People look at the Sydney skyline from Milsons Point during Earth Hour in the Australian city, one of the first major centres to take part in the 2017 campaign, on Saturday evening local time. (EPA Photo)The lights are being switched off around the world at 8.30pm (local time in each location) on Saturday, to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour and to draw attention to climate change. The Earth Hour initiative began in Australia in 2007 as a grassroots gesture by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia against man-made carbon dioxide emissions linked to a warming planet. Among the famous buildings and structures taking part in Australia are Sydney's Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, Town Hall, and Sydney Tower Eye. While the organisers of Earth Hour say they do not audit results of the energy-saving initiative, the group has commissioned research indicating up to one in four Australians gets involved.
The nine suspects in the weapons-seizure case appear at a briefing at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Friday. (Photo by Kitja Apichonrojarek)The Criminal Court on Saturday approved detention and rejected bail for nine suspects charged with anti-government activities and terrorism linked with hardcore red-shirt fugitive Wuthipong "Kotee" Kochathammakun. It objected to the suspects' temporary release, saying they were prone to violence and use of weapons for anti-government activities. The department alleged that the nine suspects arrested in connection with the weapons seizures were part of Kotee's network. Relatives of two of the suspects requested bail of between 300,000 and 600,000 baht but the court turned it down.
Visitors to Khao Yai will no longer need to make a U-turn at Klang Dong in Pak Chong to enter Highway 1016 if they use the new Mittraphap-Phaya Yen bridge. (Photo by the Department of Rural Roads)A bridge linking Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima with Muak Lek in Saraburi opened for public use on Saturday, easing traffic on Mittraphap Road and serving as a shortcut to the popular Khao Yai National Park. The route offers a shortcut to Khao Yai and to Wang Nam Khieo district in Nakhon Ratchasima, making travel faster and more convenient, said Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, who presided over the opening ceremony in Muak Lek district on Saturday morning. Tourists wanting to visit Khao Yai will benefit as they will no longer need to make a U-turn at Klang Dong in Pak Chong to enter Highway 1016. The Mittraphap-Phaya Yen bridge, named after tambons in Muak Lek and Pak Chong, officially opened on Saturday.
Revellers enjoy the water festival on Khao San Road on April 13, 2016. (Bangkok Post file photo)Songkran activities on Khao San Road in Bangkok will be more subdued this year in the wake of the mourning for the passing of the revered king. Shops and restaurants will still be opened and people can still soak each other, Sa-nga Ruangwattansakul, adviser to the Khao San Road operators group, told Thai media. Early-morning merit-making and the sprinkling of Luang Pu Khao San Buddha image will still be held, he said. Piyabut Jivaramonaikul, chairman of the group, added all roads near Khao San led to the Grand Palace where people came to pay respects to the king so more subdued celebrations this year could help ease traffic congestions.
TOKYO: Japan has begun conducting cognitive function tests for elderly people who wish to renew their driver's licences, in a bid to determine those at risk for dementia and to curb the rise of serious traffic accidents. In recent years, there has been a spike in the number of accidents caused by elderly drivers in Japan, which has one of the highest proportions of elderly people in the world. Overall, fatal traffic accidents in Japan totalled about 3,400 last year, down from about 6,100 in 2005. But those caused by drivers aged 75 or older have remained flat at more than 400 each year over the same period. Last year, a total of 459 fatal traffic accidents were caused by such aged drivers, accounting for around 10% of the total.
Police show some of the cough suppressants seized from the truck of driver Apinant Kuenoon, centre, at a checkpoint in Chumphon province on Saturday. After the arrest, the woman allegedly telephoned an officer on the arrest team and offered a bribe of 450,000 baht. Pol Col Wachara said that the cough suppressants were to be sold to young people in southern border provinces, who mix them with kratom leaves. He estimated the value of the impounded cargo at 500,000 baht but said the retail price in the far South would be millions of baht. Police charged the truck driver with illegal possession of restricted medicine and bribery, and are hunting for the woman behind the shipment.
US President Donald Trump responds to questions following the decision by his party to pull a healthcare bill that lacked the votes to pass on Friday. The failure of the Republicans’ three-month blitz to repeal former president Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement exposed deep divisions in the Republican Party that the election of a Republican president could not mask. And it was the biggest defeat yet in Trump’s presidency, which has suffered many in just the past two months. Trump expressed weariness with the effort, though its failure took a fraction of the time that Democrats devoted to enacting the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010. “We tried our hardest,” said Republican Rep Michael Burgess of Texas, chairman of a House subcommittee on health.
