A police probe found that the team had previously moved drugs seven times before they were caught in Mae Lao district, a police source at the Provincial Police Region 5 Office said yesterday. They spotted the Chevrolet car, suspected of carrying the drugs, passing through tambon Mae Ngon of Fang on Friday night and tailed it. As the car headed towards Chiang Rai’s Mae Suay district, police set up a checkpoint at tambon Dong Mada in Mae Lao and intercepted it at 10.30am on Saturday. The three women allegedly told police they were offered Bt208,000 to transport the drugs by a man in his late 30s, identified only as “Vee”, from Mae Lao district in the province. Police said the women weren’t fully cooperative and suspected that the three were trying to protect the mastermind.
February 17, 2019 08:26 UTC
Taxi motorcyclists briefly block the border crossing to Malaysia in Sadao district of Songkhla on Sunday to protest strict inspection of documents by Malaysian authorities. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)SONGKHLA: The checkpoint between Thailand and Malaysia in Sadao district of this southern border province was temporarily blocked by a group of motorcycle taxi drivers, obstructing the passage of vehicles carrying tourists and cargo. About 50 motorcycle taxi operators began to block the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint in Sadao district at 11am to protest against Malaysia's strict inspection of documents on motorcycle taxis taking passengers from the checkpoint to a duty-free shop in Malaysia's Kedah state. Under a new, stricter measure, drivers of motorcycle taxis from the Thai side of the border are required to carry a passport, instead of a temporary border pass as before. The blockage halted the movement of vehicles taking tourists and cargo across the border in both directions for nearly one hour.
February 17, 2019 08:26 UTC
When Samran Thepmalee, 58, collapsed in the thick smoke, her husband Sommai Themalee, 61, ran to fetch their neighbours to help. He returned to find that Samran was already dead. Fearing punishment because the province has banned outdoor burning, they tried to put out the blaze, but Samran was overcome by the smoke, Ban Khai police deputy inspector Pol Lt Colonel Chayapol Deelee quoted Sommai as saying. Chaiyaphum Governor Narong Wonsiew instituted the temporary burning ban in a bid to curb dense haze plaguing the province. Violators face penalties of up to seven years’ imprisonment or a fine of up to Bt150,000 or both.
February 17, 2019 07:30 UTC
“I was sticking it on the front nine, (but) couldn't get any of the putts to go in,” said Korda, who could join older sister Jessica Korda as a Women’s Australian Open winner. Jeongeun Lee6 is playing in her first LPGA Tour event as a Member and could join defending Women’s Australian Open champion Jin Young Ko as LPGA rookies to win in their debut events. LEE6 LOOKING FOR LPGA ROOKIE WIN 2.0In 1950, Beverly Hanson won the Eastern Open in her LPGA Tour debut. It took 68 years for any player to match that feat, with Jin Young Ko matching Hanson when she won the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Lee6 is joined on the LPGA Tour by Lee5, Jeong Eun Lee, who is not in this week’s field.
February 17, 2019 07:30 UTC
The pending US pullout set off a countdown for governments whose citizens, having joined IS, were captured by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go." Several countries, including France, that have chosen to leave the jihadists in SDF detention now confront a diplomatic, legal, political and logistical puzzle. - Deep transatlantic rift -An SDF commander said his US-backed forces slowed their advance to protect civilians. Trump's Syria pullout has highlighted the deep trans-Atlantic rift that emerged under his presidency, and the differing views of the two sides were on display Saturday at a security conference in Munich.
February 17, 2019 06:56 UTC
Heavy storms hit three districts in Phrae and two in Phayao provinces in the North on Saturday, damaging houses and farmland, according to disaster prevention and mitigation offices. In Phrae, storms which started at about 6pm on Saturday damaged a total of 40 houses in more than 10 villages in Wang Chin, Den Chai and Sung Men districts. Phuan Tiak-inta, 66, a villager of Ban Charoensuk in Wang Chin district, said a storm hit the village while he was on the ground floor of his two-storey wooden house. In neighbouring Phayao province, storms hit parts of Mae Chai and Pong districts between 4pm-5.30pm, damaging farmland and houses, said Korn Mahawongnan, chief of the disaster prevention and mitigation office. Hardest hit were cantaloup farms in tambons Mae Chai and Si Thoy in Mae Chai district.
February 17, 2019 06:33 UTC
Bang Rak police deputy inspector Pol Captain Thanapat Suwannak said the body of the foreign tourist, whose name was later identified as Maceiras Rijo Vera, was found entangled in a barbed-wire fence at the base of the hotel on Maha Nakhon Road in Maha Preuktharam sub-district at 8am. Police determined that she was sharing a hotel room on the third floor with her elder sister. A CCTV footage reportedly showed that she went to the open deck to perform a yoga at around 5am. The body was sent to the Police General Hospital for autopsy. The Portuguese embassy was asked to co-ordinate for the transport of her body back to home country for religious rites.
