The US Supreme Court has ruled part of President Trump's travel ban can go into effect immediately, and justices will hear the full case in October. (File photo)WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court is letting a limited version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries take effect, a victory for Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours after being cleared by courts. Very grateful for the 9-O decision from the U. S. Supreme Court. The president announced the travel ban a week after he took office in January and revised it in March after setbacks in court.
June 26, 2017 15:00 UTC
Their nations’ futures have been denied their respective gifts because they criticised the ruling regimes – both of which claim to be socialist in nature. Lao activists Somphone Phimmasone, Soukan Chaithad and Lodkham Thammavong were sentenced in late March to 20, 16 and 12 years’ imprisonment, respectively. It can only have been a forced confession, and thus a violation of rights standards adopted by the United Nations, of which Laos is a member. Vietnam ratified the same UN convention in September 1982, and yet has an appalling record on rights. His advocacy of workers’ rights and human rights in general should have been welcomed as well.
June 26, 2017 14:26 UTC
The third-generation X3 has just been officially unveiled and, as ever for BMW, represents a gentle evolution over its predecessor. Thanks to more use of aluminium under the skin, the X3 is around 55kg lighter than its predecessor model-on-model. As a result, the X3 scores with a bigger body but with basically maintained levels of performance and economy when using carried-over drivetrains. Other variants that are unlikely to come to Thailand include 184hp 20i and 252hp 30i petrol heads, as well as 265hp 30d. When will the X3 come to Thai showrooms?
June 26, 2017 14:03 UTC
A ranger in the Great Barrier Reef region for the Queenlsand Parks and Wildlife Service, takes photographs and notes during an inspection of the reef's condition on June 11, 2015. (Reuters file photo)SYDNEY - Australia's Great Barrier Reef, devastated by two consecutive years of coral bleaching, is valued at over A$56 billion (US$42.5 billion), making it "too big to fail," according to a report released on Monday. The report, commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, says the World Heritage site directly and indirectly supports some 64,000 jobs in Australia -- primarily in tourism. "The tight and unforgiving deadline the Great Barrier Reef is up against necessitates an understanding of its true value to know what kind of policy action is required in response." According to the government, almost one-third of shallow water coral in the Great Barrier Reef has been lost since 2016 due to above-average ocean temperatures.
June 26, 2017 13:18 UTC
It occurred on May 1 when a monk walked through the standard, arched metal detector. After such an event, use of a hand-held detector is required for verification. Additionally, Ms Nureeta did not allow the hand-held detector to touch the monk's body,” Director Phet announced. “During the week of May 6-12, we trained the staff again with emphasis on avoiding issues like this. “We are thankful for passenger suggestions and continue to strive to improve our service on an ongoing basis,” he said.
June 26, 2017 13:07 UTC
Wanna Rodcharoen (right) checks the interior of a house in Si Kao district, Trang, where owner Nanthana Patchakhiew allowed her and her family to stay for free. In fact, Mrs Wanna said she did not know about it until one of her friends shared it and told her to give it a try. I'm confident that they will take a good care of it," she talked about Mrs Wanna and her husband. "The house is closer to the rubber plantation where I work," Mrs Wanna said on Monday, when she met the house owner. "I will fix some rundown spots in the house and grow flowers around the area," Mrs Wanna added.
June 26, 2017 13:07 UTC
Government officials widely anticipate that US President Donald Trump might offer to increase military hardware sales, while Thailand has heavily relied on China for procurements in recent years. Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan on Monday ordered military chiefs to complete inventories this month to enable the premier to have adequate information before his departure to the White House. One of issues Prayut would raise with Trump would be about the military hardware that the US had provided to Thailand over the past decade – and also what Thailand expected to receive in the future, according to Defence Ministry spokesperson Maj-General Kongcheep Tantrawanich. However, Kongcheep insisted that did not mean Thailand expected to agree on military purchases from the US any time soon. “It is a general procedure to make lists of what Thailand needs based on strategy and forward them for the PM’s consideration to provide him with a holistic picture,” he said.
June 26, 2017 12:56 UTC
Suvit said the government had held extensive public hearings on the laws and followed the stipulations in the charter. The two laws are for the first time addressed in the charter, which has been in effect since April 6. The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed the national strategy and national reforms laws last Friday, but Ruangkrai has since questioned the process. The two bills, if promulgated, would pave the way for long-term development strategy, covering a period of at least 20 years. The national strategy bill has been heavily criticised by some political observers, as it would have a significant number of military top brass sitting along with representatives from other sectors on the national strategy committee, raising fears that national strategy would be dominated by the military.
