Malaysia accuses N.Korea embassy in Kim assassination | Bangkok Post: news

Khalid said police have requested the North Korean embassy to cooperate, and to hand over the four to Malaysia. The North Korean Embassy responded with a statement in which it again criticised the "unreasonable" way Malaysian authorities have handled the case. "We hope that the (North) Korean Embassy will cooperate with us," the police chief said in his first press conference since the suspected assassination on Feb 13 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. North Korea answered by demanding the release of a North Korean man and two women from Vietnam and Indonesia. Khalid said Kim Jong Nam's next of kin are not yet in Malaysia.

February 22, 2017 19:11 UTC

Vietnam's accused assassin: From keen singer to killer | Bangkok Post: news

Doan Thi Huong, posted glamour-type photos on her Facebook page called 'Ruby Ruby', and many of her Facebook friends were Koreans. Doan Thi Huong, 28, had posted to Facebook under the name Ruby Ruby, according to her niece, 18-year-old Dinh Thi Quyen. Of 65 friends on the "Ruby Ruby" Facebook page, 27 have Korean names. Ms Huong of Vietnam (left) and Indonesian Siti Aisyah are accused of wiping poison on the face of Kim Jong Nam immediately before his death. On Jan 3, Huong posted a picture of a boarding pass from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur.

February 22, 2017 17:41 UTC

Pump prices down Thursday | Bangkok Post: news

PTT and Bangchak announced they will reduce pump prices for petrol and gasohol by 40 satang per litre from 5am Thursday, except for E20 which will go down by 20 satang. The price of diesel will remain unchanged. Pump prices per litre in Bangkok and nearby provinces from tomorrow will be as follows:Petrol 95 34.96 bahtGasohol 95 27.85 bahtGasohol 91 27.58 bahtGasohol E20 25.34 bahtGasohol E85 20.09 bahtDiesel 26.59 baht

February 22, 2017 14:59 UTC

Jatupat's seventh bail request denied | Bangkok Post: news

“The court took less than 20 minutes in considering our petition and again ruled it would not allow temporary release for Mr Jatupat,” Mr Sangchai said. The well-respected scholar and thinker has faced lese majeste lawsuits several times in past decades. Mr Sangchai said the bail request was also submitted along with letters from academics and people with credibility which confirmed Mr Jatupat would not flee the trial or do anything of concern. The student activist from Khon Kaen University was arrested the next day. Mr Jatupat denied the charges and decided to fight the case in court.

February 22, 2017 14:50 UTC

Injured student left ignored on roadside | Bangkok Post: news

Attariya Boonpok is being treated at Buri Ram Hospital after sustaining injuries when her motorcyle was hit by a car. (Photo by Surachai Pitaksa)BURI RAM - The mother of a student injured when her motorcycle was hit by a car could not hold back tears when shown footage of the accident involving her daughter. She was lying unconscious on the road and nobody helped her," she said on Wednesday at Buri Ram Hospital, where Ms Attariya is being treated. Ms Attariya, a student at Thon Buri Rajabhat University, was riding a motorcycle home after buying allergy medicines in Muang district on Monday. The car driver then drove off instead of helping her.

February 22, 2017 13:12 UTC

Dhammakaya monks on hunger strike against S44 | Bangkok Post: news

Monks go on a hunger strike outside Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Khlong Luang district in Pathum Thani on Wednesday demanding a Section 44 order imposed on the temple be lifted. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasil)A number of monks have begun a hunger strike as a new tactic to put pressure on the government to lift Section 44 which was invoked to allow for a full search of Wat Phra Dhammakaya. Seven monks began the hunger strike at Khlong Luang market outside the temple on Wednesday and the temple warned that more will join them until authorities end the special power used to take control of the vast compound. Wat Phra Dhammakaya has repeatedly demanded the lifting of Section 44 imposed on the temple to help authorities led by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) arrest the former abbot Phra Dhammajayo. The temple rejected another search, said DSI deputy director-general Pol Maj Col Suriya Singhakamol after talks with the temple led by deputy abbot Phra Thattachewo.

February 22, 2017 12:38 UTC

Parks chief rejects lower Phi Phi entry fee | Bangkok Post: news

Tourists disembark from boats on the renowned Maya Bay in Phi Phi Marine National Park. He noted that the income drop among operators of speed boats and long-tailed boats at Phi Phi island and nearby areas was caused by an increasing number of operators. Only the [boat] operators at the Hat Nopparat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi Marine National Park have a problem,” Mr Thanya said. Earlier, hundreds of passenger boat operators used their vessels to block an area known locally as Pak Khlong Hang which is the entrance to the pier for the Phi Phi park sites. The group dispersed after Phi Phi park chief Sarayut Tantien promised to forwarded their proposal to the DNP and give feedback within 20 days.

