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12 dead in New York City apartment blaze | Phuket News
NEW YORK: Twelve people were dead and four more were fighting for their lives late Thursday after a fire swept through a Bronx apartment building on one of the coldest nights so far this winter, city officials said....
Cyber-attackers upping their game with digital extortion | Phuket News
Digital extortion will be the primary business model of cybercriminals using a variety of methods such as ransomware and business email compromise (BEC) in the year ahead, says a Japanese information security firm....
Pheu Thai, Democrat challenge junta’s order on political parties | Phuket News
Two major political parties have challenged the junta’s new regulation which poses a hindrance for old parties amid criticism that the military is engineering election laws to facilitate new parties in the next general election scheduled in November 2018.     On 27 December 2017, Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, a member of the Pheu Thai Party legal team, submitted a petition to the Constitution Court to rule whether the junta’s endorsement of Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 53/2017 is constitutional.    On 22 December, the NCPO invoked its absolute power under Section 44 of the Interim Charter to issue the order to allows some political activities while the ban on political activity remains.    The order states that members of a political party who intend to continue their membership have to “draft a letter” to confirm their intention to the party leader. They must also attach the...
Pheu Thai challenges Prayut's order for political parties | Phuket News
The Pheu Thai Party on Wednesday asked the Constitutional Court to nullify Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's order on the verification of political party members, saying it was unconstitutional....
Verification deadline put off until June | Phuket News
The deadline by which migrant workers across the nation must have their nationalities verified has been extended again until June....
PM defends that his meeting with the Sasomsap family was just a “chance encounter” | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has dismissed as misleading the suggestion by Pheu Thai core member Watana Muangsook that he was approaching the Sasomsap family to form political alliance for his political future. Mr Watana posted in his Facebook page a picture showing the prime minister in a group picture with members of the Sasomsap, a long-time political family in Nakhon Pathom. Posted by Watana Muangsook on Tuesday, 26 December 2017   The prime minister explained on Friday (Dec 29) that he recently went to a golf course for a golf game with some of his friends, including Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya, without knowing that the golf course was owned by the Sasomsap family. “They said the golf course won some rewards, so I would like to go there for a try.  I didn’t know who owns it. But when I arrived there, they (Sasomsap family) were already there,” said the prime...
DSI to prosecute illegal luxury car importers next month | Phuket News
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) says it will finish all cases involving tax avoidance in the import of used sports and luxury cars and prosecute the importers in January. DSI director-general Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang said information received from the United Kingdom showed 9,391 cars were exported to Thailand, 505 from Italy, and 5 from Japan. But information from Thailand’s Customs Department showed 1,383 cars were not properly or falsely declared for import tax payment, amounting to almost 10 billion baht in tax. Pol Col Paisit He said the DSI has investigated and concluded that it will prosecute all importers involved in a total of 134 tax avoidance cases in January. Pol Col Paisit also revealed that in 2017, the DSI has accepted a total of 291 cases as special cases for investigation and could conclude 124 cases, thus resulting in reclaiming over 107 billion baht in property back...
Tax refund through Promptpay accounts can be done in 1 day | Phuket News
Taxpayers who submit their tax return forms via the internet will have their tax refund to be wired into their Promptpay account within one day, Revenue Department director-general Prasong Poontaneat said Tuesday (Dec 26). Submission of tax return forms for taxes paid in 2017 is scheduled between Janaury 1-March 31 next year. Mr Prasong said that if the data filled into return forms are correct, then taxpayers who have Promptpay accounts may get their tax refund wired into their accounts not later than one day compared to tax refund by mail which will take at least 30 days. He stressed that the department would give first priority to taxpayers who have Promptpay accounts connected with their ID cards. For Promptpay accounts that are linked with the smartphone numbers, Mr Prasong said, there may be problem in the wiring of tax refund into the accounts if the numbers are changed. Mr Prasong...
Carnage as brakes work fine – but Thai woman steps on the accelerator instead | Phuket News
Several people were seriously injured when a motorcycle cut in front of a woman – but instead of braking she slammed her foot on the accelerator. Police attending the accident scene on Sukhumvit Road in Bang Poo Mai sub-district found two people lying on the road who had been on a motorcycle. There was a Toyota Vios overturned by the side of the road. And there had even been a collision with a six-wheel “song thaew” bus. The woman driver who drove the Vios – 35 year old Chutikan Saphanuwatanachai – was only slightly hurt and was sitting by the side of the road next to her passenger Kanyaporn Rattanawaleekun, 48, who had head trauma. Lying in the road were 16 year old tech school student Khemchart Dao-udom and “win” motorcycle taxi driver Thongma Naleekhiaw, 41. Khemchart was unconscious with blood coming from his ear, nose and mouth. Thongma had...
Taxi driver denies rape – but admits to sexually molesting seven year old step-daughter | Phuket News
Police in Bangkok yesterday arrested a 44 year old taxi driver on an arrest warrant after receiving a complaint that he had been sexually molesting his seven year old step-daughter while her mother was out. Bang Khen cops went to the Ruam Jai Pattana Neua community near the Victory Monument where they apprehended Sila Yailamyaung. His victim was taken to hospital for checks. Poramet Poinork a deputy at Bang Khen station said the suspect had denied he ever raped the child. He was prepared to swear to that fact, reported Daily News in a graphic headline that alluded to the suspect’s brazen statements. He was detained. Thai Visa /  Daily News The post Taxi driver denies rape – but admits to sexually molesting seven year old step-daughter appeared first on Samui Times....
Global trade to lift Thai GDP | Phuket News
Spillover effects on the Thai economy from improving global trade are expected to continue into 2018, while this year's GDP growth could outpace the October forecast of 3.8% made by the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO)....
Top 5 Most Active Value Stocks on #SET were (1) BANPU(2) ADVANC(2) | Phuket News
28/12/2017 – Top 5 Most Active Value Stocks on #SET were (1) BANPU (2) ADVANC (3) DTAC (4) AOT (5) PTT 28/12/2017 – Top 5 Most Active Value Stocks on #SET were (1) BANPU(2) ADVANC(3) DTAC(4) AOT(5) PTT pic.twitter.com/A1WIPLaqRH — SET Thailand (@SET_Thailand) December 28, 2017 Source by SET Thailand ...
Top 5 Most Active Value Stocks on #SET were (1) BANPU(2) ADVANC(… | Phuket News
28/12/2017 – Top 5 Most Active Value Stocks on #SET were (1) BANPU (2) ADVANC (3) DTAC (4) AOT (5) PTT https://t.co/A1WIPLaqRH 28/12/2017 – Top 5 Most Active Value Stocks on #SET were (1) BANPU(2) ADVANC(3) DTAC(4) AOT(5) PTT pic.twitter.com/A1WIPLaqRH — SET Thailand (@SET_Thailand) December 28, 2017 Source by SET Thailand ...
SET opens up 5.31 to 1,748.60 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.30% at the start of trade this morning....
Ponzi scammer sentenced to 13,275 years in jail | Phuket News
The Criminal Court on Friday sentenced Phudit Kittitradilok, 34, to a total of 13,275 years in jail for his pyramid scheme tricking about 2,600 victims out of 574 million baht....
Thai fraudster sentenced to 13,275 years in prison | Phuket News
Pudit Kittithradilok admits duping thousands of victims through a Ponzi-style investment scheme....
Ponzi scheme operator given 13,275 years’ jailterm by Criminal Court | Phuket News
The Criminal Court on Friday (Dec 29) handed down 13,275 years’ imprisonment on a con man who operated a Ponzi scheme operation which had lured about 40,000 people to invest about 5.3 billion baht to buy his companies’ seminar packages in return for unusually high returns and dividends. But as a benefit of the confession of the convict, Pudit Kittithradilok, 34, managing director of The System Plug & Play Company and Innovation Holding Company, the court commuted the sentence by half to 6,637 years and six months. However, since the law specifies that, for an offence which is liable to a maximum jailterm of 10 years, the accumulated jailterm for all the 2,653 counts of offence that Pudit was found guilty should not exceed 20 years. The convict was also ordered by the court to repay his clients 574 million baht for their investments whereas his two firms were also...
Six given suspended jail terms for defaming Chon Buri governor | Phuket News
The Chon Buri Court has sentenced six people to suspended jail terms with fines after finding them guilty of insulting Pakrathorn Thienchai, the Chon Buri governor, over the arrangement of places for the laying of dok mai chan sandalwood flowers on the royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Mr Pakrathorn asked the court to take legal action against 63 people on a defamation charge for staging a protest on Oct 30 expressing dissatisfaction with the arrangement of places for them to lay dok mai chan. They said the arrangement was not systematic, causing them to be unable to lay the sandalwood flowers in time.  They called for Mr Pakrathorn to resign. Some of them went on to attack him in the social media. The court accepted to proceed with the case against six defendants. Mr Surachet shows a copy of the court verdict to reporters Surachet Kaewkham, chief of Chon Buri...
Logistics firm faces heaviest fine for fallen container | Phuket News
The Land Transport Department on Thursday (Dec 28) imposed the heaviest fine on a logistics company after a container fell off its trailer and landed on a car in Nonthaburi province. Sanith Phromwong, the director-general of the department, said the operator of the  company Damrongsak Transport was fined 100,000 baht for two offences after transport officials found the twist locks of the shipping container were broken. He said the operator of the company was fined 50,000 baht for having damaged equipment or equipment in poor condition in use resulting in the container coming loose and dropping off on a sedan on Dec 27, injuring the sedan driver. Another 50,000 baht fine was for not supervising the truck driver to abide by the transport law relevant to safety in securing the container in place, Mr Sanith said. He said the transport officials suspended the Type 3 driving license of the truck...
Soi Dog launches Saturday openings for week-long workers | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Soi Dog Foundation will now open its centre in Thalang, in the north of Phuket, one Saturday per month to encourage adoption from people who work during weekdays....
Too cute: Thai nurses dress newborns up as puppies to ring in New Year | Phuket News
NURSES at a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand showed some festive puppy love on Thursday, dressing up newborn babies up in fetching canine outfits ahead of the Year of the Dog. Staff at the Paolo Memorial Hospital Chokchai 4 dressed the babies in blue and brown crochet hats with dog ears and matching outfits for a photoshoot. A newborn baby wearing a dog costume to celebrate the New Year of the Dog is pictured at the nursery room of Paolo Chokchai 4 Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 28, 2017. Source: Reuters “This year is the most special year for our family so far,” Nopparat told Reuters. “It’s something that has a lot of meaning.” SEE ALSO: Thailand crowned the friendliest country in Asia for vegetarians  The Daily Mail quoted Pilaiporn as saying that some parents had specifically chosen to have their babies born at the hospital because of its New Year costumes...
Too cute: Thai nurses dress newborns up as dogs to ring in New Year | Phuket News
NURSES at a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand showed some festive puppy love on Thursday, dressing up newborn babies up in fetching canine outfits ahead of the Year of the Dog. Staff at the Paolo Memorial Hospital Chokchai 4 dressed the babies in blue and brown crochet hats with dog ears and matching outfits for a photoshoot. A newborn baby wearing a dog costume to celebrate the New Year of the Dog is pictured at the nursery room of Paolo Chokchai 4 Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 28, 2017. Source: Reuters “This year is the most special year for our family so far,” Nopparat told Reuters. “It’s something that has a lot of meaning.” SEE ALSO: Thailand crowned the friendliest country in Asia for vegetarians  The Daily Mail quoted Nurse Pilaiporn Kondee as saying that some parents had specifically chosen to give birth at the hospital because of its New Year costumes...
Nurses dress babies up as dogs to ring in New Year | Phuket News
Nurses at a hospital in Bangkok showed some festive puppy love on Thursday, dressing up newborn babies up in fetching canine outfits ahead of the Year of the Dog....
Schoolboy, 8, hands in 40,000 baht at Tesco Lotus – and he’s happy with 20 baht reward! | Phuket News
A charming and honest Thai schoolboy got national recognition after handing in a wallet containing 40,000 baht to the counter at the Tesco Lotus branch in Trang. Thanaphat Piyapong was featured on several news stations and commented that he was proud to return the money. The innocent little boy certainly didn’t expect anything when the owner was called over the loudspeaker and collected the lost money. Neither did he make any negative comment when he got his reward – 20 baht! He just said he was glad to help and proudly showed his 20 baht note to a person who photographed him and posted the story on the Facebook page of Hormthip Thip, a shop at Lotus. TV presenters cooed over Thanaphat, nicknamed “Garfield” and aged just 8, who said he went with his mum to Lotus after school and was playing about when he found the money. He handed...
Gold continues rising today  | Phuket News
Gold continued to rise for the third straight day in a week on Wednesday morning (Dec 27) amid weakened dollar. The Gold Traders Association announced today that gold price rose 100 baht over yesterday’s close in the morning trade opened at 9.30 am. The buying price for a baht-weight of gold bullion was 19,850 baht, and selling price at 19,950 baht. Buying price for gold ornaments was 19,495.76 baht, and selling price at 20,450 baht. Yesterday gold bullion closed at 19,750 baht for buying, and 19,850 baht for selling. Gold ornaments closed at 19,389 baht for buying, and 20,350 baht for selling. The post Gold continues rising today  appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Gold prices up B100 to B19,950 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,495.76 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,850 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Pakistan's new finance chief targets tax reforms, touts rupee flexibility | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's new finance ministry chief Miftah Ismail said he plans significant tax reforms in the five months before the government's term ends ahead of a 2018 election, and touted a policy of greater currency flexibility. ...
Pakistan appoints economist to head finance ministry in run-up to election | Phuket News
Karachi, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan has appointed an economist, who was recently chairman of the board of investment, to take charge of the finance ministry after the former minister was relieved of his duties amid accusations of corruption. ...
Police intimidate Muslim Malay in Nakhon Si Thammarat | Phuket News
The police in Nakhon Si Thammarat seems to have a plan to collect detailed information about Muslim Malays living in the province. The information includes fingerprints, explicit physical appearances and address. This operation has caused fear among the Muslim Malay community in the area.    Muhammad Gaddafi Guna, a university student in Nakhon Si Thammarat, told Prachatai that at about 2 pm, 29 December 2017, six police officers interrogated him and three other Muslim Malays in a restaurant near a mosque. The arrived with a truck without a licence plate.   The authorities told Guna that they came from the provincial Special Crimes Suppression Division and were searching for Muslim Malays from Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani. When they knew that Guna and friends, as well as the restaurant owner, are Muslim Malays from the Deep South, the officers asked them for an “interview.”      “The authorities targeted only people...
Police to summon “Sek Loso” for shooting in the air | Phuket News
Nakhon Si Thammarat provincial police today(Dec 30) said they are collecting evidence to summon Seksan Sukpimai, widely known by his stage name “Sek Loso” for questioning for shooting into the air and the ground in front of the statue of King Taksin the Great in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Thursday night. The province held a celebration to mark the 250-year anniversary of the establishment of Thonburi as the capital of Siam by the great king. The action by the police came after the rockstar and lead singer of the Thai rock band “Loso” posted on his Sekloso Facebook page a short video clip showing he fired his pistol into the air and the ground after worshipping the statute shrine of the great king at Wat Khao Khunphanom temple in Phromkiri district late Thursday night. He fired nine shots into the air and another into the ground. The video clip went...
Drug gang member shot dead in clash with police | Phuket News
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A member of an organisd drug network was shot dead during a clash with and a group of armed men in Phrommakhiri district late on Wednesday night, according to police....
Sek Loso in trouble over gun incident | Phuket News
Rock star Sek Loso is facing arrest for firing several gunshots into the air and the ground in front of the statue of King Taksin the Great at a temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat....
Thai police in New Year warning – shooting in the air makes you a murderer | Phuket News
Thai police have been out on the streets to tell the public not to shoot in the air at New Year. Cops in U-Thong district of Suphanburi were parading about with placards saying firing in the air would make you a murderer. Arrests were promised for anyone celebrating 2018 in this fashion, reported Daily News. Deputy chief Charn Yangngam toured the shops, gold traders, and banks in the area – and asked everyone to pass on the message to the kids. Celebratory gunfire has been known to cause death around the world. In the US the habit of firing in the air has differing sanctions from state and is treated as a misdemeanor and a felony, according to Wikipedia. At New Year in Georgia in 2010 a four year old boy was killed inside his church “The Church of God of Prophesy” after a stray bullet was presumed to have...
India's moonwalking traffic cop | Phuket News
Traffic cop Ranjeet Singh uses moonwalking and dance moves to manage traffic in Indore, India....
Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul | Phuket News
So-called Islamic State says it attacked a Shia centre in the Afghan capital, killing at least 40....
Islamic State claims Kabul suicide bomb attack: online statement | Phuket News
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed a suicide bomb attack carried out on Thursday on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring Shi'ite cultural centre in Kabul, the group's Amaq news agency said in an online statement. ...
Man accuses monk of Phuket knife attack | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Thai man has alleged that he was stabbed by monk in an unprovoked attack in the Nakkerd Hills in Chalong yesterday afternoon....
Kimchi and Missiles: Kim’s Efforts to Grow North Korea Economy | Phuket News
Kim Jong Un wants to turn the art of kimchi-making into a science. And the North Korean leader is putting his money where his mouth is. On the outskirts of Pyongyang, surrounded by snow-covered farms and greenhouses, stands one of Kim’s latest pet projects, the Ryugyong Kimchi Factory, which produces 4,200 tons of the iconic Korean pickled vegetable dish a year. The shiny new facility replaces an older factory and opened in June last year after getting Kim’s final seal of approval, according to manager Paek Mi Hye. The factory is intended to showcase Kim’s efforts to boost North Korea’s domestic economy and produce more, and better, consumer products. His strategy, known as “byungjin,” aims to simultaneously develop the national economy and North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. North Korea’s repeated underground nuclear tests and launches of long-range missiles that could conceivably reach the U.S. mainland have brought more sanctions down...
Mattis Nixes Holiday Tradition of Seeing Troops in War Zones | Phuket News
For only the second time since 9/11, America’s defense secretary didn’t visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a long-standing tradition of personally and publicly thanking service members in combat who are separated from their families during the holiday season. Pentagon boss Jim Mattis, who spent more than four decades in the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, made a five-day trip through the Middle East in early December. He stopped in Kuwait and Pakistan — countries adjacent to Iraq and Afghanistan — but didn’t cross the borders to see troops at war in either country. Last week, he visited troops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at military bases in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, wishing them holiday cheer. Streak ends at 15 years It has been 15 years since a U.S. defense chief didn’t travel to a war zone during the festive season....
A very big bitcoin trading firm says cryptocurrency regulations are a good thing | Phuket News
Rules from South Korea around cryptocurrency trading are a welcome development, Bitspread's Cedric Jeanson tells CNBC....
South Korea’s Moon Says 2015 ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement With Japan ‘Flawed’ | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that a 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean
South Korea says 'comfort women' agreement it made with Japan is no longer adequate | Phuket News
President Moon Jae-in urged follow-up measures to resolve the sexual slavery issue, as a 2015 deal falls short....
Report: No Proof Industrial Park Cash Funded North Korea Weapons | Phuket News
There was no evidence that North Korea diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean companies operating in a now-closed industrial park on their border to bankroll its weapons programs, an expert panel appointed by Seoul's Ministry of Unification said Thursday. The investigation by the panel reversed the contention by the previous government that most of the cash that flowed into the jointly run Kaesong complex was diverted to North Korea's military. South Korea pulled out of the industrial park on the North Korean side of the border, where South Korean factories employed North Korean workers, after the North launched a long-range missile last year....
South Korea’s economic reform agenda takes flight | Phuket News
In the aftermath of former president Park Geun-hye’s impeachment, a presidential election was held in May 2017 — much earlier than originally planned. This election saw the key economic priorities of the former government (deregulation and innovation) give way to a new regime focused on values of fairness and mutual prosperity. It is true that South Korea has tended to close its eyes to fairness and social values in its striving for economic growth. But fairness is a necessary value for providing the right incentives, social stability and harmony for economic prosperity. The pursuit of social value eases failures in coordination and leads to a better equilibrium for society. These values are reflected in the slogans ‘fair economy’ and ‘social economy’ that have been promulgated by new President Moon Jae-in’s administration. The new government has focused on income-led growth strategies as well as intensified checks on unfair trade practices and...
Files on Jomsap suspects go to prosecutors | Phuket News
Nakhon Phanom: A police team probing an allegedly wrongful bid to seek a retrial of a 2005 deadly hit-and-run case has completed its investigation against all 11 suspects and forwarded the case to the prosecution....
Myanmar frees TRT journalists jailed for flying drone | Phuket News
The TRT crew served jail time for flying a drone near parliament but now face no further charges....
Myanmar frees journalists | Phuket News
Myanmar on Friday freed two journalists for Turkey's state broadcaster, their local interpreter and a driver after they completed a two-month jail sentence for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, a prison official said....
Myanmar to free TRT journalists jailed for flying drone | Phuket News
The TRT crew was jailed for flying a drone near parliament and now face no further charges....
Unionpay International and Decagon Pakistan Sign Cooperation Agreement | Phuket News
Dec 28, 2017 Picture:  SHANGHAI, Dec. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UnionPay International, one of the world's largest payment schemes, and Decagon Pakistan brand Golootlo have entered into a partnership to cooperate to issue UnionPay prepaid and debit cards in collaboration with the issuing banks in Pakistan, offering secure and convenient payment services to the local customers. The two parties will also seek future cooperation opportunities to introduce UnionPay's QR Code payment mechanism within Golootlo's merchant network across Pakistan. The partnership was signed by Shuan Ghaidan, Director of Products, UnionPay International and Aziz Kassamali, Chairman, Decagon Pakistan in Shanghai, China. Mr. Shuan Ghaidan said,
Police wrap up Khru Jomsap’s case for submission to the prosecutor | Phuket News
Nakhon Phanom provincial police on Thursday (Dec 28) forwarded perjury case against Jomsap Sanmuangkote and 10 other individuals to the public prosecutor with a strong recommendation that all of them should be prosecuted in court. Pol Maj-Gen Suvicharn Yankittikul, commander of Nakhon Phanom provincial police, said the police inquiry officers handling the case met on Thursday to wrap up the case for submission to the prosecution’s office. He said the police inquiry officers decided to file charges against Mrs Jomsap and 10 other suspects of assembly to commit offences, giving false statements to authorities and fabricating evidences in their failed attempt to revive the former schoolteacher’s fatal accident case which was already finalized. Nine of the suspects have been given bail by the police with the exception of Mrs Jomsap and Suriya Nuancharoen who are being detained at Nakhon Phanom provincial prison. Mrs Jomsap has been convicted to three years...
Major drug dealer caught, speed pills, crystal meth seized | Phuket News
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A major drug dealer was arrested and almost 180,000 speed pills and 6kg of crystal methamphetamine seized from his house in Phrommakhiri district on Wednesday....
Japan gets a taste of cronyism | Phuket News
TOKYO: A bun that takes its name from a buzzword associated with the cronyism allegations levelled at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has become a hit for the firm that came up with the product....
Sa Kaeo traffic backed up 25km | Phuket News
SA KAEO: Heavy holiday traffic has created tailbacks stretching up to 25 kilometres along Highway 348 in Ta Phraya district of this eastern province....
Ashes: Alastair Cook hits 244 not out as England dominate Australia | Phuket News
Alastair Cook's unbeaten 244 - the highest score by a visiting batsman at the MCG - gives England firm control of the Boxing Day Test....
New Year, Full Moon: it's party time on Koh Phangan | Phuket News
SURAT THANI: Tourists are flocking to Koh Phangan for New Year celebrations on Sunday and a Full Moon party on Monday - a double whammy that local authorities hope will help earn the southern province 900 million baht in tourism income in the festive period....
Mofiz Uddin has welcomed over 130 Rohingya onto his land | Phuket News
Mofiz Uddin has welcomed scores of Rohingya onto his land in Bangladesh....
Mofiz Uddin has welcomed over 150 Rohingya onto his land | Phuket News
Mofiz Uddin has welcomed scores of Rohingya onto his land in Bangladesh....
Djokovic comeback stalled again | Phuket News
ABU DHABI: The comeback plans for Novak Djokovic stalled on Friday when a recurrence of pain in his right elbow forced him to withdraw from an exhibition tournament in the United Arab Emirates....
Clash during insurgent hideout raid in Narathiwat | Phuket News
NARATHIWAT: Rangers exchanged gunfire with four armed men and seized an assault rifle during a raid on nine makeshift shelters of insurgents in Rangae district in the early hours of Friday. The gunmen fled....
Rangers unhurt after close brush with bomb | Phuket News
NARATHIWAT: insurgents detonated a roadside bomb as a ranger patrol passed by in Rueso district on Thursday morning, but the blast dissipated into the forest instead and no soldiers were hurt....
King sends wreath to ranger volunteer killed in Narathiwat ambush | Phuket News
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and members of the Royal Family today (Dec 27)  presented wreaths for a ranger volunteer killed in an ambush on Dec 26. Ranger volunteer Kamjorn Tanma of the Ranger Company 4912 was shot dead when a group of gunmen opened fire at a pick up truck he was travelling on in Sri Sakhon district of Narathiwat province. Meanwhile, the provincial courts of Yala and Pattani  on Tuesday (Dec 26) issued warrants for the arrest of 31 suspects in various violence attacks in the restive South, including four suspects in the arson attack on Betong-Bangkok in Yala’s Bannang Sata district on Dec 17. The arrest warrants from the two courts were sought by Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner and Pol Gen Srivara Ransibhramanakul as he went to the Deep South to inspect unrest situation following a spate of bombings, ambushes, arson attacks, and car tyres burning...
China is teaming up with a slew of countries to build a new Silk Road — but not everyone is happy | Phuket News
China is building infrastructure developments — and relationships — with many countries....
TOT, DTAC tie-up gets NBTC blessing | Phuket News
The telecom regulator yesterday gave the green light to a partnership between TOT and Total Access Communication (DTAC) to provide service on the 2300-megahertz spectrum, while also approving an extension of the licence payment terms for the 900MHz auction for another five years....
Blast at Afghan news agency office in Kabul, casualties feared | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - An explosion hit an office of the Afghan Voice news agency in the west of the capital Kabul on Thursday and casualties were feared, officials and witnesses said. ...
November factory output up 4.23% y-o-y | Phuket News
Annual industrial output rose in November, after falling in the previous month, on higher production of cars, engines and rubber products....
Credit card spending rose around 6% in 2017 | Phuket News
Credit card spending is projected to have grown by 6% in 2017, with outstanding credit of around 231 billion baht, with a similar increase expected in 2018, according to Kasikorn Research Centre....
Killing an icon | Phuket News
The first woman to lead a Muslim state was killed 10 years ago - no-one has been convicted of murder....
Killing and icon | Phuket News
The first woman to lead a Muslim state was killed 10 years ago - no-one has been convicted of murder....
SoftBank to acquire 15% Uber stake for $7.7bn | Phuket News
TOKYO: Japan's SoftBank Group Corp has agreed with Uber Technologies Inc to acquire a 15% stake in the US ride-hailing giant for $7.7 billion, SoftBank officials said Friday....
Japan's Softbank takes large stake in Uber | Phuket News
The investment comes as the ride-hailing company concludes a difficult year....
Not to blame | Phuket News
Jasmeen Patheja's collection is a testament to the fact victims are not to blame....
Money is moving into a hot Asia tech sector — but 2018 could be survival of the fittest | Phuket News
The region’s booming fitness technology sector has attracted million in funding, but maintaining the gains may prove tough....
Prosecutors arraign former Dhammakaya spokesman | Phuket News
Prosecutors on Thursday arraigned Ong-art Thamnitha, the former spokesman for Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s disciples, on charges of instigating public disorder in connection with the Department of Special Investigation’s failed raid on the temple last year to arrest former abbot Phra Dhammajayo....
DSI pursues B300m Myanmar racket | Phuket News
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has decided to seek indictments against a group of 16 people accused of running a Myanmar-based investment scam estimated to have cost victims more than 300 million baht in losses....
Wage gamble | Phuket News
A Japanese internet firm is the latest to offer its staff part of their salaries in the digital currency....
It looks like the India-China rivalry is spreading to another front | Phuket News
Nepal's new Communist government could bring about closer ties with Beijing — a potentially worrying development for New Delhi....
Finance Ministry aims to bring 5.3m people above poverty line in 2018 | Phuket News
The Finance Ministry has set a goal to bring at least 5.3 low-income people move above the poverty line in 2018 through the second package of welfare measures to be forwarded to the cabinet for consideration next week, the ministry’s permanent secretary Somchai Sujjapongse said on Tuesday (Dec 26). Mr Somchai said the second package of measures will be forwarded to the cabinet for consideration on Jan 3. The measures are intended for holders of state welfare cards to have a job, both inside and outside the country, or to undergo occupational training to be enterprise owners with access of sources of capital. Measures will also be taken for them to have education, a housing unit of their own or get a subsidy for house rental. Somchai Sujjapongse Moreover, the ministry will send officials to meet some 5.3 million welfare cardholders whose yearly income is 30,000 baht or below the poverty line to...
Philippine Police kill two mistaking them for gunmen | Phuket News
Thinking it was gunmen on the run, Philippine police killed an injured woman on the way to hospital....
India Lower House Approves Bill Banning Instant Divorce | Phuket News
India's powerful lower house of parliament on Thursday approved a bill making the practice of instant divorce illegal and punishable with up to three years imprisonment for offending husbands.   The bill came months after India's Supreme Court ruled that the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives was unconstitutional. Several opposition parties criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for not discussing the legislation with them before introducing it in Parliament on Thursday. The approved bill will now go to the upper house of parliament, where it needs approval before it becomes law.   More than 20 Muslim countries, including neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned the practice. But in India, the practice has continued with the protection of laws that allow Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities to follow religious law in matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption.   While most Hindu personal laws have been...
India wants to jail Muslim men who practise ‘triple talaq’ | Phuket News
INDIA’S lower house of Parliament passed a bill on Thursday aimed at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq”, or instant divorce. The bill now moves to the upper house of Parliament, where it is likely to be approved. In August, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a law which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word “talaq”, which means divorce in Arabic, three times. Muslim women had petitioned the court, arguing the practice of husbands divorcing them through triple talaq not only violated their rights but left many women destitute. SEE ALSO: India: ‘Triple talaq’ instant divorce banned by Supreme Court “Only a law can explicitly ban triple talaq, we have to enforce legal procedures to provide for allowances and protect custody of children,” said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The bill would make the practice a non-bailable offence with a...
Further B3bn in savings bonds ahead | Phuket News
The Finance Ministry will offer an additional 3 billion baht in savings bonds to serve public demand after selling 15 billion in one month....
How the world's worst carbon polluter became the biggest issuer of 'green' bonds | Phuket News
China has dominated global issuance of so-called green bonds for two straight years — a trend that will likely continue....
The answer to road carnage – bottles of Chicken Extract – and “sleep with the cops” | Phuket News
The Highway Police have come up with two novel ways to stop road accidents this New Year. They have signed a deal with giant firm Brands to hand out their little bottles of chicken extract. The idea is that tired motorists will then feel rejuvenated and not fall asleep at the wheel. They have even got a name for the campaign: “Don’t drop off – stop for some Brands”. Some 45,000 little bottles of the expensive black liquid will be handed out for free. But that is not the only innovation to try to limit the annual New Year carnage on the Thai roads. Chat Sukkaewnarong of the Highway Police authority also announced yesterday that 198 “sleep it off with the highway police” points had been set up nationwide. This campaign was trumpeted as: “Don’t fall asleep at the wheel – sleep it off with the Highway Police”. Motorists who...
PM leads cabinet to give New Year wishes to Prem | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday (Dec 28) led his cabinet, top military and police personnel and high-level government officials to call on Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, president of the Privy Council and statesman, at his Sisao Thewes Residence to give him New Year blessings. Gen Prayut, in his speech on behalf of the cabinet, was full praise for Gen Prem, saying that the statesman is a model in the country’s administration. All government officials as well as military and police personnel will follow Gen Prem’s advice for them to do everything for their motherland, he said. The prime minister pledged to do his best to push the country forward, to take measures to raise the people’s income and to narrow the gap of people in society. In return, Gen Prem said although support for the government under Gen Prayut is waning, he believed the support will return if it could...
PM's support ebbing, says Prem | Phuket News
Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda warned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Thursday that he has lost much of his support base but still has a chance to win the public over by serving as a positive role model....
Onions, garlic smuggled from Myanmar seized in Tak | Phuket News
TAK: Customs officials and soldiers have seized more than 15 tonnes of onions and garlic smuggled from Myanmar into Mae Sot district -- the largest haul of untaxed agricultural produce in recent years....
E-donation adopted for taxpayer deductions | Phuket News
The Revenue Department has adopted an e-donation system to help taxpayers claim a tax deduction on donations....
Chinese skyscraper to be auctioned online | Phuket News
The unfinished 156m skyscraper is being put up for auction on Taobao, China's biggest e-commerce site....
Four Dead After Blast Hits Kabul | Phuket News
At least four people are reported dead after an explosion Thursday in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. The health ministry said that six others were wounded. Reuters reports that the blast hit near the offices of the Afghan Voice news agency. AFP quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying it’s unclear whether the target was the media company or a nearby mosque....
Cold snap to carry on over New Year | Phuket News
The cold snap will last until at least next Tuesday in the upper North, Bangkok and its surrounding provinces, with temperatures dropping on average by 2-4C, according to the Meteorological Department....
Sanchez double leads Arsenal over Palace | Phuket News
LONDON: Arsene Wenger celebrated another landmark night in his garlanded Premier League career as an Alexis Sanchez double inspired his Arsenal charges to a pulsating 3-2 win at Crystal Palace....
SLF to start deducting salaries of student loan borrowers in March | Phuket News
The Office of the Student Loan Fund (SLF) will start deducting the salaries of officials who were given student loans while they were studying to settle their debts on monthly basis in the first quarter of the coming year. Mr Chainarong Katchapanont, manager of the loan fund, said Wednesday (Dec 27) that the enforced salary deduction was made possible by virtue of the new Student Loan Fund Act which came into force since July this year. Before the start of the enforced salary deduction, he said officials from the SLF would make clarifications about the measure to officials in various agencies, beginning with the Comptroller General’s Department in January and February. The measure will first be applied to a few thousand officials who are in the process of debt mediation or who have signed debt payment in court with the SLF out of a total of about 150,000 officials whose...
Taiwan to recall 285 passports after US airport mistake | Phuket News
Some 200,000 Taiwanese passports were mistakenly printed with an image of Washington's Dulles airport....
Australia rugby star Karmichael Hunt faces drugs charge | Phuket News
Karmichael Hunt was arrested in Brisbane after being found with a white powder, reports say....
Fighting sexual harassment with MMA | Phuket News
The Pakistani women learning mixed martial arts to defend themselves against sexual harassment....
Pakistan women learn MMA for sexual harassment defence | Phuket News
The Pakistani women learning mixed martial arts to defend themselves against sexual harassment....
Two brothers stabbed in restaurant brawl | Phuket News
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Rowdy youths instigated a brawl at a local restaurant in Toongyai district overnight, resulting in two brothers being stabbed and one of them admitted to intensive care....
Japanese woman dies after being 'imprisoned for years by parents' | Phuket News
Airi Kakimoto died after spending about 15 years confined to a tiny unheated shed....
PM's New Year vow: Stop being 'grumpy' | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he hopes next year will be a
Phangnga police arrest 2 men with bomb-making materials | Phuket News
Two men from Yala have been arrested by Phangnga police with some bomb-making materials and brought to a security task force unit of the 4th Army Region for interrogation. The two man, Muhamad Haji Hayo, 25, and Muhamad Soli Chelong, 22, both from Raman district of Yala, were stopped for a search when they arrived at a security checkpoint at Hin Dan intersection in Takua Pa district on a motorcycle about 30 minutes after midnight. The police did not find anything illegal on them in the search, but a urine test revealed they had used drugs. They were subsequently brought to a rented house in Takua Pa district where they lived. In the search, the police found one empty gas cylinder, a glass tube 1 centimetre in diametre and 67cm long, a two-inch stapler, and a computer keyboard hidden in the house. The police suspected the two might have been involved...
Justine Damond: US prosecutor delays decision on charges | Phuket News
More investigation is needed into the death of Australian Justine Damond, a prosecutor says....
China Gets Its Wine On | Phuket News
By 2020, China could become the world's second-largest wine consumer, behind the United States, according to a report by Vinexpo, a leading wine exhibition.
TJA: 2017 a bad year for Thai media industry | Phuket News
2017 is regarded as a bad year for Thai media industry, both printed and digital, with media outlets, both big and small, struggling for survival from impacts of digital disruption and free expressions restrictions by the junta, according to the Thai Journalists Association’s media situation report. Despite the promulgation of the 2017 Constitution which went through a referendum and guarantees both written and verbal free expressions, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) issued two executive orders, No 97 and 103, prohibiting criticism of the junta which is deemed intentional to undermine its credibility, the TJA said in the 2017 Thai media situation report released on Thursday (Dec 28). As a result of the two press-gagging executive orders, TJA said some media outlets have to resort to self-censorship to protect themselves but, at the same time, deprive them to perform their duty to provide information for the public interest....
Journalists: Regime muzzles press freedom | Phuket News
The media profession remains overshadowed by the military regime which prevents outlets from freely criticising and examining the government, the Thai Journalists Association (TJA) says....
SET begins listing of TREIT, the biggest industrial REIT in Thailand | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will list additional trust units of TICON Freehold and Leasehold Real Estate Investment Trust (TREIT) after finishing the conversion process of three property funds, becoming the biggest industrial real estate investment trust (REIT) in Thailand, on December 28, under the ticker symbol “TREIT”. TREIT has successfully received the transfer of assets and liabilities from three property funds, namely Ticon Property Fund (TFUND), Ticon Industrial Growth Leasehold Property Fund (TGROWTH) and Tpark Logistics Property Fund (TLOGIS). SET Senior Executive Vice President Santi Kiranand said that the additional units of TREIT would list and start trading on Property & Construction industry, Property Fund & REITs sector, on December 28, 2017. Welcomes the additional trust units of TICON Freehold and Leasehold Real Estate Investment Trust (TREIT) after finishing the conversion process of three property funds, the biggest industrial REIT in Thailand, for listing on SET today. pic.twitter.com/wwTnx5mdC7...
Thailand’s Nation Multimedia Group to sell assets worth $42.8m | Phuket News
Nation Multimedia Group (NMG), a SET-listed media company, will sell its non-core assets, including its shares in digital TV channel Now26, and a printing plant, for 1.4 billion baht ($42.8 million) through a bidding process next year. The disposed assets include Nation U (NU), which operates Nation University; Bangkok Business Broadcasting (BBB), which operates Now26 digital TV channel; WPS (Thailand), which operates a printing plant; NML, which provides logistics service; and its land and buildings. The auction is expected to be completed around March-April 2018 after it is granted the relevant approval by its shareholders on February 28, NMG said in a filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand on Wednesday. The company said the proposed transactions are part of its business restructuring plan. After the disposal process is completed, it will focus on the core businesses of printing media, activity and event organization, content production, NBC group’s television media...
Journey to clean Thailand’s oceans takes another step forward | Phuket News
Building on the success of the ‘Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand’ project, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today officially kicked off the ‘SAVE the Ocean & SAVE for Your Next Dive’ campaign, offering divers the chance to earn discounts on dive trips, in return for helping to protect Thailand’s marine ecosystem. Interested divers are encouraged to take part by following just three easy steps: first, they need to inform a participating dive operator that they would like to join the project. The dive operator will then give them a special rubbish collection bag. Second, divers collect rubbish while enjoying their dive, and return the bag to receive a stamp on their ‘Diving Passport’. Third, they can use the stamp to redeem special discounts on their next dive trip with a participating dive operator. Participating operators and dive sites are located in easy reach of Bangkok, on Thailand’s picturesque Eastern Seaboard...
PM denies deal with Sasomsap clan | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday dismissed a rumour the military regime might have already secured a political deal with politicians from the Sasomsap family who wield political influence in Nakhon Pathom province....
LA-Tokyo flight turns back after passenger 'boards with wrong ticket' | Phuket News
Model Chrissy Teigen live tweets as her flight is turned back to LA after four hours....
How Innovative Payment Methods Can Change Your Business | Phuket News
Dec 28, 2017 In this modern world, it is vital that you are constantly on the lookout for new ways to save money, time, and effort. Otherwise, you will end up being left behind and lose your competitive edge. Most young businesses fail due to cashflow challenges, and so forward thinking is especially important when it comes to financial transactions. Giving and receiving funds is a huge part of daily life, so it is important that you understand the process. Long gone are the days of writing a check and waiting days for it to be cashed. Even tangible capital and pin machines are beginning to look dated. That is why you should embrace innovative payment methods. Innovative payment methods can keep you organized If you really struggle to keep on top of your budget and cashflow, you really must get your affairs in order. Take advantage of direct...
Ministry discussing plan to build 2 research satellites | Phuket News
The Ministry of Science and Technology is looking into building two satellites for research and observation purposes, at an estimated cost of 1 billion baht....
Political pitch | Phuket News
The footballers, wrestlers, athletes and other sports personalities who became politicians worldwide....
Holidays ruined as Star Cruises cancels Gulf routes | Phuket News
The New Year holiday plans of hundreds of people have been spoilt with the announcement Star Cruises is cancelling its new routes in the Gulf of Thailand, operating out of Laem Chabang port, only one month after they were launched....
A matter of shame | Phuket News
Despite being banned, humiliating and traumatic, virginity tests remain widespread in Afghanistan....
Man kills 2, then himself at Houston auto shop | Phuket News
HOUSTON: A man walked into a Houston auto shop where he used to work Friday and fatally shot two employees before going outside and killing himself, police said....
Yangon court remands Reuters journalists in custody | Phuket News
YANGON: Two Reuters journalists who have been detained in Myanmar for the past two weeks were remanded in custody for a further two weeks on Wednesday as a probe into allegations they breached the nation's Official Secrets Act continues....
Homework cut gives lift to students | Phuket News
Measures to reduce the amount of homework given to students have been rolled out by the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec)....
Afghanistan suicide attack: Dozens killed as Shia centre hit in Kabul | Phuket News
At least 40 people are killed and 30 injured as a Shia centre is targeted in the Afghan capital....
Oversupply of biodiesel worries producers | Phuket News
An excess supply of biodiesel is causing concern for domestic producers, as competition stiffens with more factories producing it....
Shares sink at South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai | Phuket News
Investors react to Hyundai Heavy Industries plans to raise about $1.2bn in a fresh rights issue....
Salvation Army defends use of donated McCartney tickets | Phuket News
A ticket donated for homeless people was used by the daughter of an Australian charity leader....
Beijing: US Should Curb Demand for Opioids, Not Blame China | Phuket News
The United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source of these chemicals, a top Chinese drug enforcement official said Thursday. China and the U.S. have worked to build a close working relationship to fight global flows of illicit synthetic drugs, but their collaboration remains fraught. Yu Haibin of the China National Narcotics Control Commission told reporters there was little evidence showing China was the source of much of the chemicals used in the production of the powerful opioid fentanyl. President Donald Trump in November blamed a
China asks itself a tough question: Can it accept slower growth? | Phuket News
Beijing says it wants to curb borrowing and is even aiming to cut money supply. But can the country do it?...
The very big question for China next year: Can it actually stomach slower growth? | Phuket News
Beijing says it wants to curb borrowing and is even aiming to cut money supply. But can the country do it?...
Disciplinary committee makes no headway in school director’s alleged bribery case | Phuket News
Disciplinary investigation into alleged bribery case that involved a director of a famous secondary school in Bangkok has made no significant headway although five months has elapsed. The former director of Samsen Wittayalai school Mr Viroj Samruan was accused of demanding 400,000 baht “tea money”, from a parent for enrollment of their son into the school. The act was secretly videotaped and later posted on social media, triggering widespread criticism of the school director’s behaviour. The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) later set up a fact finding committee and found there was ground in the alleged bribery. The alleged demand for the 400,000 baht “tea money”, occurred on April 19, which was during a period when the mobilisation of resources was prohibited. On that day, no receipt was issued. However, a receipt was issued retroactively on June 20. The committee ruled this was in breach of the Finance...
Conscripts, trainers hurt when old signal flares ignite | Phuket News
NAN: Twenty new conscripts and trainers were injured when signal flares left buried in the ground were ignited by a cooking fire at a military training field in Muang district on Thursday afternoon....
Go player to take on Chinese AI in match | Phuket News
More man versus machine Go playing but this time it will be Chinese AI that takes up challenge....
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen make it to Japan - eventually | Phuket News
Model Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend complete a marathon journey that made headlines around the world....
Brands Map 'Invisible' Shoemakers in South India | Phuket News
When the 55-year-old woman stood up to speak at a meeting of shoemakers in south India earlier this month, she was seeing her employers for the first time. She told them about the decades she had spent hunched up in her home, repeatedly pulling a needle through tough leather as she sewed shoe uppers, the meager income she earned, her failing eyesight and the wounds on her hands. For manufacturers and brands, her story was a revelation. The meeting brought women workers, manufacturers, charities and brands face-to-face for the first time in a bid to map the role of homeworkers — an
Sea turtle conservation project to launch | Phuket News
Dec 29, 2017 Picture:  Viet Nam News LÝ SƠN ISLAND — The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) plans to launch a communication campaign to promote the non-use of plastic bags as a prelude to its sea turtle conservation programme on Lý Sơn Island in 2018. IUCN’s Marine and Coastal resource programme co-ordinator Bùi Thị Thu Hiền told Việt Nam News that the communication campaign aims to raise awareness among islanders and tourists of the need to create clean and safe marine areas for sea turtles returning to the island in the near future. Hiền said on Tuesday other activities related to marine environment cleaning and protection would be launched beginning next year to boost sea turtle conservation in the area where turtles had laid their eggs in the past decades. According to IUCN’s research, the sea turtle population in central coastal areas has seriously declined in recent...
In China’s Xinjiang, Even Mild Critics Silenced | Phuket News
Zhang Haitao was a rare voice in China, a member of the ethnic Han majority who for years criticized the government on social media for its treatment of the minority Muslim Uighurs. Zhang’s wife had long feared some sort of backlash despite her husband’s relative obscurity. He was a working-class electronics salesman, unknown even to most Uighur activists. So she worried that authorities might block his social media accounts, or maybe detain him. Instead he was arrested and prosecuted for subversion and espionage. His punishment: 19 years in prison. “They wanted to make an example of him, to scare anyone who might question what they do in the name of security,” Zhang’s wife, Li Aijie, told The Associated Press earlier this week, one day after she arrived in the United States and asked for political asylum. “Even someone who knows nothing about law would know that his punishment made no...
Security set at maximum for New Year | Phuket News
Security authorities have been put on full alert for the New Year holiday and told to take no chances when it comes to public safety....
Quiz: Quotes of the year from Asia | Phuket News
Test yourself on some of the memorable utterances from across Asia this year....
Dried bitter beans with a 'fresh' fragrance | Phuket News
A much relished but seasonal southern bean, sator, is now available all year round in a dried form which the producer claims offers almost the same taste as freshly harvested beans....
Warning out against substandard gas-powered water heaters | Phuket News
The Health Department has issued a warning against use of substandard gas-powered water heaters, saying that five people in Chiang Mai reportedly went unconscious in bathrooms without a proper ventilation system in December. Dr Danai Theewanda, the department director-general, said people using gas-powered water heaters should make sure they meet the standards set by the Thai Industrial Standards Institute. Every time they take a shower, they should turn on the ventilating fan. In case the bathroom is not fitted with a ventilator, they should leave the door open. If the bathroom is used by many people, one after another, its door should be left open for 10-15 minutes during the interval. Special attention should be given to the elderly and people with chronic diseases such as heart ailment, hypertension and respiratory problems as well as to children if they spend an unusually long time in the bathroom. Dr Danai said...
First female doctor | Phuket News
Zulekha Daud started practising medicine in the UAE when it had no proper hospitals or doctors....
Rahmah's story: 'I am a Chinese hijabi' | Phuket News
The story of Rahmah and her experiences as a Chinese woman in a hijab....
SET opens up 3.21 to 1,756.10 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.18% at the start of trade this morning....
SET opens up 4.46 to 1,756.94 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.25% at the start of trade this morning....
Made in India | Phuket News
Josef Wirsching refused to produce propaganda films in Nazi Germany, instead working in Mumbai....
Elephant rescue | Phuket News
Palanichamy Sarathkumar is a hero after lifting a calf out of a ditch and reuniting it with its mother....
Sumo star charged with assault | Phuket News
Harumafuji had already stepped down for an assault on a junior wrestler that has rocked the sport....
Thailand Now Seriously Struggling With Masses Of Tourists | Phuket News
Dec 30, 2017 After years of booming tourism arrivals, Thailand counted a new record of a whopping 35 million visitors coming to the country this year, a number that is now straining the capacity of airports and immigration administration to the utmost. Most of the growth comes from ballooning Chinese visitor numbers, and tourism officials in Thailand have now decided to put an end to mass tourism as a concept of the past decade, having given Thailand a reputation for delays, overcrowding and government misorganisation. But this will take years. The country now started spending significant amounts of money to upgrade its tourism infrastructure, open up new islands and cities to travelers and tone down its image as a cheap mass destination with low-priced hotels and a huge nightlife entertainment industry that defined the sector for half a century. There are plans to spend more than $5 billion to...
Greece to appeal decision to grant asylum to Turkish officer | Phuket News
ATHENS, Greece: The Greek government said it will seek to invalidate a decision by the country's Asylum Appeals Authority to grant asylum to one of eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece in a military helicopter after a failed coup in Turkey in July 2016....
The unsolved killing of Benazir Bhutto | Phuket News
The first woman to lead a Muslim state was killed 10 years ago - no one has been convicted of murder....
Hits and misses | Phuket News
This was Narendra Modi's toughest year on the economic front, writes the BBC's Sameer Hashmi....
Brutal cold tests New York's New Year's Eve party | Phuket News
NEW YORK: Dress in layers, lay off the booze and bring some hand warmers. Those are some of the tips offered for the huge crowd of revellers expected in Times Square for what could be one of the coldest New Year's Eve ball drops on record....
Australia, New Zealand Ring in 2018 | Phuket News
New Zealand, Australia, and surrounding Pacific Islands were among the first places to ring in 2018 with fireworks displays, parties, and other festivities. Nearly 1.5 million people gathered to watch a rainbow fireworks display above Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and opera house as the country celebrated legalizing gay marriage. Hours earlier, thousands lined the streets of Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, for the annual street party and fireworks show above the Sky Tower. In preparation for celebrations, hundreds of thousands of law enforcement, military and security officials are being deployed in cities around the world to keep New Year's Eve revelers safe as they gather to welcome 2018. In Australia, one of the first places to ring in the new year, officials said police officers will be out in force on the ground, the air and the sea as part of the largest security operation in the country. Police in...
Road deaths rise to 239 after 4 days of New Year's danger period | Phuket News
The accumulated death toll rose to 239 on Saturday, the fourth day of the
Road deaths rise to 167 on third day of New Year's danger period | Phuket News
The accumulated death toll rose to 167 on Saturday, the third day of the
18 Killed in Blast at Afghan Funeral | Phuket News
A suicide bomber killed at least 18 people in an attack targeting the funeral of former district chief in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. Afghan forces have had frequent clashes with Islamic State militants in the area in recent weeks. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   The Taliban denied any involvement. The incident comes just days after a suicide attack on a Shi'ite cultural center in Kabul that left at least 41 people dead and more than 80 wounded.   Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack. Previous attacks on Shi'ite worship places and processions in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan were also claimed by IS.    ...
15 Killed in Blast at Afghan Funeral | Phuket News
A suicide bomber targeted the funeral of former district chief in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, where Afghan forces have had frequent clashes with Islamic State militants in recent weeks. Provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told VOA at least 15 people were killed and another 13 were wounded — most of them civilians. Earlier reports said six people had been killed and 11 wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attack comes just days after an assault on a Shiite cultural center in Kabul that left at least 41 people dead and more than 80 wounded....
Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15: official | Phuket News
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide attack at a funeral in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday killed at least 15 people and wounded 13, the governor's spokesman said. ...
Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills six: official | Phuket News
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - An explosion at a funeral in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday killed six people and wounded 15, the governor's spokesman said. ...
S.Korea seizes another ship suspected of transferring oil to N.Korea | Phuket News
SEOUL: South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, a customs official said on Sunday....
Tourists flocking to Phu Thap Boek for New Year | Phuket News
PHETCHABUN: A large number of tourists have continued to flock to various destinations in this central northern province for New Year celebrations, particularly Khao Kho and Phu Thai Boek mountain resorts....
Toon’s charity run tops the happiest event of the year 2017 | Phuket News
Toon Bodyslam’s super-marathon charity run was voted “the happiest event” of 2017 for the Thai people whereas the Royal Cremation of the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej was voted “the saddest event” of the year, according to Suan Dusit Poll which was released on Saturday(Dec 30). The Suan Dusit Poll of Suan Dusit University conducted a random survey of 5,443 individuals from a wide range of occupations and professions during December 10-29. The followings are the results of the opinion survey. 64.63 voted the 55-day charity run from Betong district of Yala to Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai of the rocker-runner, Artiwara Kongmalai or Toon Bodyslam as an event which made Thai people feel most happy with. It was followed with 28.30 percent for New Year and Songkran festivals; 7.07 percent for the appointment of the new Supreme Patriarch. The Royal Cremation ceremony topped the saddest event of the...
