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Yang cruising at soggy Thailand Open.

PATTAYA: Rain continued to play havoc with the Honda LPGA Thailand Open, where Amy Yang of South Korea opened up a four-stroke lead before third-round play was suspended due to darkness on Saturday evening.

- BangkokPost - TH

Meet the RuPaul of Thailand.

Worldwide, drag is having a moment. Pangina Heals, or Pan Pan Narkprasert, is this Southeast Asian nation's star.

- OZY - US

Thai junta replaces director of Buddhism department with policeman.

BANGKOK - Thailand's military junta removed the chief of the department responsible for overseeing Buddhist affairs and replaced him with a police officer on Saturday, amid a stand-off between officials and monks at the country's largest temple.

- Reuters - US

Thailand foils bid to smuggle RM100m worth of drugs into Malaysia.

Several people were nabbed, including two Malaysian men, believed to be senior members of the syndicate.

- Malaysiakini - MY

Thailand temple row exposes power struggle.

A STAND-OFF between security forces and monks at Thailand's biggest temple has exposed a struggle as much about power as religion in the predominantly Buddhist country, where the junta has shut down dissent since a 2014 coup. The post Thailand temple row exposes power struggle appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Ranieri's dream shattered as Leicester owners take flak.

LEICESTER, Feb 25 — Claudio Ranieri admitted his dream had died after he was ruthlessly sacked as Leicester manager in a brutal move that brought the wrath of the football world down on the troubled champions' Thai owners. Ranieri was axed...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Poll: Most Thais favour using S44 to fight graft.

More than 85% of Thai people support the use of special powers under Section 44 of the interim constitution to tackle corruption, a Suan Dusit Rajabhat University poll shows.

- BangkokPost - TH

Ariya chasing Yang at Thailand Open.

PATTAYA: 2015 champion Amy Yang of South Korea held a one-shot lead over local favourite Ariya Jutanugarn and Shanshan Feng of China as the third round of the Honda LPGA Thailand Open got under way just after noon on Saturday.

- BangkokPost - TH

Migrants freed of travel bills.

Employers must be responsible for travel expenses for migrant workers who enter Thailand under a memorandum of understanding on labour cooperation, Employment Department director-general Waranon Pitiwan said yesterday.

- BangkokPost - TH

Back to school: David Baird on coming out of retirement to take the helm at Canadian International School.

David Baird was appointed interim head at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong in August, after a troubled couple of years in which it endured reports of infighting among staff and numerous teacher sackings. The 60-year-old veteran headmaster, who lives with his wife close to the school in Aberdeen, came out of ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Grade 6 students fail in Thai essay writing.

Grade 6 students sitting the recent Ordinary National Educational Test were found to have fared poorly in the essay portion that tests their Thai language skills, according to the National Institute of Education Testing Service .

- BangkokPost - TH

Kirins aim to rest stars for Police clash

Coach Totchtawan Sripan is considering fielding an under-strength side this evening when his SCG Muang Thong United battle with Police Tero in Thai League 1.

- BangkokPost - TH

PM urges study of maths, science, English

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged Thai students in Si Sa Ket to study maths, science and English to meet growing demand as the country develops.

- BangkokPost - TH

Thailand entices Chinese pupils

Thailand could become an education hub for Chinese students due to its comparatively low tuition fees and high-quality international schools, according to an education expert.

- BangkokPost - TH

Prasarn to be procurement panel head

Former Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul is tipped to head a new panel triggered under Section 44 of the interim charter to supervise state procurement projects worth at least five billion baht.

- BangkokPost - TH

Researchers use confined nanoparticles to improve hydrogen storage materials performance

Sometimes, you have to go small to win big. That is the approach a multilab, interdisciplinary team took in using nanoparticles and a novel nanoconfinement system to develop a method to change hydrogen storage properties. This discovery could enable the creation of high-capacity hydrogen storage materials capable of quick ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Tiger zoo to open next to Thailand's raided Tiger Temple

BANGKOK " A new zoo is planned in western Thailand right next to the closed Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger attraction while allegedly trafficking in the endangered beasts.The new zoo should be completed in two to...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Who's saying what as Leicester axe Ranieri

Leicester's Thai owners sacked Claudio Ranieri less than a year after he masterminded their Premier League title triumph.

