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YouTube star arrested in drugs bust

By The Nation

 

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Supatra “Baitoey" Buakaew, 21 – who became an internet sensation in Thailand doing her “snake dance” to the song “Burn it Down” by Ahzee and Faydee in a Bangkok club in 2017 – has been arrested along with her 39-year-old alleged drug-dealer boyfriend Pornchai Khumkrong, the Metropolitan Police Bureau said on Thursday.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077567-youtube-star-arrested-in-drugs-bust/

 

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Parents think she’s been taken but police believe otherwise

By The Nation

 

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The parents of a 14-year-old schoolgirl missing for two weeks filed a complaint on Thursday with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD), saying they were convinced she had been kidnapped.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077570-parents-think-she’s-been-taken-but-police-believe-otherwise/

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Election no later than March, Wissanu assures

By THE NATION

 

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File photo: DEPUTY Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam

 

DEPUTY Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam yesterday said the election will take place no later than March and the Royal Decree will be issued within this month.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077624-election-no-later-than-march-wissanu-assures/

 

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Cambodia denies having issued passport to ex-PM Yingluck

By THE NATION

 

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File photo: Yingluck Shinawatra

 

CAMBODIA DENIES claims that it issued a passport to former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong, according to the Phnom Penh Post yesterday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077625-cambodia-denies-having-issued-passport-to-ex-pm-yingluck/

 

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Medical price control plan looms over private hospitals

By CHULARAT SAENGPASSA 
THE NATION 

 

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SHARE PRICES TAKE A HIT AS MEASURE GOES TO CABINET WHILE CONSUMERS BREATHE SIGH OF RELIEF
 

A CABINET meeting on January 22 will consider a plan to control the prices of medical supplies and services.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077626-medical-price-control-plan-looms-over-private-hospitals/

 

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No clarity on fate of Saudi teen, Bahraini footballer after visit by Australian minister

By THE NATION

 

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Human rights groups and the Australian football community hold a protest in front of the Opera House for the release of refugee footballer Hakeem Alaraibi in Sydney on January 10, 2019. // AFP PHOTO

 

THE FATE of two Australia-bound asylum seekers from the Middle East, who were stopped in Thailand, remained unclear as visiting Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne discussed the two cases with her Thai counterpart yesterday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077627-no-clarity-on-fate-of-saudi-teen-bahraini-footballer-after-visit-by-australian-minister/

 

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Jam-packed Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous opens at Royal Phuket Marina

By The Thaiger

 

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The fourth Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous opened its doors today for yachting enthusiasts and lifestyle-seekers from around the region.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077629-jam-packed-thailand-yacht-show-rendezvous-opens-at-royal-phuket-marina/

 

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Investors fret over political haze, group finds, as analysis swapped for guesses

By PHUWIT LIMVIPHUWAT 
THE NATION

 

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Fetco chairman Paiboon Nalinthrangkurn says other risks to the health of the economy are easier to analyse than the political direction for Thailand.

 

POLITICAL uncertainty is a key concern for investors, said the head of an investment federation who cites a 5.25 per cent plunge in an index that measures sentiment for the next three months. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077630-investors-fret-over-political-haze-group-finds-as-analysis-swapped-for-guesses/

 

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Draft lottery-ticket bill makes it to NLA despite worries

By KHANITTHA THEPPHAJORN 
THE NATION 

 

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THE CONTROVERSIAL bill on government lottery tickets has made it to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

 

Source: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077631-draft-lottery-ticket-bill-makes-it-to-nla-despite-worries/

 

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Thailand to air prowess in  technology at Dubai expo

By   KWANCHAI RUNGFAPAISARN 
THE NATION

 

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THAILAND’S strides in digital technology will be on show to an international audience when the country takes part in World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077632-thailand-to-air-prowess-in -technology-at-dubai-expo/

 

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Thai project offers hope for endangered Indochinese tigers

By KORNRAWEE PANYASUPPAKUN 
THE NATION 

 

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A tiger rescued from the illegal wildlife trade is relocated to the breeding centre in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. Too old to return to the forest, it must spend its entire life there.