Death toll rises to 167 on third day of New Year's danger period | Phuket News
The accumulated death toll rose to 167 on Saturday, the third day of the
Palestinians Recall Envoy Seen With Pakistan Cleric | Phuket News
The Palestinians have withdrawn their envoy to Pakistan after he appeared at a rally with a radical cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Palestinian envoy Walid Abu Ali shared the stage with Hafiz Saeed, the head of the hard-line Jamaat-ud-Dawa movement, at Friday’s rally, which was held to protest U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The rally in Rawalpindi, attended by thousands, was organized by the Defense of Pakistan Council, an alliance of religious parties dominated by Saeed’s group. Jamaat-ud-Dawa is believed to be a front for Lashker-e-Taiba, a militant group that fights Indian troops in the disputed region of Kashmir, and which was blamed for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people. Saeed, the founder of Lashker-e-Taiba, is wanted by the United States, which has offered a $10 million reward for his arrest, but Pakistan has refused extradition requests and allows him to operate relatively...
Two schoolboys killed in Buri Ram accident | Phuket News
BURI RAM: Two schoolboys were killed after a motorcycle they were riding allegedly ran counter the traffic flow to collide head-on with an oncoming pick-up truck in Nang Rong district early on Sunday, police said....
Pattaya taxi driver returns cash-filled wallet, passports to Chinese tourist | Phuket News
CHON BURI: A Chinese tourist is full of praise for a female taxi driver who returned a wallet and two passports he left in the taxi....
Pattaya taxi driver returns wallet with cash to Chinese tourist | Phuket News
CHON BURI: A Chinese tourist is full of praise for a female taxi driver who returned to him his wallet with an amount of cash and two passports in the taxi after a ride early on Sunday....
PM warns against increased political conflicts | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned that increased political conflicts may jeopardize the political roadmap, but he assured that the election would not be postponed but held within the set roadmap. For the coming new year, he said he didn’t want to see the country fall into political unrest or political conflict and would like to see the country prepare itself to go into election mode and advance toward democratic rule. He maintained that his warning was only intended to discourage certain elements from inciting unrest or troubles. The prime minister, again, dismissed the suggestion that he would form a political party, adding that he had not been approached by any party or political group to become a non-elected prime minister in the next administration. He said he had not made up his mind about the prospecting of heading the next government, noting that future political situations would be the...
Pheu Thai sources: A new party is after its members | Phuket News
Several sources in the Pheu Thai Party says attempts are afoot to recruit its members to a new political party backed by members of the armed forces....
Revellers around the world ring in 2018 | Phuket News
A look at how people around the world are ringing in 2018:...
CSD commandos to get advanced weaponry in 2018 | Phuket News
The Crime Suppression Division (CSD)'s special operations or commando unit, now armed with a 2018 budget of 200 million baht, will be equipped with modern weapons equivalent to those used by police in the United States and European countries to better cope with crimes and terrorism, said unit commander Pol Col Torsak Sukwimol....
Thailand celebrates New Year with 35 millionth visitor in 2017 | Phuket News
New Year’s celebrations took place all over Thailand - without any reported major hitches - after a record number of arrivals were recorded in 2017....
Japan banks downsize to stay alive | Phuket News
TOKYO: Japan's biggest banks are racing to adapt to changing business conditions amid a shrinking population and the spread of online banking....
Unwanted New Year 'gift' from sky for Hat Yai businessman | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Another New Year's Eve, another stray bullet falling into this house....
Seaplane Crash in Australia Kills British Family | Phuket News
Australian officials say a seaplane crashed during a 20-minute entertainment ride in Sydney on New Year's Eve, killing six people. Five of the victims were British nationals, including the CEO of Compass Group Plc Richard Cousins, his two sons, fiancée and her daughter were among the victims. The pilot also died in the crash.   Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered his condolences to the crash victims' families.   Compass Chairman Paul Walsh expressed condolences to the family in a statement Monday, adding that “Richard was known and respected for his great humanity and a no nonsense style that transformed Compass into one of Britain's leading companies.”   Compass Group Plc is the world's biggest catering firm.   Cousins, who led Compass over the past 11 years and was due to step down in March, had been named as one of the world's best-performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review.  ...
UK family killed in Australia seaplane crash | Phuket News
Richard Cousins is believed to have chartered the plane to visit an exclusive restaurant near Sydney....
Seaplane crashes into Sydney river, killing all 6 on board | Phuket News
SYDNEY: A seaplane has crashed into a river in Sydney, killing all six people on board....
Seaplane Crash Kills Six Near Sydney Harbor | Phuket News
A seaplane crashed into a river in Sydney on Sunday, killing six people ahead of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at the harbor. Police said they did not know the cause of the crash, nor the identities of the five passengers, but were speaking with several witnesses. The pilot was the sixth victim. Several Australian media reported that four of the victims were British nationals, although that was not immediately confirmed by police. In London, the Foreign Office said its officials were in contact with local authorities in Sydney. The plane, which belonged to Sydney Seaplanes, was on a “wine and dine” sightseeing flight when it crashed into the Hawkesbury River on Sunday afternoon. New South Wales police say divers recovered the bodies of all six victims a few hours later. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it would investigate the incident....
Exclusive: Pakistan plans takeover of charities run by Islamist figure U.S. has targeted | Phuket News
REUTERS - Pakistan's government plans to seize control of charities and financial assets linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, who Washington has designated a terrorist, according to officials and documents reviewed by Reuters. ...
Polish Climbers Attempt Record Winter Ascent of K2 | Phuket News
A group of Polish mountaineers set off for northern Pakistan on Sunday to attempt to be the first to scale K2, the world’s second highest peak, in wintertime. K2, in the Karakorum mountains along the border between China and Pakistan, is notorious for high winds, steep and icy slopes — and high fatality rates for climbers. In winter months, scant snowfall means the summit approach can turn into bare ice. More than 70 people have died climbing the peak, many of them at the Bottleneck, where a wrong step can send a climber hurtling off the South Face, where bodies are unlikely to be recovered. Team member Adam Bielecki, 34, told Reuters that the chance to make history is a “strong motivation” for the Polish group. Polish climbers have written a “beautiful chapter” of exploring peaks of more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet), and scaling K2 in winter would “the...
Polish group aims for history by winter scaling of world's second highest peak | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A group of Polish mountaineers set off for northern Pakistan on Sunday to start an attempt to be the first to scale K2, the world's second highest peak, in wintertime. ...
China reduces tax on donkey skins despite population fears | Phuket News
The move to drop the tax from 5% to 2% will further threaten the animal's population, campaigners say....
North Korea 2017: Hope to hostility | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: In the first month of Donald Trump's presidency, an American scholar quietly met with North Korean officials and relayed a message: The new administration in Washington appreciated an extended halt in the North's nuclear and ballistic missile tests. It might just offer a ray of hope....
VACC wants Health Department to admit Dengvaxia poses a health risk | Phuket News
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has called on the Department of Health to accept the fact that anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine poses a serious health risk to people inoculated with the vaccine, The Manila Times Online reported on Jan 1. VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez said that Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd was in denial as far as the vaccine issue was concerned.  He called on the department to give priority to the safety of the public. Mr Jimenze said the health secretary could not accept the reality that Dengvaxia is a failure. During the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd , the Department of Health spent P3.5 billion to procure the vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur, the French manufacturer, which was registered with the Food and Drug Administration in December 2015. The vaccine was subsequently administered to children in April of the same year in a mass immunization program....
German Party Leader: Deport Young Refugees Involved in Crime | Phuket News
Germany should be able to deport unaccompanied minor refugees who commit crimes if their families can be identified, the head of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) said in remarks released ahead of publication Sunday. FDP leader Christian Lindner spoke amid growing debate about unaccompanied refugees after the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old German girl on Wednesday by a suspect later identified by police as her former boyfriend, a 15-year-old Afghan refugee who had entered Germany in early 2016. Lindner told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that authorities should be able to deport unaccompanied minors who resisted “educational measures” and caused problems, if their families could be identified in their home countries. The girl who was killed had filed charges days earlier accusing the Afghan teenager of harassing and threatening her after she broke up with him, police officials said. Migrant numbers down The number of unaccompanied minors among migrants entering...
Australian diplomat's tip a factor in FBI's Russia probe | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: An Australian diplomat's tip appears to have helped persuade the FBI to investigate Russian meddling in the US election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Saturday....
King wishes his subjects happiness and prosperity on New Year’s Day | Phuket News
His Majesty the King wished the Thai people happiness and prosperity with physical and mental strength and clear wisdom on the occasion of the New Year’s Day. In his New Year’s message, HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun said that, in the past year, the Thai people had gone through several critical events with endurance, calm, determination, conscience and appropriate reasoning for the benefit of the country and the people. The King also asked for the baramee of the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and all the deities to protect the Thai people and to give them moral support so that they will become the strength of the country.   The post King wishes his subjects happiness and prosperity on New Year’s Day appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Emergence of Radical Political Groups Raises Concern in Pakistan | Phuket News
Concerns are being voiced in Pakistan about how a few radical groups with proven terror ties have been allowed to re-brand themselves as political parties. Taj Haider, one of the prominent and founding members of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which has been in power five times since 1970, told VOA the country is again seeing the trend of extremist groups camouflaging themselves to enter into politics. “Religion and politics cannot go hand in hand, but unfortunately this is our new reality. We have seen the recent by-elections in Lahore and Peshawar where militant-turned-political parties were able to mobilize people and gather votes,” Haider said. “And these so-called new political parties, with proven terror records, look determined to contest the upcoming elections in 2018.” In a recent high-level party meeting presided by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan’s slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the government was...
Rare collection | Phuket News
A rare collection spanning more than two million years captures key moments in India's past....
UN Chief Warns World Faces More Dangers in Year Ahead | Phuket News
 U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres warns the world is likely to face many complex and new dangers in 2018. In a year-end message, Guterres appeals for greater unity to overcome these threats and create a more peaceful world. When Guterres assumed office one year ago, the world was in the midst of a hopeful moment. Negotiations to end more than four decades of division on the island of Cyprus appeared to be moving toward a successful resolution. Guterres jumped into the fray and worked tirelessly to produce that outcome. Unfortunately, the Greek and Turkish Cypriots were unable to bury their differences and live as one nation together. The UN chief acknowledges his hopes for a peaceful 2017 have not materialized. Unfortunately, he says the world in many ways has gone in reverse. Reflecting this darkened mood on the eve of the New Year, Guterres says he is issuing what he calls...
Bangkok police arrest Sek Loso on firearms charges | Phuket News
Police entered the Bangkok house of rock star Sek Loso and eventually arrested him for firing several gunshots into the air and the ground in front of the statue of King Taksin the Great in Nakhon Si Thammarat....
After Facebook Live negotiations fail, Bangkok police arrest Sek Loso | Phuket News
Police entered the Bangkok house of rock star Sek Loso and eventually arrested him for firing several gunshots into the air and the ground in front of the statue of King Taksin the Great in Nakhon Si Thammarat....
California celebrates New Year with marijuana sales | Phuket News
LOS ANGELES: Californians may awaken on New Year's Day to a stronger-than-normal whiff of marijuana as America's cannabis king lights up to celebrate the state's first legal retail pot sales....
King's New Year speech: Nation shows 'resilience, calm' | Phuket News
His Majesty the King conveyed moral support and wished good health to the people in his New Year message to the nation Sunday evening....
High hopes for EEC investment | Phuket News
Investment in Thailand is expected to maintain momentum in the coming year as funds flow into the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)....
Arsenal denied a win on Wenger's big night | Phuket News
LONDON: Arsenal were denied victory on their manager Arsene Wenger's big day as West Bromwich Albion snatched a dramatic late point in a 1-1 Premier League draw on Sunday....
IoT innovations shine at 2017 Taiwan Excellence Awards | Phuket News
Dec 30, 2017 Picture:  The 26th Taiwan Excellence Awards was held on Dec. 5 in Taipei, with half of the awards going to innovations related to the Internet of Things. Held every year, the Taiwan Excellence Awards honor the achievements of successful and innovative Taiwanese companies. A total of 10 gold awards and 10 silver awards were given out this year. In recent years, the Taiwan government has been trying to encourage the nation's economic development and growth by promoting the 5 areas of: software and online innovation, biomedicine, green energy, smart machinery, and national defense. The awards this year reflected the advances made by Taiwanese companies in pursuing these areas, with 77 percent of companies representing one or more of the 5 fields. Winners representing smart machinery accounted for 15 percent of winners, while stand out products in biomedicine accounted for 8 percent of award recipients. Additionally, in...
Hong Kong democracy protesters take to the streets | Phuket News
Thousands marched through Hong Kong on New Year's Day to warn China not to meddle further in the city's affairs....
What's it like to live in North Korea? | Phuket News
Four young North Korean defectors explain what life was like back home and what they miss most....
Winter Olympics: China prepares for the 2022 Games | Phuket News
China is already preparing for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It's hosted world class competitions, but also has to deal with problems like a lack of snow....
Land tax bill set to face impact hearings | Phuket News
The land and buildings tax bill is unlikely to be scrapped but public hearings on possible negative impacts are required before the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) moves ahead with its deliberation, NLA deputy chairman Surachai Liangboonlertchai has said....
PM: Divided nation could mar election | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Sunday the nation needs to stand together as the often deeply divided nature of Thai society, especially when it comes to politics, poses a threat to this year's general election....
PM: Divide nation could mar election | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Sunday the nation needs to stand together as the often deeply divided nature of Thai society, especially when it comes to politics, poses a threat to this year's general election....
Indian superstar Rajinikanth tells fans he is entering politics | Phuket News
The film superstar says he will form a party to
Why China's waste ban could be bad for UK | Phuket News
UK does not have capacity to deal with extra plastic waste after a Chinese import ban, says industry group....
Sydney seaplane: Tributes paid to family killed in crash | Phuket News
UK boss Richard Cousins, his two sons, fiancée and her daughter died on New Year's Eve on holiday in Sydney....
Taming the bull | Phuket News
Popular support for bull taming in southern India is forcing activists to work in secret....
Five cops shot in western US, 1 fatally | Phuket News
DENVER: A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff's deputies in Colorado early Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured....
Deputy killed, 6 shot in Colorado 'domestic disturbance' | Phuket News
DENVER: A gunman opened fire on sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a domestic disturbance near Denver on Sunday, killing one of the officers, before the suspect was shot and apparently killed, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said....
Earthquake rattles Athens, no immediate reports of damage | Phuket News
ATHENS: An earthquake with a preliminary reading of 4.6 rattled Athens and central Greece early Sunday, witnesses said, with no immediate reports of damage....
Man seen with a long sword in the social media charged by the police | Phuket News
A man who was seen in the social media for wielding a long sword and wounding a finger’s victim to intimidate a family of three following a minor car incident at the parking lot of a shopping mall in Tha Phra area has been booked by police on charges of assault and carrying a weapon in public.   Mr Manu Saleedee The man in question, Mr Manu Saleedee, later apologized Mr Pathikorn Arundecha and his wife, Mrs Pinyata, when he turned himself in to the police in Bukkalo police station in Thonburi on Saturday after the post went viral in the social media and attracted heavy criticism against his conduct. Manu admitted that he temporarily lost control of himself after the incident and had no intention to harm the three victims. He claimed that he had just bought the sword and kept it in the boot of a BMW sedan...
New Zealanders build island in bid to avoid alcohol ban | Phuket News
The new-year revellers built a sand island to put them in
Quiz of the year | Phuket News
Test yourself on some of the memorable utterances from across Asia this year....
South Korea seizes another ship suspected of shipping oil to North Korea | Phuket News
South Korean officials said on Sunday that they had seized a Panama-flagged ship suspected of carrying illegal oil shipments to North Korea in breach of international sanctions, just days after announcing that a first vessel had been impounded in November. The vessel, the KOTI, was seized as the UN strengthens efforts to shut down the […]...
South Korea confirms it has seized tanker suspected of delivering oil to North Korea | Phuket News
The South Korean government announced that it seized the Lighthouse Winmore, a Hong Kong-flagged tanker carrying Japanese oil, in late November. The ship, chartered by the Taiwanese company Billions Bunker Group, was loaded with 600 tons of refined Japanese petroleum and supposedly bound for Taiwan when it was originally inspected in the South Korean port of […]...
A look back at Asia in 2017 | Phuket News
‘Rocketman’ vs ‘mentally deranged’ Shortly after Trump took office, North Korea conducted its first missile test for the year in mid-February. Overall, the North fired over 20 missiles, including three intercontinental ones, and conducted its sixth nuclear test in 2017. A war of words also raged between Trump and Kim, with the US leader at […]...
Russian tankers accused of supplying fuel to North Korea | Phuket News
Senior European security sources have claimed that Russian tankers have undermined UN Security Council sanctions by transferring fuel to North Korean tankers in international waters. Russia’s Foreign Ministry vehemently denied the accusations on Saturday, saying that Russia has “fully and strictly observed the sanctions regime.” A recent round of tighter sanctions unanimously passed by the UN […]...
Asian locations dominate top spots on UNESCO sites ranking | Phuket News
ASIA’S significant historical and cultural landmarks Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China dominate the list of the best UNESCO world heritage sites among tourists. They occupy the top three spots when it comes to the TripAdvisor’s list of UNESCO cultural and natural heritage sites. First overall was the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia – one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. SEE ALSO: Angkor Wat authorities to implement ‘appropriate’ dress code for tourists Angkor Wat’s immense intricate detail includes more than 300 individually carved Celestial nymphs, as well as carvings that depict stories and myths for by-gone times. “The best views are at dawn or dusk when the crowds have gone, and the lighting reveals its true majesty,” TripAdvisor said. Source: Yuri Yavnik / Shutterstock SEE ALSO: The great botched job: Chinese officials pilloried for ‘ugly’ repairs on Great Wall Peru’s Machu...
Thais announce squad for Asian U23 meet in China | Phuket News
The War Elephants, led by Chenrop Samphaodi, depart for China on Wednesday to take part in the AFC U23 Championship, which will be held from Jan 9-27....
2018 will be ‘dangerous’ for the Philippines | Phuket News
The year 2017 tested the leadership of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (main picture). Militants inspired by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) extremist outfit laid siege to Marawi City in southern Philippines, thousands lost their lives in the war on drugs and Duterte’s high approval ratings took a hit. The irascible leader responded to the situation by […]...
Rohingya crisis – pictures keep memories alive | Phuket News
Asia Mujib Ullah and Mohammad Fahid are two of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since August 2017. They fled burning villages, systematic rape and arbitrary killings. Watch video 02:03...
Jailed Cambodian opposition leader calls for ‘free and fair’ elections | Phuket News
Jailed Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha called for free and fair elections in the Southeast Asian nation in a New Year’s message on Monday. “Leave an opportunity for people to choose leadership representatives through an election that is free and fair,” Kem Sokha said in the letter, read out by his daughter in a video posted […]...
New Year greetings from 3 pillars of the nation | Phuket News
As part of our customary New Year greetings, the 'Bangkok Post' is delighted to convey well-wishes to the public from Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha....
A year in photos | Phuket News
Pictures recap key events in Thailand in 2017....
Words to ban for 2018, starting with 'fake news' | Phuket News
DETROIT: Would a story that unpacks a list of tiresome words and phrases be impactful or a nothingburger? Worse, could it just be fake news?...
Mumbai: Fire engulfs office building, several killed | Phuket News
Indian authorities said the fire had erupted at around 12:30 a.m. local time (1900 UTC/GMT) on Friday morning in a restaurant in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area. At least 12 people are reported to have died in the blaze, with some reports placing the death toll at 15. More than a dozen were injured and taken […]...
Japan eyes aircraft carriers to counter North Korea, China | Phuket News
The Japanese government is considering upgrading the largest ships in the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s fleet to enable it to operate a new generation of fighter aircraft, although there are concerns at home that transforming two Izumo class warships – presently designated as helicopter destroyers – into aircraft carriers will contravene the constitutional clause on Japan […]...
Bar owner in soup for selling magic mushroom drinks | Phuket News
SURAT THANI: Authorities on Monday raided a bar for allegedly selling a concoction blended with hallucinogenic mushrooms, as well as nitrous oxide -- commonly known as laughing gas -- to New Year revellers....
Nine charts | Phuket News
What can statistics tell us about life in Kim Jong-un's secretive country?...
270,000 researchers to drive innovation, industry | Phuket News
Thailand is marching toward innovation as it prepares to hire a raft of new researchers over the next two decades, according to plans announced Monday....
A major Chinese economic indicator hit a four-month high for December | Phuket News
The Caixin/IHS Markit China PMI for December is due on Monday at 9:45 a.m. SIN/HK....
Asian shares edge higher on the first trading day of the year | Phuket News
Asian markets were firmer in the first trading session of the new year as markets shrugged off the softer U.S. lead....
Malaysians are breaking world records in the international sporting arena | Phuket News
MALAYSIA has always had a bit of an inferiority complex when it came to our performance in sports. We’re just not good at it on an international level yet we think we should be. So when our athletes don’t perform, we harp on and on about it when we should already have been expecting lacklustre results. Take for example our national football team. They are so popular among Malaysians and everyone supports and praises them. Yet, they have never made any significant achievement in the international arena and consistently underperform. Sure, there are a few sports that Malaysians are dominating. Badminton is one. We’ve been a major player internationally for a long time. However, badminton is a sport that has been dominated by only the same handful of countries for a long time. Pretty boring. SEE ALSO: Diving: Pandelela Rinong keeps flying flag for Malaysia in global arena Although we...
Malaysia: A growing Hybrid rebrands, relocates Kuala Lumpur home | Phuket News
DIGITAL publisher Hybrid has launched a major rebrand and is relocating its Kuala Lumpur editorial headquarters today to facilitate a growing team of writers and journalists. The company’s Managing Director James Craven said Friday the company had achieved 60 percent annual growth on average over the past two years and that “our sites are on target to receive 20 million visitors a month by the end of next year.” Here we go!!! @James__Craven kicks off our story #HybridRebrand pic.twitter.com/pfMTyaqrNp — Corey Archard (@coreyarchard) July 21, 2017 Hybrid operates a host of websites that cover news, technology, travel and education including Asian Correspondent, Latin Correspondent, Travel Wire Asia, Tech Wire Asia and Study International. In June, the sites together drew more than 8.5 million unique visitors. Since its inception in 2009, the company has evolved from a network of freelancers and journalists to a news bureau and dynamic multimedia company, merging...
Asia in 3 minutes: ‘Despacito’ loses to prudes in Malaysia, ‘Lipstick Under My Burka’ wins in India | Phuket News
Malaysia bans world’s most popular song as it’s ‘not suitable’ for Islam Malaysia has stopped playing the sexually charged song Despacito on public radio, a senior minister said after critics labelled it un-Islamic. Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said his ministry received numerous complaints about the steamy lyrics of the song that has won international popularity. Ruling party official Atriza Umar told The Star newspaper: “I regret that......
Singapore narrowly dodges recession — here's how | Phuket News
Singapore's trade-reliant economy grew in the second quarter from the quarter before, dodging a recession, thanks to solid gains in manufacturing....
Meet New LNG Players From Across The Globe | Phuket News
Jul 13, 2017 Picture:  Now in its ninth year, the most established and highly-regarded LNG Summit in Asia Pacific – CWC’s World LNG & Gas Series: Asia Pacific Summit returns to Singapore. Bringing together the key LNG buyers and sellers from across the globe, the Summit provides the perfect platform to network, meet contacts, nurture partnerships and do deals with leading decision makers. With a global representation from across the value chain, the Summit allows you to align your strategy in a global context while keeping you up to date with the latest industry developments and client strategies. Why Attend? 3 days of high quality content and unrivalled networking opportunities Bringing 300+ global LNG leaders under one roof Proven track record of access to LNG Buyers in charge of gas procurement for their companies Unrivalled speaker line up keeping you up to date with the latest industry developments and...
Singapore Q2 GDP grows 0.4 percent from last quarter, dodges recession | Phuket News
Singapore's trade-reliant economy grew in the second quarter from the quarter before, dodging a recession, thanks to solid gains in manufacturing....
E PROTECTIONS introduces "One-Coin Remittance" to its Mybitwallet DIGITAL WALLET | Phuket News
Jul 12, 2017 Picture:  SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - E PROTECTIONS PTE LTD, Singapore's leading payment transfer service provider, has announced
Kerry Logistics Reaped Two Wins at 2017 AFLAS Awards Named Best 3PL and Best Logistics Service Provider - Air Freight | Phuket News
Jul 13, 2017 Picture:  Hong Kong, 30 June 2017 - Kerry Logistics Network Limited ('Kerry Logistics' or the 'Company'; Stock Code 636.HK) proudly received two commendations at the 2017 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards ('AFLAS'). The Company was voted the Best 3PL for the second consecutive year, and the Best Logistics Service Provider - Air Freight for the second time. The award presentation ceremony was held in Singapore on 29 June 2017 to honour winners from around the world. William Ma, Group Managing Director of Kerry Logistics, said,
Guotai Junan International Becomes One of the First Overseas Institutions in Concluding the First Domestic Bond Transaction through Bond Connect | Phuket News
Jul 13, 2017 Picture:  [3 July 2017, Hong Kong] Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited (together with its subsidiaries, as
Singapore hails China’s Silk Road plans, but stresses freedom of navigation | Phuket News
Freedom of navigation through key choke points in Asian waterways like the Malacca and Singapore straits is crucial to the success of China’s new Silk Road trade plan, the Lion City’s Deputy Premier Teo Chee Hean said Thursday. One observer said Teo’s comments underscored the city state’s cautious but upbeat approach towards the multibillion dollar initiative aimed at boosting trade links between China and the rest of the world through new ports, railways and roads.......
Tackling slavery in the Thai fishing industry, one victim at a time | Phuket News
I n 2009, as the financial crisis swept the world, Samart Senasuk, now 44, lost his job as a secu­rity guard in Bangkok. Unable to find work, he was preparing to return to his hometown, in Isaan, an impoverished region in the north­east of Thailand, when a friendly man invited him for a drink, to talk about a job on a fishing vessel. Samart turned down the job but, after a few sips of his drink, he says, he passed out. When he woke, he was on a boat off Singapore – how he got......
Samsung snubbed in foreign funds' $15 billion Korea bet | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Investing in the South Korean equity market has taken an interesting turn: look past the Samsung trade....
Philippines: Rallies expected against martial law, Duterte’s ‘failed promises’ | Phuket News
MASS protests against the extension of martial law in Mindanao and President Rodrigo Duterte’s failed promises are expected tomorrow during Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA), a militant leader said on Sunday. Secretary General of militant alliance group, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), Renato Reyes Jr. told Inquirer.net that this year’s SONA rally would aim to “deliver a strong message” to Duterte regarding his “failed promises.” “The mood of the rally will of course be different. It is not as optimistic as last year. It is more of a protest against and denunciation of the anti-people and anti-national policies of the Duterte regime. It will also serve as the national indignation over the extension of martial law,” Reyes said. SEE ALSO: Philippine Congress extends martial law to end-2017 This is a marked change from the previous year that saw at least 30,000 people from different parts of the country march...
Seven dialysis patients die in Vietnam hospital | Phuket News
One woman remains in intensive care and the health ministry has begun a criminal investigation....
Noriega's death closes a chapter in history | Phuket News
Manuel Antonio Noriega, the brash former dictator of Panama and sometime ally of the United States whose ties to drug trafficking led to his ouster in 1989 in the largest US military action since the Vietnam War, has died. He was 83....
Malaysia: Kim Jong Nam case to go to high court | Phuket News
TWO FEMALE suspects arrested for the murder the North Korean dictator’s estranged half-brother brother Kim Jong Nam will have their case heard in a Malaysian High Court. After Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam attended court with armed escort on Tuesday, a magistrate decided that the case should be transferred to Shah Alam High Court in Selangor. The trial has been moved after being delayed twice due to the prosecution’s request for evidence and document compilation, reports The Straits Times. As the women faced court in April, their lawyers said they feared “a trial by ambush” with police not sharing evidence. If convicted, both women face death penalty for murdering Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb 13, as the brother of Kim Jong Un attempted to fly to Macau. SEE ALSO: Kim Jong Nam murder suspects fear ‘trial by ambush’,...
Kim Jong-nam murder case moves to Malaysia’s High Court, defence lawyer complains lack of documents and evidence | Phuket News
The case of two women charged in Malaysia with killing the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader was transferred to a higher court on Tuesday, as a defence lawyer complained of not getting all of the documents he had requested. Indonesian Siti Aishah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, face the death penalty if convicted of murdering Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13. The two women are accused of smearing Kim’s face with VX nerve agent, a chemical......
Message App Telegram to Form Team to Fight Terror-related Content | Phuket News
The encrypted messaging app Telegram is forming a team of moderators who are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove “terrorist-related content” faster, its co-founder said Sunday, after Indonesia limited access to the app and threatened a total ban.   Pavel Durov, who with his brother Nikolai founded the app in 2013, said in a message to his 40,000 followers on Telegram that he’d been unaware of a failure to quickly respond to an Indonesian government request to block a number of offending channels — chat groups on the app — but was now rectifying the situation. Some addresses blocked The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on Friday said it was preparing for the total closure of Telegram in Indonesia, where it has several million users, if it didn’t develop procedures to block unlawful content. As a partial measure, it asked internet companies in the world’s...
Malaysia, Indonesia to take EU curbs on palm oil to WTO | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia and Indonesia plan to raise the prospect of European Union curbs on the imports of palm oil with the World Trade Organisation, both countries said in a joint statement on Sunday....
Telegram to shut some channels after Indonesia ban | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Encrypted messaging service Telegram will shut down
Trump Assures North Korea Threat 'Will Be Handled' | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump uttered assurances during the start of his Cabinet meeting on Monday morning that the threat from North Korea will be taken care of.   “We’ll handle North Korea. We’re going to be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything,” Trump said in response to a question from a reporter.   On Saturday, the president, a day after North Korea tested a ballistic missile it claims can reach all of the United States, took to social media with a blunt chastisement of China, which is North Korea’s powerful neighbor and its single significant ally.   “I am very disappointed in China,
UK lawmaker tables motion to debate Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal | Phuket News
A PROMINENT lawmaker in the United Kingdom has tabled a motion to debate the multi-billion dollar 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal in the House of Commons in London. Ann Clwyd, an opposition MP from the Labour party, tabled the Early Day Motion (EDM) on Wednesday, according to an announcement published on the House’s website. The motion, which was listed under item 212 of the parliamentary agenda, said that the House is “alarmed” about the alleged misappropriation of billions of dollars from 1MDB, the state-owned investment firm created by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2009 to spur development in the country. ...
Good news for Hua Hin – international flights set to start by end of 2017 | Phuket News
Daily News reported that international flights could be landing in Hua Hin by as early as the end of this year. The airports authority (AO) have received a proposal from Air Asia to operate daily flights between Hua Hin and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If given the green light it will mean the first commercial use of the airport that is just a handful of kilometers from the city center and could be a major boon for tourism. Darun Saengchai of the AO said that Air Asia want landing fees and rental charges for airport facilities waived in the initial stages of operation to get the route started. If agreed by the AO and related agencies the first international flights could be coming to the resort by the end of 2017. A decision on the Air Asia proposal is expected to be made in the next two weeks. Darun said that Hua Hin airport is already ready for business...
Despacito censored: Malaysia bans 'unsuitable' hit from state stations | Phuket News
Despacito, the most-streamed song of all time, is banned from state stations over its
Cheong hailed a national hero after winning Malaysia’s first world diving gold | Phuket News
CHEONG Jun Hoong was hailed a national hero after winning Malaysia’s first ever diving gold medal at the FINA World Aquatics Championships. The 27-year-old, who won bronze in the 10m synchronised platform with partner Pandelela Rinong earlier this week, stunned the diving world by beating China’s Si Yajie by 1.50 points to win gold in the 10m platform. “My god, I’m a world champion,” said Cheong. “Of course it is a dream come true. It is the first gold medal at world championships in diving for Malaysia, it’s unexpected and unbelievable. “I hoped for a medal, but I didn’t think I could beat the Chinese divers. I have focused only for myself and I watched the scoreboard after the last dive of Si Yajie, so I realised my win only at that moment.” SEE ALSO: Diving: Pandelela Rinong keeps flying flag for Malaysia in global arena Cheong’s stunning achievement capped a...
Malaysia Bans ‘Despacito’ on State Radio, TV | Phuket News
Malaysia has banned Despacito on state radio and television, though it might be hard to slow the song’s record-breaking popularity.   The ban applies only to government-run radio and TV outlets, not to private stations or YouTube or the music streaming services fueling the song’s success.    Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak said late Wednesday the song was reviewed and banned because of a public complaint that the lyrics are obscene. He urged private radio stations to censor the song themselves out of sensitivity to local culture. Salleh didn’t give further details on the complaint and couldn’t be reached Thursday.    An Islamic party Amanah has earlier denounced the song and called for it to be kept off Malaysia’s airwaves as many young children were singing the song without understanding the words.   “We respect the right to be entertained but there should be clearer guidelines so that the entertainment does...
Malaysia bans 'Despacito' on state radio, TV due to lyrics | Phuket News
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Despacito is the most-played track in the world – but Malaysians won’t be singing along | Phuket News
Malaysia has banned Despacito on state radio and television, though it might be hard to slow the song’s record-breaking popularity. The ban applies only to government-run radio and TV outlets, not to private stations or YouTube or the music streaming services fuelling the song’s success. Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak said late on Wednesday the song was reviewed and banned because of a public complaint that the lyrics are obscene. He urged private radio stations to......
Three-story Singaporean penthouse comes with $72 mil price tag | Phuket News
THE asking price for a new three-storey Singapore penthouse, complete with a private pool on the 64th floor, has reached a dizzying US$72 million. Due to be formally unveiled later this year, Wallich Residence’s penthouse is in the tallest building in Singapore, the island of well-heeled stability that attracts the super-rich from its less-developed Southeast Asian neighbours, as well as multi-millionaires from mainland China. The ‘bungalow in the sky’ penthouse in the GuocoLand -developed Tanjong Pagar Centre, is likely to become Singapore‘s most expensive apartment. It will test the endurance of demand for luxury property in the city-state – the part of the market that has taken the biggest hit from measures aimed at cooling down property prices in recent years. Prices for luxury homes in Singapore have fallen 15-20 percent from a 2013 peak, according to JLL consultancy, part of the Jones Lang LaSalle global property services group. But JLL is now starting to see...
Deal underway to allow Indonesia to bring home tax money parked in Singapore | Phuket News
Singapore and Indonesia are to sign an agreement which will enable to Indonesian government to hunt down tax money from Indonesians who park their money in Singapore, according to a report in The Jakarta Post Online on Tuesday. The Bilateral Competent Authority Agreement to implement the Automatic Exchange of Information will allow Indonesia access to financial data of Indonesians in Singapore. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati received the offer from Singapore on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany last week. Sri Mulyani estimated that Indonesian wealth parked overseas amounted to about Rp 1 quadrillion (US$74.68 billion), 60 percent of which was in Singapore. Finance Ministry’s tax compliance expert Suryo Utomo said that the Rp 835 trillion parked in Singapore that was declared during the tax amnesty, only Rp 84.52 trillion had been repatriated. Source : http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/07/11/indonesia-to-bring-home-tax-money-parked-in-singapore.html   The post Deal underway to allow Indonesia to bring home tax...
Philippine stocks outperform other SE Asia markets | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Wednesday, led by gains in Singapore, ahead of US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's testimony to Congress later in the day....
Singapore: Ex-Banker in 1MDB scandal gets extra jail time | Phuket News
A SINGAPORE court jailed a former wealth manager of Swiss bank BSI for four and a half years on Wednesday for money laundering and cheating in a case linked to an investigation involving the Malaysian fund 1MDB. The former banker, Yeo Jiawei, is serving a 30-month term on charges of perverting the course of justice by urging witnesses to lie to police and destroy evidence during the investigation into illicitly transferred funds linked to Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Yeo, 34, who denied perverting the course justice last year, pleaded guilty to money laundering and cheating on Wednesday. “The two schemes to secretly profit were dishonestly concealed from BSI Singapore … and resulted in the accused earning in excess of US$3.5 million in illicit profits,” the public prosecutor said. SEE ALSO: Singapore: Ex-banker jailed 18 weeks in probe on Malaysian 1MDB state fund scandal  Prosecutors also allege...
Jailed Singaporean banker handed new convictions in 1MDB-linked case | Phuket News
A Singapore court on Wednesday convicted a jailed banker of additional offences in a case linked to the international money-laundering scandal involving neighbouring Malaysia’s state fund 1MDB. Singaporean Yeo Jiawei, a former wealth manager with Swiss bank BSI, was sentenced to 54 months after admitting charges of money-laundering and cheating. The jail term will run concurrently with a 30-month sentence for trying to tamper with witnesses involved in the probe into the scandal, which......
Singapore: ex-Banker in 1MDB scandal gets additional jail time | Phuket News
A SINGAPORE court jailed a former wealth manager of Swiss bank BSI for four and a half years on Wednesday for money laundering and cheating in a case linked to an investigation involving the Malaysian fund 1MDB. The former banker, Yeo Jiawei, is serving a 30-month term on charges of perverting the course of justice by urging witnesses to lie to police and destroy evidence during the investigation into illicitly transferred funds linked to Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Yeo, 34, who denied perverting the course justice last year, pleaded guilty to money laundering and cheating on Wednesday. “The two schemes to secretly profit were dishonestly concealed from BSI Singapore … and resulted in the accused earning in excess of US$3.5 million in illicit profits,” the public prosecutor said. SEE ALSO: Singapore: Ex-banker jailed 18 weeks in probe on Malaysian 1MDB state fund scandal  Prosecutors also allege...
Singapore urged to halt execution of Malaysian drug trafficker | Phuket News
Human rights activists have urged Singapore to halt the looming execution of a Malaysian drug trafficker, citing a pending appeal in his home country and claims about flaws in his trial. Prabagaran Srivijayan was sentenced to death in 2012 for trafficking 22.24 grams of heroin, but has consistently maintained his innocence. He is expected to be hanged on Friday, according to Amnesty International and other activists quoting members of his family. Trafficking certain volumes of illegal drugs......
Philippines Duterte: Martial law extended in Mindanao | Phuket News
The president says the controversial measure is necessary to crush Islamist militants on the island....
Philippines to extend martial law on restive Mindanao island | Phuket News
The president says it is necessary to crush Islamist militants on the island, despite protests....
Philippine Congress extends martial law to end-2017 | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE lawmakers on Saturday voted to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, giving President Rodrigo Duterte extra time to quell a rebellion by militants allied with the Islamic State group. A total of 261 legislators agreed to extend military rule in a seven hour-long joint special session of the House of Representatives and the Senate, accounting for more than two-thirds of Congress membership of more than 300. The overwhelming vote supporting the extension of martial law was not surprising, with Duterte counting a majority of lawmakers and senators as his allies. Duterte had declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23 after government troops clashed with homegrown terrorists from the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group in Marawi City. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Congress to vote today on Mindanao martial law extension According to Rappler, the 1987 Constitution only allows the President to...
Philippines extends martial law until year’s end after President Rodrigo Duterte warns about complacency | Phuket News
The Philippine Congress on Saturday voted to extend President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist gunmen. In a special joint session of the House and the Senate, legislators overwhelmingly backed Duterte’s bid to have martial law remain in force in the Mindanao region until December 31. The vote came as troops continued their two-month long fight to wrest back the southern city of Marawi from militants inspired by......
Philippines: Congress to vote today on Mindanao martial law extension | Phuket News
THE Philippine Congress will decide today whether to extend martial law in Mindanao for 6o days or until year end, as fighting continues between the army and Islamic State-linked rebels. President Rodrigo Duterte wants martial law extended until Dec 31, 2017, over concerns of the ongoing fierce fighting between government troops and rebels from the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups who took over parts of Marawi City since May 23. “The primary objective of the possible extension is to allow our forces to continue with their operations unhampered by deadlines and to focus more on the liberation of Marawi and its rehabilitation and rebuilding,” said presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, reading a letter signed by Duterte. According to PhilStar, several senators have called for the law to be extended for only 60-days or less as they are not convinced that another five months of lockdown is necessary. Authorities say the intense fighting has...
NOPA: The Most Established Sourcing Platform for Everything Natural and Organic | Phuket News
Jul 21, 2017 Picture:  Natural & Organic Products Asia (NOPA) has been the most established platform for all things natural and organic in Asia, which takes place in Hong Kong on 30th August – 1st September 2017. The 2017 edition will boast an unprecedented 300 exhibiting companies from over 35 countries. Thousands of up-to-date products will be showcased in NOPA this year, from big brand names to emerging specialty start-ups, coming together to offer the biggest ever range of the best natural, organic, Fairtrade, free-from, special diet and New-to-Asia products from around the world. To facilitate regional organic trade, over the years NOPA has established various international pavilions that serve as meeting hubs for global suppliers and buyers, including Australia, KRAV (Sweden), Taiwan, Thailand, the US, Turkey, South Korea, Philippines, Italy and the UK. This year, Natural & Organic Products Asia (NOPA) launches a new feature - NOPA Live...
Vietnam leader looks to salvage trade gains in US visit | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has a tough task when he visits the White House this week: Convince President Donald Trump to advance trade ties that blossomed under the Obama administration....
Who needs Mandarin? Drive to succeed pushes Vietnam to bolster English curriculum | Phuket News
Of all the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Vietnam is perhaps the most impressive and troublesome at the same time. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. It’s as if, after 30 years of war and deprivation, the Vietnamese are determined to make the best of life. A will to succeed at all costs separates Vietnam from the other countries in the region. People in the original “Asean Five” nations have already gone through that burst......
Philippine, Vietnam stocks up, other SE Asia markets down | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended down on Monday in the absence of catalysts, with the Chinese and US markets closed for holidays....
$5.7 Billion overhaul for U-Tapao airport | Phuket News
Thailand is seeking to take on Singapore’s dominance in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul with a $5.7 billion upgrade of a Vietnam War-era airport....
China Will Still Like the Philippines Despite Reported War Threat | Phuket News
China will keep working toward a stronger friendship with the Philippines, which it sees as a valuable new ally in Southeast Asia, despite the Philippine president’s comment that Beijing’s top leader once threatened war over a disputed tract of sea, analysts say. Duterte told a Philippine coast guard unit on May 19 that Chinese President Xi Jinping this month had threatened “war” if the Philippines “forced the issue” over sovereignty of the Spratly Islands, an archipelago of tiny features in the South China Sea, according to widespread media reports in the Philippines. “They cannot say anything either way, because it would look bad for them,” said Jay Batongbacal, director of the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea at the University of the Philippines in Metro Manila. “So I think it’s difficult for them and probably (they) won’t say anything and just avoid it altogether.” Beijing claims about...
VietJet, owned by a female billionaire, goes global | Phuket News
HANOI -- VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Co is in talks to become the first company in Vietnam to list its shares on a stock exchange overseas as the carrier, which controls more than 40% of the domestic airline market, seeks more funds after plans for billions of dollars in aircraft purchases....
After talking to China about China, Vietnam goes to Washington to do it again | Phuket News
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is making his first trip to the United States since assuming office in April last year. He will arrive in Washington on May 29 and meet with US President Donald Trump on May 31. He will be the first Southeast Asian leader to visit Washington under the new administration. As ever in international politics, it comes at an interesting time. Just over a year ago, in a very different climate, President Barack Obama visited Vietnam. The populace went......
Man stabbed to death in Vietnam wedding karaoke row | Phuket News
A man fatally stabbed another at a wedding in southern Vietnam, after being mocked for his singing....
Telegram to Form Team to Fight Terror-related Content | Phuket News
The encrypted messaging app Telegram is forming a team of moderators who are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove “terrorist-related content” faster, its co-founder said Sunday, after Indonesia limited access to the app and threatened a total ban.   Pavel Durov, who with his brother Nikolai founded the app in 2013, said in a message to his 40,000 followers on Telegram that he’d been unaware of a failure to quickly respond to an Indonesian government request to block a number of offending channels — chat groups on the app — but was now rectifying the situation. Some addresses blocked The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on Friday said it was preparing for the total closure of Telegram in Indonesia, where it has several million users, if it didn’t develop procedures to block unlawful content. As a partial measure, it asked internet companies in the world’s...
Indonesia Limits Encrypted App, Threatens to Ban It | Phuket News
Indonesia says it’s blocking web versions of the encrypted Telegram instant messaging app and will block the app completely if it continues to be a forum for radical propaganda and violent militants.   The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said in a statement Friday evening that it has asked internet companies in the world’s most populous Muslim nation to block access to 11 addresses that the web version is available through.   It said “this blocking must be done” because many channels in the service are used to recruit Indonesians into militant groups and to spread hate and methods for carrying out attacks including bomb making.   Samuel Pangerapan, the director general of informatics applications at the ministry, said they are preparing for the complete closure of Telegram in Indonesia if it does not develop procedures to block unlawful content.   The measures against Telegram come as Southeast Asian...
Indonesia limits access to Telegram app, readies total ban | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Indonesia says it's blocking web versions of the encrypted Telegram instant messaging app and will block the app completely if it continues to be a forum for radical propaganda and violent militants....
Indonesia blocks Telegram messaging service over security concerns | Phuket News
INDONESIA on Friday blocked access to the encrypted messaging service Telegram, citing concerns that it was being used to spread “radical and terrorist propaganda” in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. The move comes amid heightened concerns over the growing presence and influence of Islamic State in Southeast Asia as the jihadist group loses territory in Syria and Iraq. Indonesia itself has seen a resurgence in home-grown militancy, inspired in large part by Islamic State; a twin suicide bombing at a Jakarta bus station in May killed three police officers and injured several others. It has stepped up anti-terrorism cooperation with Malaysia and the Philippines. “This has to be done because there are many channels on this service that are full of radical and terrorist propaganda, hatred, ways to make bombs, how to carry out attacks, disturbing images, which are all in conflict with Indonesian law,” the communications ministry said in a statement...
Indonesia renames part of South China Sea | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea on Friday, the latest act of resistance by Southeast Asian nations to China's territorial ambitions in the maritime region....
Shopping malls promising despite growing e-commerce in Jakarta | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Shopping malls are still a promising business in Jakarta despite a growing trend in online retailing as few entertainment choices are available for family holidaymakers in the Indonesian capital, according to a US-based global real estate service company....
Unabated Climate Change Would Reverse the Hard-Earned Development Gains in Asia | Phuket News
Jul 13, 2017 Picture:  MANILA, PHILIPPINES (14 July 2017) — Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Under a business-as-usual scenario, a 6 degree Celsius temperature increase is projected over the Asian landmass by the end of the century. Some countries in the region could experience significantly hotter climates, with temperature increases in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the northwest part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) projected to reach 8 degree Celsius, according to the report, titled “A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific.” These increases in temperature would lead to drastic changes in the region’s weather...
Indonesian Muslim Martial Arts Club Takes Aim at IS | Phuket News
Indonesia’s Sunni Islamic social welfare organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which calls itself the largest Muslim group in the world with a claimed membership of 50 million, is using its martial arts division to take aim at a new foe, the Islamic State. The group, widely considered the country’s leading moderate Muslim organization, has worn many hats since its founding in 1926: it was once a political party, it is still a charity that has built hundreds of schools and hospitals, and it is an eminent advocate for Indonesia’s pluralistic, tolerant Islam Nusantara, or “Islam of the archipelago,” around the world. But one of NU’s lesser-known wings is Pagar Nusa, a martial arts division that initially arose to protect NU’s Islamic boarding schools in pre-independence Indonesia. Although Pagar Nusa “warriors” have been present through Indonesia’s independence struggle and democratic Reformation. One of its most recent targets is the international extremism of...
Presentation of the final report of the International People’s Tribunal 1965 | Phuket News
SEA Junction On 16 July 2017 at 5-7PM the Final Report of the Panel of Judges of the International People’s Tribunal 1965 (IPT 1965) will be presented at SEA Junction. The IPT 1965 was set up to break the silence about the mass killings that found place in 1965 and thereafter in Indonesia and to engage in truth finding in order to work towards reconciliation. The hearings of the Tribunal were held in The Hague, the Netherlands, on November 2015. The two speakers were both involved in the IPT 1965 process. Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, a prominent human and women’s rights activist and former parliamentarian, was a general coordinator of the IPT 1965, while Saskia E. Wieringa, professor emeritus at the University of Amsterdam, was the Chairperson of the Foundation IPT 1965. In their presentation they will share the preparations for the tribunal, the discussion at the hearings, the processing of...
Indonesia seizes 1000kg of meth smuggled from China | Phuket News
Indonesian police, in cooperation with Taiwanese police, have seized 1 tonne of crystal methamphetamine attempted to be smuggled into the country from China, the police said Thursday....
More rain and heavy rain forecast for Phuket until Saturday, TMD says | Phuket News
PHUKET: The weather warning for heavy rain and winds issued by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) yesterday has been re-issued today (Sept 26), forecasting more heavy rain from Thursday until at least Saturday (Sept 30)....
Police hunt suspects for knife attack in Phuket Town roadside fight | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are looking for two men wanted for stabbing and slashing another man with a knife in a roadside fight in Phuket Town last night (Sept 26)....
Thai man, 20, found hanged in Phuket Town home | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are hoping to determine what inspired a 20-year-old man to take his own life after his body was found at his family home in Phuket Town early this morning (Sept 27)....
Phuket govt offices to close for Royal Funeral holidays | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PRD) has confirmed that government offices across the island will be closed only on Oct 13, Oct 23 and Oct 26 as the nation heads towards a spate of national holidays of mourning to mark the Royal Funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej....
Chilean tourist injured in Patong kiteboarding, not parasail, accident | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Police have confirmed that a Chilean tourist was injured at Loma Park, Patong Beach, yesterday afternoon (Sept 26) while using a personal kiteboarding parachute, and not parasailing, as reported by news outlets....
North Korea ICBM Test Strengthens US Alliances | Phuket News
North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile is solidifying U.S. alliances in East Asia while exacerbating already difficult relations with adversaries in the region.   Most significantly South Korea’s position now seems more in line with Washington in emphasizing increased military deterrence and economic sanctions while downplaying for now the possibility for engagement with the Kim Jong Un government in Pyongyang.   “It might signal a more permanent and fundamental shift towards the direction that will strengthen the trilateral security cooperation among the U.S., South Korea and Japan,” said Bong Young-shik, a political analyst with the Yonsei University Institute for North Korean Studies. However, security analyst Grant Newsham, with the Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo says it is too early to tell if the liberal Moon administration’s more hawkish turn is permanent.   “It seems to be a predictable pattern where the North provokes, South Korea gets...
US, Japan Agree 'Further Action' Against North Korea Is Necessary | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump has begun an urgent round of diplomatic consultations with Japan and South Korea about North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile tests. Trump spoke by telephone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for nearly an hour Monday morning, Tokyo time. A White House statement said the Trump and Abe agreed that North Korea
US, Japan Agree 'Further Action' Against Pyongyang Is Necessary | Phuket News
U.S. President Donald Trump has begun an urgent round of diplomatic consultations with Japan and South Korea about North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test. Trump spoke by telephone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for nearly an hour Monday morning, Tokyo time. Abe told reporters he and the U.S. president totally agreed
US Signals Action Against North Korea Is Necessary; Talks Underway | Phuket News
Senior U.S. officials said Sunday the time for talking about the diplomatic consequences of North Korea's latest missile test is over, since the danger to international peace that Pyongyang poses is now clear to all nations. U.S. bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula to demonstrate military strength Sunday, and Vice President Mike Pence noted that the United States has
Top US Officials Say Talking to N. Korea Fruitless, Action Necessary | Phuket News
Senior U.S. officials said Sunday the time for talking about the diplomatic consequences of North Korea's latest missile test is over, since the danger to international peace that Pyongyang poses is now clear to all nations. U.S. bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula to demonstrate military strength Sunday, and Vice President Mike Pence noted that the United States has
South Korea birth rate plunges to record low | Phuket News
Officials blame youth unemployment but couples say the cost of living rules out having big families....
North Korea: Missile Test 'Stern Warning' to US Against New Sanctions | Phuket News
North Korea said Sunday its latest test missile, deemed by weapons experts as capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, was a
South Korea baby bust as birth rate falls to record low | Phuket News
Officials blame youth unemployment but couples say the cost of living rules out having big families....
In North Korea, Generation Gap Grows Behind Propaganda | Phuket News
She dances beneath 10-foot portraits of two smiling dictators, a modern young woman in a central Pyongyang plaza who twirls to music calling on North Koreans to die for their leader. When she speaks, a torrent of reverence tumbles out for North Korea's ruling family, as if phrases had been plucked at random from a government newspaper:
Malaysia: Ministry bans ‘Despacito’ over sexually-charged lyrics | Phuket News
SUGGESTIVE lyrics in the hit Latin pop song Despacito have struck a raw nerve with Malaysian authorities, despite being recorded mainly in Spanish. On Wednesday, Malaysia’s government moved to ban the song from being aired on public radio and television following complaints of sexually-charged lyrics, according to independent outlet Free Malaysia Today. Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak told the news website Despacito by Puerto Rican artistes Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ceases being broadcast on government free-to-air stations on Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM). “RTM has stopped the song on all RTM radio stations and over RTM TV with immediate effect,” Salleh was quoted as saying, adding the decision came about after the RTM review panel received several complaints from the public. “They have decided to withdraw the approval of the song,” he said. Despite the ban on public channels, Salleh said the song would still be accessible on other media, especially...
Japan: TPP expected to remain a priority despite EU trade agreement – analyst | Phuket News
THE Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is expected to remain a priority for Japan despite the country’s latest agreement on a free trade pact with the European Union, says a regional trade analyst. Stephen Olson, a Research Fellow at the Hong Kong-based Hinrich Foundation, said this was because the Japan-EU free trade agreement (FTA), signed ahead of the G20 summit earlier this month, was not necessarily an indication of any lessened commitment on Japan’s part to the TPP. “The proposed Japan-EU FTA might be more reflective of Japan’s desire to see continued progress on regional or plurilateral trade agreements – especially with partners who are likely to favour ‘higher quality’ agreements,” he told Asian Correspondent on Wednesday. According to Olson, with the US seemingly no longer interested in playing its traditional role in propelling a global trade liberalisation agenda, Japan might feel the need to “step up” and play a...
