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Update: Tue, Jun 27 2017    

photoA day in photos

Siam tulips in full bloom in Thailand and an insect-eating contest in China are featured events on June 26, 2017. Visitors look at krachieo flowers, or Siam tulips, at Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Chaiyaphoum's Nong Bua Rawe district.

Thailand charges activist for defying junta orders

Rome Rangsiman, pro-democracy activist, is escorted by police officers as he arrives at a military court in Bangkok, Thailand June 26, 2017. A Thai activist was charged on Monday with defying the orders of the military government, the latest critic to be arrested for activities outlawed since a 2014 coup.

Wedding off, then on in Thailand again as dowry dispute ends

A groom in the who on Saturday walked away with his relatives from a wedding following a dispute over the dowry, has agreed to pay for the expenses incurred and return to marry his girlfriend after the embarrassment has died down, said the bride's father Boonsuan Wareesri. The planned wedding at Ban Phutsa village in tambon Rangkayai in Thailand's Phimai district turned into an embarrassment after the groom, Adirek Chadachan, and his relatives arrived from Phichit province on Saturday to wed Benjaporn Wareesi in a ceremony at her house.

Safety measures questioned after CPF plant deaths

Emergency response personnel try to rescue people who fell into the wastewater treatment pond at CPF's plant in Bang Na district, Bangkok, last Friday. Police are investigating why visitors were allowed near an open wastewater treatment pond, in what should have been a tightly-restricted area, at Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc in Bang Na district, where five people died last Friday.

Thailand, Laos join hands to fight against human trafficking

Ubon Ratchathani province and Phonthong district in Laos have collaborated to organize activities against human trafficking for the year 2017 along the borders. Chief of Sirinthon district in Ubon Ratchathani Prasit Inthachote and an executive of Chanpasak province in Laos on Sunday presided over the anti-human trafficking activities at the Chong Mek border crossing in Sirinthon district.

Old Siam: A guide to Thailand's historic city of Ayutthaya

Filled with crumbling, camera-friendly ruins, Thailand's old capital of Ayutthaya has long been viewed as a popular Bangkok day-trip destination. Just an hour outside of the city, this UNESCO-listed heritage site, founded in 1350, was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai.

Korat rail project 'could split town centre'

Agencies in Nakhon Ratchasima will petition transport authorities to review the design of a double-track railway project, which they say threatens to split their communities into two. The 187km project, stretching from Jira in Nakhon Ratchasima to Khon Kaen, is part of the government's plan to boost the Northeastern rail transport network, including over the border and into Laos.

Smart cities and digital innovation with help from China

Chinese investors are taking a keen interest in Thailand's smart-city initiatives and digital-innovation parks, part of our government's Thailand 4.0 policy to use new technologies and industries to pull the country out of the middle-income trap. As a reflection of this, Shenzhen's municipal government recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand's Digital Economy and Society Ministry to enhance Thailand's digital economy.

Muslims celebrate Hariraya as Ramadan ends

Muslims attend a Hariraya mass prayer ceremony to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the central mosque in Pattani's Muang district on Sunday. From North to South, Muslims in Thailand celebrated the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday with morning prayers and feasts at mosques.

Muslims in Asia pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends

Muslims visit the graves of their loved ones on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Bangkok, Thailand, June 25, 2017. Muslims pray during Eid al-Fitr at a mosque inside city hall compound as government forces continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi City , Philippines June 25, 2017.

'Girls as dessert': Thai sex scandal exposes grim tradition

The scandal erupted after the mother of one teen victim fled to Bangkok and told the media that girls were being blackmailed into sex work AFP/Roberto Schmidt BANGKOK: When senior bureaucrats visited the remote Thai province of Mae Hong Son where local official Boonyarit Nipavanit worked, the routine was often the same: Welcome them with the finest food and drink and then bring out the teen girls, often referred to as "dessert". The tradition - known by the euphemistic Thai phrase "treat to food, lay down the mat" - refers to the expectation that underlings lavish superiors and VIPs with local delicacies, top-notch accommodation and sex services.

CPF plant closed after deaths

The deaths of five people who fell into a wastewater treatment pond at a CPF factory on Friday has led authorities to temporarily shut down the Bang Na-Trat Road facility. The closure comes as a team of Industry Ministry investigators, engineers and a fact-finding unit assembled by Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc seek to identify the cause of the deaths.

Bride sues runaway groom after dowry dispute

A house in Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima is decorated for a wedding that never took place after a dispute over the dowry led the groom to flee. NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A wedding in Phimai district was abruptly cancelled after a groom and his relatives walked away with the dowry following a quarrel with the bride's family over the amount.

Panel vows to dismantle resorts on Phu Thap Boek

The remaining 13 illegal resorts on Phu Thap Boek mountain in Lom Kao district of Phetchabun will be dismantled, says deputy Phetchabun governor Krit Khongmuang. PHETCHABUN: Provincial authorities have vowed to go ahead with the demolition of 13 more illegal resorts on Phu Thap Boek, the popular mountain attraction in Phetchabun, after owners of the remaining 13 resorts defied an order to dismantle them.

Six provinces on flood alert

Six provinces in the East and the South have been warned to brace themselves for heavy rain that could trigger flash floods and forest runoff today and tomorrow. Chartchai Promlert, director of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation , said the strong southwest monsoon prevailing across the Andaman Sea and Thailand and lower pressure in northern Vietnam would likely cause rain across the country and heavy rain in parts of the Central Plains, including Greater Bangkok, the eastern provinces and the west coast of the South.

Ford's China move casts new cloud on Mexican carmaking

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Ford is pictured at the 38th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok, Thailand March 28, 2017. ) in Mexico has raised the specter of Chinese competition for local carmaking, adding to pressure on the industry after repeated threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to saddle it with punitive tariffs.

Blaze at cotton thread factory in Samut Prakan

A fire broke out at a cotton thread factory in Samut Prakan's Phra Samut Chedi district in the early hours of Saturday, police said. Pol Captain Issara Saengsawang, deputy inspector of Phra Samut Chedi Police Station, said the fire broke out at the U-sup Cotton Co Ltd in Tambon Klong Bang Plakod at 1.30am.