BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- The Royal Thai Army affirmed that its 2nd Army Region Command and local administrative offices would work to their best ability to  prevent the trafficking of Siamese Rosewood, after a complaint suggested that officials have neglected their duties.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- The Kasikorn Research Centre warns of many negative factors impacting Thai exports to the European Union (EU) this year, especially being excluded from the EU's Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), ending Thailand's tariff privileges worth US$252 million.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- Thailand's Ministry of Transport signed a memorandum of understanding with a number of organizations to protect aircraft from sky lanterns and locally-launched rockets.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 --  Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister/Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said that his government should be able to convince the international community of its efforts against human trafficking because it had done well on the issue and did straightforward reports on its attempts.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- Key figures in the National Reform Council (NRC) expect to complete national reconciliation and national reform in no more than four years.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 - Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said a preparedness month will be held in high risk areas to face future flood disasters.

He said the campaign which was expected to be held in September or October each year was aimed at preparing communities at every level if a flood disaster took place in their respective areas.

"Preparations to face flood disasters must start at the bottom. Flood victims need aid in terms of food, clothes (and) helicopters to evacuate. But where do we send the aid, where are the helicopters to land?

"All these have to be decided at an early stage at the individual, family, district and state levels," said Ahmad Shabery, who was a guest on the programme 'Landscape: Flood' aired by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) Wednesday night.

He said preparedness at the locality level required a simulation to face disasters up to the worst case scenario to enable the public to be aware of the actions needed to save lives and property.

In the meantime, Ahmad Shabery said the ministry had also asked the Multimedia Development Corporation to develop an information portal on centres for evacuation and the collection of flood aid supply to facilitate volunteers and non-governmental organisation in extending aid to flood victims.

"I praise the spirit of Malaysians who are willing to venture to the flood areas to help the victims. But from the stories that I hear, they did not know where to put the aid and to whom they are to be handed over to," he said.

In the one-hour programme, Ahmad Shabery, who is also Kemaman Member of Parliament, also shared the preparedness measures taken in Kemaman which was regarded by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as having achieved a very high level.

The minister said 69 flood relief centres with a capacity for 40,000 victims had been prepared much earlier to prepare for a worst case scenario during the monsoon season.

He said three helicopter landing areas other than a food storage and daily requirements depot were set up to facilitate aid to flood victims in the district.

"It is not the time to deliver supply when the flood inundates, as routes may have been cut off. The food supply should already have been delivered to the relief centres before the floods," he added.

SEOUL, Jan 8 - Local banks have been closing down their automated teller machines (ATMs), pulling out of the high-cost service to transfer resources to more promising mobile banking, industry watchers said Thursday.

BEIJING, Jan 8 - Three Chinese men came up with a quicker way to get their hands on the latest iPhone 6: instead of queuing outside Apple outlets, they dug a hole into a warehouse.

Beijing police said Wednesday that they had detained three men suspected of stealing 240 iPhone 6 handsets, valued at about 1.4 million yuan (228,496 U.S. dollars), from a Beijing warehouse.

Police said the three men broke into the facility between Dec. 12 and 13 via a 50-cm hole dug out of the wall. One suspect surnamed Chang used to work as a driver for the logistics company that owned the warehouse and was familiar with the site.

They later sold the gadgets and spent most of the money on cars, gold, and gambling.

Police located the suspects by tracking the phones' serial numbers, leading to the arrests in late December.

Apple's products are hugely popular and costly in China. Chinese netizens have dubbed the latest iPhone 6 the "Kidney 6" following news reports of a teenager selling his kidney to buy Apple products.

In 2012, a 17-year-old high school student from Anhui Province had one of his kidneys removed and sold it to an organ-trafficking gang. He later confessed to using the money to buy an iPhone and an iPad.

BANGKOK, Jan 7 --   The national police chief ordered his subordinates nationwide to keep secret the information arrests of foreigners thought to be engaged in criminal activities because their cases can be sensitive.

BANGKOK, Jan 7 --  The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has been named as the official yuan clearing bank in Thailand, according to the Bank of Thailand (BoT).

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