Experience groundbreaking innovation at the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion in Malaysia | Phuket News
Jul 18, 2017 Picture:  Over 110 top products will be showcased at One Utama Shopping Centre from 12th to 16th July 2017 Kuala Lumpur, 11 July 2017 – The Taiwan Excellence Pavilion finally makes its way to Malaysian shores, as Taiwan is set to showcase a selection of its most innovative and inventive products in the country for the very first time. Over 110 award-winning products from Taiwan’s leading companies will be featured in the exhibition, which will be held in One Utama Shopping Centre from 12th to 16th July 2017. Visitors will be able to see and experience first-hand some of the latest breakthroughs in design and function, such as gaming laptops, smart devices, exercise equipment, and home appliances. These products at the exhibition bear the Taiwan Excellence logo, a symbol of innovation, which is the highest accolade that can be awarded to Taiwanese products. Many of these...
Several found guilty in human trafficking trial | Phuket News
Former ISOC chief for the southern region Lt-Gen Manas Kongpaen and a former mayor of Satun provincial administration organization Patjuban Angchotepan were among a group of local officials and local politicians found guilty of human trafficking by the Criminal Court in a major court trial on Wednesday. Altogether 103 suspects were put on trial for their alleged involvement in the trafficking Rohingya migrants from Myanmar through Thailand to Malaysia.  One suspect however died while being held in detention and his case was dismissed. The case attracted worldwide attention after it was discovered that several of the migrants were mistreated and died while being held in a jungle camp. Patjuban was accused of being a key suspect of the trafficking network because of his influence as the former mayor of Satun provincial administration organization.  He allegedly supervised the detention of the Rohingya migrants and their transfer from Satun to Khao Kaew...
Thailand convicts traffickers after 2015 mass graves discovery | Phuket News
Bodies were found in southern Songkhla province where authorities said hundreds of migrants had been held captiveA Thai judge has found dozens of people guilty in the country’s largest ever human trafficking trial following the discovery two years ago of mass graves in a squalid jungle camp where hundreds of migrants had been brutally exploited. Related: Cages, watchtower and 37 graves: inside an abandoned migrant camp in Malaysia Continue reading......
Singapore banker admits to laundering in 1MDB case | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- A former banker serving a jail term for witness tampering in Singapore’s investigation of 1Malaysia Development Bhd, Yeo Jiawei, has admitted to money laundering....
Influential investment firm Temasek has a message: Market valuations are getting high | Phuket News
The global outlook was relatively sanguine, but market valuations were stretched, Singapore's Temasek said Tuesday....
Singapore faces escalating school costs in bid to build a ‘smart nation’ | Phuket News
Schooling isn’t cheap in Singapore: not just for citizens, but for the government too. The city state boasts one of the best education systems in the world and as the government tries to transform the economy into a high-tech hub, part of its “Smart Nation” programme, it’s putting heavy emphasis on equipping students with skills for a digital economy. Government spending on education has doubled since 2005 to S$12.9 billion (US$9.3 billion) this year, or 17 per cent of......
Afghan-American Female Pilot Seeks to Inspire Young Women | Phuket News
An Afghan-American female pilot on a solo flight around the world seeking to inspire young women across the globe has taken a detour to visit her native Afghanistan — and meet the country's president and civil society activists struggling to safeguard women's rights.   Shaesta Waiz left her single-engine plane in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to take a commercial flight to Kabul where she arrived on Monday night. The 29-year-old said her Beechcraft Bonanza A36 was not suited for flying over the mountainous terrain of her native country.   Waiz, the first female pilot from Afghanistan, began her journey in Florida in May and has since made stops in 11 countries, with eight more to complete her mission.  
India, China Can Handle Border Differences, Senior Indian Official Says | Phuket News
India and China can manage the differences that are likely to arise from time to time over their contested border, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday, commenting on recent tension sparked by Chinese road-building. In early June, according to the Chinese interpretation of events, Indian guards crossed into China's Donglang region and obstructed work on a road on a plateau adjoining the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim. Troops from the two sides then confronted each other close to a valley controlled by China that separates India from Bhutan — a close Indian ally — and gives China access to the so-called Chicken's Neck, a thin strip of land that connects India to its remote northeastern regions. Delivering a lecture in Singapore, Jaishankar said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China's President Xi Jinping reached consensus on two points at a meeting last month on the sidelines of a regional summit...
Temasek portfolio rebounds to record | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings' assets rebounded last year and rose nearly 14% to a record S$275 billion (6.8 trillion baht or $199 billion), propelled by gains in shares of Chinese banks and of its mainstay Singapore companies....
Massive investment firm Temasek says portfolio jumped 13% to $197 billion | Phuket News
Singapore's state-owned investment company Temasek on Tuesday reported on the status of its portfolio....
FWD said to be keen to renew talks with TMB | Phuket News
HONG KONG/SINGAPORE - Tycoon Richard Li's FWD Group is poised to renew a distribution deal with Thailand's TMB Bank after talks to acquire the life insurance operations of Siam Commercial Bank fell apart, people familiar with the matter said....
Philippines posts record trade deficit in May; imports surge | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- The Philippines posted its biggest trade deficit since data became available, fuelled by a rapidly expanding economy. The currency slumped to its weakest level since 2006....
Duterte announces NPA rebels next target | Phuket News
The armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army (NPA), will be the government’s next target after government forces have crushed the IS-inspired Maute terrorists in Marawi City, President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Thursday (July 20). Duterte issued the warning in his speech during his visit to a military camp in Marawi City. He said he didn’t want to talk with the communists any more “because they have killed many of my policemen and soldiers,” according to the Manila Times. The government cancelled back-channel efforts at reviving formal talks after five members of the Presidential Security Guard were wounded in an ambush by the NPA rebels in North Cotabato province on Wednesday morning.  Two Marines were also killed on the same day in Palawan province. Solicitor General Jose Calida also ordered government lawyers to invalidate the temporary liberty granted by various courts to the consultants...
Manila scraps 2019 SEA Games hosting | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippines has decided not to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, as the government says it needs to channel funds into rehabilitating conflict-torn Marawi....
South Korea retains slim hope of William Jones Cup glory after beating Japan | Phuket News
SOUTH Korea have kept alive their hopes of winning the William Jones Cup in Taiwan – but Canada and Lithuania remain the title favourites. After seven of nine matches in the relentless tournament at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall, Canada and Lithuania lead the standings with six wins each. One win further back is South Korea, who beat Japan 101-81 on day seven. SEE ALSO: Basketball: Unbeaten South Korea to face Lithuania on fourth day in Taiwan Kim Jong-kyu hit 21 points as he finished with a perfect shooting record of 11-for-11, including nine-for-nine field goals. It was a stunning display of shooting from the 26-year-old, who nailed all eight shots from two-point range, one three-pointer and two free throws. The Philippines’ faint hopes of glory were extinguished by Lithuania, with the Europeans beating Gilas Pilipinas 91-80, despite 14 points and five assists from Kiefer Ravena. ...
A Taiwanese tourist is dead after his boat capsized in the Philippines | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Twelve others were thrown into the water off popular tourist island Cebu but survived, police said....
43 arrested over casino kidnappings in Philippines | Phuket News
At least 41 Chinese and two ­Malaysians have been arrested by Philippine police for being members of a crime syndicate linked to the abduction of a 48-year-old Singaporean woman in Manila, according to the authorities. Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao, acting director of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group, said the foreigners apprehended on Tuesday were part of a loan sharking syndicate that preyed on foreigners at casinos around Manila. Dozens dead in Philippines after......
Philippines: Leadership of Marawi Attackers Largely Intact | Phuket News
The Philippine president says the leadership of the Islamic State-linked militants who laid siege on southern Marawi city remains largely intact despite nearly two months of military offensive and has funded diversionary bombing plots targeting key cities in the region. President Rodrigo Duterte said in a letter to Congress that despite troops regaining control of much of Marawi and the killings of hundreds of militants “the rebellion persists and a lot more remains to be done to completely quell the same.” The letter aims to convince lawmakers to approve an extension of Duterte's martial law declaration in the south. A copy was seen by reporters Thursday. The military says about “90 terrorists” have managed to escape from Marawi among the 600 fighters involved....
Philippines: Peace talks with Maoists hits a snag after attack on Duterte’s bodyguards | Phuket News
PEACE talks between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) hit a snag anew, as a result of the guerilla “attack” in Mindanao that hurt four members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG). Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said the government peace panel would not pursue scheduled informal talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the CPP, after the New People’s Army (NPA), the group’s armed wing, engaged a convoy of the President’s security personnel early Wednesday morning in the southern Philippines. “I am announcing the cancellation of backchannel talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF originally set within the next few days in Europe due to recent developments involving attacks done by the NPAs,” Dureza said in a statement. “The situation on the ground necessary to provide the desired enabling environment for the conduct of peace negotiations are still not present up to this...
42 Chinese arrested over casino kidnappings in Philippines | Phuket News
Forty-four Chinese and Malaysian suspects have been detained in the Philippines over the kidnapping and beating of a Singaporean woman abducted at a Manila casino, the authorities said on Thursday. Police found the victim Wu Yan, 48, at a Manila flat on Tuesday, a day after her abduction by two Malaysian members of the gang, Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes said in a statement. “[She] was held, deprived of her right to liberty and was beaten and threatened by her kidnappers who......
Duterte orders peace talks with Reds cancelled following ambush of his guards | Phuket News
The Philippine government on Wednesday (July 19) abruptly called off the scheduled back-channel talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front following the ambush of a convoy of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in Arakan town by communist rebels, according to a report in The Manila Times Online. The local media reported today (July 20) that militiamen was killed and five PSG men were injured in the ambush. The New People’s Army (NPA) rebels also killed two Marines in Palawan on the same day. Presidential advisor on the peace process Jesus Dureza announced the cancellation of the informal peace talks scheduled to be held this month. The communist party called on its rebels to launch offensives in response to the government’s plan to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of next year. Malacanang said in a statement released on Wednesday that Duterte told the peace panel that formal...
Pivotal Vietnam balances US and China | Phuket News
HANOI -- Vietnam could hardly have asked for more: a US warship challenging Chinese claims in the South China Sea, a meeting at the White House and six new coastal patrol boats....
Vietnam a ‘lonely voice’ between United States and China in South China Sea | Phuket News
VIETNAM could hardly have asked for more: a US warship challenging Chinese claims in the South China Sea, a meeting at the White House and six new coastal patrol boats. All are signs of a US commitment which Vietnam had feared was waning under President Donald Trump just as the Southeast Asian country has emerged as the most forceful opponent of China‘s claim to one of the world’s most important seaways. But uncertain over how enduring US support will be and wary of relying on any ally, Vietnam is just as carefully cultivating ties with ancient foe China. “Vietnam doesn’t want an imbalance of power in the region that could lead to war,” said Tran Cong Truc, a former head of the National Boundary Commission who spent decades defending Vietnam’s maritime claims. SEE ALSO: US policy on the South China Sea remains unchanged under Trump – govt ...
Man stabbed to death in Vietnam karaoke row | Phuket News
A man fatally stabbed another guest at a wedding after being mocked for his singing performance....
US policy on the South China Sea remains unchanged under Trump – govt | Phuket News
WASHINGTON’s policy on the South China Sea has not changed under President Donald Trump, a senior US State Department official said on Friday. Speaking at a news briefing in Beijing, Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton also said there were no indications China had gone cold on further potential sanctions against North Korea. A US navy warship conducted a so-called freedom of navigation drill near Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands on Thursday, the first such manoeuvre under the Trump administration, prompting an angry response from Beijing. SEE ALSO: Trump administration ‘asleep’ on South China Sea issue – expert A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, to show Beijing it was not entitled to a territorial sea around it, US officials said on Thursday. The operation near Mischief Reef on Thursday, Pacific...
Why Southeast Asia Is Leading The World’s Most Disruptive Mobile Business Models | Phuket News
Earlier this summer, more than 35,000 industry leaders gathered at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015 to discuss the future of mobile, making it the largest-ever mobile-focused event in Asia. Whereas the majority of the conference focused on new technologies such as 5G and Internet of Things, I was joined by peers from Netflix, Line, Ola Cabs, Flipkart and Twitter to discuss future business models for the mobile Internet. Most of this discussion steered toward China and India, but I was there to focus on Southeast Asia. This perspective (or some would say, bias) isn’t just because my company operates in Southeast Asia, but rather is because of our $16 million dollar bet that innovation and disruption in mobile will be coming out of Southeast Asia far faster than other regions, such as the U.S., China and Japan, as expected. Why? I will argue below that Southeast Asia is at the crossroads...
Trapped in debt | Phuket News
In Vietnam, raw pig's blood is a well-known delicacy - but there are serious health risks....
Vietnam's spirit mediums revive once forbidden ritual | Phuket News
HANOI (Reuters) - Dressed in the bright silk garments of a woman and dancing with candles between his fingers, Nguyen Duy Nam leads a temple of worshippers in a ceremony honouring mystical goddesses of forest, water and heaven. ...
Deadly delicacy | Phuket News
In Vietnam, raw pig's blood is a well-known delicacy - but there are serious health risks....
SE Asia stocks higher on Fed caution over pace of rate hikes | Phuket News
Southeast Asian stock markets, except Vietnam, closed higher on Thursday tracking gains in the broader Asia region after the US Federal Reserve signalled a cautious approach to future rate increases....
US Naval Vessel Sails Near Chinese-Held Reef in South China Sea | Phuket News
A U.S. Navy warship has sailed near a Chinese-controlled reef in the South China Sea, in a mission seen as challenging Beijing’s territorial claims in the disputed waterway. U.S. military officials say the guided missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed within 22 kilometers (12 nautical miles) of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands. Major Jamie Davis, a U.S. military spokesman, issued a statement saying the United States is continuing its operations aimed at upholding “freedom of navigation” in international waters. Davis says American forces operate in the South China Sea on a daily basis and will continue to “fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.” Thursday’s operation was the first of its kind under President Donald Trump. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry told reporters Thursday the U.S. patrol undermined peace and stability in the South China Sea. The United States and other nations have criticized Beijing for its island-building...
Indonesia: Crackdown on hardlines Islamists ‘repressive’ – rights activists | Phuket News
CIVIL organisations in Indonesia on Wednesday decried a move by the government to disband certain groups deemed to be in conflict with state’s secular ideology. The protests came after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed a decree on Monday widely believed to be aimed at containing the rise of hardline Islamist groups that call for Shariah law in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. Islamist groups were instrumental in the downfall earlier this year of Jakarta’s former governor, a Christian who was accused and subsequently jailed for insulting Islam. The events, including massive and sometimes violent rallies led by hardliners and vigilantes, raised concerns about the erosion of Indonesia‘s long-standing image as a tolerant and pluralistic state. It has the world’s largest Muslim population. SEE ALSO: Life after Ahok: Jakarta’s change of guard “This decree is proof this regime is repressive, authoritarian, and even repeating what the New Order regime did,” Hizb-ut Tahrir Indonesia spokesman Ismail Yusanto said, referring to...
Indonesia's motorbike sales down 26.9% in June | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Motorcycle sales in Indonesia fell 26.9% in June from a year earlier, data from an industry association showed on Thursday....
Indonesia seizes 1T crystal meth smuggled from China | Phuket News
Indonesian police, in cooperation with Taiwanese police, have seized 1 tonne of crystal methamphetamine attempted to be smuggled into the country from China, the police said Thursday....
Business elite for China Daily Leadership Roundtable Session “The Prospects of the East Asian Market In the New Global Economy” | Phuket News
Jul 12, 2017 JULY 11, 2017, HONG KONG: More than 300 delegates from around the world attended the China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable panel on “The Prospects of the East Asian Market In the New Global Economy” today at Hong Kong Summit. China Daily is delighted to work with The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce this year and hold a co-branded session as the only session strategic partner. As Asia emerges as the new locomotive for global economic growth, deepening regional cooperation has become a key strategy for development in many countries. Ministers, leaders and experts from the industrial and business sectors in Hong Kong and overseas will gather at the Hong Kong Summit to exchange ideas on a wide range of issues, including sustainable economic development in East Asia and Hong Kong’s role in regional cooperation. China Daily is delighted to have had 6 distinguished speakers: Dr. David...
More Than 3,000 Arrested in Malaysia Immigration Raids | Phuket News
Malaysian authorities have rounded up over 3,100 foreigners this month as part of a major crackdown on illegal immigration. The crackdown began July 1, the day after the deadline for all undocumented foreign workers to register with the government. The latest arrests occurred early Wednesday, when police arrested dozens of workers at a construction site in the coastal town of Port Dickson. Authorities are targeting undocumented migrants who have traveled to Malaysia from neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh and India, to work construction jobs and one of the country's many plantations. More than 60 employers who allegedly hired foreign workers have also been arrested in the crackdown....
Indonesia: Jokowi signs decree granting govt power to disband radical groups | Phuket News
HAVING expressed his intention to ban Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday signed a decree to grant the Indonesian government power to disband any group it deems to oppose national unity and security. The country’s justice minister Wiranto on Wednesday confirmed the release of the presidential decree, saying that existing legislation was too weak to combat extremist groups that work to undermine the Indonesian state. The government announced its intention to ban HTI back in May – a group which endorses a transnational Islamic caliphate in place of Indonesia’s pluralistic democracy – however under existing laws it would likely require a lengthy and difficult process in the courts. SEE ALSO: Indonesia moves to dissolve Islamic group that supports caliphate Under the new decree, “the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights will have the authority to revoke or cancel the permit to form organisations that...
Indonesia's President Signs Decree to Ban Radical Groups | Phuket News
Indonesia's president has signed a decree giving the government the power to ban radical organizations, in a move aimed at outlawing groups behind an apparent rise in the political clout of hard-line Islam. The measure announced Wednesday by the country's top security minister follows months of sectarian tensions in the world's most populous Muslim nation that shook the government and undermined its reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam. It amends an existing law regulating mass organizations, allowing the government to sidestep a potentially lengthy court process to implement a ban. It is likely that Hizbut Tahrir, a group that campaigns for Indonesia to adopt Shariah law and become a caliphate, is among the targets of the decree after the government announced in May that it planned to ban the group. Wiranto, the coordinating minister for politics, security and law, said the decree is aimed at protecting the unity...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Yingluck gets 5 years! Royal Funeral prep! Prayut & Trump || September 27 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 27 Royal Funeral preparations in Phuket! Yingluck gets 5-year jail sentence! Stabbing in Phuket Town? Blowing up an ATM machine! Prayut to meet Trump next week! Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Phuket murderer, victim husband both mentally unstable, say police | Phuket News
PHUKET: An officer from the Chalong Police who is involved in the case where a 52-year old Thai woman confessed to killing her 79-year-old German husband on Monday, has told The Phuket News today that he believes that the couple were both mentally unstable....
Phuket Lifeguard Strike: ‘We’ll do it ourselves’ vows Phuket council chief | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) Council President today (Sept 27) vowed to have lifeguards on Phuket’s beaches by this Sunday in response to the long-standing provider, Phuket Lifeguard Service Co Ltd (PLS), this week confirming that it has refused to renew the contract to provide their essential life-saving services....
Tourists urged to be ‘respectful’ during Royal Funeral | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has issued a travel advisory calling for all people visiting the Kingdom during the Royal Funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej next month to be “respectful” and to behave appropriately during the period of mourning....
Phuket pickup truck passenger injured when driver rear-ends trailer truck | Phuket News
PHUKET: The passenger in a pickup truck was left with serious injuries this morning when the driver of the truck rear-ended a 22-wheeler trailer truck on Chao Fa West Rd in Wichit....
Tourist Police hold simulated marine rescue exercise in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Tourist Police Bureau today carried out a simulated marine air-rescue exercise at Bansapam Mongkholwittaya School on Thepkrassattri Rd in Koh Kaew....
Short-term safety team to patrol Phuket beaches, says Gov | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has disclosed at a meeting today (Sept 28) that a new, short-term beach safety team made up of navy officers, freelance lifeguards and Civil Defense Volunteers will patrol Phuket’s beaches to ensure the safety of tourists when the Phuket Lifeguard Service contract ends on Saturday (Sept 30)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Officials defiant on lifeguards! New traffic tickets? BKK most popular on earth! || Sept. 28 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 28 Officials say theyll get their OWN lifeguards! Bangkok most popular city in the world? New traffic tickets coming! New Uber/taxi rules in Pattaya? TAT to tourists: Be respectful in October! And a 1.5 million baht FISH? Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
DSI says controversial Krathing Cape land title likely to be illegal | Phuket News
PHUKET: A team from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) arrived in Phuket yesterday to investigate the controversial Cape Krathing property development and have said that it is likely that the Chanote issued for the land is likely to be illegal....
Maya Bay in ‘restoration period’ next June to September, but not closed to visitors | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Chief of the Hat Nopparat- Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Mr Worapot Lomlim has confirmed to The Phuket News today (Sept 29) that Maya Bay at Koh Phi Phi Don will go into a “restoration period” from June until September next year by not allowing boats to access that bay....
Trump vows he won’t let China ‘do nothing’ on North Korea after latest missile test | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump has warned that he would “no longer” allow China to “do nothing” on North Korea, after the belligerent hermit state launched an intercontinental ballistic missile test. In his critique, which came in two tweets, Trump linked trade woes with the Asian giant to policy on North Korea, after South Korea indicated it was speeding the deployment of a US missile defence that has infuriated China. “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past......
Life on base: United States nears completion of US$11 billion Camp Humphreys military base in South Korea as threat from the North intensifies | Phuket News
This small American city has four schools and five churches, an Arby’s, a Taco Bell and a Burger King. The grocery store is offering a deal on Budweiser beer as the temperature soars, and out front there’s a promotion for Ford Mustangs. But for all its invocations of the American heartland, this growing town is in the middle of the South Korean countryside, in an area that was famous for growing huge grapes. “We built an entire city from scratch,” said Colonel Scott......
Life on base: United States nears completion of US$11 billion military base in South Korea as threat from the North intensifies | Phuket News
This small American city has four schools and five churches, an Arby’s, a Taco Bell and a Burger King. The grocery store is offering a deal on Budweiser beer as the temperature soars, and out front there’s a promotion for Ford Mustangs. But for all its invocations of the American heartland, this growing town is in the middle of the South Korean countryside, in an area that was famous for growing huge grapes. “We built an entire city from scratch,” said Colonel Scott......
US, Allies Fly Bombers, Fighter Jets Over Korean Peninsula | Phuket News
The U.S. Air Force flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula Saturday, accompanied by South Korean and Japanese jet fighters. The U.S. Pacific Command said the mission was in “direct response” to North Korea’s “escalatory launch” of intercontinental ballistic missiles July 3 and July 28. “North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” said General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander. “Diplomacy remains the lead; however, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worse-case scenario. If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing.” The 10-hour joint forces mission began at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. U.S. Air Force bomber jets were joined by two Japanese F-2 fighter jets in Japanese airspace. The U.S. bombers then flew over the Korean...
Trump Criticizes China Following North Korean Missile Launch | Phuket News
President Donald Trump is again criticizing China for failing to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Following Friday's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed west of Japan, the U.S. president singled out China for blame on Saturday evening, saying the country could
Trump vows he won't let China ‘do nothing’ on North Korea after latest missile test | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump has warned that he would “no longer” allow China to “do nothing” on North Korea, after the belligerent hermit state launched an intercontinental ballistic missile test. In his critique, which came in two tweets, Trump linked trade woes with the Asian giant to policy on North Korea, after South Korea indicated it was speeding the deployment of a US missile defence that has infuriated China. “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past......
Kim: 'All US' Within Reach of North Korea Missiles | Phuket News
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un claimed Saturday that his country possesses missiles that could strike the entire United States mainland, following a test launch Friday. China has condemned the launch, while Japan, South Korea and the U.S. vowed to work together on a new U.N. Security Council measure aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. North Korea has stepped up its missile testing under Kim’s reign, with the Friday launch marking its second such launch this month. According to the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim boasted that the latest test “is meant to send a grave warning to the U.S.  Kim said the test confirmed “all the U.S. mainland is within our striking range.
China Joins Condemnation of North Korea’s Latest ICBM Launch | Phuket News
China has condemned North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, joining criticism by the United States and South Korea. China’s foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday that the launch “defied” U.N. Security Council resolutions and “the common wish of the international community.” US, South Korea missiles U.S. and South Korean forces fired missiles into South Korean territorial waters in direct response to North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch Friday. A statement from the Eighth United States Army said the joint, live-fire exercise used the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and the Republic of Korea Hyunmoo Missile II. The weapons can be quickly deployed and provide deep-strike precision capability under all weather conditions, according to the military. A defense official told VOA the exercise began around 5:30 pm EDT. A White House statement released shortly afterward called the North’s missile test a “reckless and dangerous action” which will...
South Korea to Deploy 4 More Anti-missile Units | Phuket News
South Korea said Saturday it will proceed with the deployment of four additional units of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system after North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The deployment of the additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defenae (THAAD) units had been delayed after the initial two units, after South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered an environmental assessment. China has been notified of the move to speed up the deployment, the South’s presidential Blue House said. China has angrily objected to the THAAD deployment, saying it does little to deter the North’s missile threat while destabilizing regional security balance. It believes the THAAD’s radar can penetrate deep into its territory.  ...
US, South Korea Fire Missiles in Response to North Korea Ballistic Missile Launch | Phuket News
U.S. and Republic of Korea militaries fired missiles into South Korean territorial waters in direct response to North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch Friday. A statement from Eighth United States Army said the joint, live-fire exercise utilized the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and the Republic of Korea Hyunmoo Missile II. The weapons can be quickly deployed and provide deep-strike precision capability under all weather conditions, according to the military. A defense official told VOA the exercise began around 5:30 pm EST. A White House statement released shortly afterward called the North's missile test a
Diving: Pandelela Rinong keeps flying flag for Malaysia in global arena | Phuket News
PANDELELA RINONG continues to fly the flag for Malaysia following her bronze medal at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The 24-year-old diver followed up her silver medal at last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as she and Cheong Jun Hoong took bronze in the women’s synchronised 10m platform. In 2012, Rinong became the first female Malaysian athlete to win an Olympic medal – and the first Malaysian athlete in any sport other than badminton to do so. SEE ALSO: Formula One: Petronas extends sponsorship of Mercedes She and partner Cheong backed up their impressive performance from Rio with another podium-worthy display in Hungary, finishing third behind the gold-medal-winning Chinese pair of Ren Qian and Si Yajie, and North Korean duo Kim Mi-rae and Kim Kuk-hyang. Pandelela has now won four World Championship medals to go alongside her two Olympic medals. A six-time gold medallist at the Southeast...
French prosecutors charge 2 execs in Malaysian Scorpene submarine scandal | Phuket News
AUTHORITIES in France have indicted two former top executives connected to an extensive investigation into graft allegations involving the sale of Scorpene submarines to Malaysia in a scandal believed linked to government officials and the murder of a Mongolian woman. According to the AFP (via Free Malaysia Today), sources close to the inquiry on Tuesday said the two are French naval dockyards unit DCNI former chairman Philippe Japiot and French defence and electronics giant Thales former chief executive Jean-Paul Perrier. One source said the two, who were interviewed in May, were indicted for corruption, with Japiot receiving additional indictment for “abuse of social assets”. Perrier was indicted for “complicity in the abuse of social assets”. Since 2010, French investigators have been probing the US$1.2 billion sale of two submarines to Malaysia’s Defence Ministry, with investigators believing at least some of the money funnelled through a Hong Kong-registered company, Terasasi (Hong Kong)...
Rights groups call for justice ahead of major Thailand trafficking verdict | Phuket News
Thailand should ensure those involved in trafficking migrants are brought to justice, rights groups said on Tuesday, ahead of a verdict in a major trafficking trial involving 103 defendants that has been beset by allegations of intimidation. Thai and Myanmar nationals were arrested in 2015 following the discovery of graves in jungle camps used by traffickers to hold migrants near the Thailand-Malaysia border. The grim discovery prompted a Thai crackdown on smuggling and trafficking networks......
An election like none other, is it time for change in Malaysia? | Phuket News
Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Prime Minister Najib Razak, caused a ruckus when she allowed others in the government to address her as the “First Lady” as early as 2009. Malaysia does not have such a concept, unlike countries with Republican traditions such as the United States or France. Nevertheless, the honorific stuck. If Anwar and Mahathir have kissed and made up, should Najib be worried? While controversial to some, it barely merits mention on a list of unusual factors as voters......
US, Malaysia agree to set up working groups on trade | Phuket News
The United States and Malaysia have agreed to set up working groups as part of efforts to reduce the US trade deficit with the Southeast Asian nation, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) said Monday....
Malaysia hopes opening of MRT line will ease congestion | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - A 51-kilometre commuter rail line connecting the Malaysian capital to outlying areas began operating on Monday, with the government hoping it will ease Kuala Lumpur's notorious traffic congestion....
Massive investment firm Temasek says portfolio jumped 13% to $198.6 billion | Phuket News
Singapore's state-owned investment company Temasek on Tuesday reported on the status of its portfolio....
Singapore: Watchdog says Malaysian man faces execution after ‘unfair trial’ | Phuket News
A HUMAN RIGHTS watchdog on Tuesday called on the Singaporean authorities to halt the execution of a Malaysian man on death row as the city-state looks to implement its harshest punishment for drug trafficking. Amnesty International said Prabagaran Srivijayan’s impending execution would be carried out amid concerns about the fairness of his trial. According to his family members last week, Prabagaran is due to be hanged to death this Friday, July 14. Amnesty International’s director for South East Asia and the Pacific James Gomez said there was little time to save Prabagaran’s life before he is dragged to the gallows. “The Singaporean authorities must immediately halt his execution before another person suffers this inhumane and irreversible punishment,” Gomez said in a statement. In 2012, Prabagaran was given a mandatory death sentence following his conviction of carrying 22.24g of diamorphine, or heroin. He was arrested in April that year after Customs...
A huge investment company owned by a very small country may be set to top $200 billion | Phuket News
Singapore's state-owned investment fund Temasek was expected to report a sharp recovery in portfolio value, according to one estimate....
A very huge fund owned by a very small country may be set to top $200 billion | Phuket News
Singapore's state-owned investment fund Temasek was expected to report a sharp recovery in portfolio value, according to one estimate....
Singapore introduces draft cybersecurity bill for public input | Phuket News
Singapore on Monday (July 10) released for public consultation a draft Cybersecurity Bill that requires critical information infrastructure owners in Singapore to report security breaches and cyber-security vendors providing highly sensitive services to be licensed, according to a report in The Straits Times Online. Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency (CSA) which spent two years working on the proposed legislation said the overarching bill is consistent with efforts to raise Singapore’s cyber security posture. CSA chief executive David Koh said the current law, the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, focuses more on cyber crime.  But as the threat landscape evolves, he said it is better to have an omnibus Bill that oversees the cyber security of essential services as a whole. The Bill aims to harmonise the requirements to protect Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) across the public and private sectors.  It also aims to clarify organisations’ obligations to share information to facilitate...
China's COSCO to Buy Orient Overseas for $6.3 Billion | Phuket News
China's biggest shipping company, state-owned COSCO Shipping Holdings Co., is creating the world's No. 3 container shipping giant by acquiring rival Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. Shares in both companies surged Monday following the announcement of the $6.3 billion deal. A wave of consolidation has created huge competitors in a global shipping industry that is struggling with sluggish trade and depressed prices. On Monday, COSCO's shares traded in Hong Kong jumped 4.7 percent while Orient Overseas' shares soared 19.5 percent. On its own, COSCO ranks No. 4 globally with 317 ships and 8.4 percent of container traffic, according to Alphaline, an industry database. Adding Orient Overseas would give it market share of 11.7 percent, moving it ahead of Marseilles, France-based CMA CGM Group. The No. 1 shipper is Denmark's AP Moeller-Maersk with 643 ships and 16.4 percent of container traffic. Orient Overseas, with 103 ships, is controlled by the family of...
Meet the Mastermind Behind Rebel Violence in the Philippines | Phuket News
A second month of fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels in a southern Philippine city is turning to a search for a man sought by Manila as well as the United States for his leadership in terrorism over the past 20 years. Philippine troops believe Isnilon Totoni Hapilon may be hiding in the largely demolished city of Marawi. Troops attacked Marawi May 23 because they feared Hapilon’s historically violent Abu Sayyaf group was forming links with another rebel organization there. Hapilon thought to be in Marawi area “The assumption of our ground commanders based on the lack of confirmation regarding his escape or flight from the area of Marawi is that he is still in the area,” Philippine armed forces spokesperson Restituto Padilla said Friday, as quoted by the presidential office website. “Our operations are focused on the possible area where he is believed to be still in hiding.”...
Australia: Cardinal Pell returns to face sexual offence charges | Phuket News
A TOP Vatican official charged in his native Australia with historical sex crimes arrived in Sydney on Monday ahead of his first court appearance later this month. Australia’s Nine Entertainment Co Ltd broadcast video of Cardinal George Pell being whisked away from the Sydney airport early on Monday morning. Australian police said late last month Pell, an adviser to Pope Francis, faced multiple charges of “historical sexual offences” related to multiple complainants. That makes the Vatican economy minister the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations. Pell has declared his innocence and said he would return to Australia to clear his name. The Sydney Catholic archdiocese said on Monday Pell‘s return “should not be a surprise” because he had said he would return to defend himself against the charges. SEE ALSO: Australia: Sex abuse victims say charges against cardinal will hurt Pope’s legacy It said in a statement Pell “consulted his doctors and on their advice took several...
Philippine rebel chief refused to mediate ceasefire between government troops and Marawi militants | Phuket News
The leader of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group claims militants linked to Islamic State (IS) wanted his group to broker their possible withdrawal from Marawi City during the major military offensive against them but he refused to intervene. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said in an interview on Tuesday that intervening would have been difficult because President Rodrigo Duterte has declared his government would not negotiate with terrorists.......
Philippine President Asks for Extension of Martial Law in Mindanao | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law until December in the southern island of Mindanao, where the military has been fighting a bloody two-month insurgency by Islamic militants. More than 500 people have been killed in the conflict, which began after a failed attempt by security forces to capture Isnilon Hapilon, a top Islamic State-linked militant leader. The insurgents burned down several buildings, including a church, and took several people hostage, prompting Duterte to impose a 60-day period of martial law on May 23 on the island of 21 million people.  The president's order expires this Saturday, July 22, as mandated under the Philippines constitution.  Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters in Manila Tuesday that Duterte has determined the rebellion will not be defeated by then. More than 400 militants have been killed in the fighting....
Philippines' Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law | Phuket News
MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the southern third of the country until the end of the year, saying the rebellion there will not be quelled by July 22, the end of his 60-day martial law proclamation....
Philippines: Duterte to expedite bill for self-rule in Muslim region | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to fast-track new legislation for autonomy in the country’s most volatile region, advancing a protracted process to end decades of rebellion and thwart rising Islamist militancy. The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to Duterte on Monday is the culmination of a rocky 20-year peace process between the government of the predominantly Christian Philippines and the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It aims to turn predominantly Muslim parts of the southern island of Mindanao into an autonomous region with its own executive, legislature and fiscal powers. “May I say to you my brothers … I will support and hasten this instrument as it goes to the legislature,” Duterte said in a ceremony for the handover of the bill, drawing loud applause. “There will be no objections of the provisions of all that is consistent with the constitution and aspirations of the Moro people.” Passage...
Basketball: Unbeaten South Korea to face Lithuania on fourth day in Taiwan | Phuket News
SOUTH KOREA is one of only two teams still unbeaten after three days of basketball’s William Jones Cup in Taiwan. Canada is the other team yet to have lost a game in the 10-team international event, which is being staged for the 39th time. Having opened the tournament with victories over Chinese Taipei White and India, South Korea defeated Iran 88-78 in its third match, with Lee Jung-hyun and Kim Sun-hyung each scoring 16 points. South Korea, last year’s runners-up in the tournament, faces Lithuania on Tuesday, while other matches of interest include Philippines’ clash with Japan. Gilas Pilipinas is enjoying a resurgence in the competition, having claimed back-to-back wins over the hosts’ two teams – Chinese Taipei Blue and White – since their opening-day defeat against Team Canada 150. The Philippines team, inspired by 14 points and 14 rebounds by Mike Myers and 21 points off the bench by...
Philippine Rebels: Peace Pact "Best Antidote" for Extremism | Phuket News
A leader of the Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group says a peace accord it's trying to implement with the government is
Southeast Asia: showcasing the future of work | Phuket News
A youthful population. The highest regional economic growth in the world. A technologically savvy population that is rapidly modernising. All these are characteristics of Southeast Asia – making it an ideal test bed for concepts in real estate. JLL recently launched its Future of Work model, a framework for looking at the future of the workplace and its impact on real estate. The model includes factors that property occupiers – and investors – should consider when creating workplaces or physical environments. Ideally, these should be workplaces and environments that support individuals achieving their ambitions in an ever-changing, uncertain operating environment, and can be applied across asset classes. Our recent report, ‘New Urban Models in a Youthful Southeast Asia’ showcases new urban concepts that demonstrate the Future of Work in practice. They provide inspiration for both occupiers, developers and investors about what is really possible to achieve in a real estate...
Vietnam plans 'outstanding' special economic zones | Phuket News
HANOI - Vietnam plans to open three special economic zones that offer investors greater incentives and fewer restrictions than available to date in the country, the investment minister said....
Trump administration ‘asleep’ on South China Sea issue – expert | Phuket News
THE UNITED STATES is “asleep to the broader strategic interests” in the South China Sea dispute under President Donald Trump, a renowned international relations analyst said on Monday. Speaking at the first Germany-Indonesia Strategic Dialogue at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta, Dr Lynn Kuok of Harvard Law School argued the US administration should focus more on the South China Sea or else risks permanently undermining the international rule of law. Trump is “going to be waking up to a very different Asia if it drops this ball,” said Kuok, who is also a former fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Centre for East Asia Policy Studies and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Security. SEE ALSO: With Trump in the White House, conflict in South China Sea looks increasingly probable There are two ways of viewing the dispute, she said. Firstly,...
East Asia Pacific Economic Update : Sustaining Resilience | Phuket News
In its latest East Asia Pacific Economic Update, the World Bank expressed optimism in the region’s growth. Robust domestic demand and a recovering global economy, boosted by rising commodity prices, provide a positive outlook despite a slowing Chinese economy that will grow 6.5 percent in 2017 compared to 6.7 in 2016. “Compared to the last time we did this update six months ago, we are a bit more optimistic because of some of the things we’ve seen in the last three to four months,” explains Sudhir Shetty, the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Chief Economist. “2016 saw the slowest growth since the GFC. Once reason for that was what you might call a ‘synchronised’ slowdown between the advanced economies as well as the emerging and developed economies. “A big part of that was what was happening to commodity exporters – Brazil, Russia etc. – that were seeing negative growth...
More rains anticipated on May 24-25 | Phuket News
Thailand will face another round of rains and heavy rains in some parts of the country during May 24-25 as a result from low pressure covering Vietnam and the Gulf, according to the Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation. The department chief Mr Chatchai Promlert said that heavy rains during May 16-22 cause widespread flooding in 14 provinces affecting over 20,000 households in 48 districts and killing five villagers. Although flood has eased in 11 provinces, 786 villages in 20 districts of Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet and Loei provinces remain inundated. In Sukhothai, 405 villages in Si Samrong, Muang, Khirimat, Sawankhaloke, Thung Saliam, Ban Dan Larn Hoi and Kong Krailat districts are still flooded with over 17,000 households affected. Over 17,000 rai of farmland were damaged. In Loei province, over 2,200 households were affected by flooding in 11 districts covering 332 villages. In Kamphaeng Phet province, only 20 households were...
Vietnam: Human rights blogger among five finalists for human rights award | Phuket News
VIETNAMESE blogger Pham Thanh Nghien has been named one of five finalists for the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, an award recognising activists who risk their lives to benefit their communities. Nghien was imprisoned in 2010 for four years as a result of her work publicising violations against and defending the rights of relatives of fishermen killed by Chinese patrols. https://youtu.be/ghgTJbB4sV0Video can’t be loaded: Pham Thanh Nghien, Vietnam – 2017 Award Finalist Video (https://youtu.be/ghgTJbB4sV0) She is currently under house arrest due to a three year probation period under the charge of conducting propaganda against the state. Despite her probation, Nghien continues to spearhead numerous human rights campaigns and also founded the Vietnamese Bloggers’ Network. In the course of her work, Nghien has endured numerous tribulations, including physical attacks, being blocked from attending medical appointments and having her home raided. Despite it all, she continues to champion...
Report fingering tycoon in timber laundering mistakenly posted | Phuket News
A police report alleging that tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group was colluding with illegal loggers to launder timber was mistakenly posted on the police website by a “tired” employee who meant to share the information with local reporters but not to publish it, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Tuesday. National police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said the post that appeared on the website on May 16 and was later removed arose from a group of social media exchange between a member of the police website team and local reporters. He said the post was meant to be shared among reporters and not to be published. Citing anonymous source, the post accused Royal Group of using its licence to allow it to log in the reservoir area of the Lower Sesan hydropower dam which it is building with a Chinese firm to launder timber sourced from other areas. Anti-logging activists...
US delivers six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam coastguard | Phuket News
The United States has delivered six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam’s coastguard in a move that expands the two nation’s security cooperation amid tension in the disputed South China Sea. The six 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats were officially handed over by US Ambassador Ted Osius to the coastguard Monday in the central province of Quang Nam. The embassy said in a statement on Tuesday that the handover represented deepening cooperation in maritime law enforcement and humanitarian......
SingaPlural 2017 underscores design as an enabler for innovation and growth | Phuket News
May 22, 2017 Picture:  - First-ever Pop-Up segment unveils new stories of design reshaping retail - Highlights emerging trends shaping the future of design: from the Internet of Things to the digital retail revolution Singapore, May 18, 2017 – Design will enable innovation and growth for companies in today’s competitive global landscape. This message was clearly spelt out at SingaPlural 2017 which highlighted design in all disciplines, formats and materials – used by both MNCs and SMEs to wow audiences from Singapore and overseas. Launched by Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing on March 6, 2017, the 6th edition of this annual anchor design festival of the Singapore Design week – highlighted how companies – especially SMEs can embrace design to create new value, products and markets. SingaPlural 2017 featured the theme: “Stories – A New Perspective”, a visual and sensory journey transporting the audience into the...
US delivers 6 patrol boats to Vietnam coast guard | Phuket News
HANOI -- The United States has delivered six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam's coast guard in a move that expands their security cooperation amid tension in the disputed South China Sea....
Tourists in Bali being fed dog meat - activists | Phuket News
According to activists, holiday-makers on the island of Bali may be unknowingly eating dog meat....
Thirasilp pulls out of King’s Cup squad | Phuket News
Forward striker Thirasilp Dangda has pulled out of the King’s Cup national soccer team and will not play in the first match against North Korea on July 14 at Ratchamangala stadium because he is not physically fit for the tournament. Serbian head coach Milovan Rajevac said on Sunday that he would not find any replacement for Thirasilp. Of the 25-member King’s Cup squad, only 20 showed up on Sunday to report themselves to their head coach.  Among them were Thiratorn Boonmatun, Adisak Kraisorn, Kawin Thamsatjanan as well as two newcomers Thai-German Philip Roller from Ratchaburi FC and Kampol Pathom-atthakul, goalkeeper from Police Tero.  The rest of the squad will join later. Rajevac told the Press that the King’s Cup tournament was very important for the Thai fans and, therefore, the players must be physically fit and well-prepared. Meanwhile, head coach of the under-23 national soccer team Worawuth Srimakha said it...
Police: Indonesia bomb maker wanted to join Philippine fight | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesian police said Monday that a man whose home-made bomb accidentally exploded in the West Java city of Bandung was obsessed with the idea of joining Islamic State group-affiliated militants who've occupied parts of a city in the southern Philippines since mid-May....
Trump Instagram mistakes Singapore’s Lee for Indonesia’s Jokowi | Phuket News
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s Instagram has mistakenly identified Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. In a post uploaded on Saturday which was later deleted and replaced, an image of Trump speaking with Lee was captioned: “President Trump and the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo speaking before the start of their bilateral at the #G20Summit in #Hamburg #Germany.” It was Trump’s first face-to-face encounter with Lee, while he had previously met Jokowi at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia in May. SEE ALSO: Trump hurt US image in Southeast Asia by backing Duterte’s drug war – survey Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. Source: Reuters/Carlos Barria An ABC Four Corners report last week exposed that in 2015 Trump had pressured senior Indonesian politicians to build a toll road...
Suspected Indonesian Islamist detonates home-made bomb by accident | Phuket News
Improvised bombs allegedly constructed to be used in terrorist attacks accidentally detonated in a home in Indonesia’s West Java Province on Saturday, with a suspected Islamist later arrested, police said. The 21-year-old suspect, identified as food vendor Agus Wiguna, was arrested after the explosion in his rented home at around 3.30pm in the provincial capital of Bandung, according to national police spokesman Rikwanto. No casualties were reported. Since June 1, the suspect had used......
Man arrested after bombs detonate in West Java home | Phuket News
Improvised bombs allegedly constructed to be used in terrorist attacks accidentally detonated in a home in Indonesia's West Java Province on Saturday, with a suspected Islamist later arrested, police said....
Indonesian Movement Encourages Young People to Skip Dating | Phuket News
According to followers of a popular Indonesian social movement, the country would be better off without dating. Writer La Ode Munafar, 26, started Indonesia Tanpa Pacaran (Indonesia Without Courtship) nearly two years ago to encourage young Indonesians to skip dating and go straight to marriage. The group's message seems to have touched a nerve, acquiring over 200,000 Facebook likes and over 300,000 Instagram followers to date. Its posts often draw from Islamic culture, mixing in content about hijabs, for instance, with anti-dating graphics.
Jakarta sweetens pitch to big foreign funds | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia is courting big foreign investors by offering a share in future revenue from toll roads, power stations and other infrastructure projects, as part of a presidential drive to secure US$10 billion in additional funds....
Trump encouraged by Putin talks | Phuket News
HAMBURG: Fresh from his lengthy head-to-head encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump on Saturday was meeting with a long list of world leaders, including Theresa May of Britain, Xi Jinping of China and Joko Widodo of Indonesia, as he wraps up his second trip abroad....
Phuket Governor rewards 10 cleanest areas | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday gave rewards to 10 areas around the island which have been deemed by officials as being best in the ‘Keep Phuket Clean By Our Hand and Hearts’ project....
Phuket immigration’s computer system now ‘back to normal’ | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Immigration Office, whose computer system has reportedly not been working since yesterday (Sept 28), has confirmed that the system is now ‘back to normal’, however, officials refused to elaborate on why the system ‘down’....
More Phuket land has illegal land documents, says DSI | Phuket News
PHUKET: Along with their inspection of the controversial property construction at Krathing Cape yesterday, the team from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and Royal Forest Department also investigated alleged land encroachment at an area of land within the Narkkerd Hills in Karon....
Patong lifeguards turn to Mayor Chalermluck for equipment funding | Phuket News
PHUKET: Lifeguards stationed at Patong Beach have now turned to Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup to seek assistance with funding for much needed medical equipment and also for the expansion of their lifeguard station which they say is now too small....
Patong police, entertainment operators ‘discuss’ opening hours | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Police Chief Col Tassanai Orarigdech told The Phuket News today that the Patong Police meeting with entertainment operators yesterday afternoon (Sept 28) was focused on ‘discussing’ operating hours after entertainment operators have continually requested later closing times....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Maya Bay to close! Top 10 cleanest in Phuket? Yingluck in London? || September 29 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 29 Maya Bay to close next year! Top 10 cleanest in Phuket? DSI looks into Phuket land! Governments new Taxi app! Yingluck in London? Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
DSI suspects deadly foul play in B1.4bn Phuket land swindle | Phuket News
PHUKET: Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Deputy Chief Lt Col Prawut Wongsrinil suspects that a Phuket man’s death “might not have been an accident” amid a B1.4 billion land swindle for a plot with “sea views” on the island’s east coast....
Alcohol sales ban in Phuket on Oct 5, other days not yet confirmed | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Police Chief Col Tassanai Orarigdech has confirmed that alcohol sales will be banned on Oct 5 as required by law to honour Wan Org Pansa, which marks the end of Buddhist Lent, but says that he has yet to receive any notices to enforce a ban on the sale of alcohol on any other days in October....
Phuket tour bus catches fire | Phuket News
PHUKET: Quick action by firefighters prevented a possible explosion as a tour bus engine burst into flames in Phuket Town late yesterday afternoon (Sept 29)....
Phuket lifeguards rescue, revive ‘thankless tourist’ from drowning | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket lifeguards on the last day before they exit the beaches – to be replaced by a motley crew of Navy personnel, Civil Defense volunteers and a handful of actual lifeguards hired for the coming month – today (Sept 30) rescued another tourist caught in a dangerous rip tide at Surin Beach....
US, South Korea Mull Military Response to Second North Korean ICBM Test Launch | Phuket News
Top U.S. and South Korean defense officials discussed possible military action after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile that some analysts believe is powerful enough to reach the continental United States. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford and Admiral Harry Harris, who is commander of U.S. Pacific forces, spoke by telephone with General Lee Sun-jin, who is the chairman of South Korea's joint chiefs, following the North Korean launch earlier Friday.
North Korea fires another missile that may have landed in Japan’s waters | Phuket News
North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Friday in a late-night test launch from its northern Jangang province that landed in the sea off its east coast, possibly in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, South Korea and Japan said. The launch took place at 11.41 pm HKT on Friday, an official at South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The US Defence Department also confirmed the launch as a ballistic missile, saying it was making further assessments. South Korean President......
North Korea Apparently Fires Missile | Phuket News
North Korea fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile late on Friday from its northern Jangang province that landed in the sea off its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news reported citing its military. The launch took place at 11:41 p.m. (1441 GMT), Yonhap news said citing the South's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Pentagon said on Friday it had detected a North Korean ballistic missile launch and was carrying out assessments to gather further information.      ...
South Korea president adopts meat farm rescue dog | Phuket News
Moon Jae-in makes good his election promise to adopt a rescued animal as the country's
North Korea: Coach Andersen eyes World Cup return and says sport can build bridges | Phuket News
FORMER Norway striker Joern Andersen had long held an interest in coaching in Asia – but he never imagined he would end up working in one of the world’s most secretive nations. But last year the 54-year-old, who had spent his entire playing and coaching career in Europe, was appointed North Korea’s first foreign coach in more than a quarter of a century. And he is now setting his sights on leading the nation to the 2019 Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates – followed by a third World Cup. SEE ALSO: South Korea: Fairy tales overcome nightmares at militarised border town “I came last May to Pyongyang and I’m living there and I work with the national team like a club team every day and I’m very satisfied with the situation,” Andersen told Reuters. “At the end of 2015, I was coaching at Austria Salzburg and a businessman from Germany...
Starbucks Korea blasted for selling beverage with blended bottle cap | Phuket News
 By Park Jae-hyuk A Starbucks store in South Korea sold a drink containing dozens of plastic particles to a pregnant woman, the global coffee chain’s Korean unit admitted. The particles fell into the beverage when a barista unknowingly dropped a bottle cap from a bottle of mango juice into a blender. Although Starbucks Coffee Korea said the customer accepted the company’s apology, it has come under criticism for the store’s poor response to her. Earlier this......
Out of the doghouse: South Korea’s President Moon adopts abused pooch | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has welcomed a new member into his family: Tory, a black mutt who was reportedly heading for the dinner table before being rescued two years ago. The pooch’s previous owner was an old man notorious for abusing dogs and eating them, according to CARE, the animal rights group responsible for rescuing Tory. Moon, an animal-lover who had pledged to adopt Tory during his presidential campaign, welcomed the animal home on Wednesday, his office said in a......
Why Would a Defector Return to North Korea? It's Complicated | Phuket News
The case of a Korean woman who defected from North Korea, made a new life for herself as a TV personality in the South and then
Formula One: Petronas extends sponsorship of Mercedes | Phuket News
MALAYSIAN state oil and gas firm Petronas has signed a multi-year extension to its title sponsorship of Formula One champion Mercedes despite Malaysia dropping off the race calendar after this season, the team said on Saturday. The deal was signed at the end of last year but kept under wraps by both parties. “We intend to stay the course,” Petronas president and group chief executive Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said in a statement at the British Grand Prix. “With new rules and regulations for this year, and many new things for the fans, the sport is increasing in terms of audience and that’s great.” Formula One changed ownership in January, with US-based Liberty Media taking over. – Reuters The post Formula One: Petronas extends sponsorship of Mercedes appeared first on Asian Correspondent....
Malaysia releases Thai ex-separatist leader | Phuket News
Malaysia has released a former senior leader of the Pattani United Liberation Organisation (PULO) Ismail Ternang after he was found innocent. Ismail Ternang or known by Thai security officials as Hayi Sama-eh Thanam returned to Thailand’s Pattani province two days ago. He told Thai authorities upon arrival at the Thai border that on June 18, Malaysian police searched his family-run restaurant in Perak claiming that he had gun in possession. But after they found nothing illegal, the Malaysian police then invited him to the police station to question in a case which a Thai worker was shot dead in Malaysia. The police said they learned that the worker has tried to see him. No charge was filed against him, he said and added he was well-treated while being in the custody of Malaysian authorities for 28 days.   The post Malaysia releases Thai ex-separatist leader appeared first on Thai PBS...
