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SCOOT FLIGHT TZ297 LEAVES S'POREANS STUCK IN THAILAND FOR OVER 24 HOURS

Flight TZ 297 was suppose to depart at 30th June 2255 local time in Bangkok but was told that a 30min delay will be impose due to a fault in the aircraft. After every 30 min, they said another 30 min until 5am they said the flight will be cancel and all of the passengers will be moved to the airport hotel.

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MEET DAVID JAMES ROACH, THE STANCHART BANK ROBBER WHO WALKED AWAY WITH $30K

According to reports, the man behind the Standard Chartered robbery is 26 year old David James Roach, a Canadian. The first time visitor to Singapore had robbed the Holland Village branch of S$30,000 on 7 July. He left Singapore for Bangkok on the same day.

The suspect was arrested on Sunday (10 Jul) at a backpackers hostel in Bangkok's Pratunam district. According to a source from Interpol Bangkok, Roach has been to Thailand many times.

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MFA: S'POREANS ADVISED TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTION WHEN VISITING THAILAND

There were a number of incidents in Thailand in 2015. On 1 February 2015, two small improvised explosive devices exploded at the Siam station of Bangkok’s Skytrain System, in close proximity to Siam Paragon shopping mall. On 7 March 2015, a grenade exploded outside the Bangkok Criminal Court in Chatuchak district. Singaporeans travelling to or residing in Thailand should exercise vigilance. They should keep themselves updated on the latest developments through Thai news outlets and heed the instructions of the local Thai authorities.

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SURVIVORS OF BANGKOK BOMB BLAST STRUGGLING WITH WHAT THEY SAW

When the bomb exploded inside the Erawan Shrine in Central Bangkok on Monday, Ms Betty Ong Chiew Huay had just lit her joss sticks. Like many other tourists, 70 year-old Ms Ong was there to pray to the famous Brahma Statue, which is worshiped by Buddhists within and from outside of Thailand.

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UN DEMANDS FOR AMOS YEE'S RELEASE, SAYS CONVICTION IS "DISPROPORTIONATE" & "INAPPROPRIATE"

The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) released a statement yesterday expressing concern about the sentencing of teenage blogger Amos Yee, who was convicted last month of uploading remarks and images critical of Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity. According to the OHCHR, the Singapore government should "give special consideration" to Amos' "juvenile status" by releasing Amos Yee instead and dropping all recommendations to sentence Amos to Reformative Training.

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