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Trump spares young immigrants as it ramps up deportation

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration plans to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation, but will leave protections in place for immigrants known as “dreamers” who entered the country illegally as children, according to official guidelines released on Tuesday. – REUTERS

'Heroes' must stick to their principles

At a time when “people from the same camp” broke a principle he said he once believed in, Wanchai Sornsiri, a member of the National Reform Steering Assembly, seems to believe that silence is golden.

Asset seizures in rice deals begin

The Legal Execution Department can now seize assets worth 20 billion baht from former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and five others in the allegedly bogus rice sale scheme during the Yingluck Shinawatra government, says permanent secretary for commerce.

Army chief advises patience on Dhammakaya issue

Army chief Chalermchai Sittisat has called for patience on the part of all involved in the handling of the Wat Phra Dhammakaya issue, saying wasted time is better than loss of blood.

Amazon plans over 5,000 more UK jobs

Online retailer Amazon is set to create more than 5,000 jobs in Britain this year, boosting its investment in the country once more, even as it prepares to leave the European Union. – REUTERS

If coal plant rises, house of cards may fall

Just a day after activists protesting against a coal-fired power plant in the popular resort town of Krabi dispersed following the government’s agreement to have the project’s environment and health impact assessment (EHIA) reviewed, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon insisted the power plant will be built no matter what.

Small New York cafe serves rarest, most expensive coffee

A small cafe in Brooklyn, New York, offers some of the rarest and most expensive coffee on the planet. — Reuters

Strike closes Acropolis, ancient sites in Greece

ATHENS – The Acropolis and other ancient sites in Greece are closed to the public after state guards called a 24-hour strike over a pay and contract dispute with the government.

Malaysia police say four Kim Jong Nam murder suspects now in custody

Man believed to be the 4th suspect detained by Malaysian police in connection with murder of Kim Jong Nam is brought to police headquarters. – REUTERS

SEC to work with graft group

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will join the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) in its efforts to better examine the filings and accounts of companies listed on the stock exchange to ensure transparency.

Monk: "Dhammajayo fled on Day 1"

PATHUM THANI — A senior monk who supervised Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s computer centre for 30 years, says the wanted former abbot fled in a car on Thursday when authorities launched their latest raid on the temple.

Dhammakaya's human shield just before deadline

PATHUM THANI – Thousands of followers broke through official barricades to enter Wat Phra Dhammakaya and returned with monks to form a human shield, just before a deadline for them to leave the temple.

Textbook lending plan opposed by private education council

The Council for Thai Private Education has opposed the Education Ministry’s proposal to lend textbooks to students at primary and secondary levels to save money instead of giving away new sets of textbooks, saying no student wants to learn from books in bad conditions.

Heads may roll over temple saga

The past week saw Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha use the superpower of Section 44 for the 127th time since he seized power in May 2014. Its latest use declared the area of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and its vicinity as a “specially controlled zone” after authorities had tried in vain to summon Phra Dhammajayo, the elusive former abbot of the temple.

Rumours fly as more arrests made in Kim killing

KUALA LUMPUR: At a hospital morgue in Malaysia’s capital, the tightly guarded corpse of a middle-aged man has become the focus of a dizzying case of international intrigue involving five countries, combative North Korean diplomats and an apparently duped female assassin.

Hundreds of bats die in Australia due to heatwave

A local animal rescue service finds hundreds of dead flying fox bats at a colony in New South Wales. — Reuters

US marines meet snakes and scorpions at Cobra Gold

Drinking snake blood and throwing chickens are some of the ‘jungle survival’ skills US troops are being taught as part of the Cobra Gold military exercise. — Reuters

Sugar tax cap of 20% eyed

The Excise Department is set to cap the levy on sugary drinks at 20%, with beverages containing more sugar carrying a larger tax burden than less-sweet products, according to the department’s chief.

Abhisit slams govt's unity pact as 'useless'

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has criticised the so-called unity pact at the heart of the government’s effort to forge national reconciliation while stressing the need to uphold the rule of law.

Fake lottery ticket hunt leads to Loei

Police are attempting to locate the source of fake lottery tickets after rounding up a gang at a temple fair in a campaign that sellers say has made some punters think twice before buying.