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Malaysian tourist dies in motorcycle crash

By The Nation



Picture: Thai Rath


A 50-year-old Malaysian female tourist was killed while her friend was injured when their "Big Bike" high-performance BMW motorcycle crashed in Suphan Buri's Muang district on Wednesday afternoon.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084242-malaysian-tourist-dies-in-motorcycle-crash-in-suphan-buri/


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China’s Uighurs still caught in jaws of Thai Immigration 

By The Nation




Thailand is a key transit point for foreign refugees, but their treatment here depends on who’s chasing them


In light of the Immigration Department’s sloppy and embarrassing handling of a Bahraini football player for whom asylum in Australia was waiting, the authorities obviously need a clearer operating procedure to avoid similar incidents in the future. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084243-china’s-uighurs-still-caught-in-jaws-of-thai-immigration/



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Philippine journalist at odds with Duterte arrested for libel

By Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema



Maria Ressa, the CEO of online news platform Rappler, signs an arrest information sheet at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, Philippines, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez


MANILA (Reuters) - The award-winning head of a Philippine news website known for its tough scrutiny of President Rodrigo Duterte was arrested on Wednesday on libel charges, the latest in a series of legal cases against perceived adversaries of the government.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084244-maria-ressa-ceo-of-philippines-news-site-rappler-arrested/


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Former U.S. Air Force officer faces spy charges after defecting to Iran

By Andy Sullivan and Lisa Lambert



Monica Witt, 39, a former U.S. Air Force officer, indicted for aiding Iran, is seen in this FBI photo released in Washington, DC, U.S., February 13, 2019. Courtesy FBI/Handout via REUTERS


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Wednesday charged former Air Force intelligence officer Monica Witt with helping Iran launch a cyber-spying operation that targeted her former colleagues after she defected from the United States.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084245-former-us-air-force-officer-faces-spy-charges-after-defecting-to iran/


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U.S. meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states

By Lesley Wroughton and Justyna Pawlak



U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during the family photo at the Middle East conference at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel


WARSAW (Reuters) - A U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference aimed at building a coalition against what Washington sees as the threat posed by Iran also produced signs of a warming of ties between Israel and some Arab countries on Wednesday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084248-us-meeting-on-middle-east-brings-together-israel-gulf-arab-states/


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U.S. emergency-management chief Brock Long to resign

By Andy Sullivan



FILE PHOTO: FEMA Administrator Brock Long listens as U.S. President Donald Trump holds an Oval Office meeting on preparations for hurricane Florence at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, said he would resign on Wednesday, after overseeing the government's response to a string of record-breaking hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084249-us-emergency-management-chief-brock-long-to-resign/


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U.S. to meet Taliban in Islamabad on February 18 - Taliban spokesman

By Abdul Qadir Sediqi



FILE PHOTO: U.S. military advisers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade walk at an Afghan National Army base in Maidan Wardak province, Afghanistan August 6, 2018. REUTERS/James Mackenzie/File Photo


KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban negotiators will meet their U.S. counterparts on Feb. 18 in Pakistan's capital Islamabad as part of accelerating diplomacy to end more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Wednesday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084250-us-to-meet-taliban-in-islamabad-on-february-18-taliban-spokesman/


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U.S. judge rules ex-Trump campaign chief breached plea deal

By Nathan Layne and Sarah N. Lynch



FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S. June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office by lying to prosecutors, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084254-us-judge-rules-ex-trump-campaign-chief-breached-plea-deal/

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Airbnb witnesses 100% growth in Guest Arrivals from China this Chinese New Year

Thailand ranks as one of top 5 global destinations for Airbnb guests from Mainland China. Thai hosts on Airbnb earned a total of THB186 million in host income this CNY, which represents a 50% jump in earnings.


Chinese New Year, Yaowarat Road, Bangkok. Photo: iStock.com/justhavealook


THAILAND – February 13, 2019 – Airbnb, the end-to-end global travel platform, released new data  highlighting Thailand as one of the top 5 global destinations for travellers from Mainland China this Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday -- described by many as “the world's largest annual human migration”.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084262-thailand-ranks-as-one-of-top-5-global-destinations-for-airbnb-guests-from mainland-china/


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Wary of shutdown, Trump inches toward support for wall deal

By Richard Cowan and Steve Holland



U.S. President Donald Trump listens next to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday edged toward backing a deal in Congress on government funding that would not meet his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall on the Mexicanborder but would avert a partial government shutdown.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084266-wary-of-shutdown-trump-inches-toward-support-for wall-deal/


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Hundreds of Thais flock to marry at "The District of Love" on Valentine's Day




Hundreds of prospective brides and groom waited in line at the Bang Rak district office this morning wanting to get married on Valentine's Day. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084270-hundreds-of-thais-flock-to-marry-at-the-district-of-love-on-valentines-day/


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Pedestrian catapulted over taxi - lands on back window but lives




Sanook published a picture of the aftermath of an accident yesterday morning when a Bangkok taxi hit a pedestrian in Muang district of Pathum Thani north west of Bangkok. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084271-pedestrian-catapulted-over-taxi-lands-on-back-window-but-lives/


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Big Joke: Romance Scammers will now be scared of the law!




Immigration Chief Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn has told the Thai media how a change in police tactics means that Nigerian romance scammers and their Thai accomplices will no longer get off the hook. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084274-big-joke-romance-scammers-will-now-be-scared-of-the-law/



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