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Phuket Airport Immigration chief ‘thankful’ for No Tips order

By Tanyaluk Sakoot



Phuket Airport Immigration Chief Pol Col Supachok Yongstar this afternoon confirmed to The Phuket News that the signs had now been posted at Phuket Airport – in Hindi, Chinese and English. Photo: Phuket Airport Immigration


PHUKET:-- The chief of the immigration officers stationed at Phuket International Airport told The Phuket News today (Oct 8 ) that he is ‘thankful’ for new Immigration boss Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn ordering his officers to no longer accept cash ‘tips’ from tourists arriving in the country.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061210-phuket-airport-immigration-chief-‘thankful’-for-no-tips-order/

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British Embassy Bangkok to Stop Certification of Income Letters




From 1 January 2019, the British Embassy Bangkok will no longer be providing British Nationals with letters confirming their income.


FULL STORY: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061149-british-embassy-bangkok-to-stop-certification-of-income-letters/


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German tourist’s Phuket assault case is being investigated, say police



The German tourist, Patrick Starke, sustained injuries to his head and arms. Photo: Supplied


PHUKET:-- Chalong Police have today confirmed that a case related to an assault on a German tourist last month is being investigated and arrest warrants should be issued this week.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061207-german-tourist’s-phuket-assault-case-is-being-investigated-say-police/

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Woman defies medical warning, vows to keep donating milk




Photo from : Passavee “Numwan” Payacaboot's IG


THINK TWICE before accepting breast milk from others, a medical lecturer from a top university has warned.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061244-woman-defies-medical-warning-vows-to-keep-donating-milk/


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Democrats kick off three-horse leadership race





IT BECAME official yesterday that the contest for the Democrat Party leader’s seat is a three-horse race, with the current holder being challenged by two colleagues.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061245-democrats-kick-off-three-horse-leadership-race/


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Corals in Maya Bay far from ready for tourism pressure, say experts





THE CORALS at Maya Bay are not strong enough yet to withstand the influx of visitors, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP) explained as the reason for the indefinite closure of the bay.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061246-corals-in-maya-bay-far-from-ready-for-tourism-pressure-say-experts/


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Pheu Thai free to exploit system to form alliances: Wissanu




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DEPUTY Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam yesterday admitted that any attempt by parties to form alliances in order to secure MP seats was within the law.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061247-pheu-thai-free-to-exploit-system-to-form-alliances-wissanu/


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Official ‘fired’ over poaching charges





Group of 12 arrested in Kanchanaburi slapped with nine conspiracy charges.


A 12-STRONG GROUP, including the deputy district chief for defence at Kanchanaburi’s Dan Makham Tia district office, Watcharachai Sameerak, has been arrested for allegedly camping out overnight and shooting a binturong in the Sai Yok National Park over the weekend.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061190-deputy-district-chief-among-12-facing-charges-including-alleged-shooting-of-binturong-in-sai-yok-national-park/?do=findComment&comment=13440777


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Beyond our wildest expectations

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam 
The Nation



Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, centre, with Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat, left, and Newin Chidchob, right, on their visit to the Buriram circuit.


First Thailand MotoGP earns huge profit and widespread praise 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061248-first-thailand-motogp earns-huge-profit-and widespread-praise/


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Khon Kaen villagers step up protests outside complaint centre over Bt10m loss





VILLAGERS accusing a committee of the “Bt1 a day” Saccha savings group of Tambon Pueai Yai for mismanagement, which had caused a loss of Bt10 million of their savings, camped outside the Noen Sila district office in Khon Kaen yesterday to demand justice.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061249-khon-kaen-villagers-step-up-protests-outside-complaint-centre-over-bt10m-loss/


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Shortlist of suspects drawn up after city centre shootout





POLICE have sought arrest warrants for several men following a shootout that killed one tourist and injured four people in central Bangkok.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061250-shortlist-of-suspects-drawn-up-after-shootout-in-central-bangkok/


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Bt21m of hidden cash confiscated while AMLO awaits proof of origin

By The Nation



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The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has temporarily confiscated euros worth Bt21.5 million that a Thai woman tried to bring into Thailand at Suvarnabhumi Airport without permission.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061251-bt21m-of-hidden-cash-confiscated-while-amlo-awaits-proof-of-origin/


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The slap heard round the region

By The Nation




A slap in the face was the welcome to Thailand for one Chinese tourist, but the red faces are all on our side


A picture is worth a thousand words, so the saying goes – and maybe a hard slap to the face will cost Thailand millions of baht in tourism revenue. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061252-the-slap-heard-round-the-region-editorial/


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New commander, but still no counter-insurgency strategy

By Don Pathan 
Special to The Nation 
Yala, Thailand


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Lt-General Pornsak Poonsawas has an opportunity to steer deep South towards peace – but he must first change Army policy  


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061253-new-commander-but-still-no-counter-insurgency-strategy/


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Alcohol Control Committee urges all provinces to form provincial alcohol control committees before New Year



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BANGKOK, 9th October 2018 (NNT) - The Alcohol Control Committee has urged each province to form a provincial alcohol control committee before this coming New Year. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061254-alcohol-control-committee-urges-all-provinces-to-form-provincial-alcohol-control-committees-before-new-year/


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One-month campaign launched to crack down on overstaying foreigners



File photo: Immigration Bureau


BANGKOK, 9 October 2018 (NNT) - The Ministry of Defense plans to crack down on any foreigners who might possibly stay in Thailand beyond the expiry of their visa under a one-month campaign. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061243-prawit-orders-crackdown-on-‘illegal’-foreigners/?do=findComment&comment=13440821


