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Fewer poppy fields razed this year

Fewer poppy fields were destroyed in the North this year possibly due to heavier rainfall damaging crops, the 3rd Army said yesterday.

Prayut prepares for US visit

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday spoke to cabinet ministers regarding his meeting with US president Donald Trump, likely next month.

Kiatisak quits as coach of Port

Kiatisak Senamuang announced his resignation as coach of Thai League 1 side Port after his men suffered a 3-1 home loss to Chonburi on Wednesday night.

Pheu Thai slams mobile cabinet trips

The Pheu Thai Party has taken the government to task as it questions whether the latest mobile cabinet meeting this week was worth the budget spent organising it.

Foreign Ministry says no Thais hurt

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks said that as of yesterday evening, there were no reports of Thai victims of the earthquake that struck Mexico City.

Thaksin withdraws defamation lawsuit

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday withdrew a defamation lawsuit against a Mahidol University lecturer over a protest speech in 2013 after she made a public apology.

Hospital heart operation ban sows alarm

The Public Health Ministry is working to solve issues arising from Mongkutwattana Hospital being barred from delivering heart surgery to patients under the universal healthcare scheme, otherwise known as the gold card programme, from next month, says Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn.

Spider cards face delay

It could take as long as a year to install the common ticketing system on four electric train rail routes in Bangkok, meaning the scheduled launch in March could be delayed by several months, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand said Wednesday.

Silpakorn varsity panel probes sex act hazing claims

Silpakorn University has set up a panel to investigate a university hazing scandal that went viral via social media through a Facebook page called Anti-Sotus.

THAI gives cautious OK to Nok Air plan

Although Nok Air shareholders on Wednesday endorsed a new round of capital injection needed for a business rehabilitation almost unanimously, strong doubts emerged over whether Thai Airways International , a major shareholder, would go along in the end.

Panel plans merging of police duties

A police reform committee has agreed to a proposal to merge the duties of inquiry police and investigation police as part of efforts to bring about changes in the police force.

60,000 officials risk losing jobs over student loan defaults

Sixty thousand state officials are at risk of dismissal as they have failed to repay the debts they owe from government-issued student loans, officials said Wednesday.

Princess prepares floral display for late King

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will make a floral arrangement to adorn a structure which will be used to contain the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's urn during the royal cremation ceremony, according to an official attached to the Royal Household Bureau.

6.1 quake reported off Japan's east coast

TOKYO - A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan near Fukushima.

Killer Maria slams Puerto Rico: Direct hit, lights out

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years tore off roofs and doors, unleashed heavy flooding and brought down cell towers and power lines Wednesday in an onslaught that could deepen the island's financial crisis.

UN: Thailand among states punishing human rights activists

GENEVA: A record 29 states, including Thailand, have retaliated in the past year against citizens who cooperate with the United Nations, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday.

Police detain well-known anti-Muslim Buddhist monk

Thai authorities have detained Apichart Punnajanto, a Buddhist monk who has posted online videos that harshly denounce Islam.

Muffling online extremists quickly is 'huge challenge'

BRUSSELS: Removing extremist content from the internet within a few hours of it appearing poses "an enormous technological and scientific challenge", Google's general counsel will say later on Wednesday to European leaders who want it taken down quicker.

Philippine troops kill 9 communist rebels in village

MANILA: Philippine troops killed nine communist guerrillas in a clash in a northern province on Wednesday and a government militiaman was abducted by rebels in the latest flare-ups in the decades-long insurgency, military officials said.

First anime Sailor Moon store to open in Tokyo

TOKYO: The first official merchandise shop of "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon," a globally popular Japanese animation series, will open on Saturday in Tokyo, toy maker Bandai Co said Wednesday.

US to give $32M for Myanmar's Rohingya refugees

NEW YORK: The United States will contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the Trump administration's first major response to the mass exodus from Myanmar.

Leader of Indonesia attack plot gets 11 years in prison

JAKARTA: An Indonesian militant linked to the Islamic State group smiled and raised one finger toward heaven after a court on Wednesday sentenced him to 11 years in prison for leading a plot to attack a presidential guard-changing ceremony in Jakarta.

Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Puerto Rico pummeled the island Wednesday as officials warned it would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.

Prayers and buffalo races at Cambodia's Festival of the Dead

KANDAL, Cambodia, Sept 20 - Hundreds gathered on Wednesday to watch horse and buffalo races at Vihear Sour Pagoda, northeast of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, on the last day of the annual Festival of the Dead.

Ajinomoto returns to Myanmar with ingredient from Thailand

YANGON: Japanese seasoning and food maker Ajinomoto Co has restarted sales of its namesake seasoning in Myanmar through a local subsidiary, aiming to cater to growing demand after suspending business in the country in 2000.

