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A Gala Dinner with Frank Bruno in Hua Hin

 

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A Gala Dinner with Frank Bruno Ex-Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Bruno fought some of the best fighters from the modern era which included twice with Mike Tyson. 

 

Info: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1068236-a-gala-dinner-with-frank-bruno-in-hua-hin/

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Thai man kills six family members after New Year's party - police

 

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai man shot and killed six family members, including his two young children, before killing himself after a New Year's party, the police said on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075566-mass-shooting-horror-in-thailand-as-man-guns-down-7-people/?do=findComment&comment=13695315

 

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King’s coronation set for May

By THE NATION

 

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King Maha Vajiralongkorn // AFP PHOTO

 

Command issued for three day ceremony in keeping with royal tradition.
 

HIS MAJESTY KING Maha Vajiralongkorn has issued a command to hold a three-day coronation ceremony in early May, the Royal Household Bureau announced yesterday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075563-thai-king-to-be-crowned-in-coronation-ceremonies-may-4-6-palace/?do=findComment&comment=13695319

 

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Different populist schemes on offer

By NOPHAKHUN LIMSAMARNPHUN 
THE NATION

 

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Political parties vie on state welfare platforms in run up to February polls.

 

THE AGE of neo-populism has emerged in Thailand, with at least four political parties vying on state-welfare-cum-populist platforms in the next general election scheduled for February 24.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075667-different-populist-schemes-on-offer/

 

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Equal marriage rights 'still a dream'

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

 

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IT IS NOT A 100 per cent certain that the Life Partnership Bill will become law this year and even if it does pass the legislation process and is finally enforced, there is no guarantee that it will give equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075668-equal-marriage-rights-still-a-dream-in-thailand/

 

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Multiple killings, suicide at New Year party in Chumphon

By Prasit Leelahakhunakorn 
The Nation

 

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Thinnakorn Onmuk (R)

 

A 41-year-old Thai man shot dead six relatives including his two children aged 6 and 9 before turning the gun on himself during a countdown party at their home in Chumphon's Pato district on Monday night.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075566-mass-shooting-horror-in-thailand-as-man-guns-down-7-people/?do=findComment&comment=13695333

 

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Drunk driving and speeding top road toll of 2,761 accidents in five days

By The Nation

 

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The 2,761 road accidents nationwide over the first five days of the New Year holidays have claimed 314 lives and maimed 2,848 others, Public Health Ministry deputy permanent secretary Dr Prapon Tangsrikertikul said on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075670-drunk-driving-and-speeding-top-road-toll-of-2761-accidents-in-first-five-“dangerous”-days/

 

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Chatchart seen to be pipping Sudarat as Pheu Thai’s No 1 PM candidate after popularity surveys

By THE NATION

 

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File photo: Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan and Chatchart Sitthiphan

 

FORMER transport minister Chatchart Sitthiphan is tipped to be Pheu Thai Party’s first prime minister candidate, gaining precedence over the party’s election strategy president, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, after an internal survey suggested he was more popular.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075671-chatchart-seen-to-be-pipping-sudarat-as-pheu-thai’s-no-1-pm-candidate-after-popularity-surveys/

 

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Asean worries about Thailand’s ability to lead grouping amid political challenges

By SUPALAK GANJANAKHUNDEE 
THE NATION

 

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FILES: Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (L) receives the gavel from Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) as a transfer of the ASEAN Chairmanship during the closing ceremony of the 33rd Association of ASEAN Summit. //EPA-EFE PHOTO

 

CAN THAILAND handle the upcoming general election and also chair Asean in the same year?

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075672-asean-worries-about-thailand’s-ability-to-lead-grouping-amid-political-challenges/

 

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Thailand to promote single-window clearance system for border trade 

By PHUWIT LIMVIPHUWAT 
THE NATION

 

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IN a push for digital transformation within the Asean region, member countries will join forces to implement the Asean Single Window (ASW) for all 10 nations in the trade bloc by the end of next year . 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075673-thailand-to-promote-single-window clearance-system-for-border-trade /

 

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Seven drunk drivers fitted with Electronic Monitoring devices

By The Nation

 

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Seven out of the 66 drunk drivers stopped over the New Year Holiday were fitted with the Probation Department’s Electronic Monitoring (EM) devices in front of reporters on January 1, as part of the punishment ordered by the courts over traffic violations.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075674-seven-drunk-drivers-fitted-with-electronic-monitoring-devices/

