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Pilot of doomed plane 'hid illness'

MONTABAUR, GERMANY — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said on Friday.


Martial law to be replaced by NCPO order

HUA HIN — Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday that martial law would be lifted and replaced by an order that gives the military junta equally sweeping authority to deal with events as needed.

Land bought with Klongchan money sold to tycoon's daughter

Former Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative chairman Supachai Srisupa-aksorn bought land with embezzled money and sold it to the daughter of property tycoon Anant Asavabhokin, chairman of Land and Houses Plc, according to the Justice Ministry.

Locals fearful as Myanmar's Dawei project nears green light

Ma Nu May and her husband started a small cashew farm near the coastal town of Dawei in southern Myanmar seven years ago, but life in the past two years has been far from peaceful.

Credit where it’s due

Re: “Don’t distort history”, (BP, March 25).

Co-pilot deliberately crashed Germanwings plane: prosecutor

MARIGNANE, FRANCE – The co-pilot “deliberately” initiated the descent of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps and refused to open the flight deck door to the pilot who was outside the cockpit, the lead investigator said on Thursday.

Japan caps Thai air services amid safety concerns

Tokyo has frozen the number of flights Thai airlines can operate into Japan, a restriction Transport Minister Prajin Juntong has termed a premature reaction to air safety issues.

AP report 'won't hurt TUF deal'

SET-listed Thai Union Products Plc (TUF), the world’s biggest canned and frozen tuna exporter, says the recent Associated Press (AP) report on labour abuse in the fisheries industry is unlikely to affect its US$1.5-billion deal to acquire California-based Bumble Bee Foods.

PM blasts city's flood response

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has blasted City Hall for being too slow in handling flooding brought by heavy rain on Tuesday which caused severe traffic congestion.

New tactic to fight insurgency

PATTANI – A para-military ranger unit has deployed a new weapon to fight insurgents in southern border provinces — horses.

Border health clinics to cut flow of patients into Thailand

The Public Health Ministry is to build health centres in border areas of three neighbouring countries to reduce the flow of people crossing into Thailand to get medical treatment they cannot pay for.

Recovery teams find Germanwings black box

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, FRANCE — A black box recovered from the scene and pulverised pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight from Spain to Germany, apparently killing all 150 people on board.

PM vows anti-trafficking blitz

An integral part of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s drive to combat human trafficking is improvements in coordination and cooperation between police, prosecutors and the courts.

Michelin sees rubber rout ending

The slump in global natural rubber prices is probably over because producers are finding it harder to cover their costs and will cut output, according to Michelin & Cie, Europe’s largest tyremaker.

Wives' battle to free jailed police husbands gains speed

Still insisting her convicted rapist husband is innocent, Sainapha Atma fight to get him out of jail took another step forward Tuesday when the Criminal Court accepted her lawsuit against the woman whose testimony put him behind bars.

Dog shelter in Uthai Thani

A shelter for stray dogs is situated in Uthai Thani’s Thap Than district. The 200-rai compound currently houses more than 5,500 dogs – many of them found on the streets of Bangkok. Medical treatment, sterilisation and training are provided here. – Naruphon Hinshiranan

ICT eyes TOT frequency for 4G auction

The government has ordered the Information and Communication Technology Ministry to reclaim the unused portion of the 2300-megahertz frequency from TOT Plc for the fourth-generation (4G) auction.

Rangers probe tigers missing from temple

The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) will launch an investigation into the tiger population at Wat Pa Luangta Maha Bua temple in Kanchanaburi, after a former veterinarian claimed three of them had mysteriously disappeared.  

Transform your business through a coaching culture

More and more organisations are acknowledging the importance of coaching to help them successfully achieve their strategic goals. Helping your staff to identify and focus on what’s important accelerates success for that person and for the entire organisation.

Police tackle major store traffic jams

Police and the military will attempt to regulate traffic flow at major department stores in the capital to ease road congestion in front of the stores.