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Thai cave film makes world premiere at Busan festival

The Ireland-based Belgian was among the crew of international cave rescue divers who plucked the "Wild Boars" and their coach from the Tham Luang Nang Non caves last year and he has travelled to the 24th Busan International Film Festival for the world premiere of the fittingly titled "The Cave"

Helicopter owned by Thai billionaire crashes near UK stadium

LONDON: A helicopter belonging to Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed on Saturday near the stadium of his Premier League club Leicester City. The helicopter was seen enveloped in flames in mobile phone images from the scene and an AFP photographer later saw smoke coming from the wreckage. It crashed shortly after take-off following Saturday's game against West Ham in a car park close to King Power Stadium -- a scene of jubilation two years ago when underdogs Leicester City won the Premier League in a…

Putting on the dog: Thai ad agency employees bring pets to work

BANGKOK: Nimo bounds out of a car in a rush to get to work at a Bangkok advertising agency, but Nimo is no ordinary employee. He’s a dog. The brown-haired husky accompanies his owner, Thimpaporn Phopipat, to work everyday at digital advertising agency YDM in the Thai capital. “Since I already love dogs, it really made me want to work here,” said Thimaporn, 29, a digital public relations manager who also takes along her chihuahua, Muu Pan. The bring-your-dog-to-work trend is gaining momentum in Thailand,…

As debt levels rise, Thai citizens struggle to keep up

BANGKOK: Pimpa Panlao, 31, is struggling to pay off an 80,000 baht ($2,440) bank loan and spends a third of her income from selling women’s accessories at a Bangkok market to repay the loan. “Business is bad and it’s very tough when you have debt,” Pimpa told Reuters, who used part of the loan to finance her business. She is not alone. With a debt mountain of 12.17 trillion baht ($372 billion) at the end of March, the equivalent of 77.6 percent of the gross domestic product, Thai households are among the biggest…

Thai cave rescue site to become a museum

MAE SAI: Rescuers who pulled a young Thai football team from deep inside a flooded cave were dismantling their worksite Thursday, as plans emerged to turn the spot into a museum in tribute to the daring operation. At least one film production house was already working on a scheme to make a Hollywood treatment out of the heroics of divers, cavers and medics who risked their lives to free the "Wild Boars". Stunning footage of that rescue was released Wednesday showing the youngsters -- aged 11 to 16 -- being stretchered…