- Daily Nation - KE

Leicester City decision to sack Ranieri 'beggars belief', says Lineker

Leicester City's owners had hit the panic button when they sacked title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri, former player Gary Lineker said today as English football reacted to news of the Italian's stunning fall from grace. Five straight Premier League defeats have left Leicester, who were League winners last May with 5000-1 ...

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Leicester players didn't force Ranieri out, says interim boss

LEICESTER, Feb 24 — Leicester caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare today rubbished rumours the champions' title-winning players got boss Claudio Ranieri the sack. Leicester's Thai owners stunned the football world yesterday by sacking the...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Tiger temple where frozen cubs found to open new venue

The Buddhist temple where 40 frozen tiger cubs were found in a freezer last year is given a licence by the Thai Government to open a new facility, despite ongoing police investigations, a wildlife protection group says.

- ABC News - AU

LPGA rained out in Pattaya

PATTAYA: Heavy rain resulted in the suspension of play on Friday at the Honda LPGA Thailand Open, where World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn is looking for her first victory of the season.

- BangkokPost - TH

Myanmar Buddhists decry Dhammakaya crackdown

YANGON: Around 100 Buddhist monks and nationalists in Myanmar staged a protest against Thailand on Friday, denouncing the government for its actions against Wat Phra Dhammakaya.

- BangkokPost - TH

Myanmar nationalist monks protest Thai crackdown on sect

YANGON, Myanmar " A Buddhist nationalist group that has been accused of stirring up religious tensions in Myanmar has demonstrated outside Thailand's embassy in Myanmar to protest the Thai government's siege of the temple headquarters...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Five years' jail await BBC journalist charged with defamation over Phuket land case

A BRITISH journalist with the BBC is facing the prospect of possibly spending up to five years in a Thai prison over his 2015 investigative report on an alleged land scam case in Phuket. The post Five years' jail await BBC journalist charged with defamation over Phuket land case appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Myanmar Buddhists protest raid on scandal-hit Thai temple

YANGON, Feb 24 — Myanmar Buddhist nationalists rallied outside the Thai embassy in Yangon today to condemn the Thai government's siege of the controversial Dhammakaya temple as officers search for an elderly monk accused of massive...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Leicester axe Ranieri to save cash jackpot

LONDON, Feb 24 — Leicester's Thai owners ruthlessly sacked Claudio Ranieri less than a year after he masterminded their Premier League title triumph because relegation would cost them over £100 million . Ranieri was axed...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Myanmar Buddhists protest raid on scandal-hit Thai temple

Myanmar Buddhist nationalists rallied outside the Thai embassy in Yangon on Friday to condemn the Thai government`s siege of the controversial Dhammakaya temple as officers search for an elderly monk accused of massive embezzlement.

- Zee News - IN

Bangladesh Ambassador in Thailand receives Atish Dipankar Peace Gold Award

Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand and Cambodia Saida Muna Tasneem has received the prestigious Atish Dipankar Peace Gold Award in the category of “promotion of interfaith dialogue and peace”.

- BDNews24 - BD

Leicester's Thai owners condemned over Ranieri sacking

The British press took a severe line against the owners who announced the sacking.

- Daily Nation - KE

Leicester's Thai owners condemned over Ranieri sacking

The sacking of Claudio Ranieri just nine months after guiding Leicester City to a sensational Premier League triumph brought a torrent of condemnation on the team's Thai owners Friday

- The Daily Star - LB

Myanmar's 'hate speech' monk backs controversial Thailand sect

A firebrand monk who helped stoke sectarian conflict in Myanmar throws his support behind the controversial Dhammakaya sect in Thailand, which is currently at odds with law enforcement over money laundering allegations.

- ABC News - AU

A selfie with a tiger is cruel, so don't do it

An investigation by international animal welfare charity World Animal Protection has exposed that Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple Co. Ltd.

- eTurboNews - US

Malaysia emerging as top user of Japanese cosmetics

KUALA LUMPUR - Users of Japanese cosmetic products in Malaysia are expected to surpass those in Thailand and Singapore to become their top consumers in Asia, according to industry officials.

