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HOTEL DEALS: Phuket New Year Special - book by April 24th for extra great discounts on 3 fantastic Phuket hotels

 

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Phuket New Year Special - book by April 24th for extra great discounts on 3 fantastic Phuket hotels: Nai Yang Beach Resort, The Charm Resort Phuket, and Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.

 

Info: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979132-hotel-deals-phuket-new-year-special-book-by-april-24th-for-extra-great-discounts-on-3-fantastic-phuket-hotels/

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Did she fall or was she pushed? Swede in custody after "mute" Thai wife falls from Pattaya 8th floor condo

 

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PATTAYA: -- A Swedish man is helping police with their enquiries after his Thai wife fell from the eighth floor of a Pratumnak, South Pattaya apartment yesterday during an argument.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979285-did-she-fall-or-was-she-pushed-swede-in-custody-after-mute-thai wife-falls-from-pattaya-8th-floor-condo/

 

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Five defendants in Nataree "soapy massage" human trafficking case given hefty jail terms

 

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BANGKOK: -- Five defendants including the manager and company referee of Nataree massage parlor in Bangkok have been sentenced to long jail terms.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979286-five-defendants-in-nataree-soapy-massage-human-trafficking-case given-hefty-jail-terms/

 

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Bangkok authorities to press on with street food ban despite foreign media shock

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Bangkok Municipal Authority are to press on with plans to clear food vendors from city streets despite widespread adverse comment from foreign media.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979288-bangkok-authorities-to-press-on-with-street-food-ban-despite-foreign-media-shock/

 

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Woman’s body found floating off Koh Lanta Noi, Krabi

Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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A Royal Thai Navy rescue team recovered the woman's body off Koh Lanta Noi, Krabi. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

KRABI: -- Police have yet to confirm the identity of a body of a woman found floating in the sea near Koh Lanta Noi, on the Krabi coast, yesterday (April 18).

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979289-woman’s-body-found-floating-off-koh-lanta-noi-krabi/

 

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Drop hunt for plaque, junta tells activists
By WASAMON AUDJARINT
THE NATION

 

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A woman who identified herself as Nattaa Mahattana says she intends to find out what happened regarding the mysterious replacement of a plaque marking the 1932 Siamese Revolution, which was embedded at the Royal Plaza.

 

BMA cameras were out of action when historic marker may have gone missing; police refuse to investigate the case

 

BANGKOK: -- THE JUNTA yesterday urged pro-democracy activists to end their mission to find the historic plaque that disappeared from the Royal Plaza days ago, asking them to cooperate in the interests of national reconciliation. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979291-drop-hunt-for-plaque-junta-tells-activists/

 

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Insurgents launch 18 coordinated attacks in 3 southern border provinces
By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- Muslim insurgents carried out 18 coordinated attacks in three southern border provinces Wednesday night, police said.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979292-insurgents-launch-18-coordinated-attacks-in-3-southern-border-provinces/

 

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China Town, Khao San Road areas to be transformed into organised street food areas
By THE NATION

 

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BANGKOK: -- THE GOVERNMENT is planning to transform Bangkok’s China Town and Khao San Road into well-organised areas for street food vendors.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979293-china-town-khao-san-road-areas-to-be-transformed-into-organised-street-food-areas/

 

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Songkran hit by violence
By THE NATION

 

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CCTV in front of Laemtong Bangsaen Shopping Centre in Chon Buri.

 

Gun crimes among attacks leaving several injured

 

BANGKOK: -- SOGGY SONGKRAN celebrations turned tragic in many parts of the country with fistfights breaking out between water-splashing revellers, some brawls ending up with the brandishing of weapons. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979294-songkran-hit-by-violence/

 

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Mekong River survey begins despite opposition
By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
NATTAWAT LAPING
THE NATION

 

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BANGKOK: -- SURVEY WORK on the Mekong River channel project officially started yesterday in Chiang Rai, and field survey by a Chinese company is expected to begin tomorrow amid strong opposition by environmentalists.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979295-mekong-river-survey-begins-despite-opposition/

 

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A determined drive against food stalls
By The Nation

 

The BMA is being lambasted for shutting down sidewalk vendors, but restrictions are needed

 

BANGKOK: -- A plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to ban sidewalk food stalls throughout the city has met with a huge public outcry. The groans are coming not just from the vendors and lower-income residents who depend on the inexpensive fare for their daily meals, but also from foreign tourists who view street food as a major attraction of this city, part of its innate charm.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979296-a-determined-drive-against-food-stalls/

 

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Police cronyism questioned in 14-year-old’s gang-rape case
By THE NATION

 

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SUPHAN BURI: -- Several officers from Suphan Buri’s Dan Chang Police Station will be temporarily reassigned to allow for disciplinary probes into their alleged slowness in bringing to justice suspects in a gang-rape case involving a teenage victim.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979297-police-cronyism-questioned-in-14-year-old’s-gang-rape-case/

 

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Army to be part of national strategy committee
By The Nation

 

BANGKOK: -- Army chiefs would have seats on a newly proposed committee on national strategy because they are obliged to help take care of the country’s security, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979298-army-to-be-part-of-national-strategy-committee/

 

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BOT urges hedging against currency risk
By WICHIT CHAITRONG 
THE NATION

 

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Veerathai urges exporters to hedge against volatility in the value of the baht.

