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Sukhumbhand implicated in corruption over light show

The State Audit Commission on Tuesday implicated Bangkok’s governor and other senior officials in “irregularities” in a 39-million-baht New Year’s light show at City Hall.

Arrests reveal compromise in online privacy

Details of lese majeste charges last week against two of the eight administrators who ran a Facebook page making fun of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has raised concern among netizens over the state of online privacy in Thailand.

AoT plans Hat Yai expansion

The Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) plans to upgrade Hat Yai airport to address the issues of overcrowding and future traffic growth.

Outward mindset: empower your mind, lift your organisational performance

How many times have you been in a training session? I’m not talking just about this year but let’s go back and count every session you’ve been to. Now, think back and try to recall how much you really remember and how you applied that acquired knowledge from those sessions in practice? If you are like most people, it wasn’t much.

Battered British couple recount assault in Hua Hin court

A British couple brutally assaulted in Hua Hin testified in the provincial court on Monday, giving their account of the sensational Songkran festival crime which four men are accused of committing.

Japan to support Mekong region with $7bn over 3 years

Japan wants to work with countries in the lower Mekong river basin and will help them improve infrastructure and bolster development with 750 billion yen (US$7 billion) in aid over three years, its foreign minister said on Monday.

Yingluck tells Prayut to ease up on critics

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to be open-minded about criticism.

Champagne still on ice for Leicester after United draw

LONDON – Leicester’s Premier League title celebrations were delayed for at least another 24 hours after the leaders drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Sunday.

Yingluck asks Prayut to be open to different opinions

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday called on current leader Prayut Chan-o-cha to be open to different opinions in the lead up to the charter referendum.

Obama roasts Trump at star-studded dinner

United States President Barack Obama draws big laughs as he roasts Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. (Reuters video)

Money: The new way to get ahead in North Korea

North Koreans increasingly look to cash to get ahead, as the importance of party membership and loyalty weakens. (Reuters video)

Purple Line pushes land prices along route

The prices of land along the Purple mass transit line is going up with the areas near its terminal at Tao Pun topping the rise.

Police track leaker of Hua Hin beating clip

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN – Police are looking for the person who leaked a video clip of a savage attack on three British tourists in Hua Hin during the Songkran festival.

US Navy commander jailed in Asia graft scandal

LOS ANGELES — A high-profile US Navy commander who pleaded guilty to accepting paid travel, prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets in Bangkok from a defence contractor in exchange for classified information was sentenced on Friday to more than six years in prison.

Cambodian passenger train back on track

PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s sole passenger train resumed a regular weekend service on Saturday after being suspended for years, with Prime Minister Hun Sen climbing aboard to inaugurate the first trip.

Poll: High time for wage hike

Three years on, the magical effect of the 300-baht minimum wage on the quality of life of Bangkok workers has waned, with almost 70% now saying their lives have not improved, according to a poll.

Gold surges B250 at B21,300

Gold prices jumped 250 baht to 21,300 baht per baht-weight in Bangkok on Saturday.

Cops asked to re-open 'murder' cold case

Police are being asked to re-investigate the disappearance a 48-year-old woman believed to have been murdered after going missing in Udon Thani seven years ago.

Political rivals set aside differences on the stage

Red-shirt activists, yellow-clad campaigners, politicians and anti-coup critics have put their differences aside — at least temporarily — for one special mission.

Thailand takes world's top rice exporter crown in Q1

Thailand topped the list of the world’s biggest rice exporters in the first quarter, shipping 2.85 million tonnes of the grain, a 34% year-on-year increase.