Britain's William and Kate to begin 'complex' tour of PakistanDetails of the couple's five-day visit are being kept under wraps, with security expected to be tightISLAMABAD - Prince William and his wife Kate will arrive in Pakistan late Monday for their "most complex" tour to date, British officials said, with Islamabad eager to tout improved security after years of violent militancy. The couple's programme will pay respect to Britain's historic relationship with Pakistan, once part of colonial India, he said. "But it will focus largely on showcasing Pakistan as it is today, a dynamic, aspirational, and forward-looking nation," Drew continued. Kensington Palace has called the trip "the most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations". "We will always remember late Princess Diana's visit and her selfless service to humanity, not only in Pakistan but all over world," Qureshi said.
October 14, 2019 08:37 UTC
Kasetsart unveils puppies with royal pedigree(Photo from Kasetsart University Facebook page)Bangkok’s Kasetsart University has unveiled eight puppies related to the pet dog of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as the country observed the third anniversary of the monarch's death. The black, brown and white puppies were born from two royal dogs artificially inseminated with semen from two male offspring of Khun Thong Daeng, the late king's pet. "King Maha Vajiralongkorn kindly wished that Khun Thong Daeng's lineage be extended so that the people may remember late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Khun Thong Daeng," Kasetsart University said in a statement. University veterinarians used semen from the male offspring of Khun Thong Daeng to impregnate two royal dogs. Khun Thong Daeng died in 2015 and was beloved by many Thais for her loyalty to the late king.
October 14, 2019 08:03 UTC
Third elephant carcass recovered from waterfallPark officials and rescue workers are retrieving the third carcass of wild elephants killed near the Haew Narok waterfall in Nakhon Nayok province on Monday. (Photo supplied)The third carcass from a total of 11 dead wild elephants has been recovered from a canal near the Haew Narok waterfall in Nakhon Nayok province. Wichai Pornleesaengsuwan, director of the Prachin Buri-based Protected Areas Office, said on Monday that park officials and volunteers removed the carcass from nets strung across the Khlong Ton Sai canal downstream from the Haew Narok waterfall where the 11 elephants perished. Meanwhile, park rangers were surveying wild elephant trails in the vicinity of the waterfall to plan measures to prevent any more wild elephants plunging to their deaths at the waterfall in the future, he said. Eleven wild elephants were found dead at the waterfall in Pak Phli district of Nakhon Nayok on Oct 5 and 6, one of the biggest-ever losses to Thailand's wild elephant population.
October 14, 2019 07:07 UTC
Vietnam pulls 'Abominable' film over S. China Sea mapThis image shows characters, from left, Peng, voiced by Albert Tsai, Everest the Yeti, Yi, voiced by Chloe Bennet and Jin, voiced by Tenzing Norgay Trainor, in a scene from "Abominable". (DreamWorks Animation LLC via AP)HANOI: Vietnam has pulled the animated DreamWorks film Abominable from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China's unilaterally declared "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday. China and Vietnam have been locked in a months-long standoff in the disputed waterways after China dispatched a vessel to conduct an energy survey within waters controlled by Vietnam in early July. A receptionist at the state-run National Cinema Center in Hanoi said the culture ministry had issued an order requiring all Vietnamese cinemas to stop showing the film because of the map scene. Vietnam has repeatedly accused the vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and has demanded that China remove its ships from the area.
October 14, 2019 05:48 UTC
Thailand's winter to start on ThursdayTourists experience sunrise on Pha Mor E-Daeng cliff in Si Sa Ket province on Sunday. (Photo by Sanoh Worarak)Thailand will enter winter on Thursday as temperatures remain cool and rainfall declines in the upper part of the country. He expected winter to last until mid-February, with lower temperatures than usual in Chiang Rai, Nan, Nakhon Phanom and Sakol Nakhon provinces. This winter the average low temperature nationwide will be 20-21 degrees Celsius, lower than last year's 21.9 degrees Celsius, he said. Afterwards the rain will decrease, winds will strengthen and temperatures will drop by 2-3 degrees Celsius, he said.
October 14, 2019 05:15 UTC
Trump violently attacks media figures in supporter's event meme: NYTAt rallies, the US president repeatedly encourages the crowd to boo and heckle journalists covering the event. WASHINGTON: An internet meme that depicts Donald Trump shooting and stabbing media characters and political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters, the New York Times reported Sunday. The organiser of last week's "American Priority" event, which was held at Trump's resort in Miami, said the clip was part of a "meme exhibit." "American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech," Alex Phillips told the Times. Media organizations have come under regular verbal attack from Trump and his supporters.
October 14, 2019 04:47 UTC
Britain, EU enter make-or-break Brexit weekEU leaders will meet on Thursday and Friday for a summit held under the pressures of the Oct 31 Brexit deadline just two weeks away. EU leaders will then meet on Thursday and Friday for a summit held under the pressures of the October 31 Brexit deadline just two weeks away. Something will have to give when the British parliament holds its first emergency Saturday meeting since the 1982 Falklands War. Johnson could theoretically then try to put up a fight and refuse to sign off on a Brexit extension request. The EU leaders could complicate matters further still by deciding to offer Britain extension terms that parliament cannot accept.
