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Indonesian startup wages war on plastic with edible cups

JAKARTA: Jakarta food and beverages retailer Ong Tek Tjan sells ice cream in cups his customers can eat afterwards, instead of throwing away - they are made from seaweed and taste like jelly, in flavours from peppermint to green tea.

Mugabe granted immunity 'part of resignation deal'

HARARE: Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday.

Philippine stocks lead Southeast Asia markets

The Philippine index rose about 1% on industrials, while other Southeast Asian markets ended mixed on Thursday.

Philippines to start easing foreign business restrictions

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed government agencies to scrap or start easing barriers that foreigners face in multiple business and employment sectors, part of moves to liberalise an economy long criticised as restrictive.

Villagers appeal for removal of rockfall blocking their road

TRANG: Two months after a huge rockslide blocked the primary road to their village, leaving only narrow gap, the people of Ban Nala are still waiting for it to be cleared.

Cambodian opposition's seats reallocated after ban

PHNOM PENH: Parliamentary seats held by Cambodia's recently banned opposition party were reallocated on Thursday to smaller parties that had failed to win any seats in the last election, the National Election Committee said.

Duterte threatens to restart drug war

MANILA: There is a "strong likelihood" Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will lift a suspension on police from his war on drugs, his spokesman said on Thursday, a move likely to alarm activists who accuse police of committing murder under the guise of drug busts.

Police: Evidence links Jomsap to hired scapegoat

Police said on Thursday they have crucial evidence from confessed perjurer Sab Wapee linking former teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot to the attempt to have a scapegoat driver admit to her fatal hit-and-run accident.

Tornado in Indonesia injures 35, damages hundreds of homes

JAKARTA: A tornado ripped through a densely populated area in Indonesia's East Java province on Thursday, injuring 35 people and damaging more than 600 homes, the head of the local disaster mitigation official said.

Philippines president 'likely to return police to drugs war soon'

MANILA: There is a "strong likelihood" Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will lift a suspension on police from his war on drugs, his spokesman said on Thursday, a move likely to alarm activists who accuse police of committing murder under the guise of drug busts.

Two Uighurs arrested near Malaysia border

SONGKHLA: Two Uighur escapees from an immigration detention centre were recaptured on Thursday in Sadao district and others are being hunted near the border with Malaysia.

UN envoy details systematic mass rapes of Rohingya

UNITED NATIONS: Widespread atrocities against Rohingya Muslim women and girls have been orchestrated and perpetrated by Myanmar's military and may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict said Wednesday.

Police: Evidence links Jomsap to hired scapegoat scam

Police are confident they have substantive evidence implicating former teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot in colluding with other suspects in the "hired scapegoat" case building around her fatal hit-and-run accident.

Ships, aircraft search Philippine Sea for 3 missing in crash

TOKYO: US and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a US Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.

Papua New Guinea officials pressure refugees to leave camp

CANBERRA, Australia: Papua New Guinea authorities on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on more than 300 asylum seekers to abandon a decommissioned immigration camp, where refugees reported their shelters, beds and other belongings have been destroyed.

Flooding ravages Phetchaburi, southern highway

PHETCHABURI: The Phetchaburi river has burst its banks, overflowing into the municipal area, wreaking havoc in the township and flooding the major highway linking to the southern region.

Police hunt robbers in B10m gold heist

CHON BURI: A police manhunt is underway for three armed men who held up a gold shop at a superstore in Muang district and made off with gold worth over 10 million baht on Wednesday night.

Singapore sees solid 2018 growth as GDP beats forecasts

SINGAPORE: Singapore raised its economic growth forecast for this year and sees global growth underpinning that momentum into 2018, with some moderation. Gross domestic product rose 5.2% from a year earlier, the fastest pace in more than three years, versus a median estimate of 5%.

Singapore opens test circuit for autonomous vehicles

Singapore has opened a test circuit for autonomous vehicles in a bid to play a role in developing standards for their use on public roads.

Muang Thong lift League Cup

SCG Muang Thong United beat 10-man Chaing Rai United 2-0 in the League Cup final at Supachalasai Stadium on Wednesday.

Abhisit evangelises on ethics

Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva called on the political reform committee to prioritise its reform blueprint on Wednesday, saying a set of rules governing the ethical behaviour of politicians is needed before the next elections.

Football scandal probe fingers 4 Si Sa Ket stars

Si Sa Ket chairman Thanet Kruerat claimed Wednesday that four of his players were involved in match-fixing.

Erawan blast suspect nabbed at airport

The family of a Thai-Muslim woman arrested yesterday at Suvarnabhumi airport for alleged involvement in the deadly explosion at the Erawan shrine at Ratchaprasong intersection in the capital two years ago says she came back to Thailand to prove her innocence.

Woman in Chula lotto scam gets jail

The Criminal Court yesterday handed down a 17-year prison term to Methawat Khonman, one of the defendants in the Chulalongkorn University Savings Cooperative lottery investment scam that caused 641 million baht in losses.

