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With final horse races, Royal Turf Club bids adieu

By JITRAPORN SENWONG 
THE NATION

 

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IT WAS CURTAINS yesterday for the Royal Turf Club at Bangkok’s Nang Loeng horse-racing venue in Dusit district, where it had operated for more than a hundred years.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057580-with-final-horse-races-royal-turf-club-bids-adieu/

 

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Political ‘freedom’ a sham, democracy activists caution

By KAS CHANWANPEN 
THE NATION

 

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THE NATIONAL Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has given the go-ahead for political activities to resume after four years of suppression, but doubt and distrust remain prevalent among the parties eyeing the next election.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057581-political-‘freedom’-a-sham-democracy-activists-caution/

 

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Four years is all we have

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

 

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Climate activists hold banners during a demonstration outside the United Nations (UN) Centre during the first day of the UN Climate Change Negotiating sessions in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 September 2018. // EPA-EFE PHOTO

 

Grim reports on climate change say act now or be ready for catastrophe.

 

HUMANITY HAS only about four years left to stabilise global temperatures and save the world from environmental catastrophe stemming from extreme climate change, scientists have warned.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057583-grim-reports-on-climate-change-say-act-now-or-be-ready-for-catastrophe/

 

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Land Of Lady Boys? Thailand Is Not The LGBTI Paradise It Appears

Sexual minorities in the Land of Smiles face discrimination in education, work and their love lives, though attitudes – and the law – are beginning to change

BY LAURA VILLADIEGO

 

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It is a country known to the world for its gay parties and transgender beauty pageants, a Land of Smiles that is welcoming to all.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057584-land-of-lady-boys-thailand-is-not-the-lgbti-paradise-it-appears/

 

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Mixed reactions to Digital ID draft law

By ASINA PORNWASIN 
THE NATION

 

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WORRIES OVER PRIVACY AND SECURITY OVERSHADOW PERCEIVED BENEFITS FOR COMMERCE, TRADE AND PROSECUTION 

 

CYBER EXPERTS are weighing the pros and cons of a draft law about digital identification that will allow government agencies to collect citizens’ digital ID.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057585-mixed-reactions-to-digital-id-draft-law/

 

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REPORT: Chinese investors shift agriculture practices in North

By JINTANA PANYAARVUDH 
THE NATION 
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TWO YEARS ago, Prasat Prueangwichahorn, a Thai driver in a Chinese banana plantation in Laos, saw a business opportunity when Laos ordered a ban on new banana plantations out of concerns for the environment and workers.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057587-report-chinese-investors-shift-agriculture-practices-in-northern-thailand/

 

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REPORT: Family clinics inject hope for stressed public health system

By POUNGCHOMPOO PRASERT 
THE NATION

 

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IT’S COMMON enough when seeking outpatient services at large public hospitals to arrive at 5am for a queue token for an appointment to see a doctor sometime around 2pm.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057588-report-family-clinics-inject-hope-for-stressed-public-health-system/

 

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Nigerian, Kiwi, Thai charged in Bangkok meth bust

By Kornkamon Aksorndech 
The Nation

 

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A Nigerian man and a Thai woman have been charged with delivering 2,060 grams of crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) to a New Zealand man at a Bangkok hotel on Saturday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057589-nigerian-kiwi-thai-charged-in-bangkok-meth-bust/

 

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Sa Kaew district sees second lightning fatality in a week

By Thanapat Kijjakosol 
The Nation

 

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A 21-year-old man was struck dead by lightning while jogging at a pond in Sa Kaew’s Ta Phraya district on Saturday evening.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057591-sa-kaew-district-sees-second-lightning-fatality-in-a-week/

 

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Man arrested for snatching woman’s purse

By Theerawat Thongma, 
Dethawee Theewarangkool 
The Nation

 

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Police have arrested a truck driver, who allegedly snatched the bag of a female job-seeker in Pattaya City last week.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057593-man-arrested-for-snatching-woman’s-purse-in-pattaya/

 

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Tourists rescued from boat stranded in stormy sea

By Sitthichai Sikhawat 
The Nation

 

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Officials from the Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park in Krabi province and a private boat operator helped 14 Spanish tourists – including four children – return ashore after their boat engine broke down in the rough sea between Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Le on Saturday afternoon.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057594-spanish-tourists-rescued-from-boat-stranded-in-stormy-sea-near-koh-phi-phi/

 

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Aircraft bombs found among metal scrap at secondhand shop

By Jakkapong Rawiwan 
The Nation

 

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Two MK-82 free-fall, non-guided general purpose aircraft bombs were discovered on Sunday in piles of metal scrap at a “Sieng Kong” secondhand mechanic parts-trading shop in the Khong Chai district of Kalasin province.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057595-aircraft-bombs-found-among-metal-scrap-at-secondhand-shop-in-kalasin/

 

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Two teenagers drown while saving friend

By Sutthipomh Settharangsi 
The Nation

 

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Two schoolchildren died while trying to save another friend from drowning in Chaiyaphum province on Saturday, Pol Captain Saksith Tingkhasert of Kaeng Khro precinct said on Sunday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057596-two-teenagers-drown-while-saving-friend-in-chaiyaphum/

 

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Duo involved in burglaries fall in police net

By Theerawat Thongma, 
Dethawee Theewarangkool 
The Nation

 

