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Thousands of N. Koreans toil in US-allied Gulf nations

DUBAI -- As pressure over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme grows, America's most valued Arab allies host thousands of its labourers, whose wages help Pyongyang evade sanctions and build the missiles now threatening the US and its Asian partners, officials and analysts say.

Vietnam plans to spend over $6bn for crude oil, fuel storage

HANOI/SINGAPORE - Vietnam plans to spend more than US$6 billion to build a strategic petroleum reserve and to expand commercial storage for crude oil and oil products by 2025, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.

Trang school director faces murder charge

TRANG - A school director arrested on suspicion of murdering the mother of one of his pupils has been suspended from duty pending a fact-finding probe by provincial education authorities.

Wedding party washed out by flash flood

SUKHOTHAI- A wedding party in Si Samrong district was hit by a flash flood on Thursday evening, forcing guests who were dining and enjoying music to pick up their tables and flee for higher ground.

Hitler exhibition in Berlin asks: How could it happen?

BERLIN -- More than 70 years after Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker in the final days of World War Two, an exhibition in the capital examines how he became a Nazi and what turned ordinary Germans into murderers during the Third Reich.

Nine deaths from synthetic marijuana in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand officials are urging people to stop smoking synthetic marijuana after they say nine people have died this month in the city of Auckland after using the drug.

Ride-hailing service Grab starts full operations in Myanmar

YANGON - Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab has begun full operations in Myanmar, launching localised apps with new safety and technology features after a four-month trial period.

Duterte says only empty tribal schools would be bombed

MANILA -- The Philippine president said his threat to launch airstrikes against tribal schools because they allegedly teach subversion would apply only when the buildings are empty, a clarification that still raised concern he was advocating a war crime.

Thais celebrate HM the King's birthday

Merit-making ceremonies and other special events took place in every province, as Thai people celebrated the birthday of His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on Friday.

Japan defence minister quits amid plunging support for PM

TOKYO -- Embattled Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday said she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

N.Korea assassination trial set for Oct 2

KUALA LUMPUR - Two women accused of the Cold War-style assassination of the half-brother of North Korea's leader in Malaysia will go on trial in October, a judge said Friday.

Sonca storm leaves ruinous signature

From a rail track buried under mudflow to several thousand rai of farmland swallowed by floods, tropical depression Sonca left its mark on the Northeast and Central Plains as it whipped through the regions Thursday.

Police deny stalling on 'Boss' extradition

National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda denied Thursday that his officers were "dragging their feet" in bringing fugitive Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya to justice after a delay in issuing documents in English seeking the Red Bull scion's extradition.

Navy captain, wife 'abused recruits' used as personal labour

The Royal Thai Navy has set up a panel to probe a high-ranking naval officer whose wife was seen in a clip scolding conscripts believed to have been assigned to work in the couple's restaurant in Rayong province.

Pheu Thai's Kasem faces yet another graft charge

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has sought the indictment of Kasem Nimmonrat, the former Pheu Thai Party MP and former vice-president of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organisation , on a charge of having amassed unusual wealth.

Trang school head accused of grisly murder

TRANG - A school director charged with murdering the mother of one of his pupils took the student to a house with the intention of living with her, according to a relative of the victim.

Chanathip impresses Consadole Sapporo team boss

Consadole Sapporo chairman Yoshikazu Nonomura believes that his team's Thai midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin has the potential to excel in the competitive J1 League.

Yingluck faces 11 power-abuse cases

As ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra awaits the Supreme Court's verdict on the rice-pledging scheme, 11 other cases linked to her that may involve abuses of power are being probed by the National Anti-Corruption Commission .

Officer, wife probed for dishing out abuse

The Royal Thai Navy has set up a panel to probe a high-ranking naval officer whose wife was seen in a clip scolding conscripts believed to have been assigned to work in the couple's restaurant in Rayong province.

Govt targets northeastern loan sharks

Ten influential loan-shark syndicates operating in the Northeast have been blacklisted by the Justice Ministry as part of government efforts to stamp out illegal money-lending rackets in the country.

New South bomb unit in revamp

A proposal has been submitted to set up a police explosive ordnance disposal sub-division responsible for handling incidents involving explosive devices in southern border provinces, says Pol Lt Gen Phaithun Chuchaiya.

Kasem faces yet another graft charge

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has sought the indictment of Kasem Nimmonrat, the former Pheu Thai Party MP and former vice-president of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organisation , on a charge of having amassed unusual wealth.

Sonca leaves ruinous signature

From a rail track buried under mudflow to several thousand rai of farmland swallowed by floods, tropical depression Sonca left its mark on the Northeast and Central Plains as it whipped through the regions Thursday.

Chanathip impresses team boss

Consadole Sapporo chairman Yoshikazu Nonomura believes that his team's Thai midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin has the potential to excel in the competitive J1 League.

NRSA proposals outdated, says iLaw

The National Reform Steering Assembly has offered outdated reform recommendations after spending more than a billion baht on the task, says iLaw, a civil society group that monitors lawmaking and law enforcement.