 

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South Warned Of First Tropical Storm Since 1962 Disaster

By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter

 

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BANGKOK — Southern Thailand is expected to be hit directly by a tropical storm for the first time in 56 years later this week, officials said Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075675-south-warned-of-first-tropical-storm-since-1962-disaster/

 

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Two acid tests await Thailand this year

By The Nation

 

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The future of the Kingdom and the wider region hang on our successful return to civilian rule

 

Thailand faces two major challenges in 2019 – conducting a general election and chairing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Mishandling either task would invite serious damage to both the country and the wider region.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075676-two-acid-tests-await-thailand-this-year-editorial/

 

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How Prayut missed a golden opportunity

By Tulsathit Taptim 
The Nation

 

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Talk of what Prayut Chan-o-cha must do to ensure that his 2014 coup is not “wasted” has been too political. Many, including the man himself, assume the measure of success or failure depends on whether the camp loyal to Thaksin Shinawatra can make its way back into power. That idea is not only wrong, it’s also very damaging.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075677-how-prayut-missed-a-golden-opportunity-opinion/

 

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YOUR SAY: The New Year resolutions Thais made for 2019

By KORNRAWEE PANYASUPPAKUN 
THE NATION

 

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SHEDDING a few kilos, upgrading skills, buying a tractor – these were some of the New Year resolutions Thais made for 2019. Here’s a glimpse of some hopes and wishes for the New Year.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075678-your-say-the-new-year-resolutions-thais-made-for-2019/

 

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Phuket’s MICE market revenue doubles in 2018

By The Nation

 

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Phuket’s increasingly prolific MICE market nearly doubled in terms of year-on-year growth in 2017, a global hospitality consultancy firm said recently.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075679-phuket’s-mice-market-revenue-doubles-in-2018/

 

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Kim ready to meet Trump 'anytime', but warns of 'new path'

By Hyonhee Shin and Soyoung Kim

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk after lunch at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

 

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday he is ready to meet U.S. President Donald Trump again at anytime to achieve their common goal of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, but warned he may have to take an alternative path if U.S. sanctions and pressure against the country continued.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075680-kim-ready-to-meet-trump-anytime-but-warns-of-new-path/

 

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Bill Gates' nuclear venture hits snag amid U.S. restrictions on China deals: WSJ

 

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FILE PHOTO: Microsoft founder Bill Gates attends a forum of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai on November 5, 2018. Matthew Knight/Pool via REUTERS

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - TerraPower LLC, a nuclear energy venture chaired by Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates, is seeking a new partner for early-stage trials of its technology after new U.S. rules forced it to abandon an agreement with China, company officials told the Wall Street Journal.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075681-bill-gates-nuclear-venture-hits-snag-amid-us-restrictions-on-china-deals-wsj/

 

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Retired U.S. Marine held in Russia for spying is innocent - family

By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Barbara Goldberg

 

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Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen detained in Russia for suspected spying, appears in a photo provided by the Whelan family on January 1, 2019. Courtesy Whelan Family/Handout via REUTERS

 

MOSCOW/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A retired U.S. Marine detained by Russia on spying charges was visiting Moscow for a wedding and is innocent, his family said on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075682-retired-us-marine-held-in-russia-for-spying-is-innocent-family/

 

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Bolsonaro takes office in Brazil, says nation 'liberated from socialism'

By Anthony Boadle

 

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Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro gestures after receiving the presidential sash from outgoing President Michel Temer at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

 

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's newly inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday his election had freed the country from "socialism and political correctness," and he vowed to tackle corruption, crime and economic mismanagement in Latin America's largest nation.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075684-bolsonaro-takes-office-in-brazil-says-nation-liberated-from-socialism/

 

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Baby boy found alive after 35 hours under rubble after Russia blast

 

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A still image taken from a video footage shows a rescuer carries a 11-month-old child found alive in the rubble of a Russian apartment block that partially collapsed after a suspected gas blast in Magnitogorsk, Russia January 1, 2019. Minister of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief/Handout via REUTERS TV

 

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A baby boy has been found alive after 35 hours spent in freezing cold in the rubble of a Russian apartment block that partially collapsed in an explosion, emergency officials reported, calling it a miracle.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075685-baby-boy-found-alive-after-35-hours-under-rubble-after-russia-blast/

