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Calls to clean up Pratumnak area as glue sniffer attempts to rape 14 year old



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Calls have been made to clear up a notorious area of Pattaya after a man tried to rape a 14 year old girl near some toilets.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980796-calls-to-clean-up-pratumnak-area-as-glue-sniffer-attempts-to-rape-14-year-old/


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Two men arrested for organizing Bangkok street bike racing online



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Police in Bangkok have announced the arrest of two men who were admin for online groups organizing street bike racing gangs.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980797-two-men-arrested-for-organizing-bangkok-street-bike-racing-online/

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Users complain of ANOTHER major problem the Galaxy S8





Despite only being out for little over a week, the Samsung Galaxy has already been hit with two major problems – three if you include the issues with Samsung’s digital assistant, Bixby.


Full story: http://tech.thaivisa.com/users-complain-of-another-major-problem-the-galaxy-s8/21315/


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Thai driving standards: Will raising training from five hours to 15 make any difference?



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A Thai Rath feature has raised the whole issue of government attempts at improve Thai driving habits and questioned the effectiveness of insisting new drivers do more training before getting a license.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980798-thai-driving-standards-will-raising-training-from-five-hours-to-15-make-any-difference/


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Phuket officials plan walking street, gated entrance at Surin

Kongleaphy Keam




PHUKET: A year after the demolition of the last remaining buildings along Surin Beach, and nine months after plans were announced to convert the beach into ‘Rajabhakti Park’, officials are still waiting for approval for the more than 800-million-baht project to be built in its place.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980799-phuket-officials-plan-walking-street-gated-entrance-at-surin/


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Phuket to strengthen marine tourism relations with Indonesia

Sukawin Tanthavanich




PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong welcomed the Indonesian Tourism Minister to discuss strengthening of marine tourism relations between the two countries.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980801-phuket-to-strengthen-marine-tourism-relations-with-indonesia/


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HRW calls on govt to drop media regulation plan

By The Nation


Human Rights Watch (HRW) has issued a statement calling on the Thai government to withdraw the media regulation draft law, saying it will pave the way to tighten control over news reporting in Thailand.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980807-hrw-calls-on-govt-to-drop-media-regulation-plan/


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Pride in Produce Puts Bangkok’s Or Tor Kor Market Among World’s Best

by Pravit Rojanaphruk, Senior Staff Writer



Songkom Rattanapongtara shows off his salted king mackerel, or ‘plaa in see’ on Tuesday at Bangkok’s Or Tor Kor Market.


BANGKOK — Merchants at the Or Tor Kor Market say premium quality produce, long experience and wealthy customers means they were not surprised to learn it was recently ranked among the world’s best fresh markets.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980808-pride-in-produce-puts-bangkok’s-or-tor-kor-market-among-world’s-best/


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Trump aims to expand U.S. offshore drilling, despite low industry demand

By Valerie Volcovici


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U.S. President Donald Trump displays an Executive Order on "Offshore Energy Strategy" at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to extend offshore oil and gas drilling to areas that have been off limits - a move meant to boost domestic production but which could fall flat due to weak industry demand for the acreage.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980809-trump-aims-to-expand-us-offshore-drilling-despite-low-industry-demand/


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EPA says website undergoing makeover to match Trump, Pruitt views


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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks between Vice President Mike Pence (L) and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt prior to signing an executive order on "Energy Independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during an event at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA.gov, is getting a makeover to reflect the views of President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the agency said on Friday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980810-epa-says-website-undergoing-makeover-to-match-trump-pruitt-views/

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ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

By Manuel Mogato


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An aerial view of China occupied Subi Reef at Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Francis Malasig/Pool/Files


MANILA (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday's ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980813-asean-firms-up-south-china-sea-stance-as-beijing-lobbies-over-statement/


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China deports U.S. citizen convicted of espionage


SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has deported a U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage this week after being held without trial for two years, removing a source of friction between Washington and Beijing.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980814-china-deports-us-citizen-convicted-of-espionage/


