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Thai military monitoring border as Malaysian outbreak rages

By The Nation
Photos by Charoon Thongnual

 

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Soldiers from the Fifth Infantry Regiment under the Fourth Army Area were monitoring the border in Songkhla's Sadao district to prevent smuggling of migrant workers from Malaysia on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202500-thai-military-monitoring-border-as-malaysian-outbreak-rages/

 

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Prayut’s moment of truth arrives

 

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The prime minister can be forgiven if he assumes that his previous problems were “political”, albeit ones that had more to do with ideology and power play than genuine well-being of the people. He will be disastrously wrong, however, if he makes the same assumption about the current trouble.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202490-prayut’s-moment-of-truth-arrives/

 

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Koh Si Chang in Chonburi locked down as coastal outbreak worsens

By The Nation

 

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Chonburi authorities have banned travel to or from Koh Si Chang after a Covid-19 outbreak in adjoining coastal districts.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202477-koh-si-chang-in-chonburi-locked-down-as-coastal-outbreak-worsens/

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Virus expert reveals why Thailand chose AstraZeneca’s viral vector vaccine

By The Nation

 

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Photo Credit: Bureau of Information office of Public Health ministry's Permanent Secretary

 

Dr Yong Poovorawan, chief of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University, appeared at a Public Health Ministry briefing on Wednesday in a bid to reassure the public after widespread concern over Thailand’s Covid-19 vaccine procurement.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202505-virus-expert-reveals-why-thailand-chose-astrazeneca’s-viral-vector-vaccine/

 

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Local teen stars streak into second round at Thailand Open II

By THE NATION

 

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Three-time world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn rebounded from a disastrous first game to beat former Thailand Masters champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the first round of the $1-million Toyota Thailand Open at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202506-local-teen-stars-streak-into-second-round-at-thailand-open-ii/

 

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Thailand’s Chai Nat province now free of COVID-19 as last eight patients recover

 

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Thailand’s central province of Chai Nat has been cleared of COVID-19 infections after the last eight patients tested negative for the virus, with five of them being discharged from their quarantine facility and the other three completing the 14-days of mandatory isolation, according to the Chai Nat provincial public relations office.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202507-thailand’s-chai-nat-province-now-free-of-covid-19-as-last-eight-patients-recover/

 

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Thailand may loosen some curbs as Covid-19 outbreak eases

 

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The easing of the curbs may help the Thai economy, which is already devastated by the slump in tourism and exports.PHOTO: REUTERS

 

BANGKOK (BLOOMBERG) - Thailand's capital and some other provinces are considering relaxing restrictions on businesses and travels in the coming weeks amid a decline in new coronavirus cases in certain regions.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202511-thailand-may-loosen-some-curbs-as-covid-19-outbreak-eases/

 

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Police investigate scamsters for taking vehicles on promise of making car payments

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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In total, the victims had handed over eight vehicles, altogether valued at about B4 million. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: Region 8 Police are warning people unable to make their car payments to not fall prey to scam artists who convince people to hand over their cars on the promise that the buyer will take over the outstanding payments to the credit company.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202512-police-investigate-scamsters-for-taking-vehicles-on-promise-of-making-car-payments/

 

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Phuket officials confirmed involved in protected forest encroachment

By The Phuket News

 

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The Royal Forest Department officers are continuing their investigation into the clearing of protected forest in the hills above Kathu. Photo: PR Phuket

 

PHUKET: Officers from the Royal Forest Department have confirmed that local Phuket officials were involved in allowing a private individual to encroach on protected forest land near Bang Wad reservoir to make way for a road over the hills in Kathu and to clear areas of the protected forest to create plantations.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202513-phuket-officials-confirmed-involved-in-protected-forest-encroachment/

 

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Phuket Smart Bus grinds to a halt – again

By The Phuket News

 

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Phuket Smart Bus is out of action again due to lack of tourists. Photo: Shela Riva / file

 

PHUKET: The Phuket Smart Bus has stopped running, again, due to the lack of people on the island using the service

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202515-phuket-smart-bus-grinds-to-a-halt-–-again/

 

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‘Peeping’ park officer will be charged, confirm police

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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Ms Sopita and her boyfrined Mr Panupong returned to follow up on the complaint yesterday (Jan 19). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: Sakhu Police have confirmed they will charge the national park officer accused of spying on a woman in the toilet at Phuket’s Sirinath National Park last Sunday (Jan 17).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202516-‘peeping’-park-officer-will-be-charged-confirm-police/

 

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'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis

By Trevor Hunnicutt, Patricia Zengerle and Jarrett Renshaw

 

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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States on Wednesday, offering a message of unity and restoration to a deeply divided country reeling from a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202519-we-must-end-this-uncivil-war biden says-taking-over-a-us-in-crisis/

 

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How world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden's inauguration

 

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERS

 

(Reuters) - Here's how world leaders are reacting to U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, replacing Donald Trump.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202520-how-world-leaders-are-reacting-to-joe-bidens-inauguration/

 

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Police discover first cannabis farm in London financial district

 

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FILE PHOTO: A bus drives on an almost empty street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the financial district of London, Britain July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - The first cannabis farm has been found in London's historic financial district, where office buildings have been emptied because of lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19, British police said on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202521-police-discover-first-cannabis-farm-in london financial-district/

 

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'We will be back in some form,' Trump vows at end of tumultuous presidency

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he boards Air Force One at after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Harlingen, Texas, U.S., January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

 

PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump disappeared on Wednesday behind the walls of his club in Palm Beach, Florida, ending a tumultuous presidency stained by two impeachments, deep political divisions, and a pandemic that has caused 400,000 U.S. deaths.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202522-we-will-be-back-in-some-form-trump-vows-at-end-of-tumultuous-presidency/

 

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Golf: Thomas to undergo 'training program' after making homophobic slur

 

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FILE PHOTO: Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - November 15, 2020 Justin Thomas of the U.S. reacts on the 2nd hole during the final round REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

(Reuters) - Justin Thomas has said he will undertake a training program to improve as a person and understands why Ralph Lauren discontinued their sponsorship of him after he used a homophobic slur during the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202523-golf-thomas-to-undergo-training-program-after-making-homophobic-slur/

 

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Biden revokes KXL permit in blow to Canada's oil sector, Ottawa disappointed

By Rod Nickel and Nia Williams

 

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FILE PHOTO: A depot used to store pipes for the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester/File Photo

 

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally revoked the permit needed to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline (KXL), dashing Ottawa's hopes of salvaging the $8 billion project that the struggling Canadian crude sector has long supported.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202526-biden-revokes-kxl-permit-in-blow-to-canadas-oil-sector-ottawa-disappointed/

 

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'No plan, no Q, nothing': QAnon followers reel as Biden inaugurated

By Joseph Menn, Elizabeth Culliford, Katie Paul and Carrie Monahan

 

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FILE PHOTO: Supporters wearing shirts with the QAnon logo, chat before U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage during his Make America Great Again rally in Wilkes-Barre, PA, U.S., August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - For three years, adherents of the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory awaited a so-called Great Awakening, scouring anonymous web postings from a shadowy "Q" figure and parsing statements by former U.S. President Donald Trump, whom they believed to be their champion.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202527-no-plan-no-q-nothing-qanon-followers-reel-as-biden-inaugurated/

 

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Biden swiftly begins sweeping away Trump's immigration barriers

By Ted Hesson, Mica Rosenberg, Mimi Dwyer and Kristina Cooke

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden introduces key members of his White House science team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 16, 2021 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden signed half a dozen executive orders on Wednesday to reverse several hardline immigration policies put in place by former President Donald Trump, although migration experts warn that it will take months or longer to unravel many of the restrictions imposed in the past four years.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202528-biden-swiftly-begins-sweeping-away-trumps-immigration-barriers/

 

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Thai immigration relaxes re-entry rules for foreigners with permanent residency

 

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Thai immigration has relaxed its rules on foreigners with permanent residency (PR) being required to enter Thailand in order to maintain their PR status.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202530-thai-immigration-relaxes-re-entry-rules-for-foreigners-with-permanent-residency/

 

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UK's Johnson says record COVID-19 death figures are appalling

 

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FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures at a media briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in Downing Street, London, Britain January 15, 2021. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Pool via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday's record deaths from COVID-19 are "appalling" and the death toll is likely to keep rising in the next few weeks because of the spread of a new, more infectious variant of the virus.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202531-uks-johnson-says-record-covid-19-death-figures-are-appalling/

 

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Thai govt keen to push Dawei SEZ development despite Italian-Thai setback

By The Nation

 

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NESDC secretary general Danucha Pichayanan

 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been handed a detailed summary of Myanmar's cancellation of contracts with the Italian-Thai Development Company and partners to develop the first phase of the country’s Dawei special economic zone (SEZ) and deep-sea port.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202539-thai-govt-keen-to-push-dawei-sez-development-despite-italian-thai-setback/

 

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Thanathorn demands govt unveil vaccine manufacturing contract

By THE NATION

 

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Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday that the government’s reaction to his statement on Monday on Covid-19 vaccine transparency only increased his doubt that a royally owned pharmaceutical company had received special treatment in the country’s vaccination plans.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202542-thanathorn-demands-govt-unveil-vaccine-manufacturing-contract/

 

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'Stranded' American man found dead in downtown Krabi hotel

 

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Muang Krabi police and forensic teams went to the first floor of a hotel on Chao Fa road in Pak Nam sub-district of Muang Krabi yesterday after staff found a long term guest dead in his room.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202544-stranded-american-man-found-dead-in-downtown-krabi-hotel/

 

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Samut Sakhon readies to reopen popular Central Prawn Market by Jan-end

By THE NATION

 

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Samut Sakhon’s Central Prawn Market in Muang district is ready to reopen on either January 26 or 27 after a major clean-up scheduled on January 25, the province’s deputy governor Theerapat Katchamat announced.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202550-samut-sakhon-readies-to-reopen-popular-central-prawn-market-by-jan-end/

 

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16 Cambodians arrested for illegal entry

By THE NATION

 

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Sixteen Cambodian nationals were arrested by two teams of patrolling police officers after entering the country via Sa Kaeo province without any documentation, Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division police announced on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202553-16-cambodians-arrested-for-illegal-entry/

 

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Pattaya taxi driver forced to sell melons as COVID-19 destroy his livelihood

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

A man who ran a taxi rental business and drove a car himself has turned to selling melons now that Covid-19 has dealt a hammer blow to his livelihood. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202557-pattaya-taxi-driver-forced-to-sell-melons-as-covid-19-destroy-his-livelihood/

 

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Korat villagers convinced that Ganesha pig will bring lottery riches!

 

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Villagers in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand's north east are convinced that lottery riches are just around the corner after a pig was born that resembled the deity Ganesha.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202558-korat-villagers-convinced-that-ganesha-pig-will-bring-lottery-riches/

 

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