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The day the nightmare started

April 17, 1975, is a date that sends shivers down the spines of all Cambodians. It was the day the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh and took control of the country after years of bitter fighting in the countryside.

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NRC 'to endorse charter draft'

The new constitution is bound to have its critics but three key members of the National Reform Council (NRC) believe it will win endorsement for a number of reasons.

Fire ravages paper factory

Firefighters on Saturday battled for hours to put out a fire at a recycled paper factory, owned by United Paper Co Ltd, in Muang district of Prachin Buri province. The blaze caused damage estimated at 50 million baht. – Thanarak Khunton

Seat squeeze raises concerns

BERLIN – Airlines are packing ever more seats into economy class to protect profit margins from falling ticket prices, prompting concerns over health and safety from travellers and crew.

New charter, reform necessary, says Prayut

The prime minister has insisted that Thailand is now on the right path and “new rules” in the form of a new constitution that suits the country are necessary for sustainable development and successful reform.

Bangkok Post rebuts CJR falsehoods

The following statement has been released by Bangkok Post editor Pichai Chuensuksawadi after communicating with the Columbia Journalism Review over a libellous and incorrect article it recently published. This is the statement.

Bombing evidence points to political group, Somyot says

National police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang on Friday claimed police have collected enough evidence to implicate a political group in the car-bombing of Central Festival Samui, but said arrest warrants would not be issued yet.

Military volunteers increase 10% in latest conscription

Volunteers for military service increased more than 10% this year, accounting for nearly 44% of the year’s total intake.

Don Mueang flies high again

Bangkok’s Don Mueang has again recorded the highest growth rate among airports in Asia-Pacific including the Middle East in February, latest figures from the Airports Council International (ACI) show.

Polls organiser expects House elections next April

Elections for the next House of Representatives could be held next April, if the new constitution is passed by referendum after it is approved by the National Reform Council (NRC), an election commissioner said on Thursday.

NESDB: Thai economy to grow by 3% in Q1

Thai economy likely will grow 3% in the first quarter of 2015, bolstered by tourism, private consumption and government spending, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

JJ Green Park is one of Bangkok’s newest groovy places to hang out, get yourself a bargain and enjoy some fabulous outdoor bars and restaurants.

The long procession

The slow rhythm of gongs, drums and cymbals can be heard from afar. The sound is like an invitation for people in Ban Kong Lom in Wiang Haeng district, the far-flung town bordering Chiang Mai and Shan State in Myanmar, to join the procession for the mass novice ordination ceremony, known as Poi Sang Long.

Murdered Chiang Mai woman sodomised with bottle

Autopsy results on an unidentified woman found dead in a Chiang Mai hotel room show she had been sodomised so badly, a glass bottle was found in her abdomen.

Myanmar celebrates Thingyan water festival

In Myanmar, revellers take part in celebrations marking Thingyan, a water festival which brings in the country’s new year. The four southeast Asian nations of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos started the Buddhist new year, known as Thingyan in Myanmar and Songkran in Thailand, on April 13. – AFP, AP and EPA

Line bets on selfies, macho stickers to expand globally

TOKYO ­– To go global, Line Corp is getting local.

Don’t burn bridges

Re: “Between democracy and authoritarianism”, Opinion, April 10

All dolled up: China sex toys play for real

She lay quietly on a narrow bed, greeting potential customers with an impassive stare and a disproportionately buxom form: Meet “156”, a stand-in companion for Chinese men with empty beds.

NCPO welcomes nomination of new US ambassador

The White House’s nomination of a new United States ambassador to Thailand shows America values its relations with the kingdom, said Maj Gen Werachon Sukondhapatipak, spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order.

US nominates former N. Korea envoy as Thailand ambassador

WASHINGTON – Glyn Davies, a former US envoy for North Korean policy, was nominated by President Barack Obama as ambassador to Thailand to fill a position vacant for six months.