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More tigers to be moved from temple on Monday

KANCHANABURI – The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation intends to start relocating more tigers from the famous Tiger Temple on Monday despite the objections of temple officials.

Ariya grabs LPGA lead in bid for third win in a row

CHICAGO – Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, seeking her third consecutive victory this month, fired a four-under par 68 to seize a two-shot lead after the second round of the LPGA Volvik Championship.

Dhammajayo case 'to be wrapped up in 2-3 weeks'

Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya says investigators are expected to wrap up the case against Phra Dhammajayo in two or three weeks but he won’t say whether they will be able to arrest him.

Obama at Hiroshima: 'Death fell from the sky'

HIROSHIMA — Barack Obama on Friday paid tribute to the 140,000 people killed by the world’s first atomic bomb attack and sought to bring global attention to his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as he became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima.

UK tourist missing after speedboat capsizes, killing 3

SURAT THANI — A British man remains missing after a speedboat packed with overseas visitors capsized near Koh Samui on Thursday evening, killing three foreigners.

E-payment mandatory by 2019

All companies in Thailand must enter into the national e-payment system by 2019, says Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong, a move aimed at stemming tax evasion and boosting government revenue.

'Single gateway' all over again

The information and communication technology minister will be able to access encrypted computer data of anyone with the help of internet service providers if the amendment bill to the Computer Crime Act is passed, Thai Netizen Network warned on Thursday.

Dhammajayo faints, fails to report to police

Phra Dhammajayo fainted while being carried into a van, meaning he could not report to Khlong Luang police at 2.30pm on Thursday as scheduled, his lawyer said.

BoT chief keeps exports target, says economy durable

Thailand is strong enough to weather volatile global markets due to its low foreign debt and lower foreign investment in stocks and bonds, the central bank chief said on Thursday, though the economy is one of the most sluggish in Southeast Asia.

Three electric train auctions set for June

Three electric train projects worth a total of over 200 billion baht will be auctioned next month, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

Dhammajayo warned not to mobilise supporters

The deadline for controversial abbot Phra Dhammajayo to meet authorities to acknowledge criminal charges remains in force as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha warns him not to mobilise supporters.

BMTA to slash 4,000 jobs by 2018

Money-losing Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) plans to cut nearly a third of its workforce by 2018 as part of a rehabilitation plan focused on boosting revenue and improving profit margins.

Spas cry foul over sale of sex services

The Federation of Thai Spa Associations (FTSPA) has urged authorities to clamp down on sexual services being offered at some massage parlours.

Excise considers tax on sugary drinks

The Excise Department is conducting a feasibility study to impose a tax on drinks with high sugar content, its chief says.

Unnamed 'Oxygen Thief' becomes self-published success

NEW YORK — The fair-skinned man with the hoodie and dark ski cap sits on a bench outside McNally Jackson Books in downtown Manhattan, where neither patrons nor employees seem aware that he’s the author of a work so in demand at the store that it’s often out of stock.

Koh Samet resort operators sued

Authorities have charged operators of resorts and piers on Koh Samet island, Rayong province, with encroaching on forests.

Study: Lego products growing more violent

Wellington: Lego products are becoming increasingly violent as toymakers engage in an “arms race” to retain children’s attention in the digital age, according to New Zealand researchers.

BTS Group buys 46 trains for B11bn

Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC), a subsidiary of BTS Group Holding Plc, which runs the skytrain in Bangkok, has signed a contract to buy 46 new trains worth 11 billion baht from Siemens AG and CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, says BTS Group chairman Keeree Kanjanapas.

Spikers return home to warm welcome, cash support

The Thai women’s volleyball team returned home on Monday evening from the finals of the 2016 Olympic Games to a heartfelt welcome.

Obama lifts decades-old arms ban on Vietnam

HANOI — US President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the centre of his foreign policy legacy.