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Move to make health insurance mandatory for long-stay visas

By The Nation

 

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Foreigners with one-year Non-Immigrant Visa “O-A” (Long Stay) will have to compulsorily arrange health insurance, according to new proposals of a key committee.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074476-move-to-make-health-insurance-mandatory-for-long-stay-visas/

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Masks and water hoses out as Bangkok breathes foul air for a fourth straight day

By The Nation

 

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RESIDENTS OF Bangkok and vicinity continued to inhale unhealthy levels of air pollution yesterday, the fourth consecutive day the area was shrouded in a smog of airborne particulates.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074496-masks-and-water-hoses-out-as-bangkok-breathes-foul-air-for-a-fourth-straight-day/

 

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Most voters part of a ‘silent majority’, survey shows

By THE NATION

 

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DESPITE a general perception that Thailand is deeply divided politically, a survey released yesterday revealed that most people consider themselves part of a silent force |that remains undecided about ideology and has yet to take a political stance.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074498-most-thai-voters-part-of-a-‘silent-majority’-survey-shows/

 

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Increasingly popular Chiang Mai gears up for changing tourism trends

By Jintana Panyaarvudh 
The Nation 
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Tourists pose for photo at Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai Province.

 

The Tourism industry in Chiang Mai has seen some changes recently, especially in the type, behaviour and nationality of tourists, Pakkanan Winijchai, director of the Chiang Mai branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074499-increasingly-popular-chiang-mai-gears-up-for-changing-tourism-trends/

 

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Economists laud political parties’ proposals to reduce income inequality

By Wichit Chaitrong  
The Nation 

 

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Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of Future Forward Party

 

ECONOMISTS have welcomed policies proposed by rival political parties in the run-up to general election, but they are sceptical about the financing plans and their effective implementation.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074500-economists-laud-political-parties’-proposals-to-reduce-income-inequality/

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Locals key to dealing with stateless issue

By Pratch Rujivanarom 
The Nation 
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Up to 1.8 million people still do not have nationality; volunteers seen playing critical role
 

COMMUNITY empowerment is a sustainable solution for mitigating statelessness, human-rights group, International Justice Mission (IJM), said recently.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074501-locals-key-to-dealing-with-stateless-issue/

 

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Sold out: GHB home loans snatched up

By The Nation

 

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Thousands of people gather outside the Government Housing Bank’s Chompol and Mitraparp branch offices in Nakhon Ratchasima province yesterday to reserve loans under the government’s lowcost housing scheme. Nation/Prasit Tamgprasert

 

GOVERNMENT Housing Bank (GHB) will budget another Bt50 billion to help low-income earners buy homes after the entire budget for the programme was booked on the same day it was introduced.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074502-sold-out-ghb-home-loans-snatched-up/

 

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Gunman flees with cash from depositor outside ATM

By Supakorn Akkanant, 
Ekkachai Sukhawattana 
The Nation

 

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A Thai businessman was robbed by a lone gunman, who escaped with Bt55,000 in cash in Chon Buri province early on Sunday morning. The robbery took place in Bang Lamung district, Pol Captain Setthawuth Mawanhirankul said.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074503-gunman-flees-with-cash-from-depositor-outside-atm/

 

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Locals come to the aid of ailing ‘hero’

By Sitthichai Sikhawat 

 

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A local hero in Krabi province, who became famous after rescuing an elderly Norwegian couple trapped in muddy slush near a local dam three years ago by allowing them to clamber over him, is getting help to recover from chronic back pain that he reportedly sustained since that day.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074505-krabi-locals-come-to-the-aid-of-ailing-‘hero’/

 

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An alliance could topple the generals

By The Nation

 

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Anti-junta parties mull a partnership to pry loose Prayut’s grip on

 

An attempt to form an alliance among political parties to block General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return as prime minister does not seem unusual given the current political climate. To carry any weight, however, it would require the solid support of parties currently sitting on the fence that separates the royalists from the republicans, such as the Bhum Jai Thai Party.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074506-an-alliance-could-topple-the-generals-editorial/

 

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Political parties urged to support media organization’s call to scrap gag orders 

 

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The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) on Sunday issued a statement addressed to all political party leaders, urging them to join its campaign for the revocation of four executive orders issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that have imposed restrictions on press freedom and freedom of expression.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074507-political-parties-urged-to-support-media-organization’s-call-to-scrap-gag-orders/

 

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Tsunami from erupting Krakatau kills at least 222 in Indonesia

 

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A number of buildings and vehicles are seen damaged due to being hit by a tsunami wave that hit the Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung and Tanggamus Regencies in Banten, Indonesia on Sunday.

