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Koh Tao rape claim news to Thai cops

The Nation



File photo : Koh Tao


A BRITISH teenager who told police in her homeland she’d been raped on Koh Tao in June filed no such complaint with authorities here, Pol Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen, a deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, said yesterday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054512-koh-tao-rape-claim-news-to-thai-cops/


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Generals on the campaign trail?





AS THE GENERAL election draws near, the government of General Prayut Chan-o-cha has become increasingly busier with projects seemingly aimed at winning the hearts of voters at the grassroots.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054513-thai-generals-on-the-campaign-trail/


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Parties wait impatiently for lift on activities ban




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POLITICIANS hope the government will finally ease the ban on political activities now that the plan to hold elections between February and May is starting to take shape and the junta’s road map to democracy is nearing an end.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054514-thai-parties-wait-impatiently-for-lift-on-political-activities-ban/


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Sutiya proves SAVING GRACE








SUTIYA JIEWCHALOEMMIT finally made an Asian Games breakthrough, claiming her first women’s skeet gold medal on a day of mixed fortunes for Thai athletes in Indonesia on Sunday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054516-asian-games-thailands-sutiya-proves-saving-grace/


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Police insist British backpacker complains of missing cellphone and cash, no rape 




Surat Thani provincial police insisted today that there was no rape case on Koh Tao island involving a British backpacker as alleged in the social media.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054512-koh-tao-rape-claim-news-to-thai-cops/?do=findComment&comment=13306419


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Court housing has to go, Chiang Mai rally says

By The Nation



Picture: Work TV


THE DOI Suthep Forest Reclamation Network yesterday issued a statement demanding the government expedite the removal of court properties allegedly encroaching on protected woodland on the Chiang Mai mountain.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054517-court-housing-has-to-go-chiang-mai-rally-says/


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SPECIAL REPORT: A bitter legal battle to salvage Poda




Poda. Courtesy of DNP.


Worapoj Lomlim could barely sleep days before the Krabi provincial court was set to read the verdict of the Court of Appeals Region 8 on a land dispute over Poda, the renowned island.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054520-special-report-a-bitter-legal-battle-to-salvage-poda/


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Climate taking heavy toll

By Pratch Rujivanarom 
The Nation



Global warming is already causing release of methane from permafrost at the bottom of the lake in Alaska. Photo credits: Katey Walter Anthony/ University of Alaska Fairbanks


Catastrophes ahead if emission of greenhouse gases are not curbed: scientists

GLOBAL mass extinction from extreme climate change is imminent and we are certainly not ready for it, warn scientists.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054521-climate-taking-heavy-toll/


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Govt looks at claims of herbal cancer cure

By The Nation




There is no scientific evidence that porcupine flower can cure cancer, the Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Department has said in response to claims that the plant has brought about full recovery for several cancer patients in upper Central Thailand.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054523-thai-govt-looks-at-claims-of-herbal-cancer-cure/


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Poll finds Somkid to be most impressive Cabinet member




Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has edged Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam to be the most outstanding member of Gen Prayut Cabinet.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054530-poll-finds-somkid-to-be-most-impressive-cabinet-member/


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Majority in poll don’t believe government can solve traffic problem




Over 53 percent of the respondents in an opinion survey conducted by Suan Dusit Poll do not believe that the police proposal to steeply increase fines and imprisonment on drivers without  driving licenses will not solve traffic problem.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054531-majority-in-poll-don’t-believe-thai-govt-can-solve-traffic-problem/


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Gen Chatchai is confident Thailand to be deleted from IUU watchlist



Gen Chatchai


Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya is optimistic that Thailand will be removed from the IUU (illegal, unreported, unregulated) fishery watchlist after the scheduled arrival in Thailand in late September or early October of a delegation from the European Union to assess Thailand’s performance in addressing IUU problem.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054532-gen-chatchai-is-confident-thailand-to-be-deleted-from-iuu-watchlist/


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Mong Thongdee wins paper plane championship




Mong Thongdee, who won Thailand paper plane championship nine years ago when he was 12,  won the Thailand paper plane championship in the general individual category at Muang Thong Thani.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054533-mong-thongdee-wins-paper-plane-championship/


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Driving licence uproar unmasks character flaws

By The Nation




As long as we as a society tend to shun the rules, the roads will never be safe


The new traffic law has not even been enforced yet but has already exposed at least three woeful habits among Thais. 


Source: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054534-driving-licence-uproar-unmasks-character-flaws/


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Travel insurance: Young Melbourne woman left thousands out of pocket after Thailand jet ski accident

By Freya Noble



Stephanie Kaiser, 24, was on the trip of a lifetime with her partner and friends when it turned into a nightmare. (Supplied)


A young Melbourne woman has been left thousands of dollars out of pocket after a jet ski accident in Thailand.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054535-travel-insurance-young-melbourne-woman-left-thousands-out-of-pocket-after-thailand-jet-ski-accident/


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Gunman kills four at video game tournament in Florida



There was a mass shooting at a video game tournament that was being streamed online from a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, and the local sheriff's office said there were multiple fatalities.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - A gunman killed four people and wounded several others on Sunday when he opened fire at a video game tournament that was being streamed online from a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, police and local media said.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054536-gunman-kills-four-at-video-game-tournament-in-florida/


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North Korea newspaper blasts 'double-dealing' U.S. after Pompeo's trip cancelled



FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking to members of the media following two days of meetings with Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, before boarding his plane at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 7, 2018. Andrew Harnik/Pool/File Photo via REUTERS


(Reuters) - North Korea's state-controlled newspaper on Sunday accused the United States of "double-dealing" and "hatching a criminal plot" against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly cancelled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054537-north-korea-newspaper-blasts-double-dealing-us-after-pompeos-trip-cancelled/


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New Australian prime minister faces party popularity slump



FILE PHOTO: The new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends a swearing-in ceremony as his wife Jenny looks on, in Canberra, Australia August 24, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray


MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australians' support for the Coalition government has dropped to its lowest in a decade after it dumped Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister and installed Scott Morrison last Friday following a week of chaos, an opinion poll showed on Monday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054539-new-australian-prime-minister-faces-party-popularity-slump/


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Macron targets French welfare spending as deficit pressure rises

By Leigh Thomas



FILE PHOTO: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leaves after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's government will tackle social spending in the next wave of its reforms as weaker than expected growth puts pressure on the budget deficit, the prime minister said on Sunday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054540-macron-targets-french-welfare-spending-as-deficit-pressure-rises/


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Do you know this woman? - Chiang Mai police step up hunt for murderer targeting foreign men



Picture: MCOT


The first pictures of a woman aged about 50, suspected of putting drugs in the coffee of two tourists, has emerged.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054547-do-you-know-this-woman-chiang-mai-police-step-up-hunt-for-murderer-targeting-foreign-men/


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General Wirachai on the case of "Spanish Fly" as 15 sex aid stalls raided in Sukhumvit



Picture: Daily News


Daily News reported that deputy police chief Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta led a contingent of officers to upper Sukhumvit in Bangkok last night in raids on stalls selling sex drugs and toys.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054548-general-wirachai-on-the-case-of-spanish-fly-as-15-sex-aid-stalls-raided-in-sukhumvit/


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Big Joke comes face to face with more Nigerian "Romance Scammers"

Pictures: Thai Tourist Police Bureau




Crime buster Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakpal gave a news conference after the arrest of three Nigerians and two Thai female accomplices involved in a multi-million baht set of romance scams.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054550-big-joke-comes-face-to-face-with-more-nigerian-romance-scammers/


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