Mr Singh said the seizure included Birkin Hermes bags, cash in various currencies, watches and a "big amount'' of jewellery. Mr Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor, is known in Malaysia for her love for Birkin bags, which luxury publications say cost from $12,000 to more than $200,000. Documents related to 1MDB were seized from the office and police are still trying to crack open a safe in Mr Najib's house, he said. Police spent 20 hours since late Wednesday searching Mr Najib's house, and his lawyer said items such as handbags and clothing were taken away. Several police cars arrived at Mr Najib's house Friday morning, fuelling speculation his arrest may be imminent.
May 18, 2018 04:30 UTC
Officials said heavy rains continued from 3am to about 8am in the downtown areas of Muang district. After the rains, several roads were under 30- to 50-centimetre-high water, including Uthong Road and Phra Ong Dam Road. Police had to put up metal barricades to warn motorists not to enter the flooded roads after several cars had their engines stopped by the high water. Water also poured into houses and shops along the roadsides. Officials have reported that 20 houses in Moo 3 in Tambon Ban Klang in Wang Thong district of Phitsanulok were also hit by floods.
May 18, 2018 04:07 UTC
A woman walks with her child at the fishermen's village of Kbal Chroy on the Mekong River bank near Phnom Penh on Thursday. It said the dam designed by China Southern Power Grid Co would have a 620-square-kilometre reservoir and dwarf the biggest dam currently being built on the Mekong, the Xayaburi dam in Laos, which was bitterly opposed by environmentalists for years. Alternative sites upstream where the Mekong separates into several channels are possible but either financially unfeasible or only marginally less destructive than the site currently envisaged for the 2,600-megawatt dam, the study said. "The dam and the reservoir would create a barrier that would be devastating for the migratory fish stocks,'' the study said. Laos, one of the poorest countries in Asia, is pinning development hopes on becoming a source of power for its neighbours.
May 18, 2018 03:33 UTC
The group is planning to march to Government House that day to mark the four-year anniversary of the coup staged on May 22, 2014. “Yut-nocchio” is a comic figure that resembles Prayut with an elongated nose like the classic figure Pinocchio, poking fun at the junta head for repeatedly promising to hold an election while instead delaying the poll several times.
May 18, 2018 03:33 UTC
Firefighters rescued the three and took about 30 minutes to put out the fire after they were called to the blaze at 5.1 am in a community in Tambon Loomkhao. The three suffered severe burns and were rushed to None Sung district hospital. The shop owner Prateep Thosungnone said he was opening up in the morning when he saw a wall plug sparking and a fire starting. Prateep said he ran out to call for the neighbours to help put out the fire. Meanwhile, his two children tried to evacuate their bed-ridden mother but all three were all trapped by the fire.
May 18, 2018 03:22 UTC
Urai Kaewsimma, 38, from Roi Et, was found dead with head injuries at 4.30am on the ground behind a four-storey shophouse in Tambon Khun Kaew in Nakhon Pathom’s Nakhon Chaisi district. Police found no trace of fighting or foul play inside his room but discovered a trace of urine on the balcony along with a chair. His roommate Prapas Mayotha, 42, told police that Uthai had returned from drinking outside and often urinated by climbing on the chair and relieving himself to the ground below. Police suspect that he accidentally fell while urinating.
May 18, 2018 03:11 UTC
WASHINGTON - Washington wants to build a global "coalition" against the Tehran regime and its "destabilizing activities," the State Department said on Thursday, after pulling out from the Iran nuclear accord to the anger of US allies. "The US will be working hard to put together a coalition," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. She evoked a comparison with the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Nauert did not say whether the proposed coalition against Iran's regime would have a military component. On Thursday the European Union said it will begin moves to block the effect of reimposed US sanctions on Iran as efforts to preserve the nuclear deal deepened a transatlantic rift.
May 18, 2018 02:37 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO - PayPal on Thursday announced a deal to buy Swedish online commerce startup iZettle for $2.2 billion, a deal that came as the young company was poised for a stock market debut. Schulman described the merging of iZettle and PayPal as a "strategic fit" combining shared values and culture with complementary product offerings and geographies. The iZettle platform for handling retail transactions is used by nearly a half million merchants, according to PayPal. The startup has been compared to Square, a payments platform co-founded by Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey that made it easy to take credit card payments using smartphones or tablets. After close of the acquisition, co-founder Jacob de Geer will remain in charge of iZettle, reporting to PayPal chief operating officer Bill Ready, according to the companies.