February 22, 2017 12:10 UTC

Divisive & hateful political talk danger to world, Amnesty International | Bangkok Post: learning

The human rights situation in Thailand is little changed from previous years (read here or page 358 of the free report here ). "There are few countries in the world where human rights are more tightly woven in the national psyche than in France," he said, but now the country is at "a tipping point". GLOBAL PUSHBACK OF HUMAN RIGHTS This brand of identity politics is causing a "global pushback" of human rights and undermining a coordinated response to mass atrocities, Amnesty said in the report, which evaluates the state of human rights in 159 countries. AFP News Agency Leaders around the world whose policies demonize entire groups of people pose a growing danger for the world. This is according to the international human rights organization Amnesty International in its annual report, released on Wednesday by Amnesty chief Salil Shetty speaking in Paris (download and read free report here ).

February 22, 2017 11:20 UTC

Flooding forces hundreds from homes in San Jose | Bangkok Post: news

Rescue crews wade in a flooded neighbourhood after heavy rains overflowed nearby Coyote Creek in San Jose, California, on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)SAN JOSE, UNITED STATES - Murky, waist-high floodwaters swamped neighborhoods along a rain-swollen creek in the northern California city of San Jose on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders or advisories for more than 1,000 homes, city officials said. City officials had no reports of injuries, deaths or people missing, said Vossbrink, who estimated at least 300 homes were damaged by flooding. The San Jose Fire Department advised a decontamination cleansing for those immersed in floodwaters to get rid of hazardous pollutants. The latest series of downpours that swept northern California on Sunday and Monday weakened on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

February 22, 2017 10:41 UTC

Girl who aborted her child may face murder charge | Bangkok Post: news

A picture grab from the video clip shows a woman dropping a bag said to contain the aborted child in a trash bin on Sunday. (Photo from father-in-law's Facebook account)A teenage girl who deliberately terminated her 8-month pregnancy could face a murder charge if forensic tests show the child was alive before she dumped it in a trash bin, police said on Wednesday. But she could face charges of premeditated murder and hiding a corpse if it is proved the foetus lived after she terminated the pregnancy. He went to the police station on Wednesday and submitted the video clip to police as evidence. The were nowwaiting for the girl to report to the station to hear the charge aganst her.

February 22, 2017 10:39 UTC

All Southeast Asia stocks end higher | Bangkok Post: news

"Regional markets are just tracking the US markets higher. Philippine shares closed up 0.3%, pushed higher by a rally in Ayala Land towards close of trade. Shares of Ayala Land rose 3.4% to their highest close in nearly four months. "If you are to position on the market being positive you obviously want to go with the industry leaders and Ayala Land is one of them." Asian shares rose, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up 0.6% as of 4.50pm.

February 22, 2017 10:30 UTC

SET rises 7.62 to 1,572.04 points | Bangkok Post: business

The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index rose 7.62 points, or 0.49%, to close at 1,572.04 points today. Total trading value was 44.89 billion baht, with 10.21 billion shares changed hands. The SET50 index ended at 987.05 points, up 6.02 points or 0.61%, in trade worth 25.24 billion baht. The MAI index went down 0.97 points or 0.16%, to close at 623.67 points, with total transaction value of 1.8 billion baht. Local institutions and foreign investors were the net buyers of 332.4 million and 899.66 million baht.

February 22, 2017 10:05 UTC

Industry sentiment falls, ending 4-month rally | Bangkok Post: business

He said that, overall, industries were worried about the fluctuation in the global economy, the exchange rate and the upward trend in oil prices. Entrepreneurs in the South were concerned about the effect of the widespread floods in the region in early January. As a result, overall purchases, sales and production, and business performance moved in the same downward direction. The industry confidence index for January dropped for small and medium-sized business, although large conglomerates showed rising confidence. The rising trend for farm produce signals a positive trend for domestic consumption and business expansion of local companies, Mr Suparat said.

February 22, 2017 10:04 UTC

Village laments life at end of a dusty road | Bangkok Post: news

This is the sole road that connects Ban Rong Wua with the outside world - extremely dusty in the dry season, and potholed and muddy when it rains. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)CHIANG MAI -- For 40 years the people of Ban Rong Wua have been forced to rely on the single, dirt road that connects their village to the outside world. They say Ban Rong Wua has been overlooked. In the wet season, the road is full of potholes and muddy. The village is also still in need of a water supply for their fields and crops.

February 22, 2017 09:36 UTC

Indonesia orders recall of "vulgar" children's sex-education book | Bangkok Post: news

JAKARTA - Indonesia has ordered a publisher to withdraw a sex-education book for children, which addresses the subject of masturbation, for being too vulgar. The Education Ministry said the book, written by Fita Chakra, contained pornographic content and cited a depiction of a cartoon boy's thoughts as he hugs a bolster pillow when he can't sleep. It's too vulgar," the ministry said in a statement, adding the publisher must recall the book or face "strict sanction". Sex education in Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, is uncommon and casual conversations about sex are considered taboo. The author was not immediately available for comment, but the publisher, Tiga Serangkai, said it had consulted psychologists as well as paediatricians when compiling the book.

February 22, 2017 09:00 UTC