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Macron wins French presidency, to sighs of relief in Europe

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

 

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French President-elect Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at his campaign headquarters after early results in the second round in the 2017 French presidential election in Paris, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Lionel Bonaventure/Pool

 

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982031-macron-wins-french-presidency-to-sighs-of-relief-in-europe/

 

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Sudarat sues over Facebook posts linking her to Chulalongkorn controversy
By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- The lawyer for a former MP of the now-defunct political party Thai Rak Thai on Sunday filed a complaint with police, seeking legal action against four people who allegedly said on social media that his client had been behind a university student’s opposition to a Chulalongkorn University tradition.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982033-sudarat-sues-over-facebook-posts-linking-her-to-chulalongkorn-controversy/

 

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Taiwan president keen for free-trade deal with Thailand
By Wichit Chaitrong
The Nation

 

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ingwen: Taiwan will play a proactive role in AsiaPacific region.

 

BANGKOK: -- TAIWAN is seeking a free-trade agreement with Thailand aiming at increasing trade, investment and cultural exchanges.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982034-taiwan-president-keen-for-free-trade-deal-with-thailand/

 

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Deadlock as PTT hit by big claim over oil spill

The NATION

 

Thai firm alleges Indonesia refuses to settle after years of dispute and Bt70 billion suit filed in Court

 

BANGKOK: -- THE INDONESIAN government and Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production plc (PTTEP) are locked in a multi-billion-baht legal dispute over alleged environmental and other damages resulting from the massive 2009 Montara oil spill affecting Indonesia’s territorial waters.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/981862-indonesia-sues-thailands-ptt-pttep-for-2-billion-over-oil-spill/?do=findComment&comment=11865538

 

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Young inventors win with 'Clean Boat'
By The Nation

 

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The winning team from Suankularb Wittayalai Nonthaburi School invented a Clean Fuel Energy Boat for water conservation in the Thailand Junior Water Prize 2017.

 

BANGKOK: -- WHIZ KIDS have come up with a number of clever inventions for water conservation at the Thailand Junior Water Prize 2017 contest.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982035-young-inventors-win-with-clean-boat/

 

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Karen farming tradition at risk
By Pratch Rujivanarom
The Nation

 

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The line between community's preserved forest and rotational farmland can be clearly noticeable, as the preserved forest is lush with protected big trees.n\Pratch Rujivanarom

 

Dispute over rotational agriculture involving burning as park threatens community

 

TAK: -- KAREN VILLAGERS in Tak are fighting to maintain their traditional rotational farming practices as Mae Ngao National Park officials plan to expand into their home territory and apply stricter laws that could prevent them from earning their livelihoods in the forest.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982036-karen-farming-tradition-at-risk/

 

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Cash-strapped teachers offered loans to clear debts
By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- Teachers overwhelmed by personal debt are being given the opportunity to improve their financial position in a scheme being offered by the Education Ministry.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982037-cash-strapped-teachers-offered-loans-to-clear-debts/

 

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Thunderstorms cause havoc in Nakhon Ratchasima
By The Nation

 

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KORAT: -- Thunderstorms hit many parts of Thailand over the weekend, causing damage to property. In Nakhon Ratchasima’s Phimai district, storms damaged more than 20 houses, at least five barns, and a hospital. There were no reports of casualties.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982038-thunderstorms-cause-havoc-in-nakhon-ratchasima/

 

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Police prepared to summon 20 more suspects in child-sex ring
By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- Police are preparing to summon at least 20 more suspects in connection with the child-prostitution ring in Mae Hong Son province, a source said on Sunday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982039-police-prepared-to-summon-20-more-suspects-in-child-sex-ring/

 

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US probe could affect Thai solar panel exports
By The Nation

 

American manufacturers demand probe

 

BANGKOK: -- The export of solar panels from Thailand might be affected if the US administration decides to impose safeguard measures, according to a top official in the Commerce Ministry’s Trade Policy and Strategy Office.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982040-us-probe-could-affect-thai-solar-panel-exports/

 

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Pattaya taxis apologize for surrounding a female driver they suspected as Uber taxi driver

 

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PATTAYA: -- The Pattaya Taxi Drivers Cooperative yesterday expressed regret over the surrounding of a Uber taxi on the Pattaya beach road at Balihai Cape on May 3 saying it was the inappropriate behaviour of only a handful of taxi drivers.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982041-pattaya-taxis-apologize-for-surrounding-a-female-driver-they-suspected-as-uber-taxi-driver/

 

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Rain-making operation ordered to ease impacts from freak storms

 

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BANGKOK: -- Artificial rain-making units in the North have been instructed by the Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalya to help ease impacts from freak storms which have caused extensive damages to many residents in the past several days.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982042-rain-making-operation-ordered-to-ease-impacts-from-freak-storms/

 

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Hunt under way for a yacht involved in illegal fish shooting

 

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PHUKET: -- Lanta marine national park has sought cooperation of Phuket marine officials to track down a yacht allegedly involved in illegal hunting of rare fish in the park area.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982043-hunt-under-way-for-a-yacht-involved-in-illegal-fish-shooting/

 

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Govt warns of driver's license fraud

 

BANGKOK, 8 May 2017 (NNT) - Director-General of the Department of Land Transport Sanit Promwong has warned of scammers who claim that they can issue a driver’s license without tests, saying that only the department or government transportation offices are authorized to issue a driver’s license. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982044-thai-govt-warns-of-drivers-license-fraud/

 

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NLA deputy chief launches road safety campaign

 

BANGKOK, 8 May 2017 (NNT) – The National Legislative Assembly's (NLA) Vice President has launched a campaigning caravan promoting road safety, promoting awareness on the main causes of road accidents. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982045-nla-deputy-chief-launches-road-safety-campaign/

 

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DPM Prawit asks security agencies to exercise patience when dealing with southern issues

 

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BANGKOK, 8th May 2017 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has asked security agencies in southernmost provinces to exercise patience and adhere to the rule of law when dealing with southern unrest. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982047-dpm-prawit-asks-security-agencies-to-exercise-patience-when-dealing-with-southern-issues/

 

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PM says govt has water management plan for rainy season in place

 

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BANGKOK, 8th May 2017 (NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has confirmed that the government has a water management plan for the monsoon season in place. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982048-pm-prayut-says-govt-has-water-management-plan-for-rainy-season-in-place/

 

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NBTC plans termination of analog broadcasting system in 2020

 

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BANGKOK, 8th May 2017 (NNT) - The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is planning to close the analog broadcasting system in Thailand in three years. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982049-nbtc-plans-termination-of-analog-broadcasting-system-in-2020/

 

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Merkel's conservatives thump rivals in German regional vote

By Paul Carrel and Oliver Denzer

REUTERS

 

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Bonn, Germany - 04/05/2017 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves next to CDU's top candidate Armin Laschet (L) at an election rally. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/Files

 

BERLIN/KIEL, Germany (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a decisive victory over their Social Democrat (SPD) rivals in a vote in Germany's northern state of Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday, boosting her prospects of winning a national election in September.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982050-merkels-conservatives-thump-rivals-in-german-regional-vote/

 

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France's Le Pen says far-right National Front to be relaunched

REUTERS

 

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Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, smiles before voting in the second round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

 

PARIS (Reuters) - France's far-right National Front must be relaunched, Marine Le Pen said on Sunday after conceding defeat to centrist Emmanuel Macron in France's presidential election .

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982052-frances-le-pen-says-far-right-national-front-to-be-relaunched/

 

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Macron to take time reforming economy in divided France

By Noah Barkin and Leigh Thomas

REUTERS

 

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Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, waves from his car as he leaves his home during the second round of the election, in Paris, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

 

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - After a decade of slow growth, rising unemployment and dwindling competitiveness, France elected a president on Sunday who says he has a plan to pull the country out of its economic malaise.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982053-macron-to-take-time-reforming-economy-in-divided-france/

 

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Israeli police kill Palestinian girl who tried to attack them in Jerusalem -police

REUTERS

 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli paramilitary police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian teenage girl who tried to attack them at an entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday, a police spokeswoman said.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982054-israeli-police-kill-palestinian-girl-who-tried-to-attack-them-in-jerusalem-police/

 

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North Korea detains another American citizen, KCNA reports

By Ju-min Park

REUTERS

 

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FILE PHOTO - A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

 

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday it has detained another U.S. citizen on suspicion of "hostile acts" against the state, which would make him the fourth American to be held by the isolated country amid heightened diplomatic tensions with Washington.

 

Full story:  https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982055-north-korea-detains-another-american-citizen-kcna-reports/

 

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Unmanned U.S. Air Force space plane lands after secret, 2-year mission

By Irene Klotz

REUTERS

 

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The U.S. Airforce's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 after landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 7, 2017. U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. military's experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said.

 

Full story:      https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982056-unmanned-us-air-force-space-plane-lands-after-secret-2-year-mission/

 

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Danish brewer puts the 'P' in pilsner

REUTERS

 

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The Pisner Beer is being labeled at Norrebro Bryghus in Hedehusene, Denmark, May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Julie Astrid Thomsen

 

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Danish brewery is drawing on 50,000 liters of urine collected from the largest music festival in Northern Europe in producing a novelty beer aimed at the more adventurous drinker.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982057-danish-brewer-puts-the-p-in-pilsner/

 

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35 killed in school minibus crash in Tanzania

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala

REUTERS

 

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Residents gather at the scene of an accident that killed schoolchildren, teachers and a minibus driver at the Rhota village along the Arusha-Karatu highway in Tanzania's northern tourist region of Arusha, May 6, 2017. REUTERS/Emmanuel Herman

 

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Thirty-two schoolchildren, two teachers and a minibus driver where killed in Tanzania when their vehicle plunged into a roadside ravine in the northern tourist region of Arusha on Saturday, a senior police official said.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982058-35-killed-in-school-minibus-crash-in-tanzania/

 

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Netanyahu tosses Hamas policy paper on Israel into waste bin

By Ori Lewis

REUTERS

 

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Oded Balilty/Pool

 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday symbolically tossed into a bin a Hamas policy paper published last week that set out an apparent softening of the Palestinian Islamist group's stance towards Israel.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982059-netanyahu-tosses-hamas-policy-paper-on-israel-into-waste-bin/

 

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Reporters barred from Kushner Companies' visa-for-investment event in China

By John Ruwitch

REUTERS

 

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Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President, arrives prior to U.S. President Donald Trump holding a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

 

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Organisers barred journalists on Sunday from a publicly advertised event in Shanghai that offered Chinese investors the chance to get U.S. immigrant visas if they put money in a real estate project linked to the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/982060-reporters-barred-from-kushner-companies-visa-for-investment-event-in-china/

 

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