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Big Joke sent to Koh Tao as Brit backpacker urged to return to island

 

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Image: Surat Thani police investigating claims of a 19 British backpacker that she was raped on Koh Tao. Mgr Online

 

Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakparn, deputy commissioner of Tourist Police Bureau, will visit Koh Tao on Tuesday as part of investigation into claims made by a British backpacker that she was raped on the island.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054665-big-joke-sent-to-koh-tao-as-brit-backpacker-urged-to-return-to-island/

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Thai Facebook users condemn Thai man for hitting foreign woman on head with bottle

By The Nation

 

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Many Thai Facebook users have condemned a Thai man for hitting a western tourist on the head with a bottle and wounding her on Sunday night during the Full Moon Party festival on Koh Pha-ngan, in Surat Thani province.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054613-video-western-female-tourist-smashed-over-the-head-with-glass-bottle-at-full-moon-party/?page=3&tab=comments#comment-13309073

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Portuguese man arrested in Phuket for illegal possession of firearm, ammunition

By The Phuket News

 

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The arrest of the man, who police have declined to name, came after his wife went to Chalong Police Station on Friday (Aug 24) to report him for assault on herself and their child. Photo: The Phuket News / File

 

PHUKET: A Portuguese man was arrested on Saturday morning (Aug 25) after he was found to be in illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054635-portuguese-man-arrested-in-phuket-for-illegal-possession-of-firearm-ammunition/

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Pheu Thai will ban military conscription if voted in

By THE NATION

 

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PARTY ALSO PLANS TO SELL SUBMARINES AND BUILD HOSPITALS FROM THE PROCEEDS
 

THE Pheu Thai Party will abolish compulsory military conscription if it returns to power after the next election, a party source said yesterday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054684-pheu-thai-will-ban-military-conscription-if-voted-in/

 

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Probe launched into Koh Tao rape claim

By SURIYA PATATAYOH 
THE NATION

 

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A SENIOR police commissioner and forensic officials are to visit Koh Tao today to investigate a claim by a British teenager that she was drugged, robbed and raped during her stay on the island in late June this year.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054665-big-joke-sent-to-koh-tao-as-brit-backpacker-urged-to-return-to-island/?do=findComment&comment=13309850

 

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NCPO likely to discuss lifting of ban on political party activities: Wissanu

By The Nation

 

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The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Tuesday will likely discuss the lifting of its long-imposed ban on political party activities in light of the upcoming general election, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Monday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054687-ncpo-likely-to-discuss-lifting-of-ban-on-political-party-activities-wissanu/

 

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Six convicted in massage parlour case

By THE NATION

 

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SIX DEFENDANTS involved in prostitution at Victoria’s: the Secret Forever massage parlour were yesterday convicted and given a combined sentence of 80 years.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054689-six-convicted-in-victoria-massage-parlour-case/

 

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Land bought under false deeds returned

By THE NATION

 

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THE LAND Department will be asked to revoke land-title deeds for more than 2,700 rai (432 hectares) in Loei’s Phu Rua district after fake or faulty documents had been used to lay ownership claims on the land more than three decades ago.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054621-anti-graft-officials-probe-illegal-massive-land-grab-in-loei-province/?do=findComment&comment=13309868

 

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Serious reforms, change in attitude needed to solve problem of stateless persons

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

 

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REFORMS ARE needed in the nationality verification process to ease complicated bureaucratic procedures and solve the problem of officials’ bad attitude toward stateless persons.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054690-serious-reforms-change-in-attitude-needed-to-solve-problem-of-stateless-persons-in-thailand/

 

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Chatchai downs world champion to reach boxing quarters

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam 
The Nation

 

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Medal prospect Chatchai Butdee outclassed 2017 world champion Yeraliyev Kairat of Uzbekistan 5-0 to storm into the quarter-finals of the Asian Games men’s bantamweight boxing competition in Jakarta on Monday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054691-asian-games-thailands-chatchai-downs-world-champion-to-reach-boxing-quarters/

 

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Bring on our own “Ryder Cup”

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam 
The Nation

 

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Let battle begin: Japanese captains Naomichi “Joe” Ozaki and Miho Koga shake hands with Thai captains Virada Nirapathpongporn and Boonchu Ruangkit.

 

Glittering new event pits Thailand against fellow powerhouse Japan

 

Thailand’s top golfers have all signed up to appear in a Christmas challenge against Japan which is being modelled on the huge success of the Europe-USA Ryder Cup.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054692-golf-bring-on-our-own-“ryder-cup”/

 

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Thailand’s cryptocurrency scandal must not derail fintech momentum

By Curtis S Chin 
Special to The Nation

 

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The daily media headlines covering the latest Bitcoin scandal to hit Southeast Asia read like a Hollywood script. Indeed a local actor nicknamed “Boom” is now part of the mix. As this story unfolds and governments respond, it is important that the further development and application of financial innovations in the region not be unintentionally undercut.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054693-thailand’s-cryptocurrency-scandal-must-not-derail-fintech-momentum/

 

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BoT: Past political unrest lowered GDP by 1%

 

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BANGKOK, 28th August 2018 (NNT) - The Bank of Thailand (BoT) and the Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research have jointly conducted a survey on the effects of political instability in Thailand on the economy over the past 20 years. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054695-bot-past-political-unrest-lowered-gdp-by-1/

 

