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Seven suspects face interrogation in Loei police embezzlement case

The Nation




Six civil servants – including three police officers – and one civilian were summoned on Thursday to provide information about their alleged links to the embezzlement suspect and former Loei police chief, Pol Maj-General Suthip Palitkusolthat.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057178-seven-suspects-face-interrogation-in-loei-police-embezzlement-case/

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Bangkok cop blames traffic on too many buses

By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter



Traffic jam on Ramkhamhaeng Road. Photo: @Godzilela / Twitter


BANGKOK — To reduce Bangkok’s misery-inducing traffic, take some buses off the road?


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057189-bangkok-cop-blames-traffic-on-too-many-buses/

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40 billion Baht could be spent in next election

By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter



Yingluck Shinawatra gestures to supporters while on the 2011 campaign trail in Ubon Ratchathani province.


BANGKOK — At least 40 billion baht will be spent on canvassing and campaigning in the run-up to Election Day, an economist forecast Thursday.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057191-40-billion-baht-could-be-spent-in-next-election/

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Political motive seen in PM’s love for pop-idols





PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha became ota (a big fan in Japanese) for AKB 48 yesterday as the J-pop idol girl band put on a special performance for him at Government House. Yet observers saw a hidden political message in the event.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057153-prayuth-goes-full-otaku-in-meeting-with-japan’s-akb48/?do=findComment&comment=13363248


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UN raises concerns about Thailand’s attitude toward human rights activists

By The Nation



File photo : Antonio Guterres//EPA-EFE


Thailand is among 38 countries named by the United Nations for having an alarming and shameful attitude towards human rights defenders. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057219-un-raises-concerns-about-thailand’s attitude-toward-human-rights-activists/


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Prawit expresses resolve to ratify fishing convention




Officials in Ranong province yesterday observe the destruction of one of six dilapidated boats that have had not been claimed by their owners.


THAILAND HAS the will to ratify the C188 – Work in Fishing Convention, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon said yesterday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057220-prawit-expresses-resolve-to-ratify-fishing-convention/


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Elections will be held on Feb 24, govt maintains




File photo : Prayut




GOVERNMENT LEADERS reiterated yesterday that the national elections will be held on February 24, now that the last two electoral organic laws were promulgated on Wednesday. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057222-elections-will-be-held-on-feb-24-thai-govt-maintains/


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Bus reduction proposal sparks fierce online debate




File photo: Ramkhamhaeng Road


A POLICE proposal to reduce the number of old, decrepit city buses plying Bangkok’s Ramkhamhaeng Road to ease traffic congestion during morning and evening rush hours was widely criticised on Thai social media yesterday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057189-bangkok-cop-blames-traffic-on-too-many-buses/?do=findComment&comment=13363273


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International cybercriminals and Thailand’s porous border  

By Jintana Panyaarvudh 
The Nation



Police guard a luxury car seized from Alexandre Cazes, founder of the “darknet” marketplace AlphaBay.


Alexandre Cazes won’t be the last darknet mogul to make our country his home 


Thailand has long been a haven for foreign criminals, a convenient base to plot and commit crimes or just to hide out. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057225-international-cybercriminals-and-thailand’s-porous-border/


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Top court invalidates ruling on fossil terrace

By Chularat Saengpassa 
The Nation




Decision a setback for environmentalists and locals fighting EGAT mining activities

THE SUPREME Administrative Court has overturned a 2007 lower court ruling that had protected the pond-snail fossil terrace in Lampang province. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057226-thailands-supreme-administrative-court-invalidates-ruling-on-fossil-terrace/


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‘Local investors upbeat’ on Thailand Future Fund




Prapas Kongied, Director General, State Enterprise Policy Office, speaking at the Thailand Future Fund press conference yesterday.


MAJOR LOCAL institutional investors are showing great interest in the Thailand Future Fund (TFF), Chavinda Hanratanakool, chief executive officer, Krungthai Asset Management Plc, said.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057227-‘local-investors-upbeat’-on-thailand-future-fund/


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Blasts from the past





A fashion show of Thai-crafted and precious heritage costumes dating back from the beginning of the Ayutthaya period to Rattanakosin and the present era will be presented at Dusit Thani Bangkok on September 22 as part of its hotel closing campaign “The Timeless Legend”.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057228-fashion-show-of-thai-crafted-and-precious-heritage-costumes/


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Man announces suicide on Facebook before shooting himself

By Suwannee Bandisak 
The Nation




A man broadcast a clip of him announcing his suicide on Facebook on Thursday and killed himself just minutes before rescuers got to him.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057229-surat-thani-man-announces-suicide-on-facebook-before-shooting-himself/


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This problem is mine – and all of ours

By Thanapat Kijjakosol 
The Nation



Thai soldiers in the Burapha Field Force’s Humanitarian Mine Action Unit 1 continue their marking of spots with landmines yesterday in Sa Kaew’s Ta Phraya district as part of the ongoing de-mining effort.


