Chusak is one of eight senior Pheu Thai figures named in a complaint the NCPO officers filed with the Crime Suppression Division on Thursday night. Phumtham yesterday said the Pheu Thai figures involved simply exercised their constitutional rights and liberties in criticising the government. It is the duty of all Thai people to return to a constitutional monarchy and not allow the absolute regime to destroy democracy any further,” the Pheu Thai statement said. We need to take legal action when there is provocation for public commotion or violation of the NCPO’s orders,” he said. However, he said, it was possible the Pheu Thai figures involved could be deprived of electoral rights – and barred from contesting future elections – if they were found guilty.
May 18, 2018 18:00 UTC
Chavalit, 86, refused to say how often he talked to Thaksin and who had made the call in their latest conversation. “Khun Thaksin did not have to tell me he wanted to return home. All of us want to return [be] home,” Chavalit said, adding that Thaksin had retained his loyalty to the Thai monarchy and his homeland. Chavalit talked to reporters at a restaurant in Bangkok’s Rama III Road area. Chavalit served as the Royal Thai Army commander-in-chief from 1986 to 1990, and was prime minister from 1996 to 1997.
May 18, 2018 18:00 UTC
CHICAGO: At least eight people were killed when a male student opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday, a local sheriff said, as President Donald Trump expressed his "heartbreak" over the "horrific" shooting. Friday's shooting took place at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 50 kilometres southeast of Houston. Earlier this year, 17 students and staff were killed in a shooting at a Florida high school -- a massacre that prompted survivors to launch a grassroots campaign against gun violence. "There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting, and this girl got shot in the leg," an eyewitness identified as Nikki told local television station KTRK. She said students fled the school in a panic, and several other students told local media they heard multiple gunshots.
May 18, 2018 16:41 UTC
ROME - Italian anti-establishment and far-right parties Friday took a step closer to forming a government by publishing a joint policy programme. - 'Flat' tax, basic income -The League has inserted its flat tax policy into the programme, adding a 20 percent rate to the 15 percent proposed before the election. Also included is Five Star's flagship basic income plan, which sees 780 euros a month paid to those with no revenue, while those earning less than the basic will see their income topped up. They also want to beef up the use of popular referenda in law-making and grant more power to the regions. All illegal Roma camps to be closed and Roma children who don't attend school removed from their families.
May 18, 2018 13:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak has been summoned for questioning on Tuesday in a money-laundering investigation related to the state investment fund 1MDB. The official said Najib acknowledged the request. Najib's lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal, said he was not aware of the summons but that Najib had earlier promised to cooperate with authorities. The new government led by Mahathir Mohamad reopened the investigation into 1MDB, which is being investigated abroad, after defeating Najib's coalition in the May 9 election. Police earlier Friday confiscated a huge haul of designer handbags,cash and jewellery in raids on apartments linked to Najib at a Kuala Lumpur condominium.
May 18, 2018 13:41 UTC
Chilean bishops Luis Fernando Ramos Perez and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz arrive for a news conference after a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday. (Reuters Photo)VATICAN CITY: Thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignations on Friday over a child sex abuse scandal within the Church in Chile after three days of intense meetings with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy. Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by the paedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s. On Thursday evening, Pope Francis promised "changes" to the Chilean church to "restore justice" following the private meetings with the delegation.
May 18, 2018 12:56 UTC
My putting has also been very good this week,” added winner of the Asian Tour title in Manila three years ago. American Charlie Saxon displayed the form that led to two titles on the China Golf Tour as he returned with a bogey-free 66. Xiao Bowen of China made a personal breakthrough by making the cut on the Asian Tour for the first time in 2018. 141 - Suteepat PRATEEPTIENCHAI (THA) 69-72, Danthai BOONMA (THA) 67-74, Pannakorn UTHAIPAS (THA) 67-74, Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 71-70, Niall TURNER (IRL) 71-70. 142 - Michael CHOI (AUS) 71-71, Kevin LEE (KOR) 69-73, Piya SWANGARUNPORN (THA) 71-71, Matt STIEGER (AUS) 71-71, Pasavee LERTVILAI (THA) 71-71, Javier GALLEGOS (ESP) 72-70, LIU Yanwei (CHN) 67-75, Suttijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 74-68, Mitchell SLORACH (SIN) 72-70, Gareth PADDISON (NZL) 68-74, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 71-71, MatthewPERRY (NZL) 72-70.
May 18, 2018 12:22 UTC
The girl was reportedly raped by her own father and three other male relatives on several occasions over the past year and is now two months’ pregnant. The two men were arrested at two different locations in Lat Lum Kaew district following a police complaint filed by the victim’s mother on April 11. The victim’s mother noticed the girl becoming increasingly quiet and depressed last month, while also developing signs of being pregnant. After repeated questioning, the girl finally told her mother about the multiple rape attacks. The grandfather-equivalent relative invited the girl to help with his business and raped her on 20 occasions, the girl said, while another uncle raped her three times at her home when she was alone.