New joint Thai-US university begins courses next year

CMKL University, a joint institute established by Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University in the US and King Mongkut's Institute of Technology University Ladkrabang , will start courses in August next year, according to its new rector Supan Tungjitkusolmun.

Chinese woman held for zero-dollar tours

Police have arrested a 43-year-old Chinese national for allegedly using falsified documents to obtain a Thai identification card which was used to open a company running so-called "zero dollar" scam tours.

Thaksin case reboots 'above-board'

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has defended the Office of the Attorney-General 's move to seek the resumption of court hearings in two criminal cases against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying this is not a violation of human rights principles.

Constitution Court judges to keep jobs

Nine sitting judges of the Constitutional Court will be spared from being immediately removed under the so-called "set-zero" principle, after an organic bill on Constitutional Court trial procedures is promulgated.

Abhisit evangelises on ethics

Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva called on the political reform committee to prioritise its reform blueprint yesterday, saying a set of rules governing the ethical behaviour of politicians is needed before the next elections.

Chelsea, Barca in CL last 16, Man United lose

Chelsea powered into the Champions League last 16 as Eden Hazard and Willian inspired a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Qarabag on Wednesday.

Famous ex-ref masterminded match-fixing: CSD

The Crime Suppression Division is leading the investigation into the match-fixing football scandal, according to CSD acting chief Maitree Chimcherd, with a high-profile ex-referee singled out as the mastermind.

Army hospital to return dead cadet's organs

The mystery over an army cadet's death thickened Wednesday, with the hospital which removed his organs without the knowledge of his parents saying they would supply them for a second autopsy.

'Super board' will combat security risks

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked his sweeping powers under Section 44 to amend the internal security legislation and set up a security "super board" to help the Internal Security Operations Command deal with domestic threats.

US Navy plane crashes off Japan, 8 rescued

TOKYO: - Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a US Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.

US slams 'atrocities, ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

WASHINGTON: The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday.

US calls Myanmar's Rohingya operation 'ethnic cleansing'

WASHINGTON: The United States called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday and said it would consider targeted sanctions against those responsible, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

First Thai suspect in Erawan shrine bombing detained

A Thai woman suspected of facilitating the 2015 Erawan Shrine bombing, the deadliest attack in Bangkok, returned to Thailand and was taken into police custody on Wednesday evening.

Chinese tour operator arrested with fake Thai ID

Police arrested a Chinese woman accused of illegally holding the Thai ID card of an ethnic Lahu woman and operating tour services in Bangkok. They said around 50 people were suspected of similar crimes.

'Butcher of Bosnia' found guilty of genocide

THE HAGUE: Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was found guilty of genocide by a UN war crimes tribunal on Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison for orchestrating massacres and ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's war.

EU palm oil resolution 'will affect millions'

KUALA LUMPUR: Millions of people running small-time oil palm plantations will suffer if the European Parliament goes ahead with "unfair" measures that could curb palm oil use, the world's two largest palm oil producers said on Wednesday.

US Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea; 3 missing

TOKYO: A US Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan, the US Seventh Fleet said.

Charity runner Toon to rest until Saturday

Bodyslam lead singer Artiwara Toon' Kongmalai will rest for two days to recover from injury, and plans to resume his 2,191-kilometre charity run on Saturday.

Culprit-for-hire in teacher's hit-run case surrenders

NAKHON PHANOM: Suspect Sab Wapee surrendered and confessed to accepting an offer of 400,000 baht to say he was the driver in a fatal hit-and-run accident, not teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot.

Indonesia calls Singapore's Bali travel advisory 'excessive'

JAKARTA: Indonesia said Singapore's travel advisory to avoid parts of the vacation island of Bali following a minor eruption at Mount Agung volcano was "excessive".

Group calls for Indonesian forces to stop virginity tests

JAKARTA: Indonesia's military and police continue to perform abusive virginity tests on female recruits three years after the World Health Organization declared they had no scientific validity, an international human rights group said Wednesday.

Dramatic video shows escape, shooting of N.Korean soldier

SEOUL: It's 3.11pm on a cold, grey day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom.

Search underway for crew of capsized fishing boat off Palau

TOKYO: A multination search is underway for two Japanese and five Indonesian crew members after their fishing ship was found capsized about 400 kilometres from the Pacific island of Palau.

No need to go to Thailand, work here, Cambodians told

PHNOM PENH: The National Employment Agency opened a new job centre in Banteay Meanchey on Tuesday to help people find employment locally or elsewhere in Cambodia instead of going to Thailand to work.

China says opposes new US sanctions over North Korea

China said Wednesday it opposes unilateral sanctions outside the framework of UN Security Council and any country exercising so-called "long-arm jurisdiction" over its entities.

World Bank sees no slowing in Cambodia's strong growth

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's economy is forecast to grow 6.9% next year, compared with a projected 6.8% pace in 2017, despite risks including uncertainties over next year's election, the World Bank said on Wednesday.