Malaysia: Politics will be politics… always dirty, no matter the side | Phuket News
THE NEW opposition coalition in Malaysia, Pakatan Harapan, has finally revealed its leadership lineup. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is chairman, jailed former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim is de facto leader while his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is coalition president. When unveiling the lineup last week, Dr Mahathir inadvertently made a joke when he referred to Mohamad Sabu, the president of component party Amanah, as the president of Umno. Umno, short for the United Malays National Organisation, is the lynchpin party of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition… and Dr Mahathir’s former political platform. The irony in politics can sometimes be pretty amusing; if you look at the new Pakatan Harapan leadership, you’ll see long-time sworn enemies now standing together as friends and partners. Case in point: Dr Mahathir and Anwar. Who could forget how in the 1990s, Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar who was then...
ASEAN in 2025 | Phuket News
Will ASEAN ever progress beyond being a forum to discuss, and sometimes settle, differences? In November 2015, the ten Heads of State/Government of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed the “Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together” at the 27th ASEAN Summit. The signing capped off what was a celebration of “the formal establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015” but also served as a vision statement ahead of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. In a follow-up document titled “ASEAN Community Vision 2025”, an ASEAN community was to be built on two other fronts besides the economic: political-security and socio-cultural. It was effectively a reiteration of ASEAN’s original goals of accelerating economic growth and promoting regional peace. “It is because of the political stability and security provided by ASEAN that ASEAN has become the economic dynamo that it is today,” says Elizabeth Buensuceso, the Philippines’ permanent representative to ASEAN....
Malaysia: Opposition says it’s ready to hunt govt’s ‘pirate ship’ to expose alleged wrong-doings | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’S once-fractured opposition insists that it is not dead in the water and has vowed expose the allegedly hidden wrong-doings of the current administration if it takes federal power. The opposition said it is ready to set sail to hunt for the ruling coalition’s treasure-filled “pirate ship” amid scandals surrounding the government, as the country gears up for its looming general elections due in 2018. In response to Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s comparison of the opposition to a proverbial sinking ship, Fahmi Fadzil, the communications director of the People’s Justice Party (PKR), said the current administration is in panic mode as the Pakatan Harapan (Hope’s Pact) opposition alliance is now “more than ready” to begin its hunt for the ruling government’s “piracy vessel”. “And when the pirate ship of the (ruling) UMNO-BN (United Malays National Organisation-National Front) is defeated, we will surely be able to trace the ‘treasure...
If Anwar and Mahathir have kissed and made up, should Najib be worried? | Phuket News
Nineteen years ago Mahathir Mohamad, while prime minister of Malaysia, denounced his freshly sacked deputy Anwar Ibrahim as “morally unfit” for leadership, following allegations of corruption and sodomy. Now the duo – formerly known for a father-and-son-like closeness – has seemingly reunited to take down a common foe: embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is facing global scrutiny following his alleged involvement in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)......
Malaysian opposition to release Anwar ‘within a week’ if it takes power – Dr Mahathir | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’S former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Friday said opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan (Hope’s Pact) is committing to the process of releasing imprisoned de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim within one week if it assumes power in the next general elections. The former premier, who was recently appointed Pakatan Harapan chairman, said the opposition pact would seek a royal pardon for Anwar who is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for his second sodomy conviction. “We will wait for the law to take its course, not immediately because the prime minister who takes over will have a lot to do,” the statesman, who ruled the country for 22 years, told reporters after attending the pact’s presidential council meeting early Friday morning. SEE ALSO: Dr Mahathir’s comeback renews Malaysia’s opposition in looming polls Dr Mahathir, who defected to the opposition after a fallout with the ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) party led...
Cardinal George Pell returns to Australia to face historical sex offences | Phuket News
The most senior Vatican cleric to ever be charged in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal returned to Australia on Monday to stand trial in his home state on charges alleging he sexually assaulted multiple people years ago. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ top financial adviser, avoided waiting media when he arrived at Sydney Airport on a flight from Singapore. He had declined to comment in Singapore over the weekend as he made his way home from Rome. The 76-year-old cleric is......
One of the biggest funds in Asia is cautious about investing over the next decade | Phuket News
Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC said it was turning cautious and expected returns to slow over the next decade....
Cardinal Lands in Australia to Face Sexual Abuse Charges | Phuket News
The most senior Vatican cleric to be implicated in the Roman Catholic Church child abuse scandal returned to Australia on Monday to stand trial in his home state on multiple charges of sexual assault from years ago.   Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser, avoided waiting media when he arrived at Sydney Airport on a flight from Singapore.   Australia's senior Catholic had declined to comment to media who questioned him in Singapore at the weekend as he made his way home from Rome.   The 76-year-old cleric is due to appear in a court in the Victoria state capital Melbourne on July 26 on what Victoria Police described as multiple counts of
One of the biggest funds in Asia is worried about investing over the next decade | Phuket News
Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC said it was turning cautious and expected returns to slow over the next decade....
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe has ‘routine medical check-up’ ... in Singapore | Phuket News
Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”, state media reported on Sunday. “President Mugabe on Friday left the country for Singapore for a routine medical check-up,” the Sunday Mail newspaper reported. The paper said the veteran ruler is expected back in Zimbabwe midweek. Mugabe’s medical trips to the Southeast Asia city state have become more frequent in recent years. His previous visit was in May, also......
Cardinal Pell on way home to face abuse charges | Phuket News
MELBOURNE -- A top Vatican official charged in his native Australia with historical sex crimes is on his way home where he is due in court, Australia's Channel 9 reported, as it broadcast video of the adviser to Pope Francis on a stop-off in Singapore....
Cardinal Pell spotted in Singapore ahead of Melbourne court appearance | Phuket News
CARDINAL George Pell is in Singapore for a short break before his court appearance this month-end in Melbourne, Australia, where he has been charged with historical sex crimes. A video obtained by 9News shows the 76-year-old looking relaxed in casual attire as he sits with a friend outside an ice cream shop in the island state. The tourist who was shooting the video is later heard telling Pell that his mother wanted to know if he was innocent. In his response, Pell said: “Tell her that I am”. In its article on the matter on Saturday, 9News said the video was taken earlier in the day. According to Sky News, it was the first time Pell was seen outside of Rome since charges were laid on him. The cardinal is currently on leave of absence from his duties in the Vatican so he can defend himself in court where he...
An iconic flea market older than Singapore itself is closing down | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The two-lane, open-air flea market is a throwback to yesteryear and is known for its kooky finds and unique second hand bric-a-brac....
Singapore, Australia join UK, US in first global effort against ‘grand corruption’ | Phuket News
A UK-led multinational centre comprising law enforcement agencies from the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand was launched this week in what is said to be the first global partnership to coordinate action against grand corruption. The International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACC) hosted by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) aims to bring together enforcers from multiple jurisdictions across the world for the purpose of improving fast-time intelligence sharing, assisting countries that have suffered from grand corruption and bringing corrupt elites to justice. Today we launch the IACCC – working with global enforcement partners to tackle international corruption https://t.co/O5lBtzwjw1 @NCA_UK pic.twitter.com/iuihGvkPam — Nigel Kirby (@NCA_NigelKirby) July 5, 2017 “There is no doubt that the world’s major economies are abused by corrupt leaders. We have a responsibility to guard against that abuse, limit the damage it causes to countries already battling poverty, and pursue the individuals who put self-interest above...
Duterte renews Mindanao peace push amid Marawi stand-off | Phuket News
President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking to revive a peace accord aimed at ending decades of insurgency in Mindanao in the southern Philippines, where government troops have battled Islamic State-linked militants for two months. As much as 30 per cent of the bill that Duterte’s predecessor failed to pass has been revised, with the draft now providing for other Muslim groups to be included in the process, Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said on Monday at a......
Thailand: Women rights defenders at higher risk of threats | Phuket News
ACTIVISM and defending human rights are challenging and sometimes, dangerous.  Due to the nature of the work, many activists find themselves in positions that can cause them genuine harm. It takes passion, commitment, a thick skin and courage to pursue careers in defending human rights. More so, working in complex geopolitical locations amplifies this risk. Especially – according to a new report – if you’re a woman. Pranom Somwong has been protecting human rights for over fifteen years. At Protection International, an NGO that offers tools and strategies to people who defend human rights, she knows the importance of safeguarding individuals. When embracing the watchdog function of human rights defence, she understands her work is not always safe. That’s why she highlights the importance of taking precautions and encouraging protection. SEE ALSO: Philippines the ‘deadliest’ country in Asia for environmental activists – group  “Since the coup in 2014, women human rights defenders...
Thailand: Women’s rights defenders at higher risk of threats | Phuket News
ACTIVISM and defending human rights are challenging and sometimes, dangerous.  Due to the nature of the work, many activists find themselves in positions that can cause them genuine harm. It takes passion, commitment, a thick skin and courage to pursue careers in defending human rights. More so, working in complex geopolitical locations amplifies this risk. Especially – according to a new report – if you’re a woman. Pranom Somwong has been protecting human rights for over fifteen years. At Protection International, an NGO that offers tools and strategies to people who defend human rights, she knows the importance of safeguarding individuals. When embracing the watchdog function of human rights defence, she understands her work is not always safe. That’s why she highlights the importance of taking precautions and encouraging protection. SEE ALSO: Philippines the ‘deadliest’ country in Asia for environmental activists – group  “Since the coup in 2014, women human rights defenders...
Abu Sayyaf Suspected in Philippines Abductions, Jailbreak | Phuket News
Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted four workers in a school in a southern Philippine province where President Rodrigo Duterte recently visited troops waging an offensive against the militants, officials said Sunday.   About 20 militants barged into a grade school compound in Sulu province’s Patikul town shortly after midnight Saturday and seized six painters and carpenters, one of whom managed to escape and alerted the police. Army troops later rescued another worker.    Duterte pinned medals on wounded troops during brief visit Saturday to Sulu, a predominantly Muslim province about 590 miles (950 kilometers) south of Manila. The tough-talking president has ordered government forces to destroy the ransom-seeking militants who still hold several foreign and Filipino hostages in Sulu’s jungles. Prisoner escape Also early Sunday, 14 inmates, including suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters and drug dealers, escaped from a jail in a new building that also houses the police headquarters in...
Philippines: Three killed, one injured in prison breakout in restive Jolo | Phuket News
AUTHORITIES in the Philippines said three inmates were killed on Sunday and another was wounded following a prison escape in Jolo, a southern Island notoriously known as a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf militants. According to the South China Morning Post (via the AFP) the dead and wounded were among 14 prison escapees who fled a police station lock-up in the restive island. Provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Mario Buyuccan was quoted as saying that some of those who escaped were linked to the Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist militant group responsible for a series of kidnap-for-ransom cases. “They cut the bars of the jail and jumped from the second floor to the roof of the municipal hall building next door. Our troops responded and the inmates were killed and wounded in hot pursuit operations,” Buyuccan was quoted as saying. “Some inmates are associated with the membership of the Abu Sayyaf.” SEE ALSO: Philippines...
New kidnappings, jailbreak hit restive Philippine island | Phuket News
Jolo, Philippines - Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted four workers in a school in a southern Philippine province where President Rodrigo Duterte visited troops waging an offensive against the militants, officials said Sunday....
Thailand: Education reforms as elusive as ever | Phuket News
LAST week, students across Thailand returned to school for a new academic year, and with it came the prospect of new friends, new teachers and new experiences. However, one aspect of school life in Thailand will continue to remain unchanged, and that is the outdated and ineffective approach to teaching, learning and assessment. The failings of the Thai education system have been well documented, with the country consistently ranking poorly in international reports. In last year’s PISA report, Thailand was left struggling near the bottom of the education rankings, with scores in Mathematics (415), Science (421) and reading (409) well below the median scores of 490 points. In the most recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Thailand came some way short of the 500 point median score with 431 points in the mathematics tests and 456 points in the science tests. In contrast, Asian neighbours, including South Korea,...
Vietnam Takes Asia Lead in Figuring Out Trump Policy on South China Sea | Phuket News
Vietnam's prime minister will be hoping for answers for Southeast Asia about the future role of the United States in helping the region resist Chinese expansion in a widely disputed sea. Next week Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is expected to become the first Southeast Asian leader to visit the White House since Trump took office in January. Trade and maritime claims in the disputed South China Sea are expected to be high on the agenda.  Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines claim parts of the South China Sea, while China and Taiwan claim all of it. Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, who ran a much-hyped “pivot to Asia” policy, had helped Southeast Asian countries with defense against Beijing. But it is not yet clear what direction the Trump administration will take. “Being the first Southeast Asian leader to visit Washington, the Vietnamese prime minister will want to explore U.S. plans...
Drowning remains a leading cause of death among VN children | Phuket News
Drowning remains one of the leading causes of death among children in Vietnam with 3,300 fatalities in 2012 and 1,800 in 2014, according to Vietnam News Online on Monday. Concern about the problem resurfaces ahead of the summer months when many children go swimming and many do not have swimming skills, said Dang Hoa Nam, director of the Child Care and Protection Department. Although Vietnam boasts 3,260 km of coastlines and many rivers and lakes, swimming is only taught as an extra-curricular activity or at courses outside schools. A recent survey by the department shows only 35 percent of children in the Mekong Delta and 10 percent in the Red River Delta can swim. The rate of children in cities who can swim is much lower. In late 2010, the government approved a 10-year strategy aimed at having all schools include swimming lessons in their extra-curriculum activities and universalize swimming...
Dough kidding | Phuket News
How strict quality control and unusual Asian toppings helped a Japanese expat build a popular pizza chain in Vietnam....
Apec trade ministers omit protectionism pledge | Phuket News
HANOI - Asia-Pacific trade ministers issued a diluted “actions” statement after a weekend meeting in Vietnam, suggesting further pressure from the United States to avoid explicit pledges to combat protectionism....
Pacific ministers commit to move ahead with TPP without US | Phuket News
The Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam committed on Sunday to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay said the remaining 11 TPP countries are open to others joining provided they accept the trade agreement’s high standards on labour and environmental protection. He said the door remains open to the US, even after President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact in January, saying he......
Vietnam: TPP members vow to try and push on with deal sans Trump | Phuket News
SOME member states of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have agreed to try and continue with the deal, after US President Donald Trump pulled out in January soon after taking office. Meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sunday morning, 11 remaining nations agreed that they would explore ways to continue with TPP without the United States. It falls short of an immediate commitment to push on with the deal. “The countries are going to put forward proposals on how to take TPP forward in November,” said New Zealand trade minister Todd McClay on Sunday, as quoted by Reuters. SEE ALSO: Vietnam: China, US at odds as Asia-Pacific leaders discuss free trade As part of his “America First” approach, Trump pulled out of TPP soon after his inauguration calling it a “job killer.” The agreement aimed to significantly reduce barriers to trade and establish...
Jokowi, Najib to attend Saudi anti-terrorism summit along with Trump | Phuket News
INDONESIAN President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will both attend an anti-terrorism forum of predominantly Muslim leaders in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, where they will be joined by US President Donald Trump. More than 50 heads of state of Muslim-majority nations and security experts will attend the so-called Riyadh Forum on Countering Extremism and Fighting Terrorism on Sunday, sponsored by the 34-member Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism. Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif and the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah will also be in attendance. With Riyadh the first stop on his first overseas trip as President, Trump is set to sign off on a US$10 billion deal to supply arms to Saudi Arabia, reports The Financial Times. Through what is one of the biggest arms deals in history, he hopes to help establish an “Arab NATO” to combat Iran. Trump will also deliver a speech about...
Asia Pacific Trade Ministers Meet, Seek to Revive TPP | Phuket News
The Pacific Rim trade ministers started their two-day meeting in Hanoi Saturday focusing on free trade and regional economic integration amid fears of growing trade protectionism. U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made his international debut at the gathering of 21 ministers from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Trans Pacific Partnership On the sidelines of the meeting, trade ministers from the remaining 11 countries involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact are scheduled to meet Sunday seeking to revive the agreement after the U.S. pulled out. Alan Bollard, executive director of APEC Secretariat, said the ministers may either change some of the articles and put the pact into force or discuss it further. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the TPP soon after taking office in January, something he championed during his presidential campaigns as part of his “America First” trade policy. Vietnam and Malaysia had been...
Bakso: Extreme meatball craze hits Indonesia | Phuket News
One restaurant in Indonesia is taking the classic bakso noodle soup to a whole new level....
Asia in 3 minutes: Indonesians turn on pro-gay Starbucks, Duterte turns cannibal, and Malaysian men turn frisky over petrol station advert | Phuket News
Indonesian Muslims call for Starbucks boycott over gay policy Muslims in Indonesia have been urged to boycott Starbucks by major Islamic groups that accuse the coffee chain of being pro-gay. Leaders of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second-biggest mass Muslim organisation, urged the government to revoke the company’s business licence for its stance on gay issues. A Muhammadiyah leader, Yunahar Ilyas, said the group was calling on “Muslims to not drink in Starbucks so that the......
Indonesia teenager marries woman in her 70s | Phuket News
The wedding is in breach of both custom and the law and has drawn both attention and concern....
20 years after the Asian Financial Crisis, Indonesia has lessons learned — and warnings | Phuket News
Twenty years on, the Asian Financial Crisis has taught Indonesia lessons about maintaining healthy debt levels, according to a former finance minister....
Indonesia: Cops question Trump’s business partner over alleged threats | Phuket News
POLICE in Jakarta on Friday hauled up US President Donald Trump’s Indonesian business partner-cum-politician for questioning over alleged threats against a public prosecutor in early 2016. According to the The Jakarta Post, a spokesman said Hary Tanoesoedibjo, better known as Tanoe, was summoned by police as as suspect in the case after an investigation order was issued against the media and property mogul. “A notification letter dated June 15 has been issued, which allows an investigation into him as a suspect,” National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Rikwanto was quoted as saying. The head of the Attorney-General’s Office’s sub-directorate for special crimes, Yulianto — who only goes by one name — had filed a report against the billionaire alleging the latter had sent threats to him via text messages early last year. Yulianto claimed the threats were believed to be connected to a graft case involving telecommunications company Mobile-8 Telecom, which...
Indonesia police question Trump partner over threat claims | Phuket News
Police are questioning the Indonesian business partner of President Donald Trump over allegations he sent threatening text messages to a deputy attorney general. A smiling Hary Tanoesoedibjo arrived at the national police’s Criminal Investigation Agency in central Jakarta on Friday morning after failing to comply with a summons for questioning last week. The 51-year-old billionaire, better known as Tanoe, is barred from leaving Indonesia from June 22 to July 12, which could be extended at......
Thousands of Migrant Workers Arrested in Malaysia in Major Crackdown | Phuket News
More than 2,000 illegal migrant workers in Malaysia are facing deportation amid one of the largest crackdowns in recent years, with campaigners concerned this has forced immigrants into hiding and increased the risk of human trafficking. Malaysia relies heavily on migrant workers from countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal for jobs shunned by the locals such as those on plantations and in construction. It has some two million registered migrant workers but also an equal number of undocumented ones. A senior immigration official said 2,309 undocumented workers have been arrested during mass raids across the country since July 1 in places like factories and restaurants.
Malaysia, Indonesia Muslim groups call for Starbucks boycott | Phuket News
JAKARTA - Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain's support for LGBT rights....
Indonesia: Cops to question Jokowi’s son over blasphemy allegations | Phuket News
INDONESIAN police on Thursday says it is planning to question President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s youngest son over allegations of blasphemy and hate speech. The Associated Press quoted police spokesman Argo Yuwono as saying the authorities had received a complaint about a video featuring 22-year-old Kaesang Pangarep uploaded on YouTube in May. Stretching nearly three minutes, the video entitled “Ask Daddy for a Project” allegedly featured Kaesang, a regular video blogger, making criticisms on the state of cronyism and nepotism, in a jab directed at children of politicians who sought business favours. SEE ALSO: Disagreeing with critics, Jokowi insists Indonesia still a model of moderate Islam In the video, Kaesang was said to have taken a swipe at Indonesians who supported the idea of denying funeral rites for those who voted for non-Muslim leaders. The video also included footage of children demonstrating against former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who was...
Police Investigate Indonesian President's Son for Blasphemy | Phuket News
Indonesian police are investigating an allegation of blasphemy against the youngest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said Thursday that police plan to summon Kaesang Pangarep for questioning after receiving a complaint about a video he uploaded to YouTube in May. The video entitled “Ask Daddy for a Project” - a reference to children of politicians who seek business favors - includes criticism of Indonesians who during recent sectarian tensions in the Muslim-majority nation declared they would refuse funeral rites for those who supported non-Muslims as leaders. Indonesia's draconian blasphemy law is often used to attack minorities and political foes. The former governor of Jakarta, a minority Christian, is serving a two-year prison sentence for blasphemy after being sentenced in May....
Phuket ladies’ underwear thief caught on CCTV | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police have been called on to track down a light-fingered panty thief snatching several women’s undergarments from clothes racks at an apartment block in Wichit this morning (Sept 30)....
Phuket Opinion: Silence screams loudest | Phuket News
PHUKET: In the most recent exodus, more than 430,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border into Bangladesh, bringing the total number who have taken flight to somewhere around 750,000 and creating a humanitarian disaster waiting to happen if aid is not provided quickly and regularly. That’s the entire resident population of Phuket up and gone… and to this The Phuket News has not seen a single appeal for relief supplies or aid from the government or private industry....
Chinese woman, 22, drowns at Phuket beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: The body of a 22-year-old Chinese tourist who disappeared in strong surf on Saturday (Sept 30) was found washed ashore at Kata Beach last night (Oct 1)....
Motorbike bridge crash sends Ukrainian flying into Phuket canal | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 55-year-old Ukrainian man escaped serious after his motorbike struck a bridge, sending him plunging four metres below into a small canal in Kathu last night (Oct 1)....
SPECIAL REPORT: How Phuket’s ‘band-aid’ lifeguards are failing | Phuket News
PHUKET: Despite officials putting on a brave face with public announcements that it is “business as usual” and that all is well as tourists are being protected from strong surf and rip currents at Phuket’s beaches, one tourist has drowned and several others were rescued at beaches along the west coast over the weekend....
Beach, coral reef clean-up nets 506kg of garbage | Phuket News
PHUKET: A mass clean-up operation gathered total of 506kg of garbage from a coral reef and the beach at Ao Kluay at Racha Noi Island yesterday (Oct 1)....
Monsoon weather leaves garbage strewn along Phuket beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: Officials today moved to clear garbage and other debris strewn along Nai Yang Beach that has been pushed onshore by the southwest monsoon over the past few days....
Phuket weather alert warns of more heavy rain, flooding | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has issued another weather alert for Phuket, warning of heavy rain causing possible flooding and waves of up to two meters, which are forecast to continue until Friday (Oct 6)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Man in canal! 80m waterfall found? Early days of lifeguard strike! || October 2 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - October 2 Dramatic rescue of man in canal! First days of Phuket lifeguard strike! Thailand’s newly discovered waterfall! Pattaya crackdown to be taken nationwide? Thailand “monitoring” Rohingya situation. Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketnews.com || #Phuket...
ISLA sends expert trainers amid Phuket lifeguard crisis | Phuket News
PHUKET: While the Phuket lifeguard crisis continues, a ray of light has shone through with confirmation that in November the International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA) will be sending 20 Humanitarian Lifeguard Trainers from around the world to conduct their international certification course....
Fairy Tales Overcome Nightmares at South Korea's Militarized Border Town | Phuket News
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 militarized border. The malls are in the city of Paju, gateway to the U.N. truce village of Panmunjom, where military officers from the combatants of the 1950-53 Korean war discuss armistice matters -- when the two sides are on speaking terms, which they aren't these days.
North Korea is more erratic than ever, but South Korea is in no rush for US missile defense | Phuket News
South Korea is in no hurry to set up an advanced missile defense system designed to protect its shores from North Korean aggression....
South Korea: Fairy tales overcome nightmares at militarised border town | Phuket News
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. The malls are in the city of Paju, gateway to the UN truce village of Panmunjom, where military officers from the combatants of the 1950-53 Korean war discuss armistice matters — when the two sides are on speaking terms, which they aren’t these days. “Fairy tales come true in Paju”, is the advertising lure from the Korean Tourism Board. But it was nightmares that were all too true here during the Korean war, when Paju featured some of its fiercest battles. Paju is home to the country’s only “enemy’s cemetery”, where the remains of Chinese and North Korean soldiers are buried. That’s all but forgotten history now. On the rooftop of the Lotte Premium Outlet, children and their...
China and US Face 'Historic Challenge,' Beijing Envoy Says | Phuket News
The United States and China face a
TV ban lifted ahead of sentencing of South Korea’s former president Park, Samsung chief | Phuket News
South Korea’s Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted a ban on the filming of trials, opening the possibility of live TV coverage of the sentencing of disgraced president Park Geun-hye and Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong. At a rare meeting of justices presided over by Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae, the court adopted new regulations on filming of trials, effective August 1. “With the amendment, live TV coverage of lower court and appeals court sentencings will be permitted”, it said. The......
Cuban Activists Say North Korea Fighting Losing Censorship Battle | Phuket News
Despite North Korea’s increased efforts to prevent outside information from entering the country, international activists say technology and market forces will eventually overcome state censorship. North Korea is one of the most isolated nations in the world, where foreign media is prohibited and most people don't have access to the Internet. The repressive state has even executed citizens for distributing media from South Korea, according to the Transitional Justice Working Group that documents human rights abuses in North Korea. Familiar pattern Still it is following a pattern similar to other authoritarian regimes that view knowledge as power and have tried to limit and control access to outside information.  This according to leaders from Cuban and Myanmar (or Burmese) independent organizations working to evade authoritarian censorship and outside information restrictions in their own countries, who were recently in Seoul to share their experiences and strategies with Korean counterparts. “I believe that...
Police in South Korea track 900 defectors from the North | Phuket News
By Kim Se-jeong  In the wake of a famous North Korean defector’s return home, police are tracking down 900 defectors whose whereabouts in Korea are unclear. The National Policy Agency said it instructed intelligence officers to step up their efforts to prevent defectors from going back. More than 30,000 from the North are currently living in the South. On July 9, Im Ji-hyun, a defector who was well-known in the South, appeared in a propaganda video on Uriminzokkiri, a......
South Korea sees 2017 growth at fastest in three years, pushes consumption and jobs | Phuket News
South Korea raised its 2017 growth outlook on Tuesday and vowed to push consumption and jobs through its fiscal policy....
Who learns foreign language better - introverts or extraverts Chinese students? | Phuket News
Jul 14, 2017 Picture:  Extravert Chinese students learning English as a second language are likely to perform better in speaking and reading, but less proficient in listening than their introvert counterparts, according to a study published in Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (JSSH). Selangor, Malaysia, July 14, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - In Chinese culture, students are expected to listen to their teachers attentively, as opposed to Western culture where class participation is encouraged. The Chinese culture is influenced by Confucian values, including collectivism, socialisation for achievement, and high acceptance of power and authority. Some studies have suggested that such introversion hinders Chinese students' ability to learn English as a second language. However, it is unclear if a relationship exists between extraversion-introversion traits and English language proficiency for nonnative speakers. In an ongoing debate, psychologists argue introverts are less susceptible to distraction and have better long-term memory,...
Seychelles debris 'not from MH370' | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian official says two pieces of debris found in the Seychelles did not belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370....
'I know this is hard, but we can't afford to keep the panda any more' | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - High costs are forcing Malaysia to send a giant panda to live in China....
Malaysia: Deputy PM confirms caning under Syariah law ‘only’ for Muslims | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has emphasised legislative changes introducing public caning for moral offences in Kelantan is “only” for Muslims in the conservative northeastern state. News agency Bernama quoted Zahid on Thursday as saying “I have not received details on the tabling of the Bill and of the amendments, but I feel what they’ve done should be seen in the context of this law being only for Muslims in Kelantan.” Earlier this week Kelantan’s leader Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah confirmed the state legislative assembly had altered its Syariah criminal code of 2002 so as to allow Islamic courts to hand down public caning as a punishment. SEE ALSO: Malaysian state approves public caning for Syariah offences “However, although the amendments have been passed, these still require the consent of the Kelantan Sultan for implementation,” Zahid said. ...
Malaysian state introduces public caning for sharia crimes | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian state of Kelantan amended its Islamic laws on Wednesday to allow public canings, sparking criticism that the change was unconstitutional and could infringe on the rights of religious minorities....
Malaysian state approves public caning for Syariah offences | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’S northeastern state of Kelantan has made amendments to its religious Islamic laws to allow public caning against “criminals” who breach its strict Syariah code. The New Straits Times quoted Kelantan Chief Minister Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah as saying the state legislative assembly had amended the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 to include public caning as an option for the state’s Islamic courts. “However, with the amendment, the sentencing can be carried out in public or prison depending on the court’s decision. This is in accordance with Islam, as in the sentencing must be done in public,” he said after closing a state assembly session on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Do we really need to strengthen Malaysia’s Syariah courts?  The state’s Islamic Development, Dakwah (propagation) and Information committee chairman Nassuruddin Daud, who proposed the amendment to the law, said it needed to be changed as it had been 15 years...
1MDB vs 38 Oxley Road: why Malaysia envies Singapore | Phuket News
The family feud dominating public life in Singapore has crossed the Causeway, as Malaysians marvel at the Lion City premier’s open handling of the saga – and compare it to the closed-door approach of their own leader, Najib Razak, regarding his alleged links to a scandal at the state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has won widespread praise for his handling of what many believe should have been kept a private......
Over 120 Nations Adopt First Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons | Phuket News
A U.N. conference adopted an international treaty banning nuclear weapons Friday, but the world's nine nuclear powers boycotted the proceedings, leaving its impact in doubt. The treaty — adopted by 122 countries, with the Netherlands voting against it and Singapore abstaining — was greeted with sustained applause and a standing ovation by delegates. The treaty prohibits states that sign and ratify it from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing or otherwise acquiring, possessing or stockpiling nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. It also forbids parties from using or threatening to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. The treaty will enter into force once 50 states have signed and ratified it.
Dozens Of Illegal Motorbike Riders Arrested At BTS Mo Chit | Phuket News
At least 25 unofficial motorcycle taxi operators were arrested Friday at BTS Mo Chit. In an ongoing crackdown on unsanctioned operators, police and soldiers were stopping and charging them with either using a personal vehicle for a taxi service or wearing an unauthorized taxi vest. They were fined 2,000 baht and their vehicles were impounded within seven days, according to Kosit Eimla-or, head of Land Transportation Department’s Inspection Section. If they repeat the crime, Kosit said, they will lose their driver’s licenses. Singapore-based Grab and California-based Uber are both illegal in Thailand, according to the authorities. While the government says they are not properly registered with the Land Transport Department, the services continue to operate despite being ordered last year to halt. Dozens of drivers have since been arrested for ignoring the ban. Khaosod English The post Dozens Of Illegal Motorbike Riders Arrested At BTS Mo Chit appeared first on...
Myanmar Tycoon Says Economy Neglected by Suu Kyi's Government | Phuket News
Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun, one of the wealthiest men in Asia, said on Thursday the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has neglected the nation's much-needed economic reform. Pun, Pun, head of property-to-banking conglomerate First Myanmar Investment, urged authorities to give more attention to growth in one of the region's poorest countries. He said Myanmar's economy “has not performed well enough” more than one year after its first de facto civilian leader Suu Kyi swept to power in a historic vote. Myanmar's economic growth, albeit still relatively strong, has slowed since she took power, while foreign direct investment has fallen sharply. Its gross domestic product growth fell to 6.3 percent in 2016, a full percentage point lower than the previous year, according to the International Monetary Fund. “They have definitely neglected on the economy side. They have not realized the importance of the economy,” Pun told an event held...
US, Others Look to China to Help Increase Pressure on North Korea | Phuket News
The United States is calling for a tough response to North Korea’s launch this week of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and one key country Washington and others are looking to for help is China, particularly as the U.S. seeks to draw up new and tighter sanctions.   North Korea is expected to be a key topic when Chinese leader Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump host talks on the sidelines of this week's Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.   Japan, South Korea and the United States are also scheduled to hold trilateral talks on North Korea during the summit on Friday and Saturday.   Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, has called on China to do more to increase pressure on Pyongyang.  
Is this the end of Singapore’s Lee family row? | Phuket News
Questions remain over whether Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has fully weathered the political storm caused by the abuse of power allegations made against him by his estranged younger siblings, despite the two sides signalling they wish to draw a line under the saga. In a joint statement on Thursday morning, his two siblings Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling said: “We are not politicians and do not wish to see Singapore embroiled in a never-ending public argument......
Singapore PM’s siblings offer truce in family feud | Phuket News
The siblings of Singapore’s prime minister offered a truce on Thursday in an explosive family feud over the legacy of their late father, founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, saying they wanted to settle the matter privately. The tightly-controlled city-state has been captivated by the row over the future of the family bungalow, which has played out in a bitter back and forth across social media since it erupted last month. “For now, we will cease presenting further evidence on social......
Report: SCB halts $3bn insurance unit sale | Phuket News
HONG KONG/SINGAPORE - Siam Commercial Bank has halted the sale of its insurance unit, expected to fetch $3 billion (102.2 billion baht), as talks with potential bidder Hong Kong insurer FWD Group failed on valuation disagreements, three people familiar with the matter said....
Mahathir’s comeback renews Malaysia’s opposition in looming polls | Phuket News
PRIME Minister Najib Razak won Malaysia’s last general election, despite losing the popular vote. Since then, he has been embroiled in a corruption scandal that has been investigated in a half-dozen countries. Yet the avuncular leader with an aristocratic pedigree was still expecting to cruise to another election victory in polls due by mid-2018, maintaining his coalition’s record of unbroken rule since independence in 1957. Now, all bets are off. That’s because his former mentor and prime minister for 22 years, Mahathir Mohamad, who turns 92 next week, has agreed to join a fractured opposition alliance and head the government again if it wins. He would be the world’s oldest prime minister if that happened. Mahathir, along with Najib’s former deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin – fired last year for questioning his boss about the scandal – have formed a new party called Bersatu (Unite). It has opened branches in 165 of...
Philippines govt says it does not condone violence against environmentalists | Phuket News
THE Philippines has brushed aside a recent report which said the country was the third among the deadliest countries for environmental activists, local media reported. According to the Manila Times, the Malacanang presidential palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the government does not condone any form of violence against activists who defended the environment in the country. “The Philippines has been declared as among the deadliest countries in the world for environmental defenders for four straight years. Mining-related killings accounted for the plurality of these cases, with indigenous Lumad people as among the hardest hit, according to the report,” Abella said in a statement. “We do not condone such violence and intimidation.” Abella was referring to research by the international non-government organisation Global Witness which also said the Philippines was listed as the “deadliest” country in Asia for land and environmental defenders for the fourth year in a row in 2016....
China: Air force conducts ‘multiple’ long-range missions near Taiwan, Japan | Phuket News
CHINA’S air force said on Saturday that its fighters and bombers conducted “multiple” long-range drills far out at sea this week, including flying near Japan and self-ruled Taiwan, in what it said was a test of its ability to operate over the sea. In a statement on its official microblog, the air force said its aircraft had flown through both the Miyako Strait – which lies between two southern Japanese islands – and the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan and the Philippines. “China’s air force over the past week conducted multiple drills far out at sea, with H-6K bombers and many other types of aircraft flying through the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait, testing actual battle capabilities over the sea,” it said. SEE ALSO: Philippines, China still at odds over South China Sea a year after Hague ruling The exercises were part of routine drills planned for this year, accord with international...
China: Airforce conducts ‘multiple’ long-range missions near Taiwan, Japan | Phuket News
CHINA’S air force said on Saturday that its fighters and bombers conducted “multiple” long-range drills far out at sea this week, including flying near Japan and self-ruled Taiwan, in what it said was a test of its ability to operate over the sea. In a statement on its official microblog, the air force said its aircraft had flown through both the Miyako Strait – which lies between two southern Japanese islands – and the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan and the Philippines. “China’s air force over the past week conducted multiple drills far out at sea, with H-6K bombers and many other types of aircraft flying through the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait, testing actual battle capabilities over the sea,” it said. SEE ALSO: Philippines, China still at odds over South China Sea a year after Hague ruling The exercises were part of routine drills planned for this year, accord with international...
IDs for Muslims? A Philippine town’s response to terror says a lot about interfaith relations | Phuket News
“It is actually hilarious, if not tragically sad.” That is how Muslim lawyer Laisa Alamia described recent reports that a town on the island of Luzon, far from brutal fighting in the southern Philippines, is now bringing in ID cards exclusively for Muslims. Last week officials in the town of Paniqui, about 150km north of the capital Manila, said they would introduce the system, even though they had never had any problems with local Muslims. On May 23, Philippine President Rodrigo......
Thai cops arrest suspected ‘mastermind’ of Krabi family massacre | Phuket News
POLICE in Thailand on Saturday said they have arrested a suspect in the execution-style murders of eight members of a family in touristy Krabi province following the massacre that shocked the nation last week. According to the Bangkok Post, investigators from the police Crime Suppression Division believe the suspect played the role of the “mastermind” behind the brutal killings. A source close to the investigation, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said the suspect was believed to have spoken to Vorayuth Sanglang, the main target of the murder, before he was killed. The source said call records indicated that Vorayuth reportedly spoke to a friend on his mobile phone for over 10 minutes moments before he was gunned down. The source added the suspect was a “partner in a stone mill” as a dispute over a stone mill project was the...
Philippines: Duterte jokes about congratulating rapists for ‘having the balls’ | Phuket News
IN yet another rape joke, foul-mouthed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday quipped about congratulating rapists who commit the act even when they faced death. Duterte shared his new joke with Filipino diplomats in his hometown of Davao in defence of his brutal drug war which has claimed thousands of lives since he assumed office last year, according to the South China Post (via AFP). “What I don’t like are kids [being raped],” Duterte said in implying that the rapist would be lynched. “You can mess with, maybe Miss Universe. Maybe I will even congratulate you for having the balls to rape somebody when you know you are going to die for your crime.” Duterte’s remark was the latest in a series of unsavoury jokes as the leader has often been accused of making sexist jokes against women. The president, who has previously boasted about killing criminals while he served...
Philippines: Ex-president Aquino faces charges over Mamasapano massacre | Phuket News
THE Philippines‘ anti-graft agency ordered on Friday the filing of criminal charges against former president Benigno Aquino over a botched raid two years ago on a militant hideout that led to the deaths of 44 police commandos. The mission to arrest two al Qaeda-linked militants on the southern island of Mindanao went disastrously wrong when police Special Action Force commandos were ambushed and outnumbered by rebel gunmen, in what was the biggest crisis of Aquino’s 2010-2016 presidency. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said Aquino should be indicted because he allowed his suspended police chief, Alan Purisima, to be involved in the planning and execution of the January 2015 raid in Mamasapano, Maguindano province. “There is no gainsaying that President Aquino was fully aware that the Office of the Ombudsman had placed Purisima under preventive suspension at that time,” Carpio Morales said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Mamasapano debacle aftermath: Their true colors ...
Turkish envoy warns of Turkish terrorists in the Philippines | Phuket News
Turkish ambassador to the Philippines warned on Thursday that Turkish terrorists are now active in Mindanao using charity organizations and education institutions as fronts, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday (July 14). Malacanang and the Department of Foreign Affairs said the military was verifying the report by Ambassador Esra Cankorur. Cankorur claimed that the Fetullah Gulen or FETO, a secretive and sinister group, was behind the failed coup in Turkey last year which left 250 people dead and thousands hurt. Cankorur said the FETO group had portrayed itself as a religious movement, an educational institution and a charity group.  In the Philippines, it has affiliated with schools and a business chamber. “Although they present themselves as a religious movement, they were able to launch a coup.  So this is an indication of what they are capable of,” said the ambassador. Cankorur identified several institutions in the country that are...
Vietnam: China, US at odds as Asia-Pacific leaders discuss free trade | Phuket News
MINISTERS from Asia-Pacific countries discussed the changing global trade landscape on Saturday after US President Donald Trump upended the old order with an “America First” policy that has sparked fears of protectionism. It is the biggest trade meeting since Trump took office and brings together ministers from the United States, China, Japan and other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries that account for more than 40 percent of world trade. At the opening in communist Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highlighted three decades of growth in APEC and said: “That’s the proof of our group’s effort on liberalisation.” SEE ALSO: Trump says he solved ‘currency manipulation’ by calling out China A draft seen by Reuters of the meeting statement to be issued on Sunday also emphasised free trade. “In some of our communities there are increasing numbers of people questioning the benefits of globalisation and free trade, spurring protectionist trends,” it...
Philippines: China threatened war over oil drilling in South China Sea says Duterte | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea. In remarks that could infuriate China, Duterte hit back at domestic critics who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with an award last year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favour of the Philippines. Duterte said he discussed it with Xi when the two met in Beijing on Monday, and got a firm, but friendly warning. SEE ALSO: China, Philippines to start South China Sea talks this week – ambassador “We intend to drill oil there, if it’s yours, well, that’s your view, but my view is, I can drill the oil, if there is some inside...
Vietnamese man runs out of Bangkok cab after argument with girlfriend, jumps in klong and drowns | Phuket News
A 21 year old Vietnamese man drowned in Bangkok Noi Canal after jumping in following an argument with his girlfriend in a taxi. Doi Jung Hiaw and his girlfriend Miss Tee, 19, also from Vietnam, were on their way back to Thonburi from a friend’s house in Rama 9 where they had been to a birthday party. The young man was drunk and the couple were arguing after he accused his girlfriend of being interested in another man. When they reached the navy area near the Arun Amarin bridge he suddenly jumped out and into the klong. Police who arrived on the scene found a wallet on the bank with 500 baht. Divers were called and the body, wearing just long trousers, was discovered under a navy boat some sixty minutes later. He could not swim. As he was pulled from the water his girlfriend was in floods of tears, reported Daily news. The body was taken to...
China, Asean approve framework for South China Sea code of conduct | Phuket News
CHINA and Southeast Asian countries agreed on Thursday to a framework for a long-mooted code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, China’s foreign ministry said, as both sides step up efforts to ease tension in the strategic waterway. China and the members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) had been hoping to agree on the framework this year, 15 years after committing to draft it. After a meeting between Chinese and Asean officials in the Chinese city of Guiyang, China’s foreign ministry said the framework had been agreed upon, but gave no details of its contents. It said the talks had been candid and deep and made positive achievements. SEE ALSO: Asean leaders to push for South China Sea code of conduct All parties “uphold using the framework of regional rules to manage and control disputes, to deepen practical maritime cooperation, to promote consultation on...
BuildTech Yangon spearheads the Green Movement for Myanmar’s Built Environment sector | Phuket News
May 19, 2017 Picture:  Yangon, 18 May 2017 -The 4th edition of BuildTech Yangon will be held from 18 to 20 May at the Myanmar Convention Centre, Myanmar. Over 4,000 delegates and 80 exhibiting brands will witness new developments in green building as well as other cutting edge technologies in the building and construction sector. Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and co-organised by the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), the event will showcase the latest in building, construction and innovative technologies and materials with a special feature on Green Building. According to the Asian Development Bank, Myanmar’s economy will rebound and accelerate to 8% by 2018, and a new investment law passed earlier this year is expected to spur growth in the building construction sector. The law is designed to promote and facilitate both foreign and domestic investment in the economy. It lists...
China, SE Asian Nations Agree on 'Code of Conduct' for South China Sea | Phuket News
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to a framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, a development that could ease tensions in the disputed waters. China's foreign ministry said senior officials from ASEAN and China agreed to the framework that establishes guidelines for a final agreement.  The terms were reached at a meeting in the southwestern province of Guizhou.   China claims ownership of nearly all of the South China Sea, believed to be the source of vast oil and gas deposits, despite partial counterclaims from Taiwan and several ASEAN members. The dispute has created divisions among ASEAN members that usually try to operate by consensus. The issue escalated in recent years as China followed a strategy of constructing artificial islands in the sea that can support regional military facilities. The strategy has provoked intense reaction from other claimants and the...
China, Southeast Asian Nations Agree on 'Code of Conduct' for South China Sea | Phuket News
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to a framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, a development that could ease tensions in the disputed waters. China's foreign ministry said senior officials from ASEAN and China agreed to the framework that establishes guidelines for a final agreement.  The terms were reached at a meeting in the southwestern province of Guizhou.   China claims ownership of nearly all of the South China Sea, believed to be the source of vast oil and gas deposits, despite partial counterclaims from Taiwan and several ASEAN members. The dispute has created divisions among ASEAN members that usually try to operate by consensus. The issue escalated in recent years as China followed a strategy of constructing artificial islands in the sea that can support regional military facilities. The strategy has provoked intense reaction from other claimants and the...
Entries Open in the 2017 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition | Phuket News
May 18, 2017 Picture:  18 May, 2017 (Hong Kong): The 2017 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC) is now open for entries, marking its 9th year as Asia’s foremost international wine competition, designed specifically for the Asian market. 2017 sees the introduction of “celebration” dishes, a focus on gin and a nod to Vietnamese culture, plus the inclusion of some of the region’s leading bartenders and a total of four Masters of Wine on the judging panel as key features of the new competition year. Founded by the London-based IWSC, Master of Wine Debra Meiburg (Founding Director of Meiburg Wine Media), and Simon Tam (Vice President of Wine – Asia, Christies) this distinctively Asian international wine competition was designed by Asian market experts and the long-established IWSC to recognise quality international wines and spirits especially for the Asian market. Always a key feature of the...
At Hong Kong Trade Fair, Funerals Go Green, High Tech | Phuket News
Death is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be bad for the environment.    Caskets made of paper and wicker coffins on display at a recent Hong Kong funeral industry trade highlighted a trend toward “green burials” in an industry booming as Asia’s population rapidly ages.   Chinese businessman Alex Sun’s company, Shandong Ecoffin International, makes wicker and seagrass coffins, which first became popular in the West and are now catching on in Asia. Basket-weaving dates to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) in northeast China’s Shandong province, where Sun’s factory uses fast-growing willow reeds to make caskets that are an eco-friendly alternative to wood.    “Eco funerals are a global trend,” Sun said. “European customers already know about this product, while Asian customers are also interested in it and would love to learn more,” he said. Interest is especially high in the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam as well as mainland...
Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s son being investigated over blasphemy allegations | Phuket News
Indonesian police are investigating an allegation of blasphemy against the youngest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said on Thursday that police plan to summon Kaesang Pangarep for questioning after receiving a complaint about a video he uploaded to YouTube in May. The video called “Ask Daddy for a Project” – a reference to children of politicians who seek business favours – includes criticism of Indonesians who......
TAITRONICS 2017 Opens the Big Pic on Applications & Smart Electronics | Phuket News
Jul 05, 2017 Picture:  Many new trends will start at the autumn TAITRONICS 2017 when it unfolds October 11-14 at the Taipei NANGANG Exhibition Center, Hall 1. Behind the buzz will be 530 exhibitors using 1,000-plus booths to cover every link of the supply chain from up- to downstream supported by global cluster advantages which use in a new focus area that traces the industry’s shift into the AI and IoT market. These exhibitors, recruited by organizers TAITRA and TEEMA, let TAITRONICS present a complete supply chain that holds a key position in the global electronics industry. Taiwan is also home to OEM/ODMs which support brands renowned for their R&D and innovation. Which explains why Taiwan’s export orders from January to May have soared 11% from last year, to reach US$21.8 billion. TAITRONICS 2017 unfolds under the theme “New Technology, New Applications” in ten winning product categories: Smart Manufacturing,...
A woman died from poisoned coffee and now the cafe's business is booming | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - The posh Jakarta cafe found itself at the center of a high-profile murder but instead of losing customers, it actually saw a boon in business....
All Indonesian returnees from Syria must undergo deradicalization program | Phuket News
All Indonesians returning from Syria must join a deradicalization program as required by the National Counter-terrorism Agency (BNPT), The Jakarta Post Online reported on Tuesday. “Who can guarantee they will not be radical?  As a preventive act, we will give them enlightenment through this deradicalization program,” said BNPT chief Commander-General Suhardi Alius in Jakarta on Monday. Once arrived in Indonesia from Syria, they will receive summons from religious figures – ulema and ustadz –for a month in Bambu Apus, East Jakarta, before they are returned to their homes. “Once they have finished the program, we will take them to their houses,” said Suhardi, adding his organization was collecting information on the returnees who would be verified before being required to take part in the program. He disclosed that hundreds of Indonesians had already returned from Syria and live throughout Indonesia. Meanwhile, an IS flag was placed on the fence of...
Indonesia: Relocation of capital from Jakarta could begin in 2018 – govt | Phuket News
THE Indonesian government says it is looking into relocating its federal administrative capital from Jakarta in the next two years, but will maintain the city as the business and financial centre of the country, according to local reports. The Jakarta Post quoted National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro as saying on Monday President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had held a discussion on the details of the relocation at the Presidential Palace. According to Bambang, who heads the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Jokowi talked about the feasibility study and discussed funding for the relocation. “In 2018 or 2019, there will be activities related to the transfer of the administration of the central government [to the new capital city],” Bambang was quoted as saying. SEE ALSO: Birthday wishes flow in for Jakarta’s jailed ex-governor Ahok  However, Bambang did not mention which city would become the new capital, but hinted it would be...
Plastic surgery still drawing Indonesians to Hat Yai | Phuket News
SONGKHLA - Despite the decision by airlines to end direct flights between Indonesia and Hat Yai, the city remains a popular destination for well-off Indonesians - and particularly those seeking cosmetic surgery....
Disagreeing with critics, Jokowi insists Indonesia still a model of moderate Islam | Phuket News
INDONESIA’s president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling. “Pluralism has always been a part of Indonesia’s DNA,” Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told Reuters in an interview at the presidential palace in Jakarta. “Despite many challenges, Islam in Indonesia has always been a force for moderation.” Indonesia’s state ideology includes national unity, social justice and democracy alongside belief in God, and enshrines religious diversity in a secular system of government. Hardline Islamist groups were banned under the authoritarian regime of President Suharto, which ended in 1998, but they have gained ground in recent years, emerging from the fringes of society in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Obama emphasises tolerance in first speech in Asia since leaving White House Religious...
Bali prison escapee Shaun Davidson asks people to share new Facebook fan page | Phuket News
While we still don’t know if he’s hiding out in Pattaya as Thai police believe,the Facebook account widely believed to belong to Bali prison escapee Shaun Davidson was active over the weekend and again at 4pm today, when he accepted our friendship request. The account with the name “Matthew Rageone Ridler (Shaun Rageone Davidson)” has even broadcast live from inside the notorious Balinese Kerobokan prison—where Davidson spent the last eleven months before making an epic daring escape by tunneling out on June 19 with three other inmates. Over the weekend, we noticed that Davidson, whose nickname is “Rage,” shared his new fan page. The “Fans of Shaun Rageone Davidson – Australian escapee” page went live on Sunday afternoon and already has over 220 likes. The “About” section says, “This page is to show support for all round good guy Shaun Davidson. Please post your well wishes to him and share this page...
Phuket Town hill road closed for landslide prevention wall | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket City Police today (Oct 3) issued a notice warning motorists that a section of Khaw Sim Bee Rd leading from Mae Luan Rd to the top of Rang Hill in Phuket Town has been closed so that workers can continue working on installing a retaining wall to prevent land slides....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Floods and landslides! Pricier smokes/booze? ‘Pineapple Eyes’ || September 15 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 15 Floods and landslides as rains pound Phuket! Boy taken by large wave! ‘Pineapple Eyes’ on pollution? Pricier smokes and booze? Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Phuket flooded, storm warning for Thailand | Phuket News
Phuket was flooded on Friday after an overnight downpour soaked the resort island, with heavy rain expected in most parts of the country this weekend....
Phuket Old Town on alert as Bang Yai canal threatens to breach its banks | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has today (Sept 15) urged officials to be on alert as Bang Yai canal in Phuket Old Town is dangerously close to breaching its banks....
Building collapses as landslides, floods hit Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET - A nine-storey hotel under construction in Kathum district collapsed during a landslide with heavy rain throughout the island province on Friday. No casualties were reported....
Phuket flights delayed, diverted due to heavy rains | Phuket News
PHUKET: Flights arriving at Phuket International Airport were delayed or even diverted to land elsewhere, including Krabi, as heavy rains plagued the island today (Sept 15), causing flooding, landslides and long traffic tailbacks across the island....
Heavy rains wreck havoc in Phuket   | Phuket News
Heavy rains last night and this morning in Phuket caused flooding across the island with several roads under 20-centimetre of flood level. A building under construction on Kamala beach in Kathu partly collapsed after the saturated ground slid. No one was injured, according an initial report. Local authorities have sealed off the area and evacuated 12 families living near the foothill for safety reason as rain continued. Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office said heavy rains in Phuket for several days until today’s morning caused flooding in many roads of Muang, Thalang, and Kathu districts. Roads submerged by 20-30  centimetres of water included Thepkasattri, Srisunthorn, Chao Fa West in Thalang, and at the old marketplace in Phuket town when the Klong Bang Yai overflowed banks and flooded roads. The flooding forced traffic to a standstill as small vehicles could not get through. Meanwhile traffic was backed up in front of...
Residents evacuated from landslide site, as floods grip Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: Residents have been evacuated from their homes from beneath a landslide site in Kamala for fear that that they may be crushed if the heavy rains today (Sept 15) cause another landslip....
Darren Sanders live stand up comedy in Phuket | Phuket News
With over 20 years in the stand-up comedy circuit Darren Sanders is known for his relaxed, confident, conversational style that has audiences at complete ease and in hysterics....
Chinese boy, 4, drowns at Patong Beach, two saved at Nai Harn | Phuket News
PHUKET: A four-year-old Chinese boy was pronounced dead at Patong Hospital yesterday night after drowning at Patong Beach. While on Tuesday, two Chinese tourists were saved from the surf at Nai Harn Beach after risking going for a late night swim....
