In comments Wednesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Islamic Jihad must stop its stop rocket attacks or "absorb more and more blows". Islamic Jihad confirmed that the dead included other members of its armed wing. Schools in the blockaded Gaza Strip, an enclave of two million people, have been closed since Tuesday. Unusually and in a sign it was seeking to avoid a wider conflict, Israel's announced targets were confined to Islamic Jihad sites and not those belonging to Hamas. Islamic Jihad is the second most-powerful militant group in the Gaza Strip after Hamas.
November 13, 2019 11:48 UTC
Another drowning Chinese tourist saved in PhuketMedics help Lawrence Ho after he was saved from drowning at Patong beach on Wednesday. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuennirun)PHUKET: A Chinese tourist was rescued after getting into difficulty in the sea off Patong Beach in Phuket on Wednesday. Pol Sen Sgt Maj Boonyarit Intakarn, who was on duty at the beach, said Lawrence Ho, 50, was on vacation with his wife. Pol Sen Sgt Maj Boonyarit said he was taken to Patong Hospital where he was recovering. Mr Ho was the second Chinese tourist to be saved from drowning in Phuket this week.
November 13, 2019 10:40 UTC
Graft busters say 4 officials demanded B20m bribe from Japanese firmVoravit Sukboon, secretary-general of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), announces the findings of a probe into an alleged 20-million-baht bribe involving four senior local officials in Nakhon Si Thammarat in a power plant project. Sino-Thai Engineering Construction and Construction Plc and its two executives were also found guilty of supporting the four officials in receiving the bribe. The fact-finding probe also found Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc and its two executives -- Pakpoom Srichamni and Rakesh Kalia -- guilty of assisting the state officials to receive the bribe from the Japanese firm. The money was later brought to Khanom district where it was delivered to the four state officials, said the NACC in its findings. The construction giant and its two executives face criminal charges for supporting the state officials to commit the offences in violation of Criminal Codes 149 and 157.
November 13, 2019 09:52 UTC
Nok Air gets new staff, planesWutthiphum Jurangkool, Nok Air chief executive (Photo supplied)Loss-ridden budget airline Nok Air is recruiting pilots and flight attendants and will acquire two new planes to serve high-season demand as its rehabilitation plan shows positive effects, its chief executive Wutthiphum Jurangkool said on Wednesday. Apart from staff recruitment, the airline would acquire two new aircraft to add to its 22-plane fleet by the end of the year. Mr Wutthiphum added that Nok Air will launch direct service between Bangkok (Don Mueang) and Hiroshima, Japan. The reduced fleet saw flight and passenger volume in the second quarter drop by 10.3% and 8.18 respectively. Nok Air reported a loss of 470 million baht in the second quarter, down from a loss of 742 million in the same period last year, and a net loss of 751 million for the first six months, down from a loss of 774 million year-on-year.
November 13, 2019 09:38 UTC
Suicide bomber attacks Indonesian police station, injuring 6Police officers stand guard at the gate of the local police headquarters following a suicide bombing attack at the compound in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Wednesday. (AP photo)MEDAN, Indonesia: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy police station in Indonesia's third largest city on Wednesday, injuring at least six people, during a counterterrorism crackdown and a warning about possible attacks against police and houses of worship. Television footage showed people running out of the police station and black smoke billowing from a burnt car. Witnesses said the mangled body of the attacker was taken for further identification as an anti-bomb squad secured the location. The sweep followed a tipoff about possible attacks against police and places of worship in several areas.
November 13, 2019 08:31 UTC
Five smugglers caught, 5m speed pills seizedTwo of the arrested smugglers and one of the two cars used in the failed trafficking of methamphetamine from Laos into Nakhon Phanom on Tuesday night. About 5 million speed pills were seized. (Photo by Pattanapong Sripiachai)NAKHON PHANOM: Five smugglers were arrested and more than 5 million methamphetamine pills seized from their two cars in Sri Songkhram district of Nakhon Phanom late on Tuesday night. They gave chase and stopped the two vehicles for a search in tambon Hat Phaeng of Sri Songkhram district. The sacks contained more than 5 million speed pills, officials said.
November 13, 2019 07:20 UTC
Chula's transgender students can now wear uniform of choiceFrom left, Chulalongkorn University students Pichet Puenintr, Nattha Boonmanit, Jirapat Techakijvekin submit their petition for permission to wear student uniform in accordance with their gender identity to department of women’s affairs and family development chief Lertpanya Buranabundit. Chulalongkorn University has issued a new regulation allowing transgender students to wear uniforms that align with their gender identity. The faculty earlier dismissed Jirapat’s petition for transgender students to be allowed to wear female uniforms in class. In January, Jirapat and other transgender students submitted a complaint, insisting the ban violated their rights. And then on Nov 7 the university issued a statement granting permission for all transgender students to do the same.