May 18, 2018 02:37 UTC
PARIS - A friend of the man who carried out a deadly knife attack in Paris was charged Thursday with "associating with criminal terrorists" while two women were detained for questioning as the investigation gathers speed. Both men, who were close friends, had appeared on French terror watch lists, although neither had a prior criminal record. But he added that examinations of telephone networks showed that shortly before the attack, Hakim A has sent his sister a text message of "a jihadist chant regularly used by the Islamic State". - Women detained -Molins confirmed that two women were detained for questioning Thursday in connection with the attack. The attack brings to 246 the number of victims from a string of apparent jihadist strikes against French targets since 2015.
May 18, 2018 02:03 UTC
It rained off and on for much of Thursday and weather forecasters were predicting poorer weather over the next few days. "I felt good," said Korda, who has finished in the top 10 six times this season and has finished no worse than tied for 26th overall. I'm working on a couple of things before the US Open so I just stuck to that and it worked." Former Kingsmill champion Ariya posted her best opening round of any tournament so far this year with a five-under 66. Ariya drained seven birdies including three of four, beginning on the par-three fifth hole.
May 18, 2018 02:03 UTC
The gunfight between two young men happened in front of a noodle shop on Ban Kok road in Tambon Ban Ped of Muang district. Komphet Nakwaen, 19, was killed at the scene and his girlfriend was shot in her arm and sent to Khon Kaen Hospital. Police are checking with clinics to see if they have treated a young man shot in his abdomen. Witnesses told police that Komphet stopped his motorcycle in front of the noodle shop before two other motorcycle arrived. Komphet was seen pulling out his gun and firing at the other man, hitting his abdomen, before he then returned fire, killing Komphet and injuring his girlfriend.
May 18, 2018 01:41 UTC
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory said the explosion within Kilauea's Halemaumau crater -- the biggest since the volcano became more active on May 3 -- had produced a volcanic cloud that reached as high as 30,000 feet (9,000 meters) and was drifting downwind to the northeast. "Not your average wake-up call at the Kilauea Volcano summit," the US Geological Survey said of the 4:17 am (local time) blast that lasted a few minutes. The Observatory said residents living along the path of the ash plume should take shelter, and maintained a code red aviation alert signaled on Tuesday, meaning no air traffic was permitted in the area. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and one of five on Hawaii's Big Island. Kevin Kushel, a resident of the island, told AFP that Thursday's plume of smoke could be seen miles away.
May 18, 2018 01:30 UTC
He landed in Bangkok in April 1969, just three months after leaving on the much anticipated trip to the land Down Under. After a stint at teaching, he started working for the Bangkok Post newspaper where for the next couple of decades he wrote and edited for various sections and started his popular column Postscript. "It is important to accept you are in a different country with a very different culture and things are not going to be the same as in your homeland. The wai is another wonderful aspect of Thai culture. Sharing the highlights of his time with the Bangkok Post, Crutchley mused: "The Post felt almost like a family business when I arrived, even though it was soon to be taken over by press baron Lord Thomson of Fleet.
May 18, 2018 01:18 UTC
Travellers leave Thailand via the Sa Kaeo province district town of Aranyaprathet, and arrive at the first station in western Cambodia. (Photos via Google Maps)A long-awaited transnational railway link between Thailand and Cambodia through Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo could be launched within two months, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith says. "The goal is to deliver the train by either next month or July, but negotiations for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Thailand and Cambodia are ongoing," Mr Arkhom said. At present, the railway connects Bangkok to Sa Kaeo, which borders Cambodia, but much of the Cambodia's railways remain ravaged by the Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge. Cambodia's railways are currently being refurbished by its government with funding from the Asian Development Bank, the Australian Agency for International Development and Australian company Toll Group, headquartered in Australia.
May 18, 2018 00:56 UTC
Among the most important points issued by the SEC is the retail investment amount in an ICO offering. Retail investors' investment amount is capped at 300,000 baht per ICO project. They must also receive the Finance Ministry's approval to conduct digital asset business. Digital asset transactions will be subject to a 15% withholding tax on capital gains if there is a profit. Makkhawan Voraboot, co-founder of the Bitwalex digital exchange, said digital asset exchanges and cryptocurrency e-wallet service providers agree with the new digital asset decree, but the 90-day grace period for market participants' registration is quite short in their view.
May 18, 2018 00:56 UTC