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Briton admits to beating wife to death in Ubon Ratchathani

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A British man is in police custody after allegedly kicking his wife to death in a fit of rage.

51 year old Kevin Smitham reportedly beat his wife, 29 year old Kanda, after she refused to have sex with him and he accused her of having an affair, Banmuang reported.

Locals say they heard the pair arguing at about 10pm on Sunday evening.

However, it wasn’t until the next morning that a local monk found the woman’s body outside the house in Det Udom district, Ubon Ratchathani.

Smitham has reportedly admitted to the attack, telling police he pushed his wife to the ground, before stamping on her twice and strangling her. He told officers he then dragged her body outside, covered it with a blanket and left it there until it was discovered this morning (Monday). Despite admitting the attack he said he did not mean to kill his wife.

The couple are said to be residents of Pattaya and have three children together. They had been visiting the woman’s relatives in Ubon Ratchathani to celebrate Songkran.

According to her Facebook page, Kanda Smitham ran a popular fitness Facebook page, which had more than 28,000 followers.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Nation

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Soi Dog congratulates the Hanoi people’s committee ban on dog and cat meat trade

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Barely 24 hours after urging citizens to stop eating dogs and cats, Hanoi’s authorities have announced that the sale of dog meat will be banned from the central districts of the city from 2021.


The director of the city’s Department of Animal Health, Nguyen Ngoc Son, told Lao Dong Newspaper on Wednesday (September 12)...


“Following a direction from the city’s People’s Committee that called on residents to ease off eating dog meat, we are building a plan to gradually phase out the slaughtering and trading of dog meat.


“By 2021 there will be no dog meat restaurants in the city centre.”


The People’s Committee had asked city residents the previous day to stop eating dog and cat meat, and urged local district authorities to launch campaigns to warn people about the risks of contracting diseases, includi...

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MP numbers being shuffled around in lead up to Thai election

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Some of Thailand's key political parties are set to see a significant reduction in MPs after new regulations were issued reducing the number of constituency candidates.

For instance, Pheu Thai Party’s strongholds – the North and the Northeast – will lose 13 seats in Parliament, while the Democrat Party could lose six MPs, as the number of seats in the South and Bangkok has been reduced by three each.

Political analyst Stithorn Thananithichot said no parties were gaining an upper hand at this stage, adding that the impact of gerrymandering would only surface once the exact electoral boundaries are drawn.

"The political parties will have no choice but to make adjustments in accordance with the new boundaries."

The number of MPs from each province was published in the Royal Gazette yesterday. Since the number of constituency candidates have been reduced by 25 – from 375 in 2011 to 350 based on the new Constitution – the decrea...
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