Pol Lt Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, assistant national police chief, front, and Pol Lt Gen Chettha Komolwattana, commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, discuss the arrest of four South Koreans in connection with an online gambling website during a media briefing on Saturday. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)Four South Korean men have been arrested in a raid on a Bangkok condominium that police say was a base for an online gambling operation with 900 million baht in monthly turnover. Pol Lt Gen Damrongsak said the raid came after tourist police received information that a group of South Koreans had been illegally running a gambling website called Star Casino, with over 10,000 members. The four were paid 100,000 baht a month each, said Pol Lt Gen Damrongsak. The four were charged with illegally colluding in online gambling.
October 12, 2019 10:30 UTC
Turkey keeps up assault on Kurd-held townsAnkara's forces have made gains in the countryside but so far they have taken no major towns from the Syrian KurdsQAMISHLI, Syria: Turkey kept up its assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria on Saturday on the fourth day of an offensive that is drawing growing international condemnation, even from Washington. The two towns at either end of the zone — Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad — have come under heavy bombardment prompting civilian residents to flee in their tens of thousands. “Turkish forces and allied rebel groups are attacking Ras al-Ain,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Heavily outgunned fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have taken heavy casualties resisting the Turkish assault. An SDF official inside Ras al-Ain said his fighters had pushed back Ankara’s forces but clashes were continuing.
October 12, 2019 08:48 UTC
Kenyan world record holder's feat not officially recognised as it was not in open competitionEliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line during his successful attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna on Saturday. (Reuters Photo)VIENNA: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya on Saturday broke the mythical two-hour marathon barrier on a specially prepared course in Vienna. With a time of 1hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds, the Olympic champion became the first person ever to run a marathon in under two hours. The 34-year-old marathon world record holder completed the first 21 kilometres in 59.35 minutes, 11 seconds under the two-hour pace. Kipchoge, the reigning Olympic champion who set an official world record of 2:01.39 at the Berlin marathon in September last year, missed out by 26 seconds when he previously attempted to break the two-hour barrier in Monza in May 2017.
October 12, 2019 08:37 UTC
Modi tells Xi summit will launch 'new era'India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) told Chinese President Xi Jinping their summit would launch a 'new era of cooperation' between the Asian giantsMAHABALIPURAM, India: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that his summit with Chinese leader Xi Xinping would launch a "new era" between the neighbours who are seeking to overcome troublesome differences. Modi said a summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year "gave increased stability and fresh momentum to our relationship". "Our Chennai vision today has launched a new era of cooperation between our two countries," he added as he launched the formal talks. Modi did not mention the irritations between the two sides, saying only that he and Xi had "discussed important bilateral and global issues." Part of Beijing's Belt and Road mega-infrastructure programme is planned in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, and Xi held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing just two days before meeting Modi.
October 12, 2019 08:15 UTC
If completed, the agreement would provide relief to American farmers and businesses that have been battered by the trade war. On Friday, he said the two sides would now work on a deal in phases, a reversal from his previous position that he was looking for a “complete” China deal, not an interim agreement. Trade experts in China were quick to welcome the deal as a breakthrough. In August, the Treasury Department formally designated China a currency manipulator for the first time since 1994, at the direction of Trump. Trump acknowledged that tensions with China had spiraled as a result of the trade war but said that relations between the two countries were now “a love fest”.
October 12, 2019 07:52 UTC
The wreckage of a car is removed from the track following a crash on Friday afternoon in Trang in which two brothers were killed when their vehicle was hit by an empty train. (Photo by Methee Muangkaew)TRANG: Two brothers were killed when an empty passenger train slammed into their car at an unmanned rail crossing in Kantang district on Friday afternoon. The fatal crash occurred at the crossing at Ban Phakor village in tambon Kholong Cheelom, said officers at the Kantang police station. A source said Mr Sorawit worked at Vachira Phuket Hospital and had travelled back to Kantang district to get married on Oct 10. Rescue workers and medical staff retrieve the bodies of two men after their car was hit by an empty train in Kantang district of Trang on Friday afternoon.
October 12, 2019 07:30 UTC
Men watch the swollen Isuzu River due to heavy rain caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Ise, central Japan. Very strong typhoon Hagibis is about to hit wide area of Japan, including Tokyo. Typhoon Hagibis approached Japan on Friday, threatening to batter its capital with the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years. Japan is hit by around 20 typhoons a year, though the capital is not usually badly affected. Typhoon Ida, known as the "Kanogawa Typhoon" in Japanese, killed more than 1,000 people in 1958.
October 12, 2019 06:56 UTC
Immigration getting ready for flight delaysPol Maj Gen Veeraphol Charoensiri (front), commander of the Immigration Bureau’s division 2, leads officers to inspect immigration counters at Suvarnabhumi airport on Saturday. (Photo supplied by Wassayos Ngamkham)The Immigration Bureau has put in place measures to deal with congestion caused by flight delays at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports due to Typhoon Hagibis. Immigration chiefs at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports were told to work closely with airlines to evaluate flight delays, Pol Maj Gen Veeraphol Charoensiri, commander of the Immigration Bureau’s division 2, said on Saturday. Pol Maj Gen Veeraphol said immigration officials have been on full alert at immigration counters to deal with the number of accumulated passengers. Special immigration counters were also arranged for children, the elderly, as well as pregnant and disabled passengers, he added.
