The flare-up came as Russian-backed regime forces tried to retake two villages seized by jihadists and allied rebels earlier this month, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "Since this morning, the Syrian regime and allied fighters have launched five failed attempts to regain control of Jibine and Tal Maleh in northwestern Hama province," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. Syrian regime and Russian air strikes killed nine jihadists and rebel fighters, the war monitor said. Ensuing clashes in the north of Hama province left 26 pro-regime forces dead, including eight who were killed in a mine explosion, the Observatory said. Syria's war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.
June 15, 2019 11:03 UTC
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman called the decision, announced hours earlier by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, an attempt to "listen more widely to the views of the community and restore calm to the community as soon as possible." "We support, respect and understand this decision," ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement.
June 15, 2019 10:52 UTC
Instead they were loaded with other waste including bottles, plastic waste, and diapers, said senior environment ministry official Sayid Muhadhar. Indonesia is currently examining several other containers in Jakarta's port and the city of Batam on the island of Sumatra. It is the latest country to return imported rubbish after neighbouring Malaysia vowed to ship back hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste last month. For years China received the bulk of scrap plastic from around the world, but closed its doors to foreign refuse last year in an effort to clean up its environment. Huge quantities of waste have since been redirected to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and to a lesser degree the Philippines.
June 15, 2019 10:30 UTC
Pol Maj Gen Natthawat Karndee, commander of Immigration Division 4, announces the arrest of 2,274 Thai and foreign suspects during a crackdown operation in the Northeast between June 1 and 14. (Photo taken by Chakrapan Natanri)KHON KAEN: Immigration police have arrested more than 2,200 foreign and Thai suspects for various offences as part of a crackdown in the Northeast during the past two weeks. Immigration police in Nakhon Phanom, Ubon Ratchathani and Khon Kaen reported the arrests of Vietnamese and Indian suspects who entered the country illegally using fake passports. They are also suspected of providing illegal money lending services at high interest rates, said Pol Maj Gen Natthawat. Some had committed offences in Thailand such as snatching bags and committing thefts and home break-ins.
June 15, 2019 09:22 UTC
Thai Forest Conservation Party leader Damrong Pidej (left) gestures as he talks to reporters about a possible pullout from the Palang Pracharath-led coalition on Saturday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)The Thai Forest Conservation Party, with two list MPs, has threatened to pull out of the coalition led by Palang Pracharath after the second largest party reportedly gave the environmental portfolio to another party. “We agreed to join the coalition because PPRP invited us to help with policies on natural resources and the environment, which we focus on," he said. I set up the party for the purpose and I campaigned with green policies. He was two-time director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and deputy permanent secretary of the Natural Resources and the Environment Ministry.
June 15, 2019 09:22 UTC
BEIJING: Western businesses have been learning a costly language lesson about pigs, China and hurt feelings this week. Was the furore in China — amplified by outraged state media and a local industry group’s demand for the economist’s firing — some sort new front in the trade war? Bill Bishop, who writes the Sinocism newsletter on Chinese current affairs, said he doubts the incident was “manufactured” by authorities. Instead, it’s a reminder that global companies hoping to expand in China always need to speak carefully or risk punishment. The Swiss bank is not the first to trip over cultural issues in China.
June 15, 2019 09:14 UTC
But it delayed raising tariffs several times as trade talks between the world's two biggest democracies raised hopes of a resolution. It is also likely to figure during talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who is set to visit India for talks later this month. On Wednesday Pompeo had said the US was open to dialogue with India and would "broach some tough topics". US goods and services trade with India stood at an estimated $142.1 billion in 2018. The US trade deficit with India was $24.2 billion, according to official data.
June 15, 2019 08:26 UTC
“I was a bit under pressure in the first four holes,” said Kwanchai who committed only one bogey from 54 holes. “I guess I’m not comfortable with being the leader,” added Kwanchai whose other ATGT victory came from the 2013 Pattaya Open. I have to stick to my plan by hitting the fairways and remain focused,” added Kwanchai. I think All Thailand Golf Tour is tough and the players are so good. I’ve been playing a bit more solid now,” Phachara said.
