China establishes spy base in Cuba
WASHINGTON: China has reached a secret deal with Cuba to establish an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island located 160 kilometres from Florida, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing US officials familiar with classified intelligence.
TV preacher Pat Robertson dies at 93
WASHINGTON: Pat Robertson, the fire-and-brimstone televangelist who brought the religious right wing into the mainstream of US politics, died on Thursday at the age of 93, his organisation announced.
It's official: El Nino has arrived
A US government forecaster on Thursday confirmed that El Nino conditions are now being seen, with farmers from Australia to India bracing for the possible hit to crops from the dry, hot conditions it could bring.
Phase 1 of high-speed rail ready ‘by 2026’
The first phase of a high-speed railway that will eventually link the Chinese city of Kunming with Bangkok will be completed in 2026, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said on Thursday.
Escaping Myanmar scam gangs a challenge
CHAING RAI: More than 140 Thais have sought help after being duped by online scam gangs to work in Myanmar’s Shan state since last year, and about 60 have been rescued so far, according to the Consular Affairs Department
Turkmenistan vows to end smoking within two years
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan's authoritarian leader launched an "unprecedented" anti-smoking crusade on Thursday, ordering the Central Asia country to rid itself completely of tobacco within two years.
Pro-Pita group wants complaints dismissed
Pro-Pita demonstrators ask Election Commission to dismiss complaints against Move Forward leader and quickly endorse vote results so new government can get to work.
Southern independence referendum movement watched
Security agencies are keeping a close watch on a new group that they say has called for a public referendum on the independence of “Patani State” from Thailand.
BoT: Government change not a factor in rate policy
The Bank of Thailand says there is no need to wait and see what policies are formulated by the new government before deciding whether or not to raise interest rates further.
Zelensky visits flood-hit Ukraine region
KHERSON, Ukraine: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the region flooded by the breached Kakhovka dam on Thursday, as Moscow-installed authorities said five people had been killed in the disaster.
New Corrections Dept rule ‘not for Thaksin’
Department of Corrections clarifies that new rule allowing some convicts to serve sentences outside prison has nothing to do with former prime minister’s vow to return from exile.
The Afghan valley proud of its young suicide bombers
TANGI VALLEY (AFGHANISTAN): Taliban-trained suicide bomber Ismail Ashuqullah regrets missing the chance to blow himself up at the height of the Afghan war -- like many other young men from the lush green Tangi Valley.
Regional sports complex in the making
KHON KAEN: A 2-billion-baht sports complex is set to be built in Phon district of this northeastern province, offering a wide range of facilities for various sports including Muay Thai, golf, paddleboarding and wakeboarding.
Flooding over 600 square km after Kakhovka dam breach
Flooding from the Kakhovka dam breach extends over 600 square kilometres on the Ukrainian-held right bank of the Dnipro River and the Russian-held left bank.
Probe into official's attempt to release smuggled oil truck
The Excise Department is investigating an allegation that one of its high-level officials tried to persuade police to let go of a truck carrying 15,000 litres of smuggled oil.
Isuzu denies planning to move plant to Indonesia
Japanese automaker Isuzu denies Indonesian minister’s claim that it plans to relocate a factory from Thailand, after reports send shares of some Thai auto suppliers plunging.
Tourism pushes consumer confidence to 39-month high
Thai consumer confidence rose in May for a 12th month to a 39-month high, boosted by higher foreign tourist arrivals and increased activity during the recent national election, a survey showed on Thursday.
Kazakh man nabbed for shooting Russian
PHUKET: A Kazakh man suspected of shooting and injuring a Russian man in a gun attack in Thalang district on Wednesday has been arrested, police said.
Vanished, shot, murdered: Laos activists spooked by spate of incidents
A spate of incidents involving government critics has sparked fears of a crackdown in Laos.
Work begins on 2nd Chinese-invested expressway in Cambodia
KANDAL, Cambodia: Cambodia on Wednesday broke ground on the second Chinese-invested expressway connecting the capital Phnom Penh with Bavet City of Svay Rieng province on the border with Vietnam.