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Google Chrome will soon start marking lots of websites as “not secure”





The world’s favourite web browser, Google Chrome will be receiving a new update in July this year and with the update comes a new feature to highlight potentially dangerous websites.


Full story: https://tech.thaivisa.com/google-chrome-will-soon-start-marking-lots-websites-not-secure/27105/

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Thai ice carvers triumph again in Hokkaido

By The Nation



Photo courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand


A depiction in ice of traditional Thai cockfighting (kai chon) won a team of Thai ice sculptors the grand prize at the 45th International Snow Sculpture Contest in Japan this week.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024311-thai-ice-carvers-triumph-again-in-hokkaido/


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North Korea, U.S. set for uncomfortable encounter at Olympics as North delegation arrives

By Heekyong Yang, Christine Kim and Hyonhee Shin



Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, meets South Korea's Unification minister Cho Myoung-gyun in Incheon, South Korea February 9, 2018. Yonhap via REUTERS


INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - North Korea's ceremonial leader and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence may have their first face-to-face encounter on Friday at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, with Washington gearing up for more sanctions against the North.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024312-north-korea-us-set-for-uncomfortable-encounter-at-olympics-as-north-delegation-arrives/


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Chanthaburi governor offers to resign over typing errors in his order

By Thai PBS




Chanthaburi governor Witurat Srinarm has submitted his resignation to be effective as of March 7 over typing errors in his written assignment order regarding preparations for the mobile cabinet meeting in the province earlier this week.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024313-chanthaburi-governor-offers-to-resign-over-typing-errors-in-his-order/


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Suspected knickers thief arrested in Chiang Mai

By The Nation


A second-year student attending a Chiang Mai university was arrested late Thursday night for allegedly stealing multiple women’s underpants and bras from several boarding houses in downtown Chiang Mai.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024161-young-women-in-chiang-mai-cry-foul-over-underwear-theft/?do=findComment&comment=12696258


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NACC reveals assets of 3 former ministers




BANGKOK, 9 February 2018 (NNT) - The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has reported its audit of three former ministers of the current administration, a year after being transferred to other governmental positions. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024318-nacc-reveals-assets-of-3-former-ministers/


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Few cheers at home for Germany's loveless coalition

By Thomas Escritt



Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer and Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz pose after a statement on coalition talks to form a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke


BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's German coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) was greeted with more scepticism than joy on Thursday, as some said the loveless alliance, born of desperation, showed the conservative chancellor's time was coming to an end.


Full story:  https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024321-few-cheers-at-home-for-germanys-loveless-coalition/


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No word yet on Prawit’s third try at watches explanation

By The Nation



File photo: National Anti-Corruption Commission President Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit


National Anti-Corruption Commission President Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said on Friday that the body’s secretary-general has not yet updated the corruption-fighting body about whether Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan has submitted his third try at an explanation about his possession of luxury watches.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024322-no-word-yet-on-prawit’s-third-try-at-watches-explanation/


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Soi Hongnam: Sukhumvit Soi 7 has become the city center’s de facto public toilet

By Laurel Tuohy



Some resourceful soul tried to resolve the lack of toilets of the street by fashioning one out of a bucket.


One rarely considered side street in Nana has become home to several pop-up bars each evening, drawing a mix of regulars, tourists, and working girls — and all without a bathroom in sight.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024337-soi-hongnam-sukhumvit-soi-7-has-become-the-city-center’s-de-facto-public-toilet/


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Get Drunk On Dessert At Sukhumvit Ice Cream Bar

By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee, Staff Reporter



Iryn Vongvachjira hold a tray of Yoshi’s Mint Paradise, mint choc ice cream and vodka.


BANGKOK — Choice craft spirits now come with a scoop in a place that isn’t dark and full of wood.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024338-get-drunk-on-dessert-at-sukhumvit-ice-cream-bar/

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Thai-Malaysian police join hands to help victims of call-centre scam

By Kittipong Maneerit 
The Nation




Close cooperation between Thai police and their Malaysian counterparts will enable victims who were detained and forced to work for a “call-centre scam” to return to their homes, Immigration Bureau commissioner Pol Lt-General Sutthipong Wongpin said on Friday.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024339-thai-malaysian-police-join-hands-to-help-victims-of-call-centre-scam/


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Permanent secretary to decide on Chanthaburi governor’s resignation

By The Nation




Interior Ministry permanent secretary Chatchai Promlert will make the decision whether to accept the resignation of Chanthaburi Governor Withurat Srinam following an embarrassing mix-up of terms used in an official document that he had signed.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024341-permanent-secretary-to-decide-on-chanthaburi-governor’s-resignation/


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Phuket police bust bus-riding meth mule

Eakkapop Thongtub




PHUKET:-- A 21-year-old man was arrested attempting to smuggle 1,564 methamphetamine pills (ya bah) onto Phuket last night (Feb 8). The pills were en route to their delivery point – a government housing estate in Srisoonthorn.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024342-phuket-police-bust-bus-riding-meth-mule/


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What’s happening to Bangkok’s air?

By Coconuts Bangkok



Bangkokians in face masks wait for a train at Mo Chit BTS station, Feb. 9, 2018. Photo: Prae Sakaowan/ Coconuts Media


In the past week, the air quality in Bangkok has hit “unhealthy” levels, according to the Air Pollution Index, and the problem has worsened to the point that smog can be seen with the naked eye in the morning.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024343-what’s-happening-to-bangkok’s-air/


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Bitter investors file complaint of millions lost in Phuket Ponzi scheme

Suthicha Sirirat



The group say they have lost B19 million invested in the network. Photo: Suthicha Sirirat


PHUKET:-- A group of investors who claim to be victims of the “Srithai Network” filed a complaint at the Damrongdhama Centre (ombudsman’s office) at Phuket Provincial Hall today (Feb 9), saying they have lost B19 million in the business scheme.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024344-bitter-investors-file-complaint-of-millions-lost-in-phuket-ponzi-scheme/


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Raw sewage released into Phuket's Patong Bay




PHUKET:-- A fault in the construction of the upgrade to the Patong Watewater Treatment Plant has allowed raw sewage to flow untreated into Patong Bay, The Phuket News has confirmed.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024345-raw-sewage-released-into-phukets-patong-bay/


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Iranian intercepted in Thailand using false passport was on his way to London




Thai immigration police said yesterday they had intercepted an Iranian national travelling on a stolen Danish passport.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024354-iranian-intercepted-in-thailand-using-false-passport-was-on-his-way-to-london/


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Thai groups consider new political parties ahead of November vote

By Panu Wongcha-um and Aukkarapon Niyomyat



Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures during a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Representatives of 114 political groups met Thailand's election panel on Friday, in one of the first signs the country is readying for a general election the junta has promised to hold in November, with many pledging support for the ruling military.


Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1024355-thai-groups-consider-new-political-parties-ahead-of-november-vote/


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