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Japanese warship tests disputed waters

Japan's largest warship steamed into the South China Sea this week in defiance of Chinese assertiveness, with Asian military guests on board to witness helicopters looping over the tropical waters and gunners blasting target buoys.

Qatar faced with punitive list of demands

WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar have issued a steep list of demands to end the crisis, insisting their Persian Gulf neighbour shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Body of heroic student who saved friend in US returns home

"Welcome home. My hero" read the banners at Wat Thammachak in Phitsanulok as family and friends welcomed home Sirawich "Jo" Chantaburnan, who died while saving the life of his friend in the United States.

Grenfell blaze: manslaughter considered

LONDON: Manslaughter charges are among the offences under consideration in the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze that killed 79 people, London police said on Friday.

Detergent package and price shrink in the wash

One consumer product manufacturer agreed with commerce authorities to cut the price of its liquid detergent after reducing the quantity per unit.

On dirt bike, Indonesia's Jokowi kickstarts presidency

JAKARTA -- Sitting on a Kawasaki dirt bike with a camera fastened to his helmet, Indonesia President Joko Widodo led an entourage last month to inspect construction of the longest road in the eastern province of Papua.

Somkiat reports to court after arrest warrant issued

Somkiat Pongpaiboon turned himself in at the Criminal Court on Friday after an arrest warrant was issued when the former co-leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy failed to attend an Appeal Court ruling.

Japanese cancer blogger dies at 34

TOKYO: Mao Kobayashi, a former newsreader who became widely recognised by chronicling her battle with breast cancer on her blog, died at her home on Thursday night, her family said. She was 34.

Qatar faced with punitive list of demands

WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands on Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbour shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

MARAWI, Philippines -- As protesters rallied near the Presidential Palace in Manila in a "Black Friday" protest to mark the first month of the declaration of martial law in the Mindanao region, the Philippine military chief said Friday that the Islamic State group helped fund the month-long siege of ...

SE Asia stocks muted as oil outlook bleak

Southeast Asian stock markets were subdued on Friday as oil remained on course for its worst first-half decline in almost two decades, with Singapore and the Philippines edging down in the session, posting their second straight week of losses.

Teacher charged with raping 11-year-old student

KALASIN - A music teacher at a public school is being held on charges of sexually abusing an 11-year-old student and threatening to shoot her dead if she told anyone.

Khmer Rouge leader denies mass murder, blames Vietnam

PHNOM PENH -- A leader of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge denied on Friday that he and his colleagues were responsible for the death of an estimated 1.7 million people during their 1975-79 rule, saying their sworn enemy Vietnam invented the idea of genocide as propaganda.

Taxi drivers protest against Uber

Some 30 taxi drivers protested against Uber and Grab at Parliament on Friday, urging lawmakers to take action against the ride-sharing service providers.

Five die in wastewater pond at CPF factory

Five people were reported to have died in a wastewater treatment pond owned by CPF Food Products Co in Bang Na district of Bangkok late Friday morning.

It's a girl: VDO of Japan's panda cub

TOKYO -- The baby panda, who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan, is a girl.

Hungry? Have a Cambodian fried tarantula

PHNOM PENH -- The shiny, hairy creatures might make some people run a mile but in the humid jungle of Kampong Thom province, north of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, tarantula hunting is all in a day's work.

Chinese automaker buys stake in Malaysia's Proton

KUALA LUMPUR - The Chinese owner of Sweden's Volvo cars will inject US$40 million into Malaysia's Proton as part of its purchase of a key stake in the automaker, an executive of the Malaysian company said on Friday.

Defamation complaint against rights activists dropped

The Internal Security Operations Command Region 4's Forward Command has withdrawn a complaint against three human rights activists accused of defamation over a human rights violation report.

Man arrested for killing wife's parents 12 years ago

A pharmacist wanted for stabbing his parents-in-law to death in Chiang Rai after his wife said she was leaving him has been arrested in Bangkok, after 12 years on the run.

No 'backup' charge for home solar power users

Householders who produce their own solar power will not be charged a special "backup" tariff if they also remain connected to the power grid, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand said on Friday.

Friend of former S.Korea leader jailed for three years

SEOUL - The friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye who was at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country's business and political elite has been sentenced to three years in jail, the Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

Thais in Laos fined for spreading Buddhism

UTTARADIT - Ten Thai nationals have been released after being fined 15,000 baht each by Lao authorities for spreading the Buddhist faith and setting up a branch monastery in a village, local authorities said.

Teen taken to re-enact rock throw

A teenager who threw a rock at a passing pickup injuring the driver in Chumphon was taken to re-enact the crime yesterday after his arrest on Wednesday.

B15bn light rail tipped for Korat city

A 15-billion-baht light rail network is likely to be developed to accommodate commuters in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district. Construction is due to start in 2020, with operations potentially commencing by 2023.

Rocker ready for another charity marathon

Rocker Artiwara Kongmalai, aka Toon Body Slam, wants to embark on another charity marathon from the South to the North to raise funds for medical equipment for hospitals, permanent secretary of the Public Health Minister Sopon Mekthon said Thursday.