October 12, 2019 06:11 UTC
Iraqi and Vietnamese films hailed at Busan film fest'Rom', from Vietnam's Tran Thanh Huy, won the festival's New Currents award alongside 'Haifa Street'BUSAN, South Korea: An Iraq-Qatar co-production looking at life in war-torn Baghdad and a Vietnamese tale of a young bookie struggling to support himself and his loved ones have shared the top award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. The New Currents jury praised Rom for "its amazing energy". This year's festival comes during unprecedented interest in Korean cinema, thanks to the global success of director Bong Joon-ho's Oscar favourite Parasite. The festival announced on Saturday it intended to expand its film funding efforts, including more TV and streaming platform content, and building a Korean cinema museum. The event ends on Saturday night with the official prize-giving, and with the world premiere of Korean director Lim Dae-hyung’s mother-daughter relationship drama Moonlit Winter.
October 12, 2019 05:37 UTC
From Minnesota to Michigan, Trump aims to turn scandal into reelection fuelFraming himself as the victim of a Democratic and fake-news-media plot, Trump galvanized supporters at a rally in LouisianaLAKE CHARLES (UNITED STATES) - As impeachment pressure mounted on Donald Trump, the president left Washington for the second day in a row Friday to rally hardcore supporters in a bid to turn the scandal into fuel for his 2020 reelection. Framing himself as the victim of a plot between "corrupt Democrat politicians" and the "fake news media," Trump galvanized supporters at a rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Turning his attention to next year's election, Trump said he was convinced he would win in 2020, no matter what. Trump said, in apparent reference to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic contender who suffered a recent heart attack. Trump's Louisiana rally comes after he barnstormed a gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, vowing a "backlash" against Democrats.
French murder suspect caught after 8-year huntXavier Dupont de Ligonnes was subject to an international arrest warrant for the 2011 crime, a mystery that transfixed FrancePARIS: One of France's most wanted men has been arrested in Scotland, eight years after vanishing without trace following the murder of his wife and four children. Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes was subject to an international arrest warrant for the 2011 killings in a mystery that has transfixed France. Another source said Dupont de Ligonnes was travelling on a stolen French passport and had likely spent part of his time on the run in Britain. The man "remains in police custody in connection with a European Arrest Warrant issued by the French Authorities", a Police Scotland spokeswoman said. French newspaper Liberation reported that Dupont de Ligonnes had undergone plastic surgery to change his appearance, citing police sources.
Trump aims to turn scandal into reelection fuelFraming himself as the victim of a Democratic and fake-news-media plot, Trump galvanized supporters at a rally in LouisianaLAKE CHARLES, Louisiana: As impeachment pressure mounted on Donald Trump, the president left Washington for the second day in a row Friday to rally hardcore supporters in a bid to turn the scandal into fuel for his 2020 reelection. Framing himself as the victim of a plot between "corrupt Democrat politicians" and the "fake news media," Trump galvanized supporters at a rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Turning his attention to next year's election, Trump said he was convinced he would win in 2020, no matter what. Trump said, in apparent reference to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic contender who suffered a recent heart attack. - Respite from DC troubles -Democrats who have accused Trump of abusing his office throughout his first term believe they have finally cornered the president with the impeachment probe.
2020 Isuzu D-Max pickup debuts in ThailandOne of the country’s most popular workhorses gets redesigned with a bigger body. After being on the market for some seven years in second-generation form, the Isuzu D-Max has been redesigned with a new body, overhauled interior and improved engine. This 4JJ3-TCX unit is an evolution of the preceding 4JJ1-TCX and is the second most powerful motor in the Thai pickup market after the Ford Ranger’s 213hp 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel. This means that the next BT-50, due 2020, will share the same platform, body structure, engines, transmissions and electrical architecture with the D-Max. With the exception of the MG Extender, most models in the Thai pickup market have passed mid-life in their current generations.
October 12, 2019 03:56 UTC
High-stakes conflict threatens DR Congo gorillasThe gorillas have dwindled to just 250 in the park, their last sanctuaryKAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK (RD CONGO) - Aged almost 17 years, Bonane is an eastern lowland gorilla, a survivor in a critically endangered species reduced to about 250 members in DR Congo's Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Last year, Pygmies began to move onto land inside the park's perimeter and started to cut down trees, mainly to make charcoal. According to the park authorities, Pygmies have destroyed 350 hectares (864 acres) of woodland -- an act of deforestation that gnaws away at the gorillas' habitat. At least three people have been killed in clashes between the Pygmies and park rangers, although the circumstances of the deaths remain unclear. Park authorities say some Pygmies are among the ranks of the rangers and are doing what they can to ease the conflict.
October 12, 2019 02:47 UTC
Boeing splits CEO, chairman role amid MAX crisisDennis Muilenburg will remain chief executive of Boeing and a director, but will no longer be chairman of the board. NEW YORK: Boeing unveiled a shift to its leadership structure on Friday as it manages the 737 MAX crisis, announcing that Dennis Muilenburg will remain chief executive but step down as chairman. Boeing's top-selling 737 MAX plane has been grounded since mid-March following two deadly crashes that killed 346 people. A report Friday by international aviation regulators criticized the US Federal Aviation Administration's certification of the MAX. It said the agency lacked the necessary manpower and expertise to evaluate key flight-handling changes on the plane and also delegated too much to Boeing staff.
October 12, 2019 00:55 UTC