In Bangkok, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife joined an alms-giving ceremony at Sanam Luang. Of the 243 monks given alms, 20 were senior monks and abbots of prominent Bangkok temples. Because she is considered “the mother of the nation”, her birthday is celebrated as National Mother’s Day. People mostly wore blue, the colour associated with Friday, the day Her Majesty was born. At 7pm on Sunday, Prayut will preside at a televised hour-long candle-lit ceremony at Sanam Luang to express well wishes to the queen.

August 12, 2018 06:33 UTC

The complaint on Twitter about gay sex at 360-rai Lumpini Park was widely re-tweeted. “I have already ordered an increase in officials patrolling the parks,” Deputy Governor Chakrabhand Phiew-ngarm said on Sunday. He said the parks were also fitted with security cameras and more lighting. Chakrabhand said sex in public places was illegal and police would arrest offenders.

August 12, 2018 06:22 UTC

The two were shot dead on Saturday while returning home from market. In a statement on Sunday, the foundation condemned the murders and urged the authorities to catch the culprits. “We condemn the perpetrators of violence against innocent civilians and soft targets,” it said. “This is a grave crime against domestic law, international law and morality.”The foundation said authorities must be earnest in their investigation and bring culprits to justice to improve ties between the state and the Muslim Malay southern border provinces, where a violent insurrection has raged for more than a decade.

August 12, 2018 06:16 UTC

World number 10 Day, the 2015 PGA Championship winner, shares sixth in a pack on 202 with four other major champions, including Tiger Woods. "Someone will go out and do it and I'm glad I'm in that position that it could be me." "It would be more than twice the thrill for me," Scott said of what a win would mean Sunday. "But I think no matter who wins tomorrow, if that person has met Jarrod Lyle, they will have felt something with him passing." "I don't even really know if we have all really had time to reflect on it and let it sink in.

August 12, 2018 01:52 UTC

American third seed Stephens surged into Sunday's final against world number one Halep after overpowering Svitolina 6-3, 6-3 in the day's second semi-final. US Open winner Stephens will go against Halep on Sunday, having only beaten the Romanian twice in their previous eight meetings. Halep, who defeated Stephens in three sets at Roland Garros in June, earlier cruised past Australia's Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 to book her place in the final. Halep went for the jugular in the second set, opening with two quick breaks to take a 3-0 lead. Barty fought back to deuce to delay the inevitable, but Halep secured another break to reach her third Canadian final in four years.

August 12, 2018 00:22 UTC

"I just have to stay in the moment, don't think about anything else, just come out and play tomorrow." "Brooks had a massive lead and then two holes later it was one shot," Rahm said. It was just like turning back the hands of a clock," said Cink, who played alongside Woods. But he three-putted from 19 feet to par the par-5 17th, saying, "I got too aggressive and it cost me." Britain's Matt Wallace made the first hole-in-one of the tournament, using a 5-iron for an ace at the 232-yard, par-3 16th hole.

August 12, 2018 00:11 UTC

The Greek, who turns 20 on Sunday, will aim for the title against either top seed Rafael Nadal or Russian Karen Khachanov after saving a match point against Anderson. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than playing a Masters 1000 final," the winner said. Tsitsipas worked for two hours, 48 minutes to secure his upset of the hard-serving South African, with Anderson going down with 10 aces. Tsitsipas will be playing his second ATP final after losing to Nadal on clay in Barcelona in the spring. Anderson missed out on a match point off his own serve as Tsitsipas slammed over a backhand cross-court winner.

August 11, 2018 23:37 UTC

Richarlison struck twice on debut for 10-man Everton to show he may justify his £50 million price tag and hold highly-fancied Wolves 2-2 on their return to the top flight. And Watford, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace picked up 2-0 wins on the opening weekend of the season. Chelsea have endured a turbulent pre-season with Sarri replacing fellow Italian Antonio Conte less than a month before the campaign got underway. - Promoted sides struggle -At Molineux, Richarlison quietened criticism of Everton's splurge to reunite him with former Watford boss Marco Silva as the Brazilian twice put Everton in front. Like Wolves, Fulham earned rave reviews for their summer business, outspending United and City, in signing 12 new players.

