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Overstaying Spaniard arrested for handcuffing and raping Thai woman in Bangkok

 

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Picture: Siam Rath

 

Police have arrested a Spanish man who allegedly handcuffed and raped a Thai woman in a  condominium in Bangkok.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085196-overstaying-spaniard-arrested-for-handcuffing-and-raping-thai-woman-in-bangkok/

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Fashion's 'creative genius' Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

By Pascale Denis and Richard Lough

 

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FILE PHOTO - German designer Karl Lagerfeld appears on the catwalk after his Autumn/Winter 2004/2005 high fashion collection for the Chanel fashion house in Paris, July 7, 2004. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

 

PARIS (Reuters) - Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the fashion industry with his extravagant outfits and striking catwalks, has died aged 85.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085267-fashions-creative-genius-karl lagerfeld dies-at-85/

 

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Couple killed, six injured in three-vehicle pile-up in Prachin Buri

By The Nation

 

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A married couple were killed on Tuesday morning when their truck careered out of control on a road in Prachin Buri and crashed into a trailer truck and an SUV.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085217-couple-killed-six-injured-in-three-vehicle-pile-up-in-prachin-buri/

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Italian tourist seriously injured in goring by bull elephant at private Phang-Nga park

By Anothai Ngandee 
The Nation

 

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A 29-year-old Italian tourist was seriously injured on Tuesday when the 12-year-old male elephant he and a friend were riding as part of a tourist activity in Phang-Nga’s Mueang district suddenly shook them to the ground and gored him in the stomach.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085250-italian-tourist-seriously-injured-in-goring-by-bull-elephant-at-private-phang-nga-park/

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Politicians tell the Army chief to remain neutral 

By THE NATION

 

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File photo : Army Commander in Chief General Apirat Kongsompong
 

Parties say they have right to propose policies and the general has no business to interfere

 

POLITICIANS yesterday claimed their right to propose policies to the voters, in a strong response to the Army chief’s aggressive reaction on Monday over proposals to cut the defence budget. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085268-politicians-tell-the-army-chief-to-remain-neutral /

 

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Amended Narcotics Act comes into effect, leaves door open for monopoly, say experts

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

 

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Cannabis seedlings are cared for by a worker in a green house of the cannabis cultivating and processing plant of BOL Pharma – Revadim Industrial Centre in Lod, Israel. // EPA-EFE PHOTO

 

THE PROBLEM of illicit patent registration continues to linger, as academics believe the hasty legalisation of medical cannabis has opened up a legal loophole for big pharmaceutical firms to reverse the revocation of 10 controversial patent applications.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085269-amended-narcotics-act-comes-into-effect-leaves-door-open-for-monopoly-say-experts/

 

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No quick gains seen from chairing Asean

By PHUWIT LIMVIPHUWAT 
THE NATION

 

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WHILE THE Thai government has a list of up to 12 economic deliverables as it chairs Asean this year, business leaders are not sure its work this year will benefit the private sector in the near future.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085270-no-quick-gains-seen-from-chairing-asean/

 

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Spaniard arrested, charged with rape in Thong Lor area

By Suriya Patathayo 
The Nation

 

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A 30-year-old Spanish man has been arrested for allegedly raping a Thai woman, whom he also allegedly handcuffed so she could not resist, at a luxury condominium in Bangkok’s Thong Lor area on the night of February 15, Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Surachet Hakpal told a press conference on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085196-overstaying-spaniard-arrested-for-handcuffing-and-raping-thai-woman-in-bangkok/?do=findComment&comment=13862048

 

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Airport smokers kicked out of Thai terminals

By The Thaiger

 

 

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The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) says they strongly support Thailand’s move to ban smoking inside the passenger terminals of all its airports, to protect employees and non-smoking travellers from exposure to secondhand smoke.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085271-airport-smokers-kicked-out-of-thai-terminals/

 

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No drought this year, says irrigation dept

By The Nation

 

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Enough water supplies until early 2020, says RID, as it readies measures to tackle problems.

 

THE ROYAL Irrigation Department (RID) announced yesterday that Thailand will not suffer from drought this year as there will be enough water for use until early 2020. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085272-no-drought-this-year-says-irrigation-dept/

 

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Forest Act to be amended to encourage felling and growing of rare trees

By THE NATION

 

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LANDOWNERS will be able to cut down up to 171 “reserved” and “rare” timber species growing on their properties without having to seek permission from the authorities, once an amendment to the Forest Act is published in the Royal Gazette in the next two months.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085274-forest-act-to-be-amended-to-encourage-felling-and-growing-of-rare-trees/

 

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Thai teenagers aim for the stars

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam 
The Nation

 

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In Gee Chun of South Korea, Pannarat, Suzuka Yamaguchi of Japan, Georgia Hall of England, pin-up girl Munie He of China and Paula Creamer of the US in a photo session.

 

Teen sensation Atthaya Thitikul and Tour rookie Pajaree Anannarukarn hope to make an impact in the US$1.6 million Honda LPGA Thailand, which starts on Thursday at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course, Chon Buri.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085275-thai-teenagers-aim-for-the-stars/

 

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Rattled military resorts to ‘hate’ strategy 

By The Nation

 

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Army chief draws on ultra-nationalist rhetoric of modern Thailand’s darkest era

 

Army chief Apirat Kongsompong has faced calls for a cut in defence spending before, but never has he responded with such fury. The anger is easily explained by the fact that Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan’s proposal also represented a serious threat to the military’s role in politics.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085276-rattled-military-resorts-to-‘hate’-strategy/

 

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National assembly to debate controversial rice bill despite protests

 

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Despite protests by some farmer groups and the Democrat party, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is determined to go ahead with its planned deliberation of the controversial rice bill in its second and final readings on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085277-national-assembly-to-debate-controversial-rice-bill-despite-protests/

 

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FAA lists 26 flaws in Thailand’s aviation standards that need rectification

 

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified 26 flaws in Thailand’s aviation standards during its recent inspection and has recommended that they be rectified if Thailand is to regain Category One status.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085278-faa-lists-26-flaws-in-thailand’s-aviation-standards-that-need-rectification/

 

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