Teen blogger Amos Yee leaves with his parents after his sentencing from the State Court in Singapore July 6, 2015. (Reuters photo)SINGAPORE - A US immigration judge has granted Singaporean teen blogger Amos Yee, who was jailed twice in his home country over his social media postings, asylum in the United States, his lawyer said Saturday. Yee has been detained in the United States since he sought political asylum there upon arriving at Chicago's O'Hare airport in mid-December last year. "His prosecution, detention and general maltreatment at the hands of the Singapore authorities constitute persecution on account of Yee's political opinions," Judge Cole said in his 13-page written decision. "Yee is a young political dissident, and his application for asylum is granted," he added.
Two people, a 37-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman, are found dead inside this parked vehicle at a petrol station in Bang Na area, Bangkok, on Saturday morning. (JS100 radio photo)Two people allegedly suffocated inside a sports utility vehicle parked, allegedly of asphyxia, at a petrol station in Bangkok's Bang Na area on Saturday morning. Police went to the petrol station at Soi La Salle and found the Ford Escape with a Bangkok licence plate with its engine off and all windows closed. A man, who was in the fully reclining drivers' seat, and a woman in the seat next to him, were found dead. Staffers at the petrol station told police that the vehicle had been parked with the engine on in the early hours of Saturday.
A fleet of Uber's Ford Fusion self-driving cars is shown during a demonstration of self-driving automotive technology in Pittsburgh, US, on Sept 13, 2016. (Reuters photo)SAN FRANCISCO - A self-driving car operated by Uber Technologies Inc was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest setback for a company reeling from multiple crises. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, in an email to Bloomberg News. Uber’s self-driving cars began picking up customers in Arizona last month. Uber’s self-driving car programme has also been mired in controversy.
Samrarn Muangkhiaw, 31, is taken to the damaged Thai-Belgian bridge on Friday for a re-enactment of how the Feb 28 fire started. (Photos by Krit Phromsaka Na Sakolnakorn)Who is to blame for the Thai-Belgian Bridge fire? Police say they have caught the man responsible, but Bangkok Post readers say the real blame should go elsewhere. Cops arrest vagrant who may have sparked blaze at bridgeA homeless windscreen washer suspected of causing a fire that damaged the Thai-Belgian Bridge late last month has been arrested. Mr Samran allegedly confessed he was sleeping beneath the Thai-Belgian bridge on the morning of the fire.
The sunken Sewol ferry is loaded onto a semi-submersible transport vessel during the salvage operation in waters off Jindo, South Korea, Saturday. (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP)SEOUL - Salvage crews towed a corroded 6,800-tonne South Korean ferry and loaded it onto a semi-submersible transport vessel Saturday, completing what was seen as the most difficult part of the massive effort to bring the ship back to shore. Once the ferry reaches land, government officials say it would take about a month for the ship to be cleaned and evaluated for safety. Lee Cheoljo, a ministry official, said workers will spend several hours disconnecting the Sewol from the barges by removing the wires. The government favours cutting off the passenger cabin area and raising it upright before searching for the missing victims, while families fear that cutting into the ship might harm any victims' remains.
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FILE - In this May, 12, 2015, file photo, Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee speaks to reporters while leaving the Subordinate Courts after being released on bail in Singapore. An immigration judge in Chicago has granted asylum to Amos Yee whose online posts criticising his government landed him in jail. (AP photo)CHICAGO - A teenage blogger from Singapore whose online posts blasting his government landed in him jail was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge in Chicago ruled Friday. Yee left Singapore with the intention of seeking asylum in the US after being jailed for several weeks in 2015 and 2016. Department of Homeland Security attorneys had opposed the asylum bid, saying Yee's case didn't qualify as persecution based on political beliefs.
Photo by Prasit TangprasertA tunnel made from trees in Nakhon Ratchasima near the sports centre at Suranaree University of Technology in Muang district is getting lots of attention. Please join us on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/bangkokpostlearning>A natural "tunnel"A tunnel made from trees in Nakhon Ratchasima near the sports centre at Suranaree University of Technology in Muang district is getting lots of attention. The natural tunnel consists of more than 150 pink shower trees (Cassia grandis or ต้นกาฬพฤกษ์ in Thai) stretching for 200 metres. The trees recently blossomed and are a big attraction among students and local residents who come in large numbers to take photographs.