Thailand voted world’s most Chinese tourist-friendly nation | Phuket News
Thailand has been voted as the most Chinese tourist-friendly country in the world in a survey conducted by www.Hotel.com among Chinese people and hotel operators worldwide. The website released the sixth edition of its Chinese International travel Monitor (CITM) report, which claims that Thailand is the most welcoming nation in the world for Chinese tourists, beating Japan, South Korea and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. A total of 3,000 Chinese travelers and a network of 3,800 hotels in 38 countries worldwide were polled by the website. The CITM report also cited the need for the global tourism industry to pay attention to a new generation of Chinese tourists, who travel frequently and demand new travel experiences. It also claims that many countries around the world have benefited enormously from Chinese tourists and that it is important to take good care of them. NNT The post Thailand voted world’s most...
North Korea Snubs South Korean Outreach | Phuket News
North Korea has so far not responded to a South Korean offer made earlier this week to engage in military talks.   “The Defense Ministry urges North Korea to immediately respond to our proposal once again,” said South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun on Friday.   Rejected again   South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who took office in May, has advocated a dual track policy to resolve the North Korean nuclear stand-off by supporting U.S.-led sanctions against the Kim Jong Un government, but also increasing inter-Korean dialogue and assistance where possible.     The Defense Ministry in Seoul proposed holding talks with Pyongyang on Friday to reopen the military channel between the two countries to reduce the potential for miscommunication and miscalculation at a time when tensions are high over the North’s continued testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.   It was the first formal overture by South...
North Korea: Economic growth at 17-year high despite sanctions – S. Korea | Phuket News
NORTH Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea’s central bank said on Friday, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons. Gross domestic product (GDP) in North Korea last year rose 3.9 percent from the previous year when the economy contracted due to a drought and low commodity prices, the Bank of Korea said. The expansion, driven by mining and energy, marked the biggest rise since a 6.1 percent gain in 1999. North Korea, which counts China as its biggest trading partner, also boosted exports by 4.6 percent, the most since an 11.8 percent jump in 2013. Still, the isolated state’s per capita gross national income in 2016 was just 1.5 million won (US$1,342), less than 5 percent of the comparable number in South Korea. SEE ALSO: North Korea: Worst drought in 16 years threatens food...
Win for Hong Kong as historic buildings escape wrecking ball – for now | Phuket News
HONG KONG has seen many of the structures from the World War II torn down to make way for newer, shinier skyscrapers – a reality that has resulted in rapid urban development and a wave of gentrification across the territory. However, small steps are being taken to preserve the look and feel of a more nostalgic Hong Kong with conservation groups fighting against development in place of high-rise towers. Last week, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), a statutory body funded by the Hong Kong government, pulled plans to demolish a set of low-rise tenements after hearing from conservation groups and the public. The body said in a statement to the BBC: “The URA has heard various opinions from members of the community and has decided to withdraw the planning application filed earlier.” SEE ALSO: Hong Kong retailers expected to gain from China-South Korea tension  Meanwhile, activist Katty Kaw told the BBC...
North Korea's 2016 economic growth climbs to 17-year high despite sanctions targeting nuclear program | Phuket News
North Korea's economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea's central bank said, despite sanctions....
Philippines, China still at odds over South China Sea a year after Hague ruling | Phuket News
EXACTLY a year ago today, Wednesday, the Philippines scored a decisive victory over China in the dispute over the West Philippine Sea, called South China Sea by the Chinese.  One year on, the Philippines has yet to fully reap the fruits of the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), based in The Hague, Netherlands, as China continues to defy the decision with its continued fortification of military assets in the South China Sea. Just last month, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), which was founded by US-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, reported that China is installing new missile shelters, radar and communication facilities and other infrastructure on Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefs, all in the Spratly Islands. Beijing claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to hold a wealth of untapped oil and gas deposits. An estimated US$5.3 trillion...
Malaysia detains 77 foreigners working illegally | Phuket News
PORT DICKSON, Malaysia -- Authorities have raided a construction site and detained 77 foreigners as part of a fresh crackdown on illegal immigration....
Immigration Bureau warns of dismissal for tea money collection | Phuket News
Immigration Bureau today issued an order forbidding immigration police at all border checkpoints to demand tea money from tourists, with warning that violator will face dismissal. The order came after the bureau commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Nattathorn Prohsunthorn led a team of immigration police from the Immigration Bureau 6 based in Songkhla to inspect the Sadao immigration checkpoint in a fact-finding mission following complaints that tea money was collected from tourists to facilitate their entries to Thailand from Malaysia. Pol Lt-Gen Nattathorn He ordered the relocation of the problem immigration checkpoint to the new office building while also ordered the installation of more CCTV cameras to monitor the working of immigration police closely. Moreover, posters forbidding the collection of entry fee during official hours were also displayed at all passport stamp counters. But for entry after official hours, the immigration Law 2522 allows collection fee of 5 baht for a visitor...
Ringgit tea money stopped at Sadao immigration booths | Phuket News
SONGKHLA - The immigration police chief has ordered an end to accepting ringgit tea money at the Sadao border crossing, ending a 20-year tradition on arrival from Malaysia....
2 Sadao immigration police officers transferred, 2 face investigation | Phuket News
Two immigration police officers at the Sadao immigration checkpoint in Songkhla province have been transferred to the 6th Immigration Police in Songkhla while two others will face an investigation, deputy police spokesman Pol Col Krisna Pattanacharoen said on Tuesday. Pol Col Krisna said the action was taken after the mass media in Malaysia had published news, accusing immigration police at the Sadao border checkpoint of demanding “tea money” from Malaysian travellers. He said two of the immigration officers at the checkpoint have been transferred to be on temporary duty the 6th Immigration Police headquarters in Songkhla. Two others will be investigated by a committee. If found guilty as alleged, they would face both legal and disciplinary action, Pol Col Krisna said. The post 2 Sadao immigration police officers transferred, 2 face investigation appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Thailand to opt out of single-man takraw competition in Sea Games | Phuket News
Thailand has decided to not send a single-man takraw team to the 29th Sea Games in Malaysia as requested by Malaysia. Mr Thawat Kumutpongpanich, manager of the Thai national takraw teams, said on Tuesday that the Malaysian side wanted to compete in the final match with teams from the other countries except Thailand. He said he had consulted with Mr Boonchai Lorpipat, vice president of the National Takraw Association, about Malaysian request and agreed not to compete in the single-man takraw category. However, he said that the country would field players to compete in three categories – four-member takraw, team sepak takraw and single-member takraw. Mr Thawat is confident that Thailand’s four-member takraw team would be the champion because the players are experienced and used to win the beach takraw competition.   The post Thailand to opt out of single-man takraw competition in Sea Games appeared first on Thai PBS...
Tender for Singapore-Malaysia rail due in late 2018 | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Singapore and Malaysia aim to award the tender for the development of a high-speed rail linking them in December next year, according to company officials who attended an industry briefing organised by authorities from the two countries on Wednesday....
UN Survey Finds Cybersecurity Gaps Everywhere Except Singapore | Phuket News
Singapore has a near-perfect approach to cybersecurity, but many other rich countries have holes in their defenses and some poorer countries are showing them how it should be done, a U.N. survey showed on Wednesday. Wealth breeds cybercrime, but it does not automatically generate cybersecurity, so governments need to make sure they are prepared, the survey by the U.N. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said.
Thailand ranks 20th in global cybersecurity ranking | Phuket News
Thailand was at 20th in a global cybersecurity ranking while Singapore ranked first with a near-perfect approach to cybersecurity, a UN survey showed on Wednesday....
SE Asia stocks gain ahead of Fed minutes | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended higher on Wednesday with Singapore gaining more than 1% while investors awaited minutes of the US Federal Reserve's last meeting, moving past tensions over North Korea....
Singapore repatriates two Indonesian maids ‘radicalised through social media’ | Phuket News
Singapore has repatriated two Indonesian maids who were “radicalised” by Islamists using social media, bringing the total number of such cases to nine since 2015, the second minister for home affairs has said. Authorities in the city-state said last month they had detained the first Singaporean for suspected Islamist radicalism as concern grows about the spread of the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia. The government has reiterated over the past year that the small, wealthy......
Citi warns that Singapore’s oil and gas sector is not out of the woods yet | Phuket News
Singapore faces brighter economic prospects this year amid better global trade conditions, but troubles in the oil and gas sector could prolong, Citi said....
Philippine ex-president Aquino faces charges over botched raid | Phuket News
The Philippines’ anti-graft agency ordered on Friday the filing of criminal charges against former president Benigno Aquino over a botched raid two years ago on a militant hideout that led to the deaths of 44 police commandos. The mission to arrest two al-Qaeda-linked militants on the southern island of Mindanao went disastrously wrong when police Special Action Force commandos were ambushed and outnumbered by rebel gunmen, in what was the biggest crisis of Aquino’s 2010-2016......
Philippines' ex-leader faces charges for role in clash | Phuket News
MANILA -- The anti-graft prosecutor in the Philippines has ordered the filing of criminal charges against former President Benigno Aquino III for his alleged liability in a 2015 clash with Muslim rebels that killed 44 police....
Philippines the ‘deadliest’ country in Asia for environmental activists – group | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINES was the “deadliest” country in Asia for land and environmental defenders for the fourth year in a row in 2016, according to research by the international non-government organisation Global Witness. A report released on Thursday night in the Philippines entitled Defenders of the Earth: Global Killings of Land and Environmental Defenders in 2016 reveals that the country is also the third deadliest globally for environmental activists. 28 killings occurred last year in the largely Roman Catholic nation. Brazil topped the 2016 global listing with 49 killings, followed by Colombia with 37. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Miners triumph as eco-warrior Regina Lopez booted from office Numbers of killings were found not only to be growing, but spreading out geographically as well. In 2016, Global Witness documented 200 killings across 24 countries, compared to 185 across 16 in 2015. Almost 40 per cent of those murdered were indigenous peoples. That means nearly four people...
Vietnamese hostage killed during clash in Philippines | Phuket News
MANILA - A Vietnamese hostage has been killed during a gunbattle between his militant captors and government troops that also left four militants and a soldier dead in the southern Philippines, a military official said on Thursday....
Duterte eyes Russia for help in fight against terror | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expects Russia to provide help to the Philippines in its fight against terror as government forces continue their mop-up operations in Marawi City against IS-affiliated Maute terrorists, The Manila Times Online reported on Thursday. The president said he had sought to reduce Philippines’ dependence on the United States and build closer ties with Russia and China. “So I change a little bit. So I started to – not really separate. Because we have this RP-US pact. So I could not enter into any other military alliances, that would be a violation of the treaty,” said Duterte in his speech at Camp Aguinaldo. “I can always go to other nations for help in fighting terrorism,” said Duterte, adding: “I expect Russia to help us in due time; China has sent it. There will be another shipment of arms in September.” The president was referring to the arms...
Philippines army checking alleged presence of Turkish terrorists – palace | Phuket News
THE Philippine presidential palace on Thursday said security forces are verifying the reported presence of Turkish terrorists in the country. According to Inquirer, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are looking into the information following the Turkish ambassador to Manila’s claim that the Fetullah Gulen Movement – which Turkey has identified as the terrorist group responsible for last year’s failed coup – has gained a foothold in the Philippines. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said: “The military is verifying the statement of Turkish Ambassador Esra Cankorur regarding the presence of Turkish terrorists, particularly the Fetullah Gulen Movement, in the Philippines.” Abella said the government will also look into claims of the group’s purported terrorism links. “We will investigate organisations abetting or aiding terrorism and will hold them accountable, especially those that may be working as fronts for terrorist and criminal activities, as alleged by the Ambassador,” Abella said. “We are also...
Philippines: Drilling for oil in disputed sea may resume | Phuket News
MANILA -- Drilling for oil and natural gas on the Reed Bank in the South China Sea may resume before the end of the year, a Philippine energy official said on Wednesday, as the government prepares to offer new blocks to investors in bidding in December....
De la Rosa wants martial law in Mindanao to be extended | Phuket News
The Philippine national police chief wants martial law in Mindanao to be extended, but within the legal framework, because the security situation there, in particular in Marawi City, is still critical, according to a report in The Manila Times Online on Wednesday. The national police chief, Ronald de la Rosa, and Local Government Secretary Catalino Cuy briefed senators on law and order situation and concerns of local governments in Marawi City on Tuesday. Among the senators presented at the close-door briefing were Senate President Aquilinoo Pimentel 3rd, Senate majority leader Vicente Sotto 3rd and senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Joseph Victor Ejercito. Asked whether they discussed martial extension, de la Rosa said: “It is difficult to talk. I am not the Senate spokesman. I was asked personally what will be my recommendation based on my assessment of the situation.” He said his recommendation was to extend the martial law “but within...
Indonesia: Fisheries minister goes from strength to strength | Phuket News
“THOSE who don’t eat fish, I will sink!” ends a video released by the Indonesian fisheries ministry last week. “Fish is healthy and has lots of protein,” says a husky voiceover from the country’s fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti, now world-famous for her literally explosive approach to combating illegal fishing in Indonesian waters: blowing up and sinking illegal vessels. “We hope Indonesian people stay healthy because they eat a lot of fish.” Kicking off a lighthearted campaign to encourage an increase in Indonesians’ consumption of fish, Susi has become one of Indonesia’s most popular politician on the back of defending the nation’s rich marine resources, as well as the human rights of local fishermen. A fireball goes up from foreign fishing boats blown up by Indonesian Navy off Batam Island, Indonesia. Source: AP SEE ALSO: Indonesia’s fisheries minister wins Internet hearts with paddleboard stunts Netizens tweet at her and she responds....
SE Asia stocks end mixed, Indonesia closes at 4-week low | Phuket News
The Indonesian benchmark index closed at a near four-week low on Wednesday, dragged down by consumer cyclicals and financials, while Vietnam ended at its highest level in over a month as blue chips including Vinamilk rallied....
Is China a developmental state? | Phuket News
Although “pioneered by Japan,” professor of international economics and politics Dr. Mark Beeson observed the economically interventionist model of the developmental state was adopted by several other states in Asia, including India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Is China a developmental state? China’s economic success—it is the world’s second-largest economy—did not simply happen. The state played a critical role in this rapid expansion, but many question the level to which this intervention was institutionalized. Others have questioned whether China’s economic expansion earns it a spot among states that developed earlier, and in far different global economic and political environments. As University of Oxford economics Professor John Knight explains, deciding China’s status as a developmental state has been difficult because scholars can’t agree on a definition of the developmental state. China enjoys stability under the Chinese Communist Party, which functions relatively independent of the public....
Vietnam: Environmentalists targeted by manhunt for ‘abusing democratic freedoms’ | Phuket News
ENVIRONMENTAL rights defender Hoang Duc Binh has been arrested by the Vietnamese government for supposedly “abusing democratic freedoms” after he organised a protest to mark a year since Taiwanese steel giant Formosa caused a major environmental disaster. According to human rights NGO Frontline Defenders, Hoang Duc Binh was violently dragged from his car and arrested on Monday by Vietnamese authorities in the northern province of Nghe An, over the protest march held early April, on the anniversary of a toxic waste spill from the Formosa plant. The government is charging him with “resisting persons in the performance of their duties” and “abusing democratic freedoms.” SEE ALSO: Vietnam: Hackers targeting multinational corporations – expert Hoang Duc Binh will reportedly be held for 90 days while he is being investigated, spurring fears of ill treatment whilst in custody. ...
Vietnam arrests anti-polluter activist | Phuket News
HANOI -- In Vietnam's latest crackdown on dissent, police have arrested an activist who organised a protest against a polluting steel plant, saying he instigated demonstrators to attack and injure several police officers....
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte open to South China Sea resources-sharing deals with China and Vietnam | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he was open to exploring the South China Sea’s natural resources with rival claimants China and Vietnam, after securing a “windfall” while in Beijing. Duterte also emphasised he had no immediate plans to pressure China over an international tribunal’s ruling last year that its sweeping claims to most of the sea were unlawful. “If we can get something there with no hassle at all, why not,” Duterte told......
North Korea possibly linked to global cyber attack – researchers | Phuket News
CYBER security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday. Symantec and Kaspersky Lab said on Monday that some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, which researchers from many companies have identified as a North Korea-run hacking operation. “This is the best clue we have seen to date as to the origins of WannaCry,” Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner told Reuters. Both firms said it was too early to tell whether North Korea was involved in the attacks, based on the evidence that was published on Twitter by Google security researcher Neel Mehta. The attacks, which slowed on Monday, are among the fastest-spreading extortion campaigns on record. The research will be closely followed by law...
Gingerly, Deals Start Taking Shape Between Rivals China and Vietnam | Phuket News
Historic rivals China and Vietnam are working on substantive agreements that could cover trade, investment and maritime resource sharing despite a bitter sovereignty dispute that had snarled relations less than a year ago. The Communist neighbors are inching toward new trade and investment ties that analysts say would help shore up overall relations. Some believe the two might later approach stickier topics such as joint use of disputed waters or humane treatment of each other’s fishermen. The two countries still contest sovereignty over tracts of the vast, resource-rich South China Sea east of Vietnam and southwest of Hong Kong. Prospects of some kind of agreement came into focus during Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang's visit to China, which ends Monday. He suggested the two sides work on complementing each other’s trade and investment advantages with a view toward improving overall relations, state media from Hanoi said. “President Quang is in...
Smokers' Rights Advocates Resist Tobacco Regulation in Indonesia | Phuket News
If you smoke in Indonesia — and chances are high that you do, as the country is on track to have the world’s highest smoking rate within the next decade — you’re likely a fan of kreteks, the clove cigarettes that are omnipresent in the island nation. Named after the crackling sound that cloves make as you smoke them, kreteks account for as much as 90 percent of all cigarette consumption in Indonesia. They were invented in the 19th century, are reputed to have medicinal properties, and are deeply embedded in local culture. A smokers’ rights advocacy group based in Java called Komunitas Kretek, or Kretek Community, uses this premise to oppose anti-tobacco legislation on cultural grounds. Their arguments illuminate the difficulties of public health efforts to curb smoking in Indonesia. 'Kreteks are part of our society' Kretek Community was created in 2010 in Jember, East Java by Aditia Purnomo,...
Malaysia: What’s the point of boycotting the local Starbucks? | Phuket News
THERE is no denying the fact Malaysians are very passionate. We will commit and dedicate ourselves to whatever social affair or issue we feel passionate about, such as the Palestinian-Israel issue, the ISIS issue, even the Rohingya refugee crisis. But the commitment hardly ever lasts. Remember two years ago in 2014 when emotions against the Zionist movement and oppression towards Palestinians by Israel was at an all-time high? There were protests and calls for the boycott of Jewish-linked businesses such as McDonald’s, Starbucks and the like. How long did the boycott last? Obviously not very long. Everyone was so angry in the beginning. They took to the streets with their banners and scarves. And yes, they did boycott the franchises, for a week or two maybe. But then it was Big Macs and Latte Grandes all over again. Today, there seems to be yet another call to boycott these franchises....
Indonesia's May foreign tourist arrivals rise 11.5% | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- A total of 938,623 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in May, up 11.5% from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said on Monday....
Eight dead after helicopter crashes while on Indonesia volcano rescue mission | Phuket News
A rescue helicopter crashed while heading to help evacuate residents near an erupting volcano on Indonesia’s main island, killing all eight people on board, officials said Monday. The helicopter reportedly hit a cliff about three minutes from arriving at Dieng Plateau, a popular tourist area where a volcanic crater erupted Sunday, injuring at least 10 people. The Indonesian-made Dauphin AS365 helicopter crashed later Sunday at Butak Mountain in Candiroto subdistrict in Central Java......
Malay nationalist group urges Muslims to boycott Starbucks over LGBT support | Phuket News
FAR-RIGHT, ethnic nationalist group Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia has echoed calls by Indonesian Muslims to boycott Starbucks and other western companies over their public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. “Perkasa urges Muslims in this country to boycott Starbucks because this United States-based international coffee chain supports LGBT and same-sex marriage,” said spokesman Amini Amir Abdullah in a statement, as quoted by the Malay Mail Online. Coming just a day after similar calls from a senior Muhammadiyah figure in Indonesia, Amini said his statement was spurred by reports that Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz supports same-sex marriage. After the US Supreme Court ruled in support of marriage equality in June 2015, Starbucks released a statement which said “Being open, inclusive and forward-thinking is at the core of what Starbucks is about. Starbucks has been a longtime advocate for the LGBT community and marriage equality.” SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Muslim leader calls...
Indonesia sets tariff ranges for Uber, Grab | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesia has set minimum and maximum tariffs for online car-hailing services, aiming to ensure comparable pricing with conventional transport providers whose drivers have complained about being undercut by their newer competitors....
10 hurt as volcano erupts on Indonesia's Java island | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- A volcano on Indonesia's main island of Java has erupted, injuring 10 people....
Indonesia, Philippines jointly patrol Celebes Sea | Phuket News
MANILA -- The Philippines and Indonesia will jointly patrol the Celebes Sea this week to stop Islamist militants reaching the Philippines' restive southern island of Mindanao, where rebels have seized a city, an army spokesman said on Sunday....
Obama Extols Pluralism at Forum for Overseas Indonesians | Phuket News
Former U.S. president Barack Obama has returned to Jakarta, the Indonesian city that he called home for part of his childhood, to deliver the keynote speech at the fourth Congress of Indonesian Diaspora. Obama drew parallels between the two “diverse, multiethnic nations” of the United States and Indonesia, and called on young people to fight for democracy. He spoke at length on the values of pluralism, tolerance, and religious diversity. His remarks are likely to resonant in Jakarta, a city that has been shaken over the past year by a contentious gubernatorial election. The conference he spoke at was staged Saturday to unite people of Indonesian heritage from all over the world. There were Indonesian diaspora from 55 countries, according to organizers. Call for tolerance After reminiscing about his childhood years in Jakarta’s Menteng Dalam neighborhood, and sharing his favorite local foods that he tasted on his family vacation, Obama...
Phuket pollution, dumping reports spiral as online reporting revealed | Phuket News
PHUKET: An online group set up on the mobile phone app Line as part of the launch of a pollution and garbage dumping reporting project in July has so far seen 20 cases of rubbish, wastewater and “other” incidents of pollution reported, with eight of the 20 being resolved....
Crackdown ordered on Phuket's zero-dollar scam firms | Phuket News
Tourist police will launch a crackdown today on Phuket-based tour companies which allegedly operate businesses in connection with illegal zero-dollar tour scams....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Bike-sharing! Hospital bomber sentenced! No traffic tickets || September 14 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 14 Bike-sharing coming to Phuket! (Some) BKK Traffic cops simply dont know! Hospital bomber gets 4 years! Baby sea turtles not coming to Phuket? Crackdown on low-cost tours? Fallen Muay Thai trainer Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Racha turtle hatchling sole survivor from 87-egg nest | Phuket News
PHUKET: The green turtle hatchling that clambered through its shell on Racha Island early last Friday morning is the only turtle to hatch from the nest of 87 eggs, Phuket marine officials confirmed today (Sept 14)....
Patong thief steals room key, robs room while tourist swimming | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Police have arrested a Thai man who stole a tourist’s room key card from Patong Beach, but after being refused entry to the resort broke into the room and stole an iPad and iPhone 6....
Patong police nab beach room key break-and-enter thief | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Police have arrested a Thai man who stole a tourist’s room key card from Patong Beach, but after being refused entry to the resort broke into the room and stole an iPad and iPhone 6....
Phuket Governor orders crackdown on low-cost tours | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday outlined strategies devised to eliminate low-cost tour operators on the island during the his latest “Governor Meets Press” press conference held at Phuket Provincial Office in Phuket Town....
Phuket Muay Thai trainer killed by electric shock | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 37-year-old Muay Thai trainer from Buriram province died in a rental room in Chalong last night after receiving an electric shock from a rice cooker....
Stiebel Eltron launches new strategy from Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: Stiebel Eltron, the country’s leading manufacturer of water heaters, water filters and hand dryers, yesterday (Sept 13) in Phuket launched a campaign looking to increase new sales channels throughout Southern Thailand....
Come on a tour of the village dividing North Korea from the South | Phuket News
Take a tour of Panmunjom - in the demilitarized border zone where North and South Korea meet for talks....
No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call | Phuket News
South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tensions failed to take place after North Korea snubbed a call by the South....
Activist questions constitutionality of govt’s purchases of submarines, trainer jets | Phuket News
Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution, on Thursday (July 20) filed a petition with the Constitutional Court, asking it to rule on the constitutionality of the government’s purchases of three submarines worth 36 billion baht from China and eight T-50 trainer jets from South Korea. Mr Srisuwan, a political activist, said he doubted whether the purchases contravened or contradicted with Sections 52, 54, 55, 56 and 62 of the constitution. He said the government should not cite national security to justify the purchases but overlook the economic problems endured by the people. The activist said for observation that three years after the coup by the National Council for Peace and Order, the public debt had risen to 6.6 trillion baht, or about three times of the annual budget. He said the national budget, which is already limited, should be used for solving other problems instead of...
Less Than 1 Aircraft Carrier? The Cost of North Korea's Nukes | Phuket News
When North Korea decided to go nuclear, it committed to a huge investment in a program that would bring severe sanctions and eat up precious resources that could have been spent boosting the nation's quality of life.   Money well spent? Leader Kim Jong Un seems to think so.   North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs have without doubt come at a high cost, but the North has managed to march ever closer to having an arsenal capable of attacking targets in the region and - as demonstrated by its July 4 test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile - the United States' mainland.   Good, solid figures for just about anything in North Korea are hard to find. So what follows should be taken as ballpark guesses, at best.   But here's a look at how much that arsenal might cost the North, and why Kim might think...
Thailand 'most welcoming' for Chinese travellers | Phuket News
Thailand is the most welcoming country for Chinese travellers, overtaking Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong, according to the latest findings of booking website Hotels.com....
Liverpool turn on the style for fans in win against Crystal Palace in Hong Kong | Phuket News
LIVERPOOL sent the majority of the fans in a 39,273 crowd at Hong Kong Stadium home happy after producing an impressive performance in their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace. Jurgen Klopp’s team will now face Leicester City in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday after second-half goals from summer signing Dominic Solanke and fellow forward Divock Origi. The Reds have had a hectic schedule since arriving in Hong Kong earlier this week – but they looked fresh on the field as Klopp utilised 21 different players against Premier League rivals Palace. Tickets for the Premier League Asia Trophy sold out in little more than 24 hours earlier this month, with Liverpool the main attraction. SEE ALSO: It’s part-sport and part-business as Liverpool FC arrives in Hong Kong Even though at least one fan in the Hong Kong crowd was spotted wearing a shirt of arch-rivals Manchester United,...
Yao Ming’s legacy could see Houston Rockets become most expensive NBA team in history | Phuket News
ONLY now – with reports from the United States suggesting the Houston Rockets could become the most expensive franchise in National Basketball Association (NBA) history – is Yao Ming’s true legacy being put into context. The 7ft 6in superstar spent his entire eight-year NBA career with the Rockets, driving up the popularity of both the team and the league in China and throughout Asia. If the Rockets end up being sold for more than the US$2 billion former Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers, much of it will be down to the role Yao played in building the team’s profile in Asia. Owner Leslie Alexander this week put the Texas franchise up for sale – having earlier this month tied superstar guard James Harden to a four-year, US$228-million contract extension and traded for nine-time All-Star Chris Paul. The future of the franchise looks incredibly secure but...
Malaysians need to realise dogs are God’s creatures too | Phuket News
AS a pet lover, I have a lot of respect for people who love and care for their pets like they are part of the family. Recently, I accompanied a friend whose cat fell gravely ill to the veterinarian hospital, and with all the seriousness of the condition being explained by the doctor, my friend wept. While waiting for my friend in the midst of other pet owners at the hospital, I was approached middle-aged man whose golden retriever contracted a serious blood infection. Seated next to his dog that was on drips, the man approached me to say hello. After the brief small talk about frail-looking dog, the man then asked if I was a Malay and a Muslim. My answer shocked him as, despite my ethnicity and religion, I showed an ‘unusual’ concern for his dog. “You must be one of those modern Malays!” he said, drawing chuckles...
Graft-busting officials to probe cash handouts by tourists | Phuket News
Officials of the government’s anti-corruption commission will travel to Sadao district of Songkhla province to investigate alleged bribe taking by immigration officials. The move by the graft-busting panel followed complaints by Malaysian tourists that they were still required to pay a small amount of two ringgits each to the immigration office in Sadao to expedite their retry to Thailand despite the fact that six immigration officials, including a police lieutenant-colonel, had been removed from the Sadao immigration office. Immigration officials at the border checkpoint have insisted that they did not demand any cash handout which was called “Sin Namjai” from Malaysian tourists. In actual practice, each incoming tourist from Malaysia was told to insert two ringgits in his/her passport to facilitate their passage through the immigration checkpoint. Some tourists told Thai PBS reporter that they didn’t mind paying two ringgits each because it was a small amount of money.  ...
Graft-busting officials to probe cash handouts by tourists at Sadao immigration office | Phuket News
Officials of the government’s anti-corruption commission will travel to Sadao district of Songkhla province to investigate alleged bribe taking by immigration officials. The move by the graft-busting panel followed complaints by Malaysian tourists that they were still required to pay a small amount of two ringgits each to the immigration office in Sadao to expedite their retry to Thailand despite the fact that six immigration officials, including a police lieutenant-colonel, had been removed from the Sadao immigration office. Immigration officials at the border checkpoint have insisted that they did not demand any cash handout which was called “Sin Namjai” from Malaysian tourists. In actual practice, each incoming tourist from Malaysia was told to insert two ringgits in his/her passport to facilitate their passage through the immigration checkpoint. Some tourists told Thai PBS reporter that they didn’t mind paying two ringgits each because it was a small amount of money.  ...
Cambodian workers in fear of arrest and deportation in Malaysia | Phuket News
Cambodian migrant workers are living in fear of arrest and deportation in light of the ongoing crackdown on undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia, according to a report in the Phnom Penh Post Online on Friday (July 7). About 2,000 migrants have been arrested since the beginning of June under the so-called “rehiring programme” introduced by the Malaysian government on February 15 to accelerate the process of getting undocumented workers legal status which allows employers to register their employees for an upfront payment of $140 with additional fees later on. The Migrants Refugees and Immigration Committee of the Bar Council of Malaysia said many employers failed to do so before the programme ended June 30.  The committee chairperson Sri M Ramachelvam said migrant workers should not be victimized for the failure of their employers to legalise them. Over a million undocumented migrants work in Malaysia and just 161,000 of them have...
PM Lee: Suing siblings is not my preferred choice | Phuket News
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he would not sue his younger siblings because doing so would further besmirch their parents’names and prolong the family feud, according to a report in The Straits Times Online on Tuesday. In his ministerial statement delivered in the parliament on Monday, the prime minister said many people asked why he has not sue his younger siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang for defamation for accusing him of abusing his power regarding their late father’s wishes for the family home at 38, Oxley Road. He added they also asked him why he has not challenged the validity of the last will of their late father in court or taken some other legal action to end the dispute and clear his name. “In normal circumstances, in fact, in any other imaginable circumstances than this, I would surely sue,” said the prime...
Singapore: PM Lee’s family feud rumbles on as parliament debates | Phuket News
AS Singapore‘s parliament began the second day of a debate on Tuesday over Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s dispute with his siblings over their late father’s house, his estranged brother accused the prime minister of making false claims. Since mid-June, Singaporeans have been riveted by a public battle between the heirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore‘s long-serving first prime minister, over whether to demolish the old family home or let the government decide whether it should become a heritage site. Before he died in March 2015, Lee made it public that he wanted the humbly furnished home near the bustling Orchard Road shopping district to be demolished rather than turned into some kind of museum. He stated that in his last will, part of which was released by the prime minister’s younger brother last month, but the prime minister has said there were “deeply troubling circumstances” over how the will was drawn up....
'Blockbuster' listings to lead strong IPO rebound in this major exchange | Phuket News
The Singapore IPO pipeline will rebound strongly this year, with potential for the most funds raised since 2014, a Deloitte report said....
Singapore PM misled Lee Kuan Yew over family house, says brother | Phuket News
The estranged younger brother of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has accused the premier of misleading their father Lee Kuan Yew into thinking the government had gazetted their family house for preservation as a heritage site. It was only because he believed this to be a fait accompli that the patriarch wavered in his wish to demolish the property upon his death, Lee Hsien Yang said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post. The youngest of the three Lee......
Singapore PM ‘misled Lee Kuan Yew’ over family house, says brother | Phuket News
The estranged younger brother of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has accused the premier of misleading their father Lee Kuan Yew into thinking the government had gazetted their family house for preservation as a heritage site. It was only because he believed this to be a fait accompli that the patriarch wavered in his wish to demolish the property upon his death, Lee Hsien Yang said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post. The youngest of the three Lee......
Singapore PM Lee 'prefers not to sue siblings' over feud | Phuket News
Lee Hsien Loong says suing over a feud mesmerising Singapore would
Singapore PM Lee 'will not sue siblings' over feud | Phuket News
Lee Hsien Loong says suing over a feud mesmerising Singapore would
Singapore PM tells Parliament his family feud is baseless | Phuket News
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore's prime minister addressed his unusually public family feud in Parliament on Monday, saying his siblings' accusations that he had misused government power were “entirely baseless”....
One of the 'fastest growing' investment products in Europe is about to invade Asia | Phuket News
Societe Generale has teamed up with the Singapore Exchange to introduce so-called
Singapore: PM faces parliamentary grilling over family feud | Phuket News
SINGAPORE’S Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was set to face questions at a special sitting of parliament on Monday over whether he had abused his power in a dispute with his brother and sister over what to do with their late father’s house. The bad blood between the heirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore‘s first prime minister, has gripped the country since mid-June, when the younger siblings launched a series of attacks on their elder brother in social media postings. Monday’s parliamentary session is extraordinary for Singapore, a small but wealthy island state that prides itself on being a rock of stability in Southeast Asia. The prime minister will make an official statement about the matter before taking questions. Prime Minister Lee’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) controls 83 of the 89 elected seats in parliament, and lawmakers submitted their questions in writing at the end of last week. SEE ALSO: Singapore:...
Ant Financial, one of China's hottest companies, rebuffs criticism about transparency | Phuket News
Douglas Feagin, SVP and head of global business at Ant Financial, addressed concerns about the company's transparency....
China sending envoy to North Korea following Trump visit | Phuket News
BEIJING (AP) — Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. Song Tao, the head of China’s ruling Communist Party’s International Department, will travel to Pyongyang […]...
One of China's hottest companies rebuffs criticism about transparency | Phuket News
Douglas Feagin, SVP and head of global business at Ant Financial, addressed concerns about the company's transparency....
China frees UCLA basketball players held over 'shoplifting' | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump said he raised their case with China's president during his recent Asia trip....
CAL, NORDAM form joint venture for aircraft maintenance in Taiwan | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan’s leading carriers, on Tuesday announced the establishment of a joint venture with U.S.-based NORDAM Aerospace Group to repair and overhaul structural aircraft components for the CAL fleet and for other airlines in the Asia-Pacific region. The joint venture, to be called NORDAM Asia Limited, is expected […]...
The Philippines is aiming for an energy boom with Duterte's latest reform | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's latest attempt to reform the Philippine economy is a major change for the energy industry there....
Philippines' central bank chief: We're watching financial risks closely | Phuket News
The Philippines central bank is watching risks closely and is ready to act should the situation need attention, its new governor said....
Thailand: Children among 8 dead in Krabi execution-style shooting | Phuket News
THREE children were among eight family members shot dead early Tuesday in what appeared to be an execution-style killing by several gunmen in Thailand’s Krabi province. Police said three others, including two girls, suffered serious injuries after the group of about six men stormed the house of a village headman over a “personal dispute”. According to Bangkok Post, the armed men dressed in camouflage gear arrived at the house of Vorayuth Sangklang, a village head in Ban Klang, in two vehicles at around 4pm on Monday. SEE ALSO: Thailand: Shocking video emerges of man shooting ex-girlfriend at workplace Masquerading as government officials wanting to conduct an operation, they then demanded entry to the house to search the property, also warning its occupants not to leave the vicinity. At the time, however, the village head was not home. The gunmen reportedly waited until he arrived at 8pm. According to witnesses, he was handcuffed....
South Korea: Wartime ‘comfort women’ to get museum in their honour | Phuket News
SOUTH KOREA plans to build a museum in Seoul to pay tribute to the women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II, a move that could strain ties between the two neighbouring countries. According to the AFP (via Japan Times), a government minister who made the announcement did not elaborate on when it will be open or the kind of materials will be on display. Historians believe some 200,000 women were forced to work in Japanese army brothels across Asia during the conflict in 1939-1945. Most of the women were from Korea, as well as other parts of the region, including China and the Philippines. The South Korean government recently released an 18-second clip which it claims shows these “comfort women” forced to work as sex slaves by Japanese troops. The Washington Post states the footage may be the “only known moving images of ‘comfort women’ in...
Kids and hostages forced to fight alongside Filipino militants in southern town, army says | Phuket News
Children and hostages are being forced to fight alongside pro-Islamic State gunmen waging a seven-week battle for a Philippine city, the country’s military said on Monday. Militants seized Marawi, considered the Muslim capital of the largely Catholic Philippines, on May 23 in a bid to create an IS province, and over 100 remain holed up in the city despite intense military efforts to oust them. Some of the extremists are teenagers who may have been recruited and trained to use guns when......
Evacuees want a voice in rebuilding of embattled Marawi City | Phuket News
WITH the Philippine government setting aside P20 billion (USD 395 million) for Marawi City to rise from the ashes of war, civil society groups are pushing for the inclusion of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the decision process to rehabilitate the battered Muslim-majority city. Task Force Bangon (Rise) Marawi, which President Rodrigo Duterte formally created through Administrative Order No. 3 released last week, convened for the first time over the weekend to chart the rehabilitation plan for the war-torn city. The task force, chaired by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, was organised to lead the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts for communities affected by the war in Marawi, which continues to wear on after erupting on May 23. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Speaker Alvarez wants Mindanao martial law extended until 2022 Duterte placed the entire Mindanao island under martial law after clashes broke out between government troops and the ISIS-linked Maute Group...
Hackers aligned with Vietnam government are attacking foreign companies, says report | Phuket News
Hackers aligned to Hanoi are attacking foreign companies, highlighting the growing number of countries conducting cyber-espionage....
Vietnam: Hackers targeting multinational corporations – expert | Phuket News
HACKERS either working for the Vietnamese government or on their behalf have broken into the computers of multinationals operating in the country as part of an increasingly sophisticated cyberespionage campaign, cybersecurity company FireEye said. Nick Carr, senior manager of FireEye’s Mandiant Incident Response team, said in an interview the same group was also responsible for hacking into the computers of Vietnamese dissidents and journalists. He said it was impossible to identify or locate the hackers precisely or confirm they were working for the Vietnamese government but the information they sought would be of very little use to any other party. The attacks are unrelated to the WannaCry ransomware worm that has ravaged computers around the world since Friday. SEE ALSO: Experts fear fresh strikes after global cyber attack shows signs of slowing “All the activity we have seen is of interest to the nation of Vietnam,” Carr said in a phone interview...
China, Philippines to start South China Sea talks this week – ambassador | Phuket News
CHINA and the Philippines will start bilateral consultations on the disputed South China Sea this week, the Philippine ambassador to Beijing said, as Manila looks to ease tensions with Asia‘s top economic power. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is visiting Beijing this weekend to attend a summit on China’s new Silk Road plan, has opted to court China for its business and investment and avoid rows over sovereignty that dogged his predecessors. Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Santa Romana told reporters late on Saturday that the consultations between the two countries would take place in a Chinese city, but declined to name it. He added that the dispute between the two countries “cannot be resolved overnight.” China has not publicly announced any such talks. SEE ALSO: ASEAN Summit ends in uncertainty over South China Sea stance Duterte has been accused by critics of taking a defeatist position on China and on...
Experts fear fresh strikes after global cyber attack shows signs of slowing | Phuket News
A CYBER attack that took down multiple institutions, including schools in China and hospitals in Indonesia, has experts worried about a new wave of strikes after the attack appeared to die down on Saturday. The attack, which has been described as “unprecedented”, was a result of ransomware that spread throughout the world on Friday. The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) suffered the worst of the attack, causing operations to be cancelled, ambulances to be diverted, and patient records being made unavailable in the country. The full extent of the damage caused in Asia is not quite known yet due to it being the weekend, but a cyber security adviser to the Japanese government, William Saito, told Reuters that he believes many companies “have not yet noticed” and Monday could bring on fresh hell. ALERT ALERT! The world is under attack by hackers. This is the largest #cyberattack in history. They...
Vietnam Issues Warrant for Environmental Activist | Phuket News
Police in a Vietnamese province where a toxic spill caused a 100-ton fish kill last year have issued a rare
Pattaya police in urgent public appeal for information about missing Thai/US kids | Phuket News
Pattaya police are stepping up the search for three missing Thai/US children who have been taken away from their two Thai mothers. The children are with a woman called Kesri otherwise known as Kaet and may be in the Pattaya area after they were seen in a condominium in South Pattaya, reported Sanook. The children all belong to a US missionary who Chatchaporn Patrasiriporn of the Pattaya police said was called David. (He was given the assumed name of Peter in the initial Thaivisa report yesterday). David has now gone to work in Vietnam. Chatchaporn said David took the children from their mothers who were looking after them and gave them to his third wife who was staying at a condo in Pattaya. But when the first two wives – who said they have the legal right to look after the children – reported the matter and started a social media hunt the third wife left the condo with...
US, Philippines Navy Ships Patrol Sulu Sea | Phuket News
The United States and Philippine navies held a joint naval patrol Saturday in dangerous southern Philippine waters, amid rising international concern about Islamist militancy and piracy in the region. U.S. Navy combat ship USS Coronado joined a Philippine Navy frigate, BRP Alcaraz, in patrolling the Sulu Sea, where numerous pirate attacks on commercial shipping have been made since 2015. “Our at-sea operations with the Philippine Navy demonstrate our commitment to the alliance and deter piracy and illegal activities,” U.S. Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson said in a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Manila. There are international fears that fighters sympathetic to Islamic State will cross maritime borders between Malaysia and Indonesia to join Muslim rebels who seized Marawi City in the southern Philippines five weeks ago. About 300 militants, 82 security forces and 44 civilians have been killed in the fighting. The naval patrols were held at the invitation...
Indonesia: Obama emphasises tolerance in first speech in Asia since leaving White House | Phuket News
“MY TIME here made me cherish respect for people’s differences,” said the 44th President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama as he addressed a Indonesian crowd in his first speech in Asia since leaving the Oval Office. Reflecting upon his childhood spent in Jakarta, Obama praised the megacity’s transformation since he spent several years there as a child in the 1960s, and emphasised the importance of fighting for democracy, tolerance and equality of economic opportunity. “Rich religious diversity that is such an important piece of the fabric that holds Indonesia together,” he told an audience at the fourth Indonesian Diaspora Convention in Jakarta on Saturday. “I don’t believe the future favours strongmen. I believe the future favours those who promote tolerance … who are open to differences and learn from everyone.” Former U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he visits Prambanan Temple in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia June 29, 2017....
Philippines: navy conducts joint patrol with US against piracy, Islamic State | Phuket News
THE UNITED STATES and Philippine navies held a joint naval patrol on Saturday in dangerous southern Philippine waters, amid rising international concern about Islamist militancy and piracy in the region. US Navy littoral combat ship USS Coronado joined a Philippine Navy frigate, BRP Alcaraz, in patrolling the Sulu Sea where numerous pirate attacks on commercial shipping have been made since 2015. “Our at-sea operations with the Philippine Navy demonstrate our commitment to the alliance and deter piracy and illegal activities,” US Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson said in a statement issued by the US embassy in Manila. There are international fears fighters sympathetic to Islamic State will cross maritime borders between Malaysia and Indonesia to join Muslim rebels who seized Marawi City in the southern Philippines five weeks ago. SEE ALSO: Philippine military says local Islamic State head weakened after Marawi About 300 militants, 82 security forces and 44 civilians have...
Obama Makes Nostalgic Trip to His Indonesia Childhood Home | Phuket News
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family arrived Friday in his childhood home of Jakarta on the last leg of a 10-day vacation in Indonesia, where they visited ancient temples and went whitewater rafting. Local television news channels broadcast live coverage of the family's arrival in the capital. Indonesian President Joko
Indonesia: Muslim leader calls for Starbucks boycott over support for LGBT | Phuket News
A SENIOR FIGURE from Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organisation Muhammadiyah has called for citizens to boycott Starbucks over the fact that its CEO Howard Schultz supports marriage equality and the LGBT community. Anwar Abbas, who also heads up the quasi-governmental Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) responsible for Halal certification in the country, suggested on Thursday that it was time for Indonesia’s government to consider revoking the operating licence of Starbucks over the CEO’s views on LGBT issues. Anwar released a statement in which he declared “We as a nation clearly do not want our attitudes and character as a religious and cultured nation broken and messed up by their presence [in Indonesia],” reported Republika. SEE ALSO: Why are LGBT Indonesians under siege? The comments drew widespread calls on social media to boycott Starbucks, with many rallying against a supposed Rezim Islamophobia or “Islamophobia regime” via the company’s pro-equality stance. Sbux, LGBT...
Thai Exports rebound continues, growing by 13.2% in May | Phuket News
The value of Thai exports during May expanded by 13.2%YOY, with rising exports across every major market and in almost all products. Exports of oil-related products grew on the back of escalating oil prices, whilst exports of main manufacturing products like electronics and electronic appliances increased up to 24.2% and 13.8%, respectively, due to a spike in demand for hard disk drives and electrical circuits. Growth in exports of cars and car parts was highest in nine months, peaking at 8.7%YOY due to orders from Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia, despite a contraction of 17.8% in purchases from the Middle East, where the economy has remained slow. The value of imports expanded at slower pace by 18.2%, on the back of 19.8%YOY growth in import of fuels and 12.4%YOY growth in import of computer products and parts, following improvements in exports of related products. Import of capital goods (excluding airplanes...
Birthday wishes flow in for Jakarta’s jailed ex-governor Ahok | Phuket News
INDONESIAN netizens have come out in droves to wish former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama a happy birthday, which he will celebrate behind bars. Thousands of well-wishers sent messages to Ahok, who was given two years’ imprisonment in May for blasphemy against Islam, for his 51st birthday. He is serving his sentence in the Rutan Mako Brimob detention centre in Depok, West Java, south of the capital. The hashtag #HBDAhok51 was the top trending hashtag on Twitter across all of Indonesia on Thursday. Slamat ulang tahun yg k'51 pak @basuki_btp Tetap sehat , smangat dan teruslah tersenyum dn berbuat baik.Kami merindukkanmu.#HBD51Ahok pic.twitter.com/xaUY7qlNJA — LWN RDIKL (@tomy_alfino) June 28, 2017 SEE ALSO: Indonesian diaspora rallies around jailed Jakarta governor Ahok Indonesian politics has been shaken by the jailing of the Christian, ethnic Chinese Ahok, which many see as a threat to freedom of speech, minority rights and a historically tolerant...
Obama visits temples during Indonesia holiday with wife, children ... and 650 soldiers | Phuket News
Barack Obama has ended a five-day family holiday to Indonesia by visiting Yogyakarta, an ancient and artsy city around which his anthropologist mother spent years doing research into village life. The former US president – who lived in Indonesia during his childhood – his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, had spent three days in the resort island of Bali, where they were photographed river rafting. The former first family arrived by private jet on Wednesday to a military......
Bike-sharing arrives in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: Two internationally recognised “bike sharing” operators together will have 2,000 bicycles available to use throughout Phuket Town next week as they launch a local initiative to urban transport phenomenon to the island....
Phuket tour bus driver charged for underpass pile-up | Phuket News
PHUKET: A tour bus driver has been charged with reckless driving after he caused a four-vehicle pile-up in the southbound lane of Darasamut Underpass in front of Central Festival Phuket this morning (Sept 13)....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Yingluck's great escape! Pet café! Naked unicycle ride! || September 13 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 13 Pet café regulations? Naked unicycle ride! Latvians car flip! Murderous moms mental health and Yinglucks great escape! Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Latvian drunk driver charged after accident leaves woman in hospital with head injuries | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Latvian** man faces serious charges which may incur years in jail for a drunk-driving accident in Rawai last night (Sept 12) that left a local woman in hospital with head injuries....
Brits among five Phuket tourists charged for brawl on Bangla | Phuket News
PHUKET: Five tourists, including at least four Brits, have been charged and fined after a brawl on Patong’s Bangla Rd yesterday morning (Sept 12) that even damaged vehicles caught in the affray....
Russian drunk driver charged after accident leaves woman in hospital with head injuries | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Russian man face serious charges which may incur years in jail for a drunk-driving accident in Rawai last night (Sept 12) that left a local woman in hospital with head injuries....
Phuket underpass traffic lights go live tomorrow | Phuket News
PHUKET: All of the newly installed traffic lights to direct traffic through the intersection over the Bangkhu Underpass will be switched on tomorrow morning (Sept 13)....
Outgoing Phuket election chief briefs staff on electoral processes | Phuket News
PHUKET: Kittipong Thiangkunakrit, who will retire from his post as Director of the Electoral Commission’s Phuket office at the end of this month, yesterday (Sept 11) called in no less than 50 staff to make sure they were up to speed on electoral processes....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Ironman 70.3! Elephant robs truck? Phuket Street Food Festival! || September 12 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 12 Ironman 70.3 in Phuket! Street Food Festival coming! Gambling den raided? Dog killed for insurance money? Stepping on an old bomb! Elephant robs from truck! Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
27 gamblers rounded up in Phuket | Phuket News
A combined  force of police, soldiers rounded up 27 gamblers at a house in Phuket town in a predawn raid on Tuesday (Sept 12). The arrest came after residents in the area lodged complaint with the military authorities that a Tambon administration organisation chief in Thalang district has claimed to be a close aide to the Fourth Army Region commander and said he could allow gambling in the area without fearing any police interference. He asked all gambling den operators in the area to have deals with him before operating their gambling dens. Following the complaint, the combined force raided a house and rounded up all gamblers. Of the 27 gamblers arrested, 15 are women. All gambling equipment and 8,800 baht in cash were also confiscated. The post 27 gamblers rounded up in Phuket appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
South Korea's Push for Talks with North Could Backfire | Phuket News
With South Korea's offer to hold military talks with North Korea already putting the U.S. on edge, experts say Seoul's move risks further fraying relations with Washington rather than significantly advancing relations between the two Koreas. In a bid to calm rising border tensions on the Korean Peninsula and ultimately to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program, Seoul on Monday proposed holding military talks and separate Red Cross talks with Pyongyang later this week at the heavily guarded border village of Panmunjom. This is the first formal overture to the North under President Moon Jae-in, who was inaugurated in May. As Seoul looked to engage the Kim Jong Un regime, the Trump administration quickly signaled its discomfort, indicating that current conditions remain insufficient to have dialogue with Pyongyang, which has yet to respond to South Korea's invitation.
North Korea: Public executions for theft, watching South Korea media – report | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA carries out public executions on river banks and at school grounds and marketplaces for charges such as stealing copper from factory machines, distributing media from South Korea and prostitution, a report issued on Wednesday said. The report, by a Seoul-based non-government group, said the often extra-judicial decisions for public executions are frequently influenced by “bad” family background or a government campaign to discourage certain behaviour. The Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) said its report was based on interviews with 375 North Korean defectors from the isolated state over a period of two years. Reuters could not independently verify the testimony of defectors in the report. The TJWG is made up of human rights activists and researchers and is led by Lee Younghwan, who has worked as an advocate for human rights in North Korea. SEE ALSO: US think tank says North Korea may have more nuclear bomb material than thought  It receives most of its...
US Convicts Former Head of S. Korea Earthquake Office of Bribery, Money Laundering | Phuket News
A federal court in California has convicted the former head of South Korea's earthquake research center of accepting bribes and money laundering. Prosecutors say Heon-Cheol Chi received more than $1 million from U.S. and British seismological companies in exchange for insider business information. He concealed the money through the U.S. banking system. Chi was found guilty Monday after a trial that lasted just four days. “The American financial system is not to be used as a storehouse for the proceeds of corrupt activity,” Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra Brown said. “This conviction sends a message that should be heard around the world.” U.S. attorneys say Chi demanded bribes from the companies in exchange for information that would give them an unfair advantage in the South Korean earthquake research business. It included confidential information about competitors and the bidding process. Chi laundered the cash through California and New York banks and investment...
US-China Trade Rifts Resurface Even After Friendly Summit | Phuket News
Cake and conversation, it seems, can go only so far to mend longstanding economic rifts between the United States and China. Three months after President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, shared chocolate cake at an amiable summit in Florida, tensions between the world's two biggest economies are flaring again. Just as officials of the two nations prepare to meet Wednesday in Washington, the Trump administration is considering slapping tariffs on steel imports, a step that risks igniting a trade war. For the United States, it's a perilous option to address a problem caused largely by China's overproduction of steel. And Trump is criticizing China again for failing to use its economic leverage to rein in its neighbor and ally, the nuclear rogue state North Korea. Could this week's U.S.-China Comprehensive Dialogue produce a meaningful breakthrough in economic relations? Most China watchers are skeptical.
