BANGKOK, July 31 -- Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' American and South Pacific Department will host the 1st Thailand-Pacific Island Countries Forum (TPIF) on August 9-10 at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok. 

BANGKOK, July 31 -- The first group of 41 Thais evacuated Libya today and are scheduled to arrive Bangkok tomorrow, according to the Thai Minisry of Foreign Affairs.

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Court acquits Mujahideen separatist suspect

BANGKOK, July 31 -- The Court of First Instance in Bangkok acquitted Mahamasakri Mahama-useng of being a Mujahideen separatist behind violence in Thailand's southern border provinces.

BANGKOK, July 31 -- The Ministry of Public Health urged Thais not to panic over reports of the Ebola virus disease as its risk was low in Thailand.

BANGKOK, July 31 -- Four hundred thousand foreign labourers have now been legally registered at 34 registration centres across Thailand, while some centres, including those in Samut Sakorn province, have stopped accepting further registrations.

BANGKOK, July 30 -- The Ministry of Finance has revised its projected growth rate for the Thai economy this year from 2.6 per cent to 2 per cent due to political problems.

BANGKOK, July 30 --  Thailand will not serve as a save haven for international criminals on the run, according to a top police officer.

Pol Gen Wuthi Liptapanlop, advisor to Thailand's national police commissioner, said French national Jonathan Piant was arrested recently on Koh Samui, Surat Thani's famous tourist site.

According to Gen Wuthi, the suspect fled prosecution in France for smuggling 750 kilogrammes of marijuana worth 3.5 million euros from Spain into France in early 2012 and had been trying to hide out in Thailand.

In July the Thai authorities scored on a number of other arrests of international concern, the top cop said.

Wanted under an Interpol warrant issued in August 2005, Hungarian Antal Racz was arrested in Hua Hin on suspicion of shooting two persons to death and seriously wounding 14 others, by gunfire and hand grenade is what Gen Wuthi described as a family feud. A Hungarian court sentenced Mr Racz to life imprisonment, but at some point he escaped to Thailand.

Italian Francesco Galdell was arrested at Bangkok's Dusit Thani Hotel last Friday.  A Milan court wanted him for fraud, acceptance of stolen objects, impersonation, selling pirated goods and copyright violation.

In another case, four Taiwanese nationals Chang Chia Wei, Wang Yi Chieh, Wu Yu Shuo and Chen Li Yen were arrested for allegedly being part of a 21-member call center scam in Phnom Penh. Taiwan and Cambodian authorities earlier arrested 13 suspects in the gang in the Khmer capital.

SAKON NAKHON, July 30 -- Authorities from the International Animals Trafficking Suppression Special Unit under Provincial Police Region 4 raided a dog meat shop in northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon and arrested three suspects. 

BANGKOK, July 30 -- The first group of Thai officials will leave for Tunisia tomorrow to arrange the evacuation of Thais from Libya, according to Manopchai Vongphakdi, head of a help centre for Thai citizens in Libya.

BANGKOK, July 30 -- The foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand have agreed to foster cooperation and partnership with South Korea at the 4th Mekong-Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Seoul on July 29. 

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