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King appoints 10 members to his Privy Council

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has appointed three new members of the Privy Council and reappointed seven others.

10 children from Russian acrobatics team killed in bus crash

Ten children are among 12 people killed after a bus carrying a team of young Russian acrobats is involved in a head-on collision in the western Siberian region of Khanty-Mansiysk. – REUTERS

Shutting out parties is recipe for trouble

The gag order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) after the 2014 coup which prohibits political gatherings of more than five people will be a key obstacle for parties when preparing for the next general election.

Bob Dylan sends speech for Nobel ceremony

STOCKHOLM – Music icon Bob Dylan won’t be at the Nobel prize ceremony this week to accept his award, but he has sent along a speech to be read aloud, the Nobel foundation said Monday.

Flash flood warning issued for South

People in 10 southern provinces have been urged to be vigilant for severe weather and possible flash floods as heavy rain continues in the South.

Asia’s leadership truth and what to do about it

Indisputably, sooner rather than later, Asia with its giant economies including China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea will grow much larger than it is today, accounting for more than one third of the total global output. Asian gross domestic product (GDP) will even exceed that of the Group of Seven major industrial economies, according to the research by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Malaysian PM's demands meet with Yangon protests

KUALA LUMPUR – Aung San Suu Kyi must step in to prevent the “genocide” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said Sunday as he mocked the Nobel laureate for her inaction.

Teerasil's double gives Thailand victory over Myanmar

Two goals from Teerasil Daengda handed Thailand a 2-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Hail the new King

The life in pictures of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, from childhood to the day he accepted the invitation to accede to the throne.

Up to 40 feared dead in blaze at California party

OAKLAND – Up to 40 people were feared dead in a huge fire that tore through a rave party in a warehouse near San Francisco, as authorities warned Saturday of a prolonged search and recovery effort.

200,000 speed pills seized in Mekong shootout

UBON RATCHATHANI: A Lao man was wounded and 200,000 speed pills seized after a shootout between a drug trafficking gang and security forces near the Mekong River in Khemarat district.

Southern flooding turns fatal

Three people have drowned and a fisherman is missing as heavy rain pounds the southern provinces, with floods affecting at least 16,000 people.

Thai-Sino rail line to go to Nong Khai

Thailand and China plan to extend their ambitious Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima railway line to Nong Khai, even though they have yet to work out the details for a token three-kilometre spur planned to start the long-delayed project.

Number of poor Thais shrinks

The number of poor in Thailand fell to 4.9 million last year from 7.1 million in 2014 as the country’s economic growth and myriad state policies helped raise incomes, says the government’s planning unit.

Pakistani held in Bangkok for Karachi fire that killed 259

Police arrested a 46-year-old Pakistani man in Bangkok on Friday evening for alleged involvement in the world’s sixth deadliest arson that killed 259 people in Pakistan in 2012.

Gen Prem reappointed as Privy Council president

His Majesty the King on Friday reappointed Gen Prem Tinsulanonda as the president of the Privy Council after the latter had resigned from the position.

Big Mac creator Jim Delligatti dies at 98

PITTSBURGH: You probably don’t know his name, but you’ve almost certainly devoured his creation: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.

Finance official says 5% growth 'possible' in 2017

The Thai economy has the potential to grow as much as 5% next year if the government achieves its goal of attracting more private investment, says a senior finance official.

Crown Prince becomes King

The Kingdom has a new King after His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on Thursday accepted an invitation to ascend the throne from the National Legislative Assembly president.

Kritsana 'Ball' released on bail

Kritsana “Ball” Amitsoon, the man at the centre of the controversial pub brawl involving the son of a senior army officer, was granted bail on Thursday by the Chiang Mai Provincial Court.