 

BANGKOK: -- BANK OF THAILAND governor Veerathai Santiprabhob yesterday urged exporters to hedge against volatility in the value of the baht as the country faced the prospect of trade protectionism against the backdrop of tensions on the Korean Peninsula – with “unpredictable” outcomes from the latter.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979299-bot-urges-hedging-against-currency-risk/

 

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Govt expedites solutions to international civil aviation issue

 

BANGKOK, 20 April 2017 (NNT) - The government has expedited solutions to the international civil aviation issue, as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will conduct the Universal Security Audit Program (USAP) at Don Muang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport this July. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979300-thai-govt-expedites-solutions-to-international-civil-aviation-issue/

 

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Bill O'Reilly out at Fox after harassment allegations

By Jessica Toonkel and Tim Baysinger

REUTERS

 

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Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly poses on the set of his show "The O'Reilly Factor" in New York March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twenty-First Century Fox Inc <FOXA.O> has parted ways with star cable news host Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, the company said on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979301-bill-oreilly-out-at-fox-after-harassment-allegations/

 

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U.S. must keep military options open on North Korea - House speaker Ryan

By William James

REUTERS

 

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U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan arrives in Downing Street to meet Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, in central London, Britain April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

 

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States must keep military options on the table when dealing with North Korea, but it does not want to use them unless it has to, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said during a visit to Britain on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979302-us-must-keep-military-options-open-on-north-korea-house-speaker-ryan/

 

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Exclusive - Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election: documents

By Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott

REUTERS

 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (not pictured) in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Pavel Golovkin/Pool

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979303-exclusive-putin-linked-think-tank-drew-up-plan-to-sway-2016-us-election-documents/

 

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Israel says Assad's forces still have several tonnes of chemical weapons

REUTERS

 

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's military said on Wednesday it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after a chemical attack that killed nearly 90 people in Syria.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979304-israel-says-assads-forces-still-have-several-tonnes-of-chemical-weapons/

 

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Britain's May wins parliament's backing for June 8 snap election

By Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan

REUTERS

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May won parliament's backing for an early election on Wednesday, a vote she said would strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union and help heal divisions in Britain.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979305-britains-may-wins-parliaments-backing-for-june-8-snap-election/

 

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Tillerson accuses Iran of 'alarming provocations' as U.S. reviews policy

By Lesley Wroughton

REUTERS

 

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following their talks in Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday accused Iran of 'alarming ongoing provocations' to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979306-tillerson-accuses-iran-of-alarming-provocations-as-us-reviews-policy/

 

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Macron hangs on to lead in French election, Le Pen's camp rows with Brussels

By Richard Balmforth and Sarah White

REUTERS

 

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Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, listens to General Director of the optic group KRYS Jean-Pierre Champion (L) during his visit at the headquarters of the KRYS group in Bazainville, France, April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Samson/Pool

 

PARIS (Reuters) - Centrist Emmanuel Macron clung on to his status as favourite to win France's presidential election in a four-way race that is too close to call, as the camp of far-right challenger Marine Le Pen ramped up its eurosceptic rhetoric in a row with Brussels.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979307-macron-hangs-on-to-lead-in-french-election-le-pens-camp-rows-with-brussels/

 

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Turkey's election board rejects appeals to annul referendum

By Tuvan Gumrukcu, Ece Toksabay and Tulay Karadeniz

REUTERS

 

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

 

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's electoral authority on Wednesday rejected appeals to annul a referendum granting President Tayyip Erdogan wide new powers, but the main opposition CHP party said it would maintain its legal challenge to the result.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979309-turkeys-election-board-rejects-appeals-to-annul-referendum/

 

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White House defends portrayal of 'armada' push towards Korean peninsula

By Jeff Mason and Doina Chiacu

REUTERS

 

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When asked to clarify President Trump's statements last week about sending an "armada" as a warning to North Korea even though the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was heading in the opposite direction, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said, "the President said that we have an armada going towards the peninsula, that is a fact, it happened, it is happening rather. " 

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday denied being misleading about a U.S. carrier strike group's push toward the Korean peninsula, saying it never gave an arrival date and that the ships were still on their way.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979311-white-house-defends-portrayal-of-armada-push-towards-korean-peninsula/

 

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Why there are so many women at Thai banks

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer

 

Thailand's female-heavy demographics are shaping its workforce

 

BANGKOK -- For seven decades, Kasikornbank had never had a female president. That changed last year when Kattiya Indaravijaya was promoted, joining a team of presidents at Thailand's third-largest bank by assets.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979315-why-there-are-so-many-women-at-thai-banks/

 

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DLT, police to meet on accident prevention plans this April 21

 

BANGKOK, 20 April 2017 (NNT) – The Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs is set to have a meeting on April 21 with the Department of Land Transport (DLT) and police in a bid to formulate clearer road safety measures for long holidays. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979317-dlt-police-to-meet-on-accident-prevention-plans-this-april-21/

 

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UK releases advisory for families dealing with criminal deaths in Thailand

By A. Azim Idris 

 

LONDON: -- IN wake of a spate of deaths involving its citizens in Thailand, the British government has issued an advisory guiding relatives on how to go about handling crime-related deaths in the Southeast Asian country.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979318-uk-releases-advisory-for-families-dealing-with-criminal-deaths-in-thailand/

 

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White House sidewalk to be closed to public permanently

REUTERS

 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service said it would end public access to a sidewalk along the south fence of the White House beginning on Wednesday night.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979325-white-house-sidewalk-to-be-closed-to-public-permanently/

 

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