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Thai tour boat deaths deter Chinese visitors in July

Chinese visitor numbers to Thailand dropped in July, compared with the same period of last year, after 47 Chinese tourists died in a tourist boat sinking in Phuket, according to Thai officials. Two Thai tourist boats, Phoenix and Serenata, overturned in rough seas on July 5. All the passengers on board Serenata were rescued and all the victims were from Phoenix.



Thailand initially set to have general election on Feb. 24, 2019: PM

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday that the country will have a general election in next February, but he also said it is possible for further delay. Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting in the southern province of Chumphon, the prime minister said, "We still confirm that the general election will be held in February 2019.



Myanmar worker shot dead in Samut Sakhon

A migrant worker from Myanmar was found shot dead in Samut Sakhon on Tuesday morning with no clear indication of what happened. Ban Praew district police, called to the scene at 6.30am, identified the man by his work-permit card as Tan Ae, 32, who was employed by a waste recycling shop.



Insider tip: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Full of old-world charm, Chiang Mai is a three-hour flight from Bangkok. It offers a slow pace of travel and is as beautiful as it is diverse.



Flood crisis at Sukhothai

Floods along the Kwae River system have driven out residents and resort operators as the Vajiralongkorn Dam has already reached more than 90% of capacity. Massive runoff from the North which is likely to hit Sukhothai tomorrow has forced officials into taking emergency steps to protect the province's city centre by keeping the water level of the Yom River low and using ponds to retain the deluge.



Thai Q2 GDP growth pace slows, but govt keeps 2018 target

Gross domestic product grew a seasonally adjusted 1.0 per cent in the second quarter from the first, the National Economic and Social Development Board said. The pace met a Reuters poll's 1.0 per cent forecast and was far below January-March's fast quarterly pace, which was revised up to 2.1 per cent from 2.0 per cent.



Israelis sentenced to 25 years in Thai prison for killing underworld rival

Pair avoid death sentence after confessing to murder of Netanya crime boss Maor Malul on resort island of Koh Samui Eyal Bokal and Dolev Zuarez sit while in Thai police custody on January 22, 2018. Two Israeli men who confessed to slaying Netanya crime boss Maor Malul in Thailand earlier this year were sentenced by a Thai court on Monday to 25 years in prison for the crime.



Police say suspected serial pedophile also targeted minors overseas

Court extends by a week the remand of youth sports coach Beno Reinhorn, who is accused of molesting dozens of girls online Beno Reinhorn, a youth sports coach suspected of molesting dozens of underage girls online, is seen at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court on August 20, 2018. A court in Thailand sentences two Israelis to 25 years in prison for the murder of an Israeli mob boss in the country earlier this year.



Floodwaters rise in North and Northeast

The Mekong River threatens to burst its banks in the northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom on Monday. Flooding continued in four northern provinces, four northeastern provinces and one central province on Monday -- and water levels are rising in most of them, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.



Thailand's Queen Sirikit, 86, admitted to hospital with flu

In this photo released on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, by The Royal Household Bureau, Thailand's Queen Sirikit, center, is visited by her children King Maha Vjiralongkorn and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Chitralada Palace on the Queen's 86th birthday in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai Royal Palace has announced that the Queen, mother of the country's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, has been hospitalized with influenza.



Thailanda s Queen Sirikit, 86, admitted to hospital with flu

In this photo released on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, by The Royal Household Bureau, Thailand's Queen Sirikit, center, is visited by her children King Maha Vjiralongkorn and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Chitralada Palace on the Queen's 86th birthday in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai Royal Palace has announced that the Queen, mother of the country's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, has been hospitalized with influenza.



Motorcyclist killed in Nakhon Si Thammarat may have been thief

A suspected thief may have died as a result of his loot being clipped by a passing vehicle, police in Nakhon Si Thammarat speculate. Uan Kerdhet, 52, of Tambon Sai Khao in Hua Sai was found dead on Monday morning on Hua Sai-Ranode Road in Moo 3, Hua Sai, alongside his upended motorcycle and a large bundle of fibre-optic cable.



Chinese tourist drowns in Phuket's

A Chinese tourist was fatally injured after he and three other tourists ignored a red flag banning swimming at Koh Racha in Phuket on Sunday and were swept out to sea by a giant wave. Lifeguards managed to pull all four tourists from the sea in front of The Racha Hotel on Koh Racha but Zhang Guo Jun, 32, lost consciousness.



Authorities redoubling efforts to legalise Lao workers in Thailand

All Lao workers who return home to register with the authorities will need to get work permits and passports from labour officials so they can legally work in Thailand. The Ministry of Labour and Social welfare recently ordered all its provincial departments to provide free work permits, passports and other documents for Lao workers.



Blaze destroys living quarters of Sports Authority officials in Bangkok

A fire swept through five terraced wooden houses belonging to the Sports Authority of Thailand and housing SAT officials in Bangkok's Bang Kapi district early Monday.



Kanchanaburi at flood risk

All district chiefs in Kanchanaburi have received an urgent order to brace for floods and evacuate villagers if necessary amid growing worry after heavy rain submerged parts of Nan. Letters marked "most urgent" have been sent to the district chiefs by provincial governor Chirakiat Phumsawat who is concerned Kanchanaburi, along with 10 other provinces, is likely to encounter the combined effects of a low-pressure system, which has been weakened by tropical storm Bebinca, and a stronger southwest monsoon in the Andaman Sea.



North, Northeast in grip of severe floods

HOMES AND farmland across the North and Northeast were flooded yesterday following heavy rainfall triggered by Tropical Storm Bebinca, which has swelled rivers and canals. In Chiang Rai, a large section of a half-completed flood barrier along Lam Nam Kham canal in Tambon Mae Kham, Mae Chan district, collapsed, inundating 230 homes in four villages with floodwater up to a metre deep.





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