October 14, 2019 03:22 UTC
Attempts to split China risk 'shattered bodies': XiPresident Xi Jinping warned that any attempts to split China would result in 'bodies smashed and bones ground to powder'. BEIJING: President Xi Jinping has warned that any attempts to split China would result in "bodies smashed and bones ground to powder", amid four months of anti-Beijing unrest in Hong Kong. Xi issued the dire message during a weekend visit to Nepal, according to a foreign ministry statement released on Sunday. "Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder," Xi said, according to the ministry. China defends the camps as "vocational education centres" aimed at combating separatism and religious extremism.
October 14, 2019 02:48 UTC
Oil, Iran top agenda as Putin visits Saudi ArabiaPutin's meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman comes at a time of increasing instability in the Middle East. These tensions spiked last month after the attacks on Saudi oil facilities that initially halved the kingdom's crude output and set oil markets alight. Last week an Iranian tanker was hit by suspected missile strikes off the coast of Saudi Arabia, sparking fresh conflict fears. The sale never materialised, however, as Saudi Arabia eventually opted to purchase a US system. After Saudi Arabia, Vladimir Putin will travel to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday to meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
October 14, 2019 02:37 UTC
Hamilton in no hurry to win Formula One title in MexicoMercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton is on course for another drivers' crown, despite only coming third at SuzukaSUZUKA (JAPAN) - Lewis Hamilton said he was in no hurry to win a sixth world championship after the title battle was reduced to a two-horse Mercedes race at the Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton is not expecting an easy time in the rarefied high-altitude air of Mexico which should suit Ferrari, who hold an obvious advantage in straight-line speed. "I don't anticipate (the title win) will be Mexico. Bottas jumped from third to first with an electric start to win in Japan ahead of Vettel and Hamilton. "It definitely feels a little bit different," Hamilton said of the three-time Formula One world champion.
October 14, 2019 01:52 UTC
Gauff salutes Federer's words of wisdomCoco Gauff celebrates victory over Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz finalLINZ (AUSTRIA) - Coco Gauff hailed Roger Federer for his words of wisdom as the 15-year-old US prodigy on Sunday became the youngest champion on the WTA Tour since 2004. Gauff defeated 2017 Roland Garros winner Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the Linz final for her maiden title. "He did give me some advice at the Australian Open in 2018 when I lost in the first round (after being amongst the favourites)," Gauff recalled. Gauff, meanwhile, confirmed she is "100 percent" ready to play at this week's Luxembourg WTA event where she will enjoy a career-high ranking inside the top 70. "For sure, I'm 100 percent playing in Luxembourg," said Gauff whose rise has been meteoric -- at the end of 2018, she was 686 in the world.
October 14, 2019 00:33 UTC
Singapore eases monetary policy, Q3 GDP risesThe Monetary Authority of Singapore eases its monetary policy for the first time in three years on Monday. (Reuters photo)SINGAPORE: Singapore's central bank eased its monetary policy for the first time in three years on Monday, as widely expected. In a statement, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said it would lower slightly the slope of the Singapore dollar's policy band, while the width and centre of the band would not be changed. The MAS manages monetary policy through exchange rate settings, rather than interest rates, letting the Singapore dollar rise or fall against the currencies of its main trading partners within an undisclosed band. Compared with a year earlier, GDP grew 0.1% in the third quarter, slightly below the 0.2% expansion forecast in a Reuters poll and unchanged from the quarter earlier.
October 14, 2019 00:22 UTC
Apichart JinakulLiquefied natural gas (LNG) is the only natural gas that can be transported by petroleum vessels, as other types require a pipeline. PTT is developing another receiving terminal in Nong Fab, Rayong, with an annual capacity of 7.5 million tonnes. Policymakers have wanted to liberalise the country's LNG market since mid-2017 by assigning Egat as another LNG shipper. The government has prepared for more than five years to create new players in the country's LNG market, apart from PTT. Moreover, many agencies will work together to liberalise the LNG market by easing any regulations to facilitate the future trading business with both long-term contracts and purchasing orders in spot markets.
October 14, 2019 00:22 UTC
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October 14, 2019 00:11 UTC
A giant life-size aluminium Tyrannosaurus and its moon surface landscape setting will take over the outdoor yard in front of Central Embassy for one month starting on WednesdayOct 16. The "Sorayama Space Park By AMKK @ Central Embassy" exhibition will wrap up on Nov 17. A life-size scale T-Rex setting its feet on the moon will premiere at Central Embassy. Photo courtesy of Hajime SorayamaLimited edition merchandise by the two artists will be available at Siwilai Store. Photo courtesy of Central Embassy
October 14, 2019 00:03 UTC