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U.S. could speed up North Korea sanctions in response to missile test - official

By Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration could respond to North Korea's latest failed missile test by speeding up its plans for new U.S. sanctions against Pyongyang, including possible measures against specific North Korean and Chinese entities, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980815-us-could-speed-up-north-korea-sanctions-in-response-to-missile-test-official/


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U.S. spy agency abandons controversial surveillance technique

By Dustin Volz


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A security car patrols the National Security Agency (NSA) data center in Bluffdale, Utah, U.S., March 24, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency said on Friday it had stopped a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans who mentioned a foreign intelligence target in their messages, marking an unexpected triumph for privacy advocates long critical of the practice.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980818-us-spy-agency-abandons-controversial-surveillance-technique/

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France's Macron urges "morally weak" rivals to unite against Le Pen

By John Irish


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Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and a candidate for the 2017 presidential election, attends a campaign rally in Chatellerault, France, April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau


CHATELLERAULT, France (Reuters) - French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron launched a scathing attack on Friday against politicians who have failed to endorse him against far-right rival Marine Le Pen, saying they were making France "morally weak" and pandering to extremists.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980819-frances-macron-urges-morally-weak-rivals-to-unite-against-le-pen/


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Macedonia 'playing with fire,' former peace envoy warns

By Matt Robinson


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A woman sings Macedonian national anthem during the demonstrations in front of the EU Info Center building in Skopje, Macedonia, April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov


BELGRADE (Reuters) - Nationalists in Macedonia are "playing with fire" in refusing to relinquish power and the European Union should consider halting its accession process in order to break a dangerous deadlock, said the former envoy who helped avert civil war in the Balkan country.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980821-macedonia-playing-with-fire-former-peace-envoy-warns/


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English teacher found dead inside bedroom in Chonburi




A 51-year-old English teacher was found dead Saturday morning inside his rented row shophouse which was turned into an English teaching school in Phanthong district of Chonburi province.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980826-english-teacher-found-dead-inside-bedroom-in-chonburi/


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Phuket bids farewell to 11-month-old girl, hanged by father 

Eakkapop Thongtub



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PHUKET: Relatives of Jiranuch Trirat, 24, gathered at Srisoonthorn temple graveyard as the distraught mother bid farewell to her 11-month-old child.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980859-phuket-bids-farewell-to-11-month-old-girl-hanged-by-father/


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Workers to spend 2.1 billion baht to celebrate National Labour day




Thai workers this year are expected to spend 2.1 billion baht or an average 1,335 baht a person on the National Labour Day comimg on Monday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980860-workers-to-spend-21-billion-baht-to-celebrate-national-labour-day/


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New regional Army chief “satisfied” with Phuket officials




PHUKET: The new Commander of the Fourth Army Region, Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanit, visited Phuket to meet provincial officials and receive their report on tackling local problems


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980862-new-regional-army-chief-“satisfied”-with-phuket-officials/


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Ton of trash collected in beach clean-up off Phuket

Kongleaphy Keam




PHUKET: About a ton of trash was collected in a beach clean-up organized by Nonthasak Marine Co Ltd at Hei Island (Coral Island) this morning.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980863-ton-of-trash-collected-in-beach-clean-up-off-phuket/


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Construction of Red Line train project and engineer suspended




Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit on Saturday ordered Italian Thai Development Company to temporarily suspend construction of the Red Line train project following a fatal accident Friday night when three workers of the company were crushed to death by a fallen supporting beam at a construction site in front of Wat Don Muang.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980867-construction-of-red-line-train-project-and-engineer-suspended/


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Asean voices “grave concern” over Pyongyang’s nuclear tests




Asean on Friday expressed “grave concern” over North Korea’s nuclear weapons tests and ballistic missile launches despite Pyongyang’s appeal for support in wake of its tense confrontation with the United States, The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/980868-asean-voices-“grave-concern”-over-pyongyang’s-nuclear-tests/


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