 

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U.S. agents fire tear gas at 'violent mob' near Mexico border

 

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Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, react after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) throw tear gas to the Mexican side of the fence as they prepared to cross it illegally, in Tijuana, Mexico, January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

 

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - U.S. border agents launched tear gas into Mexico early on Tuesday to deter a group of migrants that one official called "a violent mob" from crossing over from Tijuana, according to a Reuters witness and the U.S. government.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075687-us-agents-fire-tear-gas-at-violent-mob-near-mexico-border/

 

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Fatalities on commercial passenger aircraft rise in 2018

By David Shepardson

 

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FILE PHOTO: Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) sub-committee head for air accidents, Nurcahyo Utomo speaks during a news conference on its investigation into a Lion Air plane crash last month, in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fatality rate on passenger jet aircraft worldwide jumped in 2018 after airlines recorded zero accident deaths on passenger jets in the prior year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075688-fatalities-on-commercial-passenger-aircraft-rise-in-2018/

 

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Trump invites congressional leaders to border security briefing

By Amanda Becker and David Morgan

 

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FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds up a placard during a protest against the border wall and the militarization of the border at a new section of the bollard wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, as seen from the Mexican side of the border in San Jeronimo, on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico June 2, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday invited Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to a border security briefing at the White House as the federal government remained partially shut down over his demand to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075689-trump-invites-congressional-leaders-to-border-security-briefing/

 

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NASA probe believed to have passed distant space rock on landmark mission  

By Joey Roulette

 

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New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), left, gives a high five to New Horizons Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory after the team received signals from the flyby of Ultima Thule by the New Horizons spacecraft that it is healthy and collected data, at the Mission Operations Center of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, U.S., January 1, 2019. NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A NASA explorer is believed to have reached the solar system's outermost region early Tuesday morning, flying close to a space rock 20 miles long and billions of miles from Earth on a mission to gather clues about the creation of the solar system.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075690-nasa-probe-believed-to-have-passed-distant-space-rock-on-landmark-mission/

 

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Smoking ban for Orchard Road kicks in

Benson Ang

 

SINGAPORE - Orchard Road is now smoke-free, as a precinct-wide smoking ban kicked in on Tuesday (Jan 1) prohibiting smokers from lighting up in public areas except within designated smoking areas (DSAs).

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075698-smoking-ban-for-singapores-orchard-road-kicks-in-tuesday/

 

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Video: Get a room! Pattaya police set to interview frolicking farangs

 

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Two westerners at Jomtien beach caught the attention of a passing Thai who video-ed them frolicking in the water on New Year's Day. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075699-video-get-a-room-pattaya-police-set-to-interview-frolicking-farangs/

 

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Legendary Brazilian footballer gives the thumbs up to Samui after holidays

 

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Daily News reported that former Brazilian striker Ronaldo was seen off from Koh Samui after spending the Christmas and New Year holidays on the island with his beautiful wife and children. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075702-legendary-brazilian-footballer-gives-the-thumbs-up-to-samui-after-holidays/

 

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PTT  evacuating some staff from offshore oil rigs ahead of arrival of tropical storm Pa Buk

 

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PTT Exploration and Production Company has started evacuating some of its staff working on the oil rigs in the Gulf of Thailand to the shore in southern province of Songkla ahead of the anticipated arrival of tropical Pa Buk which is moving toward the Gulf of Thailand tomorrow with a maximum wind speed at its epic centre of 65 kph.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075703-ptt -evacuating-some-staff-from-offshore-oil-rigs-ahead-of-arrival-of-tropical-storm-pa-buk/

 

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Cuba's Castro blasts United States on 60th anniversary of revolution

By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta

 

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FILE PHOTO - Cuban First Secretary of Communist Party Raul Castro Ruz gives a speech, on January 01, 2019, during the celebration of 60th Anniversary of Cuban Revolution at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. Yamil Lage/Pool via Reuters

 

HAVANA (Reuters) - On the 60th anniversary of Cuba's revolution, ruling Communist Party leader Raul Castro blasted the Trump administration for returning to an outdated path of confrontation with the island nation and of intervening in Latin America.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1075706-cubas-castro-blasts-united-states-on-60th-anniversary-of-revolution/

 

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