 

PANDEGLANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – A tsunami killed at least 222 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, officials and media said on Sunday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074508-tsunami-from-erupting-krakatau-kills-at-least-222-in-indonesia/

 

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Elephants join search for 2-year-old Myanmar boy missing for 6 days in Suphan Buri sugarcane plantation

 

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Four elephants were this morning employed to help some 300 police, military personnel, local administration officials and private rescue workers in a massive search for a two-yearขold Myanmar boy who has gone missing in a thick sugarcane plantation in U-Thong district of the central province of Suphan Buri for almost a week.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074509-elephants-join-search-for-2-year-old-myanmar-boy-missing-for-6-days-in suphan-buri sugarcane-plantation/

 

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Trump, annoyed by resignation letter, pushes out Mattis early

By Idrees Ali and Steve Holland

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was replacing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis two months earlier than had been expected, a move officials said was driven by Trump's anger at Mattis' resignation letter and its rebuke of his foreign policy.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074511-trump-annoyed-by-resignation-letter-pushes-out-mattis-early/

 

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Top Trump aide says government shutdown may go into New Year

By Jan Wolfe

 

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A sign declares the National Archive is closed due to a partial federal government shutdown in Washington, U.S., December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's budget director and chief of staff on Sunday said the partial U.S. government shutdown could continue to Jan. 3, when the new Congress convenes and Democrats take over the House of Representatives.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074512-top-trump-aide-says-government-shutdown-may-go-into-new-year/

 

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Turkey bolsters military on Syrian border as U.S. readies pull-out

By Yesim Dikmen and Ali Kucukgocmen

 

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FILE PHOTO: A wall along the border between Turkey and Syria is seen in Kilis province, Turkey, January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

 

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey began reinforcing its positions on both sides of its border with Syria on Sunday, a Reuters witness said, as Ankara and Washington agreed to coordinate a U.S. withdrawal from Syria.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074513-turkey-bolsters-military-on-syrian-border-as-us-readies-pull-out/

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Trump advisers have discussed arranging meeting with Fed's Powell: WSJ

 

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FILE PHOTO: Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell leaves after his news conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, U.S., December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - The advisers of President Donald Trump have discussed in recent days arranging a meeting between him and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in the coming weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing a source.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074516-trump-advisers-have-discussed-arranging-meeting-with-feds-powell-wsj/

 

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Italy rejigs measures to spur sale of green cars

 

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FILE PHOTO: A woman drives a Renault Twizy two-seat electric car in Rome, Italy, March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi/File Photo

 

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy will offer subsidies of up to 6,000 euros ($6,820) to buyers of new low emission vehicles while slapping taxes on the purchase of larger petrol and diesel cars, according to measures approved in parliament.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074515-italy-rejigs-measures-to-spur-sale-of-green-cars/

 

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UK police release two people arrested in Gatwick drone investigation

By Paul Sandle

 

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A police car is parked outside a house, after a drone was flown near Gatwick Airport, forcing the airport to close, in Crawley, Britain December 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

 

LONDON (Reuters) - British police on Sunday released without charge two people arrested in an inquiry into the illegal use of drones at London's Gatwick Airport that crippled operations for three days last week.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074517-uk-police-release-two-people-arrested-in gatwick drone-investigation/

 

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SpaceX launches first U.S. national security space mission

By Joseph Ax

 

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FILE PHOTO: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - A SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S. military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Sunday, marking the space transportation company's first national security space mission for the United States.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074518-spacex-launches-first-us-national-security-space-mission/

 

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Moroccan suspects in killing of Scandinavian women were acting alone, official says

By Ahmed Eljechtimi

 

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RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities believe four suspects in the killing of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains were acting on their own initiative, even though they had just pledged allegiance to Islamic State, an official said on Sunday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074519-moroccan-suspects-in-killing-of-scandinavian-women-were-acting-alone-official-says/

 

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Chinese tourist market now recovered: MOTS

 

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BANGKOK - The Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) has reported that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand has recovered and is now showing growth. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074532-tourism-ministry-chinese-tourist-market-now-recovered-showing-growing-trend/

 

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Indonesia tsunami: Wave crashes into concert by local pop band Seventeen

 

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JAKARTA: Members of the Indonesian pop band Seventeen, along with members of the audience watching them perform on Saturday (Dec 22) night, are among the missing after a tsunami engulfed the crowd.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074536-indonesia-tsunami-wave-crashes-into-concert-by-local-pop-band-seventeen-video/

 

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Mystery as foreigner found under strange circumstances on southern Thai beach

 

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Mystery surrounds the death of a foreigner found on Bang Niang beach in Pangnga province in Thailand's south. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074538-mystery-as-foreigner-found-under-strange-circumstances-on-southern-thai-beach/

 

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Korean "footballer" assaulted and robbed by snatch thieves in Chonburi

 

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Sanook reported that Saen Suk police and a foundation rescue team went to a convenience store on Won Napha beach, Muang, Chonburi on Sunday morning after reports that a Korean man had been assaulted and robbed.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074539-korean-footballer-assaulted-and-robbed-by-snatch-thieves-in-chonburi/

 

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Investigation underway as hunt for "Cambodian grave robbers" stepped up

 

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Police and military personnel in Ban Chang, Rayong, are stepping up the search for a group of grave robbers who took ten corpses of newborn or stillborn children from a cemetery. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074542-investigation-underway-as-hunt-for-cambodian-grave-robbers-stepped-up/

 

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Last Full Moon Party for 2018 attracts 30,000

By The Thaiger

 

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Authorities claim over 30,000 tourists flocked to Hat Rin on Koh Phangan for the Saturday night (well, Sunday morning really), monthly full moon party, the final party for 2018. The party kicked off at 1am on Sunday morning and wound up at 7am.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074543-last-full-moon-party-for-2018-attracts-30000/

 

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Video: Pregnant woman and husband killed as pick-up crosses central reservation

 

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Horrific dash cam footage from Nonthaburi showed the moment a black Isuzu pick-up traversed the central reservation and collided with a red Nissan Almera and a taxi. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1074549-video-pregnant-woman-and-husband-killed-as-pick-up-crosses-central-reservation/

 

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