Thai soldiers in the Burapha Field Force’s Humanitarian Mine Action Unit 1 continue their marking of spots with landmines on Thursday in Sa Kaew’s Ta Phraya district as part of ongoing efforts to de-mine the area.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057230-landmines-this-problem-is-mine-–-and-all-of-ours/


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Police insist fining truck driver for not wearing shoes while driving is justified




Muk Dahan provincial police have defended  the fining of a truck driver for wearing a pair of slippers 400 baht while he was behind the wheel as not being excessive but well within the framework of the law.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057231-mukdahan-police-insist-fining-truck-driver-for-not-wearing-shoes-while-driving-is-justified/


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Phuket lifeguard deal probed for corruption

By The Phuket News



Region 8 Police Investigator Lt Col Monsak Srisuwan confirmed the news while questioning witnesses at Kamala Police Station yesterday (Sept 12). Photo: The Phuket News


PHUKET: Region 8 Police have confirmed they are investigating a complaint of alleged corruption involving a company being suspiciously awarded a government contract to provide lifeguards on Phuket’s beaches.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057232-phuket-lifeguard-deal-probed-for-corruption/


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Four live, one dead sea turtle, washed up on Phuket Beach

By The Thaiger



PHOTOS: Bang Yat / Newshawk Phuket


Four live sea turtles and one dead were washed up on Nai Yang Beach this morning (September 13). All of them were stuck in fishing nets.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057233-four-live-one-dead-sea-turtle-washed-up-on-phuket-beach/


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Ex-Trump aide Manafort tentatively agrees to plea deal: ABC News



FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller that would avoid his going on trial next week, ABC News reported on Thursday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057234-ex-trump-aide-manafort-tentatively-agrees-to-plea-deal-abc-news/


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Trump disputes Puerto Rico storm death toll, draws outcry

By Doina Chiacu



FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk through a neighborhood damaged by Hurricane Maria in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, U.S., October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed Puerto Rico's official death toll of 3,000 from hurricanes last year and accused Democrats of inflating the figure reached in an independent academic study.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057235-trump-disputes-puerto-rico-storm-death-toll-draws-outcry/


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Volkswagen to end production of the Beetle next year

By Arunima Banerjee and Joseph White



FILE PHOTO: A 2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line model is seen at the press day for the Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC, U.S., January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo


(Reuters) - Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> said on Thursday it would stop producing its Beetle compact car in 2019, ending a model that looked backward to the 1960s counterculture as the automaker prepares for a leap toward a future of mass-market electric cars.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057236-volkswagen-to-end-production-of-the-beetle-next-year/


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Hurricane Florence lashing Carolinas with heavy rain, flooding

By Ernest Scheyder



People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz


WILMINGTON, N.C. (Reuters) - The outer bands of Hurricane Florence lashed the Carolinas with wind and rain on Thursday, flooding roads and overflowing rivers in an ominous prelude of the damage the huge storm could inflict when it makes landfall on Friday with millions of people in its path.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057237-hurricane-florence-lashing-carolinas-with-heavy-rain-flooding/


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Hopes rise as two Koreas open de facto joint embassy on North's side of border

By Joyce Lee



FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk together at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, April 27, 2018. Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters


SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea will open a joint liaison office on the North's side of the heavily militarised border on Friday, a South Korean official said, as hopes rise for progress in stalled denuclearisation talks at a summit next week.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057243-hopes-rise-as-two-koreas-open-de-facto-joint-embassy-on-norths-side-of-border/


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Multiple injuries in dozens of gas blasts near Boston - officials

By Ted Siefer



A building burns after explosions in Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States in this September 13, 2018 photo from social media by Boston Sparks. Boston Sparks/Social Media/via REUTERS


ANDOVER, Mass. (Reuters) - At least six people were injured and hundreds were ordered to evacuate their homes following a series of 70 explosions that rocked three communities near Boston on Thursday, apparently triggered by a gas pipeline rupture, local officials said.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057245-multiple-injuries-in-dozens-of-gas-blasts-near-boston-officials/


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As Senate panel sets vote on Trump court pick, new controversy arises

By Lawrence Hurley and Amanda Becker



FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Alex Wroblewski


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday set a vote for next week on President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick while a Democratic senator sent unspecified new information about nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057248-as-senate-panel-sets-vote-on-trump-court-pick-new-controversy-arises/


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U.S. accuses Russia of covering up breaches of North Korea sanctions

By Michelle Nichols



FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks to the press together with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (not pictured), announcing the U.S.'s withdrawal from the U.N's Human Rights Council at the Department of State in Washington, U.S., June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan/File Photo


UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Moscow on Thursday of seeking to cover up breaches of U.N. sanctions on North Korea by Russians after it pushed for changes to an independent report on sanctions violations.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057250-us-accuses-russia-of-covering-up-breaches-of-north-korea-sanctions/


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Shock! Man films Peeping Tom who rubs his leg in department store toilets



Picture: Daily News


A Thai man gave the national news an interview after his experience in some public toilets at a well known department store. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057252-shock-man-films-peeping-tom-who-rubs-his-leg-in-department-store-toilets/


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SpaceX signs first private passenger to fly around the moon



The top of a replica Crew Dragon spacecraft is show at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, U.S. August 13, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo


(Reuters) - Elon Musk's space transportation company SpaceX said it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard its BFR launch vehicle.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057255-spacex-signs-first-private-passenger-to-fly-around-the-moon/


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Posters of missing children to be seen on 7/11 delivery vans



Picture: Thai Rath


The Mirror Foundation (Krajok Ngao) in partnership with Dynamic Logistics are stepping up efforts in the second year of an agreement to find Thailand's missing children.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057258-posters-of-missing-children-to-be-seen-on-711-delivery-vans/


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Agriculture minister says paraquat cannot be banned now




Agriculture Minister Grisada Boonrach said he is ready to ban the use of three dangerous substances namely paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos in agriculture if this is legally permissible.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057260-thai-agriculture-minister-says-paraquat-cannot-be-banned-now/


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"Granny Pigeon" faces the music for feeding the birds in Laksi



Picture: Sanook


The lieutenants of the Laksi administration in northern Bangkok have finally had enough of a woman who has been making life a misery for residents in Thung Song Hong by feeding hundreds of pigeons.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057263-granny-pigeon-faces-the-music-for-feeding-the-birds-in-laksi/


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