MADRID - Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach on Monday after overseeing a startling upturn in the European champions' fortunes since he stepped in to replace Julen Lopetegui. Real Madrid's interim coach Santiago Solari appointed on a permanent basis after a record start"Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems," the Spanish football federation stated. "It's a great opportunity and it's a great club," Solari said. "He's one of the greatest things we've ever had at this club," Solari said last month.
November 12, 2018 16:41 UTC
(File photo)A draft bill on civil partnerships for same-sex couples drew mixed reactions from people who attended the Bangkok public hearing on the proposed legislation on Monday. It was the first public hearing on the bill, aimed at recognising partnership status for same-sex couples. The first were those who agreed with the draft bill, saying such a law should have already been rolled out, she said. He did not address demands by the LGBT community for a simple amendment to the marriage laws recognising same-sex couples. "If the draft bill makes it to the cabinet, this would be a huge leap forward," he said.
November 12, 2018 16:30 UTC
In an interview with France 2 television on Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he "for the moment was not aware" of any information transmitted by Ankara. Asked if the Turkish president was lying, he said: "It means that he has a political game to play in these circumstances." Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded even more sharply, saying that his French counterpart's accusations amounted to "impertinence". "It does not fit the seriousness of a foreign minister," he said, accusing Le Drian of "exceeding his authority". Trudeau was speaking from Paris, where he was attending a peace forum hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.
November 12, 2018 16:18 UTC
The "Phoenix" is still at the location where it sank on July 5 in an incident that killed 47 Chinese tourists. PHUKET: Singapore and Thai divers are expecting unfriendly cooperation from nature as they will soon kick off another attempt to lift the deadly "Phoenix" boat from the seabed off the resort island. Rough seas were also on the surface," said Passakorn Sirichuchote, a Marine Police diver, who surveyed the area 3.7km off Koh Hae, on Monday. The machines and divers will stand ready for a 1,200-tonne floating crane and a tug boat now on the way from Singapore. Equipment at the Phuket deep-sea port will be moved to the area where an operation to salvage the Phoenix begins this week.
November 12, 2018 12:48 UTC
Phnom Penh has to wait for direct air links with Beijing after Air China decided to postpone flights to connect the two capitals orginally planned for this month. (Photo by Paritta Wangkiat)Air China, the country’s national flag carrier, has announced that the launch of a direct flight between Phnom Penh and Beijing will be delayed to early next year, after having previously scheduled it for November. Air China announced in August plans to have the maiden flight for its Beijing-Phnom Penh route in November. Despite a considerable number of airlines connecting the country with various cities across China, there is no direct air link between the countries’ capitals yet. Last year, Air China suspended its Beijing-Siem Reap route, which had been in operation for nearly a year, saying that demand for the flight was weak.
November 12, 2018 11:26 UTC
Charoen Pokphand chief executive Suphachai Chearavanont lead his team to submit documents to bid for a high-speed train project connecting three airports on Monday. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)Two consortia submitted bids for a high-speed railway project linking Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airports on the first day of bidding, with more expected to come on board later. CP Group vice-chairman Adiruth Thothaveesansuk claimed on Sunday that the CP-led investment group would bring in "world-class knowledge, experience and expertise" to the train project. BSR Joint Venture also joins a race to win the 224-billion-baht train project linking Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao airports. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana said in May he expected five big bidders to vie for the airport train project.
November 12, 2018 10:52 UTC
KABUL - At least three people were killed when a suicide attacker blew himself up in Kabul Monday, close to where scores of Afghans had been protesting against Taliban attacks on the minority Hazara ethnic group. The Kabul skyline is seen on February 16, 2011, on Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. Fighting in the area has been ongoing since Wednesday, fanning fears that the violence could be rooted in ethnic or sectarian differences. Protester Ishaq Anis told AFP that security forces should be permanently based in Jaghori and Malistan to prevent "further attacks against Hazara people". Hazaras have long criticised the government for failing to protect them from Taliban and Islamic State group attacks, even suggesting the blundering was deliberate.
November 12, 2018 10:30 UTC
Most Southeast Asian stock markets, including the Stock Exchange of Thailand, closed lower on Monday, with Indonesia shedding over 1.5%, as soft China economic data revived concerns about global growth. Financials and consumer stables were the top losers in Indonesia, with the benchmark stock index declining 1.7% to a near two-week closing low. Unilever Indonesia Tbk PT dipped 2.4%, while Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk PT fell 5%. Philippine shares fell for a second straight session, dragged by financials and industrials. Malaysian shares extended falls into a second session with IHH Healthcare Bhd shedding 3.7% to a 4-year closing low and financial services provider CIMB Group declining 1.1%.
