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NACC ruling on Yingluck in May
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0700

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is expected to rule early next month on Yingluck Shinawatra's involvement in the rice-pledging programme, a spokesman said on Friday.

Korean ferry captain's arrest sought
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:08:00 +0700

SEOUL - South Korean prosecutors sought arrest warrants on Friday for the captain and two crew members of the ferry that capsized with hundreds of children on board, a coastguard official said.

Bail continued for two red-shirt leaders
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:05:00 +0700

The Criminal Court decided on Friday to continue bail for Jatuporn Prompan and Nattawut Saikuar, but warned them to avoid stirring up incitement at red-shirt rallies.

Monument builder looks abroad
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:33:00 +0700

Bangkok’s Democracy Monument was erected to commemorate the 1932 coup that ended Thailand’s seven-century reign of kings, and became a rallying point last year for protesters seeking to oust the government. Now, the landmark’s builder is going abroad for the first time in its 84-year history as political instability saps demand at home.

Water authority welcomes PDRC visit
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:33:00 +0700

Staff of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) gave a warm welcome to a visit on Friday by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) during its anti-government campaign.

Capo has overstepped its authority, shunned its real job
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:56:00 +0700

As the name itself suggests, the main task of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) is to enforce the Internal Security Act to ensure peace and order in areas covered by the law -- Bangkok, Nonthaburi and parts of Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.

Bangkok hotel owner in US scandal
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:22:00 +0700

NEW YORK - A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser pleaded guilty Thursday to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.

Capo backs King’s say on cabinet fate
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:09:00 +0700

The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) under its chairman Chalerm Yubamrung has urged the caretaker government to seek His Majesty the King’s advice if the cabinet is suspended by a looming court decision.

Terror suspect admits Israeli attack plan
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:03:00 +0700

Investigations into two suspected foreign terrorists are progressing swiftly as one of the men admitted to a planned attack on Israeli tourists in Khao San Road during Songkran, according to an investigator.

Government upset as officials boycott Capo meeting
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:09:00 +0700

The permanent secretary for public health was warned on Thursday of the possible consequences after he ignored an order to attend a meeting at the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo).

Travel News

S. Korea ferry sinking:Hundreds still missing (Updated Friday)
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0700

The death toll is rising as divers work to enter the capsized S. Korean ferry, looking for hundreds of passengers, most of them schoolchildren, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized Wednesday morning. AFP photo

Kites of fancy
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:36:00 +0700

We boarded a long-tail boat in Chanthaburi’s Khlung district and headed for Ban Len Tak along the Welu River, passing long stretches of mangrove trees with foliage so dense it was impossible to see beyond the riverbank. It took us about half-an-hour to reach this tiny fishing village which is not accessible by road and whose residents still manage to get by without mains electricity or tap...

Windmills, not walls
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:36:00 +0700

If you travel to northern Thailand, do not be surprised if you come across a number of Chinese tourists roaming around.

Fun fair in Suphan Buri
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:36:00 +0700

From April 25-26, the “Miracle of Colours: Suphan Buri Fair” will take place at the Garden of the Heavenly Dragon Museum (Mangkorn Sawan Park) near the city pillar shrine in Muang district, Suphan Buri, 4-10.30pm.

Teething troubles for Chinese tourists
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:32:00 +0700

CHIANG MAI — The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists.

Beach fun in different styles
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:40:00 +0700

The full-moon party on Koh Phangan drew nearly 20,000 local and foreign tourists on Monday.

Cambodia earns $2.5bn from tourism
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:18:00 +0700

PHNOM PENH - Cambodia earned US$2.5 billion (81 billion baht) from the tourism sector last year, a senior government official said.

Japan to waive visas for Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:05:00 +0700

TOKYO - The government and the ruling coalition are making arrangements to waive visas for tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam as one of the initiatives in a revised action plan due out in June to make Japan a tourism-oriented country, government sources said Monday.

38 hurt in Saraburi bus accident
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:51:00 +0700

Thirty-eight people were hurt when a coach skidded and landed on its side on the shoulder of a road in Kaeng Khoi, Saraburi province, on Tuesday.

Songkran toll: 204 killed, 2,142 injured
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0700

Forty-three people were killed and 502 injured in 488 accidents on April 14, the fourth of the "seven dangerous days" (April 11-17) of the Songkran festival, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Tuesday.

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