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Thaksin sues TV duo over talk of Kotee link

Thaksin Shinawatra is suing a TV programme after it suggested there was a link between the former prime minister and fugitive red-shirt member Wuthipong Kochathamakun.

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In gilded cages

The Exotic Pets Expo 2017 at The Hub Rangsit community mall showcases rare and prized animals and pets. The event runs through Sunday. — Tawatchai kemgumnerd

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Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But do not call her an employee.

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Expedia tips diversity and mobile trend

Thai hoteliers should diversify their reservation and payment channels to attract valuable travellers rather than just seeking to fill hotel rooms, says Expedia, the world’s largest travel website.

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London attacker was British-born 'lone wolf': PM

LONDON – British police named the man who killed three people near parliament before being shot dead as Khalid Masood, saying he had a string of criminal convictions but none for terrorism-related offences.

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China-backed AIIB approves 13 newcomers

BEIJING – The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said Thursday it has approved 13 applicants, including Canada, Hong Kong and Sudan, to join the China-led institution launched about a year ago, expanding its membership to 70.

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All arriving luggage to be x-rayed at main airports

The Customs Department will install luggage x-ray machines in arrival areas at all major airports by the 2019 fiscal year, a senior official said on Thursday.

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Death toll in London attack rises to five: police

Britain’s top counter-terrorism police officer, Mark Rowley, said the attacker, who was shot dead, was inspired by “international terrorism”. – REUTERS

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Four dead in London terror attack

LONDON – Four people were killed and at least 20 injured in London on Wednesday after a car ploughed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman close to the British parliament in what police called a “marauding terrorist attack”.

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Apple drives further into Facebook, Snap territory with video app

SAN FRANCISCO – With the release of a new video app called Clips, Apple Inc is inching one step closer to fully engaging in the messaging world, where its huge base of iPhone users could help it compete with Snap Inc’s Snapchat and Facebook Inc’s Messenger.

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Exports take a drop in February

The value of Thai exports fell for the first time in four months in February to US$18.47 billion, down 2.8% year-on-year, on lack of gold and aircraft-related products, the Commerce Ministry said.

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Czech zoo removes rhinos' horns after poaching in France

A Czech zoo has cut the horn off of its first rhinoceros, following the poaching of a rhino at a French zoo for its horn. – REUTERS

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US, UK curb in-flight electronics

WASHINGTON/LONDON: The United States and Britain on Tuesday imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security threats.

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Four-year jail term upheld for Arisman, 12 others

PATTAYA – The Appeals Court on Tuesday upheld the lower court’s sentence of a four-year jail term each, without suspension, for singer Arisman Pongruangrong and 12 other red-shirts for leading protesters who forced their way into the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Hotel in Pattaya, where the 2009 Asean Summit was being held.

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Uber faces deepening turmoil as its president quits

Ride services company Uber is thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones. – REUTERS

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Tom Brady's stolen jersey found in Mexico

Houston police say the football jersey that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wore in last month’s Super Bowl victory, which disappeared hours after the game, has been found in Mexico. – REUTERS

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Billionaires Row: Gates still world's richest man

NEW YORK – The 2017 list of the world’s richest people as compiled by Forbes is out, with 233 new billionaires among 2,043 listed by the magazine.

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Britain to formally trigger process to leave EU on March 29

LONDON – Britain’s government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on the two years in which to complete the most important negotiation for a generation.

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2017 Toyota Vios 1.5 S review

After receiving a mechanical update last year, the country’s popular sub-compact sedan gets a facelift.

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Philippines' Duterte welcomes facing impeach raps, possible ICC case

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he welcomes an impeachment complaint filed against him and the possibility of facing the International Criminal Court regarding alleged extra-judicial killings. – REUTERS

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