North Korea Lacks Capacity to Hit US With Accuracy: US General | Phuket News
North Korea does not have the ability to strike the United States with
Golf: South Korean amateur Choi Hye-jin aims for Hall of Fame | Phuket News
SOUTH KOREAN golfer Choi Hye-jin has had to forgo US$630,000 in prize money over the last two weeks due to her amateur status, but the 17-year-old has big plans for her career after she turns professional in September. Choi, the world number two amateur, finished runner-up to compatriot Park Sung-hyun at the US Women’s Open in New Jersey on Sunday, coming within three shots of becoming the first amateur champion since Catherine Lacoste in 1967. In addition to missing out on the bumper US$540,000 prize money due to her amateur status, Choi also had to forgo the KRW100 million (US$88,845) winner’s cheque from a Korean event earlier this month. Choi, who turns 18 next month, finished 38th at the US Open last year at CordeValle in California and arrived at Trump National in New Jersey with some modest targets. Yonhap News quoted her as saying on Tuesday: “My number one...
Monday review: military shopping sprees | Phuket News
Social media has taken up arms the past week over repeated stories of flamboyant military spending, first on a shiny new set of fighter jets and then on a ski trip to Japan.   Against the backdrop of a quickly declining economy, the Ministry of Defence has announced intentions to procure eight fighter jets from South Korea that will cost 8.8 billion baht.    The fighter jet shopping spree comes only a month after the Ministry of Defence announced the purchasing of tanks worth 2.3 million baht from China. Earlier this year, the junta also approved a plan to spend nearly 40 billion baht on tanks and submarines.    While the junta maintains new weaponry is vital to the defence of the nation, the necessity of a naval ski trip to Japan whose details were leaked last week is even more questionable.    On the weekend, anti-corruption group Watchdog ACT...
South Korean grandmother becomes a YouTube sensation | Phuket News
A 70-year-old makeup guru becomes a Youtube sensation in South Korea, racking up over a million views on some of her videos. — Reuters...
South Korea has proposed rare talks with the North | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Talks could be held in the village of Panmunjom, just on the North Korean side of the border, on Friday....
After 18 years, why is Malaysia’s Mahathir apologising to Anwar? | Phuket News
No one was expecting an apology from Mahathir Mohamad to Anwar Ibrahim at all. When Mahathir first showed up at the trial of Anwar in September 2016, in the latter’s legal challenge against Malaysia’s National Security Council Act – legislation that empowers any incumbent prime minister to suspend the electoral process – eyebrows were raised. Tongues were wagging that Mahathir would make amends for firing his one-time deputy when he was prime minister. But days turned......
Malaysia's May exports soar 32.5% | Phuket News
Malaysia's exports in May rose 32.5% from a year earlier, significantly above expectations, as shipments of manufactured goods surged, government data showed on Friday....
After the chains: Victimised elephants get a second shot at life in India | Phuket News
FOR many years, Suraj the elephant was kept shackled in spiked chains in a dark room of a temple in Maharashtra, India. He suffered from severe malnutrition, multiple wounds and even lost his left ear; probably to a poacher when he was still a calf. He has now found a home at the Elephant Care & Conservation Center (ECCC) in Mathura where he gets the pampering he deserves. But the story doesn’t stop at Suraj; several animals are still going through the abuse that benefits of their two-legged mammalian brothers. The signage of ECCC on the Mathura-Agra highway did light up my face for a moment, but only for a moment. That initial joy was quickly replaced by a swirl of emotions when I entered its premises. Suraj lived for years in shackles at a temple in Maharashtra. Source: Wildlife SOS Spread over 25 acres of land, the center is reachable...
Malaysia targets illegal migrant workers for arrest | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - More than 2,000 illegal migrant workers in Malaysia are facing deportation amidst one of the largest crackdowns in recent years, with campaigners concerned this has forced immigrants into hiding and increased the risk of human trafficking....
Hong Kong Seizes $9M Worth of Ivory in Malaysia Shipment | Phuket News
Hong Kong customs officials said Thursday they have seized more than $9 million worth of ivory this week in the city's biggest haul in 30 years. Customs officers discovered 7,200 kilograms (15,900 pounds) of elephant tusks on Tuesday in a shipment from Malaysia that had been labeled as frozen fish, the Customs and Excise Department said.   Customs officers displayed samples of the tusks piled on the floor at their offices close to some of Hong Kong's giant container ports.   The department said three people at a trading company in Hong Kong have been arrested in connection with the shipment.   Hong Kong, a major transshipment hub for illicit wildlife products, is preparing to ban local ivory sales by 2021.   But under Hong Kong's customs regulations, anyone found importing or exporting endangered species without a license or trying to smuggle such items into or out of the territory...
SOFTEC ASIA 2017: Global Software Quality Assurance Experts to Congregate in Kuala Lumpur | Phuket News
Jul 05, 2017 Picture:  KUALA LUMPUR - The 10th edition of Asia's premier annual event in the field of software testing, SOFTEC Asia, will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 1 to 3 August 2017. Featuring the theme
Dr Mahathir’s comeback renews Malaysia’s opposition in looming polls | Phuket News
PRIME Minister Najib Razak won Malaysia’s last general election, despite losing the popular vote. Since then, he has been embroiled in a corruption scandal that has been investigated in half a dozen countries. Yet the avuncular leader with an aristocratic pedigree was still expecting to cruise to another election victory in polls due by mid-2018, maintaining his coalition’s record of unbroken rule since independence in 1957. Now, all bets are off. That’s because his former mentor and prime minister for 22 years, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who turns 92 next week, has agreed to join a fractured opposition alliance and head the government again if it wins. He would be the world’s oldest prime minister if that happened. Dr Mahathir, along with Najib’s former deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin – fired last year for questioning his boss about the scandal – have formed a new party called Bersatu (Unite). It has opened branches...
Singapore PM to face questions over family feud | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was set to face questions at a special sitting of parliament on Monday over whether he had abused his power in a dispute with his brother and sister over what to do with their late father's house....
Lee family feud: the key questions as Singapore’s PM faces grilling | Phuket News
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes centre stage on Monday as he defends himself in parliament over the explosive allegations by his younger siblings that he was abusing his powers and exploiting the legacy of their late father Lee Kuan Yew. The embattled premier has vowed that his address to lawmakers will show that Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling’s accusations have no factual basis. He has given MPs in his ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) free rein to grill him in the......
Singapore: Thousands turn out in support of LGBT rights | Phuket News
SINGAPORE’s annual lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender rights demonstration Pink Dot attracted thousands of people on Saturday. Organisers hailed the ninth Pink Dot event as a success, stating that “we hope having 120 local sponsors this year is a starting sign that attitudes are changing and will in turn inspire Singaporeans to step up.” Local media outlet Mothership reported that around 20,000 Singaporeans and permanent residents turned out to show their support for the LGBT community. The event was also live streamed on Facebook. Sponsorship was a point of controversy in 2017, with the Singaporean government asserting that foreign companies could not donate money to Pink Dot – a move seen by activists as a deliberate attempt to suppress the movement. SEE ALSO: Singapore: New rules to suppress activism? Group demands answers as Pink Dot nears Previous events had seen sponsorship from large multinationals like Google, Bloomberg and JP Morgan....
Singapore LGBT activists hold rally with no foreigners | Phuket News
Thousands are expected to attend Pink Dot despite new laws forcing organisers to ban foreigners....
Operational Offices The benefits of Serviced Offices in Hong Kong | Phuket News
Jul 01, 2017 Picture:  When starting a business, or looking to transition into a new market, it’s important to plan for as many of the potential issues and pitfalls as you can. This can be difficult, however, as unfamiliar business landscapes come with a myriad of considerations that can be difficult to adapt to all at once. Hong Kong, especially for those that have little entrepreneurship experience in Asia, can be especially daunting, due to demanding expectations that don’t always mimic those in other countries. This, coupled with a highly competitive market that sees a considerable amount of turnover, has meant that businesses have had to get creative when planning the success of their new ventures. With that said, for those that are willing to put in the effort, success in Hong Kong can be incredibly valuable for business growth and development. So, how can serviced offices assist with...
Amundi says this equity market offers high yields and stability | Phuket News
Singapore equities have outperformed many regional peers year-to-date, with yields of 3-3.5 percent, said Amundi....
Pink Dot: Singapore's gay rights rally could be muted this year | Phuket News
This year foreigners are not allowed to attend and foreign companies cannot sponsor the event....
A stolen Toyota Alphard handed over to Malaysian embassy | Phuket News
The Customs Department on Thursday handed over a stolen Toyota Alphard to the Malaysian embassy in Bangkok so that the car could be returned to its owner. The Toyota van was among 95 cars stolen from Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Britain and imported into the country under the guise of legitimate cars and under-prized to avoid paying substantial import tariffs. Customs Department deputy chief Chaiyuth Kamkoon said that the 95 stolen cars would soon be sent back to their owners in their respective countries. He thanked cooperation from authorities in foreign countries where the stolen cars originated which has helped Thai officials in the successful crackdown of unscrupulous car importers which dealt in foreign stolen cars. He went on saying that the planned auction of over 300 luxury cars and motorcycles had been postponed indefinitely after the Customs Department was informed by the Land Transport Department that the cars could...
Southeast Asia stocks rise on higher oil prices | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Thursday as higher crude prices and positive sentiment from overnight gains on Wall Street drove up shares in the region, while Singapore closed at an over one-month high....
3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident | Phuket News
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Tuesday afternoon after a 12-hour flight from Shanghai. […]...
Trump touts big energy deals in Asia | Phuket News
Analysts have doubts over whether big energy deals between the US and China will be finalised....
Shanghai Smart Home Technology 2017 concluded with record-breaking visitor attendance | Phuket News
Nov 14, 2017 Picture:  The concepts of ‘innovation’, ‘core technology’, ‘trends’ and ‘connectivity’ help illustrate future industry progression SHANGHAI --( ASIA TODAY )-- The third edition of Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) concluded on a bright note. The fair was held concurrently with Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT) from 5 – 7 September 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai. Collectively, the two shows hosted 240 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions which showcased the latest smart home and intelligent building innovations. The fairs also welcomed a record-breaking 27,275 visitors, an 18% increase from last year, from 54 countries and regions. Regarding this year‘s fair, Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, commented: “I would like to express my gratitude to our co-organisers, especially China Smart Home Industry Alliance (CSHIA) as well as all of our industry peers for their support....
Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology 2017 Concurrent Forums Analysed Building Internet of Things | Phuket News
Nov 14, 2017 Picture:  SHANGHAI --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 11th edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology - SIBT) ended on a positive note with a record-breaking number of visitors. The fair was held concurrently with Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) from 5 – 7 September 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Collectively, the two shows hosted 240 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions which displayed the latest intelligent building and smart home technologies. The 2017 edition also welcomed a record-breaking 27,275 visitors from 54 countries and regions, an 18% increase from last year. Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said: “The 11th edition of SIBT concluded with great success. We would like to express our gratitude to our industry friends for their generous support. China’s new urbanisation and development of IoT is having a huge impact...
Chinese uni to train rail experts here | Phuket News
A top university in China has chosen Thailand to host its training centre for experts in high-speed railway development in Southeast Asia....
5.9 magnitude quake strikes Philippines’ Leyte island | Phuket News
A 5.9 magnitude quake Monday morning (July 10) rocked a central Philippine island of Leyte still reeling from a 6.5 magnitude tremor last Thursday, The New Straits Times Online reported on Monday quoting AFP. There are no immediate reports of casualties or damages from Leyte island near Ormoc, a town of about 200,000 residents at 9.41 am at a relatively shallow depth of 12.7 kilometres. Two people were killed and 72 injured in Ormoc in last Thursday’s quake.  The town remains without electricity after the Leyte power station was damaged. Mayor Richard Gopmez of Ormoc said lives are back to normal minus the electricity.  He expected power to be restored this evening or, at most, in the next 2-3 days, according to The Manila Times Online on Monday. Gomez said five villages were affected by the tremor with some 500 homes need to be repaired. The Ormoc airport resumed operations...
Philippines: Speaker Alvarez wants Mindanao martial law extended until 2022 | Phuket News
IF Philippines House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez could have his way, he would push Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until 2022, to give President Rodrigo Duterte time to put an end to all terrorist activities in the restive region. He reportedly said this in a phone interview with the Inquirer, although he stressed it was his personal opinion and not the view of the Philippines House of Representatives. “If I can convince my colleagues, I will push for an extension until 2022, because two months is too short. Five months or one year or two years is too short,” he told the daily. Alvarez was referring to the 60-day martial law declaration for Mindanao that Duterte declared on March 23 when fighting broke out between local forces and the Islamic State-linked Maute Group in Marawi City. Duterte has not indicated any plan to lift martial law until its full 60-day...
Half-Filipino sumo wrestler takes centre stage in Japan – and on the tiny Philippines island where his grandparents live | Phuket News
Sumo wrestler Takayasu’s grandmother has hardly been able to get up over the past three years because of arthritis. But Susana Camacho’s state of mind and spirit is just as strong as her grandson, who is in top shape for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament that begins Sunday in Aichi, Japan. Following his outstanding performance in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, Takayasu, 27, was promoted to the traditional Japanese sport’s second-highest rank of ozeki in May. He is the first......
Philippines: President Duterte’s approval rating hits record high | Phuket News
AFTER A YEAR in office Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has received a resounding thumbs up from a convincing majority of voters across the country, hitting a record high in the polls. As a bloody war on drugs and fighting against Islamic militants in Marawi City drag on, a survey conducted by local pollster Social Weather Stations found that 66 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte’s performance, granting him a “very good” rating overall. The Social Weather Survey was conducted from June 23-26, 2017 – just prior to the anniversary of him being sworn-in on June 30 last year – using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide. SEE ALSO: Then and now: Why Duterte’s martial law is nothing like Ferdinand Marcos’ Various activists groups display a streamer as they join other protesters in airing their individual concerns marking President Rodrigo Duterte’s first year in office during a protest outside the...
Philippines: Cops get kid glove treatment despite torture, abuse allegations – watchdog | Phuket News
DESPITE countless allegations of torture and brutality towards criminal suspects, officers from the Philippines National Police (PNP) are often let off with a minor slap on the wrist, a watchdog claimed on Friday. Human Rights Watch said the PNP deals with personnel implicated in such acts by mere reassignment and anger management training, which it said reflected the authorities’ failure to hold them to account for the crimes. HRW’s Asia Division Researcher Carlos H. Conde said this was the “lesson” of an incident last month, in which a mobile phone video that has since gone viral showed a police officer in Metro Manila’s Mandaluyong City repeatedly striking with a rattan stick a man detained for violating his curfew. “Typically, such abuses – which are commonplace throughout the country – elicit no response at all from the police hierarchy,” Conde said in a statement. Conde said in the June incident, another officer...
Philippine cops get kid glove treatment despite torture, abuse allegations – watchdog | Phuket News
DESPITE countless allegations of torture and brutality towards criminal suspects, officers from the Philippines National Police (PNP) are often let off with a minor slap on the wrist, a watchdog claimed on Friday. Human Rights Watch said the PNP deals with personnel implicated in such acts by mere reassignment and anger management training, which it said reflected the authorities’ failure to hold them to account for the crimes. HRW’s Asia Division Researcher Carlos H. Conde said this was the “lesson” of an incident last month, in which a mobile phone video that has since gone viral showed a police officer in Metro Manila’s Mandaluyong City repeatedly striking with a rattan stick a man detained for violating his curfew. “Typically, such abuses – which are commonplace throughout the country – elicit no response at all from the police hierarchy,” Conde said in a statement. Conde said in the June incident, another officer...
Two killed as powerful quake hits central Philippines | Phuket News
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake killed at least two people in the central Philippines on Thursday, with more than five people still trapped inside a collapsed commercial building, officials said. An 18-year-old woman died after being hit by falling debris in Ormoc City on Leyte island, near the epicentre of the quake, police said. Elsewhere, rescuers pulled out eight survivors and one body from a collapsed three-storey structure in the town of Kananga, also on Leyte island, Kananga Vice Mayor Elmer......
Philippine Quake Knocks Down Building, Kills 2, Injures 100 | Phuket News
A strong, shallow earthquake shook the central Philippines on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and injuring more than 100, including several in a collapsed building where others were trapped, officials said.   The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.5 and struck at a depth of 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) in Leyte province. Filipino seismologists measured the depth at just 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) and said the quake, caused by movement of the Philippine Fault, was felt most strongly in Leyte's Kananga town.   Shallow earthquakes generally cause more damage on the Earth's surface.   A building collapsed in Kananga, killing one person, injuring more than 20 others and trapping at least six, Kananga Mayor Rowena Codilla told DZMM radio.   One person was pulled out from the building alive but injured, Codilla said. She said rescuers are digging a hole in an effort...
American missionary leaves a trail of Thai women and children in his wake | Phuket News
A family drama doing the rounds of Thai social media points to a US religious teacher leading Thai women and his children a merry dance across the whole country. The missionary – based last in Chiang Mai – and given the name “Peter”, was on his fifth wife and sixth child and now seems to have fled the mess he left behind and gone to America, reported Daily News. The story came to light when a woman went on Facebook to appeal for help in finding her daughter who had been taken from her house on a scheduled visit and not returned. The story encompasses Chiang Mai, Nakorn Sawan, Sisaket, Payao and now Pattaya. “Busada” ,31, told Daily News online that she had lived with Peter and they had had a child she called “Robert” who was now 6. She said Peter would never let pictures of the family be put on social media. She knew that he...
'Saigon's' rapidly vanishing colonial architecture | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - They formed the charming backdrop to Graham Greene's sin-filled Saigon in “The Quiet American,” but the colonial-era buildings of Vietnam's biggest city are fast disappearing — sparking fears it is losing its unique charm....
Vietnam puts pork on menus as farmers face glut, low prices | Phuket News
XUAN SON, Vietnam - Pork may be hogging menus in Vietnam's factories and army canteens for some time to come, as the country tries to keep pig farmers stricken by a glut in supply from going under....
Downward trend in agency bookings (Thai Travel Agents) | Phuket News
Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 1,887,821 travellers, January to April this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 11.63% from 2,136,197 visits during the same period last year. ATTA released its data, last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide meet-and-greet services for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok. The association’s president, Vichit Prakobgosol, said the number of tourists travelling on itineraries sold by the association’s member companies, this year, should be around the same as last year. “China, India and ASEAN especially Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines are potential markets that tourism operators should tap to improve prospects.” He added: “We also should maintain promising market like Europe…East Europe offers new opportunities for tourism operators.” However, a leading ATTA member with a strong market in Europe said the company  had seen a decline in...
Downward trend in agency bookings : TTR Weekly | Phuket News
BANGKOK, 9 May 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 1,887,821 travellers, January to April this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 11.63% from 2,136,197 visits during the same period last year. ATTA released its data, last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide meet-and-greet services for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok. The association’s president, Vichit Prakobgosol, said the number of tourists travelling on itineraries sold by the association’s member companies, this year, should be around the same as last year. “China, India and ASEAN especially Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines are potential markets that tourism operators should tap to improve prospects.” He added: “We also should maintain promising market like Europe…East Europe offers new opportunities for tourism operators.” However, a leading ATTA member with a strong market in Europe said the company...
Commander: No Change to US Navy Freedom of Navigation Patrols | Phuket News
There has been no policy change with regard to U.S. Navy freedom of navigation operations under the administration of President Donald Trump, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said on Monday. Under the previous administration, the U.S. Navy conducted such voyages through the South China Sea — most of which is claimed by China — angering Beijing. But none has been conducted in the region under the Trump administration. The New York Times reported last week that a U.S. Pacific Command request in March to sail near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a prime fishing ground that China seized in 2012, was rejected by top Pentagon officials. Navy requests turned down Two other requests by the Navy in February were also turned down, it said. Some saw this as an indication that the United States wanted to avoid antagonizing China while waiting to see how far it would go in...
Vietnam Politburo member is removed over 'serious mistakes' | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - A senior Vietnamese Communist Party official has been removed from the powerful Politburo for committing “very serious mistakes and violations” when he was head of the country's oil and gas monopoly PetroVietnam....
US Not Seeking Death for Guantanamo Detainee in Bali Bombing | Phuket News
Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against a Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of orchestrating the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub bombings in Indonesia and other attacks, a U.S. military official said Wednesday. The detainee known by the single name Hambali was notified last week that prosecutors are preparing to try him before a military commission at the U.S. base in Cuba on charges that include terrorism and murder in violation of the law of war. He is accused of conspiring with leaders of al-Qaida in a series of attacks, including the bombings in Bali in October 2002 that killed 202 people. A Pentagon legal official known as the convening authority must still approve the charges before the case can proceed to an arraignment. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. John Baker, the chief defense counsel, said in an email that he was notified that prosecutors do not intend to seek the death...
Barack Obama and family enjoy Indonesia holiday | Phuket News
Former US president's visit receives saturation coverage in Indonesia, where he lived as a child....
Democrat party asks government to help rubber growers | Phuket News
The Democrat party sought help from the government for rubber growers who are suffering from falling rubber prices. Key members of the party lead by secretary-general Chuti Krairiksh and deputy leaders Nipit Intharasombat and Sathit Pitudecha on Wednesday called on PM’s Office Minister Omsin Chivapruek with a petition addressed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha. Nipit said the party would like the government to stabilize rubber prices on long-term basis through management of market mechanism. He said the government should stop releasing rubber from its stockpile and make use of the stockpiled rubber by instructing government agencies to use more rubber, such as, in road construction. Despite government’s policy for the use of rubber in road construction to shore up rubber prices, Nipit alleged that the policy was ignored and not implemented. The Democrat party also proposed the setting up of a rubber trading company to buy rubber from the growers...
Duterte is confident that Marawi City will rise again | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte voiced confidence that Marawi City will rise again from the ruins of month-long fighting between government forces and the IS-linked Maute militants as he vowed to pour funds to the city to help the residents start a new life, according to The Manila Times Online on Wednesday. Joining members of the Muslim community to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fasting month in Malacanang on Tuesday night, Duterte reiterated his government’s commitment to restore peace in Mindanao. He said the government had laid concrete plans for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi. The president said that Task Force Bangon Marawi, which comprises various government agencies, is being created to speed up recovery efforts in the city with an initial fund of P20 billion already been allocated. Meanwhile, China donated P15 million for the relief operations and rehabilitation of Marawi City. The cheque was presented to Duterte...
One suspected police attacker in North Sumatra used to spend six months in Syria | Phuket News
One of the two suspected attackers in the recent fatal stabbing of a police officer in North Sumatra was reported to have spent six months in Syria in 2013, according to a report in The Jakarta Post Online on Tuesday. North Sumatran police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rina Sari Ginting said the attacker, identified only as SP, had spent six months in Syria in 2013 – one year before the Islamic State announced the establishment of the caliphate. If confirmed, this would mark the first time an Indonesian returning from Syria is known to have carried out an attack in Indonesia. Hundreds of Indonesians have reportedly travelled to Syria to join the fight against the Syrian government. Rina said police were still investigating whether SP had joined IS during his time in Syria, though they suspected that he was a member of IS-linked terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah. The two attackers...
After Obama, Malaysia PM Najib vacations in Bali | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has landed in Bali, Indonesia, for a five-day vacation with his family. The leader, who traveled to the tropical island paradise in an Airbus A-319 aircraft, touched down at the Ngurai Rai International Airport on Monday afternoon, according to reports. He was greeted by several Bali officials, including Governor Made Mangku Pastika, Udayana Military Commander Major General Komaruddin Simanjuntak, Bali police chief Inspector General Petrus Golose and Commander of the Ngurah Rai airbase Colonel I Wayan Superman. Media reports quoting Superman said the airport was not temporarily closed for the Malaysian leader although he received the same priority given to former US President Barack Obama who is also vacationing in Bali. “There was no airport closure, but we prioritised his flight, as we did when Obama arrived,” the airbase colonel was quoted by Jakarta Globe as saying. According to Tempo, Najib was whisked out of the...
Phuket Town gambling den raided, 27 arrested | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket City Police and soldiers from the 25th Infantry Regiment raided a townhouse in Phuket Town last night (Sept 11) and arrested 27 gamblers caught playing the local gambling game “Prawn-Fish”....
Governor serves up Phuket Street Food Festival in Bangkok | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has held a special press conference in the heart of Bangkok to promote the upcoming Phuket Street Food Festival 2017, to be held in Phuket Town this weekend....
Phuket school protest centres on flirting, verbally abusive principal soliciting donations | Phuket News
PHUKET: About 500 students, teachers and parents staged a protest at the Srinagarindra the Princess Mother School near Saphan Hin yesterday (Sept 11) against the school principal, who is accused of several counts of misconduct, including flirting, soliciting cash for failed projects and verbally abusing fellow teachers....
XANA Beach Club re-launches Sunday Fun Brunch by the beach | Phuket News
Kick off an extraordinary weekend with the re-launch of XANA’s Sunday Fun Brunch at Angsana Laguna Phuket....
Soi Dog Foundation come to Samui to deal with the islands stray dog problem | Phuket News
The renowned Phuket-based animal welfare organisation Soi Dog Foundation has launched canine sterilisation and vaccination programs on Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan. The campaign is designed to prevent further unwanted dogs being born, eliminate rabies, create a smaller, healthier and more sustainable population of dogs, and improve the environment for both animals and humans, the foundation announced. “The program will target a minimum of 80% of the dog population on the islands, estimated to be around 10,000 animals, and will take a minimum of nine months to complete,” said the release, noting that 80% is the figure when a significant reduction in the population will be achieved, and that 70% will see elimination of rabies. All funding will come directly from Soi Dog Foundation, which earlier this week mobilised a core team of two veterinarians, three vet nurses, four dog catchers and a manager. The team will target...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Dropping anchors on coral! Noisy bikes? Phuket FC play-offs || September 11 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 11 Investigation: Anchor trampling coral! Noisy bikes in Phuket! DSI after Oak Shinawatra? Activists: More help for rape victims; Gov’t sets B3 trillion tourism target; Phuket FC gets to the play-off! Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Tour boats caught dropping anchors on Phi Phi Island coral reef | Phuket News
PHUKET: The national park chief responsible for Phi Phi Island has ordered officials to investigate footage showing tour boats dropping their anchors onto a coral reef off Laem Thong Beach, on the northern east coast of the island....
Phuket family dodges brunt of Hurricane Irma | Phuket News
PHUKET: Well-known Phuket expats Muzza Nordstrand and Chantal Fernandes and their children are safe and sound after narrowly avoiding the brunt of Hurricane Irma at their temporary “home away from home” in the Dominican Republic....
Two injured in Phuket five-vehicle accident | Phuket News
PHUKET: Two people were injured yesterday in an accident involving five vehicles on Phuket’s main artery, Thepkrasattri Rd....
Survey says travellers miss good internet connection more than friends and family | Phuket News
July and August are two long-awaited months that signal the arrival of the long summer break for the northern hemisphere, and it’s usually a time when people want to be close to family and friends or, in contrast, meet new people....
Donald Trump slams Pakistan’s ‘lies and deceit’ over terrorism | Phuket News
US President Donald Trump delivered harsh criticism of Pakistan Monday, accusing Islamabad of taking billions of dollars in US aid in exchange for “lies and deceit.” “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars (€29 billion) in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, […]...
North Korea's talk of joining Winter Olympics is 'a gift,' organizer says | Phuket News
North Korea on Monday said it may be ready to send a delegation to the tournament....
South Korea Proposes Military Talks With North | Phuket News
South Korea proposed military talks and family reunions with North Korea on Monday to reduce the increasing potential for conflict over Pyongyang’s continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. “The Defense Ministry proposes to hold a military talks between the two Koreas on July 21 at Tongilgak in North Korea to stop all hostile actions which heightens military tensions at the border,” said Seoul’s Vice Defense Minister Seo Joo-seok on Monday. Military talks Tongilgak is a North Korean building at the Panmunjom truce village on the border used in the past for inter-Korea talks. The last government-level meetings were held in December, 2015. Since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took power in May, his government has tried to engage the North to reduce tensions, including offers of humanitarian aid, non-political exchanges and reviving the inter-Korean military hotline that Pyongyang cut off in early 2016 after Seoul shut down the...
US Women's Open: Park Sung-hyun 'floating in the sky' after first major win | Phuket News
South Korea's Park Sung-hyun wins the US Women's Open by two strokes from teenage amateur Choi Hye-jin....
22-year record rainfall hits South Korean city | Phuket News
By Lee Kyung-min   Fifteen households were evacuated and more than 500 rescue reports were filed following record heavy rainfall in South Korea’s Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province.  According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), the city had 290.1 millimeters of rain, the most in 22 years since August 1995 when it had 293 millimeters of rain. The amount will exceed the 1995 record as 90 millimeters of rain is falling per hour in the region. The Ministry......
South Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions | Phuket News
South Korea on Monday offered to hold rare military talks with the North, aiming to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The offer of talks, the first since South Korea elected dovish President Moon Jae-in, was announced as the Red Cross in Seoul proposed a separate meeting to discuss reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean war. The South’s defence ministry proposed a meeting to be held on Friday at the border truce village of......
South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea | Phuket News
Despite the North's recent, provocative long-range missile test, the South is seeking to ease tensions....
South Korea Proposes Military, Family Reunion Talks With North | Phuket News
South Korea on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea this week, the first government-level talks since late 2015, in an effort to halt hostile activities near their joint border and after a series of missile tests by the North in recent weeks. The proposal is the first formal overture by the government of President Moon Jae-in, who came to power in May pledging to engage the North in dialogue, as well as to apply pressure on Pyongyang to reduce tension on the Korean peninsula.
US Women's Open: South Korea's Park Sung-hyun wins major | Phuket News
South Korea's Park Sung-hyun wins the US Women's Open by two strokes, her first LPGA title in her debut season....
South Korea requests high level talks with the North | Phuket News
SOUTH KOREA on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea this week, the first government-level talks since late 2015, in an effort to halt hostile activities near their joint border and after a series of missile tests by the North in recent weeks. The proposal is the first formal overture by the government of President Moon Jae-in, who came to power in May pledging to engage the North in dialogue, as well as to apply pressure on Pyongyang to reduce tension on the Korean peninsula. “We request military talks with the North on July 21 at Tongilgak to stop all hostile activities that raise military tension at the military demarcation line,” South Korea‘s Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk told a media briefing. Tongilgak is a North Korean building at the Panmunjom truce village on the border used for previous inter-Korea talks. The last government-level talks were held in December 2015. The proposal came roughly a week after...
South Korea dumps 'dictator' stamp | Phuket News
A postage stamp commemorating the centenary of strongman president has been scrapped as his daughter stands trial....
US Senate Confirms Businessman Hagerty as Ambassador to Japan | Phuket News
The U.S. Senate confirmed private equity executive William Hagerty on Thursday as President Donald Trump's ambassador to Japan, filling a post considered especially crucial in light of neighboring North Korea's recent missile tests. The vote was 86 to 12 in the 100-member Senate. Hagerty, founder of the private equity firm Hagerty Peterson, spent several years in Japan with the Boston Consulting Group and later served in the White House under former President George H.W. Bush. Trump's choice of Hagerty was taken as a sign of the interest in economic ties to Japan by the Republican president, a real estate developer and reality television star who had never held public office when he was elected in November. North Korea has been worrying and frustrating neighboring countries and U.S. officials with a series of missile tests, more so since Pyongyang last week test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile. Trump has been criticized...
In Myanmar, One Girl's Plight Epitomizes Rohingya Struggle | Phuket News
Ever since she was born in this squalid camp for displaced members of Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya minority, Rosmaida Bibi has struggled to do something most of the world's children do effortlessly: grow. Frail and severely malnourished, Rosmaida is 4 - but she's barely the size of a 1-year-old. A tiny girl with big brown eyes, she wobbles unsteadily when she walks. Bones protrude through the flimsy skin of her chest. And while other kids her age chatter incessantly, Rosmaida is listless, only able to speak a handful of first words: “Papa.” “Mama.” “Rice.” Half a decade after a brutal wave of anti-Muslim violence exploded in this predominantly Buddhist nation, forcing more than 120,000 Rohingya Muslims into a series of camps in western Myanmar, this is what the government's policy of persecution, segregation and neglect looks like up close. It's a policy born of decades of military dictatorship and fear that...
Australian scientists claim to have further narrowed MH370 location | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - An Australian research team claimed that they have narrowed the location of missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370 to just a fraction of the ocean search area previously explored by Australian, Malaysian and Chinese authorities....
China's investments into Malaysia may not pay off - at least, not for Malaysia: Citi | Phuket News
Citi said the benefits may be overstated for China's expected around $93 billion in investments in Malaysia projects....
Shell withdraws Malaysia cardboard cutouts after 'distasteful' groping | Phuket News
Pictures of men misbehaving with the life-sized image of the firm's female employee went viral....
Chinese deities flown on business class to Malaysia | Phuket News
Three Chinese deities were seen travelling business class - what's the story behind their voyage?...
Shell removes Malaysian woman cut-outs from service stations because men are groping them | Phuket News
Energy giant Shell said it is removing life-size cut-outs of a Malaysian woman in a headscarf from its service stations in the Muslim-majority country after photos of men groping the figure started circulating online. The adverts featuring a female employee, wearing a red T-shirt with a Shell logo, black trousers and a black headscarf, smiling and with her thumb raised in the air, had been placed at Royal Dutch Shell’s stations in Malaysia. But images of men kissing the cardboard cut-outs......
Singapore's central bank on 1MDB scandal: 'Naming and shaming' a better deterrent than big fines | Phuket News
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Singapore's central bank 'not popping champagne' despite posting record net profit | Phuket News
The Monetary Authority of Singapore posted a record net profit in the year ending March 2017 due to currency translations and higher investment gains....
MAS: Singapore property cooling measures remain necessary | Phuket News
Singapore property cooling measures, which have dampened home sales and prices, remain necessary, the MAS said Thursday....
Alibaba spending $1bn to raise stake in Lazada | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding is investing an additional US$1billion (34 billion baht) in Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group, boosting its stake by nearly a third to 83% and amplifying its focus on the region....
Lee family feud: Singapore’s prime minister falls silent, as his lieutenants speak out | Phuket News
Two weeks after the bitter feud in the family of the late Lee Kuan Yew erupted in public, his eldest son Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is appearing keen on tamping down the quarrel, with the embattled leader declaring he will next address the abuse of power claims made by his siblings in parliament next week. His government meanwhile took on a less adversarial tone by the end of yesterday, changing tact from sharp comments against the premier’s siblings early on in the feud. “My......
Singapore Sustainability Academy: An extensive People, Private & Public partnership to advocate Global Climate Action | Phuket News
“CDL firmly believes that sustainability creates immense value for businesses, stakeholders, the community and the environment. Sustainability is strategically integrated into CDL’s business and operations from developing green buildings and managing them in an energy-efficient and resource-efficient manner, to engaging and influencing stakeholders on sustainable development. The [Singapore Sustainability Academy] and Women4Green initiatives will further advance CDL’s stakeholder engagement to achieve a greater impact in building a sustainable future.” – Mr Sherman Kwek, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, City Developments Limited The principles of sustainability have become big business in a fast-paced modern world. With visible value surrounding sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR) increasingly spurring success in the dynamic business sphere, companies are doing all they can to harness an altruistic ethos for the benefit of a complex, global society. According to a report titled, Better Business, Better World Asia by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC), business leaders...
A special task force set up to probe piracy of Thai oil tanker in Malaysian waters | Phuket News
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has formed a special task force to probe last Friday’s attack of a Thai oil tanker by pirates in waters off Kuantan, according to a report in New Straits Times Online on Tuesday. MMEA director-general Datuk Zulkifili Abu Bakar said his agency had contacted the Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Centre to help in the investigation. Noting that the hijacking is a cross-border crime, NNEA will also coordinate with the Indonesian navy and Singapore Police Coast Guard. He said that such hijacking incident could be curbed with the cooperation of all parties concerned and ship operators must immediately report such case so that authorities could deploy vessels to the scene. Zulkifili said the MMEA had received information about the incident some 21 hours after the case took place. The tanker, CP41, was boarded by pirates when it was en route from Singapore to Songkhla. They...
Secrets of ‘Office 39’: North Korean leader Kim gets Russian fuel via Singapore dealers, says defector who fled China | Phuket News
North Korea secures up to 300,000 tonnes of oil products from Russia each year through Singapore-based dealers, a defector who formerly managed funds for the leadership has told Kyodo News, posing a challenge for the United States as it seeks to isolate Pyongyang. “North Korea has procured Russia-produced fuel from Singapore brokers and others since the 1990s...It is mostly diesel oil and partly gasoline,” Ri Jong-ho, 59, a former senior official of Office 39 of the Workers’......
Sanctions Taking Toll on North Korea Regime, High-level Defector Tells VOA | Phuket News
Editor's Note: In a two-part series, VOA's Korean Service spoke with senior-level North Korean defector Ri Jong Ho in his first public interview since his defection in late 2014. A senior North Korean defector told VOA Korean that the current efforts to tighten economic sanctions on the North are effective and could over time destabilize Kim Jong Un’s regime. “Economic sanctions, if continued, will erode the North Korean regime’s grip on power, create more opportunities for market activities and stir all kinds of corruption and disorder in the country,” said Ri Jong Ho in his first public interview since his defection in late 2014. “That loosening of government control will strike at the very foundation of the [top-down] leader-based system.” His remarks came in advance of President Donald Trump’s summit this week with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, where they are expected to focus on the common threat posed by...
Hot-spring egg breakfasts booming thanks to Chinese tourists | Phuket News
Chinese tourists visiting Thailand in the thousands are making a lesser-known attraction far more popular – boiling eggs in a northern hot spring. Scores more travellers from China were buying eggs from vendors at the steamy site in Chiang Rai’s Wieng Pa Pao district on Tuesday morning. Chillier temperatures also encourage tourists to dip their feet in the warm water. The egg suppliers of Tambon Mae Chedi Yai couldn’t be happier. Business has never been so brisk. One vendor said she’s lately been selling 300 to 500 eggs a day to tourists, most of them Chinese. The usual price is Bt20 for a woven basket holding three eggs. Tourists suspend the baskets in the hot spring for a minute or two if they want their eggs soft-boiled and three minutes for hard-boiled. The Nation The post Hot-spring egg breakfasts booming thanks to Chinese tourists appeared first on Samui Times....
China New Higher Education Being Included as a Constituent of MSCI China Small Cap Index | Phuket News
Nov 14, 2017 Picture:  (14 November 2017, Hong Kong) China New Higher Education Group Limited (
Skyrocketing tech firm LeEco set out to change the world. Its failure has changed China | Phuket News
LeEco once sought to rival Netflix, Tesla and Apple. It hasn't worked, and that's had broad implications for others....
Presidential Office denies alleged role in Ching Fu case | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – The Presidential Office on Tuesday dismissed a report by the China Times that it used its influence to have funds transferred to a financially-troubled naval contractor, and demanded that the Taipei-based daily apologize and issue a correction. According to the report, which was based on an audio tape obtained by opposition Kuomintang […]...
One Dead as Strong Earthquake Hits Philippines | Phuket News
A strong earthquake struck the central Philippines on Thursday killing at least one person and damaging several houses and some infrastructure, officials said. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said aftershocks were expected but ruled out any tsunami following the earthquake of magnitude 6.5 that rocked the towns of Jaro and Kananga in Leyte province. Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez from the province said one person had been confirmed killed and Kananga had been
Philippines: Another senator prompts drug war inquiry, Senate pressured | Phuket News
A SECOND Philippine senator has called for an investigation into police conduct after a Reuters report revealed anti-drug squads were sending the bodies of slain suspects to hospital to destroy crime scenes and cover up executions. A resolution, filed by opposition senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, is the second such request in less than a week, putting the Senate under increasing pressure to act. The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs chairman, former police chief Panfilo Lacson, told Reuters on Monday he would launch an investigation and invite witnesses named in the article to testify under oath. The Senate reconvenes at the end of July. De Lima’s chief of staff Fhillip Sawali said the two separate calls for a probe showed the gravity of the matter. “It sends a clear message this is something serious, worthy of the conduct of a Senate investigation. ” – Sawali to Reuters...
Strong, shallow quake shakes central Philippines | Phuket News
MANILA - A strong, shallow earthquake has shaken the central Philippines, sending panicked residents running from their homes....
Philippines: Muslim-only ID card should be ‘rejected outright’ – watchdog | Phuket News
PHILIPPINES authorities have been accused of discrimination following a proposal to impose a mandatory identification card system for Muslims in the country’s Central Luzon Region. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said such a policy, announced this week, threatened to single out Muslims in the predominantly Catholic country amid the government’s effort to combat terrorism. “The IDs could also violate the rights to equal protection of the law, freedom of movement as well as other basic rights,” researcher at HRW’s Asia Division Carlos H. Conde said in a statement on Thursday. “ID requirements for Muslims should be rejected outright.” The identification system would be imposed on Central Luzon’s minority Muslim community of 26,000 people. According to Conde, Central Luzon Police Superintendent Aaron Aquino sought to justify the Muslim-only ID as a means to “identify and weed out undesirable individuals and terrorists.” SEE ALSO: Philippine: Security forces nab ‘main financier’ of Maute militants The proposal follows the move by...
The Philippines guitar makers competing with karaoke | Phuket News
Lapu-Lapu in the Philippines sells its handcrafted guitars and ukuleles around the world. But modern life means there are strings attached to its success....
Philippine militants behead two Vietnamese hostages | Phuket News
Islamist militants have beheaded two Vietnamese sailors held hostage for eight months in the southern Philippines, the military said on Wednesday. Philippine troops found the remains of the two hostages early Wednesday morning on the island of Basilan, a stronghold of the notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group, military spokeswoman Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay said. “This is a desperate measure of the Abu Sayyaf Group because they see they have no gains from their kidnap-for-ransom......
2 Vietnamese hostages found beheaded in Philippines | Phuket News
MANILA - The bodies and severed heads of two Vietnamese sailors abducted last year by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines were found on Wednesday, a military official said....
Philippine: Security forces nab ‘main financier’ of Maute militants | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE security forces arrested on Wednesday the main financier and logistics supporter of the pro-Islamic State militants who have for weeks been battling government troops for control of a southern town, the army said. The militants from a faction known as the Maute group, seized the town or Marawi on May 23 and are resisting daily assaults by government forces using aircraft and artillery, and with help from allies the United States and Australia. The fighting in the largely Muslim town in south of the predominantly Christian Philippines has alarmed neighbours, fearful that Islamic State is bent on gaining a foothold in the region as it loses ground in the Middle East. Security forces raided a village not far from Marawi and detained three suspects found with ammunition and material for making bombs, an army spokesman, Brigadier-General Gilbert Gapay, said. One of those detained was an important supporter of the...
Philippines kidnap: Abu Sayyaf Islamists behead Vietnamese | Phuket News
The two sailors were part of a group kidnapped by militants in the southern Philippines last year....
Duterte hints at extending martial law in Mindanao | Phuket News
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s overwhelming vote to uphold the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and hinted that martial law could be extended beyond the 60-day limit under the Constitution, according to a report in The Manila Times Online on Wednesday. “Martial law will stay until the last terrorist is dead,” the president told reporters in Bulacan.  He noted that the terrorism situation in Marawi reached a critical level. Eleven justices sided with Duterte, three agreed with martial law within a limited area, and only one dissented during the full session of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. A protester speaks during a rally in front of the Supreme Court in Manila on July 4, 2017. The Philippines’ Supreme Court on July 4 endorsed President Rodrigo Duterte’s enforcement of martial law across the southern third of the country, which he said was necessary to defeat Islamic...
Vietnam prepares domestic trade strategy | Phuket News
“The development of domestic trade lacks a comprehensive strategy despite its important role in the economy,” said Pham Nguyen Minh, Director of the Viet Nam Institute for Trade, at a workshop held yesterday to collect comments for the domestic trade development strategy by 2025. Minh said special attention should be paid to developing supplying chains as well as infrastructure for goods circulation. Vo Van Quyen, Director of the ministry’s Domestic Market Department, said the strategy will tackle issues related to the organisation of traditional and modern distribution channels and the development of trade infrastructure together with business models. The strategy also targets enhancing the role of domestic firms in the context of rapid international integration, Quyen said, noting that domestic trade must be compliant with commitments to the World Trade Organisation and other bilateral and multilateral trade agreements related to the opening of the domestic market. Project official Le Trinh...
Cautious Maritime Deal Expected Between China, Philippines | Phuket News
China and the Philippines are expected to cement a year of solid relations this month by signing a cautious yet friendly agreement on joint use of a tract of sea that has deeply divided them. Foreign ministry officials from both countries are set to meet for talks leading to a deal on security and cooperation in the South China Sea. The talks, the first covering “Sino-Philippine South China Sea issues,” will take place in China, Beijing’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. The two parties have not announced a date. “It would [lead to] a more improved relationship with China, and a stable Philippine and China relationship is not going to be a bad thing for the Philippines in terms of its economy and security,” said Sass Rogando Sasot, a Philippine national and international relations scholar at Leiden University College in The Hague. Prime fishing grounds, possible oil and gas deposits...
Vietnam Politburo member sacked over 'serious mistakes' when head of energy giant | Phuket News
A senior Vietnamese Communist Party official has been removed from the powerful Politburo for committing “very serious mistakes and violations” when he was head of the country’s oil and gas monopoly PetroVietnam. The Central Committee voted in majority to impose the disciplinary measures against Dinh La Thang, according to a statement posted on the party’s website late Sunday. Thang, 56, was chairman of the board of PetroVietnam from 2005 until he was appointed transport......
Vietnam Politburo member removed over 'serious mistakes' | Phuket News
HANOI -- A senior Vietnamese Communist Party official has been removed from the powerful Politburo for his
Vietnam sacks top official for PetroVietnam 'violation' | Phuket News
Dinh La Thang, an unusually outspoken politician, was sacked in a crackdown on a state oil and gas firm....
Truck-bus collision in central Vietnam kills 12 | Phuket News
HANOI - A truck has collided with a passenger bus in central Vietnam, killing 12 people and injuring 33....
Some South Koreans Hope to Thaw Ties With North if Moon Elected | Phuket News
In February 2016, Yoo Chang-geun and about 120 other South Korean businessmen frantically pulled their staff out of the Kaesong Industrial Zone, jointly run with North Korea. Seoul had ordered it closed after Pyongyang defied international warnings and tested a long-range rocket. Now, with South Koreans in next week’s presidential election almost certain to elect liberal Moon Jae-in, they have reason for hope. Moon has promised to reopen the complex, the signature project of the so-called “Sunshine Policy” of engagement with North Korea pursued earlier this century. “We are more hopeful than ever,” Yoo said. “Moon might not be able to reopen Kaesong right away but he will follow steps toward it in the course of improving South-North Korean relations.” Trading sunshine for concessions But reopening Kaesong could go against the spirit of U.N. sanctions to prevent money from going into North Korea’s banned weapons programs, government officials and experts...
Global headwinds will check pace of Asian growth in 2017 | Phuket News
Exactly a year ago I wrote on the dominance of Factory Asia (China and south-east Asia supply chains) in contributing half of the world’s manufacturing output. This year, how will rising protectionism from the US administration, disruption from forces such as Brexit and increased security threats affect the Asian manufacturing outlook? The UN Industrial Development Organization (Unido) expects global manufacturing to remain weak, but compared with other regions, Factory Asia will experience relatively higher growth. The World Bank’s manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index signals continued expansion in China, Indonesia and Vietnam, but a slowdown in Malaysia. Unido forecasts China’s manufacturing output will increase moderately, at 6.5%, as it is in transition period into higher value-added activities, so facing more balanced growth. India, while experiencing a slight 0.7% dip, is progressing to hi-tech manufacturing. Source link ...
Taiwan Can’t Negotiate, Likely to Observe Rules on South China Sea | Phuket News
Taiwan is expected to follow any agreements reached by other governments that compete with its claims to nearly the entire South China Sea as a show of strategic goodwill, even though it can neither negotiate nor sign the deals. China and an organization representing four Southeast Asian countries that claim the sea are working on the framework for a code of conduct that would help head off mishaps among fishing boats, oil rigs and coast guard vessels. Separately, China is talking to Vietnam and the Philippines about their own deals in waters that Taiwan claims. Taiwan lacks formal diplomatic relations in Asia because China sees it as part of its own territory rather than as a sovereign state. Beijing uses its economic clout to stop other countries from pursuing economic or security deals with Taipei. “We have limited tools in our box,” said Alexander Huang, strategic studies professor at Tamkang...
Trump's Indonesian business partner ‘Tanoe’ slapped with travel ban | Phuket News
Authorities in Indonesia have issued a travel ban against the Indonesian business partner of US President Donald Trump after he was accused of threatening a deputy attorney general, officials said Monday. Billionaire Hary Tanoesoedibjo has been barred from leaving Indonesia from June 22 to July 12 due to the case, which is under investigation by the National Police’s criminal investigation unit, said Agung Sampurno, the Indonesian Immigration Office spokesman. He said the travel ban could......
Indonesia police find IS propaganda targeting children | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- Indonesian police have found hundreds of books containing Islamic State propaganda targeting children at the home of a suspect arrested in connection with the stabbing death of an officer, a police spokeswoman said on Monday....
Jakarta Celebrates Eid in Quiet After Year of Divisions | Phuket News
After a tumultuous year of politics and religious divisions, Eid al-Fitr has come peacefully to some of Jakarta’s poorest neighborhoods, which have been particularly affected by recent events.  Thousands of faithful converged on Jakarta’s historic Sunda Kelapa fishing harbor on Sunday morning for sholat, the morning prayers of Eid al-Fitr, the festival that ends the holy month of Ramadan. But this Ramadan, a time of fasting and reflection, followed a year of upheaval in Jakarta politics. The city was cleaved by Islamist protests against the Chinese Christian governor Ahok, whose eventual election loss came only after a maelstrom of sectarian tensions against religious minorities and ethnic Chinese Indonesians.  The coastal communities near Sunda Kelapa had a big personal stake in the Jakarta election. Historic neighborhoods like Luar Batang and Pasar Ikan (“fish market”) were targeted for evictions by the previous governor, Ahok, and combined their fight for land rights with vociferous participation in the anti-Ahok protests...
Australia: AirAsia X pilot criticised for panicked response to shaking aircraft | Phuket News
THE captain of AirAsia X Flight D7237 that was forced to return to Perth, Australia, on Sunday following a technical failure on board, is now facing flak for telling passengers to “say a prayer” during the terrifying ordeal. According to reports, commentators and some passengers aboard the Kuala Lumpur-bound aircraft, while grateful for the safe landing, were not overly pleased with the pilot’s reaction to the situation or the airline’s response thus far. A report by Telegraph quoted American passenger Samantha Fox as saying she no longer wanted to travel with the airline. “I’m going to… Hawaii instead,” Fox said. “It’s the unease about that particular route and the airline.” SEE ALSO: Misfortune strikes AirAsia flight, stranding passengers in Bali for more than 36 hours The twin-aisle Airbus 330-300 reportedly began shaking like a “washing machine” as it flew over the Indian Ocean Sunday morning, about an hour and a half...
Australian Spy Planes to Help Tackle Islamist Threat in Philippines | Phuket News
The Australian government is sending two military surveillance aircraft to help the Philippines in its fight against Islamist militants in southern Mindanao province. Philippine forces have been fighting insurgents linked to the Islamic State group, who seized the city of Marawi last month. Defense officials in Canberra say the spread of radical Islamism in southeast Asia poses a direct threat to Australian interests. The government is sending two AP-3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft to help Philippine forces locate militants in the city of Marawi, which they seized in late May. About 400 people, mostly Islamist insurgents, have died since the siege began. One thousand civilians are thought to be trapped in the city, where it is feared that some are being held as human shields as Filipino forces advance. Tens of thousands of other residents have been displaced. A Philippine military spokesman said the Australian spy planes would help tackle extremism...
In Pictures: Muslims in Asia pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends | Phuket News
MUSLIMS in Asia celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Sunday with prayers for peace as they marked the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. As at the start of Ramadan, during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, Eid-al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the moon and its celebration varies in different countries. The day begins with early morning prayers and then family visits and feasts. In Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, residents said they hoped the spirit of Eid would overcome fears about rising militancy in the couintry with the largest number of Muslims. Muslims attend a Eid al-Fitr mass prayer to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta. Pic: Reuters A police officer was killed on Sunday in an attack by suspected Islamist militants in the city of Medan. Islamic State sympathizers have carried out...
Indonesian policeman killed by suspected militants | Phuket News
JAKARTA -- An Indonesian police officer was stabbed and later died of his wounds in an attack by suspected Islamist militants in the city of Medan, a police spokesman said on Sunday....
Australia welcomes charges against alleged Bali bombing mastermind | Phuket News
AUSTRALIA on Saturday welcomed charges against a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of masterminding the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, including 88 Australians. Indonesian-born militant Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, is accused of overseeing the 2002 Bali bombings and an attack on the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta in 2003 that killed 12 people. “I hope that should this prosecution succeed, it will bring closure to those devastated by the loss of loved ones, family and friends,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters. “It has been a scar on the hearts of all Australians since these attacks occurred in 2002.” Big story from @MiamiHerald @carolrosenberg – US charges Hambali over 2002 Bali Bombing that killed 88 Australians https://t.co/plac6Ln5EC — Stephanie March (@steph_march) June 23, 2017 Hambali was charged on seven different counts, including terrorism and murder in violation of the law of war, the Miami...
Phuket Street Food Festival 2017 kicks off this month | Phuket News
The annual Phuket Street Food Festival will be held this month over September 16-17 with the dual aims of showcasing the island’s Unesco-listed cuisine and promoting “green-season” tourism....
The complicated business of university admissions requires careful navigation | Phuket News
Private university admission counselling companies used to be found only in the wealthy suburbs of the United States....