August 11, 2018 18:45 UTC

Private sector agencies have been collaborating with OVEC to increase the skills of vocational students, he said. Kenan Institute Asia president Piyabutr Cholvijarn said that, besides working to boost “2S”, the project also sets up five technical and vocational education and training (TVET) hubs nationwide. The Chevron Enjoy Science project’s objective is to lift Thailand’s competitiveness by improving STEM education at the general and vocational levels. Five TVET hubs have so far been established out of a target of six hubs nationwide and have benefited 110,000 individuals. Suthip, Artit and Piyabutr were speaking at a recent forum titled “Vocational 4.0 Capability for the Future”, hosted in Bangkok by the Chevron Enjoy Science project.

August 11, 2018 18:00 UTC

Those forced from their homes "have moved to 350 relief camps across the state", an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management control room told AFP. The army has been roped in for rescue efforts in Kerala after two days of heavy rain drove authorities to open the shutters of 27 reservoirs to drain out the excess water. Hundreds of homes were totally destroyed," he added, lauding the efforts of rescue teams working in the state from across India. More than a million foreign tourists visited Kerala last year, according to official data. The government of Kerala, which has a population of 33 million people, has imposed a ban on the movement of lorries and tourist vehicles in Idukki.

August 11, 2018 18:00 UTC

Trump drew scorn after the Charlottesville violence for initially avoiding any condemnation of the torch-bearing white nationalists who took part in that rally. On Saturday, as memorial ceremonies also got under way in Charlottesville, Trump wrote on Twitter: "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. "I think there's blame on both sides," Trump said. She served as director of communications for the White House office of public liaison until she was fired in December. The White House dismissed the book as riddled with lies and false accusations and the product of a "disgruntled former White House employee."

August 11, 2018 15:00 UTC

Most detainees undergo cold-turkey treatment in the notoriously overcrowded centres or are subjected to solitary confinement for breaking rules. "There are around 100 addicts still on the run and the police are still looking for them," the officer said. Images circulating on social media showed dozens of men, many shirtless, wandering on a highway near the rehab centre. There are more than 220,000 registered drug addicts in Vietnam, according to official statistics released last year, with heroin and methamphetamine the most popular narcotics. While Vietnam is experimenting with more community-based treatment options in response to criticism over the centres, they remain the most-used form of recovery.

August 11, 2018 13:30 UTC

The Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft lost contact with air traffic control during what was supposed to be a flight of around 40 minutes in remote Papua province, police said. "Villagers in Okatem reported that they heard a loud roar from the plane followed by a big explosion," Bintang regency police chief Michael Mumbunan told AFP. The plane was carrying seven passengers, including a child, and two crew. Five people died after a small plane crashed near Wamena in Papua province in July last year. In August 2015, a commercial passenger aircraft operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana crashed in Papua due to bad weather, killing all 54 people on board.

August 11, 2018 09:45 UTC

"Jan Ullrich was admitted to a psychiatric hospital on Friday night where his state of health is being assessed by specialists," a Frankfurt police spokesperson told AFP on Saturday. Friday's incidents arose after the 1997 Tour de France champion had called on the services of a prostitute at the five-star Villa Kennedy Hotel in Frankfurt, Bild daily reported. Drink and drug therapyUllrich's latest woes came just hours after he arrived back in Germany to seek therapy for his drink and drug habit following last week's scandal in Mallorca. The former cyclist's dramatic fall from grace came two decades after he became the only German to have won the Tour de France, in 1997. Like Armstrong, who was subsequently stripped of all his seven Tour de France wins over doping, Ullrich was embroiled in allegations that he used performance boosting substances.

August 11, 2018 09:45 UTC

The family made the plea on the Facebook wall of the model, Pramthat “Pram” Sinkang. The post said doctors have told the model that he could live no longer than six months if no stem-cell donor match was found. The post said Pramthat had earlier received chemotherapy and after becoming stronger thought his leukemia had been beaten. But his doctor on July 23 told Pramthat that his cancer had worsened and chemotherapy was no longer an option. The post said doctors told the model that a stem-cell implant was now the only treatment that might cure him.

August 11, 2018 08:49 UTC