An Ayutthaya policeman, accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl, has turned himself in to the Crime Suppression Division but denied the allegation. The 58-year-old officer yesterday met acting Pol Col Maitri to acknowledge the charge. Officers were told to question Pol Lt Sombat and lodge a complaint with the Criminal Court yesterday, Pol Col Maitri said, adding the suspect was denied bail. The CSD found the underage girl was first lured by a relative to sell sex in Ayutthaya. Kanwela later checked out his profile on Facebook, which said the man was serving in executive posts for several companies.

December 13, 2017 21:33 UTC

Rhino horn is a prohibited item listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Mr Nikon and the Vietnamese suspect, both arrested at Mr Nikon's apartment in Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district, confessed to the smuggling, police said. According to his testimony, Mr Nikon took the case containing the rhino horns off a conveyor belt, bypassed customs and carried it to his car. He said Mr Chai contacted him to say a man would come to his apartment to pick up the case. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese suspect said he was told to travel to Thailand and pick up the case by his boss in Vietnam.

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The measures were being considered after a wild elephant invaded orchards producing the prized Pa La-oo durians in tambon Hua Sat Yai in Hua Hin district. The provincial office met to discuss measures to prevent wild elephants from raiding farms in the tambon, large areas of which cover national reserves. The meeting decided it might be necessary to relocate the elephant from the tambon to a forest further away. The relocation, however, requires a survey first of the forest where the elephant is to be moved. Mr Chote-narin and others at the meeting have also toured the durian orchards damaged by the elephant.

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Lao Ta delivered it at his petrol station and his wife Asama, 67, received the agreed 550,000 baht in payment. The arrest was made on Oct 11 during the delivery at the petrol station where Lao Ta, his family and associates were present. Lao Ta's drug network was tough to penetrate because he ran it through front businesses, police said. Lao Ta's drug ring was among 60 influential narcotics networks in the country, 30 of which have been taken down, according to police. Because Lao Ta and his wife confessed, the court commuted the death penalty to life imprisonment and reduced his wife's life sentence to 25 years.

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World No.1 Simona Halep will face No.9 Johanna Konta in the first match of the World Tennis Thailand Championship 2017 in Hua Hin next week following yesterday's draw. "It is the first time that four top-10 players will play in Hua Hin," Suwat said. They will also join a Christmas party at the Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin Hotel. I hope you will enjoy the game with us in the World Tennis Thailand Championship 2017. Tickets are priced at 2,500 baht each and available at Thai Ticket Major outlets and True Arena Hua Hin on the match day.

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The government should keep its promise to hold an election next year and ease limits on freedom of expression and political activities, the Pheu Thai Party urged yesterday, claiming the European Union won't "fully normalise" relations with Thailand until it does. The government has hailed the decision by the EU's Foreign Affairs Council this week to resume political contacts with Thailand, ending the freeze on formal relations and free trade talks it imposed after the May 2014 coup. However, Pheu Thai yesterday said the government can't afford to rest, as relations won't return fully to normal until the election is held and the country returns to democracy. It cited the EU's remarks that signing a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and any free trade deal could only be carried out with an elected government. "Pheu Thai calls on the government to take note of Clause 12 in the EU ministers council's resolutions which reiterates that it shall review relations with Thailand" to make sure it does as promised, including easing political curbs, holding credible elections, and installing a democratically elected civilian government, it said.

December 13, 2017 21:33 UTC

Jakarta: In-form Kiradech Aphibarnrat and defending champion Poom Saksansin are among contenders at the Indonesian Masters, which begins today. The 28-year-old, who has eight top-10 finishes this year, is brimming with confidence after winning the Asian Development Tour's (ADT) Thongchai Jaidee Foundation tournament in Pattaya on Sunday. "I am very happy with the way I am playing and confident with my swing." He aims to break into the top 50 in the world rankings for a place at the US Masters in Augusta next year. I still remember the feeling of winning last year here and I want to try and repeat that," he said.

December 13, 2017 21:33 UTC

The banking system outlook in Thailand next year is stable, while the challenges of Asia-Pacific banks include long-term risks related to the high degree of private-sector leverage, says Moody's Investors Service. Banking systems in Asia-Pacific overall show a stable outlook for 2018, the international credit rating agency said. Of the 16 banking systems discussed, two have positive outlooks, one negative and 13 stable. The systems with stable outlooks in emerging and developing economies are China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Mongolia. Asia-Pacific banks are also facing several secular trends, among them the rapidly ageing population in some markets, which in the long run may undermine the banks' strong deposit-focused funding bases.

