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    Clashes in the clergy over Somdej Chuang nomination

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Somdej Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn was once considered the most likely candidate to take the vacant supreme patriarch position. Widely known as "Somdej Chuang", he assumed the "Somdej" title, the second ranking to supreme patriarch, longer than any other monks before him. Belonging to the Mahaniyaka sect, he is the presiding abbot of Wat Pak Nam Phasi Charoen, or Wat Paknam.

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    Monk's lucky charms fire Leicester to title

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Leicester City's English Premier League championship triumph is a fairytale of a small football club that manages to win big with a little help from mythical amulets ... sort of. Of course, the much coveted title was the product of the hard work of the players and manager Claudio Ranieri. But support from the three magic amulets given by a senior Thai monk might also have helped.

  • NEWS

    Hmong girls get justice

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Spectrum helped clear the names of two Hmong girls once falsely accused of being robbers by reporting their side of the story in our Dec 11 edition. The sisters, Dokmai, 10, and Gaolhee, 7, used to go to Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai after school to earn extra income by posing for photographs in hill tribe costumes with tourists.

  • NEWS

    The New Chinese migrants making waves

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Any news stories about the Chinese grabbed people's attention easily this year. Whether addressing the large number of Chinese tourists -- and their reportedly unruly behaviour -- the building of mega-dams on the Mekong River, the spread of banana contract farming or zero-dollar tours, anything about the Chinese seemed bound to sweep the top spot for most views or shares on social media.

  • NEWS

    As sea temperatures rise, Thailand sees coral bleaching

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Mass coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef this year triggered international attention towards the severe impact of climate change. The worst-ever bleaching event was caused by the El Nino climate cycle that began around the middle of 2014. Two-thirds of corals in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef died.

  • NEWS

    Zika spreads net

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Since last year, the Zika outbreak has become one of the most prominent diseases in the modern world's history. Even though it is not deadly, its effects are dangerous to many people, especially pregnant women.

  • NEWS

    Tiger Temple's secrets raided, leading to roars of outrage

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » A raid of the controversial Tiger Temple unveiled new discoveries back in May. Long-standing suspicions of animal mistreatment ended in the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation's (DNP) removal of 137 tigers from Wat Phra Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno in Kanchanaburi province.

  • NEWS

    The Donald Trumps His Opponents

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » The biggest political upset of the year was pulled off by Donald J Trump. The billionaire businessman-cum-reality TV star won the US election in a historic vote on Nov 8. The move seemed unthinkable to many when the president-elect first put his name in the running.

  • NEWS

    NCPO reclaims the streets

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Some might perceive omnipresent street food and pavement vendors as part of Bangkok's charm. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), however, thought that some of these vendors might have gone too far in occupying public spaces.

  • BUSINESS

    Travel in style with technology

    Published on 25/12/2016

    » Today we can't deny that technology plays a big part in our lives everywhere we go. When you look at the people around you, almost everyone has got a smartphone - texting, chatting, sending emails, reading news, and etc... But that's not everything. Technology has much more than that to offer. As travel becomes more tech-savvy, it brings convenience to travellers who like to explore the world.

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