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Urgent appeal for AB Negative blood



The required AB Negative blood donations can be given at two locations in Phuket.


PHUKET:-- An urgent appeal for AB Negative blood donors has been made after a Russian tourist, 69, was admitted to Vachira Phuket Hospital yesterday (Jan 28) with coronary heart disease.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081309-urgent-appeal-for-ab-negative-blood/

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Australia PM urges Thailand not to extradite Bahraini player

by Nick Mulvenney



FILE PHOTO: Hakeem Al Araibi, a former member of Bahrain's national soccer team who holds a refugee status in Australia arrives at court after he was arrested last month on arrival at a Bangkok airport based on an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request, in Bangkok, Thailand December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo


ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Asian soccer chiefs called on the Thai government to release footballer Hakeem Al Araibi as prosecutors in Bangkok on Tuesday acknowledged receipt of an extradition request from Bahrain.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081310-australia-pm-urges-thailand-not-to-extradite-bahraini-player/

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Prayut won’t step down as PM for poll




Four ministers of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government yesterday pose at Government House.


Junta leader awaiting ‘invitation’ from parties; expects to make his decision before Feb 8.


JUNTA LEADER Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday vowed he would not step down as prime minister while stating clearly that if he was to return as the PM, it would be through normal means – as a candidate on a party’s list.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081339-prayut-wont-step-down-as-pm-for-poll/


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Experts warn of loophole in NCPO’s order on cannabis




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Pharma giants can have suspension reversed once narcotics law enforced.

EXPERTS HAVE warned that despite the junta using special powers to unlock issues related to patent applications, Thailand still faces the risk of transnational pharmaceutical giants monopolising the cannabis medical market.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081342-experts-warn-of-loophole-in-ncpo’s-order-on-cannabis/


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Thousands bid tearful farewell to monk Luang Phor Koon





THOUSANDS OF people paid their final respects to one of the country’s most revered monks, Luang Phor Koon Parisuttho, in front of his elaborate crematorium in Khon Kaen province last night.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081281-governor-calls-for-peace-as-luang-phor-koon’s-ashes-are-scattered-on-mekong/?do=findComment&comment=13787191


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Bangkok rated 89th on list of liveable locations for Asian expatriates 




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BANGKOK is the highest rated Thai city, sitting at 89th place in an annual listing of the most liveable location for Asian expatriates, according to a survey released by ECA International yesterday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081344-bangkok-rated-89th-on list-of-liveable-locations-for-asian-expatriates/


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Electronic visa on arrival facility for 20 economies 




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THAILAND launched an electronic visa on arrival (E-VOA) facility for passengers from 20 economies to increase convenience, safety and speed of processing.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081345-electronic-visa-on-arrival-facility-for-20-economies/


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Authorities urge curbs on burning incense sticks, golden paper offerings for Year of the Pig




Samut Prakan officials spray water into the air yesterday in a move to remove fine PM2.5 dust |particles yesterday, an exercise that scientists say is pointless.


THE PUBLIC Health Ministry is calling on people to burn shorter incense sticks and avoid setting fire to paper offerings during this Chinese New Year in order to stop pollution from worsening.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081346-authorities-urge-curbs-on-burning-incense-sticks-golden-paper-offerings-for-year-of-the-pig/


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White chedi to serve as memorial to revered monk





A WHITE chedi in Thai-Lao architectural style and resting on an octagonal platform – signifying the much-revered Luang Phor Koon Parisuttho’s simplicity, humility, purity and graciousness – will soon be built as a memorial atop his temporary crematorium at Buddhamonton Isan in Khon Kaen’s Muang district.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081347-khon-kaen-white-chedi-to-serve-as-memorial-to-revered-monk/


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Prayut rules out cabinet reshuffle, says will return to power only through election




Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today there will be no cabinet reshuffle following the resignations of four ministers who are core members of the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party and declared that he will seek to return to power only through election.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081339-prayut-wont-step-down-as-pm-for-poll/?do=findComment&comment=13787219


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Somkid will be ready when called upon




Spareparts are usually unseen, but if you happen to need them you are glad you have them. Somkid Jatusripitak is like that. News that he would be in the Palang Pracharat Party’s prime ministerial nomination list should not overexcite anyone. The deputy prime minister should be thought of like what he really is — something that can stay out of sight forever but can be so vitally important.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081349-somkid-will-be-ready-when-called-upon/


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HRH stresses the need for coronation water to be screened for cleanliness

By The Nation




Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has suggested that the water collected for use in the coronation in May be screened for purity as it will be used in the blessed ceremony.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1075563-thai-king-to-be-crowned-in-coronation-ceremonies-may-4-6-palace/?do=findComment&comment=13787228


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Democratic will can loosen military’s grip

By The Nation




Junta has spent past five years cementing its place in politics for decades to come, but election could change that destiny  


With the election date now official, it’s time for the military to withdraw from politics and return to their barracks. Those who seized power by force in 2014 must now hand that power back to voters and allow them to freely choose a new government that ends military rule.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081353-democratic-will-can-loosen-military’s-grip/


