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EU and Japan asked to mull funding Cambodia vote - ASEAN/East Asia

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Thai king Maha Vajiralongkorn marks completion of father's cremation site

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Son of Thailand's ex-PM Thaksin charged with money-laundering

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The Myanmar Army Has Killed Hundreds of Rohingya, an Amnesty Report Says

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Thai hotels booked up ahead of funeral of revered king

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Cheaper rivals target Singapore's aviation maintenance sector

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More champagne: Australia upgrades ties with democracy-crushing Cambodian regime
Bangkok: The Turnbull government has upgraded diplomatic ties with Cambodia in a champagne-clinking ceremony at a time Prime Minister Hun Sen is ruthlessly dismantling democracy and the country is sliding into a dictatorship. The move comes as human rights groups are calling for countries like Australia, that have sent billions of dollars in aid to Cambodia, to pressure Mr Hun Sen to end a campaign to silence his critics and consider imposing punitive sanctions on his regime   Read More ...
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Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches - ASEAN/East Asia
Bangkok: Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand’s most famous tourist beaches will face a US$3,000 (RM12,660) fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5km stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province   Read More ...
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EU and Japan asked to mull funding Cambodia vote - ASEAN/East Asia
BANGKOK: Rights groups urged the European Union and Japan to consider halting their funding for the election panel in Cambodia, if the ruling party succeeds in a bid to dissolve the main opposition party ahead of next year’s general election. The ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) has launched a crackdown on its critics, including politicians, independent media and non-government bodies. Nearly half the opposition members of parliament have fled abroad since September   Read More ...
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Thailand bersiap semadi Raja Bhumibol Selasa depan
BANGKOK: Raja Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn hari ini menyempurnakan fasa akhir pembinaan krematorium diraja, digunakan bagi upacara persemadian ayahandanya, mendiang Raja Bhumibol Adulyadej, Selasa depan. Pada majlis berkenaan, Vajiralongkorn memberi restu dan mengibarkan Payung Putih Negara Sembilan Lapis, alat kebesaran paling suci dalam monarki Thailand di puncak krematorium mewah itu. Pusat pembakaran itu, juga tapak bagi istiadat pengebumian diraja dibina di hadapan Istana Agung dalam kawasan lama ibu kota ini   Read More ...
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Thai king Maha Vajiralongkorn marks completion of father's cremation site
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Wednesday (Oct 18) presided over a ceremony marking the end of the construction of the royal crematorium that will be used in the funeral of his father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Oct 26. The king blessed and then raised the Nine-Tiered Great White Umbrella of State, the most sacred regalia of the Thai monarchy, to the top of the lavish crematorium - the main site of the royal funeral that was built from scratch on an open space in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok's old quarter   Read More ...
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Rights groups urge EU, Japan to consider halt in funding for Cambodian election
BANGKOK: Rights groups on Wednesday urged the European Union and Japan to consider halting their funding for the election panel in Cambodia, if the ruling party succeeds in a bid to dissolve the main opposition party ahead of next year's general election. The ruling Cambodia People's Party (CPP) has launched a crackdown on its critics, including politicians, independent media and non-government bodies   Read More ...
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Rights groups deplore worsening repression in Cambodia
BANGKOK (AP) — Rights groups say foreign governments should refuse to recognize Cambodia's next elections and consider sanctions on its leaders if the main opposition party is dissolved. Prime Minister Hun Sen's government took legal steps earlier this month to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party, the latest escalation in a series of attacks on the opposition, the media and civil society groups before elections next year   Read More ...
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Rights groups urge EU, Japan to consider halt in funding for Cambodian election
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Rights groups on Wednesday urged the European Union and Japan to consider halting their funding for the election panel in Cambodia, if the ruling party succeeds in a bid to dissolve the main opposition party ahead of next year's general election. The ruling Cambodia People's Party (CPP) has launched a crackdown on its critics, including politicians, independent media and non-government bodies   Read More ...
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Son of Thailand's ex-PM Thaksin charged with money-laundering
BANGKOK: The only son of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been formally charged with money-laundering, the Department of Special Investigations told Reuters on Wednesday. Panthongtae Shinawatra is accused of receiving a 10 million baht (£227,673) cheque in 2004 related to an earlier corruption case involving 9.9 billion baht (£224 million) of fraudulent loans extended by the state-owned Krungthai Bank when his father was prime minister   Read More ...
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Son of Thailand's ex-PM Thaksin charged with money-laundering
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The only son of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been formally charged with money-laundering, the Department of Special Investigations told Reuters on Wednesday. Panthongtae Shinawatra is accused of receiving a 10 million baht (£227,673) cheque in 2004 related to an earlier corruption case involving 9.9 billion baht (£224 million) of fraudulent loans extended by the state-owned Krungthai Bank when his father was prime minister   Read More ...
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Son of Thailand's ex-PM Thaksin charged with money-laundering
