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Horns 'n' hoofs ablur at Chonburi's Buffalo Racing Festival


Get ready for high-speed antics at Chonburi's annual Buffalo Racing Festival...

Chonburi’s annual Buffalo Racing Festival is one of most exciting events held at the end of Buddhist Lent, or Ok Phansa, with a tradition that dates back over 140 years.

Politics & Laws ASEAN reps endorse VN East Sea code proposal

NEW YORK — ASEAN foreign ministers have endoresed a proposal by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh for the ASEAN-China Summit in November to issue an official statement on the start of negotiations over a Code of Conduct for the East Sea. 

Pufferfish reach $168 at 1st Shimonoseki auction

YAMAGUCHI, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - The first winning bids for this season’s Japanese pufferfish reached as much as ¥19,000 ($168) per kilogram at the Haedomari Market in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, early Friday. Buyers and auctioneers agreed on prices with hand signals inside black cloths around the auctioneers’ arms. 

FEATURE: Next chapter in China

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - As publishers enter new markets, Chinese titles are finding more readers in Belt and Road countries and beyond

OPINION: Tackling rising natural disasters

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Intense monsoon floods, Typhoon Hato, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma all raise questions about what more can be done to both mitigate the risks of extreme weather conditions and improve relief operations.

Duterte to lift martial law ‘when it’s safe in Mindanao’

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte said he would lift martial law in Mindanao once it was proven that the place is safe from terror threats and from the spillage of extremists in other areas. 

FEATURE: Book to the future

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - A former Hong Kong headmaster has spent a decade building libraries to improve the prospects of illiterate children in the Chinese mainland's Hunan province.

Mobile triggers bomb scare on Jet Airways flight


Police on Thursday reported that a bomb scare on a Jet Airways flight bound for Bangkok from New Delhi apparently resulted from a miscommunication after a passenger found a mobile phone in the storage space in front of him.

The incident resulted in Suvarnabhumi Airport activating its emergency plan.

Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017 sheds light on progress towards country’s digital transformation


Thailand is staging the “Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017” exhibition under the concept of Digital Transformation Thailand.

The government says now marks the beginning of the implementation part of its efforts to reform economy and society into Thailand 4.0.

The exhibition feature the latest technological innovations, and brings together more than 120 companies engaged in digital technology that are sharing their insights.

Decision on abdication date to be made this year

The government will decide the date for the Emperor’s abdication and for changing the era name from Heisei to a new era by the end of this year, according to multiple government sources.