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Piling work for the Sino-Thai high-speed rail is scheduled to commence on Dec 21. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the cabinet is also scheduled to approve the piling work of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway in Nakhon Ratchasima for the 3.5km Klang Dong-Pang Asok section. The piling work of the 179-billion-baht Sino-Thai high-speed rail network will kick off on Dec 21. The Office of Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning has also approved the environmental impact assessment for the initial 3.5km stretch of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway in Nakhon Ratchasima, Mr Somkid said. The next rail project scheduled for construction is the 11km Pak Chong-Nakhon Ratchasima section, followed by the 119.5km Kaeng Khoi-Nakhon Ratchasima and 119km Kaeng Khoi-Bang Sue sections.

December 13, 2017 21:33 UTC

Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, Nov 12, 2017. (Reuters file photo)The Myanmar Press Council says police have arrested two journalists working for an international news organization on suspicion of possessing "secret police documents" related to the ongoing crisis in Rakhine state. "Yes it is correct that they were arrested," spokesman Zaw Htay told Reuters. Wa Lone, who joined Reuters in June 2016, has covered a range of stories, including the Rohingya refugee crisis in Rakhine State. "For a democracy to succeed, journalists need to be able to do their jobs freely," the embassy said.

December 13, 2017 11:48 UTC

(Reuters photo)MANILA: The Philippine central bank is evaluating 12 applications for the registration of virtual currency (VC) exchanges after it issued permits to two firms earlier this year, but says it is not endorsing cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. The use of bitcoin for remitting money to the Philippines, one of the world's biggest recipients of cash sent home by its citizens working abroad, has risen dramatically, prompting the central bank to issue guidelines for VC exchanges. A VC exchange is an entity that facilitates the conversion or exchange of fiat currency to virtual currency, or vice versa. "We do not endorse virtual currency as a currency because it is not a currency," Melchor Plabasan, deputy director and head of the BSP's Core Information Technology Specialist Group, told a news conference. The central bank and a legislator have also cautioned Filipinos against investing in bitcoin in the absence of regulatory protections for them.

December 13, 2017 11:03 UTC

Ms Pavena Hongsakula, chairwoman of the Pavena Hongsakula Foundation for Children and Women, accompanies 51 job seekers dumped by the same broker to file a complaint with Crime Suppression Division police on Wednesday. They filed their complaint with Pol Col Maitree Chimcherd, the acting CSD commander, against job broker Chaowalit Noisri. The complainants were accompanied by Pavena Hongsakula, chairwoman of the Pavena Hongsakula Foundation for Children and Women. There were another 100 job seekers also allegedly cheated by the same man, she added. He contacted the job broker via this Facebook page, who said he was the owner of a language school.

December 13, 2017 11:03 UTC

(Reuters photo)Most Southeast Asian stock markets recovered to close higher on Wednesday, with Singapore settling at its highest in 31 months. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.4% as crude oil futures gained some lost ground. Southeast Asian stock markets had gained 5.8% to 39% so far this year as of Wednesday's close, with Vietnam emerging as the top performer. Financials led the comeback, with United Overseas Bank and DBS Group rebounding from early falls to close at record highs. Malaysian shares climbed 0.5% to close at their highest in over one month.

December 13, 2017 10:52 UTC

Wanna Suasan undergoes a physical checkup after police arrested her at Suvarnabhumi airport on Nov 22 for alleged involvement in the Erawan Shrine bombing in August 2015. (File photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)The Bangkok Military Court on Wednesday released Wanna Suasan, the Thai suspect in the 2015 Erawan Shrine bombing, on bail of 1 million baht on the condition she remains in the country. Her lawyer placed the money as guarantee and the court later allowed her conditional release, with a reporting clause, media reported. The bomb, hidden in a backpack left behind a seat at the Erawan Shrine, exploded at 6.55pm on Aug 17, 2015. Their trial before the military court is continuing, hampered by problems in finding acceptable interpreters.

December 13, 2017 09:33 UTC

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia, Patrick Murphy speaks during a news conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Wednesday. (Reuters photo)PHNOM PENH: The United States has called on Cambodia to reverse steps that "backtracked on democracy" before a general election next year, a visiting US official said on Wednesday. Relations between Cambodia and the United States have hit their lowest in years after the arrest of a rival of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, Kem Sokha, and the dissolution of his opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The opposition leader and the United States denied that. Murphy told reporters in Phnom Penh that Cambodia still had time before the general election in July to "conduct an electoral process that is legitimate".

December 13, 2017 09:22 UTC