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - The only son of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been formally charged with money-laundering, the Department of Special Investigations told Reuters on Wednesday (Oct 18). Panthongtae Shinawatra is accused of receiving a 10 million baht (US$300,000) cheque in 2004 related to an earlier corruption case involving 9.9 billion baht (US$296 million) of fraudulent loans extended by the state-owned Krungthai Bank when his father was prime minister   Read More ...
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Amnesty: Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) -- Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages   Read More ...
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Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages   Read More ...
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Myanmar systematically killed hundreds of Rohingya in expulsion campaign, Amnesty International says
BANGKOK – Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages   Read More ...
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No quick fix for flooding problem, says the PM
BANGKOK: Prayut laments long-standing issues and vows to take care of affected people. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday said it was impossible for Thailand to be completely flood-free as long as there was no comprehensive overhaul of city planning, the water-drainage system or littering solutions. However, his government was ready to take care of all those affected. “Problems have already persisted for a long time,” he said   Read More ...
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The Myanmar Army Has Killed Hundreds of Rohingya, an Amnesty Report Says
(BANGKOK) — Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages   Read More ...
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Amnesty: Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya
BANGKOK -- Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages   Read More ...
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Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages   Read More ...
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Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages   Read More ...
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The Latest: Amnesty says Myanmar killed 100s of Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh (all times local): Amnesty International says Myanmar security forces killed at least hundreds of people during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims. The human rights group interviewed more than 120 Rohingya who fled the violence for its report released Wednesday. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug   Read More ...
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Police advise people to be careful in Thailand
KOTA BARU: Kelantan police have advised people in the state who are travelling to Thailand, to be more careful since the southern province of the country is still in turmoil. State police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan (pic) said however, they were not prohibited to travel to Thailand. "We do not want any unwanted incidents like that of a Kelantanese who was fatally hit by a stray bullet in Takbai, two days ago   Read More ...
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National security tops list in Zuckerberg talks in Thailand
BANGKOK: Facebook co-founder’s visit seen as boost to country’s digital economy. National security issues and digital business opportunities will likely figure prominently during talks between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Mark Zuckerberg ( pic), the co-founder of Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, when they meet later this month in Bangkok. The Thai premier is expected to raise key issues concerning the widespread use of social media at the October 30 meeting   Read More ...
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Thai police make 'largest ever' crystal meth seizure
Thai police said Tuesday they had seized half a tonne of crystal methamphetamine worth $30 million, their largest-ever seizure, as surging production in the Golden Triangle floods Southeast Asia. Police said the seizure was made on Monday in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima when a pick-up truck tried to evade a checkpoint before dawn. A man who was arrested said he was paid nearly $6,000 to courier the drugs from Laos to a staging point in central Thailand, where he was due to receive a call from the "kingpin" behind the deal   Read More ...
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Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches
Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand's most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 mile) stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province   Read More ...
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Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches
BANGKOK, Thailand — Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand’s most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5-kilometer (1.5-mile) stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province   Read More ...
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Thai police seize 508kg
BANGKOK: Thai police have apprehended a suspect and crippled an attempt to smuggle 508kg of synthetic drugs "Ice" worth at least 1 billion Baht (RM125 million) from Laos to Malaysia.   Read More ...
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President Halimah Yacob to attend funeral of late Thai King Bhumibol
SINGAPORE - President Halimah Yacob will attend the funeral of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which will be held in Bangkok next week. She will attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony of the late monarch, who died in October last year after seven decades on the throne. The funeral of King Bhumibol will take place over five days, and about 250,000 mourners are expected   Read More ...
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BRIEF-Acerus Pharmaceuticals grants Eu Hwa Pte Ltd marketing right for NATESTO in Thailand, Malaysia/Brunei
Oct 17 (Reuters) - Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation * Acerus Pharmaceuticals - signing of agreement granting eu hwa pte ltd exclusive right to market NATESTO in Thailand, Malaysia/Brunei, among others * Acerus Pharmaceuticals -under agreement, co to receive non-refundable upfront fee, eligible to get milestone upon submission of some data to sea partner * Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation - under terms of   Read More ...
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President Halimah Yacob to attend cremation ceremony of late Thai King
SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob will visit Bangkok from Oct 26 to 27 to attend the cremation ceremony of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Tuesday (Oct 17). It's her first official overseas visit as Singapore's head of state. President Halimah will be accompanied by her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, as well as officials from the President’s Office and MFA   Read More ...