Rocker ready for another charity marathon

Rocker Artiwara Kongmalai, aka Toon Body Slam, wants to embark on another charity marathon from the South to the North to raise funds for medical equipment for hospitals, permanent secretary of the Public Health Ministry Sopon Mekthon said Thursday.

Chonsawat caught in new graft scandal

The National Anti-Corruption Commission says there are grounds to suggest Chonsawat Asavahame, the former municipal councillor of Samut Prakan, was involved in an alleged irregularity in a garbage collection and road cleaning agreement with two companies in the province.

Kiatisak returns to coach Thai League 1 side Port

Former Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang, in an unexpected development, has taken over the reins of Thai League 1 side Port.

Army claims Northeast backs Prayut

There is widespread support in the Northeast for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to stay in power, 2nd Army Region commander Wichai Chaejorhor said Thursday.

City Hall starts high-rise fire safety drive

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is calling for fire safety instructions to be prominently displayed in all high-rises and large buildings in the capital as it launches a high-profile fire-safety and awareness campaign.

Card usage dips as nation mourns King

Visa expects to see spending growth curtailed this fiscal year as consumers have been reluctant to open their wallets during the mourning period that followed the late King's passing in October.

Pheu Tha ex-MP sought in murder case

Police are working to bring former Pheu Thai Party MP Nawat Taocharoensuk to acknowledge a prosecutor's decision to indict him on a charge of masterminding the murder four years ago of a former provincial administration organisation chief in Khon Kaen.

Overseas work-study courses abused, halted

Educational institutions nationwide have been ordered to suspend programmes that send Thai students to work abroad after eight college students sought help from Korean authorities, claiming they were exploited by their Korean employer.

Central bank boosts target as exports surge

The Bank of Thailand will raise its export target after exports in May surprisingly jumped 13.2% year-on-year to US$19.94 billion, the highest in over four years, despite the appreciation of the baht, according to central bank official Don Nakornthab.

Facebook, Netflix get OTT ultimatum

Facebook, YouTube and Netflix must register their over-the-top services with the national telecom regulator within the next 30 days or face legal barriers that will stymie their revenue streams, officials said this week.

Boeing thrashes Airbus in Paris Airshow orders

PARIS - Boeing won a race for new business at the Paris Airshow, rolling out a new model of its best-selling 737 airliner that helped it claim back the order crown from rival Airbus

IS trashes iconic Mosul mosque

IRBIL, Iraq - The Islamic State group blew up a historic landmark in Mosul - the city's famed 12th century al-Nuri mosque with its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba, from where the IS leader proclaimed the militant group's self-styled caliphate nearly three years ago.

Russia claims killing IS founder Baghdadi

MOSCOW - A senior Russian diplomat says the head of the Islamic State group has most likely been killed in a Russian airstrike.

Revenue staff cited for huge VAT fraud

The National Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday resolved to take legal action against four Revenue officials of Samut Prakan province "and accomplices" involved in a 1.11-billion baht value-added tax fraud using bogus export companies.

Singapore, Thailand stocks lead SE Asia markets

Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Thursday, led by gains in Singapore and Thailand, but a slide in oil prices to multi-month lows kept investors on edge.

Chonsawat in trouble over garbage-collecting deal

Former Samut Prakan mayor Chonsawat Asvahame is back in the hot seat after a graft-busting agency found he and another official might have abused power in connection with a cleaning project in the municipality.

Prince Harry: No one in royal family wants to rise to throne

LONDON - Britain's Prince Harry has suggested that no one in the royal family really wishes to rise to the throne -- and that it is duty, rather than desire, that prompts them to continue serving the British people.

Bomb suspect detained at military jail

The Criminal Court has denied bail for the Bangkok bombings suspect, who will be detained at a Bangkok military jail.

Suicide car bomb in southern Afghanistan kills at least 29

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A huge suicide car bombing struck Thursday outside a bank in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, targeting Afghan troops and government employees waiting to collect their salaries ahead of a major Muslim holiday and killing at least 29 people, officials said.

Countdown begins soon to reform council dissolution

The National Legislative Assembly has passed the bill on national reform plans and procedures, starting the clock ticking for the dissolution of the National Reform Steering Assembly .

Arrested for rape, murder of friend's daughter

RAYONG - A 58-year-old man has confessed to indecently abusing and strangling to death a friend's 11-year-old daughter, whose naked body was found dumped in a forested area in Chon Buri province, according to police.

Rohingya insurgent camp said found in Myanmar, 3 killed

YANGON -- Myanmar security forces killed three people while clearing a suspected Rohingya insurgent training camp in the mountains in the troubled northwestern state of Rakhine, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar daily said on Thursday.

May export growth at 52-month peak

The value of Thailand's exports rose 13.2% year-on-year in May - the fastest in 52 months - to US$19.94 billion and the country posted a trade surplus of $944 million.

National strategy bill passed

The National Legislative Assembly has enacted the national strategy bill in a 281-0 vote, with the prime minister at the helm of the new structure.