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Phuket man found ‘aluminium’ in 7-11 sausage

After checking with the man, he says that he bought the sausage from the 7-11 nearby Srisuchart Village in Rassada sub-district.

By Kritsada Mueanhawong




A Phuket man posted pictures of a sausage he bought from 7-11 on February 6 with the caption ‘Be careful when eating. There’s a small item that looks alike aluminium in the CP sausage. I bought it 20 minutes ago and luckily bit exactly here, otherwise it would have gone in my stomach’.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024226-phuket-man-found-‘aluminium’-in-7-11-sausage/


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Phuket ghostriders in the spotlight

Chutharat Plerin



Accidents caused by ‘ghostriders’ are being targeted in the latest push to improve road safety in Phuket. Photo: Phuket Traffic Line Group


PHUKET: Motorbike “ghostriders” – motorbike riders who drive against the flow of traffic – are to be targeted after it was revealed the act results in some 100 injuries each year in just one area in Phuket alone.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024227-phuket-ghostriders-in-the-spotlight/


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Syrian Kurds capture two British IS militants - U.S. officials

By Mark Hosenball


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two British Islamic State militants known for their role in the torture and killings of Western hostages were captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters, two U.S. officials said on Thursday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024229-last-of-british-is-beatles-gang-captured-by-kurds/


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Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits

By Yeganeh Torbati



U.S. President Donald Trump attends the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, U.S. February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024230-trump-administration-may-target-immigrants-who-use-food-aid-other-benefits/


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U.S. Congress to vote on long-term budget deal, averting shutdown

By Richard Cowan and David Morgan



People walk by the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2018. REUTERS/ Leah Millis


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers were expected to vote on Thursday on a two-year budget deal that would avert another government shutdown but add $300 billion to the federal deficit and leave the thorny issue of immigration unresolved.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024231-us-congress-to-vote-on-long-term-budget-deal-averting-shutdown/


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Iran says it can discuss other issues if nuclear deal successful

By Parisa Hafezi and John Irish



FILE PHOTO: A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran September 27, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi/TIMA/File Photo via REUTERS


Paris (Reuters) - The West must ensure the Iran 2015 nuclear deal succeeds before trying to negotiate other issues, a senior Iranian official said in a rare public suggestion Tehran could discuss matters such as its regional activities or missile programme with world powers.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024232-iran-says-it-can-discuss-other-issues-if-nuclear-deal-successful/


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Washington is Trump's preferred parade route, options open - Mattis



Brian Endlein (C), of the U.S. Army Reserve 78th Army Band, leads the band in marching during the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade in New York, NY, U.S., November 11, 2017. Hector Rene Membreno-Canales/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he believed President Donald Trump wants Washington, D.C., to be the setting for a parade to honour the U.S. military but left open the possibility that it could be staged elsewhere.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024233-washington-is-trumps-preferred-parade-route-options-open-mattis/


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Los Angeles prosecutors review three sex assault accusations against Weinstein

By Alex Dobuzinskis



FILE PHOTO: Harvey Weinstein speaks at the UBS 40th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, NY, U.S. on December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, a step towards possible criminal charges for the movie producer, a spokesman for the county District Attorney's office said on Thursday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024234-los-angeles-prosecutors-review-three-sex-assault-accusations-against-weinstein/


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U.S., China reaffirm commitment to pressure North Korea - State Department



FILE PHOTO - A flag is pictured outside the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva, Switzerland, November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi on Thursday reaffirmed their countries' commitment to exert pressure in Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons, the U.S. State Department said.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024235-us-china-reaffirm-commitment-to-pressure-north-korea-state-department/


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Canada says will clamp down on arms exports amid rights concerns

By David Ljunggren



FILE PHOTO: Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland gestures during a joint news conference with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Mexico City, Mexico February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero


OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada plans to clamp down on arms exports to ensure the armaments it sells abroad are not used to commit human rights abuses, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024237-canada-says-will-clamp-down-on-arms-exports-amid-rights-concerns/


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Trump offshore oil drilling plan draws protest in California

By Sharon Bernstein



An offshore oil platform is seen in Huntington Beach, California September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Environmental activists in California on Thursday protested a Trump Administration proposal to vastly increase offshore oil drilling in the United States.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024238-trump-offshore-oil-drilling-plan-draws-protest-in-california/


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U.S.-led coalition, pro-Assad forces clash in east Syria

By Phil Stewart and Lisa Barrington



FILE PHOTO - A Syrian Army soldier loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad forces stands next to a military weapon in Idlib, Syria January 21, 2018. Picture taken January 21, 2018. SANA/Handout via REUTERS


WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.S.-led coalition and its local allies in Syria struck pro-government forces with air and artillery fire overnight to repel "an unprovoked attack" near the Euphrates, the coalition said on Thursday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024239-us-led-coalition-pro-assad-forces-clash-in-east-syria/


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NLA passes legislation to develop Eastern Economic Corridor

By The Nation




The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday approved the bill on development of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), which is expected to attract a new generation of foreign investors.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024241-nla-passes-legislation-to-develop-eastern-economic-corridor/


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North Korea says no U.S. talks planned at Olympics, Pence vows continued pressure

By Christine Kim and Hyonhee Shin



A North Korean flag is seen hanging on a building at the Winter Olympics athletes village in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva


SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has no intention of meeting U.S. officials during the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Friday, state media said, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North's nuclear weapons programme.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024242-north-korea-says-no-us-talks-planned-at-olympics-pence-vows-continued-pressure/


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Twitter surprises with revenue turnaround, shares surge





(Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Thursday delivered its first quarterly profit and an unexpected return to revenue growth helped by expansion outside the United States, pushing shares in the social network to more than two-year highs.


Full story: https://tech.thaivisa.com/twitter-surprises-revenue-turnaround-shares-surge/27101/

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