B600-700 minimum wage not possible: Labour spokesman | Phuket News
It is not possible for the daily labour minimum wage to go up to between 600-700 baht per day as proposed by the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee, said Labour Ministry spokesman Ananchai Uthaipattanacheep. Daily News website quoted Mr Ananchai as saying that he believed the proposed amount would also not be acceptable to entrepreneurs. With this high labour minimum wage, the business operators would not be able to survive, he added. The Thai Labour Solidarity Committee made the proposal on Friday (Sept 8), reasoning that the current minimum wage, which ranges between 300-310, is not enough to meet the rising cost of living and daily expenses. Labour Ministry spokesman Ananchai Mr Ananchai said the daily labour minimum wage is decided by the tripartite committee whose members comprise representatives of the government, the employers and the employees.  The decision is based on the cost of living in different provinces, the gross...
Silent Nights: Phuket Police ordered to tackle noisy motorbikes | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police in Kathu as well as the Phuket Provincial Police are cracking down on illegal, excessively loud motorbikes disrupting the peace after a 90-name petition was filed to the Governor of Phuket from a neighbourhood in Kathu....
Phuket Opinion: Time to send a message | Phuket News
PHUKET: The recent arrest of a Patong tuk-tuk driver who threatened his passengers with a sword has served once again to reinforce the perception of tuk-tuk drivers as thugs and rip-off merchants....
Two Thai men arrested in Patong for drug possession | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Police yesterday (Sept 8) arrested two Thai men and seized a variety of drugs and gold items as part of a special investigation seeking to reduce drug crimes in the Patong area....
Clooney puts poison in Anywhere USAs peanut butter | Phuket News
George Clooney was back in the Venice limelight Saturday with Suburbicon, a toxic depiction of 1950s America he says he was inspired to make after listening to Donald Trumps election rhetoric....
German Help Association donates B100,000 to Vachira Hospital Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: The German Help Association (DHV) presented a cheque for B100,000 to Vachira Phuket Hospital yesterday afternoon (Sept 8) as a show of appreciation for hospital’s support and care of German tourists who have been unable to pay their hospital fees over the years....
Captured crocodile DNA sent for testing to determine species | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation confirmed yesterday (Sept 8) that they had sent a blood sample for the crocodile recently captured in the Bang tao area for DNA testing....
US Seeks to Renegotiate 2012 Free-Trade Deal with South Korea | Phuket News
The Trump administration has informed South Korea that it wants to renegotiate their five-year old free-trade agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent a letter Wednesday to his South Korean counterpart, Trade Minister Joo Hyung-hwan, calling for a joint committee meeting
Pandas get cool treats at South Korean zoo | Phuket News
Two giant pandas at South Korea's Everland Amusement Park received a frozen surprise on Wednesday as the country sweltered under the summer heat and high humidity....
Bank Raises South Korea’s Growth Outlook | Phuket News
South Korea’s economy is likely to expand 2.8 percent this year over a year earlier thanks to strong exports and robust capital spending by tech companies, Bank of Korea said Thursday, revising its earlier forecast upward slightly.   If growth is as forecast, Asia’s fourth largest economy will expand at its fastest pace in three years in 2017. Next year, the pace of growth will pick up moderately with the economy expanding 2.9 percent over a year earlier, the bank said.  Computer chips, high tech   Strong demand for computer chips and other high tech products is helping drive the recovery.    Samsung Electronics, South Korea’s largest and most valuable company, is expected to report a record quarterly profit during the second quarter, up 72 percent from a year earlier, thanks to a boom in memory chips driven by surging demand from global tech companies.    Sluggish consumer spending is...
China trade with North Korea up 10.5 pct in first half amid sanctions | Phuket News
CHINA’S trade with isolated North Korea rose more than 10 percent in the January-June period from a year earlier, a Chinese official said on Thursday, amid pressure from the United States for Beijing to do more to rein in its erstwhile ally. Last week US President Donald Trump denounced China’s trade with North Korea, saying it had grown almost 40 percent in the first quarter, and cast doubt on whether Beijing was helping to counter the threat from North Korea. China has repeatedly said it is fully enforcing United Nations sanctions on nuclear-armed North Korea and there is nothing wrong with what it terms “normal” trade with Pyongyang, referring to areas not covered by sanctions. Chinese customs spokesman Huang Songping told a briefing on China’s overall trade figures that total trade with North Korea expanded by 10.5 percent to US$2.55 billion in the first six months of the year. SEE...
US seeks to renegotiate South Korea trade deal | Phuket News
The US tells South Korea it has
US informs South Korea it plans to start talks to amend trade pact | Phuket News
The U.S. notified South Korea it plans to start talks to amend an FTA with Seoul and called for a kick-off meeting....
US Informs South Korea of Plans to Start Talks to Amend Trade Pact | Phuket News
The United States notified South Korea on Wednesday it plans to start negotiating amendments to a five-year-old free trade agreement with Seoul and called a meeting to kick off the talks for next month. The announcement came months after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would either renegotiate or terminate what he called a
US tells South Korea it plans to start talks to amend trade pact | Phuket News
A joint committee, chaired by USTR and South Korea's trade ministry, will meet in Washington in August to discuss the next steps....
South Korea wants UNESCO to list sex slave records, and Japan doesn't like it | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Seoul said it will attempt to have documents relating to the Japanese military's sexual enslavement of women during WWI listed by the UN agency....
US Experts Dispute Russia’s Claim That North Korea's New Missile Not an ICBM | Phuket News
Russia’s assessment of North Korea’s latest missile launch puzzles many U.S. experts, who say the Kremlin
Shell removes Malaysian woman cutouts from petrol stations because men are groping them | Phuket News
Energy giant Shell said it is removing life-sized cutouts of a Malaysian woman in a headscarf from its petrol stations in the Muslim-majority country after photos of men groping the figure started circulating online. The adverts featuring a female employee, wearing a red T-shirt with a Shell logo, black trousers and a black headscarf, smiling and with her thumb raised in the air, had been placed at Royal Dutch Shell’s stations in Malaysia. But images of men kissing the cardboard cutouts,......
Malaysia's Lotte Chemical prices IPO at bottom of range, to raise $878 million | Phuket News
Lotte Chemical Titan Holding said its IPO was priced at 6.50 ringgit per share, the bottom of an indicative price range....
AirAsia jet to Kuala Lumpur grounded in Australia after suspected bird strike | Phuket News
An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced to return to Australia shortly after take-off following a suspected bird strike, the carrier said Tuesday, the second incident involving the airline in the country in two weeks. Passengers said the plane shook and bangs came from the right engine of AirAsia X flight D7 207 following its departure from Australia’s Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur late Monday. The flight carrying 345 passengers and 14 crew was diverted to Brisbane airport just north of the......
AirAsia flight turns back to Brisbane after apparent bird strike damages engine | Phuket News
MALAYSIAN budget carrier AirAsia X said on Tuesday a flight from Australia to Malaysia was diverted and forced to land in Brisbane because an engine was damaged during take-off by what was thought to be a bird strike. AirAsia X Flight D7207 was carrying 345 passengers and 14 crew when it took off from the Gold Coast tourist hub in northern Queensland state en route to Kuala Lumpur late on Monday, it said. There were no reports of any injuries in the incident and AirAsia X did not respond immediately to a request for comment. SEE ALSO: Malaysia: Was it wrong of AirAsia’s pilot to tell passengers to pray? AirAsia said in a statement on its official Twitter account the flight was diverted “after experiencing a suspected bird strike to its starboard engine shortly after takeoff”. “Two bird remains were found on the runway,” it said. AirAsia X flight diverts to...
Viral video of police chase in Malaysia turns out to be part of Hong Kong film shoot | Phuket News
By Mohamed Basyir A short video clip of a van being chased by police cars along Malaysia’s busy Lebuh Campbell went viral on social media on Sunday. The 18-second video showed three cars in pursuit of a van along the road, with pedestrians scrambling to get out of the way. The clip triggered a flurry of responses from worried members of the public. However, they fears were unfounded as it later emerged that the chase was an action scene being filmed for a movie. It is learnt that Hong......
After loss of legs in Singapore train accident, Thai girl wins hospital job with million baht salary | Phuket News
The Thai teen girl who lost both legs in a Singapore MRT accident six years ago has won a prestigious job from a pool of thousands of applicants. The new position is “observing patient happiness”—a gig that will pay the sky-high salary of THB1 million (about USD29,500) per month. On Saturday, it was announced on local talk show “At Ten” that Nitcharee “Than” Pen-eakchanasak, now 20, has been hired by the World Medical Hospital, on the outskirts of Bangkok, on a six-month contract, reported Sanook. As the observer of patient happiness, Nitchanee will check in with hospital residents daily to ask about their days, offer support during recovery, and inquire about what could make their treatment more pleasant. In April 2011, Nitcharee “Than” Pen-eakchanasak, 14 at the time, fell onto the tracks of Ang Mo Kio MRT Station in Singapore, where she had been spending the summer taking English lessons. Nitchanee...
Attractions Industry Professionals from around the World Gathered in Singapore at Asian Attractions Expo 2017 | Phuket News
Jun 26, 2017 Successful Week Marked by Second Largest Trade Show Floor, Filled-to-Capacity Education Sessions, and Sold-Out Events (19 June 2017) - Preliminary estimates indicate the successful Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2017 in Singapore attracted more than 7,500 participants, including 5,100 qualified buyers and 375 exhibiting companies. The continued growth of the attractions industry within the Asia-Pacific region was evident at the Expo. More than 50 percent of buyers attended AAE for the first time. Participation in education sessions nearly doubled from 2016 and the event featured the second largest trade show floor in event history at 10,170 net square meters. Asian Attractions Expo, which is produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), took place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at Marina Bay Sands, 13 – 16 June 2017. The total number of owners, executives, managers, and leaders in attendance from theme parks,...
Fitch downgrades troubled Singapore-listed Noble | Phuket News
Fitch downgraded Noble, as poor liquidity and weak profitability continue to hinder the struggling commodity trader....
Thai oil tanker attacked by Bahasa speaking pirates returns safely at Songkhla port | Phuket News
A Thai oil tanker, C.P. 41, attacked by six armed pirates, while en route from Singapore to Songkhla Friday night, arrived in Songkhla yesterday. All the 17 crew and the captain, were safe but almost half of its loaded 3.8 million litres of diesel oil were siphoned off by the pirates who spoke Bahasa. C.P. 41 was loaded with 3,800 tons, equivalent to 3.8 million litres, of diesel oil when pirates attacked at about 9.00pm Friday night near Kuantan, the state capital of Pahang, Malaysia. The pirates siphoned 1,500 tons and left the oil tanker on Saturday morning. The crew said they were held captive at gunpoint during the hijack, and the hijackers either destroyed or snatched away their communications equipment.   The post Thai oil tanker attacked by Bahasa speaking pirates returns safely at Songkhla port appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Lee Hsien Yang, estranged brother of Singapore PM, seen at Hong Kong airport | Phuket News
Lee Hsien Yang, the estranged brother of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, flew to Hong Kong over the weekend as a highly publicised family feud between the siblings continues to unfold in the city state. Lee Hsien Yang and wife, Lim Suet Fern, boarded a Cathay Pacific flight and arrived at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday. The purpose of their visit is unknown, but when approached by reporters, Lee, a former chief of the nation’s telecommunications giant Singtel, only......
Muslims in Asia pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Muslims in Asia celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Sunday with prayers for peace as they marked the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan....
Vitasoy Reported Steady Business Growth in FY2016/2017 In line with its Sustainable Growth Strategy | Phuket News
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Guotai Junan International Upgraded to BBB+ with Stable Outlook on Stronger Capitalization by S&P Ratings | Phuket News
Jun 24, 2017 Picture:  [23 June 2017, Hong Kong] Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited (together with its subsidiaries, as
Asian stocks close lower after China data misses forecasts; ASX falls 0.9% | Phuket News
Asian equities were pressured on Tuesday as investors digested the release of a slew of Chinese economic data points....
Most Asian shares slide as China data misses forecasts; ASX falls 0.9% | Phuket News
Asian equities were pressured in Tuesday trade as investors digested the release of a slew of Chinese data points....
The US-Philippine relationship is central to two of Asia's thorniest issues | Phuket News
Washington's ties to the Philippine drug war and activity in the South China Sea were in focus as Trump visited Manila....
China investment growth slows, industrial output misses expectations | Phuket News
China's fixed-asset investment growth slowed to 7.3 percent in the January-October period, coming in below expectations....
Most Asian shares slide as investors digest China data; ASX falls 0.9% | Phuket News
Asian equities were pressured in Tuesday trade as investors digested the release of a slew of Chinese data points....
EPA head blocked from climate change conference | Phuket News
BONN, Germany (CNA) – Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) was not able to attend a climate change conference held in Germany on Sunday due to objections from China. The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is being held at UNFCCC […]...
Taipei girls marching band takes center stage on Sun Yat-sen birthday | Phuket News
TAIPEI (CNA) – A military marching band from a girls’ high school in Taipei was one of the main attractions at celebrations to commemorate the 152nd birthday of Dr. Sun Yat-sen (孫中山), founding father of the Republic of China (R.O.C.), in Taipei on Sunday. The Taipei Jingmei Girls’ High School Military Band captivated the audience […]...
Asian shares slide ahead of China data release; ASX falls 1% | Phuket News
Asian equities were pressured in early Tuesday trade as investors awaited the release of a slew of Chinese data points....
Philippines kidnap: Abu Sayyaf Islmaists behead Vietnamese | Phuket News
The two sailors were part of a group kidnapped by militants in the southern Philippines last year....
Philippines: 2 Vietnamese hostages held by Abu Sayyaf found beheaded | Phuket News
TWO Vietnamese held hostage by the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were found beheaded early Wednesday morning in Basilan province in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, officials said. This developed as top defense officials claimed that the “capability of the extremist group has been degraded” owing to the intensified military operations against them in some provinces in Mindanao. Colonel Juvymax Uy, commander of Joint Task Force Basilan, said the decapitated bodies of Hoang Trung Thong and Hoang Va Hai were found by residents in the village of Tumahubong in Sumisip town, Basilan, a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf bandits, at around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday. The beheaded victims were among the six crewmembers of Vietnamese cargo vessel MV Royal 16 who were seized by the bandits last November off the waters of Basilan. “The cadavers will be made to undergo forensic exams as coordination with the Vietnamese embassy is...
Philippines not married to US, can still pursue China, says Manila’s top diplomat | Phuket News
The Philippines’ new foreign secretary, Alan Peter Cayetano, warned that “outside influences” could turn Southeast Asia into “a theatre of geopolitical rivalry” and that Manila’s relations with the US should not stop it from forging ties with China. The 46-year-old made the comment in an interview with the South China Morning Post. He is a staunch ally of Duterte and was his vice-presidential running mate. A seasoned politician, Cayetano was reportedly......
Philippines: Top court backs Duterte’s martial law declaration in majority vote | Phuket News
THE Philippines’ top court on Tuesday affirmed President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, setting aside his opposition’s bid to invalidate it. Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said in a press briefing that 11 out of 15 justices, in a majority vote, upheld the president’s declaration across Mindanao, ABS-CBN News reported. The court ruling effectively nullified petitions filed by opposition lawmakers, activist groups and four women from Marawi, the beleaguered city that has been under siege by Islamic State-inspired militants from the Maute group since late May. Three of the justices, Te said, voted to partially grant the petitions while only one voted in favour of them. Te added the grounds of their decisions would be finalised and submitted on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Duterte threatens to jail martial law critics Following the ruling, Solicitor General Jose Calida said the court’s decision to affirm the declaration proves there is...
Hapilon still hiding in Marawi City:  Defence Secretary Lorenzana | Phuket News
Abyu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon is still in Marawi City, hiding in one of the mosques, said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday as he denied reports that the wanted terrorist had slipped through the military dragnet, according to a report in The Manila Times Online on Tuesday. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has offered an addition of P10 million for the”neutralization” of Hapilon, on top of the $5 million bounty from the US government. “According to our latest information, he (Hapilon) is still inside Marawi.  In fact, there is this information that we got this morning that he is still hiding in one of the mosques there in Mariwi,” Lorenzana said during the “Mindanao Hour” news briefing in Malacanang. He said the latest information may be correct as the military intelligence group in Basilan had yet to see Hapilon in the island province. Also on Monday, the Armed Forces of...
Philippines' top court upholds Duterte's martial law | Phuket News
MANILA -- The Philippines' top court has upheld President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the southern third of the country, dismissing petitions to nullify it....
Supreme Court backs Duterte’s martial law in southern Philippines | Phuket News
The Philippines’ Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed President Rodrigo Duterte’s enforcement of martial law across the southern third of the country, which he said was necessary to defeat Islamic State group-backed militants. Duterte imposed military rule across the insurgency-wracked region of Mindanao on May 23, hours after hundreds of gunmen waving black IS flags occupied parts of Marawi city and triggered deadly clashes that are yet to end. Opposition lawmakers called for the......
Asean mustn’t become ‘theatre of geopolitical rivalry’, Philippines’ top diplomat warns | Phuket News
The Philippines’ new foreign secretary, Alan Peter Cayetano, warned that “outside influences” could turn Southeast Asia into “a theatre of geopolitical rivalry” and that Manila’s relations with the US should not stop it from forging ties with China. Cayetano was speaking to the South China Morning Post as he wrapped up a four-day visit to China that ended on Saturday. The 46-year-old is a staunch ally of Duterte and was his vice-presidential running mate. A......
Trump, Australian PM ‘don’t have to be best friends’ – minister | Phuket News
AUSTRALIA’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and US President Donald Trump “don’t have to be best friends” when they meet in New York on Thursday. While Australia is a long-time, loyal ally of the US, relations were strained after an acrimonious phone call with the PM shortly after Trump’s inauguration. The meeting with Turnbull also marks Trump’s first visit to his hometown New York City since assuming office in January. “They don’t have to be best friends, but of course they will be gracious towards each other,” Bishop told ABC Radio on Thursday morning, Australia time. “I have no doubt that the prime minister and President Trump will find a lot in common, I’m sure they’ll get along well.” SEE ALSO: Will Donald Trump ever meet North Korea’s supreme leader? Bishop did not elaborate on the focus of the bilateral talks. The Thursday meeting will follow...
Japan Looks To Get Trump Back On Board For Asia-Pacific Free Trade | Phuket News
While North Korea has been taking up the headlines of US Vice-President Pence’s trip to South Korea and Japan, a little noticed meeting is taking place tomorrow in Tokyo that could spark the re-ignition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that new President Trump ditched almost immediately after coming into office. It is worth remembering that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was among the first world leaders to meet with Trump in Miami, and now Vice-President Pence is scheduled to meet with Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday. Japan is looking to get the United States back on track as regards the aborted TPP deal, and will be asking Washington to show some sort of commitment to Asia-Pac Free Trade. If necessary, Tokyo is prepared to go it without the United States. Mr Aso, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said last week “I want Japan and US to take the lead...
China Welcomes ASEAN Summit Declaration on South China Sea | Phuket News
China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) dropped references to
China welcomes Asean Summit’s softer stance on South China Sea | Phuket News
CHINA on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working. The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) dropped references to “land reclamation and militarisation” from its chairman’s statement this year at the end of its summit in the Philippine capital, Manila. The reference had been included last year and was even in an earlier, unpublished version of the statement, seen by Reuters on Saturday. Two Asean diplomats said that this year, China had pressed Asean chair the Philippines to keep China’s contentious activities in the strategic waterway off Asean’s official agenda. China is not a member of the 10-member bloc and did not attend the summit but it is extremely sensitive about the content of its statements. SEE ALSO: Delayed Asean statement on S. China Sea gives Beijing...
Australia welcomes Hambali charges | Phuket News
SYDNEY: Australia has welcomed charges laid by the United States against a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of masterminding the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, including 88 Australians....
The fast ends and the rush begins after Ramadan for Malaysians and Indonesians | Phuket News
At the Pasar Senen railway station in central Jakarta, Eko Purnomo, 26, shifts uncomfortably on the steel benches that carve up the waiting room where it is standing room only. His back against an overworked air conditioner cranked too high and his foot on a bag of clothes and bedding he’s taking to his family in Bojonegoro, Central Java, he explains why someone who makes just over US$20 a day selling meatball soup on the roadside has been waiting since before sunrise to catch a 2pm train......
Fast ends, rush begins: what end of Ramadan is like for Malaysians, Indonesians | Phuket News
At the Pasar Senen railway station in central Jakarta, Eko Purnomo, 26, shifts uncomfortably on the steel benches that carve up the waiting room where it is standing room only. His back against an overworked air conditioner cranked too high and his foot on a bag of clothes and bedding he’s taking to his family in Bojonegoro, Central Java, he explains why someone who makes just over US$20 a day selling meatball soup on the roadside has been waiting since before sunrise to catch a 2pm train......
Thai Airways rated as world’s best economy airline | Phuket News
Thai Airways International has been rated among the best airlines in the world by airline review firm Skytrax. Earlier this week Skytrax held its ‘World Airline Awards’ at the Paris Air Show, with Thai Airways claiming the title of World’s Best Economy Class, along with awards for Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering. Thai Airways was also rated as the 11th best airline overall. Bangkok Airways also took home two awards: World’s Best Regional Airline and Best Regional Airline in Asia. Air Asia and Air Asia X were the other regional airlines to win awards. Air Asia was awarded World’s Best Low-Cost Airline and Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia, while sister firm Air Asia X won World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin and World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Sea. Globally, Qatar Airways beat Emirates to the gong of best carrier, ahead of Singapore...
On dirt bike, Indonesia's Jokowi kickstarts presidency | Phuket News
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....
Indonesia: Two Bali prison escapees recaptured in East Timor | Phuket News
POLICE in East Timor on Friday said they have recaptured two foreign inmates who broke out of a prison in Bali, Indonesia, less than a week after they escaped along with two other detainees. According to the AFP (via South China Morning Post), authorities caught Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said at a hotel in Dili Thursday morning after they arrived on a boat illegally from Indonesia. East Timor senior police official Henrique da Costa said the two convicts were originally caught for entering East Timor without legal documents but police later discovered they were among the fugitives wanted by Indonesian authorities. “We will most likely hand them back to the Indonesia Friday afternoon now that we know they are fugitives,” da Costa was quoted as saying. According to Reuters, da Costa said East Timor’s attorney-general’s office would decide if the two would be sent back to Indonesia. At...
Duterte and Widodo vow cooperation to deal with IS terrorism | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo have reaffirmed security cooperation between the two countries to address the threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella told a told conference that Duterte had a “productive and fruitful” phone conversation with Widodo on Tuesday. He said the two leaders stressed the need to step up cooperation to address the security threats posed by terrorism and extremism. But he did not say whether the two talked about the claim by Indonesian defence minister that there were about 1,200 Islamic State operatives, including 40 Indonesians, in the Philippines. Abella said Duterte welcomed Widodo’s expression of commitment and emphasized the Philippine government’s full resolve to work closely with Indonesia and like-minded states to address terrorism and extremism. The phone conversation between the two presidents came amid fierce fighting in Marawi City as...
Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines join hands to fight terrorism, extremism | Phuket News
Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have agreed to enhance their cooperation to deal with threats of terrorism and extremism in the region, according to a report in New Straits Times on Friday. In a joint statement issued at the end of the trilateral meeting on security in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, the three countries agreed to task their senior officials to consider the proposed Plan of Action in the context of measures which include enhanced effort and cooperation in addressing the root causes and conditions of extremism, including narcotics, crime and social injustice. Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, in his opening remark, stressed the urgent need to find new approaches in dealing with the new and increasing challenges and threats posed by terrorists. “Terrorists have been with us throughout history. However, the challenges posed by terrorists in our day and age differ from those in the past in...
Two foreign inmates who escaped Bali’s Kerobokan prison captured in East Timor | Phuket News
Two foreign inmates who tunnelled their way out of a Bali prison have been captured in East Timor, police said Friday, in the latest prison break case in Indonesia. Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said were caught at a hotel in Dili Thursday morning after arriving on a boat illegally from Indonesia. They had escaped from Kerobokan prison Monday along with two other inmates, Australian Shaun Edward Davidson and Malaysian Tee Kok King. The pair were originally caught for......
Sudanese man arrested at Phuket Airport with illegal ammunition | Phuket News
PHUKET: A Sudanese man was arrested at Phuket International Airport yesterday (Sep 8) morning after security scans discovered the man was carrying ammunition....
Meet the guys behind Phuket’s legendary surf shop: Freedom Boardsports | Phuket News
Walking in to Freedom Boardsports for the first time, my jaw dropped at sheer number boards on display, lining the walls and stacked on shelves, there were hundreds of surf boards, wake boards, body boards, and stand-up paddle boards, taking up every b......
People in 33 provinces warned of flash floods, mudslides until Sept 10 | Phuket News
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has warned people in 33 provinces in the North, Northeast, East and South to brace for river overflows, flash floods, and mudslides from now until Sept 10. Chatchai Promlert, the department chief, said as a monsoon storm is now lying across the upper North and upper Northeast while the southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea and the South is gaining strength, there will be more rain and isolated heavy rain in those regions during Sept 6-10. The governors of 33 provinces have been instructed to warn the people to prepare for heavy rain and possible flash floods and mudslides. The 33 provinces are: North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Tak, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet and Phitsanulok Northeast: Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom East: Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Sa...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: 1st sea turtle hatches! Wedding scammer caught! Airport underpass update || September 8 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 8 1st sea turtle hatches near Phuket! Wedding scammer caught! Phukets dangerous death toll? Fishing plastic out of the ocean! Airport underpass WAY ahead of schedule! Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
[VIDEO] Whats On Guide || Sept 8 - Sep 15 | Phuket News
Shela lets you in on events happening around Phuket this week, from September 1st to September 8th! For more on these and other happenings around the island, check out the EVENTS page on ThePhuketNews.com. Phuket News TV - Class Act Media - Thailand...
Royal Crematorium replicas in Phuket to honour late King’s funeral | Phuket News
PHUKET: A special blessing ceremony was held at Saphan Hin yesterday (Sept 7) to inaugurate the construction of an exact replica of the Royal Crematorium in Bangkok being built for the state funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 26....
Police to summons DSI officials for questioning over Thawatchai’s death | Phuket News
Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officials will be summonsed for questioning over the death of Thawatchai Anukul, a former Phangnga land official, Thung Song Hong police chief Pol Col Mana Phochuay said on Thursday (Sept 7). Thawatchai died while in DSI custody last year.  He was found in coma in a detention cell of the DSI after having been detained for malfeasance in connection with land encroachment in Phuket. He later died at Mongkutwattana Hospital. Following an inquest into Thawatchai’s death, the Criminal Court’ ruled that he died of suffocation and a ruptured liver caused by some other people on Aug 30 last year. Thung Song Hong police chief The court’s ruling necessitated re-investigation into the case by Thung Song Hong police. Pol Col Mana said the police on Thursday invited three to four nurses and doctors of Mongkutwattana Hospital to testify. After completing the questioning of the hospital staff, the DSI will summons...
Phuket haze alert no cause for alarm, says disaster chief | Phuket News
PHUKET: A haze alert issued by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket Office (DDPM-Phuket ) today is no cause for alarm, DDPM-Phuket Chief Prapan Kanprasang has confirmed to The Phuket News....
First turtle egg to hatch on Racha Island in 10 years breaks through | Phuket News
PHUKET: The first known turtle to hatch on Koh Racha Island, south of Phuket, in 10 years broke through its shell at about 2am today (Sept 8), raising hopes of a return of turtles to Phuket and the surrounding islands....
Victoria and Abdul: a 130-year-old story for our times | Phuket News
Grouchy, greedy and constipated: nobody could accuse Stephen Frears of kowtowing with his portrayal of Queen Victoria in his new film Victoria & Abdul, which premiered in Venice on Sunday....
English teachers in South Korea welcome end of HIV test | Phuket News
By John Redmond English teachers in Korea have welcomed a government decision to scrap HIV tests for E-2 visa applicants. Viewed as discriminatory and a human rights violation, the HIV tests also caused unrest due to the fact that only foreign teachers were targetted. Korean nationals working in the same position were exempt. Many have seen this requirement as racist. “I was appalled when I was told that I had to undergo a test, but my Korean co-workers didn’t,”......
How South Korean President Moon’s strict moral code is hurting his cabinet picks | Phuket News
In his campaign to become South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in touted his credentials as a human-rights lawyer and pledged to enforce a strict moral code in picking his top officials. Now, two months after being sworn in, Moon’s own standards are making it hard for him to fill his cabinet. Four of the 18 positions are still occupied by officials from the prior administration of Park Geun-hye. Discussions on three nominations are underway, but the opposition is resisting two of his......
US Shoots Down Missile in Intercept Test Over Pacific | Phuket News
The U.S. said Tuesday it has successfully shot down a simulated incoming missile, bolstering its defense against the threat posed by North Korea's recent test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said in its test it launched a ballistic missile from a fighter jet over the Pacific Ocean north of the island state of Hawaii. But it said the military's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the far northwestern state of Alaska
China says 'China Responsibility Theory' on N.Korea Has to Stop | Phuket News
China hit back on Tuesday in unusually strong terms at repeated calls from the United States to put more pressure on North Korea, urging a halt to what it called the
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South Korea Disputes North's Claim of Long-Range Missile Test | Phuket News
South Korea's intelligence agency is casting doubt on North Korea's boasts that it carried out a test launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, according to a South Korean lawmaker. The North said it launched the Hwasong-14 last Tuesday from a mobile launcher from an airport near its border with China, complete with a re-entry vehicle that would allow it to be equipped with a nuclear warhead. U.S. military experts estimated the missile had a range of 5,500 kilometers, putting parts of the northwestern United States at risk of a nuclear attack. But South Korean Representative Yi Wan-young, a member of the parliament's intelligence committee, told reporters the National Intelligence Service has not been able to confirm that Pyongyang has developed the technology to build an ICBM, given that it does not have any facilities to test re-entry procedures.  Yi also said the agency had not detected any...
China irked by ‘responsibility theory’ on North Korea | Phuket News
CHINA hit back on Tuesday in unusually strong terms at repeated calls from the United States to put more pressure on North Korea, urging a halt to what it called the “China responsibility theory”, and saying all parties needed to pull their weight. US President Trump took a more conciliatory tone at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, but he has expressed some impatience that China, with its close economic and diplomatic ties to Pyongyang, is not doing enough to rein in North Korea. That feeling has become particularly acute since Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe could have the range to reach Alaska, and parts of the US West Coast. SEE ALSO: Still friends: Trump stays cordial with Xi at G20 on North Korea threat  Asked about calls from the United States, Japan and others for China to put more pressure on North Korea, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman...
Defence Ministry to spend 8.8 billion on fighter jets | Phuket News
After spending billions on submarines and tanks, the Ministry of Defence is planning to spend another 8.8 billion baht on new fighter jets for the Air Force. On 10 July 2017, the Ministry of Defence revealed that Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the Defence Minister, will submit a proposal to the cabinet meeting on 11 July to procure eight T-50TH fighter jets from South Korea for the Royal Thai Air Force. The deal will cost the country about 8.8 billion baht. The Ministry argued that the new fighter jets will replace the already obsolete L-39 aircraft, adding that two years ago the cabinet approved Ministry’s proposal to buy a total of 16 T-50TH fighter jets over a three year period. Opposing the deal, the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution (APTC) issued a statement saying that the procurement goes against Articles 62, 75, and 76 of the 2017 Constitution, as the nation...
Cabinet approves Thai-Chinese high-speed train project | Phuket News
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposed construction of the first section of the Thai-Chinese high-speed train project with budget of 179 billion baht and a Defence Ministry proposal for the air force to buy an additional eight supersonic T-50 jet trainers worth 7.9 billion baht from South Korea. Kobsak Futrakul, a vice minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, said the cabinet gave an proposal for the State Railway of Thailand to build the first section of the Thai-Chinese high-speed train project between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima with a budget of 179 billion baht. The construction, to begin in September, is scheduled to be completed in four years, he said. The cabinet also approved a Defence Ministry proposal for the air force to by an additional eight supersonic T-50 jet trainers worth 7.9 billion baht from South Korea. The new jet trainers will replace L-39 trainer aircraft which have...
Cabinet approves B8.8bn purchase of S.Korean fighters | Phuket News
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the 8.8 billion baht purchase of another eight T-50TH advanced jets from South Korea, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said, the latest defence acquisition by the military government....
Malaysia: Was it wrong of AirAsia’s pilot to tell passengers to pray? | Phuket News
DEBATE is raging in Malaysia over whether an AirAsia X pilot had erred when he suggested that his passengers pray during a turbulent flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur. Flight D7237’s Captain Ibrahim Jalaluddin reportedly made the suggestion when the aircraft began shaking violently in mid-air due to an engine malfunction. He also told them that their survival depended on their cooperation. According to reports, the flight was forced to turn back after the pilot heard a sound when flying at 38,000 feet. It did, however, land safely in Perth. While many commended the pilot, some said he should not have told his passengers to pray as such an instruction would create panic. According to Captain Ibrahim, however, he neither panicked during the incident nor was he afraid, although he admitted his voice shook a little when he was making the announcement.   “I thought we had hit another plane. (Then)...
The 'blackface' ad that got Malaysia talking | Phuket News
A Malaysian beauty company's blackface advert has generated controversy online....
Songkhla keen on 24-hour checkpoint with Malaysia | Phuket News
SONGKHLA - Traders and officials alike are looking forward to seeing the main border crossing with Malaysia open around the clock, but warn the benefits for tourism could be mixed....
SE Asia stocks muted as oil outlook bleak | Phuket News
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....
The Mautes of the Philippines: from monied family to Islamic State | Phuket News
BEFORE they formed one of the most dreaded militant groups in the Philippines and pledged loyalty to Islamic State, the Mautes were a wealthy, political family in the southern region of Mindanao, largely influenced by the matriarch, Farhana. Soft-spoken and reserved, 60-year-old Farhana Maute owns property in Mindanao and in Manila, and runs a construction business, say people who know the family and security analysts who have scrutinised its background. Almost unknown two years ago, the Mautes are now the biggest and most deadly among Islamic State groups in the southern Philippines and are at the forefront of a month-long battle with the military for control of Marawi, a Mindanao town. Regional governments fear that the brutal urban warfare, in which 360 people have been killed, reflects Islamic State’s intention to establish a caliphate in Southeast Asia. Farhana Maute was related to politicians in her hometown of Butig, near Marawi,...
China's UrWork brings its co-working platform to Singapore | Phuket News
China-based co-working firm UrWork has joined hands with Australian consultancy firm Collective Campus to launch its first overseas branch in Singapore....
Geylang Ramadan bazaar: Singapore's new hipster haunt | Phuket News
But are the cool new snacks on sale at the traditional Geylang bazaar in the spirit of the season?...
Philippine Troops Gain Against Muslim Rebels but Face Aftershocks | Phuket News
Philippine officials say they are winning a monthlong fight against violent Muslim rebels in a southern city and expect a return to normalcy. But experts caution of new violence if the underlying discontent outlasts the battle. Government forces “continue to gain (a) foothold” in parts of the southern city of Marawi that were previously controlled by the Maute Group, a terrorist group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State and laid siege to the city May 23, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Wednesday via the presidential website. Fighting to date has killed 369 people, including 276 suspected terrorists, the Manila Times reported Thursday. A 'safe haven' again “We are well aware of how the Philippines is presently embroiled in some peace-and-order problems, but I firmly believe that all these shall come to pass,” Angelito Banayo, the Philippine government’s unofficial envoy to Taiwan, told a Taipei business conference Monday....
What Malaysia can learn from the Lee Kuan Yew family feud in Singapore | Phuket News
As the Lee Kuan Yew family feud transfixes Singapore, across the causeway Malaysians are marvelling at the manner in which the Lion City’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has addressed what might appear to some to be private matter. Lee Hsien Loong, the son of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, is locked in a row with two siblings over the fate of their father’s estate at 38 Oxley Road. Lee Kuan Yew had in his will ordered the bungalow to be demolished, but the prime......
Malaysia: Forex loss probe ‘welcome’ but have one for 1MDB too – opposition | Phuket News
THE Malaysian government must reopen domestic investigations into the massive 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund scandal to prove its latest probe involving former prime minister-turned critic Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not a “diversion”, the opposition said. Federal Opposition Leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said this in response to the formation of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to look into billions of ringgit in losses incurred by the central Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) via foreign exchange trading during the Dr Mahathir’s rule in the 1980s and 1990s. “The Cabinet‘s decision to set up a RCI to investigate the foreign exchange trading loss by Bank Negara is most welcome,” the People Justice Party’s (PKR) president told a press conference on Thursday, as quoted by Free Malaysia Today. Dr Wan Azizah is also the wife of Anwar Ibrahim, the opposition leader currently in jail for sodomy who is still seen...
Asian shares to take cues from a tepid US lead as investors await China data | Phuket News
U.S. equities ended marginally higher as investor concerns about the progress in U.S. tax reform weighed on sentiment....
A skyrocketing tech firm set out to change the world. Its failure has changed China | Phuket News
LeEco once sought to rival Netflix, Tesla and Apple. It hasn't worked, and that's had broad implications for others....
Jim O'Neill says Chinese consumers are 'easily' most important to global economy — here's why | Phuket News
China's growth rate and burgeoning relevance of its consumers are
China dominates top supercomputers list | Phuket News
China overtakes the US to have more supercomputers in the list of the world's fastest 500 systems....
China, Asean agree to 10-year China Sea protection pact | Phuket News
MANILA: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China set a 10-year period through 2027 to protect the coasts and marine resources in the South China Sea while trying to settle lingering disputes over territories there, a document issued Monday night by their country leaders said....
Jim O’Neill says Chinese consumers are ‘easily' most important to global economy — and here’s why | Phuket News
China's growth rate and burgeoning relevance of its consumers are
Nepal scraps $2.5 billion hydropower plant deal with Chinese company | Phuket News
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal has scrapped a $2.5 billion deal with China Gezhouba Group Corporation to build the country's biggest hydropower plant, citing lapses in the award process, the energy minister said. ...
Southeast Asia nations to start talks with China on sea code | Phuket News
MANILA: Leaders of Southeast Asian countries and China agreed Monday to begin negotiations on a “code of conduct” aimed at controlling aggressive actions in the disputed South China Sea, a step they described as a milestone, but some experts said was unlikely to ensure compliance....
Now Philippines says wanted militant Isnilon Hapilon still hiding in Marawi City | Phuket News
ISNILON HAPILON, the Islamic State’s so-called “emir” in Southeast Asia, is now believed to still be in the beleaguered Marawi City, according to Philippine officials a little over a week after reports claimed he had escaped. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a briefing on Monday said Hapilon, 49, who is an internationally wanted terrorist with bounties amounting to US$5.2 million on his head, is said to be hiding in a mosque in the strife-torn city in Mindanao district. “According to our latest information, he’s (Hapilon) still inside Marawi,” Lorenzana said during the Mindanao Hour press briefing. “In fact, there is information we got this morning that he was hiding in one of the mosques in Marawi. I think this is maybe correct,” he added, as quoted by The Philippine Star. Lorenzana said the information was most likely accurate, since Hapilon has yet to return to his home island of Basilan, which...
Philippines: Top militant hiding in war-torn city | Phuket News
MANILA -- The Philippines' defence chief said Monday that Isnilon Hapilon, the militant leader of the group that laid siege to a southern city, is suspected to be hiding in a mosque there, days after he was reported to have fled the bombed-out city....
Philippines: Top Militant Believed Hiding in War-torn City | Phuket News
The Philippines' defense chief says the militant leader of the group that has laid siege to a southern city is suspected to be hiding in a mosque there rather than fleeing the bombed-out city. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters the government received information Monday that Isnilon Hapilon is hiding in Marawi. His whereabouts are the subject of intelligence reports the military continues to try to verify. The militants aligned with the Islamic State group attacked the city May 23 and are still putting up resistance to government forces who've retaken most of the city. The violence has left 459 people dead. Lorenzana says intelligence reports show Hapilon was not among three fighters who fled Marawi and arrived on Basilan island, Hapilon's stronghold....
Philippines, US security alliance still holds | Phuket News
DESPITE President Rodrigo Duterte’s bid for an independent foreign policy, security alliance between the Philippines and the United States (US) remained firm, with the two countries freshly concluding a coordinated patrol exercise in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. This developed as the US is helping quell the carnage in Marawi City by providing Filipino troops fighting the IS-linked Maute Group with information using advanced intelligence gathering equipment. The conduct of the sea patrol between the US and Philippine navies concluded over the weekend as the conflict in Marawi, which displaced at least 200,000 civilians, rages on and entered Day 42 today, Monday. The coordinated sea patrol was conducted upon the invitation of the Philippine government. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Army says country more secure under Duterte despite Marawi fighting  During the operation, crews from the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the Del Pilar...
Philippines: Duterte threatens to jail martial law critics | Phuket News
PRIOR to a Supreme Court’s decision on the legality of martial law this week, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would jail critics of emergency measures in the country’s restive Mindanao. Back in May, Duterte declared 60 days of martial law in the Mindanao while the government battles Islamic militants Maute group, raising fears of a return to the country’s authoritarian past under Ferdinand Marcos. He had previously suggested he would ignore the Supreme Court’s decision. “It’s not dependent on the whim of the Supreme Court. Should I believe them? When I see the situation is still chaotic and you ask me to lift it? I will arrest you and put you behind bars,” Duterte said during a speech over the weekend, as quoted by the Inquirer. “We can talk about anything else and make compromises, maybe, but not when the interest of my country is at stake.” SEE ALSO:...
Indonesia Says It Safeguards Rights of All, Including LGBT Citizens | Phuket News
Faced with growing criticism over recent anti-LGBT actions in Indonesia, the Jakarta government has told VOA it will safeguard the rights of all minority groups while taking into account
Five of the 10 most expensive cities for expats are in Asia | Phuket News
Five of the 10 costliest places in the world for expatriates are in Asia-Pacific, a new survey from Mercer showed, and Bangkok (67) jumped seven places from last year. With its dollar-pegged economy, Hong Kong remains the most expensive city in the region for workers abroad, second worldwide, according to the 23rd Cost of Living Survey by the health, wealth and career consultancy. Five of the top 10 cities in this year’s ranking are in Asia. Hong Kong (2) is the most expensive city as a result of its currency pegged to the US dollar, which drove up the cost of accommodations locally. This global financial center is followed by Tokyo (3), Singapore (5), Seoul (6), and Shanghai (8). “The strengthening of the Japanese yen along with the high costs of expatriate consumer goods and a dynamic housing market pushed Japanese cities up in the ranking,” said Ms. Constantin-Métral. “However,...
Two Bali jail fugitives captured in East Timor | Phuket News
East Timor police capture two foreigners who escaped from Bali's Kerobokan Prison by using a tunnel....
With Indonesia Predicted a Strong Growth in GDP, How Is This Affecting the Markets? | Phuket News
Jun 22, 2017 Picture:  Indonesia is a country that has been implementing a lot of reforms with a view to improving the investment environment and promoting growth. The forecast for Indonesia's growth is extremely positive at the moment, with The World Bank anticipating GDP growth of 5.1% in 2017, and 5.3% the following year. There are a lot of reasons why Indonesia is setting itself apart on the world stage as a developing market, and those interested in emerging markets on the whole or growing markets in Asia are seeing Jakarta as a promising investment opportunity. Commodities In the Southeast Asia region, Indonesia is one of the biggest commodity exporters. However, the country has also been decreasing its reliance on exports and looking to domestic consumption as a stronger driver in economic growth. Indonesia has a rapidly growing middle class, and this is enabling this increase in economic dependence...
Asia's top event joins the world of flavor at a mega 5-in-1 Expo | Phuket News
Jun 21, 2017 Picture:  From June 21 to 24, magic happens at TWTC Hall 1 and Taipei NANGANG Exhibition Center to offer 5 combined shows: FOOD TAIPEI, FOODTECH & PHARMATECH TAIPEI, TAIPEI PACK, Taiwan HORECA, and HALAL TAIWAN. This event joins 1,717 exhibitors in 4,011 booths, including participants from 36 countries, to cover every link of the supply chain. Record business is expected at this event with a projected 67,000 buyers coming from Taiwan and abroad. The record size, scale and visitors at the shows are a further endorsement of both the exhibition and Taiwan's industry. Those across the industry trust this 5-in-1 Food Expo for offering the best international platform to promote Taiwanese agriculture and aquaculture, refrigeration, processed food, food machinery, and packaging equipment. This is where the best makers, including 30% of new exhibitors, will gather to show the latest trends. Key exhibitor at Taiwan Food is...
Philippines, Neighbors to Jointly Fight Militants Amid Siege | Phuket News
The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia plan to closely cooperate to halt the flow of militants, weapons, funds and extremist propaganda across their borders as they expressed alarm over recent attacks in their countries. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts gathered in Manila Thursday with top security officials to discuss a joint plan of action amid a disastrous siege of southern Marawi city by militants aligned with the Islamic State group. A draft of a joint statement to be released after the meeting, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, expressed “concern over the recent incidents of terrorism and violent extremism in their countries” and their desire to plot joint strategies to combat it. ...
Philippines: Group seeks Duterte’s intervention on bullying of LGBT students | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte needs to put his foot down and reaffirm his stance on the bullying and discrimination of his country’s LGBT community, an international rights watchdog said. Despite anti-bullying laws in the Philippines,  Human Rights Watch in a report released Thursday said students across the country are still exposed to abuse over their sexual orientation and gender identity. The group said it managed to document a range of abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in secondary schools. The 68-page report titled ‘Just Let Us Be’: Discrimination Against LGBT Students in the Philippines details widespread bullying and harassment, discriminatory policies and practices against the students in instances that allegedly undermined their right to education under international law. Ryan Thoreson, a fellow in the LGBT rights program at HRW, said these practices put the LGBT youth at risk. “LGBT students in the Philippines are often the targets of...
Phuket Poll: Where should Phuket croc ‘Leypang’ go? | Phuket News
PHUKET: The debate among marine wildlife and conservation experts is afoot about what should be done with “Leypang”, the saltwater crocodile caught on Phuket’s west coast last week....
Netizens call for salty croc's release | Phuket News
More than 12,000 netizens have called for the release of a
Phuket road deaths keep on rolling | Phuket News
PHUKET: A total of 68 people died on Phuket’s roads from January through April this year, with more statistics to be tabled indicating that Phuket is on track to match – or even exceed – last year’s road death toll of 174....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Solar power game changer? Gutted dolphin! Parasail forms? || September 7 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 7 Parasail health forms? Gutted dolphin off Phuket! Scared man killed 5-year-old? Solar power game changer? No punishment for nude photographer! Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Famous chocolate maker reveals new type of chocolate: Ruby | Phuket News
More than 80 years after the introduction of white chocolate, European chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has created a fourth type of chocolate: Ruby. Next to dark, milk and white chocolate, ruby chocolate is said to be an intense sensorial delight....
Newly arrived Chinese tourist injured in Phuket car accident | Phuket News
PHUKET: A newly arrived female Chinese tourist was injured in the early hours of this morning after the car she was travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle in Thalang. The driver of the vehicle and his other two passengers escaped unharmed....
Phuket lifeguards warn of climbing rocks after Russian tourist injured | Phuket News
PHUKET: Lifeguards have reminded those enjoying islands in the area to be extra wary when walking on rocks near beaches after a Russian tourist sustained bad scratches all over her back from slipping at Yanui Beach yesterday (Sept 6)....
Patong Mayor calls for health forms for parasail rides | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup is calling for health forms to be completed before allowing any persons to take parasail rides at Phuket’s most-popular tourist beach....
Phuket Town road closure announced for Por Tor Festival | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket City Traffic Police have today put out a warning for a road closure in Phuket Town today and tomorrow due to the annual Por Tor Festival....
Ai Weiwei showcases refugee epic in Venice | Phuket News
An impatient toddler chides his mother for not being quick enough in getting him into his pair of newly-acquired boots. Finally theyre on and he wriggles free to put the new footwear to good use: kicking his siblings and friends on the shins. ...
South Korea tourism hit by China ban | Phuket News
Arrivals predicted to fall by millions after Beijing's ban on tour groups starts to bite....
North Korea doesn’t have ICBM re-entry technology, says South | Phuket News
SOUTH KOREA’S intelligence agency does not believe North Korea has secured re-entry capabilities for its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programme, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday, disputing Pyongyang’s account. North Korea launched what was said to be a nuclear-capable ICBM last week as it presses on with its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of United Nations sanctions. SEE ALSO: G20 leaders miss the mark on North Korea as historic nuclear weapons treaty reached  Pyongyang’s state media said last week’s test successfully verified the atmospheric re-entry of the warhead loaded on the test-launched missile, which experts say may be able to reach the U.S. state of Alaska. However, Yi Wan-young, who is also a member of South Korean parliament’s intelligence committee, told reporters during a televised briefing that South Korea‘s National Intelligence Service has not been able to confirm that re-entry was successful. “Considering how North Korea does not have any testing facilities (for re-entry technology), the agency believes (North Korea) has...
South Korea: The North says it can make a nuke-capable ICBM — but it can't | Phuket News
South Korea's intelligence agency does not believe the North's claim that it has secured re-entry capabilities for its ICBM programme, said South lawmaker....
South Korea's first black model faces racism in a nation where white people are ‘welcomed with open arms’ | Phuket News
Teenage male model Han Hyun-min’s long legs and powerful strut have made him a rising star on South Korean catwalks, but his agent knew there would be a problem in the ethnically homogenous country: he is half black. Han, 16, has a Nigerian father in a society where racial discrimination is widespread and people of mixed race are commonly referred to as “mongrels”. “A dark-skinned fashion model like Han was unheard of in South Korea, so recruiting him was a big gamble,......
Defence Ministry to spend 8.8 billion for buying fighter jets | Phuket News
After spending billions for submarines and tanks, the Ministry of Defence is planning to spend 8.8 billion baht for new fighter jets for the air force. On 10 July 2017, the Ministry of Defence revealed that on 11 July Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the Defence Minister, will proposed to the cabinet the procurement of eight T-50TH fighter jets from South Korea for the Royal Thai Air Force. The deal will cost the country about 8.8 billion baht. The ministry reasoned that the new fighter jets will replace the already outdated L-39 aircrafts, adding that the cabinet two years ago approved ministry’s proposal to buy 16 of the T-50TH fighter jets in total in the span of three years. Opposing the deal, the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution (APTC), issued a statement saying that the procurement is against Article 62, 75, and 76 of the 2017 Constitution as the nation is...
Air Force eyes 12-jet deal | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will seek cabinet approval Tuesday for the purchase of an additional eight supersonic T-50 jet trainers worth 7.9 billion baht from South Korea, a government source said....
S.Korea plans 'comfort women' museum | Phuket News
SEOUL - South Korea's new gender equality and family minister said Monday a plan has been formed to establish a museum in Seoul to commemorate former Korean women forced into Japanese wartime brothels....
South Korea plans ‘comfort women’ museum as old war wounds with Japan struggle to heal | Phuket News
South Korea’s new gender equality and family minister said Monday a plan has been formed to establish a museum in Seoul to commemorate former Korean women forced into Japanese wartime brothels. Chung Hyun-back, on a visit to a group home for affected women known as the “House of Sharing”, was quoted by Yonhap as saying the envisaged museum would remind people of the “human rights violations caused by war”. Speaking to reporters during the visit to the facility in......
US: Myanmar no longer among worst for human trafficking as China gets downgraded | Phuket News
The United States asserted that Myanmar is no longer one of the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking, while removing both Myanmar and Iraq from a list of countries that use child soldiers. In its annual report on human trafficking, the State Department also demoted China to the lowest ranking over its trafficking record, putting it in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria. Afghanistan and Malaysia were recognised for taking steps to curb trafficking, while Iraq was......
Model Miranda Kerr hands over US$8.1 million in jewellery linked to Malaysia 1MDB corruption case | Phuket News
Australian model Miranda Kerr has handed over US$8.1 million worth of jewellery to the US justice department after prosecutors said the items were bought for her by a Malaysian financier with stolen government money. Kerr retrieved the gifts - including a $3.8 million 8.88 carat diamond pendant from New York-based designer Lorraine Schwartz - from a safe-deposit box in Los Angeles, her spokesman said. “From the start of the inquiry, Miranda Kerr cooperated fully and pledged to turn over......
Candyfloss burritos and rainbow bagels: Here's where hipster meets Ramadan | Phuket News
It may be unconventional, but in Singapore, hipster food crazes are all the rage during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan....
Singapore, Thailand stocks lead SE Asia markets | Phuket News
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....
Singapore wealth fund Temasek: How a financial crisis in China might play out | Phuket News
Most China crash predictions are looking at the wrong scenario, said Michael Buchanan, head of strategy at Temasek....
Singapore wealth fund GIC: This is where we're looking for fixed income returns | Phuket News
With bond yields globally in the dumps, Singapore's wealth fund GIC is looking at unconventional sources for fixed income returns....
Duterte to discuss with Widodo about IS presence in the Philippines | Phuket News
Philippine President Redrigo Duterte was expected to discuss over the phone with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, on Wednesday about the reported claim of the presence of more than 1,000 IS operatives in the Philippines, according to The Manila Times Online report on Thursday. Duterte told the media in Cagayan de Oro on Tuesday night that he was scheduled to talk with Widodo about the Indonesian defence minister’s claim that about 1,200 IS operatives are in the Philippines. Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said in a security roundtable in Singapore early this month about the presence of about 1,200 IS fighters in the Philippines, including about 40 Indonesians. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier confirmed the death of foreign fighters in the Marawi City battle, including some Indonesians. The military has said Ayu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, the designated IS leader in the Philippines, were being aided by foreign fighters....