New diesel cars 'no better for environment' than petrol cars

BERLIN: New diesel cars do not produce less of the environmentally damaging carbon dioxide than petrol cars, a group of newspapers cited the German Transport Ministry as saying on Wednesday, in a potential further headache for the auto sector.

Philippine stocks lead SE Asia peers ahead of Fed outcome

Philippine stocks rose as hopes of a tax reform package boosted sentiment, while most Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Wednesday as investors trimmed positions ahead of the outcome of a US Federal Reserve meeting.

Albino orangutan to get special reserve in Borneo

JAKARTA: A conservation group in Indonesia says it wants to create a 5-hectare forest island' for the world's only known albino orangutan after rescuing it from villagers earlier this year.

Heavy rain floods parts of Bangkok, more to come

Heavy rain is expected in much of Greater Bangkok for the next few days and flash floods are possible in other areas of the country, the Meteorological Department warned on Wednesday.

Cheap city train travel planned during royal cremation

Free or cut-rate single-price tickets on city trains are among proposals being considered to handle the huge influx of mourners expected for the cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej next month.

London police arrest 2 more in Tube bombing investigation

LONDON: British counterterror police have arrested two more people in relation to the London Underground attack, bringing the number to five.

N. Korea honours Malaysian prince as soccer match back on

KUALA LUMPUR: North Korea has granted a soccer loving Malaysian prince access to its airspace "anytime" he wants, his palace said on Tuesday, as Pyongyang prepares finally to host an Asian Cup tie that became a casualty of the assassination in Malaysia of the North Korean leader's estranged ...

'Suspicious package' sparks chaos in Hat Yai

A suspicious package found in front of a convenience store in downtown Hat Yai, Songkhla, on Wednesday caused brief chaos, but turned out to be an empty tank of refrigerant.

Dental Council revokes scholarship defaulter's licence

The Dental Council has a resolved to revoke the dentistry licence of Dolrudee Jumlongras, a former university lecturer who reneged on a state scholarship contract and remains in the US, for breach of professional ethics.

Uber to review Asia dealings amid US criminal probe

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc, facing a federal probe into whether it broke laws against overseas bribery, has embarked on a review of its Asia operations and notified US officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Singapore's Lee cements China ties with visit

SINGAPORE: Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's visit to China this week signals efforts on both sides to reaffirm relations that have showed strains over the past year -- both in its timing and number of high-level meetings.

Korat police summons medical student over puppy's death

NAKHON RATCHASIMA - Local police planned to issue a summons on Wednesday for a sixth-year medical student to report and hear a charge of fatally poisoning his Pomeranian puppy.

Welfare card for poor distribution delayed

The distribution of e-welfare cards for registered poor people in seven provinces, including Bangkok, for use on public transport has been postponed until Oct 17 due to technical limitations on card production.

Airbus opens China A330 plant amid market push

TIANJIN, China: Airbus SE on Wednesday opened its Chinese completion plant for A330 jets, with hopes that an increased presence in the world's fastest growing aviation market would help boost demand for the firm's profitable but ageing wide-body jets.

6.1 earthquake off southern New Zealand

An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck almost 600 kilometers southwest of New Zealand's South Island on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.

Japanese exports surge on global demand

TOKYO: Booming shipments of cars and electronics in August drove up Japan's exports at the fastest pace in nearly four years, further evidence that overseas demand is strong enough to support healthy economic growth.

New app lets public dob in encroachers

The Royal Forest Department is developing a mobile application and website allowing the public to report forest trespassers and encroachment to the department, says chief Chonlatid Suraswadi.

149 dead as 7.1 quake crumbles Mexican buildings

MEXICO CITY: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 149 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

DOEB urges early finish to sales of gasohol 91

The removal of gasohol 91 at retail petrol stations is expected to happen earlier than scheduled -- in 2021 -- to cut operating costs for fuel retailers, says the Department of Energy Business .

Liverpool knocked out of League Cup by Leicester

LONDON: Leicester City grabbed second-half goals through Shinji Okazaki and record signing Islam Slimani to earn a 2-0 victory over Liverpool in the League Cup third round on Tuesday.

7.1 magnitude quake rocks Mexico, kills at least 119

LOS ANGELES: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 shook central Mexico on Tuesday, the anniversary of a deadly 1985 temblor, toppling buildings and reportedly killing at least 119 people.

119 dead as 7.1 quake crumbles Mexican buildings

MEXICO CITY: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 119 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

Viral cop-abusing pair fined

A mother and son who were filmed verbally abusing police officers were each handed a suspended sentence of one month in jail Tuesday by a Bangkok district court.

Prayut invites all politicians for talks

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says he welcomes all political parties to talk with the government to move ahead with national unity, but brushed aside speculation that he has made "a deal" with the Chartthaipattana Party to stay on in power.

B4bn budget for 489 NGV city buses

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority has announced a median price of 4.02 billion baht for its latest attempt to buy a new bus fleet of 489 vehicles running on compressed natural gas .