and 19 hours of flying coach later, Bangkok hits me like a freight train: Heavy air and loud noise bounce off paved streets and temporarily blind a few senses. The sounds of cars merging, conversations in different languages, and old diesel boats coughing out black smoke all blend together in a single low-toned hum.

Thai junta boss eyes staying on with little stopping him

In this Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha reviews the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

PM's bid to help Mae Hong Son's plight

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to visit Mae Hong Son on Wednesday on an "inspection" trip, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday. The province's high mountains and rugged terrain, mostly in areas designated as national parks, forest reserves and game reserves, leave residents with little arable land.

Speedboat explodes off Thailand, 1 killed

Bangkok, Jan 14 - A Thai crew member was killed and several others injured as a speedboat carrying 27 Chinese tourists and some crew exploded off Thailand's Andaman Sea near Phi-Phi Islands on Sunday, local media reported. The speedboat was on its way to Phi-Phi Islands and caught fire near the Viking Cave in the sea at about 1 p.m. local time.

Earthquake hits Myanmar, no damage reported

MAE HONG SON: An earthquake with a 5.2 magnitude shook Myanmar on Sunday morning according to the Seismology Observation Office of the Thai Meteorological Department. The department said the quake occurred at 6.29am .

Sixteen injured from a tourist boat explosion in southern Thailand

A tourist speedboat carrying 31 passengers exploded in front of Phi Phi Le island in the southern Thailand province of Krabi on Sunday, injuring 16, mostly tourists from China, the Phi Phi police told Reuters. The speedboat, named "King Poseidon", was ferrying 27 Chinese tourists from the nearby resort island of Phuket to Phi Phi before its engine caught fire and exploded injuring 14 tourists and two crew members, the police said, adding that the authority is still investigating the cause of the explosion.

Chinese tourists escape fiery death as boat bursts into flames in Krabi

BANGKOK: At least one victim has died after the boat a group of 26 Chinese tourists were in burst into flames and exploded in the waters off Krabi, a top holiday destination in southern Thailand. Krabi Prevention and Mitigation Disaster Department head, Paisarn Khunsri, said the speedboat 'King Poseidon 959' was making its way to Phi-Phi Island with 26 Chinese tourists and five crew at around 9.30am Sunday when the incident occurred.

Two arrested with 110,000 meth pills in Uttaradit

UTTARADIT: Two young men were arrested by narcotic suppression police after they picked up 110,000 methamphetamine pills left by a drug trafficking gang at a spot in Muang district early on Sunday. Pol Maj Gen Tinnarat Phetphansri, the provincial police chief, said a number of police were deployed to lie in wait at the spot on being reported by informants a quantity of drugs would be placed at the foot of a power pole in a soi to Triam Udom Nomklao School in tambon Pha Chuk to be picked up by couriers.

Temperature to drop in upper Thailand Jan 14-15

With the strong high pressure system prevailing, the temperature in upper Thailand is expected to drop by 1-2 degree Celcius on Jan 14-15, the Thai Meteorological Department said in its 5am forecast on Sunday. In the South, heavy rain and high waves are predicted over Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathirwat, Krabi, Trang and Satun provinces due ton the strong northeast monsoon prevailing across the Gulf of Thailand and the lower South during the same period.

Pheu Thai claims NACC probe a move to wipe out foes

The Pheu Thai Party has criticised the National Anti-Corruption Commission for interfering with the legislative branch over the anti-graft agency's move to probe 40 of its former MPs for abuse of authority in proposing a 2013 amnesty bill. The party has also questioned if the move is designed to pave the way to wipe out opponents of the military regime.

PM playing astute game

This is despite the fact he is starting to sound and act more like one of late, according to pundits who claim they have reason to believe people could be seeing more of him after the election tentatively set for November. Events in recent weeks could reinforce the likelihood of Gen Prayut being the nation's prime minister post-election.