- BangkokPost - TH

Celebrating Penpan Sittitrai, Thailand's master of fruit carving

Today's Doodle in Thailand celebrates national artist Penpan Sittitrai and the delicate art of fruit carving, which she mastered, skillfully turning every fruit and vegetable she touched into something truly exquisite. The tradition of fruit carving has been around for centuries, initially carried out to decorate the tables ...

- The Official Google Blog - US

Rocket Internet's Zalora is retreating from two more countries in Asia

Zalora, the Rocket Internet-backed online fashion store, is continuing its retreat from Asia. The firm sold off its businesses in Vietnam and Thailand last year, and now it is withdrawing from the Philippines and Indonesia. Yesterday it transpired that Zalora sold 49 percent of its Philippines-based operations to local real ...

- TechCrunch - US

8 held for murder of TAO chief in Pattani

PATTANI - Eight people, including two village heads and a former local leader, have been arrested for alleged involvement in the murder of the chairman of a tambon administration in Yaring district early this month.

- BangkokPost - TH

THAI warns of delays during runway repairs

Thai Airways International Plc is fully prepared for the anticipated delays during the scheduled two-month repairs on one of its runways at Suvarnabhumi airport, says an executive.

- BangkokPost - TH

Thailand: Quash Editor's Conviction for 'Insulting Monarchy'

– Thai authorities should quash the conviction and release a prominent magazine editor imprisoned under Thailand's draconian law on insulting the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 23, 2017, the Supreme Court upheld lower court verdicts that found Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, a labor rights activist and former ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Google celebrates late Thai fruit-carving national artist

The Thai homepage of Google search engine today celebrates Thai fruit-carving National Artist Penpan Sittitrai with the Doodle of elaborately carved fruits and gourds.

- BangkokPost - TH

Leicester fires title-winning manager Ranieri

Masterminding one of the greatest upsets in sporting history wasn't enough for Claudio Ranieri to keep his job at Leicester. Ranieri was fired by Leicester on Thursday, nine months after the 65-year-old Italian manager guided the club to the English Premier League title at preseason odds of 5,000-1. Leicester's Thai owners ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Thai owners sack Leicester manager Ranieri

LONDON - Masterminding one of the greatest upsets in sporting history wasn't enough for Claudio Ranieri to keep his job at Leicester.

- BangkokPost - TH

Bangkok Glass desperate for first victory

Bangkok Glass would want to give their Thai League 1 campaign some semblance of stability when they host Si Sa Ket tonight.

- BangkokPost - TH

Ariya's campaign off to flawless start

Pattaya: Ariya Jutanugarn got off to an ideal start in her bid to become the first local champion of the Honda LPGA Thailand yesterday.

- BangkokPost - TH

Sea gypsies in housing row

Authorities yesterday failed to knock down two houses occupied by sea gypsies on Rawai beach in Phuket after more than 300 gypsy villagers gathered in protest against the demolition.

- BangkokPost - TH

SRT chief, board get the chop

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked Section 44 of the interim charter to remove the governor and entire board of the State Railway of Thailand in a move believed to stem from alleged irregularities in the agency's double-track railway projects.

- BangkokPost - TH

Thai court reduces magazine royal insult sentence

BANGKOK, Feb 24 — Thailand's Supreme Court yesterday reduced the sentence of a prominent former magazine editor who had been jailed for 10 years for insulting the country's monarchy, a legal group said. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was found...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Thai police file new charges against fugitive monk

BANGKOK, Feb 24 — Thai police filed two new arrest warrants against an influential former abbot of Thailand's biggest Buddhist temple yesterday after a week-long standoff there between security forces and monks. Phra Dhammachayo, the former...

- The Malay Mail - MY

BBC's Jonathan Head sued in Phuket land case

Jonathan Head, a British journalist with the BBC, appeared in a Phuket court Thursday after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on the popular tourist island.

- BangkokPost - TH

Thais in record loss to Japan in women's hockey

SAPPORO - Japan hammered Thailand 37-0 to make it four wins out of four in the women's ice hockey competition at the Asian Winter Games on Thursday.

- BangkokPost - TH