February 17, 2019 06:22 UTC
The March 24 election in general, followed by the possible dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party, were the most interesting political news reported by various forms of media last week, according to the result of a survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll. The poll was conducted on Feb 12-16 on 1,186 people across the country. Asked which political news they found most interesting, a majority -- 62.54% -- cited the March 24 election, saying it is an important event which could lead to changes in the country; 30.22% cited ongoing legal drama such as the proposed dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart Party, the case against six former leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and the 15-day closure of Voice TV ordered by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC); 21.04% the nomination of candidates for prime minister by various parties; 19.87% new candidates and new political parties; and 15.29% the election campaigns by the political parties. Asked what concerned them most in these news stories, 39.49% mentioned possible election fraud; 31.98% a possible coup; 27.41% the country's economy and their livelihood after the election; 20.52% how the new prime minister would be elected; and 14.21% the methodology of casting ballots in the election. Asked whether the news would influence their vote, 35.44% said they would have to gather more information, especially about the policies of each party and the qualifications of candidates; 24.67% said "no", saying they already had a candidate and party in mind; 15.89% said they were determined to exercise their right to vote in this election; and 12.33% said they wanted to give new parties and new candidates a chance to prove themselves.
February 17, 2019 05:48 UTC
WASHINGTON - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday that no decision has been taken on funding President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, a project that may come partly from redirected military funds. The declaration means he would be able to sidestep Congress to access federal funds from elsewhere to help pay for building the border wall. Trump wanted Congress to authorize $5.7 billion for a wall along parts of the border, but lawmakers provided just $1.375 billion for barriers, not a solid concrete wall. The Pentagon chief said he would "review that analysis now that the emergency has been declared. As a candidate, Trump repeatedly vowed that Mexico would pay for a wall.
February 17, 2019 05:26 UTC
Halep is the reigning French Open champion and Angelique Kerber, who she beat in the semi-finals, holds the Wimbledon title. Qatar is the fifth title of Mertens' career but notably her first at a Premier-level event. At 2-0 down in the second, it looked like it was going to turn into a routine victory for Halep. Mertens broke back, then called for medical attention and was the stronger player for the remainder of the game. "I was really tired in the third set, I couldn't have the chance to win this match," said Halep, who won the Qatar title in 2014.
February 17, 2019 05:15 UTC
Pol Colonel Sith Sirikangwalkul, the acting Immigration chief there, said on Sunday one was recaptured that same night and two more were found in a forest two kilometres away the following night. Another, age 37, was nabbed on Saturday hiding in a hut on a rubber plantation, and the last three, in their 20s, were picked at 9.30pm the same day, exhausted and walking on the Liang Muang 4 bypass road. The Uighurs had been held in custody since early 2016 for unlawful entry into Thailand. They escaped when the immigration officer supervising them agreed to fetch an item from amongtheir confiscated belongings, leaving the door of their cell unlocked.
February 17, 2019 04:18 UTC
PRACHIN BURI: A passenger van rammed into the rear of a lorry in Si Maha Pho district of this eastern province early Sunday, wounding 12 Cambodian migrant workers and the driver, police said. The van was heading for Sa Kaew with 12 Cambodian workers on board, police said. At the intersection, the van rammed into the rear of a lorry. The 12 Cambodians and Jakkrit Ketphet, 33, the Thai driver, were injured. Surapol Suwankut, 56, the lorry driver, said he stepped on the brake several times on seeing the red light, but the van ploughed into his vehicle from behind.
February 17, 2019 03:56 UTC
Beijing and Washington have already imposed duties on more than $360 billion in two-way trade, which are weighing on their manufacturing sectors and have shaken global financial markets. US prosecutors recently ensnared Chinese tech giant Huawei with charges of trade secret theft, including an alleged programme to reward technology theft from rivals. Washington hopes China will lessen the role of the state in the economy and curtail generous subsidies for industries and companies. - Trade deficit -China's politically sensitive trade surplus with the US last year hit a record $323.3 billion as the tit-for-tat tariffs kept Chinese buyers away from American agricultural and energy commodities. The test will be if Trump can get on board with a deal to address the trade deficit that defers structural changes.
February 17, 2019 03:45 UTC
PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Semitic abuse of a leading intellectual by "yellow vest" protestors and said it would not be tolerated. "The anti-Semitic insults he has been subjected to are the absolute negation of what we are and what makes us a great nation. Several protestors shouted "Dirty Zionist," "We are the people" and "France is ours", according to a video broadcast by Yahoo! Thousands of people took part in 'yellow vest' protests for a 14th consecutive weekendFinkielkraut has expressed his solidarity and sympathy with the "yellow vest" protestors from the outset but in an interview published Saturday in Le Figaro, he criticised the leaders of the movement, saying that "arrogance has changed sides". The "yellow vest" protests began three months ago over fuel taxes but quickly grew into a broader anti-government rebellion fuelled by hatred of Macron, with some using anti-Semitic tropes to refer to his former job as an investment banker.
February 17, 2019 03:45 UTC
Americans Patrick Rodgers and J.B. Holmes were both 11-under par with 16 holes to play. "It just is such a long day," Thomas said. Thomas, facing the prospect of playing 33-plus holes on Sunday, noted that the forecast also called for more rain and brisk winds. "Made a couple of putts," said Woods, whose struggles this week on the greens included four three-putts in the first round. "It's going to be a tough day for all of us and one that we're going to have to fight through."
February 17, 2019 03:33 UTC