An Indonesian policeman surveys the scene of the bomb blast that killed 202 people at Kota on Bali on Oct 14, 2002. (Reuters file photo)SYDNEY: Australia has welcomed charges laid by the United States against a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of masterminding the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, including 88 Australians. Indonesian-born militant Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, is accused of overseeing the 2002 Bali bombings and an attack on the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta in 2003 that killed 12 people. Hambali, captured in Bangkok in 2003 and held in Guantanamo Bay since 2006, was finally charged this week. Hambali was captured in Bangkok in 2003 and has been held in Guantanamo Bay without charge since 2006.
June 24, 2017 07:18 UTC
Saudi security forces work at the scene where a suicide bomber blew himself up in Mecca on Friday. The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid around Jiddah, as well as two areas in Mecca itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighbourhood, located near the Grand Mosque. The blast wounded six foreigners and five members of the security forces, according to an Interior Ministry statement. The Interior Ministry said the thwarted "terrorist plan" would have violated"all sanctities by targeting the security of the Grand Mosque, the holiest place on Earth". The Grand Mosque has been the target of militants before, in part because it represents a symbol of the ruling Al Saud family's clout in the Islamic world.
June 24, 2017 07:18 UTC
Asked if Hapilon was on the run, he said: "Yes, yes because reportedly he suffered a lot of casualties. Security analysts say he has been recognised by IS as its "amir", or leader, in Southeast Asia, a region where the group wants to establish a caliphate. The military says Hapilon's group had joined forces with another armed militancy, the Maute Group, to launch the Marawi siege, now on its second month. Galvez said troops on Friday recovered two decomposing corpses that bore features of people from the Middle East. Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on June 19 launched joint patrols on their maritime borders to block the movement of the militants.
June 24, 2017 07:07 UTC
More than 800 homes in tower blocks on the council estate in Camden, north London, are be evacuated. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)LONDON: The residents of roughly 800 apartments in London have been evacuated due to fire-safety concerns. Camden Council in north London started the evacuation Friday night so urgent safety upgrades could begin. Officials say they acted because fire officials said they could not guarantee the safety of residents. Some residents of the Camden buildings expressed frustration with the lack of information about the evacuations
June 24, 2017 07:07 UTC
The remaining 13 illegal resorts on Phu Thap Boek mountain in Lom Kao district of Phetchabun will be dismantled, says deputy Phetchabun governor Krit Khongmuang. (Photo by Sunthorn Kongwarakom)PHETCHABUN: Provincial authorities have vowed to go ahead with the demolition of 13 more illegal resorts on Phu Thap Boek, the popular mountain attraction in Phetchabun, after owners of the remaining 13 resorts defied an order to dismantle them. “Now, the 13 remaining resorts fail to meet the qualifications set by the Social Development and Welfare Department on land use," said Mr Krit. Phu Thap Boek, the highest mountain in Phetchabun, is home to the largest area of cabbage plantations in the country. The remaining 13 resorts whose owners have yet to demolish will be knocked down soon.
June 24, 2017 06:56 UTC
Kobayashi shocked the country in September with her blog titled "Kokoro" - or heart -- after concealing her illness from the public for about two years. She was later named in the 2016 edition of the BBC's 100 Women list of inspirational and influential female figures. "I decided to say goodbye to myself who hid behind (cancer)," Kobayashi, a mother of two, wrote in her first post. The Mainichi Shimbun said on its front page that her blog, which attracted media attention with every update, became a social phenomenon. A tearful Ichikawa told the news conference: "She passed away just saying,'I love you.'"
June 24, 2017 06:45 UTC
The remaining 13 illegal resorts on Phu Thap Boek mountain in Phetchabun province's Lom Kao district will be dismantled, says deputy Phetchabun governor Krit Khongmuang. (Photo by Sunthorn Kongwarakom)PHETCHABUN - Provincial authorities have vowed to go ahead with the National Council for Peace and Order’s order to knock down illegal resorts on Phu Thap Boek, the popular mountain attraction in Phetchabun after owners of the remaining 13 resorts defied the order to dismantle them. In 1966, the government gave the Social Development and Welfare Department permission to use about 47,000 rai of land on Phu Thap Boek as resettlement areas for Hmong hill tribe people, drawn from various provinces of the country. Phu Thap Boek, the highest mountain in Phetchabun province, is home to the largest cabbage plantation in the country. The remaining 13 resorts whose owners have yet to demolish will be knocked down soon.
June 24, 2017 06:33 UTC
A military truck of the Narathiwat 30 task force was heavily damaged after being hit by a bomb in Sungai Kolok on Friday evening. Twelve soldiers and two civilians were hurt, one of them a four-year-old girl. (Photo by Wadaeo Harai)NARATHIWAT: Twelve soldiers and two civilians, one of them a four-year-old girl, were injured when a bomb was detonated on a road in Sungai Kolok district on Friday. The 12 soldiers were: SM1 Chatchai Chanchiao, Sgt Kowit Jittangsap, Sgt Aratsan Jaedo, Sgt Apisit Baisri, Cpl Nattapol Nawasuchinda, Cpl Naiyasit Chomchoei, Pvt Anat Makkaket, Pvt Ekapoj Thongpan, Pvt Sivadej Kangkano, Pvt Nivamik Ngaejaelee, Pvt Apilak Amnat and Pvt Nattapol Manratoh. The soldiers were reportedly on a mission to replace those on duty at Ban Srayor and Ban Arakarn in Sungai Kolok municipality.