Police deny stalling on 'Boss' case

National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda denied Thursday that his officers were "dragging their feet" in bringing fugitive Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya to justice after a delay in issuing documents in English seeking the Red Bull scion's extradition.

CSD seeks Watana's arrest for 'rebellion'

Arrest warrants are being sought for Watana Muangsook, a Pheu Thai Party key figure and former commerce minister, and two other suspects on suspicion of provoking rebellion, a source said Thursday.

Accused Vietnamese, Indonesian assassins to plead innocent

KUALA LUMPUR - Two women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler in a bizarre airport assassination are expected to plead innocent when they appear in a Malaysian court Friday, their lawyers said.

Britain to send warship to South China Sea

SYDNEY - Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing.

US: No change on trans military policy - yet

WASHINGTON - The US military will keep permitting its transgender members to serve openly until Defence Secretary Jim Mattis receives President Donald Trump's actual direction to change its policy and then figures out how to implement it, America's top military officer said Thursday.

Bezos of Amazon: World's richest person

Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has unseated fellow tech billionaire Bill Gates as the richest person in the world, profiting from the e-commerce company's meteoric stock rise to reach a fortune of $90.6 billion, Forbes reported.

Google hopes to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills

LAGOS - Alphabet Inc's Google aims to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort to make them more employable, its chief executive said on Thursday.

Reform work 'redundant, vague, outdated'

A majority of the proposals made by the National Reform Steering Assembly are either redundant or intangible, while some even bring the country backward, an activist group has found.

Myanmar tracks spread of H1N1 as outbreak claims sixth victim

YANGON - Six people have died in an outbreak of H1N1 influenza largely hitting Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon, a health official said on Thursday, amid government efforts to track the spread of the virus known as swine flu.

Chinese woman falls to death while taking photos

PHUKET - A Chinese tourist drowned after accidentally falling from a cliff off Kamala bay in Kathu district while taking photos with her friends on Thursday.

Singapore Airlines Q1 profit rises on higher revenue

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines Ltd on Thursday reported a 45.6% rise in first-quarter operating profit, with revenue rising as it filled a higher proportion of seats.

New chairman for UN mission probing Myanmar abuses

YANGON -- The United Nations' Human Rights Council has replaced the chairwoman of a team investigating allegations of killings and rape by Myanmar's security forces, it said on Thursday, amid concerns over her perceived bias.

Japanese who restored Angkor Wat wins Magsaysay Award

MANILA - A former president of Japan's Sophia University was named on Thursday as one of six recipients of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Awards, also known as the Asian Nobel Prize.

Vietnam and Malaysia eye $15 billion trade by 2020

HANOI -- Trade between Vietnam and Malaysia has increased three-fold over the last decade to $10.3 billion and the two countries have set the target of $15 billion by 2020.

Yingluck's lawyer accuses bank of premature seizure of funds

A lawyer for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has accused the Bangkok Bank of transferring her money to the Legal Execution Department without waiting for the court's decision on an application for an injunction.

Singapore stocks lead SE Asia markets

Most Southeast Asian stock markets, led by Singapore shares, rose on Thursday, as investors took the US Federal Reserve's subdued tone on inflation as a signal that it would go slow on its monetary tightening cycle.

Levelled Phu Thap Boek resort owner sues governor

PHETCHABUN - The owner of a resort forcibly demolished on the popular tourist mountain of Phu Thap Boek has sued the provincial governor and other senior officials for 5 million baht in damages to the property she insists did not encroach on a forest reserve.

Trang school director charged with lover's murder

TRANG - A school director charged with the murder of the mother of one of his pupils had bought her a house with the intention of living with her, according to a close relative of the victim.

Indonesian villagers fell forest in orangutan sanctuary

JAKARTA -- Nearly a fifth of the forest in an orangutan sanctuary on the Indonesian part of Borneo has been taken over by people, a conservation group says, threatening efforts to rehabilitate the critically endangered great apes for release into the wild.

New track for bamboo trains in Cambodia

A new track for the nori', also known as the bamboo train, will be built in Battambang province to keep alive the traditional tourist attraction, a provincial tourism department official said.

Why Uber's losing out to Grab in Southeast Asia

By any measure, the April 2016 decision by Uber Technologies Inc to sell its China operations to rival Didi Chuxing was a defeat.

Indonesia law gives tax office access to financial data

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's parliament on Thursday passed into law a government regulation that gives tax authorities access to information on accounts held at financial institutions, including banks, deputy speaker Agus Hermanto said.

Trang school director held for woman's murder

TRANG - A school director has been charged with murdering a married woman whose body was found in a toilet building on the school grounds on Monday night in Wang Wiset district.

Fairy tales and nightmares at S.Korea's border town

SEOUL -- A half-hour's drive north of Seoul, along a highway lined with barbed wire, lie two shopping malls the size of several football stadiums, a stone's throw from the world's most militarised border.

Security guards arrested for assault, robbery of Pattaya tourist

PATTAYA - Two security guards have been arrested for the assault and robbery of a female Chinese student on Sunday night.