May 18, 2018 12:00 UTC
Phnom Penh Post owner Sivakumar Ganapathy (right) leaves after a news conference in the Cambodian capital on Friday. (Reuters Photo)PHNOM PENH: The new owner of the Phnom Penh Post said on Friday that he had saved the English-language daily newspaper from closure and rejected fears the sale threatened media freedom. The Post was reportedly slapped with a $5-million tax bill last year, according to reports by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "I wish to stress at this juncture that had I not purchased the Phnom Penh Post, the newspaper would have to shut down due to its financial situation," Ganapathy said. When asked if Post journalists would be allowed to write articles critical of the government, Ganapathy replied: "Why is it that you should be critical?
May 18, 2018 11:48 UTC
The photo exhibition at Siam Paragon shopping mall, which started on Friday and ends on Monday, includes stories and rare photos of the couple, and photos from past British Royal Family weddings. The exhibition is also giving people in Thailand the opportunity to write congratulatory messages to the couple, said Executive of Siam Paragon, Chadatip Chutrakul. The messages will eventually be sent directly to Kensington Palace to present to the couple with the help of the British Embassy, she said. At the “Siam Paragon Celebrates the Royal Wedding in Collaboration with the British Embassy Bangkok”, there are the exhibitions narrating the love story between the royal couple, as well as information about other wedding ceremonies involving the British Royal Family. The event includes many zones, including Prince Harry and Meghan The Royal Wedding Journey, Royal Wedding and The Tiara, The Royal Engagement and Royal Wedding Dress through the Ages.
May 18, 2018 11:37 UTC
ROME - Italian anti-establishment and far-right parties took a step closer to forming a government by publishing a joint policy programme on Friday. I'm very happy," wrote Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio on Facebook. On Thursday evening, League leader Matteo Salvini said it would be handed to Mattarella on Monday. By that time he and Di Maio are also expected to have chosen their candidate for prime minister. "I am very confident," Di Maio told supporters late Thursday in the northern town of Monza.
May 18, 2018 11:37 UTC
Pro-election activist Sirawith Seritiwat (in white shirt) and his group hand out homemade fans carrying a photo of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at BTS Asoke station in Bangkok. Mr Sirawith, also known as “Ja New’’, led a group of New Democracy Movement activists to distribute homemade fans to people at BTS Asoke station on Friday. Plainclothes police deployed to the area asked the activists to present their ID cards but they refused. The officers then tried in vain to persuade them to stop their activity. Mr Sirawith said police had tried to prevent his group from distributing the fans to people and threatened to take them to Lumpini police station.
May 18, 2018 11:15 UTC
The entire scenario has left Harry's Kensington Palace operation under fire from all corners for failing to see it coming. "Kensington Palace could have despatched someone across the Atlantic to help them, give a bit of advice and moral support and prepare them." Newspapers have been piling into Kensington Palace for naively leaving Thomas Markle floundering. She quoted a courtier as saying Kensington Palace "know they've dropped the ball on this. "Kensington Palace like Buckingham Palace, is a place of rumour, hearsay and gossip.
May 18, 2018 10:41 UTC
Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, former journalists of the Radio Free Asia, seat inside a police vehicle as they arrive for a bail hearing at the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 19. (Reuters photo)PHNOM PENH: A Cambodian court extended the pre-trial detention of two Radio Free Asia journalists who've been in prison for six months while espionage charges are investigated. The journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Socheamet, were arrested in November and charged with undermining Cambodian national security by supplying information to a foreign state. But a spokesman for Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Ei Rin, said a judge extended their detention because the investigation isn't completed. The increasingly authoritarian government of Prime Minister Hun Sen has shut down more than a dozen radio stations and dissolved the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.
May 18, 2018 10:23 UTC
A worker is seen at a construction site, with the landmark Petronas Twin Towers in the background, in Kuala Lumpur. (Reuters photo)KUALA LUMPUR: The chairman of an advisory council set up by the new Malaysian government said on Friday that all megaprojects in the country would be reviewed and recommendations would be presented to the government. Observers expect large investment projects linked to China would come under especially close scrutiny, after an election campaign in which perceived threats to sovereignty were a big issue with voters. Mr Daim also said the government expects to raise about 30 billion ringgit (US$7.6 billion) from a reinstated sales and services tax (SST). The new government introduced the SST after scrapping a goods and service tax (GST) to keep an election campaign promise.
May 18, 2018 10:19 UTC