November 13, 2019 07:07 UTC
Two men arrested for slashing, robbing German at Phuket homePolice display items seized from the two men charged with injuring and robbing a German man, 70, and his wife at their house in Phuket last Thursday. The suspects allegedly broke into a house in tambon Rassada of Phuket on Thursday evening. The intruders tied up German national Wilhelm Christian Schrei, 70, with black tape and used a basket to cover his head. During interrogation, the suspects allegedly confessed and said they were jobless and needed money. Police announce the arrest of two men who allegedly tied up a 70-year-old German, slashed his arm and robbed him and his wife at their house in Phuket last Thursday.
November 13, 2019 05:33 UTC
Farmers continue drying paddy on roads despite fatal crashFreshly harvested rice laid out to dry on netting laid on a road in Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Farmers continue to dry their freshly harvested rice on public roads in this northeastern province even though it recently caused a fatal collision and is illegal. Farmers were seen drying their paddy on netting laid on roads and even on bridges in Phimai and nearby districts on Wednesday. On the day farmers were drying their grain on one lane of the two-lane road, leaving only one lane for traffic. Farmers in that area, at least, have now stopped doing so, for fear of legal action.
November 13, 2019 04:45 UTC
Venice awash as tide sweeps through canal cityPeople cross a flooded street during an exceptional "acqua alta" on Nov 12 in Venice. VENICE: Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late on Tuesday, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. The exceptionally intense "acqua alta," or high waters, peaked at 1.87 metres as the flood alarm sounded across the Italian city of canals, the tide monitoring centre said. "We're currently facing an exceptionally high tide. St. Mark's Square is particularly affected by the high tides, as it is located in one of the lowest parts of the city.
November 13, 2019 01:48 UTC
Bond author's steamy letters go on saleIn his letters, Ian Fleming describes the extraordinary process of writing a Bond book a year. LONDON: Sexually-charged letters between James Bond creator Ian Fleming and his wife Ann were put up for auction on Tuesday, part of a collection of correspondence that also charts the success of his 007 books. The collection contains more than 160 letters written by both of them, estimated at $260,000-$385,000 ahead of the Dec 3-10 sale. I can only send you my arms and my love and all my prayers," Fleming wrote to her. Fleming also describes the extraordinary process of writing a Bond book a year.
November 13, 2019 01:16 UTC
Hong Kong faces third day of chaos after night of rageStations have repeatedly been targeted during five months of pro-democracy protests. HONG KONG: Hong Kong awoke to a third straight day of chaos Wednesday following a night of intense battles between pro-democracy protesters and riot police on a university campus that saw some of the most violent scenes in more than five months of unrest. On Tuesday, the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus was the epicentre of the protests. At the Chinese University campus, students held watch through the night, fearing police might return. In Central, a district that is home to many blue-chip international firms and luxury shops, thousands of office workers occupied roads for hours on Tuesday chanting: "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong!"
November 13, 2019 00:48 UTC
Thailand among best for salary hikesThailand is among the top five economies in the world to see real salary increases as productivity grows, according to a report by ECA International. The country is likely to see a real salary increase of 4.1% in 2020, up from 3.9% in 2019. The average real salary increase in Singapore is forecast at 3% in 2020, down from 3.3% in 2019, which is above average in Asia-Pacific and more than double Hong Kong's rise of 1.4%. India will again see the highest real salary increase in Asia, predicted to be 5.4%. In China, the real salary increase is again expected to be above the regional and global average at 3.6%.
November 13, 2019 00:32 UTC
Surely, when the much-awaited period arrives, tens of thousands of vacationers will be headed to many of the more than 150 national parks across the Kingdom. During a recent meeting of all national park chiefs, chaired by Thanya Netithammakul, the director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, attendants were given a number of instructions. 1) On the last day of 2019 and the following New Year's Day, all Thai citizens will not have to pay to enter national parks. 3) Styrofoam and single-use plastics will not be allowed in national parks. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation itself also has a fan page.
November 12, 2019 23:47 UTC
The Michelin Guide, the world's oldest and most revered hotel-and-restaurant reviewer, yesterday awarded a total of 34 stars to 29 restaurants in Thailand. The awards were made at "The Michelin Star Revelation Thailand" ceremony at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse. The Michelin Guide Thailand 2020 also adds Chiang Mai among its destinations for top dining, alongside Bangkok, Phuket and Phangnga. Of the 24 restaurants to receive their first Michelin star, 20 are established. The four newcomers are Table 38 under New York's Thai chef Andy Yang; Chef's Table under Hong Kong's 3-starred French chef Vincent Thierry; 80/20 innovative cuisine restaurant; and Khao Thai restaurant -- all in Bangkok.
November 12, 2019 23:47 UTC