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The opportunity costs of Thailand's descent

The Cobra Gold joint military exercise this week and the inaugural Asean-US summit in southern California next week against the backdrop of the recently inked Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade area reflect the standings and priorities of Bangkok and Washington. Thailand’s international engagements are increasingly on the back foot, unable to plough ahead and prone to expediency because of…

Stocks shudder as economy jitters take centre stage

LONDON — Global markets shuddered again Thursday with bank stocks in particular getting hammered, oil falling further and investors turning to perceived safe havens like gold.

No one on blacklist passes through Krabi airport

Immigration police have confirmed that no one on the country’s immigration blacklist entered through Krabi airport during the several hours that it suffered a power blackout on Wednesday.

FAT election begins after court clears way

The election for president of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) went ahead as scheduled Thursday after the Administrative Court yesterday refused to issue an injunction to postpone the polls.

Will US interests trump rights at Asean meet?

Leaders of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have something to look forward to after Valentine’s Day.

Karun ordered to pay B5m compo for by-election

The Civil Court on Wednesday ordered former Pheu Thai Bangkok MP Karun Hosakul to pay 5.3 million baht to the Election Commission (EC) after his banning from politics for defaming a rival candidate from the Democrat Party forced a by-election.

Spanish murder suspect Segarra held in prison

The Criminal Court on Wednesday approved a police request to further detain Spanish murder suspect Artur Segarra Princep.

M Performance parts for BMW M2 Coupe

High-performance coupe gets options of spicier looks, sharper handling and more evocative engine and exhaust sound.

Life for poor forest dwellers as cheap as ever

How much is one’s way of life worth? For indigenous forest dweller No-ae Mimee, it is very cheap indeed.

US candidates face next test as New Hampshire votes

American voters in New Hampshire voters go to the polls Tuesday in presidential primaries that historically have cut the number of candidates down to size.

DTAC to spend B70bn on 4G expansion, marketing

Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC) plans to invest 70 billion baht over the next three years to expand and better market its 4G network, its chief executive said, in a bid to protect market share.

Art goes digital (video)

An artist who chronicles current events by digitally painting them using a computer monitor as his canvass became famous overnight when he posted his painting of late actor Tridsadee “Por” Sahawong. The digital artist talks about his inspiration, ambition and meaning of art. (Video by Jetjaras Na Ranong)

Spanish murder suspect denies charges

A Spanish man returned to Thailand Monday for the allegedly killing and dismembering a compatriot denied the charges, but police remain confident they have the right man.

Trang man kills self 9 hours after shooting dead his 4 children

TRANG — The man who shot dead his four young children at their home in Palian district on Monday morning turned the gun on himself after a nine-hour standoff with police.

Baht swings in line with regional units

Baht volatility has gained pace since the beginning of this year, in line with regional currencies, a central banker said on Monday.

BMI and heart health

Does a high body mass index equal an unhealthy heart?

Uzbek's rape claims unravel

Uzbek woman Refika Shakirova looked weary when she met police late last month after she escaped from a gang of three men who allegedly assaulted and raped her, demanded a ransom and detained her for nine days.

Celebrating Year of the Monkey (photos)

Thais of Chinese descent in Bangkok take part in various activities to mark the Lunar New Year. Some pray for good fortune, while others burn paper copies, which will be used by their dead relatives in the afterlife. This year’s Chinese Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, falls on Feb 8, the first day of the Year of the Monkey. (Bangkok Post photos)

North Korea launches rocket

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket carrying what it says is a satellite, South Korean media reports. (Reuters video)

Robot exhibition, from past to present

The 20th Anniversary Professional Robot Maker exhibition was organised by the Institute of Field Robotics (FIBO) at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) on Feb 4 and 5, 2016. A large variety of robots and innovations were displayed at the event. (Video by Jiraporn Kuhakan)