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British lawmakers instruct May to demand EU reopen Brexitdeal; EU says 'No'

By Kylie MacLellan, William James and Elizabeth Piper



Prime Minister Theresa May talks about Brexit 'plan B' in Parliament, in London, Britain, January 29, 2019. Text in documents removed at source. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS


LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers on Tuesday instructed Prime Minister Theresa May to demand that Brussels replace the Irish border arrangement known as the "backstop", in a last-ditch attempt to renegotiate an exit treaty that the European Union says it will not change.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081356-british-lawmakers-instruct-may-to-demand-eu-reopen brexitdeal-eu-says-no/


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Pound falls on no-deal Brexit worries, dollar steady

By Richard Leong



FILE PHOTO: A two Euro coin is pictured next to an English ten Pound note in an illustration taken March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sterling fell on Tuesday as British lawmakers rejected most amendments seeking for Britain to avoid leaving the European Union without a deal, reviving worries of a chaotic withdrawal from the trading bloc that would damage the U.K. economy.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081357-pound-falls-on-no-deal brexit worries-dollar-steady/


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Canadian serial killer pleads guilty to murder of eight people

By Tyler Choi



FILE PHOTO: Police investigate a home that accused serial killer Bruce McArthur worked at in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo


TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian man charged with the murder of eight men who disappeared over several years pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday, police said, in a case that shook Toronto's gay community.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081358-canadian-serial-killer-pleads-guilty-to-murder-of-eight-people/


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Top Pakistan court upholds blasphemy acquittal of Christian woman

By Asif Shahzad



Paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Saiyna Bashir


ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, dismissing a petition filed by Islamists who have called for her execution.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081359-top-pakistan-court-upholds-blasphemy-acquittal-of-christian-woman/


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Another shutdown spells deeper pain for U.S. economy: Moody's



FILE PHOTO - The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen beyond a chain fence during the partial government shutdown in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


(Reuters) - Another government shutdown could inflict greater harm on the U.S. economy, especially it were to happen only three weeks after the end of the longest ever such closure, Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081360-another-shutdown-spells-deeper-pain-for-us-economy-moodys/


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Trump ally Stone pleads not guilty to Russia probe charges

By Sarah N. Lynch



Roger Stone, longtime political ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives for his arraignment at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's longtime political ally Roger Stone pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he tried to obstruct a congressional investigation into allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081367-trump-ally-stone-pleads-not-guilty-to-russia-probe-charges/


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"Aunty Pa the Terrible"  arrested for drugging and stealing from tourists in Pattaya



Picture: Rak Siam News


A joint police operation has resulted in the arrest of a 48 year old Petchabun woman who admitted to four cases of drugging and robbing tourists in Pattaya. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081370-aunty-pa-the-terrible-arrested-for-drugging-and-stealing-from-tourists-in-pattaya/


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Polar vortex freezes U.S. Midwest with snow, dangerously cold air

By Suzannah Gonzales



A pedestrian stops to take a photo by Chicago River, as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Pinar Istek


CHICAGO (Reuters) - A blast of Arctic air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, bone-chilling cold to a wide swath of the United States on Tuesday, stretching from the Dakotas through Maine, with snow expected as far south as Alabama and Georgia.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081371-polar-vortex-freezes-us-midwest-with-snow-dangerously-cold-air/


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Video: Last moments of 17 year old Brit on holiday abroad for the first time



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Dash cam footage now online shows the accident that claimed the life of a 17 year old British youth.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081373-video-last-moments-of-17-year-old-brit-on-holiday-abroad-for-the-first-time/


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U.S. Senate committee delays vote on Trump's attorney general pick

By Andy Sullivan



FILE PHOTO: William Barr testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday postponed a vote on President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, as Democrats expressed concern that he might not make public a final report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081377-us-senate-committee-delays-vote-on-trumps-attorney-general-pick/


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Video: Shots fired in Chaeng Wattana as rampaging truck damages eight vehicles



Picture: Sanook


Dramatic dash cam footage from a terrified member of the public caught some of the moments of a midday chase on Chaeng Wattana Road in northern Bangkok yesterday. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081380-video-shots-fired-in-chaeng-wattana-as-rampaging-truck-damages-eight-vehicles/


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Big Joke: Just give me a call and I'll help sort out these thugs




Top policeman Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn has told the Thai public not to be alarmed - just give him a call and he'll hunt down thugs and get them off the streets. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081386-big-joke-just-give-me-a-call-and-ill-help-sort-out-these-thugs/


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Bangkok to Los Angeles in just over 5 hours. The second supersonic revolution.

By The Thaiger



PHOTOS: boomsupersonic.com


When the world’s first supersonic passenger jets took to the skies (in December 1968 – The Russian TU-144, followed not long after by Concorde in March 1969)


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081388-bangkok-to-los-angeles-in-just-over-5-hours-the-second-supersonic-revolution/


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