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  • LEARNING

    The rice fields of Bangkok

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 13/07/2013

    » Some tourists are coming to Thailand, but they will only have one day in the country. They want to see farmers working in their rice fields. Where should we suggest they go? How about Bangkok?

  • NEWS

    Drinking session leads to deportation

    Published on 13/07/2013

    » A labourers’ camp at Pattaya’s Soi 5 was the scene of a boozing session which went wrong when police turned up and discovered 19 Cambodians who were working illegally in the Kingdom.  The illegals said that they had had to pay 3,000 baht to be brought to Thailand and were disappointed only to receive 100-200 baht a day for heavy manual work in a 70-hour week.  One of the Cambodians, Nok, was hit with a metal pipe during an alcohol-related argument with other Cambodians; his assailants escaped in the confusion as police arrived.  All those caught will be returned to the Cambodian border, but they may turn up here again soon.

  • WORLD

    Fitch joins France downgrade

    AFP, Published on 13/07/2013

    » Ratings agency Fitch downgraded France from the top AAA credit rating on Friday, citing a heavier government debt load and poor prospects for growth.

  • SPORTS

    Middle-distance showdown set at Kenyan trials

    AFP, Published on 13/07/2013

    » The men's steeplechase and 800-metre races top the Kenyan trials on Saturday for the world athletics championships at the Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi.

  • WORLD

    S. Koreans dismiss cockpit culture as cause of crash

    AFP, Published on 13/07/2013

    » South Korean aviation officials on Friday dismissed any suggestion that a deferential culture in which junior pilots were afraid to challenge their seniors played a part in the crash of an Asiana jet in San Francisco.

  • WORLD

    S. Korea court orders US firms to pay up over Agent Orange

    AFP, Published on 13/07/2013

    » South Korea's highest court on Friday upheld a ruling ordering two US Agent Orange makers to compensate 39 Vietnam War veterans, while sending another decision back to a lower court for review.

  • WORLD

    4,500 Chinese leave Ghana after illegal mining crackdown

    AFP, Published on 13/07/2013

    » More than 4,500 Chinese have left Ghana since a crackdown on illegal mining began in June, with the illicit industry having drawn scores of Chinese to the west African nation, an official said Friday.

  • WORLD

    Thailand, Muslim rebels aim for Ramadan peace

    AFP, Published on 13/07/2013

    » The Thai government and Muslim rebels have agreed to try to curb violence during Ramadan, a Malaysian official said Friday, marking a new step towards ending nearly a decade of conflict.

  • WORLD

    11 hostages in Philippine Muslim clan feud

    AFP, Published on 13/07/2013

    » Armed Muslim clans in the strife-torn southern Philippines are holding 11 people, including several children captive, as part of a decades-long feud, the military said on Friday.

  • WORLD

    UN agency criticises Australia's PNG asylum centre

    AFP, Published on 13/07/2013

    » The UN refugee agency on Friday criticised conditions at a detention centre in Papua New Guinea where Australia sends asylum-seekers, wading into an issue looming large in Australia's forthcoming election.

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