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Police hunting for a missing Briton Tom Armstrong, 22, in Thailand have said money was withdrawn from his bank account within the last week.
Thailand's army chief has called for a probe into senior army officials suspected of helping to traffic Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar through Thailand and on to a third country. ''This problem has been going on for some time. Anyone found to be involved - especially soldiers - will be prosecuted, expelled and charged with a criminal offence,'' army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said.
A colonel and another high-ranking Thai army officer have been temporarily removed from their posts while they are investigated for suspected involvement in trafficking refugees from Myanmar's Rohingya ethnic minority to a third country, the senior commander for southern Thailand said.
An Australian man faces severe penalties in Singapore - including a caning - for allegedly swearing during an argument on board a Tiger Airways plane. The incident occurred on January 3 on board an overnight flight from Perth to Singapore; when the plane landed, Bruce Griffiths was arrested.
British woman Lindsay Sandiford, a 56-year-old grandmother, has been sentenced to death after attempting to smuggle 1.6m pounds-worth of cocaine into Bali.
The coaches of Thailand and Finland were in equally confident moods yesterday ahead of today's clash between the two countries at the King's Cup in Chiang Mai.
January 30-February 2
Bay Regatta, Phuket Phang Nga Krabi
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket