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Abhisit the only Democrat candidate for PM

By The Nation

 

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File photo: Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva

 

Former prime minister and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is the only candidate for prime minister the party will submit to the Election Commission.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081883-abhisit-the-only-democrat-candidate-for-pm/

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EU irks Britain by calling Gibraltar a 'colony'

By Gabriela Baczynska

 

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FILE PHOTO: The European Union flag, the Gibraltarian flag and The Union Jack are seen flying, at the border of Gibraltar with Spain, in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, historically claimed by Spain, November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo

 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain complained about the European Union calling Gibraltar a "colony" in a piece of draft legislation on Friday, highlighting how the EU is lining up behind Spain in its territorial dispute as Britain quits the bloc.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081903-eu-irks-britain-by-calling-gibraltar-a-colony/

 

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Foxconn vows to build Wisconsin plant after talk with Trump

 

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FILE PHOTO - Heavy machinery is seen before the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump as he participates in the Foxconn Technology Group groundbreaking ceremony for its LCD manufacturing campus, in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

 

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology said on Friday it will build a factory in Wisconsin after the company's chairman spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump, following a Reuters report earlier this week that the Taiwanese company was reconsidering its plans.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081904-foxconn-vows-to-build-wisconsin-plant-after-talk-with-trump/

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USAID assistance in the West Bank and Gaza has ceased - U.S. official

By Stephen Farrell and Maayan Lubell

 

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A Palestinian walks past a ceramic sign of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma

 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has ceased all assistance to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a U.S. official said on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081905-usaid-assistance-in-the-west-bank-and-gaza-has-ceased-us-official/

 

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U.S. says to withdraw from arms control treaty in six months

By Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed

 

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the United Nations following a Security Council meeting about the situation in Venezuela in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced on Friday it will withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia in six months unless Moscow ends its alleged violations of the landmark 1987 arms control pact.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081906-us-says-to-withdraw-from-arms-control-treaty-in-six-months/

 

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Ali on target as Qatar stun Japan to win first Asian Cup

By Nick Mulvenney

 

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Soccer Football - AFC Asian Cup - Final - Japan v Qatar - Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - February 1, 2019 Qatar's Akram Afif celebrates scoring their third goal with Assim Madebo and team mates REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudan’

 

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Almoez Ali scored with a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the Asian Cup to set Qatar on their way to a first continental title with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions Japan on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081908-ali-on-target-as-qatar-stun-japan-to-win-first-asian-cup/

 

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Democrat Elizabeth Warren apologies to Cherokee Nation for DNA test

By John Whitesides

 

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FILE PHOTO: Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at a house party in Concord, New Hampshire, U.S., January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren has apologised to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test in a widely criticized effort to prove her claims to Native American ancestry, the tribe said on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081910-democrat-elizabeth-warren-apologies-to-cherokee-nation-for-dna-test/

 

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Deadly Brazil dam burst likely had same cause as previous one - official

By Marta Nogueira

 

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An activist covered in mud, holds a sign reading " VALE SA, Killer !" next to Brazilian flag during a protest against the Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in front of the Se Cathedral in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

 

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (Reuters) - The collapse of a Brazilian dam controlled by miner Vale a week ago likely happened because parts of the sand and dried-mud structure dissolved into liquid, a state regulator said in an interview, similar to what caused another deadly mining disaster less than four years ago.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081915-deadly-brazil-dam-burst-likely-had-same-cause-as-previous-one-official/

 

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Court agrees to consider Bahraini footballer’s extradition

By The Nation

 

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The Criminal Court agreed on Friday to consider the public prosecutors’ request to extradite former Bahrain national footballer Hakeem al-Araibi to his home country.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081917-court-agrees-to-consider-bahraini-footballer’s-extradition/

 

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Australian survives second-set blip to book semi-final spot

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam 
The Nation Weekend 

 

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Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia / Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

 

Hua Hin - Sixth seed Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia shrugged off a brief bout of nerves when the finishing line was in sight to oust Chinese fourth seed Zheng Saisai 6-1 6-3 and reach the semi-finals of the US$250,000 WTA Thailand Open at True Arena on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081918-australian-survives-second-set-blip-to-book-semi-final-spot/

 

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FamilyMart woos customers with discounts for Chinese New Year

By The Nation

 

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FAMILYMART has kicked off the “Heng Heng Ang Pao Rub Choke Song Tor” campaign to celebrate Chinese New Year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081919-familymart-woos-customers-with-discounts-for-chinese-new-year/

 

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Mercedes crossover a perfect fit for wilds of the city

By Kingsley Wijayasinha 
The Nation Weekend

 

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The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC crossover impresses with versatility of the SUV and road dynamics of a sportscar – and for not too much Baht

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081921-mercedes-crossover-a-perfect-fit-for-wilds-of-the-city/

 

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Hopes on ‘greener’ plastics to turn tide on battle for environment

By NOPHAKHUN LIMSAMARNPHUN 
THE NATION WEEKEND

 

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Plastics that have been labelled as biodegradable by industry have become more popular and affordable due to increased public awareness of environmental issues resulting from the many kinds of damage caused by single-use plastic bags, food containers, straws and other non-compostable items.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081922-hopes-on-‘greener’-plastics-to-turn-tide-on-battle-for-environment/

 

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Thai junta chief touts economy, coy on candidacy as elections loom

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Panu Wongcha-um

 

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Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha speaks during a news conference on the Fourth Year Performance Report at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The leader of Thailand's military government on Friday credited the junta with restoring a strong economic footing and called for "continuity", but he stopped short of saying whether he will be a candidate in long-delayed elections set for March 24.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081923-thai-junta-chief-touts-economy-coy-on-candidacy-as-elections-loom/

 

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Rewards given to Thais who saved Lithuanian woman at Phuket Airport

By The Thaiger

 

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Rewards from the management of the Phuket International Airport have been made to two quick thinking Thai citizens who saved the a young Lithuania woman from jumping from the international terminal’s upper road way ramp this week.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081924-rewards-given-to-thais-who-saved-lithuanian-woman-at-phuket-airport/

 

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Global Divide Of Wealth

By Pradit Phulsarikij 
Nation Graphics

 

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Nation Graphics/Pradit Phulsarikij

 

The number of billionaires worldwide has doubled since the global financial crisis a decade ago, even as hundreds of millions of people live in poverty on less than $5.50 (Bt180) a day.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081925-global-divide-of-wealth/

 

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Public urged to keep close eye on IPD moves now patent claims rejected

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION WEEKEND

 

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The junta officially suspended the seven problematic cannabis medicine patent applications as of Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081927-public-urged-to-keep-close-eye-on-ipd-moves-now-patent-claims-rejected/

 

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Enterprising young Cambodian impresses with multi-lingual skills

By The Thaiger

 

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Young vendors become very resourceful at extracting money from tourists. All in the quest of making an honest living and bringing some money to their families.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081930-enterprising-young-cambodian-impresses-with-multi-lingual-skills/

 

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Norwegian left "speechless" after Chiang Mai immigration sing Happy Birthday, present cake to retiree

 

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Image: Sanook

 

Sanook said that a Norwegian who arrived at Chiang Mai immigration to renew his retirement visa was left speechless after staff sang Happy Birthday and presented a cake with candles. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081935-norwegian-left-speechless-after-chiang-mai-immigration-sing-happy-birthday-present-cake-to-retiree/

 

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Smog crisis: Taekwondo teacher nearly dies after taking 30 minute stroll in downtown Bangkok

 

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Image: Thai Rath

 

Thai Rath reported that a teacher of Taekwondo near died after inhaling dust on a short stroll in the Ploenchit area of Bangkok. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081936-smog-crisis-taekwondo-teacher-nearly-dies-after-taking-30-minute-stroll-in-downtown-bangkok/

 

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Video: Foreigner on motorbike seriously injured after slamming into back of pick-up in Pattaya

 

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Image: Pattaya News

 

A video on the Pattaya News site showed the aftermath to an accident that left a foreign motorcyclist in a serious condition in hospital in Pattaya. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081937-video-foreigner-on-motorbike-seriously-injured-after-slamming-into-back-of-pick-up-in-pattaya/

 

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Two attractive Thai women fell victim to sweet talking Facebook fraudster

 

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Image: Kapook

 

Kapook reported that what they called two attractive Thai women went to the Bangkok HQ of Thailand's tech police to complain about a man they befriended on Facebook.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081939-two-attractive-thai-women-fell-victim-to-sweet-talking-facebook-fraudster/

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"Orders from above" - Jomtien massage vendors arrested after failing to pay for New Year party

 

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77kaoded reported that a group of traditional Thai massage operators on Jomtien beach were arrested after failing to pay for a new year treat for "tessakit" (municipal officers).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081940-orders-from-above-jomtien-massage-vendors-arrested-after-failing-to-pay-for-new-year-party/

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Ivory Coast ex-president Gbagbo freed by Hague court

By Stephanie van den Berg and Toby Sterling

 

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FILE PHOTO: Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, January 15, 2019. Peter Dejong/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

 

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was freed from detention by the International Criminal Court on Friday, under the condition that he will stay in the country that accepts to take him in and that he will return to the court when asked to do so.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081941-ivory-coast-ex-president-gbagbo-freed-by-hague-court/

 

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U.S. judge mulls gag order on talkative Trump adviser Stone

By Sarah N. Lynch

 

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Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone gives an interview to Reuters in Washington, U.S., January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge said on Friday she is considering imposing a gag order on President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone, who since being charged a week ago has repeatedly criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the ongoing Russia probe.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081943-us-judge-mulls-gag-order-on-talkative-trump-adviser-stone/

 

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Oil prices up on strong U.S. jobs data, Venezuela sanctions

By Devika Krishna Kumar

 

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FILE PHOTO: A pumpjack is seen at the Sinopec-operated Shengli oil field in Dongying, Shandong province, China January 12, 2017. REUTERS/Chen Aizhu

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rose about 3 percent on Friday on upbeat U.S. jobs data and signs that U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan exports have helped tighten supply, then extending gains after weekly data showed U.S. drillers cut the number of oil rigs.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081946-oil-prices-up-on-strong-us-jobs-data-venezuela-sanctions/

 

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Trump steps up attacks on Pelosi for opposing border wall funds

By Steve Holland

 

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Timothy Ballard, founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting to "discuss fighting human trafficking on the southern border" in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday, saying "she's very bad for our country" and "doesn't mind human trafficking" because she opposes his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081947-trump-steps-up-attacks-on-pelosi-for-opposing-border-wall-funds/

 

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Alpine skiing - Vonn to retire next week as body 'broken beyond repair'

 

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FILE PHOTO: Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Downhill - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 21, 2018 - Bronze medallist Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. celebrates with a flag during the flower ceremony. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - U.S. ski great Lindsey Vonn announced on Friday she would be retiring after this month's Alpine world championships in Sweden because her body was "broken beyond repair" and screaming at her to stop.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081949-alpine-skiing-vonn-to-retire-next-week-as-body-broken-beyond-repair/

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