 

AS ON of the last refuges of Indochinese tigers, Thailand is working to protect the endangered big cats from poachers.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077633-thai-project-offers-hope-for-endangered-indochinese-tigers/

 

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Surin receives memorial award

 

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Former Secretary General of Asean, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, received the memorable prize of the fourth Asia Cosmopolitan Awards (ACA) this afternoon in recognition of his contribution and leadership in promoting Asean integration and raising the bloc’s profile internationally.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077634-surin-pitsuwan-receives-memorial-award/

 

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3 Thai spots among top 20 destinations

By   THE NATION 

 

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BANGKOK is ranked the number one destination for overnight visitors (for the third consecutive year), with Phuket, and Pattaya also in the global top 20 ( at 12 and 18 respectively), making Thailand the only country with three in the top global 20 destinations, according to the Mastercard GDCI’s 2018 report . 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077635-3-thai-spots-among-top-20-destinations/

 

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Trump eyes emergency powers to pay for border wall, end shutdown

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs for a visit to the U.S. southern border area in Texas from the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

 

MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to use emergency powers to bypass Congress and get billions of dollars to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border as a partial U.S. government shutdown over the issue stretched into its 20th day.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077640-trump-eyes-emergency-powers-to-pay-for-border-wall-end-shutdown/

 

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In Cairo, Pompeo blasts Obama's Middle East policies

By Lesley Wroughton and Lena Masri

 

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry following their meeting at the ministry of foreign affairs in Cairo, Egypt, January 10, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

 

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday accused Barack Obama of sowing chaos by abandoning the Middle East to Islamist militants and Iranian influence in a blistering critique of the former president's policies even as Pompeo's boss, President Donald Trump, moves to pull American troops out of Syria.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077641-in-cairo-pompeo-blasts-obamas-middle-east-policies/

 

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After meeting May, Japan's Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit

By Paul Sandle

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Downing Street in London, Britain, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Japan's Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that the world did not want to see a disorderly Brexit and that he fully supported British Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal deal from the European Union now facing defeat in parliament.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077642-after-meeting-may-japans-abe-says-world-does-not-want-no-deal brexit/

 

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Investors ask how the Bezos divorce will affect Amazon

By David Randall and Jan Wolfe

 

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O> shares seesawed on Thursday as investors questioned how the impending divorce of company founder Jeff Bezos would affect his control of the most valuable company on Wall Street and its ambitious expansion plans.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077644-investors-ask-how-the-bezos-divorce-will-affect-amazon/

 

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More hugs and wais as Thai honesty and police helpfulness confirmed

 

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Tears of joy and hugs and wais were the order of the day yesterday as a Brazilian tourist got her money back - all 100,000 baht of it. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077648-more-hugs-and-wais-as-thai-honesty-and-police-helpfulness-confirmed/

 

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Chinese tourist ends it all with charcoal burner in Pattaya condo

 

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Police and foundation medics called to the 8th floor of a Thepprasit Soi 17 condo yesterday found a 41 year old Chinese tourist dead. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077650-chinese-tourist-ends-it-all-with-charcoal-burner-in-pattaya-condo/

 

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Video: Not again! Find this "farang" graffiti artist

 

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The Facebook page of the Chiang Rai Tourist Police issued an appeal to find a western man caught spray painting on shops in the area of the old Chiang Rai bus station. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077651-video-not-again-find-this-farang-graffiti-artist/

 

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Thailand named in top ten in the world for retirees - TAT says accolade is richly deserved

 

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Thailand has been named in the top ten of best places in the world for retirees. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077653-thailand-named-in-top-ten-in-the-world-for-retirees-tat-says-accolade-is-richly-deserved/ 

 

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Thailand leading the way in combating international crime - 28 on "Red Notice" banged up in a month

 

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Thailand's police top brass turned out in force for the press yesterday to celebrate having made 28 arrests of international criminals since December alone.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077654-thailand-leading-the-way-in-combating-international-crime-28-on-red-notice-banged-up-in-a-month/

 

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Pained Murray says Australian Open could be his swansong

By Ian Ransom

 

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Andy Murray of England speaks to the media during a press conference at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 11, 2019. AAP Image/Daniel Pockett/via REUTERS

 

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray may retire after the Australian Open, with the severe pain from his troublesome right hip having become almost unbearable for him to play on, the former world number one said on Friday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077674-pained-murray-says australian open could-be-his-swansong/

 

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Airline EVENTUALLY agrees to compensate family in young boy's in-flight scalding incident

 

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A family has finally received the promise of compensation and free air tickets after a young boy was scalded by hot water on a flight from Roi-Et to Don Muang.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077676-airline-eventually-agrees-to-compensate-family-in-young-boys-in-flight-scalding-incident/

 

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Bali Hai office building a 25-million-baht white elephant

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PATTAYA:--Critics of Pattaya’s lavish 2017 spending on the redevelopment of Bali Hai Pier predicted an office building and conference center the navy insisted it needed would become a white elephant.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1077685-bali-hai-office-building-a-25-million-baht-white-elephant/

 

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