June 26, 2017 11:37 UTC
Rangsiman was arrested Sunday afternoon, shortly before a pro-democracy event – “Start Up People” – at which he had been scheduled to give a speech. The activist was prosecuted on Monday at the Military Court for the 2016 offences, and additionally for allegedly holding a political activity in 2015 marking the first anniversary of the military coup – an activity also deemed to be against the junta’s ban on political gatherings. The court agreed to grant bail for Rangsiman after his lawyers had proposed collateral of Bt50,000 and Bt10,000 respectively for the two charges. The granting of bail came with the condition that he was banned from travelling overseas and engaging in political activity. Rangsiman and his group, the Democracy Restoration Group (DRG), had planned to petition on Sunday for the release of information concerning the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project.
June 26, 2017 11:26 UTC
The country previously recovered two artefacts from the United States, and looks set to see the return of at least two ancient lintels soon. On June 13, a committee was established with a mission of reclaiming Thailand’s historical artefacts from foreign nations. Among the committee members is Jade Donavanik, who recently informed archaeological officials about the Thai historical objects he had seen overseas. “I’ve seen some 20 of the missing pieces in some museums in San Francisco in the US,” Jade said. He brought this subject up casually when he met Vira and Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd on social occasions recently.
June 26, 2017 11:26 UTC
In this March 30, 2016 file photo, an exhibition board is seen at Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok showing details of the Thai-Chinese rail project. (Bangkok Post file photo)The Finance Ministry is ready to borrow 170 billion baht to finance the first phase of the Thai-Chinese railway project, according to its minister. If China offers to lend us at cheap costs, we may borrow from it,” he said. "However, we have yet to see the spending plan so it’s too early to say whether we’ll borrow the entire amount." The rail network will be medium-speed, supporting 160-180 kilometres per hour, compared to at least 200 kmph for high-speed railways.
June 26, 2017 10:52 UTC
(EPA photo)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. Another suspected militant was shot and killed by police during Sunday's attack on a police station in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province. Police believe the men were part of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an umbrella organization on a US State Department "terrorist" list which supports Islamic State and has hundreds of Indonesian followers. There is concern about a rise of militancy in Indonesia, which has the world's biggest Muslim population. Police believe the suspects had intended not only to kill police during Sunday's knife attack but also to seize their guns.
June 26, 2017 10:41 UTC
Border patrol police were alerted about the explosives at about 10am by village headman Chinnakorn Sema. They were found buried near a hut on land belonging to Kanchana Kaewsuwan, 48, sister of the village headman. Chaiyo is a local politician and core leader opposing the construction of a hazardous waste treatment plant in the district. His team said he wanted to know if his position on the issue could be related to the explosives. The bomb squad collected the RPGs for further investigation.
June 26, 2017 10:30 UTC
That's not going to happen, well-placed sources in Beijing and Hong Kong say, as Hong Kong marks the 20th anniversary of that handover. Sown distrustThe battle for full democracy in Hong Kong has been a defining issue for the city of 7.3 million. US Republican Senator Marco Rubio is pushing a "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act", a bipartisan bill to punish Chinese officials who suppress basic freedoms in Hong Kong. "It's time to let Hong Kong people have democracy and universal suffrage," said Mr Wong. "But if I were to die today, Hong Kong would be fine with young leaders like that."
June 26, 2017 10:30 UTC
(Source: Wikipedia)AirAsia flight to Malaysia 'shaking like a washing machine' forced back to Australia. AIR SAFETYAirAsia plane 'shaking like washing machine' returnsAFP News Agency25/06/2017An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced back to Australia Sunday due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was "shaking like a washing machine". PASSENGERS HEARD BANG THEN PLANE STARTED SHUDDERINGThe West Australian newspaper cited passengers on Sunday's flight as saying they heard a bang and then the plane started shuddering. WHOLE PLANE STARTED SHAKING, ENGINE SEIZED UP? Another passenger, Brenton Atkinson, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that the whole plane started shaking, far more than standard turbulence.
June 26, 2017 10:30 UTC