June 15, 2019 08:15 UTC
Three of the Democrats to be nominated as cabinet ministers (from left): Jurin Laksanavisit (prime minister and commerce minister), Chalermchai Sri-on (agriculture) and Nipon Boonyamanee (social development and human security). (Bangkok Post file photos)Democrat MPs and executives have finalised the nominations for cabinet ministerial and deputy ministerial posts in the new coalition government. After a nine-hour meeting that ended at 10pm on Friday, Thai media reported that the party had voted to nominate leader Jurin Laksanavisit as deputy prime minister and commerce minister. Secretary-general Chalermchai Sri-on was tipped to be agriculture minister, while veteran member Nipon Boonyamanee would be nominated minister of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry. However, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will haver a final say on his cabinet ministers.
June 15, 2019 07:54 UTC
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference on Saturday afternoon. (AP Photo)HONG KONG: A vote on a controversial extradition bill will be postponed indefinitely, Hong Kong’s leader said on Saturday, responding to escalating political turmoil following mass protests earlier this week. Lam said the government would study the matter further, for the “greatest interest of Hong Kong”. Many in Hong Kong fear the measures would undermine the former British colony’s legal autonomy. Anson Chan, a former chief secretary for Hong Kong, said Friday that Lam still could keep her post if she backs down.
June 15, 2019 07:46 UTC
"The government has decided to suspend the legislative amendment exercise, restart our communication with all sectors of society, do more... work and listen to different views of society," Lam told reporters Saturday. At this moment, the government should self-examine," Ann Chiang, a hardcore pro-Beijing lawmaker, told i-Cable News. "If the government caves in to violence and external influences, in the long run that would also make Hong Kong ungovernable," pro-Beijing lawmaker Regina Ip told reporters. Opposition to the extradition bill has united an unusually wide cross section of Hong Kong. Beijing has vocally supported the bill and earlier this week threw its full support behind the Lam administration, calling protesters "rioters".
June 15, 2019 07:41 UTC
Bodyslam singer and supporters raising funds for eight hospitals in NortheastRocker Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai leads runners along a road in Nong Khai at the start of a 175km, two-day run to raise funds for eight public hospitals in the Northeast. (Photo from @kaokonlakao Facebook page)NONG KHAI: Rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai kicked off a two-day charity run on Saturday to raise funds for eight public hospitals with donations soaring to 15 million baht in the first hour. The runners set off from the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Muang district of Nong Khai at 5am on Saturday, with provincial governor Ronnachai Jitwiset chairing the opening ceremony. During the first hour of the run, donations rose to 15 million baht, the Kao Kon La Kao Foundation announced on its Facebook page. This run on Saturday and Sunday will cover 175 kilometres from Nong Khai to Khon Kaen.
June 15, 2019 07:18 UTC
Nang Mwe San frequently updates her Facebook -- the main mode of online communication in Myanmar -- with photos of herself dressed in swimsuits and lingerie, mimicking US model Kendall Jenner's sheer outfits, as well as form-fitting Myanmar traditional wear. Her risque outfits ran afoul of the Myanmar Medical Council, who issued her a letter dated June 3 revoking her license for "her dressing style which is against Myanmar culture and tradition". The notice came after a warning in January, making her promise to take down the Facebook posts, Nang Mwe San said, which she signed but did not comply with. "I am not dressed like that when I am treating patients," Nang Mwe San said, adding that this was "unacceptable" and she plans to appeal the council's decision within the month. But local netizens had plenty to say, with some harpooning her for criticising a lack of human rights and democracy in Myanmar.
June 15, 2019 07:18 UTC
Security officers cordon off a section of Huruparoh-Chulabhorn Road in tambon Tanyongmas of Rangae district in Narathiwat following the fatal shooting on a couple by two men on Saturday. (Photo by Waedao Harai)NARATHIWAT: A couple were killed in a drive-by shooting before two attackers fled with their motorcycle in Rangae district on Saturday morning. Authorities feared the bike might be used for a possible motorcycle bomb. The fatal shooting occurred on Huruparoh-Chalabhorn Road in tambon Tanyongmas, said Pol Lt Col Woraphon Sukkaew, investigation chief at the Rangae police station, who was alerted at 7.10am. Road checkpoints were set up along the escape route in hope of catching the suspects.
June 15, 2019 07:07 UTC
Four of those who died had been called to clean the tank while three others were hotel employees who were assisting. Hundreds of thousands of mostly low-caste Indians are employed as "manual scavengers" who clear underground pipes and septic tanks without any protective gear or masks. When all four did not emerge after some time, the three hotel employees entered the tank, all seven of them losing their lives in the process, Azad added. Last year five people died in New Delhi while cleaning a sewage treatment tank. Indian legislators have passed several laws aiming to stamp out the age-old practice of manual scavenging, the latest in 2013.
June 15, 2019 06:56 UTC