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Video captures chaos at Manchester Arena

Police say a blast at Manchester Arena where U.S. singer Ariana Grande had been performing left a number of people dead and injured. Cell phone video captures the moment. – REUTERS

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Chula savings co-op says finances solid

The Chulalongkorn University Savings Cooperative (CUSC) has assured members its financial status remained sound, urging them not to panic and rush to make withdrawals after one of its borrowers was closed down in an embezzlement scandal.

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Comical drive to rein in FB turns sinister

Having failed to force Facebook to shut down more than 100 lese majeste pages, Thai authorities are going after small-fish users and viewers in the country in what appears to be another comical campaign of intimidation.

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Taiwan court set to rule on same-sex marriage

The Constitutional Court in Taiwan meets this week to debate a law in the civil code that restricts marriage to a man and woman. — Reuters

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Property tycoon Anant resigns from LH, LH Bank

Real estate developer Anant Asavabhokhin, who faces money-laundering charges over land sales tied to an embezzlement case, has resigned from the companies he founded.

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FOMM to make EVs in new Thai plant

Japan’s FOMM Corporation is scheduled to start the construction of its assembly plant for its compact electric vehicles (EVs) at Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate this year, with production expected to kick off by June next year.

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North Korea's cyber warriors who worry the West

SEOUL – North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts.

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Apec trade ministers omit protectionism pledge

HANOI – Asia-Pacific trade ministers issued a diluted “actions” statement after a weekend meeting in Vietnam, suggesting further pressure from the United States to avoid explicit pledges to combat protectionism.

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TPP countries keep trade deal alive without US

HANOI – Countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreed on Sunday to look at ways to move the trade deal forward without the United States after President Donald Trump pulled out in favour of an “America First” policy.

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From Bangkok to Cannes

CANNES – It was a startling sight on the red carpet of Cannes Film Festival late Friday night: A Thai actor covered from head to toes with tattoos, only inches of his body left un-inked, sauntered down the tapis rouge to shake hand with the festival’s artistic director. Keng Laiprang — stage name of a Punya Yimaumpai, ex-convict and internet idol — walked the famous steps of Cannes as part of…

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Australians ready to welcome 'Our Schapelle' home

SYDNEY: She has riveted Australia for more than a decade, the everyday Aussie beach girl who somehow sparked diplomatic rows, furious protests and a media bonanza on par with America’s OJ Simpson trial. She is so notorious Down Under that she needs no last name: She’s just Schapelle.

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Regal welcome for Trump in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump, in the first stop of his maiden trip abroad, received a regal welcome Saturday in Saudi Arabia, feted by the wealthy kingdom as he aims to forge strong alliances to combat terrorism while pushing past the multiple controversies threatening to engulf his administration.

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Nonthaburi TAO chief fails to report in sex case

A local administrator from Nonthaburi linked to the widening Mae Hong Son teen-sex scandal failed to report to police on Saturday, after his lawyer said he had experienced a recurrence of back pain.

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State enterprise spending rises

State enterprises managed to draw down 82 billion baht worth of investment for the seven months to April, helping spur the country’s economic momentum.

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Chinese jets intercept US aircraft in East China Sea

Two Chinese aircraft carry out what the US military describes an “unprofessional” intercept of an American plane meant to detect radiation while it flew in international airspace. — Reuters

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Listed companies' profits up 21% in first quarter

SET-listed companies posted net profits of 285 billion baht in the first quarter, up 21.4% year-on-year and 42% from the previous quarter, in the wake of improving oil and petrochemical prices.

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Finance secretary rejects proposed VAT hike

Finance permanent secretary Somchai Sujjapongse has rejected the National Legislative Assembly’s (NLA) proposal for a 1% increase in the value-added tax (VAT), saying it does not suit the present economic circumstances.

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Ford cuts unlikely to impact Thailand

Ford Thailand, a local arm of US carmaker Ford Motor Co, is unlikely to be affected by its parent company’s plan to cut 1,400 salaried jobs in North America and Asia through voluntary early retirement and other financial incentives.

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dead at 52

US musician Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, died on Wednesday in Detroit. — Reuters

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Otop Midyear 2017

Local products under the One Tambon One Product scheme are on display at the Otop Midyear 2017 exhibition, which runs until next Thursday at Impact Muang Thong Thani. — Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

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