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  • NEWS

    Chips down in a poker game

    Published on 16/08/2013

    » Police raided a house on Pratumnak Road where several men and women were playing poker for high-stakes. Police seized the poker table, playing cards, poker chips and, of course, piles of cash–reportedly about 300,000 baht. Officers also discovered an account book revealing that the illegal gambling had been going on for several months. American Matthew Mortensen was said to be one of the organizers, whilst two Cambodians in the den were assistants earning around 2,000 baht a time. Seven people were taken into custody; others managed to escape through side exits and windows.

  • NEWS

    Bag snatcher pleads poverty

    Published on 16/08/2013

    » A man confessed that he couldn’t find a job and was so short of money that he snatched bags from tourists to fund a better lifestyle. Purin Boonkuer, 31, was accused of robbing a purse from Russian visitor Natalie Shipilova, who said he was just leaving a convenience store when the alleged snatch occurred. Several people gave chase and made a citizens’ arrest.

  • LEARNING

    A house in the sky

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 16/08/2013

    » A very rich man in Beijing, China wanted to live in the mountains, so he started building his own big mountain right on top of the building where he lived.

  • WORLD

    Bolt, Pearson through as Isinbayeva row lingers

    AFP, Published on 16/08/2013

    » Usain Bolt and Sally Pearson both safely negotiated their way through qualification at the world championships on Friday as Yelena Isinbayeva backtracked over her apparent support of Russia's anti-gay law.

  • THAILAND

    Son shoots dad during argument

    Yuttapong Kumnodnae, Published on 16/08/2013

    » A teenager has been arrested after his father was shot dead at a hut on a rubber plantation in Nam Som district of Udon Thani province during an argument, police said on Friday.

  • THAILAND

    BoT intervened to stabilise baht in Aug

    Online Reporters, Published on 16/08/2013

    » The Bank of Thailand reported that foreign reserves as of Aug 9 totalled US$172.2 billion, an increase of $900 million from the previous week, with the central bank buying dollars from the spot market to keep the baht from fluctuating too sharply.

  • THAILAND

    Malaysia investment drive near Thai border

    Saritdet Marukatat, Published on 16/08/2013

    » Malaysia has bold plans to set up business and logistics centres on the border with southern Thailand, just across from Songkhla province, and they will be in direct competition with lagging Thai development in the southern region.

  • WORLD

    Army mortar fire 'kills 14 civilians near Damascus'

    AFP, Published on 16/08/2013

    » Mortar fire by the Syrian army on the Mleha district southeast of Damascus killed at least 14 civilians, four of them children, a watchdog said on Friday.

  • WORLD

    Indonesia boat accident death toll rises to 13

    AFP, Published on 16/08/2013

    » Indonesian rescuers found five more bodies Friday after a boat taking people home following holidays at the end of Ramadan sank, an official said, taking the death toll from the accident to 13.

  • BUSINESS

    SET index down 7.31 points

    Online Reporters, Published on 16/08/2013

    » Thai stocks slipped 0.5% on Friday in line with declines across Asia, amid investor concerns that the US Federal Reserve could soon start winding down its stimulus programme.

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