A day in photos

A gang of alleged military and police kidnappers and a huge fire in the Philippines are among the featured events on Aug 11, 2017.



Former kidnapping victim Songsak Virojthaworn points to a flowchart during a briefing at Krok Khram police station in Bangkok on Friday, on the case of a gang of kidnappers including police and soldiers who demanded millions of baht in ransom. — Apichit Jinakul


New mothers hold their newborns specially dressed to mark Mother's Day on Aug 12, at Paolo Hospital in Bangkok. — Patipat Janthong


The Big Bad Wolf Sale Bangkok 2017 starts at the Impact exhibition and convention centre in Nonthaburi, where 3 million English-language books are available at 60-80% discounts until Aug 27. — Tawatchai Kemgumnerd


An inspection train runs through a new subway tunnel under the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. It is part of the Blue Line electric railway extension that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha inspected. — Apichart Jinakul


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, centre, opens the Purple-Blue Line link between Tao Poon and Bang Sue stations, which allows commuters to cover the 1km distance in two minutes. — Pornprom Satrabhaya


A US serviceman takes bearings aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett as it departs Naval Base Guam after a scheduled port visit. With North Korea threatening to launch a missile toward the US territory in the Pacific, President Donald Trump has turned up the rhetorical heat even more, saying US forces are "locked and loaded" to respond. — EPA


A resident tries to shield himself from the heat as a fireman trains his hose on a fire that razed a shanty town in Manila. Officials said the three-hour blaze destroyed close to 300 houses and displaced about 800 families. — AP


Passengers wait to pass security control at the Barcelona airport, where partial strikes by security staff threaten more queuing chaos at one of Europe's busiest airports. The workers are planning four one-hour strikes on Friday and Sunday, followed by a 24-hour stoppage on Monday. — AP

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