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Bangkok Gov Vows Illegal Markets Must Go; Official Doubts It

BANGKOK — What years of legal fights and court orders failed to accomplish was achieved by several axe swings on a car. Bangkok’s governor announced Wednesday that five street markets operating illegally in eastern Bangkok must go down within a week.

For Greenwood and Anderson, a Crescendo in ‘Phantom Thread’

NEW YORK — The prospect of Jonny Greenwood — the notoriously spotlight-averse Radiohead multi-instrumentalist and classical composer — in a tux at the Oscars is especially tantalizing to “Phantom Thread” director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Premchai Puts Off Police Summons

BANGKOK — A powerful construction mogul accused of poaching in a national park declined to meet police as ordered Thursday.

Near-Extinct Swamp Cats Seized From Bangkok Home

BANGKOK — Two rare wild cats were seized Wednesday from a Bangkok residence.

Trump Could Arm Teachers to Tackle Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers.
Mitsutoki Shigeta, the scion of a Japanese telecom billionaire, fled Thailand soon after a police raid on a Lat Phrao condo discovered many babies stored there. Photo: Immigration Bureau

Japanese Father of 13 Thai Surrogate Children Veiled in Mystery

TOKYO — A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has remained virtually anonymous in the Japanese media. Mitsutoki Shigeta,...
Billy Graham speaks in 2007 as his son Franklin Graham, right, listens during a dedication ceremony for the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: Gerry Broome / Associated Press

Rev. Billy Graham, ‘America’s Pastor,’ 99

MONTREAT, North Carolina — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.

Will 7-Eleven Pick Up Where Thailand’s Banks Leave Off?

BANGKOK — In the past year alone, 7-Eleven has wooed consumers with cashless payments and wowed them with draft beer machines – though the latter was killed before the foam settled.

Muse Pass: Enter 63 Museums Nationwide for 299 Baht

BANGKOK — Museums about snakes, rubber and Chinese sarongs have been added to an all-access pass to 63 museums on sale now for 299 baht.

New York Touts Economic Boom With South African Photo

ALBANY, New York — A New York economic development agency report meant to show the state's growth was illustrated with an 8-year-old photo showing construction cranes in South Africa.

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