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Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches
BANGKOK: Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand's most famous tourist beaches will face a 100,000 baht (RM12,757.48) fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. Those caught lighting up on the beach could face jail or a 100,000 baht fine, according to TAT.   Read More ...
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Thailand keen to hold talks on KL-Bangkok HSR link
SERI KEMBANGAN: Thailand has expressed interest in holding talks with Malaysia towards constructing a high-speed rail (HSR) line from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The Transport Minister said the proposal was still at its infancy stage as a working committee needed to be set up to discuss the viability of having the rail line. "I think we have to complete the HSR from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore first   Read More ...
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Attack which left Malaysian man dead not related to Tak Bai's anniversary: Thai Army
BANGKOK: The attack on a police checkpoint in Tak Bai two days ago which killed a Malaysian man happened almost two weeks before the anniversary of one of the bloodiest incidents in southern Thailand, which still arouses a sense of dissatisfaction among the local population. The Tak Bai incident which claimed the life of 86 local men occurred on Oct 25, 13 years ago and even though more than a decade has passed, it still remains a highly controversial issue among people in the southern provinces   Read More ...
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Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches
BANGKOK: Smokers who flaunt a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand’s most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 miles) stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province   Read More ...
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Thai hotels booked up ahead of funeral of revered king
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hotels in Bangkok's bustling old town, home to a backpacker enclave favoured by foreign tourists, are booked up as Thailand prepares to host the lavish funeral of its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej next week, the hotel association said on Monday. The funeral of King Bhumibol, who died on Oct. 13 last year after seven decades on the throne, will run for five days next week, with most events centering on the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang, a public square in the historic quarter   Read More ...
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Thai hotels booked up ahead of funeral of revered king
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hotels in Bangkok’s bustling old town, home to a backpacker enclave favored by foreign tourists, are booked up as Thailand prepares to host the lavish funeral of its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej next week, the hotel association said on Monday. The funeral of King Bhumibol, who died on Oct. 13 last year after seven decades on the throne, will run for five days next week, with most events centering on the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang, a public square in the historic quarter   Read More ...
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Cheaper rivals target Singapore's aviation maintenance sector
JAKARTA/BANGKOK (Reuters) - Singapore, the dominant hub for aircraft maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) in southeast Asia, the world’s fastest-growing aviation market, is under threat from low-cost rivals in nearby Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. As the cheaper challengers look to muscle in on a lucrative market - with annual output of S$8.9 billion ($6.57 billion), Singapore accounts for a quarter of all Asia’s MRO business - Singapore-based MRO firms are having to scramble higher up the value chain   Read More ...
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Thai hotels booked up ahead of funeral of revered king
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hotels in Bangkok's bustling old town, home to a backpacker enclave favoured by foreign tourists, are booked up as Thailand prepares to host the lavish funeral of its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej next week, the hotel association said on Monday. The funeral of King Bhumibol, who died on Oct. 13 last year after seven decades on the throne, will run for five days next week, with most events centering on the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang, a public square in the historic quarter   Read More ...
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Thai hotels booked up ahead of funeral of revered King Bhumibol
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Hotels in Bangkok's bustling old town, home to a backpacker enclave favoured by foreign tourists, are booked up as Thailand prepares to host the lavish funeral of its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej next week, the hotel association said on Monday (Oct 16). The funeral of King Bhumibol, who died on Oct 13 last year after seven decades on the throne, will run for five days next week, with most events centering on the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang, a public square in the historic quarter   Read More ...
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Don’t want to turn Sabarimala temple into Thailand, says TDB chairman
Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) chairman Prayar Gopalakrishnan on Friday said the board is against allowing entry of women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple. The hill shrine in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district is managed by the TDB. “The board does not want to make Sabarimala into Thailand. Even if the court allows entry of women of menstruating age into Sabarimala, no self-respecting woman will go up to the hill shrine,” Gopalakrishnan, a Congress leader, said   Read More ...
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Somtum Der: Spicy food from Thailand’s northeast
Somtum Der is unlike any other Thai restaurant in the city. It’s not just the look, though the bold red facade certainly stands out in the drab Yoyogi backstreets, and the chic, bright interior reflects a contemporary sensibility, not one rooted in the cliches of tradition. What really sets this new arrival apart is that it serves and celebrates the distinctive cuisine of Isan, the arid, less-developed northeast of Thailand   Read More ...
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