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Police on Sunday arrested two suspects, who had reportedly taken the oath of brotherhood while being in jail together, for alleged involvement in a series of burglaries at various houses in Pattaya City.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057597-duo-involved-in-burglaries-fall-in-pattaya-police-net/

 

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Thailand to double airport capacity, surpassing Singapore's Changi

Airport high-speed railway could draw China-Japan investment, says minister

YUKAKO ONO, Nikkei staff writer

 

BANGKOK -- Thailand is embarking on a building spree that promises to more than double the passenger capacity of airports in and around Bangkok, propelling the Thai capital past regional hub Singapore by that measure.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057598-thailand-to-double-airport-capacity-surpassing-singapores-changi/

 

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Tour bus brakes fail on Patong Hill

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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The bus came to a halt at the bottom of Patong Hill. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: The driver of a tour bus was forced to veer off the road while descending Patong Hill just after 9am today (Sept 16) in order to bring the bus to a stop after the brakes on the bus failed.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057599-tour-bus-brakes-fail-on-patong-hill/

 

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19-Year-Old Business Student Crowned Miss Thailand World

By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter

 

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From left, Helena Busch, Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan and Praewwanit Ruangthong pose on stage Saturday night after Nicolene was named Miss Thailand World. Photo: Miss World - Thailand / Facebook

 

BANGKOK — Nineteen-year-old Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan Saturday night was crowned Miss Thailand World.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057412-thai-beauties-in-swimsuits-ahead-of-miss-thailand-world-final-today/?do=findComment&comment=13371574

 

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37 percent hail controversial cheerleaders billboards as “thinking out of the box”

ThaiPBS

 

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Thirty-seven percent of the respondents to a Matichon online survey to gauge public opinions about the controversial billboards of Thammasat University’s Cheerleader Club support the billboards, said they are great and amount to “thinking out of the box”.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057600-37-percent-hail-controversial-cheerleaders-billboards-as-“thinking-out-of-the-box”/

 

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Accuser of U.S. high-court nominee Kavanaugh goes public

By Richard Cowan

 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman who had anonymously accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s went public on Sunday, but Republicans said they were moving ahead with plans to hold a committee vote this week.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057601-accuser-of-us-high-court-nominee-kavanaugh-goes-public/

 

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Palestinian stabs U.S.-Israeli citizen to death at West Bank mall

 

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Blood-stained clothes and a bullet hole in a glass panel are seen at the scene of a stabbing attack near a mall in the Gush Etzion Junction in the occupied West Bank, September 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

 

GUSH ETZION, West Bank (Reuters) - A Palestinian fatally stabbed an American-born Jewish settler in the occupied West Bank on Sunday then was himself shot and seized by armed civilians who gave chase.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057602-palestinian-stabs-us-israeli-citizen-to-death-at-west-bank-mall/

 

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Swiss government calls on Russia to cease spying activities in country

 

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FILE PHOTO: A police officer guards a cordoned off area of Queen Elizabeth Gardens, after it was confirmed that two people had been poisoned with the nerve-agent Novichok, in Salisbury, Britain, July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

 

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has demanded that Russia cease any spying activities on its territory after two suspected espionage cases came to light in recent days.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057603-swiss-government-calls-on-russia-to-cease-spying-activities-in-country/

 

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North Carolina devastated as floodwaters rise from deadly storm Florence

By Anna Mehler Paperny and Ernest Scheyder

 

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Members of the Coast Guard help a stranded motorist in the flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North

 

WILSON/WILMINGTON, N.C. (Reuters) - Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina with more downpours on Sunday, cutting off the coastal city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to the bursting point.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057604-north-carolina-devastated-as-floodwaters-rise-from-deadly-storm-florence/

 

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France's Le Pen urges show of nationalist force in European elections

By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet

 

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French far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party leader Marine Le Pen delivers her comeback speech in Frejus, France, September 16, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

 

FREJUS, France (Reuters) - France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged Europe's populist parties to unite against a liberal establishment in next year's European elections, as she made a combative return to the spotlight after her bruising election defeat last year.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057605-frances-le-pen-urges-show-of-nationalist-force-in-european-elections/

 

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Super typhoon slams into China after pummelling Philippines

By James Pomfret and Enrico Dela Cruz

 

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Damaged windows of the One Harbourfront office tower are seen following Typhoon Mangkhut, in Hong Kong, China September 16, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

 

HONG KONG/MANILA (Reuters) - A super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday, the country's most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057606-super-typhoon-slams-into-china-after-pummelling-philippines/

 

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Decades of sex abuse uncovered at Rhu children's home

By Mark Daly

BBC Disclosure

 

Decades of physical cruelty and child sex abuse allegations at a children's home in Argyll have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057613-decades-of-sex-abuse-uncovered-at-rhu-childrens-home-scotland/

 

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Eight suspected insurgents detained following ambush of rangers in Pattani

By The Nation

 

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Eight suspected insurgents have been detained for questioning over their alleged involvement in an ambush that killed two insurgents and injured four others, the southern Army chief said.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057615-eight-suspected-insurgents-detained-following-ambush-of-rangers-in-pattani/

 

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Dutch man found hanged from bathroom door in Pattaya hotel

 

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A maid at a Pattaya hotel saw the "please clean my room" sign hanging on the door of a second floor room on Sunday morning. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1057619-dutch-man-found-hanged-from-bathroom-door-in-pattaya-hotel/

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