June 24, 2017 06:22 UTC
Abhisit had earlier disagreed with the new system, saying political parties were not ready for it yet. A primary voting system involves members of party branches nationwide casting their primary vote for party MP candidates, a first for the country. The political party law is one of the four organic laws essential for the next election. The National Legislative Assembly passed it last week, after the Election Commission law. This included the primary voting system.
June 24, 2017 06:00 UTC
National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) vice chairman Alongkorn Ponlaboot told participants at the seminar “The media during the reform era”, organised by the NRSA on Friday, that the media should also reform itself. He said they should adhere to the fundamental principles in any democratic set-up including press freedom and non-partisanship to help ensure reconciliation in society. Its spokersperson, Pratyachai Datthuyawat, said the TJA decided to decline the invitation and would only adhere to the self-regulation approach as part of media reform. The TJA as well as other media organisations view the media bill drafted by the NRSA as proposing mechanisms that infringe on press freedom rather than promote it. These include the new media professional council, which would see at least two top state officials sitting on the council along with media representatives.
June 24, 2017 06:00 UTC
The survey was carried out by Suan Dusit Pollster of Rajabhat Suan Dusit University among 1,149 people nationwide from Monday to Friday. The pollster said 74.59 per cent of the respondents admitted that they did not understand the primary voting system while 25.41 per cent said they understood it. The survey found that 49.76 per cent of the respondents said they wanted the primary voting system while 34.98 per cent said they wanted the current voting system and 15.26 per cent had no comments. Asked to list the good points of the primary voting system, 71.98 per cent said it would allow people to participate in politics while 68.15 per cent said it would allow people to have their chosen representatives in the House and 64.93 per cent said the system would prevent party funders from controlling the party. Asked to list the drawbacks of the primary voting, 72.32 per cent of the respondents expect it would create rifts in the party, 63.71 per cent expected that it would be time-consuming and too complicated while 60.74 per cent said it would create serious trouble to small parties.
June 24, 2017 05:48 UTC
Coming up soon is the romantic series “Parakit Rak” on Channel 7 and this time the male protagonists are men in uniform, from the army, air force, navy and police. The series will show these brave men as they fight to protect the country and their romances along the way. The series will start with “Niaw Huajai Su Kai Puen” starring Sukollawat “Weir” Khanarot and Pattarasaya “Peak” Kreuasuwansri. Donning the army uniform for a shoot near the Thai-Myanmar border brought home the sacrifices these men make to protect our country,” says the actor. “Niaw Huajai Su Kai Puen” will start on July 1 and runs every Saturday to Sunday on Channel 7 (or Channel 35 HD) at 8.15.
June 24, 2017 05:26 UTC
The man, identified as Ekachai Hongkangwan, told the agency that he wanted to reinstall the plaque at the same spot but was picked up by police and taken to a military compound. The venue is secured today as the police have prohibited any political activities there following the junta’s ban on political gatherings. However, the police made it clear they would not allow political activities at the Royal Plaza, the place where the 1932 plaque was embedded to mark the Siamese revolution. The plaque has been missing since April, and since been replaced by a “Na Sai” plaque, inscribed with ultra-royalist messages. The Plaza would be cleaned up in the morning and live music played in the evening on the day, the police said.
June 24, 2017 04:52 UTC
Smoke and fire are seen after an OV-10 Bronco aircraft released a bomb, during an airstrike, as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over parts of Marawi city, Philippines, on Saturday. (Reuters photo)SYDNEY: The Australian government said Friday that it would send spy planes to help the Philippine armed forces who are fighting to recapture the southern city of Marawi, where the military is battling militants for control. Philippine officials, citing intelligence information, said Friday that two militants believed to have backed a siege of the city have been killed in the fighting. Two military planes from Australia will provide surveillance support to the Philippine armed forces, said the Australian minister of defence, Marise Payne. “The regional threat from terrorism, in particular from Daesh and foreign fighters, is a direct threat to Australia and our interests,” Payne said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
June 24, 2017 04:41 UTC
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said, “Thailand and Japan have enjoyed strong diplomatic relations for over a century. Also, Japan is one of Thailand’s top markets, contributing 1.43 million tourists last year. Of the total 130 participants, 60 are from travel agencies and the remaining are from print and online media companies as well as public relations agencies. Also, TAT has recently appointed Nogizaga 46 – a famous idol girl group in Japan as a Thailand Tourism Brand Ambassador to promote Thai tourism to the Japanese market. In 2017, TAT expect to generate tourism income of around Bt65.37 billion from 1.5 million Japanese travellers to the country.
June 24, 2017 04:41 UTC