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MoU on releasing refugee children
THE UN Refugee Agency has welcomed the government’s decision to stop detaining young refugees and asylum seekers.

Chinese nabbed for using fake ID to set up business
A 52-YEAR-OLD Chinese man was arrested in Bangkok recently after he allegedly used a Thai identity card to set up a tour company, Immigration Police chief Pol Lt-General Surachate Hakparn said on Monday.

Four arrested after allegedly smuggling 400kg of marijuana from Northeast to Bangkok
Bangkok police have arrested four alleged drug couriers who managed to smuggle 400 kilograms of marijuana to the capital from the Northeast.

7,000 chosen as outstanding ‘One Tambon, One Quality Schools’
A total of 7,000 schools have been selected as “One Tambon, One Quality School” outstanding tambon-level schools by the Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec), in line with the government’s policy to promote equity in access to quality education, Obec secretary-general Boonrak Yodphetch said on Monday.

Prawit urges ‘utmost restraint’ from security officials following Narathiwat attacks
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has urged security officials on the ground to exercise the utmost restraint following several attacks targeting Buddhist monks and officials in the southernmost province of Narathiwat last week.

Medical school begins rites to honour body donors
Officials at Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Medicine on Monday morning began moving the remains of 647 “Khru Yai” to the school’s Golden Jubilee Convention Hall for ritual prayers known as Abhidhamma.

Those behind Narathiwat temple attack ‘seek international attention, want us to use all-out suppression’, says PM 
The people behind the deadly attack at a temple in Narathiwat province last week wanted to upgrade the attention given to the violence in the South to the international level and lure officials into conducting forceful suppression, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday.

Thai political development on table at Asean-EU meeting : Source
Ministers from Asean and European Union were meeting in Brussels on Monday to review past cooperation and further strengthen ties between the regions.

Premchai and wife in court over tusk charges
Premchai Karnasuta, the president of construction firm Italian-Thai Development who faces charges centred on illegal poaching in a Kanchanaburi wildlife sanctuary, appeared in Criminal Court in Bangkok on Monday on separate charges of smuggling and illegally possessing two pairs of tusks from African elephants.

Windless Bangkok strangles in smog, but forecast improves
Bangkok’s air pollution crisis worsened on Monday as predicted, with 23 locations along main roads and 16 other areas reporting unsafe levels of PM2.5, the health-threatening airborne particles 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter.

Left to fend for themselves
Victims of Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam collapse in Laos languish in shelters, staring at an uncertain future.

Just mediating will not help end to domestic violence, say experts
THE NUMBER of reported domestic-violence victims has risen by an alarming rate in the first half of this month, compared to the same period a year later, according to the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation (WMP).

REPORT: Changes give forest protection centre more authority, ease in identifying encroachers
CHEEWAPAP Cheewatham recently stepped down as leader of Thailand’s most powerful forest suppression taskforce, Phaya Prai, after nearly five years at the helm.

UPDATE: Five police officers transferred after raid on pub
Five senior officers at Bangkok’s Wat Phraya Krai Police Station were transferred to inactive posts with immediate effect pending a probe result over alleged negligence after a Sunday morning raid of a pub in their jurisdiction found wrongdoings.

Two arrested in crackdown on transnational drug ring
A Canadian man and his Thai male accomplice have been arrested in a joint operation to crack down on a transnational drug trafficking ring that tried to smuggle heroin hidden in automobile shock absorbers into Australia, Niyom Termsrisuk secretary-general of the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), told a press conference in Bangkok on Sunday.

Anastasia Vashukevich trial
Anastasia Vashukevich attends hearing of investigation motion on her arrest at the Nagatinsky district court in Moscow, Russia, 19 January 2019.

Bus fare hike? What bus fare hike?
A Bangkok survey has found that many residents are unaware about the Bt1-Bt2 bus-fare hike coming into effect on Monday and that most of those who do know are worried about another increase in the cost of living.

Police get the hoses out to tackle pollution
Traffic police and volunteers sprayed water at four locations in Bangkok on Sunday morning in a bid to curb the dust pollution.

Smog expected to worsen on Monday
With air pollution lingering in Bangkok on Sunday and possibly set to worsen on Monday, the head of the Department of Health expressed concern for the health of people who work outdoors such as street vendors, traffic police, road sweepers and tuk-tuk drivers.

The night they raided the ‘56’
A Bangkok pub is likely to be closed after a Sunday morning raid found it unlicensed, open too late and with patrons stocked up and loaded up with illegal drugs.

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