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Bung fai rockets prompt air force bug-out

Two Royal Thai Air Force pilots on a training flight were forced to return to base Tuesday after high-flying, homemade rockets launched by villagers in Kamphaeng Phet cross their flight path.

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Thailand, Myanmar sign visa-free agreement

CHIANG MAI – Thailand and Myanmar signed an agreement on Tuesday to allow citizens with ordinary passports to make visa-free visits of up to 14 days.

Gun in luggage not mine, says Kamronwit

The mystery deepens: In his first meeting with Thai police yesterday, former city police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang strongly denied owning the mini-pistol found in his luggage in Japan.

Govt defends controversial liquor laws

The Justice Ministry is defending the latest order under Section 44 to ban liquor sales near educational institutes, which has left alcohol sellers and pub owners dissatisfied, saying the policy is only enforcing pre-existing regulations previously ignored by authorities.

Paiboon: Secton 44 alcohol ban 'misunderstood'

Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya on Monday tried to quell the controversy over a vaguely worded junta order banning alcohol sales “near” educational institutions, denying it prohibits booze sales within 300 metres of schools and that enforcement will depend upon the drawing of new entertainment zones.

Alarm sounded over Myanmar's betel habit

Plying his trade in the seemingly eternal gridlock of Myanmar’s now booming commercial hub, he is more than used to spending long days on the roads and kun ja — better known as betel nut or quid — is the one thing that keeps him going.

The Boy Racers

Three young boys, all in their mid-teens, tell the Life section why they have no plans to give up motorcycle street racing despite the police crackdown under Article 44.

Wise move over Krabi

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha deserves credit for retreating from his tenacious stance over the Krabi power plant. It took two unpleasant weeks of rhetoric and protest, but in the end the people who are directly involved in the issue must have a place at the table. This is only a minor step forward. Yet it shows that the government may be willing to listen — although it might not move the…

Bo Phut village and Big Buddha

On the popular resort island of Koh Samui, the two must-experience attractions are Bo Phut, a village that retains the original Thai-Chinese atmosphere, and the highly revered Big Buddha temple.

Texans on Donald Trump's border visit

Laredo residents shared their thoughts about a visit to their city by the Republican presidential candidate.

Thai pork salad

Melissa Clark mixes pork tenderloin into a slaw-like cabbage salad. (c)2015. All rights reserved by New York Times.

Eating a path through the golden land

When Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne first travelled to Myanmar in 1996, their $5 each got them five kilometres past the bridge at Chiang Rai for five hours. After some persuasion, they agreed to be taken on a tourist van.

Ex-minister faces questions over Chuwong

Police on Monday hope to question the man who drove the car in which billionaire contractor Chuwong Sae Tang died, as they try to learn more about the huge share transfers the tycoon made just before his death.

'Bike for Mom' gifts

Thousands of people flocked to the Thai Army Sports Stadium on July 25, 2015, to get free souvenirs donated by HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn for the cycling event to be held on Aug 16 to celebrate HM the Queen’s 83rd birthday. — Thanarak Khunton

Japan showroom gives feel of living with robot

OSAKA — What will it be like living with a humanoid robot that can read human emotions and exchange conversations with humans?

NASA discovers Earth-like planet orbiting 'cousin' of Sun

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found possibly closest match yet, planet circling its star at same distance as Earth orbits the Sun, where life could exist because it is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water.

Baht sinks below 35

The baht fell beyond 35 to the US dollar on Friday, an eight-year low, as slowing economic growth and the growing probability of a US interest-rate increase spurred outflows of funds.

Thailand to gain from Mitsubishi Motors' sale of US factory

Mitsubishi Motors Corp’s factory in Thailand will see an increase in production if published reports prove true that the Japanese automaker will close down operations in the United States.

Court gives Koh Tao defence gets access to DNA evidence

The provincial court in Koh Samui has given defence lawyers for two Myanmar workers accused of murdering two British tourists on Koh Tao access to evidence for DNA testing, a defence attorney said Friday.

Tipple your fancy

Bangkok’s nightlife has always enjoyed an abundance of variety. Whether you prefer sipping an overpriced cocktail on the 60th floor, sampling craft beers with the cool kids or getting trashed with backpackers on the kerbside at a 7-Eleven, this city’s got you covered. Recently, though, BKK has stepped it up a notch, with brand new joints that offer a whole lot more than “black and coke” as a…