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Piyasvasti wins THAI sacking fight

Former Thai Airways International (THAI) president Piyasvasti Amranand has won a court battle with his former firm over being unfairly sacked from the post.

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Yantra still exiled from monkhood

Expelled monk Phra Yantra cannot re-enter the monkhood, National Office of Buddhism director-general Nopparat Benjawatananun said on Thursday, as the disgraced former cleric who was involved in a sex scandal 20 years ago continued to receive visitors on his return to Thailand.

Khamronwit swapping seats with northern police chief

Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) chief Khamronwit Thoopkrachang will swap jobs with Suthep Detraksa, commander of the Provincial Police Region 5, in a move set to get the stamp of approval on Friday.

Task force hunts for missing ‘Billy’

Phetchaburi: The 9th Infantry Division in Kanchanaburi has dispatched its special task force to help locate a prominent Karen rights activist missing for a week.

Red-shirt attacks heighten violence

Violence has stepped up on Wednesday after a red-shirt activist and poet was shot dead at a restaurant in Bangkok and two gunmen sprayed bullets into a community radio station in Pathum Thani.

Reuters 'to defend Rohingya story'

Reuters has acknowledged that a complaint was made by the Royal Thai Navy against the news organisation and two of its journalists over an article about Rohinfgya refugees and pledged to stand by its story.

Court gives Yingluck more time, rejects more witnesses

The Constitutional Court agreed on Wednesday to give caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra another 15 days to prepare her defence, but rejected her plea for additional witnesses to defend her over the removal of Thawil Pliensri as National Security Council (NSC) chief.

Turning trash into treasure

Since yard and car-boot sales are still not very common in this country, it had never occurred to Bangkok businessman Veerapong that he could sell all the junk cluttering up his house, items which he hadn’t used for years and probably never would again. Until the day his daughter pointed to a set of golf clubs that had been leaning against the wall in one room, untouched, for ages and suggested…

Navy to extend lawsuit to Reuters

The two Phuketwan journalists facing a Royal Thai Navy defamation lawsuit over mistreatment of Rohingya suggested the suit be dropped to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on May 3, but the navy rejected that and said it was preparing a second lawsuit against the Reuters news agency.

Election before July 20 'possible'

The Election Commission (EC) is ready to consider suggestions from all political parties and is not against the idea of holding the next poll before July 20, EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen said Tuesday.

Red group flexes muscles

Thousands of red-shirt Democracy Protection Volunteers Group (DPVG) members take part in a two-day training programme at HM the King’s 80 th Birthday Stadium in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang district on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Participants undergo a variety of physical and academic trainings to serve as bodyguards for pro-democracy rally-goers. DVPG leader Suporn ‘Rambo’ Atthawong states that…

Capo stands by caution to court, NACC

Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) director Chalerm Yubamrung has defended the centre’s warning to the charter court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) against double standards in their handling of cases against Yingluck Shinawatra.

Mystery surrounds boy drowned in pond

PHITSANULOK – Police have agreed to re-investigate the death of a 13-year-old boy that they originally wrote off as an accidental drowning in a pond in front of a housing development in this northern province.

Thai Airways to encourage early retirement by staff

The national carrier Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) will offer a voluntary early retirement package to older employees as part of a strategy to reduce headcount and improve efficiency in its operations.

MAS jet in emergency landing

A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday in another blow to its safety image after the loss of flight MH370.

New red group builds ‘volunteer force’

A red-shirt volunteer-based group set up to “protect democracy” launched its second workshop and training programme involving self-defence and hand-to-hand combat in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday, with 15,000 people claimed to be taking part.

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

JINDO – A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.

The BIG STORY: Happy New Year?

The end of Songkran brought the urgency right back to politics. But not for long. The ear-splitting, street-bursting, epithet-howling weekend mobs didn’t happen, as the judges and investigators suddenly came over all coy, and delayed all the important stuff — maybe for a few days, maybe for longer.

Call to stop lese majeste witch hunts

The establishment of an organisation to eradicate those accused of anti-monarchy behaviour could spark “witch-hunts” that end in a repeat of the 1976 Thammasat University massacre, Human Rights Watch has warned.

Ping-pong bombs found after girl's death

CHACHOENGSAO – Police found 1,900 ping-pong bombs ready for delivery after raiding a damaged house in search of clues into the death of a six-year-old girl after two explosions on Friday.

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