November 12, 2018 10:18 UTC
Police inspect the Nissan car found stopped on the side of the elevated Bangkok-Chon Buri expressway with three unconscious people inside it, in Chachoengsao province on Sunday. (Photo by Sonthanaporn Inchan)CHACHOENGSAO: Police in Bang Pakong district are investigating why a family of three were found unconscious in their car on the Bangkok-Chon Buri elevated expressway after a stopover to buy drinks. Samples of the beverages the family bought would be sent Regional Medical Science Centre 6 in Chon Buri province for testing for possible toxins. Expressway police on Sunday found the driver, his girlfriend and his daughter unconscious, saliva-drooling from their mouths, in the car, which had stopped on the expressway in Bang Pakong district. They resumed their trip and shortly afterward he noticed an oily smell inside the car and started feeling dizzy.
November 12, 2018 10:07 UTC
ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia's energy minister called Monday for a global output cut of one million barrels per day to re-balance the market, as Riyadh unveiled plans to cut production by 500,000 bpd from December. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih speaks in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. But they climbed on Monday as the world's biggest supplier Saudi Arabia announced plans to cut production in response to fears of oversupply. The 14 members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which include Saudi Arabia, alone pump over a third of global crude supply. The group, including Russia and Saudi Arabia, warned that crude supply would outstrip demand next year.
November 12, 2018 10:07 UTC
(Reuters photo)HANOI: Vietnam's National Assembly on Monday ratified a Pacific Rim trade deal abandoned by US President Donald Trump, but still being pushed forward by 11 other members. A government study says the pact will boost Vietnam's GDP by 1.3 percentage points, while exports will also increase by four percentage points by 2035. State-run online newspaper VnExpress reported the legislators unanimously approved a resolution to ratify the pact Monday. It said the resolution asked the government to prepare to take advantage of the trade pact while minimizing the negative impact it poses. New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and Vietnam have ratified the pact.
November 12, 2018 09:45 UTC
The management of the Zoological Park of Thailand and Pongsavanh Group of Laos sign a deal to give an admission fee discount at Khon Kaen and Ubon Ratchathani zoos to the group's customers in Vientiane on Nov 5. (Photo by Chakkrapan Natanri)30% discount is given out to neighbouring country visitors who visit zoos in Khon Kaen and Ubon Ratchathani provinces. Benjapol Nakprasert, director-general of the Zoological Park, said the discount was available for customers of the Pongsavanh Group of Laos. Khon Kaen and Ubon Ratchathani zoos were destinations for Lao tourists and the Khon Kaen Zoo alone welcomed about 10,000 Lao people last year, he said. Jantorn Sitthichai, chairman of Pongsavanh Group's Petroleum Trading Lao, said the discount would interest hundreds of thousands of Pongsavanh customers and the group would also discuss the construction of a zoo in Laos with the Zoological Park of Thailand.
November 12, 2018 09:00 UTC
POINTE-à-PITRE, Guadeloupe: French yachtsman Francis Joyon, 62, won the Route du Rhum transatlantic race in record time on Sunday, outpacing young competitor Francois Gabart in a nail-biting final lap around this Caribbean island. French skipper Francis Joyon sailed into Point-a-Pitre just before midnight to take victory in the single-handed Route du Rhum transatlantic race in record timeJoyon sailed into Point-a-Pitre just before midnight to take victory in the single-handed race after seven days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 47 seconds at sea. "It was really an extraordinary race," said Joyon, praising Gabart, whose boat was badly damaged by storms, as "highly brave and committed". Joyon beat the previous record set by Frenchman Loick Peyron (Banque Populaire VII) in 2014 of seven days and 15 hours. When Canadian Mike Birch won the inaugural Route du Rhum in Olympus in 1978, he completed the 3,542-mile (5,700 kilometres) course in 23 days and six hours.
November 12, 2018 08:47 UTC
The government is proceeding with a new bill to legalise same-sex marriages. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)The Justice Ministry has started public hearings on the same-sex marriage bill to be submitted to the cabinet this month and its online survey has found no direct objection. The bill did not include child adoption, taxation and social welfare pending amendments of related laws and more social recognition, he said. The third opposed it because they wanted a more drastic version which gives same-sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexual ones currently enjoy. Instead of the bill, they want a much simpler solution -- expanding the term “married couples”, currently referring only to heterosexual ones in the Civil and Commercial Code, to cover same-sex couples as well.
November 12, 2018 08:39 UTC
The boy who was whipped by a teacher was absent from his class at Anuban Phutthaisong School in Buri Ram province on Monday. Piya Putthapoh, the director of Anuban Phutthaisong School in Phutthaisong district, said on Monday the boys' parents had informed the school of their decision to keep him at home for a week. His close friend said on Monday that the boy was whipped because the teacher knew that he made only 30 jumps, instead of 50. Anuban Phutthaisong School on Monday temporarily reassigned the 35-year-old teacher from Prathom 6 to Prathom 5 classes, to ease parents' concerns about his behaviour. The teacher would face a disciplinary inquiry and then punishment if he was found to have over-stepped the mark.
November 12, 2018 08:34 UTC