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Thailand defends decision not to join COVAX vaccine alliance

By Orathai Sriring and Panarat Thepgumpanat



FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample from a migrant worker during proactive testing at his work place, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Samut Sakhon province in Thailand, January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa


BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Thai government on Sunday defended its decision not to join the WHO-sponsored coronavirus vaccine programme, saying that to do so would risk the country paying more for the shots and facing uncertainty about delivery times.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206050-thailand defends-decision-not-to-join-covax-vaccine-alliance/


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Couples in Thailand tie the knot on elephants on Valentine's Day

By Vorasit Satienlerk



Couple pose with marriage certificates during a Valentine's Day celebration at the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Chonburi province, Thailand, February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Fifty-nine couples in Thailand got married while riding elephants on Sunday, in an annual Valentine's Day mass wedding ceremony at a botanical garden in a province east of Bangkok.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206053-couples-in thailand tie-the-knot-on-elephants-on-valentines-day/


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Thailand records its first case of South African strain of COVID-19




A Thai gem trader has been found to be infected with the South African strain of COVID-19, the first such case in Thailand, said Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department, on Sunday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206054-thailand-records-its-first-case-of-south-african-strain-of-covid-19/


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Pathum Thani market cluster infects 182 people in eight provinces so far




COVID-19 infections related to Pornpat Market, in Thailand’s central province of Pathum Thani, have spread to eight other provinces and, so far, 182 people have tested positive for the virus, said Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department, on Sunday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206055-pathum-thani-market-cluster-infects-182-people-in-eight-provinces-so-far/


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Thailand Post joins Prompt Song app to buy supplies at market for restaurants

Supawadee Wangsri




BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand Post Distribution Co., Ltd. has joined with the Prompt Song application to buy supplies at a market for restaurants via the online system, which is another option for vendors during the COVID-19 situation.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206056-thailand-post-joins-prompt-song-app-to-buy-supplies-at-market-for-restaurants/

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Loan customers to receive new relief measures

Tanakorn Sangiam




BANGKOK (NNT) The government is encouraging credit card and personal loan customers, who are facing financial challenges due to the pandemic, to accept relief measures offered by their banks or credit companies.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206057-loan-customers-to-receive-new-relief-measures/


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Govt and Opposition get ready for no-confidence debate

Sirakij Pornbanggird




BANGKOK (NNT) - Today is another opportunity for the government parties to prepare ministers who are going to be questioned to be ready to counter the opposition parties, while the government whip is confident that the government parties will act in unity.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206058-govt-and-opposition-get-ready-for-no-confidence-debate/


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CAPM targets sugar factories and crop burning in Uthai Thani

Sirakij Pornbanggird




UTHAI THANI (NNT) - The Center for Air Pollution Mitigation (CAPM) has taken action on the problem of PM2.5 released from sugar factories and resulting from sugarcane crop burning in Uthai Thani.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206059-capm-targets-sugar-factories-and-crop-burning-in-uthai-thani/


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Phuket Opinion: Feed the hungry

By The Phuket News



Relief supplies arrive in Patong during a privately funded food relief drive as government campaigns have dried up. Photo: PR Patong


PHUKET: The launch this week of the exemplary ‘One Phuket’ initiative to coordinate efforts to provide food and other essential supplies to people in need across the island needs to be known, and needs to be supported.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206060-phuket-opinion-feed-the-hungry/


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Bitcoin approaches $50,000, wider adoption fuels record rally



FILE PHOTO: A collection of bitcoin (virtual currency) tokens are displayed in this picture illustration taken Dec. 8, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Illustration/File Photo


(Reuters) - Bitcoin hit a new record high and approached $50,000 on Sunday, building on its record rally as Wall Street and Main Street increasingly adopt the world's biggest cryptocurrency.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206063-bitcoin-approaches-50000-wider-adoption-fuels-record-rally/


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Clear crypto rules urgently needed as major companies embrace asset: SEC official

By Chris Prentice and Katanga Johnson



FILE PHOTO: Commissioner Hester Peirce participates in a U.S Securities and Exchange Commission open meeting to propose changing its decades-old definition of an "accredited investor" in order to allow more Americans to buy shares in private companies, in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A clear cryptocurrency regulatory regime is urgently needed as major companies like Tesla Inc, BNY Mellon Corp and Mastercard Inc embrace the alternative asset class, a top Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) official said.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206064-clear-crypto-rules-urgently-needed-as-major-companies-embrace-asset-sec-official/


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Armoured vehicles deployed to major Myanmar cities after mass protests




A Buddhist monk holding a sign stands next to an armoured vehicle during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer


(Reuters) - Security forces in Myanmar opened fire to disperse protesters at a power plant on Sunday and armoured vehicles rolled into major cities as the new army rulers faced a ninth day of anti-coup demonstrations that saw hundreds of thousands on the streets.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206065-armoured-vehicles-deployed-to-major myanmar cities-after-mass-protests/


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Amanda Holden ‘devastated’ to have broken lockdown rules with Cornwall trip

Tom Horton, PA



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Amanda Holden is “devastated” she had to break lockdown rules to visit her elderly parents in Cornwall, according to her agent.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206066-amanda-holden-‘devastated’-to-have-broken-lockdown-rules-with-cornwall-trip/


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UK hits 15 million vaccinations as pressure builds to ease lockdown

By William James



A woman prepares to receive a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine inside a bus modified into a mobile vaccination centre for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Thamesmead, London, Britain, February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls


LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed a "significant milestone" on Sunday as data showed 15 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations had been delivered, fuelling calls for the government to start relaxing stringent lockdown measures.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206067-uk-hits-15-million-vaccinations-as-pressure-builds-to-ease-lockdown/


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UK says it shares U.S. concerns over WHO COVID-19 mission to China



FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/John Sibley/File Photo


LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday he shared concerns about the level of access given to a World Health Organization COVID-19 fact-finding mission to China, echoing criticism from the United States.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206068-uk says-it-shares-us-concerns-over-who-covid-19-mission-to-china/


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With Trump impeachment trial over, wounded Washington grapples with divisions

By Jeff Mason and Susan Cornwell



FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol is seen through ice-covered tree branches after the Senate voted to acquit former U.S. President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial, in Washington, U.S. February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump's acquittal on charges of inciting a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol left Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on Sunday even as his Democratic successor, Joe Biden, sought to move on with his political and economic agenda.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206069-with-trump-impeachment-trial-over-wounded-washington-grapples-with-divisions/


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EU to speed approval of variant-modified coronavirus vaccines: paper



FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and sryinge are seen in front of displayed EU flag in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo


FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Union will fast track approvals of coronavirus vaccines adapted to combat mutations, the bloc's Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206072-eu-to-speed-approval-of-variant-modified-coronavirus-vaccines-paper/


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Thai buyers drive Phuket’s luxury home sales boom

By TTG Asia



Phuket’s newest luxury development is the Residence at Tri Vananda Integrative Wellness Community


Phuket’s sizeable mega-villa property sector has experienced an unexpected surge in multi-million-dollar sales over the past year as Thai buyers sought refuge in the global Covid-19 crisis.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206080-thai-buyers-drive-phuket’s-luxury-home-sales-boom/


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"Overjoyed" Harry and Meghan expecting second child



FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie, meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu (not pictured) at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo


LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their second child, a spokesperson for the couple said on Sunday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206079-overjoyed-harry-and-meghan-expecting-second-child/


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Netanyahu not bothered that Biden hasn't phoned him yet, envoy says



FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu adjusts his protective face mask after receiving a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel December 19, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen//File Photo/File Photo


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not troubled that U.S. President Joe Biden has not phoned him yet, Israel's ambassador to Washington said on Saturday, seeking to play down the lack of direct contact so far.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206084-netanyahu-not-bothered-that-biden-hasnt-phoned-him-yet-envoy-says/


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Acquitted again by Senate, Trump still a powerful force in Republican politics

By John Whitesides



U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is still Donald Trump's Republican Party - at least for now.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206085-acquitted-again-by-senate-trump-still-a-powerful-force-in-republican-politics/


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The faces of abuse in Thailand: "Professor" goes berserk attacking child over homework then wife 



Picture: Daily News


The shocking state of abuse in Thai families was highlighted by a damning case in Chonburi on Sunday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206090-the-faces-of-abuse-in-thailand-professor-goes-berserk-attacking-child-over-homework-then-wife/


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St Valentine's Day Maskacre! Netizens take aim at irresponsible foreign tourists in Walking Street



Picture: TNN


Social media went ballistic after someone started streaming a party in Walking Street, Pattaya, where Thai and foreign tourists were not wearing masks.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206091-st-valentines-day-maskacre-netizens-take-aim-at-irresponsible-foreign-tourists-in-walking-street/


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England's quarantine hotels open in bid to keep COVID variants out



FILE PHOTO: An airplane flies over a Travelodge hotel at Heathrow Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra


LONDON (Reuters) - Passengers arriving in England from Monday from any of 33 “red list” countries will have to spend 14 days quarantined in a hotel room under new border restrictions designed to stop new variants of the coronavirus.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206092-englands-quarantine-hotels-open-in-bid-to-keep-covid-variants-out/


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World’s friendliest city’ Chiang Mai suffering with Covid-19 crippling tourism industry, but some are finding new ways to cope


‘It’s a disaster,’ says one restaurant owner, a view reflected across the city as the lack of international visitors takes its toll


One massage school has turned to teaching on Zoom, while a hotel has launched a new food home-delivery brand, but other businesses have few options


Ron Emmons



A very empty Anantara Chiang Mai Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in January. Photo: Ron Emmons


By one measure, Chiang Mai, Thailand’s northern capital, has not suffered badly from the Covid-19 pandemic


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206093-‘world’s-friendliest-city’-chiang-mai-suffering-with-covid-19-crippling-tourism-industry-but-some-are-finding-new-ways-to-cope/


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"Ninja thief" at luxury estate in Nonthaburi baffles police - leaves a calling card on the bathroom floor



Picture: Sanook


Residents at a swanky estate in Nonthaburi are furious about a spate of thefts since last month.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206094-ninja-thief-at-luxury-estate-in-nonthaburi-baffles-police-leaves-a-calling-card-on-the-bathroom-floor/


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Thailand downgrades economic outlook despite smaller fourth quarter GDP fall

By Orathai Sriring and Kitiphong Thaichareon



FILE PHOTO: People visit shopping center to celebrate New Year Eve during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand cut its estimate for economic growth this year to 2.5-3.5% after suffering its worst slump in more than two decades in 2020 due to the shock from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206097-thailands-fourth-quarter-gdp-contracts-42-yy-less-than-expected/


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Murder or suicide? Police find husband with 15 inch kitchen knife in his chest but doubt wife's account



Picture: Daily News


Thung Kru police, forensics and rescue services were called to a three story townhouse in Bangkok yesterday after reports that a man had been stabbed.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206099-murder-or-suicide-police-find-husband-with-15-inch-kitchen-knife-in-his-chest-but-doubt-wifes-account/


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Bitcoin pulls back from brink of $50,000



A representation of virtual currency Bitcoin is seen in front of a stock graph in this illustration taken January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo


SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Bitcoin pulled back from a record high on Monday and other cryptocurrencies slipped, as investors took profits from a record-breaking rally that had pushed bitcoin close to $50,000.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206105-bitcoin-pulls-back-from-brink-of-50000/


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Thailand Thanks the US for Securing the Return of Two Lintels to Thailand

Paphamon Arayasukawat




BANGKOK (NNT) - Two sandstone lintels, which were smuggled out of Thailand over 50 years ago and have been on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, will be returned to Thailand soon.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206108-thailand-thanks-the-us-for-securing-the-return-of-two-lintels-to-thailand/


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