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Trump likes Taylor Swift 'about 25 percent less' as singer gets political

By Jill Serjeant



2018 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals - Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., 20/05/2018 - Singer Taylor Swift. REUTERS/Steve Marcus


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift's decision to break her silence on politics triggered a storm on Monday, with even U.S. President Donald Trump weighing in on the pop music star's remarks in support of Democrats.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061255-trump-likes-taylor-swift-about-25-percent-less-as-singer-gets-political/


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Trump seeks dismissal of Stormy Daniels hush money lawsuit

By Jonathan Stempel



FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels speaking in New York City, and U.S. President Donald Trump speaking in Washington, Michigan, U.S. on April 16, 2018 and April 28, 2018 respectively. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid, Joshau Roberts/File Photos


(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked a federal judge on Monday to dismiss adult film actress Stormy Daniels' lawsuit challenging the validity of a $130,000 hush money agreement over a tryst she claimed they had more than a decade ago.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061256-trump-seeks-dismissal-of-stormy-daniels-hush-money-lawsuit/


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Turkey's Erdogan tells Saudis to prove missing journalist left Istanbul consulate



FILE PHOTO: Officials leave Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 7, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal


BUDAPEST/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Riyadh to prove its claim that Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since last week, left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061257-turkeys-erdogan-tells-saudis-to-prove-missing-journalist-left-istanbul-consulate/


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Alphabet to shut Google+ social site after user data exposed

By Arjun Panchadar, Munsif Vengattil and Paresh Dave



FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd WIegmann/File Photo


(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's <GOOGL.O> Google will shut down the consumer version of its failed social network Google+ and tighten its data sharing policies after announcing on Monday that private profile data of at least 500,000 users may have been exposed to hundreds of external developers.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061259-alphabet-to-shut-google-social-site-after-user-data-exposed/


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Pope blames devil for Church divisions, scandals, seeks angel's help

By Philip Pullella



FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo


VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061260-pope-blames-devil-for-church-divisions-scandals-seeks-angels-help/


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Britain, EU play game of chicken in Brexit countdown

By William James and Gabriela Baczynska



FILE PHOTO: Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave EU and Union flags opposite the Houses of Parliament, in London, Britain, June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo


LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain said on Monday it could not agree a divorce deal with the European Union without a framework pact on future relations, throwing down the gauntlet to the bloc which also says it cannot move on talks until London does.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061261-britain-eu-play-game-of-chicken-in brexit countdown/


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Kavanaugh says he's unchanged by bitter U.S. Supreme Court confirmation



U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh walks along U.S. President Donald Trump and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at his ceremonial public swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061263-kavanaugh-says-hes-unchanged-by-bitter-us-supreme-court-confirmation/


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Limo in deadly New York crash failed inspection- Governor

By Gabriella Borter and Joseph Ax



The limousine involved in an upstate New York crash that killed 20 people over the weekend failed inspection last month, and its driver did not have the proper license to operate the vehicle, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.


NEW YORK (Reuters) - The limousine involved in an upstate New York crash that killed 20 people over the weekend failed inspection last month, and its driver did not have the proper license to operate the vehicle, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061264-limo-in-deadly-new-york-crash-failed-inspection-governor/


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Second Russian blamed for Skripal poisoning named as GRU doctor - Bellingcat

By David Milliken



FILE PHOTO: A still image taken from a video footage and released by RT international news channel on September 13, 2018, shows two Russian men with the same names, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as those accused by Britain over the case of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, during an interview at an unidentified location, Russia. RT/Handout via REUTERS TV


LONDON (Reuters) - The second of two Russians who Britain blames for the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was named by investigative website Bellingcat on Monday as a military doctor for Russia's GRU intelligence service.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061265-second-russian-blamed-for-skripal-poisoning-named-as-gru-doctor-bellingcat/


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Suspect drove off Patong Hill after killing wife

By Kritsada Mueanhawong




A man, who bashed his wife’s head against the wall, killing her, sustained serious injuries after driving a car, colliding with a motorbike and careering over the side of Patong hill yesterday around midday. The man has been identified as 48 year old Bancha Jaijan from Nan in northern Thailand.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061266-suspect-drove-off-patong-hill-after-killing-wife/


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Microsoft to invest in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab



FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a Grab office in Singapore March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo


SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> is investing in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab as part of a partnership that the two companies said will allow them to collaborate on technology projects, including big data and artificial intelligence.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061267-microsoft-to-invest-in-southeast-asian-ride-hailing-firm-grab/


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Hurricane Michael menaces Florida after killing 13

By Gina Cherelus



A man pulls a boat as Tropical Storm Michael approaches in Cancun, Mexico, October 7, 2018. REUTERS/Israel Leal


(Reuters) - Florida's governor mobilized National Guard troops and ordered Gulf Coast residents to evacuate as Hurricane Michael churned toward shore on Monday, with "life threatening" storm surges, winds and flooding feared when it makes landfall on Wednesday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061268-hurricane-michael-menaces-florida-after-killing-13/ 


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Russian tourist's toothache led to suicide, say Jomtien police



Picture: Daily News


Thai media reported that a Russian man found hanging in his apartment in Jomtien had killed himself because of toothache. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1061269-russian-tourists-toothache-led-to-suicide-say-jomtien-police/


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