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Column: Peace Talks In South Thailand At Cross Roads Again

By Abu Hafez Al-Hakim Abu Hafez Al-Hakim the spokesperson of MARA-Patani, an umbrella organisation of several Patani Islamic liberation movements in the Muslim Malay-majority southern Thailand shares some insights on how changes in the Malaysian leadership has put the peace dialogue at crossroads. YALA -- As far as the peace dialogue process in restive South Thailand is concerned, any political changes at the helm both in Malaysia and Thailand will have an impact on the process one way or another.



Kiwi's sudden death on dream Thai holiday stuns friends

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Thai pro-democracy protesters arrested as fatigue on junta rule grows

Police officers stand guard during a protest to demand that the military government hold a general election by November, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 22, 2018. Source: Reuters THAI police detained at least eight leaders and several other activists of an anti-junta protest on Tuesday who had tried to mark the fourth anniversary of a coup by marching to Government House, one of the largest acts of dissent since the army grabbed power.



5 Thais 1 Vietnamese arrested for wildlife smuggling

The officials found 14 African turtles, 10 dogs, 6 rabbits, plus 75 green and 4 grey iguanas inside a van. The vehicle was found parked inside Hai Sok Temple near a port where the smuggled items were being shipped to Laos over the Mekhong River.



Thailand's Maya Bay made famous by film 'The Beach' to close for four months

Bangkok: Thailand's Maya Bay, made famous by the film "The Beach", will close to visitors for four months from June to allow its coral reefs to recover from rising temperatures and the environmental impact of thousands of visitors each day. The bay, on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, was the main location of the 2000 film starring Leonardo Di Caprio, which revealed to viewers the stunning beauty of Thailand's turquoise seas and white-powder beaches, spurring many to visit.



Mobile coffee vendor arrested for stealing patron's mobile phone

Police on Tuesday arrested a mobile coffee vendor shortly after he was caught on camera snatching a patron's mobile phone in Nakhon Nayok's Muang district. Boonpoj Mohsri, 36, a well-known sidecar coffee vendor, was arrested at 2pm by police from the Muang Nakhon Nayok police station, less than an hour after his victim filed a complaint with police.



Couple charged with illegal money-lending, rape and detention

A couple has been arrested on suspicion of operating a loan-shark operation in Chon Buri after allegedly detaining, assaulting and raping a female customer in a bid to collect a debt, police announced on Tuesday. Watcharee Sawaengpol, 32, and her husband Manu Phew-on, 44, face charges of illegal money lending, robbery, assault, illegal detention, and rape.



House Members Call For End To Thailand's Ban On U.S. Pork

HOUSE MEMBERS CALL FOR END TO THAILAND'S BAN ON U.S. PORK May 22, 2018 Source: National Pork Producers Council news release Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Virachai Plasai, ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States, calling for the removal of restrictions on imports of U.S. farm products, including U.S. pork. The bipartisan letter - signed by 44 members and sponsored by Representatives David Young, R-IA, and Ron Kind, D-WI - calls for the suspension of U.S. trade benefits enjoyed by Thailand if it does not respond with reciprocal access.



'Big Joke' bribed

Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, right, deputy commissioner of tourist police, explains the "Big Joke" imposter case to reporters at the Royal Thai Police Office on Tuesday. A taxi driver pretending to be him was given more than 5 million baht in bribes by officers wanting promotions.



Ford Thailand faces B24m class action suit

Attapol Piawacha, one of Ford's unhappy customers in Chiang Mai, joins a protest against the company at Ford Sales and Services Co Ltd in Bangkok on March 14 last year. The Civil Court has accepted a class action case against a subsidiary of Ford Thailand filed by 308 car owners for 24 million baht in damages.



South Korean fraud suspect caught in Chon Buri

Kim Woong, 38, left, a Korean national wanted for fraud in his home country, is questioned by Chon Buri police after his arrest on Monday night. CHON BURI: A South Korean wanted for alleged fraud in his home country was detained on Monday night at a condominium on Pattaya-Na Kluea Road in Bang Lamung district, Pol Maj Gen Nanthachat Supphamongkol, chief of provincial police, said on Tuesday.



Chinese woman safe after abduction at Suvarnabhumi

Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy tourist police chief, shakes hands with Jincai Chen, 39, the ransomed Chinese woman, at a press conference at Suvarnabhumi airport police station in Samut Prakan province on Monday. A Chinese woman abducted by five people after arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Hong Kong and held for 10 million baht ransom was found safe on a roadside in Bang Na, Bangkok, 14 days later.



Looking high and low for Jho Low

PETALING JAYA: Where is Jho Low? That is the question everyone is asking now that investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad are deepening. The Wall Street Journal reported that Low was in Phuket, Thailand, just before Malaysia's May 9 general election, in anticipation of a victory for his ally, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.



13 injured when speeding pickup hits three vehicles in Korat

A speeding pickup truck hit three vehicles on the opposite side of the road in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday evening, causing 13 injuries. Police said the truck driver, Suchart Muenkhunthod, 53, who was among the injured, was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the time.



Pitbull owner fined, dogs chained after fatal bites

Two Pitbull dogs are ordered to be chained and muzzled after biting another dog to death. UDON THANI: A Pitbull owner has been fined and ordered to chain his two pets after they mauled another dog to death.



Police question Thai politicians who criticized junta

In this May 5, 2018, photo, a pro-democracy demonstrator adjusts a poster Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's junta has a singular success it never hoped for: uniting a politically divided nation in growing dissatisfaction with the thin-skinned rule of the generals.



Thailand wearies of junta rule, election promise still vague

In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Thai soldiers stand guard in front of the Democracy Monument after a coup in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's junta has a singular success it never hoped for: uniting a politically divided nation in growing dissatisfaction with the thin-skinned rule of the generals.





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