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Iran says it seized British tanker, denies U.S. brought down drone

By Parisa Hafezi and Steve Holland

 

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Undated handout photograph shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at an undisclosed location, obtained by Reuters on July 19, 2019. Stena Bulk/Handout/via REUTERS

 

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran said it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday but denied Washington's assertion that the U.S. Navy had downed an Iranian drone nearby this week, as tensions in the Gulf region grew again.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112812-iran-says-it-seized-british-tanker-denies-us-brought-down-drone/

 

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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability

By Steve Holland

 

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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin smiles as U.S. President Donald Trump honors him, Michael Collins and their family members during an Apollo 11 moon landing 50th anniversary commemoration in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States' current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, the ex-astronaut had a ready response.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112816-apollo-11-astronaut-buzz-aldrin-complains-about-current-us-lunar-ability/

 

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Free trade in marijuana will do more bad than good, warns academic

By Chularat Saengpassa
The Nation

 

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A prominent medical lecturer recently voiced concerns about Thailand moving closer to free trade in marijuana now that Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has officially taken the helm of the Public Health Ministry and is vowing to implement his election policy of allowing free trade in pot.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112819-free-trade-in-marijuana-will-do-more-bad-than-good-warns-academic/

 

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Pheu Thai to prove Prayut not qualified for premier’s post during policy debate

By The Nation

 

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Veteran politician Chalerm Yoobamrung, a Pheu Thai Party key figure

 

The Pheu Thai Party will focus on questioning Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s qualifications during the parliamentary debate on the new government’s policies next week, a key party figure said on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112820-pheu-thai-to-prove-prayut-not-qualified-for-premier’s-post-during-policy-debate/

 

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Court to consider petition over Prayut’s fitness to be PM

By THE NATION

 

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The Constitutional Court has accepted a petition from opposition MPs questioning Prayut Chan-o-cha’s qualifications to hold the post of prime minister.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112821-court-to-consider-petition-over-prayut’s-fitness-to-be-pm/

 

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‘Mor Dear’ arrested, charged in relation to weight-loss pills

By Jakkapong Rawiwan
The Nation

 

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A former pharmacist known as “Mor Dear” was arrested on Friday and charged with a variety of offences in connection with the sale of unlicensed weight-loss pills. Some were allegedly laced with the banned and dangerous appetite suppressant sibutramine, resulting in the death earlier this month of a 30-year-old woman.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112822-‘mor-dear’-arrested-charged-in-relation-to-weight-loss-pills/

 

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Asean must get Myanmar to fulfil its obligations on human rights: UN

By The Nation

 

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Prof. Yanghee Lee is at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday -- EPA

 

The violation of human rights in Myanmar is giving rise to serious issues for countries in South and Southeast Asia, yet Nay Pyi Taw continues pressuring its neighbours to look away, a United Nations senior official said after completing her mission to Thailand and Malaysia.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112823-asean-must-get-myanmar-to-fulfil-its-obligations-on-human-rights-un/

 

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SET gears up for a more vigorous IPO market

By The Nation

 

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The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) expects a more active market for initial public offerings (IPO) in the second half of the year, thanks to more companies wanting to float their shares and interest from foreign corporations to list in Bangkok.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112826-set-gears-up-for-a-more-vigorous-ipo-market/

 

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Govt set to announce stimulus packages for second half

By The Nation

 

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The government will announce its economic stimulus packages for the second half of this year once its policies have been declared, Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112827-govt-set-to-announce-stimulus-packages-for-second-half/

 

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Central bank launches quicker, safer QR-payment system

By Wichit Chaitrong 
The Nation

 

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The Bank of Thailand, with some commercial banks, has launched a new version of QR code-payment, saying this will be more convenient and offer better security for both consumers and businesses.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112828-central-bank-launches-quicker-safer-qr-payment-system/

 

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Yusen’s upgraded logistics centre on Bangna Trad ready for operations

By KWANCHAI RUNGFAPAISARN
THE NATION

 

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Japan’s Yusen Logistics announced on Friday that it has completed the Bt600-million upgrading process for its major logistics complex, Bangbor Logistics Centre (BLC).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112829-yusen’s-upgraded-logistics-centre-on-bangna-trad-ready-for-operations/

 

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Kantaphon two matches from title as Ratchanok ousted at Indonesia Open

By The Nation

 

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Kantaphon

 

Young gun Kantaphon Wangcharoen reached his first semi-final in badminton’s top-tier series to rescue Thai pride after national hope Ratchanok Intanon exited at the quarter-final stage of the BLIBLI Indonesia Open in Jakarta on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112832-kantaphon-two-matches-from-title-as-ratchanok-ousted-at-indonesia-open/

 

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All eyes on new team at helm of Education Ministry

By Chularat Saengpassa
The Nation

 

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Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan (front, center) and Deputy Education Minister Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich (right, yellow dress) strive with confidence as they arrive at the ministry at 7.49am on Thursday for the first day in office. NATION/PRASET THEPSRI

 

Thanks to the formation of the new government, a new man and two deputies have taken the helm of the Education Ministry. And while hopes for better changes emerge, many doubts are also surfacing.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1112838-all-eyes-on-new-team-at-helm-of-education-ministry/

 

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