 

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AOT accepts Ja Sam’s widow as an airport inspector

 

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The Airports of Thailand has accepted Mrs Waleeporn Kunan, widow of the late former SEAL member Lt-Cmdr Samarn Kunan, as an inspector attached to Suvarnabhumi international airport, in recognition of  his sacrifice in the recent Tham Luang rescue operation. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054697-aot-accepts-ja-sams-widow-as-an-airport-inspector/

 

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U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal, turn up pressure on Canada

By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on the phone as he makes an announcemment on the status of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 27, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to agree to new terms on auto trade and dispute settlement rules to remain part of the three-nation pact.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054698-us-mexico-reach-nafta-deal-turn-up-pressure-on-canada/

 

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German far-right protesters clash with leftists after Chemnitz stabbing

 

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Right-wing supporters protest after a German man was stabbed last weekend in Chemnitz, Germany, August 27, 2018. REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel

 

CHEMNITZ, Germany (Reuters) - Far-right demonstrators clashed with leftist protesters in the eastern German city of Chemnitz on Monday after an Iraqi and a Syrian were arrested over a fatal stabbing that had triggered violent demonstrations.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054699-german-far-right-protesters-clash-with-leftists-after-chemnitz-stabbing/

 

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White House wobbles on U.S. flag after McCain death

By David Morgan

 

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The White House flag is seen after being returned to half-staff in honor of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) after first being lowered on Sunday in his honor, then raised again just after midnight on Monday and then being returned to half-staff Monday afternoon at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 27, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House lowered its U.S. flag to half-staff, raised it back up and on Monday lowered it again after the death of Senator John McCain, in an unusual and confusing break with protocol on the passing of a national leader.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054700-white-house-wobbles-on-us-flag-after mccain death/

 

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Florida video game contest shooting reignites gun rights debate

By Scott Malone

 

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Police officers cordon off a street outside The Jacksonville Landing after a shooting during a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette

 

(Reuters) - The slaying of two competitors at a Jacksonville video game tournament on Sunday has stirred the long-simmering gun rights debate in Florida on the eve of its hotly contested state and federal primary elections.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054701-florida-video-game-contest-shooting-reignites-gun-rights-debate/

 

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Tarnished by bailout, Greek PM eyes reshuffle before election

By Michele Kambas and Renee Maltezou

 

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses the nation from the island of Ithaca, Greece, August 21, 2018. Andrea Bonetti/Greek Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

 

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras saw his interior minister take up a key post in his leftist Syriza party on Monday, heralding a cabinet reshuffle to shore up waning support after painful bailouts.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054705-tarnished-by-bailout-greek-pm-eyes-reshuffle-before-election/

 

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Trump called off Pompeo's North Korea visit after belligerent letter - report

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump called off a visit to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the latter received a belligerent letter from a senior North Korean official just hours after the trip was announced last week, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054706-trump-called-off-pompeos-north-korea-visit-after-belligerent-letter-report/

 

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Thailand to launch eVisa in the UK, France, China, and UAE this year

By Chief Assignment Editor

 

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Thailand eVisa will be pre-launched in four test countries before the end of the year

 

The Thailand eVisa will be pre-launched in four test countries before the end of the year: the United Kingdom, France, China, and the United Arab Emirates. One of the ways that travelers will be able to process their applications is through thailandvisa.net, a non-governmental website which provides travel advice and assistance to visa applicants.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054708-thailand-to-launch-evisa-in-the-uk-france-china-and-uae-this-year/

 

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Merkel, Trump share concerns about Syrian developments

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump shared concerns about developments in Syria, especially the humanitarian situation in the region around Idlib, their offices said on Monday after the leaders spoke by telephone.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054710-merkel-trump-share-concerns-about-syrian-developments/

 

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Videos: Accusations fly thick and fast in bottle attack on tourists at Full Moon Party

 

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Accusations were being hurled on social media as much as punches after various clips were viewed online of the altercation in front of a pharmacy on Koh Pangan.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054714-videos-accusations-fly-thick-and-fast-in-bottle-attack-on-tourists-at-full-moon-party/

 

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Pressure stepped up on hunt for serial fraudsters as general takes an interest

 

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Pressure is building on a husband and wife team of thieves and fraudsters known as the "Robbers Holding a Dog".

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054720-pressure-stepped-up-on-hunt-for-serial-fraudsters-as-general-takes-an-interest/

 

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China paves way to end family planning policy: state media

 

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China, the world's most populous nation, appears to be setting the stage to end its decades-long policy of determining the number of children that couples can have, a social media post by a state-run newspaper suggested.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054721-china-paves-way-to-end-family-planning-policy-state-media/

 

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Army trooper killed in Pathum Thani motorcycle accident

By The Nation

 

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An Army private first class was killed after crashing head-on with another motorcycle while allegedly speeding his motorbike against the traffic on a Pathum Thani road late on Monday night.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054724-army-trooper-killed-in-pathum-thani-motorcycle-accident/

 

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"She's lying!" - Hostel owner casts doubt on Brit teen's claim of drug/rape on Koh Tao

 

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The owner of the hostel where a 19 year old British teenager was staying on Koh Tao has said that she does not believe the woman was drugged and raped.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054727-shes-lying-hostel-owner-casts-doubt-on-brit-teens-claim-of-drugrape-on-koh-tao/

 

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