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Japan backs Dawei, Thai high-speed train

Thailand and Japan agreed on Saturday to develop the Dawei special economic zone in Myanmar and two train lines in Thailand including a high-speed train linking Bangkok and Chiang Mai.


Greek vote too close to call

ATHENS — Greece hurtled on Saturday toward a crucial bailout referendum that could determine its financial future and even its place in the euro zone, as polls showed the “Yes” and “No” camps neck and neck.

Najib to sue over 1MDB cash allegations

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Naib Razak is preparing to sue the Wall Street Journal over a report that the troubled state investment fund channeled US$700 million into his personal accounts.

Japan pledges 750 billion yen for Mekong development

TOKYO – Japan pledged on Saturday to give fresh aid worth 750 billion yen (205 billion baht) in official development assistance to five Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong River over the next three years to boost the region’s development.

PM to students: Save your power for the future

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has told dissident students to save their “pure” power for future use and wait for his government to lay down foundations for quality democracy and sustainable peace in the country.

Hundreds urge students' release

Hundreds of people on Friday evening covered a wall in central Bangkok with Post-it notes denouncing the military government and demanding the release of 14 jailed student activists.

Forced labour shows back-breaking lack of reform in Myanmar

BUTHIDAUNG, MYANMAR — In the fertile river valleys near Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh, stateless Rohingya Muslims say there is no let-up in soldiers forcing them into hard labour, despite the government launching a campaign three years ago to end the practice.

Housing complaints rise 68%

The Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) will summon property associations to discuss poor-quality housing projects next month after complaints soared by 68% in the first five months of this year.

Amnesty proposed for political offenders

The Constitution Drafting Committee’s reconciliation panel will propose an amnesty for cases connected to political conflicts over the past decade as part of its six-point guide to national reconciliation.

No big impact from moored fishing boats

Authorities do not expect any significant impact on fish supplies even though a large number of illegal boats are tied up as strict regulations governing vessels and equipment are enforced.

Slang-it Thai - Boy racers, bike babes

The denotation and connotation of ‘waen’ and ‘sa-koi’.

Agriculture: El Nino to erode Thai output by 2%

The government expects drought from the El Nino weather phenomenon to shave Thai rice production for this year’s main crop by 2% to 26 million tonnes, though this could mean a rise in prices.

Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, kill 50

Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.

Mers quarantine ends

The 14-day quarantine of the 68 people who were in contact with the Mers victim from Oman ended Wednesday night, a health official said.

Date set for Shell's Arctic oil drilling

SEATTLE/WASHINGTON: Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a spokesman said on Monday.

Areepong tasked to helm Tourism and Sports Ministry

The cabinet has given the nod to Areepong Bhoocha-oom becoming the new tourism and sports permanent secretary after he was removed from the Energy Ministry on speculation of conflict with the energy minister.

Death toll soars to more than 113 in Indonesia plane crash

At least 116 people were killed Tuesday when an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed into a major city shortly after takeoff and exploded in a fireball, officials said.

Orange Line returns to original route through Huai Khwang

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority has reversed course on the route for its Orange Line extension, agreeing to return to the original plan of having the electric railway serve low-income residents and students rather than luxury-condominium owners.

At least 20 dead as military transport crashes in Indonesia

JAKARTA — An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 plane with 12 crew aboard crashed Tuesday into a residential neighbourhood in the country’s third-largest city, Medan. A hospital official said at least 20 people were killed.

Lost in Thailand: New Chinese road signs

The Tourism Department and the Transport Ministry will install direction signs in Chinese next year in a bid to ease the number of car accidents caused by tourists travelling from China into Thailand, especially around Chiang Mai.