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PM rebuffs US martial law barbs

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reacted to comments from US envoy Daniel Russel about martial law, asking how the US would maintain order without it if violence and chaos erupted there.

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THAI to reduce workforce 20% through attrition, buyouts

Thai Airways International will reduce its workforce by 20% through buyouts and attrition over the next five years, government and labour union officials said Tuesday.

Lanterns banned in 5 Chiang Mai districts

Authorities have declared five districts around the airport in Chiang Mai off-limits to the release of popular khom loy flying lanterns for safety reasons.

New York 'epic' storm

A major storm has forced New York to impose driving bans and halt public transport, as snowfall pounds the northeastern United States affecting tens of millions of people.

Tax records to join list for declaration 

The prime minister, cabinet ministers, MPs and senators will be required to submit their tax records as well as their assets and liabilities to the anti-graft agency under the new charter.

US asks Thailand to lift martial law

The United States has repeated its call for Thailand to lift martial law and that the government continue its efforts to complete its road map to reform, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee.

Angry students rally, block road

LAMPANG — About 600 students protested and then blocked a traffic lane on Monday, demanding the dismissal of their school director because she had done “nothing” to improve the school.

Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014. The contest is held at Florida International University in Miami on Monday morning (Thai time).

Manhunt for serial rapist gathers pace

A man wanted for a string of rapes and murders going back to 2011 has now raped another 73-year-old victim, challenging police who are in a race against time to stop him.

Annesley's autopsy shows no foul play

The preliminary unofficial autopsy results for British tourist Christina Annesley, whose body was found dead inside a bungalow room on Koh Tao, showed no signs of physical violence or sexual abuse, chief of the Institute of Forensic Medicine said on Sunday.

Yingluck's arraignment in a month

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who faces a criminal charge over the rice pledging scheme, was expected to be arraigned in the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders in about a month, NACC secretary-general said Sunday.

My favourite Martian

Jantima Kaenthaow has always dreamed of travelling to outer space. But, at age 42, she never realised her childhood fantasies would take a step closer to becoming reality. Ms Jantima has not landed a job with Nasa — instead, she has volunteered for an ambitious, and controversial, one-way mission to Mars.

Autopsy to start on British tourist

SURAT THANI — The body of British tourist Christina Annesley has been moved from Koh Tao, where she was found dead, to Bangkok for an autopsy that could begin on Sunday.

Poll: Economy extremely weak

The Thai economy is extremely weak at present and will slowly pick up over the next 3-6 months, driven by public spending and investment, according to a poll on local economists.

Shinawatra clan faces end of a political era

The future looks bleak for both the Pheu Thai Party and the Shinawatra family now that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been impeached and barred from politics by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) over her role in the loss-ridden rice-pledging scheme.

THAI rejects plan to sell off property

A consultant has suggested Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) sells its main office building on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and its properties abroad as part of its business rehabilitation plan.

Yingluck vows to fight on for justice, democracy

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra promised a good fight on Friday to prove her innocence and return justice and democracy to Thailand.

linked militants say countdown for Japan's hostages began

TOKYO — Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group have posted an online warning that the “countdown has begun” for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages.

Yingluck impeached, Somsak, Nikom survive

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday voted to retroactively remove former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office, but spared former Senate speaker Nikom Wairatpanij and former House speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont.

No sign of foul play in death of British backpacker on Koh Tao

Both her parents and police on the southern resort island of Koh Tao believe a 23-year-old British backpacker found dead there was not a victim of foul play.