Seeking health across the border | Phuket News
SEA Junction More and more people travel across international borders for the purpose of receiving medical care. Medical tourism, as this growing phenomenon is commonly called, features prominently in Southeast Asia, with Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore among the top world destinations thanks to relatively lower costs of care, cutting-edge equipment and expertise, and visitors’ friendly attitude.  At the receiving end of services, Indonesia is one of the major sending countries for outbound medical tourism as many Indonesians travel to Malaysia or Singapore in search of better care. In a context of increasing globalisation and privatization of health care, the combination of demographic and epidemiological changes with higher spending capacity and greater demand for higher quality services fuel medical tourism. This all makes of cross-border health care, including medical tourism, a priority business sector for the ASEAN Economic Community. Efforts are underway to facilitate cross-border investments in health facilities among...
Why Southeast Asia may be the Best Place to Launch Your Startup | Phuket News
The flourishing start-up culture is not longer just confined to the Valley or even to the Southeast Asia big, capital cities. Most entrepreneurs get caught up in Silicon Valley envy and decide to place their startup headquarters there without a second thought. The Valley certainly remains the mecca of the tech world but it has become extremely noisy and hyper competitive for talent and for most startups. In fact, more and more investors are flocking to the Southeast Asia region from around to capitalize on the growing entrepreneurial activity and local talent. In countries like Singapore where the personal income tax rate is one-fifth of that in Silicon Valley and usually less than five percent, it’s easy to get top-notch talent for a lot less cash compared to the Valley. People think of Thailand as a country of beaches, backpackers, temples, elephants, and full moon parties : pictures that draw millions of tourists to...
Garuda Indonesia awarded 'World's Best Cabin Crew' for Fourth Consecutive Year | Phuket News
Jun 21, 2017 Picture:  LE BOURGET, FRANCE - Garuda Indonesia, the national flag carrier of Indonesia, has been awarded 'World's Best Cabin Crew 2017' by the Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Garuda has been recognized as world's best, the award being presented by Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted to Garuda Indonesia President and CEO Pahala N. Mansury during the official ceremony, last night, Tuesday, June 16. The President Director of Garuda Indonesia, Pahala N. Mansury, said,
Two Hong Kong men jailed 14 months in Singapore for selling fake watches | Phuket News
Two men from Hong Kong were each sentenced by a Singapore court on Wednesday to 14 months in jail on charges of conspiring to cheat, after deceiving shop owners in the city state with fake luxury watches. According to the newspaper The Straits Times, delivery driver Cheung Siu-wa, 50, and his godson Chow Chun-ting, 33, conspired to cheat four watch shops in Singapore into paying a total of S$18,900 (HK$106,196) for six, high-grade imitation watches passed off as genuine. Both admitted to two of......
Singles Day is not just for China anymore | Phuket News
In Southeast Asia, Alibaba-backed Lazada is pouring big money into promoting Singles Day as a main shopping event....
Australian academic claims China book 'censored' | Phuket News
The Australian author says his publisher shelved the book amid fears of
Is job‑sharing in management better for business? | Phuket News
When Alix Ainsley and Charlotte Cherry applied for the position of head of HR at Dyson, they did it as a team. Doubling up didn’t hold them back. Last year they were both hired, splitting the role on a part-time basis. Their circumstances are unusual: job-sharing remains a far more common practice for non-executive roles. But it’s emblematic of a shift towards flexibility that’s gradually extending to the upper echelons of the workplace. Progress in offering part-time roles for professionals is slow but significant. According to the recruitment company Timewise, the proportion of flexible working positions paying more than £20,000 FTE rose to 9.8 per cent this year, up from 8.7 per cent in 2016. These roles extended up to executive management level, where 7 per cent of jobs were offered with the option of flexible working, such as a four-day week instead of five. Too many cooks? The appeal...
Is Sri Lanka the new hotspot in India-China relations? | Phuket News
Chinese- and Indian-funded capital projects in Sri Lanka are mired in controversy. GRI asks: has the island state has become a new frontier in Sino-Indian relations? The case that China’s strategy in the Indian Ocean is pushing India out Qi Lin argues that geopolitical competition is heating up: “China’s massive infrastructure projects along the Indian periphery, including in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, have fed into a growing fear in India of encirclement by its long-time competitor. India worries that China is encroaching on India’s traditional sphere of influence and eroding its commercial and cultural links with Sri Lanka. In particular, China could use its foothold in the country to translate its economic heft into military might, by establishing a military base or using its majority owned port facilities for military purposes.“ Read the full article The case that Sino-Indian tension in Sri Lanka is overstated Hambantota Harbour Sri Lanka Joanna...
Rare Art From China’s Empress Dowager Comes to US | Phuket News
For more than a century she was known as the woman behind the throne, the empress who through skill and circumstance rose from lowly imperial consort to iron-fisted ruler of China at a time and in a place when women were believed to have no power at all. But it turns out Empress Dowager Cixi was much more than that. The 19th century ruler, who consolidated authority through political maneuvering that at times included incarceration and assassination, was also a serious arts patron and even an artist herself, with discerning tastes that helped set the style for traditional Asian art for more than a century. That side of Cixi comes to the Western world for the first time with Sunday’s unveiling of “Empress Dowager, Cixi: Selections From the Summer Palace” at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. The wide-ranging collection, never before seen outside China, will remain at the Southern...
Philippines government signs pact with hardline Islamic group against drugs | Phuket News
WHILE they might disagree on the very nature of the state, both the Philippines’ central government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are steadfast in their opposition to drugs in the Muslim-majority region of Mindanao. On Friday in Davao City, the Philippines government and MILF signed a protocol that sets the “cooperation and coordination mechanisms” in combatting drug use, reported local media outlet Minda News. The protocol dictates terms on which MILF will cooperate with the government on cracking down on drug crime – particularly methamphetamine known as shabu – including providing 24 hours’ notice before raids in MILF-controlled areas. It notes that MILF declares “the use, sale and proliferation of shabu as ‘haram’ and prohibited in Islam.” A chair is seen in Marawi as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group in Marawi, Philippines July 1, 2017. Source: Reuters/Jorge Silva MILF denies alleged links...
Philippines: Army says country more secure under Duterte despite Marawi fighting | Phuket News
AFTER President Rodrigo Duterte’s first year in office the security situation in the Philippines has been greatly improved, says its military. Duterte took office last June and has presided over a bloody war on drugs estimated to have cost around 8,000 Filipino lives and declared martial law in Mindanao after fighting broke out with the Islamic State-affiliated Maute Group in Marawi City. “Under the Duterte Administration, the security situation in the country has been a serious concern that is decisively addressed and has greatly improved,” said Armed Forces of the Phillippines (AFP) spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla on Sunday, as quoted by state-run Philippines News Agency. Duterte’s war on drugs has been widely criticised by human rights advocates and the Catholic church in the Philippines. The president has also attracted criticism that his intense focus on eradicating drugs has allowed Islamic State militants to gain momentum. SEE ALSO: Philippines military...
Philippines military says it may use donated Chinese arms in Marawi | Phuket News
THE ARMED FORCES of the Philippines (AFG) has said it may use weapons and ammunitions donated by China in the fight against Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City as the fighting enters its seventh week. China donated a shipment of more than 3000 assault and sniper rifles along with ammunition on Wednesday worth US$7.35 million, which the AFG suggests it is likely will be used on the battlefield in Mindanao against Islamic State-inspired militants. “Our troops will have no difficulty in using these weapons as their operation is really very simple,” said spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, as quoted by the state Philippine News Agency on Saturday. But Padilla said that the military is inventorying the arms before they can be distributed to the field. “We need to record them. These are thousands but they come by lot numbers and there are records, so it’s not going to be long...
Philippines: Top cop insists police try to save lives of drug war victims | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINES’ police chief on Friday stood by anti-narcotics officers and rejected a Reuters investigation that pointed to a pattern of police sending corpses of drug suspects to hospitals to destroy crime scene evidence and hide executions. President Rodrigo Duterte took office in the Philippines a year ago, launching a bloody war on drugs that has killed thousands of Filipinos. In a television interview to mark the anniversary, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa appeared irritated by questions about the Reuters report, published on Thursday, and said police carrying out anti-drugs operations had a duty to save lives, even when encountering violent resistance. He said police were not medically qualified to determine whether a victim was dead or alive and sent victims to hospital as part of operational procedure. “What do you want, we let the wounded die? You don’t want us to rescue his life?” he told...
In Duterte’s Philippines, resistance is futile | Phuket News
Philippines Senator Antonio Trillanes may have expected lighter treatment when he appeared on a recent episode of BBC’s HARDtalk with presenter Stephen Sackur. After all, he has been one of the few elected officials in the Philippines to openly criticise President Rodrigo Duterte, going so far as to file a complaint with the International Criminal Court over the president’s war on drugs, which has killed thousands since Duterte came to power a year ago this month. But instead of......
A look at Philippine leader's stormy first year in power | Phuket News
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- It's been a remarkably turbulent first year for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has left thousands of suspects dead and prompted critics to call his rule a “human rights calamity
Philippines: Hospitals used to hide police drug killings – report | Phuket News
THE residents of Old Balara hid in their homes when gunfire erupted in their Manila district last September. They didn’t see the police operation that killed seven drug suspects that night. But they witnessed the gory aftermath and it haunts them still. That night, Herlina Alim said she watched police haul away the men’s bodies, leaving trails of blood. “They were dragged down the alley like pigs,” she said. Her neighbor Lenlen Magano said she saw three bodies, face down and motionless, piled at the end of the alley while police stood calmly by. It was at least an hour, according to residents, before the victims were thrown into a truck and taken to hospital in what a police report said was a bid to save their lives. Old Balara’s chief, the elected head of the district, told Reuters he was perplexed. They were already dead, Allan Franza said, so...
Marawi Militants Losing, Philippines Says, but Neighbors Fear Their Spread | Phuket News
Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town have been cornered and their firepower is flagging, the military said Thursday, as the five-week battle for control of Marawi City raged on. Despite signs that the insurgents are now on the back foot, Southeast Asian governments are worried that the siege could be just the prelude to further violence as the ultra-radical Islamic State group tries to establish a foothold in their region. Jolted by the May 23 attack on Marawi, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have launched joint patrols to control the movement of militants across their archipelagic region and their foreign ministers gathered in Manila Thursday for talks. Fears militants will escape Malaysia is worried that militants who are flushed out of Marawi City by the fighting may try to cross from the Philippines to its eastern state of Sabah. “We fear that they may enter the country...
Almost half of all Australians see China as military threat – poll | Phuket News
TERRORISM, North Korea’s nuclear threat and possible invasion by China are some of the major international issues of concerns to Australians, says a new poll conducted by a leading think tank. The 2017 Lowy Institute Poll found that 46 percent of Australians think it is likely China will become a military threat to their country in the next 20 years, an increase of seven percentage points since 2015. The annual poll, now in its thirteenth year, ascertains the Australian public’s attitudes to issues such as international security, immigration, foreign aid and the environment. SEE ALSO: Boost to Sino-Australian ties as China launches charm offensive Down Under In 2017, the Lowy Institute found that only 8 percent of Australians consider China to be Australia’s best friend, however a significant majority of 79 percent see China more as an economic partner than a military threat. Trump speaks on the phone with Prime...
'Devil wheel' rider: It makes me happy | Phuket News
Female motorcyclist Karmila Purba talks about life as a
New Indonesian law to allow 15 years’ jail for returning militants | Phuket News
INDONESIA is set to approve a law allowing authorities to jail for up to 15 years citizens coming home after joining militant groups abroad, lawmakers said on Wednesday. The tightening of anti-terrorism laws in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country comes as concern grows about the spread of influence of Islamic State, and fears it wants a foothold in Southeast Asia as it loses territory in the Middle East. “The new criminal code adopts the principle of universality, which means that wherever anIndonesian citizen commits a crime, they can be legally processed in Indonesia,” said lawmaker Arsul Sani, referring to terrorism. “They can face up to 15 years in prison,” he said. The legislation was likely to be approved in September, legislators said. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Muslim leaders to fight terrorism with education, spiritual intervention  Law enforcement agencies have long complained of their inability to deal with people who have travelled abroad to...
Indonesia: Police beef up security amid Eid al-Fitr exodus | Phuket News
POLICE in Indonesia have ramped up security measures ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festivities this weekend to ward off potential plans by militants to launch attacks on vital facilities in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Bernama (via VNA) quoted national police spokesperson Setyo Wasisto as saying that police have mounted an operation to counter potential terrorist threats, especially in key locations such as police stations. He said national police chief General Tito Karnavian ordered the country’s elite counter-terrorism unit Densus 88 to increase monitoring of militant groups as the country ushers in the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the Ramadan fasting month. The festival falls on June 26-27. SEE ALSO: 1 in 10 Indonesians supports an Islamic caliphate – survey Setyo said police must remain vigilant throughout the festivities by taking preventative measures and preparing for a quick response should the country’s terrorist cells make any moves. In...
New Indonesian law to allow 15 years jail for returning militants | Phuket News
INDONESIA is set to approve a law allowing authorities to jail for up to 15 years citizens coming home after joining militant groups abroad, lawmakers said on Wednesday. The tightening of anti-terrorism laws in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country comes as concern grows about the spread of influence of Islamic State, and fears it wants a foothold in Southeast Asia as it loses territory in the Middle East. “The new criminal code adopts the principle of universality, which means that wherever anIndonesian citizen commits a crime, they can be legally processed in Indonesia,” said lawmaker Arsul Sani, referring to terrorism. “They can face up to 15 years in prison,” he said. The legislation was likely to be approved in September, legislators said. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Muslim leaders to fight terrorism with education, spiritual intervention  Law enforcement agencies have long complained of their inability to deal with people who have travelled abroad to...
Diva of Indonesia: Jupe, the risqué star who could shoot like a sniper | Phuket News
If divas are larger than life, then pop divas are virtual giants. Katy Perry has more than 100 million followers on Twitter (three times more than US President Donald Trump) and Selena Gomez tops out Instagram with over 122 million. In Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous nation, the entertainment industry has boomed since the end of the Suharto era, creating unprecedented opportunities for both the talented (and talentless) to thrive. Every morning from 6:30am onwards, most local......
Dead dolphin found floating off Phuket beach | Phuket News
PHUKET: A dead dolphin with a number of wounds over its body was found floating about four kilometres off the shore of Bang Tao Beach yesterday....
Rogue saltie croc 'Leypang' raises conservation concerns | Phuket News
PHUKET: Animal rights advocates are calling for authorities to provide a natural reserve for “Leypang” the crocodile to ensure that the reptile, caught on Phuket’s west coast last week, is provided appropriate care....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Flower Spider-Man! Sea turtles stuck? Married 12 times! || September 6 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 6 Thai Spider-Man to the rescue! Wedding scammer married 12 times and stole millions! Marvel Experience coming to Thailand? Sea turtles healing up, Samui drug crackdown and general election questions. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
BISP Entrepreneurs Club event to be backed by MIT | Phuket News
A student club backed by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology will host a 6-hour long hands-on entrepreneurship event on Saturday, September 16 at the British International School, Phuket (BISP)....
High-end Sukhumvit and Phuket hotels up for sale | Phuket News
Two high-end hotels, Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok Sukhumvit and Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa, are being offered for sale through an international tender process conducted by JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group....
Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort up for sale | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa along with the Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok Sukhumvit in Bangkok are being offered for sale through an international tender process conducted by JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group....
Phuket tour crew rescue young turtles caught in dumped fishing net | Phuket News
PHUKET: Two young Hawksbill sea turtles are in the care of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) after a tour guide spotted trapped in a discarded fishing net south of Phuket late yesterday afternoon (Sept 5)....
Phuket underpass lane closures go ahead | Phuket News
PHUKET: Despite much excitement among motorists about the road-surfacing works being completed on the southbound lanes past the Bangkhu Underpass overnight, the lead engineer for the project has confirmed that the lane closures are going ahead today and tomorrow (Sept 6-7) to finish the job....
Love, wrinkles and all, conquers Venice Film Festival | Phuket News
Love conquers all, even when wrinkles become part of the equation....
Tourism and Sports Ministry Permanent Secretary ready to support Thai boxing training for foreigners | Phuket News
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports is ready to to promote Thai boxing as a field of tourism that can generate annual income to the country, supporting interested foreigners and tourists who are interested in learning Muay Thai. Permanent Secretary of the Tourism and Sports Ministry Phongphanu Sawetrun disclosed that he visited Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket which provides Thai boxing training to foreigners and Thais. He found out that there are currently many foreigners who are taking Thai boxing in Phuket, and adds that this is an opportunity that can generate large annual revenues to the country. He said further that there is an increased number of Foreigners are becoming more interested in picking up Thai boxing, and this target group is also in the category of quality tourists. Each person will spend a long time on learning and practicing Thai boxing and some of...
Trump stumps South Korean markets more than any missile tests | Phuket News
FOR years, investors in South Korea have become accustomed to belligerence and regular missile tests from the country’s hostile northern neighbour, but now there’s a new factor in their regional risk assessments – US President Donald Trump. Jolts to financial markets from North Korea‘s military provocations are frequent but were until recently contained by an implicit expectation that global diplomatic efforts could limit Pyongyang’s aggression. Now, however, there is as much market anxiety about Trump’s unrestrained Tweets and a hawkish White House response as there is about North Korean agitations. Since Trump’s election in November, price reactions to North Korean long-range missile tests in credit and currency derivatives, typically used by traders to hedge geopolitical risk, have been distinctly sharper. “Trump has moved markets and China more within months than (Barack) Obama in eight years,” said Cliff Tan, East Asian head of global markets research at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. The reclusive North Korea has conducted five nuclear...
North Korea Calls US Bombing Drill ‘Provocation’ | Phuket News
North Korean state media have sharply criticized a recent bombing drill by two U.S. B-1B bombers on the Korean peninsula, calling it a dangerous move raising the risk of nuclear war.   A commentary Sunday in the ruling party’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper accused the U.S. of “reckless military provocations” and said the danger of nuclear war is reaching an extreme pitch. The commentary was reported on in English by the state Korean Central News Agency.   Two U.S. Air Force bombers released inert weapons Friday on a training range in South Korea. South Korean F-15 and U.S. F-16 fighter jets joined them in the drill. The bombers also flew with Japanese F-2 fighter jets over the East China Sea on their way back to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.   The 10-hour mission came three days after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on Fourth of July, America’s...
Can Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang warm up frosty relations between North and South Korea? | Phuket News
Tears and hugs after North and South Korean women won the 1991 team table tennis world championships. A standing ovation when athletes from the two Koreas marched together to open the 2000 Sydney Olympics. A selfie taken by a South Korean gymnast with her North Korean opponent that went viral at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Games. Seven months ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korea’s new liberal president Moon Jae-in hopes the first Winter Games on Korean soil could produce......
North Korea warns of nuclear ‘tipping point’ over US-led bomber drill | Phuket News
North Korea on Sunday lashed out at a live-fire drill the US and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the “tipping point” of nuclear war. The allies held the rare live-fire drill as tensions grew over the peninsula following the North’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test held last week. The test sparked global alarm as it suggested North Korea now possessed an ICBM capable of reaching Alaska......
US, South Korea show off ability ‘to pulverise enemy’ with fire drill at North Korean border | Phuket News
US bombers carried out a rare live fire drill in South Korea on Saturday, flying close to the demilitarised zone (DMZ) in a show of force after Pyongyang’s latest missile test, the South’s defence ministry said. The exercise by two B-1B Lancers, flown from Andersen Air Base in Guam, was part of a 10-hour mission with South Korean and Japanese fighter jets in response to a “series of increasingly escalatory actions by North Korea including the intercontinental ballistic missile......
Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rules out missile defence system to counter North Korea | Phuket News
A US missile defence system being rolled out in South Korea is “not really suitable” for Australia to adopt, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has said at the G20 summit in Germany, as leaders grapple with North Korea’s launch of its most powerful ballistic missile yet. Turnbull was asked whether Australia would implement an anti-ballistic missile system like the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system (THAAD), which is being deployed in South Korea. “That......
US bombers join jets from Japan, S. Korea for training | Phuket News
WASHINGTON - Two US bombers flew to the Korean Peninsula to join fighter jets from South Korea and Japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, officials said Friday....
As North Korea tensions mount, US to test defenses with THAAD interceptors | Phuket News
THE UNITED States plans to carry out a new test of its THAAD missile defense system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the coming days, two US officials told Reuters on Friday, as tensions with North Korea climb. Despite being planned months ago, the US missile defense test will gain significance in the wake of North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4 that has heightened concerns about the threat from Pyongyang. The test will be the first of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to defend against a simulated attack by an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), one of the officials said. The THAAD interceptors will be fired from Alaska. The United States has THAAD interceptors in Guam that are meant to help guard against a missile attack from a country such as North Korea. The officials who disclosed to Reuters the precise nature and...
Lack of US Ambassador to Afghanistan Draws Criticism | Phuket News
At a time when the Trump administration has been slow to nominate U.S. ambassadors for posts around the world, there is increasing attention on the absence of an American ambassador in Afghanistan, where nearly 10,000 U.S. troops are deployed. Six months into his term, President Donald Trump has nominated 20 ambassadors and has had six confirmed. By this point in his first term, President Barack Obama had nominated 40, with three confirmed. A delegation of prominent U.S. senators visited Kabul on July 4 — the Independence Day holiday in America — and called on Trump to quickly nominate a permanent American ambassador to Afghanistan, citing a critical situation there. Diplomats needed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also needs to visit Afghanistan quickly, saying, “All of us realize that it is more than just dropping bombs that will win in Afghanistan.” Some foreign...
Few Good Options Exist on N. Korea if Pressure Fails, Tillerson Says | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that there would not be many good options left for dealing with North Korea if the peaceful pressure campaign the United States has been pushing to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs failed.
An Aidilfitri sermon with the wrong message | Phuket News
I WALK into the mosque Sunday morning as I would every year on the first day of the Muslim month of Syawal, which is Aidilfitri (or Eid). I am here to attend Aidilfitri prayers, and what I always look forward to is the sermon usually delivered after prayers are done. For this year’s festivities, I am in Cherating, a small town on the east coast of Malaysia. I am excited to hear their sermon as I would usually celebrate Aidilfitri in the capital (Kuala Lumpur). It all started out quite pleasant. The khatib, the person who delivers the sermon, spoke about how everyone in our society needed to live together in harmony. He advised the congregation to set aside their differences, especially their political differences, to get along. Then as the sermon progressed, the khatib began contradicting himself. He started talking about how some segments of the Malaysian society are protesting the...
Videos show terrifying AirAsia X flight to Malaysia that shook ‘like washing machine’ for 90 minutes | Phuket News
Whatever went wrong in the air off Australia’s west coast on Sunday, it started quickly and violently, and it did not stop. First, AirAsia X passengers told Perth Now and other outlets, there came a loud bang about 90 minutes into the flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur. It woke some people up. Sophie Nicolas said it was an explosion on left wing, while Dave Parry remembered a strange smell wafting through the cabin. Then the shaking. Endless shaking, up and down the jet. “Like you......
An Opportunity to turn Taiwan into the Cannes of Asia | Phuket News
Jun 25, 2017 Picture:  Taiwan’s five golden Awards have the potential to establish Taiwan as the arbiter of huaren creative arts, not only bringing economic advantage but also bolstering Taiwan’s national identity. There is a golden opportunity in Taiwan’s five golden Awards. Taiwan’s five golden Awards have the potential to establish Taiwan as the arbiter of huaren creative arts, not only bringing economic advantage but also bolstering Taiwan’s national identity. This Saturday Taipei will play host to the 28th annual Golden Melody Awards. For those who aren’t familiar with the Award, Golden Melody recognizes outstanding achievement in both popular and traditional music in Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka, and Formosan languages. The Award has been called the Grammy’s of Greater China, an accolade that speaks to the growing influence of the Award throughout the Chinese-speaking (huaren) world. This year’s event is expected to draw a combined live-television and live-streaming audience of...
Chinese automaker buys stake in Malaysia's Proton | Phuket News
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....
Why the Lee Kuan Yew family feud is a metaphor for Singapore | Phuket News
The family feud regarding the estate of Singapore’s late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is extremely damaging to Singapore. Everyone can see this even if they do not understand all the complex details that have emerged from this sorry saga. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – Lee Kuan Yew’s son – recognises this only too well and has apologised to the nation for the grief it has caused. The many issues that have been raised can be confusing, from the different......
China's neighbours brace for outflows after MSCI inclusion | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Investor reaction across Asia to the inclusion of China's domestic stocks in one of US index provider MSCI's popular benchmarks was muted on Wednesday, but some Asian markets can expect to suffer from outflows when the indexes are rebalanced....
Extreme heat grips N. Hemisphere on summer solstice | Phuket News
SINGAPORE -- Extreme heat across large tracts of the Northern Hemisphere raised fears for crops in China, fuelled forest fires in Portugal and Russia's Far East, forced flight cancellations in the Southwest US, and melted tarmac on roads in Britain....
With stronger economy, Asia firms more confident on brighter global outlook – survey | Phuket News
BUSINESS confidence in Asia rose to a three-year-high in the second quarter of the year, propelled by a slew of favourable economic data across the region and easing concerns over the health of China’s economy, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed. The Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index, representing the six-month outlook of 101 firms, climbed to 74 in April-June from 70, three months earlier. A reading over 50 indicates a positive view. “The world economy is starting to look more solid,” said Singapore-based economics professor Antonio Fatas at global business school INSEAD. “The United States is reaching good levels of GDP and employment, with Europe finally recovering and Asia seeing fewer risks ahead. China looks like it’s in a more stable situation after having ups and downs because of capital outflows over the last couple of years and also the risks of a debt crisis.” China is widely expected to...
10-year old boy of Indonesian descent amazes Apple CEO with his innovations | Phuket News
A ten-year old boy of Indonesian descent has reportedly impressed Apple CEO Tim Cook with the apps he created during the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, the United States, earlier this month. According to a report in The Jakarta Post Online on Tuesday, Cook was particularly impressed with an app that Yuma Soerianto developed to help his parents shop for souvenirs on a trip. The app automatically works out the price of goods by adding the local sales tax and currency conversion. The 10-year old created it during a flight from Melbourne to the US. Cook expressed amazement upon finding out that the app was created within just a few hours and he said he hoped to see what Yuma would create next. Earlier, Yuma developed five apps that are currently available from the AppStore, namely Let’s Stack, Hunger Button, Kid Calculator, Weather Duck and Pocket Poke. Born in...
Property Stocks Lead Singapore Market in 2017 | Phuket News
With China’s residential market going into a centrally-ordered deep freeze, there are signs that Singapore may be an unexpected beneficiary, as news headlines this week carry stories of rebound in developer stocks and growing demand for housing sites. Also in the news, a mainland developer wins with a suburban Sydney project, and there’s much more if you just keep reading. Property Stocks Lead Singapore Market in 2017 Singapore property stocks are set for their best annual performance in five years, and strategists believe the rally is far from over. With an expected pickup in real estate following the easing of housing curbs, developers are expected to be the bright spot in Singapore equities as gains in the city-state’s stocks may be limited for the rest of the year. Singapore property stocks are set for their best annual performance in five years Property stocks including City Developments Ltd. and UOL Group...
Money will start flowing out of China again, but it'll be much more targeted | Phuket News
Sectors that are tied with China's Belt and Road Initiative will likely benefit from an uptick in deal making next year....
Asean signs free trade pacts with Hong Kong | Phuket News
MANILA: Hong Kong signed free trade and investment agreements with Asean on Sunday, in what one of the Chinese territory's officials called a
China vows help for the Philippines to fight terrorism | Phuket News
China has pledged help for the Philippines in its fight against terrorism, The Manila Times Online reported on Thursday. In his speech during the ceremonial handover of China’s urgent military assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Pampanga, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said the Chinese government was committed to helping the Philippines in combating terrorism. He said the donation of arms to the AFP would contribute to the success in their battle against the IS-linked Maute terrorists. About 50 million yuan worth of weapons and ammunition were donated to the AFP. “Mr President, I would like to take the opportunity to announce…that the Chinese government and the Chinese military forces will continue to fully support your fight against terrorism and we are looking forward to enhancement of cooperation in the areas of fighting terrorism bilaterally,” said Zhao. The ambassador added that a second batch of...
Meth and death in Duterte’s year of living dangerously | Phuket News
Meth addict Reyjin is still able to score on the frontlines of the Philippines’ drug war, living proof that a year of fear has failed to kill the illegal narcotics trade as promised. President Rodrigo Duterte swept to an election victory last year largely on a pledge to wipe out his nation’s illegal drugs trade within three to six months, saying he would do so by killing thousands of people. Duterte fulfilled his vow on the death toll, drawing condemnation from rights groups who......
Philippines seeks to promote its war on drugs to Asean | Phuket News
THE GOVERNMENT of the Philippines intends to take its anti-drug campaign international and will promote its hardline approach at an upcoming Asean law enforcement forum in Pasay City. Envisioning a “drug-free Asean community,” the Philippines will present a report to the upcoming Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) Fact-Finding Committee (AIFOCOM) to Combat the Drug Menace from July 4 to 8. President Rodrigo Duterte and other senior members of cabinet plan to promote their zero-tolerance approach of “law enforcement campaigns, drug control policies, laws and necessary policy reforms” reports the state-run Philippine News Agency. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Duterte focused on drugs, ignored rise of IS – analyst The country’s drug war was launched a year ago after Duterte took power and has since claimed thousands of lives, but the government claims it has seen a drop in crime and an increase in price of methamphetamine in the capital city, Manila. ...
China hails "golden period" in relations with Philippines | Phuket News
BEIJING -- Relations between China and the Philippines have entered a
Philippine military says local Islamic State head weakened after Marawi | Phuket News
ISLAMIC STATE’s “emir” in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon no longer has the capacity to launch an attack on the scale of that in Marawi City, said a top Philippines army official on Wednesday. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla Jr told reporters that IS affiliates were increasingly limited in their ability to strike in Mindanao after the military had “thwarted” the Maute terror group, reported the state Philippine News Agency. These claims run counter to fears of a wider campaign across the Philippines empowered by foreign fighters and access to heavy weaponry. Reports this week suggested that Hapilon, who heads up notorious Islamist group Abu Sayyaf and was appointed the emir of the “Philippine province” of Islamic State, had escaped from besieged Marawi. SEE ALSO: Marawi siege: End in sight as Maute leadership begins to crumble “It was an act of cowardice if he abandoned...
China, Martial Law, Drugs Aside, Philippine President Rides Popularity Wave | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has long stirred criticism overseas for letting police shoot to kill on drug raids. He did it again when pushing the United States, an old ally, away in favor of closer China relations and again when he declared martial law in his country’s southland to battle a Muslim rebel group. But after a year in office, the tough-talking 72-year-old former mayor of the Southeast Asian archipelago’s second largest city is riding a popularity wave because a lot of his own citizens like him for getting things done. Getting things done “My suspicion is he will retain his level of popularity for a longer period of time than the other administrations as long he’s seen as actually accomplishing something,” said Herman Kraft, political scientist at University of the Philippines Diliman.  Duterte’s government has the satisfaction of 75 percent of Filipinos, Metro Manila-based research institution Social Weather Stations...
Philippines to make enthusiastic singing of national anthem mandatory | Phuket News
A new bill passed by the House aims to make singing the anthem
Four foreign inmates escape Bali prison through tunnel | Phuket News
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Four foreign inmates on Monday escaped a prison on Indonesia's resort island of Bali through a tunnel, the prison's governor said....
Indonesia: US members of Congress slam growing radicalisation, LGBT persecution | Phuket News
A GROUP of 37 Members of United States Congress has issued a letter to Indonesia’s ambassador in Washington raising serious concern over what it calls “growing radicalisation” and the persecution of women, ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBTQI community. In a firmly worded letter sent to Budi Bowoleksono last Friday, Representatives called upon Indonesia to “proactively attend” to this situation, citing floggings of gay men in Aceh, a raid of a gay spa in Jakarta, and the jailing of Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama. Led by Democratic Party member Sean Patrick Maloney, the statement warned that attacks on minority groups could “negatively impact diplomatic relations and foreign investments in your country, if left unchecked.” SEE ALSO: Why are LGBT Indonesians under siege? [email protected] leads effort to prevent continued human rights abuses against #LGBTQ people & others in #Indonesia https://t.co/EBt0Rb1CP0 pic.twitter.com/XwKRwfh2rn — Stephen Peters II (@stephenpeters2) June 19, 2017 Homosexuality...
Four inmates tunnel out of Kerobokan Prison in Bali | Phuket News
The inmates escaped from Kerobokan Prison using a 12m tunnel, Indonesian officials say....
GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show Presents World Class Auto Show Series | Phuket News
Jun 19, 2017 Picture:  JAKARTA, INDONESIA - The success of GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2015 and 2016 as an international-standard automotive exhibition have been greeted with enthusiasm from industry players and automotive lovers in Indonesia. Entering the 25th year of the automotive exhibition run by GAIKINDO, the association for Indonesian sole agents will again present the GIIAS series on 10-20 August, 2017, at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), BSD City, Tangerang. For GIIAS 2017, the theme GAIKINDO has chosen is
Killer heatwaves on the way as globe warms with the Philippines, India and Indonesia to be hit | Phuket News
Climate change will sharply boost the frequency of lethal heatwaves even if humanity caps global warming at two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the core goal of the Paris Agreement, scientists said on Monday. Fulfilling that 196-nation pledge would, by 2100, still leave nearly half the world’s population exposed at least once a year to bouts of heat and humidity that have proven deadly in the past, they reported in the journal Nature Climate Change. Under a “business-as-......
Four inmates tunnel out of Kerokoban Prison in Bali | Phuket News
The inmates escaped from Kerokoban Prison using a 12m tunnel, Indonesian officials say....
Indonesia: Four foreigners escape from Bali prison using tunnel | Phuket News
INDONESIAN authorities said four foreign inmates have escaped on Monday from Kerobokan prison on the resort island of Bali using a tunnel. Prison head Tony Nainggolan named the four as Australian Shaun Edward Davidson, Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov, Indian Sayed Muhammad and Malaysian Tee Kok King. “The tunnel is about 12m (39 ft) long and we suspect it took more than a week to build,” Nainggolan said, adding police had launched a search and believed the men were still in Bali and not far from the prison. Four foreign inmates make daring escape from Bali’s notorious Kerobokan prison https://t.co/HJYg7f2Q6h pic.twitter.com/Ixggfs7CXm — SCMP News (@SCMP_News) June 19, 2017 Nainggolan said authorities believed the escapees had planned the escape for some time. “Shaun started growing a beard and moustache, we suspect to change his appearance,” he said. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Mass prisoner escape points to bigger problem He said they were believed to have left several...
Indonesia launches sea patrols with Asian neighbours to tackle rebels, bandits | Phuket News
Warships from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia held manoeuvres on Monday near a naval base in northern Borneo to mark the launch of coordinated patrols to beef up security in waters plagued by insurgencies and banditry. Helicopters and surveillance planes flew overhead as ministers and army chiefs from the countries attended ceremonies to launch the patrols and as regional security takes on added urgency after Islamist militants overran a town in the southern Philippines. The Philippine......
Phuket Hotels Association launches beach clean-up drive | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Hotels Association is encouraging locals and tourists to value the beauty of Phuket’s world renowned beaches and surrounding Andaman seas through a Hearts with Hands, Keep Phuket Clean beach clean-up event on Saturday, Sept 16....
McDonagh and McDormand wow Venice with rage-fueled drama | Phuket News
British-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh wowed the Venice film festival Monday with Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, a darkly hilarious drama featuring Frances McDormand as a rage-fuelled grieving mother....
Phuket police investigate ‘reservoir dogs’ killings | Phuket News
PHUKET: Police are investigating the deaths of four dogs whose scorched remains were found near Ban Bang Niew Dam reservoir in Srisoonthorn last week....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Scorched reservoir dogs! The Wedding Scammer! Septic tank discovery || September 5 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 5 Investigating scorched street dogs! 5-year-old dumped in septic tank! The wedding scammer! Dtac founders land dealings & teen gang raped by up to 40 people. Hosted by: JP Mestanza (JP) ThePhuketNews.com...
Phuket police warn of traffic mayhem ahead of underpass-site roadworks | Phuket News
PHUKET: Roadworks carried out over two days this week are likely to cause major traffic disruptions on Phuket’s busiest road north of Phuket Town, Phuket City Traffic Police warned today (Sept 5)....
Phuket hosts key Asean women and children’s rights conference | Phuket News
PHUKET: Former Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut, who is now the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS), yesterday announced the beginning of a series of meetings to be held in Patong all week focussing on the development of women’s and children’s rights throughout Asean....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Salty croc! Thai Mangoes vs cancer! & Patong wastewater || Sept 4 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - September 4 Patongs sewage situation! Where did this salty croc come from? Thai mangoes vs cancer! Pregnant buffalo still healing, loose loris doesnt get far and police blamed in Boss Red Bull case. Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com...
Phuket village people help police to get their shove on | Phuket News
PHUKET: A broken-down tour bus became the focal point of local teamwork when police and villagers joined together to push the large vehicle out of the way so traffic flow could resume during peak hour this morning (Sept 4)....
Pregnant buffalo in fatal Phuket motorbike crash remains unclaimed, still in rehabilitation | Phuket News
PHUKET: The rightful owner of the pregnant buffalo that was involved in a fatal motorbike collision which left a 25-year-old motorcyclist dead on August 20 has still yet to come forward, as the animal continue to struggle to heal from its broken legs and multiple wounds, a caretaker said on social media yesterday (Sept 3)....
US Missile Strike on North Korea an Unlikely Option, for Now | Phuket News
A pre-emptive military strike may be among the “pretty severe things” President Donald Trump says he is considering for North Korea, but it's a step so fraught with risk that it ranks as among the unlikeliest options. Even a so-called surgical strike aimed at the North's partially hidden nuclear and missile force is unlikely to destroy the arsenal or stop its leader, Kim Jong Un, from swiftly retaliating with long-range artillery that could kill stunning numbers in South Korea within minutes. An all-out conflict could then ensue. And while Trump's Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis, says the U.S. would prevail, he believes it would be “a catastrophic war.” Trump met with the leaders of South Korea and Japan in Germany on Friday, and in a joint statement, they condemned the North's “unprecedented launch,” calling it a major escalation and a global threat that demands “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang. 'Mugger's mentality' Firing...
US, South Korea, Japan Call for Stiffer Sanctions Against North Korea | Phuket News
Leaders from the United States, South Korea and Japan agreed Friday to urge the United Nations to speed up the implementation of sanctions against North Korea following the country's July 4 intercontinental missile launch. The three leaders are asking the international community to quickly implement all United Nation’s Security Council resolutions meant to punish North Korea, according to a read-out of conversations held between U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. The leaders all re-affirmed their commitment to denuclearize North Korea, and they called on nations bordering North Korea to help convince its leadership to stop threatening other countries and halt its ballistic missile program, according to the read-out. The meeting comes two days after U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley warned that North Korea's missile tests were
South Korea police raid Korean Air headquarters in embezzlement probe | Phuket News
South Korean police raided the Korean Air headquarters Friday in a probe of embezzlement and breach of trust, an official said....
Trump vows to confront North Korea ‘very strongly’ after latest missile test | Phuket News
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to confront North Korea “very strongly” following its latest missile test and urged nations to show Pyongyang there would be consequences for its weapons program. North Korea on Tuesday test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe has the range to reach Alaska and Hawaii and perhaps the US Pacific Northwest. North Korea said it could carry a large nuclear warhead. Speaking at a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Trump said North Korea was “a threat, and we will confront it very strongly”. He said the United States was considering “severe things” for North Korea, but that he would not draw a “red line” of the kind that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had drawn but not enforced on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Trump added: “They are behaving in a very, very dangerous manner and something will...
Trump Promises US Will Deal with North Korea 'Very Strongly' | Phuket News
President Donald Trump labeled North Korea's behavior a threat and promised,
Rocks and hard places: Why there are no risk-free options on North Korea | Phuket News
NORTH Korea’s latest missile launch again demonstrates there are no risk-free options in responding to Pyongyang’s provocations. That this launch was timed to coincide with the July 4 Independence Day festivities in the US and the G-20 meeting in Germany suggests Pyongyang succeeded in attracting maximum global attention and outrage. Pyongyang’s strategy appears to be to develop a sophisticated missile and weapons capability as a deterrent to an attack by the US (and other perceived enemies) to ensure the survival of the regime. As I’ve previously written in Asian Correspondent, North Korea can’t ever use their missiles because it will result in the regime’s destruction. Pyongyang knows this. Kim Jong Un and his cohorts may rule a kleptocracy but they are not stupid. SEE ALSO: Can US defend against North Korea missiles? Not everyone agrees Yet, will the regional powers (US, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan) again just condemn...
McDonald’s in South Korea to offer free burgers to army recruits at world’s largest bootcamp | Phuket News
By Park Jae-hyuk McDonald’s Korea decided to offer 13,000 Happy Value burgers free to recruits at the Korea Army Training Centre (KATC) in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province. The U.S. burger chain’s Seoul affiliate said that CEO Cho Ju-yeon and KATC Commander Maj. Gen. Koo Jae-seo signed an agreement at the world’s largest boot camp where army recruits go through five weeks of military training. The newly opened Nonsan McDonald’s store nearby will deliver 500......
Quest to save millions of dogs from South Korean meat trade | Phuket News
ANIMAL rights group Humane Society International (HSI) on Wednesday called on the South Korean government to end the dog meat trade as more than 2.5 million dogs are bred and killed for human consumption every year in thousands farms across the country. The group says there are some 17,000 dog meat farms in the country, most using brutal methods to kill the creatures, such as death by electrocution and death by hanging. It says it takes an average five minutes to kill a dog by electrocution, although there have also been numerous cases of dogs taking up to 20 minutes to die. “Dogs are killed in full view of the other dogs, and their final moments will be terrifying and extremely painful,” HSI said in a statement. SEE ALSO: South Korea’s largest dog meat market: Only slaughter and display banned, not sale  HSI said the dog meat industry is in legal...
A quest to save millions of dogs from the South Korean meat trade | Phuket News
ANIMAL rights group Humane Society International (HSI) on Wednesday called on the South Korean government to end the dog meat trade as more than 2.5 million dogs are bred and killed for human consumption every year in thousands farms across the country. The group says there are some 17,000 dog meat farms in the country, most using brutal methods to kill the creatures, such as death by electrocution and death by hanging. It says it takes an average five minutes to kill a dog by electrocution, although there have also been numerous cases of dogs taking up to 20 minutes to die. “Dogs are killed in full view of the other dogs, and their final moments will be terrifying and extremely painful,” HSI said in a statement. SEE ALSO: South Korea’s largest dog meat market: Only slaughter and display banned, not sale  HSI said the dog meat industry is in legal...
China is building a city bigger than Washington on 4 islands in Malaysia | Phuket News
On four man-made Malaysian islands, Chinese developer Country Garden is building a huge new city. In one of the ads, the company bills it as “a dream paradise for all mankind.” Called Forest City, the $100 billion metropolis will be able to accommodate 700,000 people. That’s about 20,000 more than the current population of Washington, DC — and it will have a density greater than Manhattan. A new video taken by a drone offers a look at Forest City’s construction, which began in early 2016: As you can see, a few apartment buildings and park spaces have already sprouted up, and some other towers are in progress. When Forest City is complete by 2040, it will have office buildings, parks, a transit network, hotels, restaurants, shops, schools, and 250,000 housing units. While the mega-development sounds promising, several experts worry it could becomea ghost city, failing to attract the residents it...
S&P warns on Malaysia's sovereign rating amid potential challenges from corruption saga | Phuket News
Malaysia's sovereign rating may be in trouble in the near-to-medium term amid the nation's ongoing corruption saga, S&P Global Ratings has warned....
Kuala Lumpur named the best city to rent in the world | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s capital has been named on one index as the best city of opportunity for renters in the world above Moscow and Johannesburg. A new study of housing affordability by US-based apartment search website RENTCafé ranked Kuala Lumpur the best city worldwide to live in terms of relative rental costs. Locals in the garden city of lights can expect to pay barely a fifth of their income on rent, found the study. RENTCafé took PwC’s recent Cities of Opportunity report, which listed the firm’s chosen 30 best cities globally to live and work in, and ranked them according to rental affordability. Wangfujing Street, Beijing. Source: Wikipedia Commons   “You’ve got to give something to get something—that’s just the way things work and there’s not much to do about it,” continued Szekely. “The good news is that there are plenty of other great cities with a fertile ground for growth and success,...
Japanese ICT firms urged to use Malaysia as stepping-stone to Asean | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) is urging Japanese information and communication technology companies to use the Southeast Asian country as a stepping-stone to tap into the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations market....
Singapore arrests two 'radicalised' police | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - A Singapore auxiliary police officer who planned to join the armed conflict against Syria's government has been arrested along with one of his colleagues, the Home Affairs Ministry said Tuesday....
Singapore arrests 2 police over plan to join Syria conflict | Phuket News
SINGAPORE - Singapore's government says an auxiliary police officer who planned to join the armed conflict against Syria's government has been arrested along with one of his colleagues....
Singapore border guard arrested over plans to join jihad in Syria | Phuket News
A Muslim border security officer in Singapore has been arrested for planning to fight in Syria, officials said Tuesday. Muhammad Khairul bin Mohamed, 24, an unarmed traffic officer working at the crossing with Malaysia, was arrested under the Internal Security Act, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement. The act allows for detention without trial for up to two years. “Through prolonged exposure to online materials on the Syrian conflict, Khairul perceived the Syrian conflict to......
Thai students warned against working in Singapore’s entertainment outlets | Phuket News
THAI students who work as “singers” or “models” in Singapore’s entertainment outlets may be jailed or fined for doing so, according to the kingdom’s Labour Ministry. Thai news site The Nation quoted the ministry’s Department of Employment (DOE) Director-General Waranon Pitiwan as saying that those who flout immigration laws in the island state could face a maximum SGD20,000 (US$14,400) fine or two years’ jail, or both if convicted. Pitiwan said this after the ministry received information on several parties attempting to lure students into the line of work, promising high salaries of up to THB400,000 (roughly US$11,000) with round -trip flight tickets and accommodation. SEE ALSO: Thailand: ‘Migrant workers should not be criminalised for reporting abuse’ – watchdog He also pointed out that it was illegal for those on tourist visas to work in Singapore. Singapore’s Labour ministry requires performing artists to obtain a work permit lasting up to six months...
Malnutrition is the main reason for the health problems of half of Singapore’s elderly | Phuket News
By Tan Weizhen A study spanning 14 years and counting has found that half of the elderly in Singapore are frail — especially the low-income, and those who are single, divorced or widowed — due to factors including malnutrition, lack of exercise and having chronic diseases. With the number of the elderly living alone set to rise, the researchers of the National University of Singapore study noted that elderly who are frail are twice as likely to die earlier compared to their......
Half of Singapore’s elderly found to be frail, mostly due to malnutrition | Phuket News
By Tan Weizhen A study spanning 14 years and counting has found that half of the elderly in Singapore are frail — especially the low-income, and those who are single, divorced or widowed — due to factors including malnutrition, lack of exercise and having chronic diseases. With the number of the elderly living alone set to rise, the researchers of the National University of Singapore study noted that elderly who are frail are twice as likely to die earlier compared to their......
Singapore's PM opens himself up to debate amid abuse of power claims | Phuket News
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced he will answer questions in parliament to clear the air as he faces abuse of power allegations....
PM Lee apologizes to Singaporeans over family feud | Phuket News
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong apologized to Singaporeans on Monday over the family feud with his two siblings, saying it has damaged the reputation of Singapore and affected confidence in the government, according to report in The Straits Times Online on Monday. He promised to deliver a ministerial statement to refute the “baseless accusations” his siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, made last week against the government when the parliament convenes on July 3. The two siblings issued a joint statement on June 14 accusing PM Lee of misusing his power in a bid to preserve their father’s house at 38 Oxley Road, among other allegations. PM Lee on Monday said the allegations went beyond private and personal matters, extending to the conduct of his office and the integrity of the government. “Much as I would like to move on, and end a most unhappy experience...
Crowded Suvarnabhumi nosedives in airport ranking | Phuket News
In 2017, AirHelp created a benchmark in airport excellence. Applying rigorous methodology similar to our airline rankings, AirHelp Score for airports gives you the low-down on how well the world’s big hubs are delivering for passengers. We weight the score like this: 45% On-Time Performance 45% Quality of Service 10% Social Media Sentimen Kuwait airport was found to be the worse performing, according to the study. British airports fared particularly poorly, with four UK airports, London Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted and Edinburgh all making the top 10. The top airport in the world, with its beautiful gardens, luxurious rest areas, free cinema and theme park was Singapore Changi, followed by Munich, Germany and Hong Kong. Crowded Suvarnabhumi to become more crowded https://t.co/9UsSzTTTmM pic.twitter.com/Sn6W1URDTj — Bangkok Post (@BangkokPostNews) May 29, 2017 When it comes to airports, Bangkok continues to be cited in global forums as one of the most congested and capacity-deficient...
Singapore: PM Lee apologises for ‘impact’ of family feud | Phuket News
SINGAPORE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong apologised on Monday a dispute with his siblings over their late father Lee Kuan Yew’s will has had an impact on citizens’ confidence in the government. The feud between the children of Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, over the future of the family home erupted publicly last week in a flurry of accusations and denials through press releases and Facebook postings, which also touched on Lee Hsien Loong‘s leadership. The prime minister’s brother, Hsien Yang, and sister, Wei Ling, said they had lost confidence in their older brother as a leader and feared state power would be used against them in their dispute with him. ...
Asean signs free trade agreement with Hong Kong | Phuket News
MANILA: Hong Kong on Sunday signed free trade and investment pacts with the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in what one of the Chinese territory's senior officials called a
US Again Raising Beef for Chinese Consumers | Phuket News
Ranchers in the Midwestern U.S. state of Nebraska are raising beef for tables in China, reopening trade suspended more than a decade ago during concerns over mad cow disease. From Nebraska, VOA reporter Abby Sun tells us how U.S. beef producers are changing to meet Chinese food-safety requirements....
Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea feud | Phuket News
HANOI: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was prepared to mediate between claimants to the South China Sea, where five countries contest China's sweeping claims to the busy waterway....
CLAC Expo Opens in Zhuhai, China | Phuket News
Nov 11, 2017 Picture:  Creating a new platform for international cooperation and adding to the momentum for co-development ZHUHAI, China, Nov. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The China-Latin America and the Caribbean International Exposition (CLAC Expo) opened at Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Center on the morning of November 9, with 523 companies and organizations from 24 Latin American countries as well as 33 countries from outside the region exhibiting products at the event. At the opening ceremony, governmental officials as well as invited dignitaries and guests witnessed the inauguration of the Hengqin China-Latin America Economic and Trade Cooperation Park and the signing of contracts for several other major projects. The 244,000-square-meter park, backed by an investment in the aggregate of 2.5 billion yuan (approx. US$375 million), is a key platform created by the city of Zhuhai for the implementation of collaborative projects between Chinese and Latin American entities. At...
Philippines rejects hostage deal with Islamist militant group in Marawi | Phuket News
The Philippines has ruled out negotiations with Islamist militants holding hostages and occupying a southern town, after reports that a rebel leader wanted to trade a Catholic priest for his parents, who are being held by police. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella on Tuesday said there would be no deals with the Maute group militants holed up in Marawi City because that was against government policy, and anyone trying to bargain had no authority to do so. The Philippine Daily Inquirer......
Philippines dismisses health rumours, says Duterte ‘alive and well’ | Phuket News
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte is alive and well and experiencing no health problems, the government said on Tuesday, amid concerns about his disappearance from the public eye for unusually long periods this month. Known for a busy schedule and lengthy speeches often several times a day, the 72-year-old Duterte’s low profile has fuelled rumours he is in declining health and that the government is trying to keep that under wraps. He was last seen in public a week ago. What has created most intrigue is Duterte’s absence during what is the biggest crisis of his year-old presidency, as the military battles for a sixth week to defeat Islamic State-linked rebels currently occupying Marawi City on his home island of Mindanao. SEE ALSO: Then and now: Why Duterte’s martial law is nothing like Ferdinand Marcos’ “First and foremost, he is alive and well, he is very well, he’s just busy doing...
Philippines says Duterte 'alive and well', amid rumours | Phuket News
MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is alive and well and experiencing no health problems, the government said on Tuesday, amid concerns about his disappearance from the public eye for unusually long periods this month....
Supreme Court to rule on martial law in Mindanao on July 4 | Phuket News
The Supreme Court of the Philippines will vote on July 4 on petitions seeking to revoke President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, according to a report in The Manila Times Online on Tuesday. The vote will come ahead of the 30-day period within which the Supreme Court must decide on the petitions against the martial law scheduled on July 5 as well as the end of the maximum 60-day duration of the martial law under the Constitution. Justice Mariano del Castilo was tasked to make a thorough review and draft the decision on the case. The first petition against the martial law was lodged by representatives from the opposition led by Edcel Lagman Tomasito Villarin, Gary Alejano, Emmanuel Billones and Teodoro Baguilat Jr. They argue that, contrary to the government’s claim, there was no invasion or rebellion endangering public safety that could justify Duterte’s Proclaimation 216, which...
Rehabilitation commission to rebuild Marawi is needed | Phuket News
The Philippine government was urged to set up a rehabilitation commission to oversee the reconstruction and rehabilitation of war-raged Marawi Dity, according to a report of The Manila Times Online on Tuesday. In a news forum held in Manila on Monday, military analyst Jose Antonio Custodio, a former professor of the University of the Philippines, the government would need the help of the other countries such as China, Japan and the United States to restore normalcy in Marawi City. “Reconstruction is now part of the counter extremism and terrorism plan. Injustice is still the very origin of extremism and the only sure way to prevent the people from becoming terrorists is by solving the economic and social problems,” said Custodio. A team from the UP that recently visited Marawi said thousands of the evacuees need humanitarian help. International Studies Professor Sarah Raymundo and All Workers Unity spokesman Felix Parinas told...
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