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Thailand Live Sunday 15 Dec 2019

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The week that was in Thailand news: Giving the turkeys a pre-Christmas roasting - whoever "they" are!

 

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The phone rang. There was a brief silence. A muffled sniff. Then came the thunder. It was several Christmases ago and the first wife was calling in from Pathum Thani.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138700-the-week-that-was-in-thailand-news-giving-the-turkeys-a-pre-christmas-roasting-whoever-they-are/

 

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Survey highlights the rising cost of living for expats in Bangkok and Chiang Mai

 

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A new survey has highlighted the increasing cost of living in two of Thailand’s most popular expat destinations.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138753-survey-highlights-the-rising-cost-of-living-for-expats-in-bangkok-and-chiang-mai/

 

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Overstaying Australian arrested after allegedly stealing from tourists in Pattaya

 

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Image: Pattaya Police

 

A 42 year old Australian has been arrested after allegedly stealing from tourists at a hostel in Pattaya.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138755-overstaying-australian-arrested-after-allegedly-stealing-from-tourists-in-pattaya/

 

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Israeli tourist fined 2,000 baht for littering in Pattaya, makes complaint to police

 

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An Israeli man who was fined 2,000 baht for littering has made a complaint to Pattaya police regarding the incident.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138756-israeli-tourist-fined-2000-baht-for-littering-in-pattaya-makes-complaint-to-police/

 

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Over 8,000 foreigners have a Thailand Elite Card, surge in applicants in 2019

 

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More than 8,000 foreigners have bought a Thailand Elite Card, with the company which operates the program reporting a surge in new applicants.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138757-over-8000-foreigners-have-a-thailand-elite-card-surge-in-applicants-in-2019/

 

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Thousands join biggest protest for years in Thai capital

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Matthew Tostevin

 

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Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of Thailand's progressive Future Forward Party gestures to his supporters at a sudden unauthorised rally in Bangkok, Thailand December 14, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Several thousand people took part in Thailand's biggest protest since a 2014 coup on Saturday after authorities moved to ban a party that has rallied opposition to the government of former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138758-thousands-join-biggest-protest-for-years-in-thai-capital/

 

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Cabinet to consider legalising ride-hailing service

By THE NATION

 

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Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul

 

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob will soon table before the Cabinet his proposal to legalise ride-hailing services, Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul said.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138760-cabinet-to-consider-legalising-ride-hailing-service/

 

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EU envoy discusses human rights with Somsak

By The Nation

 

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Pirrka Tapiola (Left) and Somsak Thepsutin (Right)

 

The European Union's ambassador to Thailand met Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin on Friday (December 13) to discuss human rights.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138761-eu-envoy-discusses-human-rights-with-somsak/

 

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Seven opposition parties launch campaign for charter change

By The Nation

 

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A group of opposition parties has come together to call for amendments to the 2017 Constitution and the drafting of a new charter.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138762-seven-opposition-parties-launch-campaign-for-charter-change/

 

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Jazz takes control with a sizzling 62

By THE NATION

 

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Jazz Janewattananond

 

Thai rising star Jazz Janewattananond proved his credentials as the newest Asia’s number one by firing a scintillating 10-under-par 62 to seize the third-round lead at the BNI Indonesian Masters supported by Bank BRI and MedcoEnergi on Saturday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138763-jazz-takes-control-with-a-sizzling-62/

 

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Sook Siam celebrates first anniversary and Bt1 billion in revenue

By The Nation

 

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Muang Sook Siam at Iconsiam has plenty to celebrate this month as it marks its first birthday and higher-than-expected revenue of Bt1 billion. Designed to showcase Thai lifestyles to the world, it has succeeded in drawing both visitors both Thais and foreigners, all of whom have taken the new destination to their hearts, loving its varied and local eating and shopping experiences on the theme “Feel the charm of happy Thai lifestyles with a trip to Muang Sook Siam”.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138764-sook-siam-celebrates-first-anniversary-and-bt1-billion-in-revenue/

 

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Anger erupts at U.N. climate summit as major economies resist bold action

By Matthew Green and Valerie Volcovici

 

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A woman carries her luggage past a sign of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, December 14, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

 

MADRID (Reuters) - Major economies resisted calls for bolder climate commitments as a U.N. summit in Madrid limped towards a delayed conclusion on Saturday, dimming hopes that nations will act in time to stop rising temperatures devastating people and the natural world.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138765-anger-erupts-at-un-climate-summit-as-major-economies-resist-bold-action/

 

 

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Violent protests rage in India for fourth day over citizenship law

By Subrata Nagchoudhury and Saurabh Sharma

 

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FILE PHOTO: Protesters run for cover amid tear gas fired by police during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, a bill that seeks to give citizenship to religious minorities persecuted in neighbouring Muslim countries, outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

 

KOLKATA/LUCKNOW (Reuters) - Demonstrators in eastern India set fire to more than a dozen buses and vandalised at least six railway stations on Saturday, as violent protests against a new citizenship law continued for a fourth straight day.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138768-violent-protests-rage-in-india-for-fourth-day-over-citizenship-law/

 

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Italy's anti-Salvini 'sardines' take protest to Rome

By Gavin Jones and Stefano Bernabei

 

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Protesters attend a demonstration held by "the sardines", a grassroots movement against far-right League leader Matteo Salvini, in Rome, Italy, December 14, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

 

ROME (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people joined a demonstration in central Rome on Saturday organised by a grassroots movement known as "the sardines", launched only a month ago to protest against far-right leader Matteo Salvini.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138769-italys-anti-salvini-sardines-take-protest-to-rome/

 

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Albania seeks arrests for quake deaths in collapsed buildings

By Benet Koleka

 

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FILE PHOTO: General view of a collapsed building in Durres, after an earthquake shook Albania, November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Florion Goga/File Photo

 

TIRANA (Reuters) - Albanian prosecutors have issued a series of arrest warrants on charges including murder and abuse of office over the deaths of 51 people killed when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake toppled dozens of buildings last month, police said on Saturday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138770-albania-seeks-arrests-for-quake-deaths-in-collapsed-buildings/

 

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