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American woman from cruise ship tests positive again for coronavirus in Malaysia

By Ebrahim Harris and Matthew Tostevin

 

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The cruise ship MS Westerdam at dock in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Tostevin

 

KUALA LUMPUR/ SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (Reuters) - An American passenger from a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said on Sunday, after the cruise firm and Cambodian authorities sought further tests.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148562-american-from-cruise-ship-docked-in-cambodia-tests-positive-in-malaysia-for-coronavirus/

 

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21 Vietnamese ship crew found in Thai waters taken for Covid-19 testing

By The Nation

 

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Twenty-one crew members of four Vietnamese ships searching for sea cucumber were on Saturday (February 15) taken by the Royal Thai Navy to Songkhla province in the evening for quarantine for Covid-19.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148620-songkhla-21-vietnamese-ship-crew-found-in-thai-waters-taken-for-covid-19-testing/

 

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Music teacher’s licence suspended for molesting student

By The Nation

 

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A music teacher’s licence was suspended after he was accused of molesting and raping a 12-year-old female student on Valentine’s day in the southern province of Chumphon, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan revealed on Sunday (February 16).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148622-music-teacher’s-licence-suspended-for-molesting-student/

 

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700MHz spectrums go for Bt51.45 billion in 5G auction

By Sirivish Toomgum
The Nation

 

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The auction of three 700MHz licences in the multiband auction on Sunday (February 16) was concluded in the morning with total sales of around Bt51.459 billion.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148623-700mhz-spectrums-go-for-bt5145-billion-in-5g-auction/

 

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Thanathorn seeks more public scrutiny of Military

By The Nation

 

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Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

 

Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said that one of the structural problems in the Military is it is not open to scrutiny by members of the House of Representatives and people of the country, especially with its reputation for human rights violations such as physical assault.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148624-thanathorn-seeks-more-public-scrutiny-of-military/

 

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Pheu Thai accuses Prayut of favouring businessman for convention centre

By The Nation

 

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Yuttapong Charasathien

 

A Pheu Thai MP on Sunday (February 16) accused Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha of favouring a businessman from the new CBD Bangkok project for a 50-year lease contract of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148625-pheu-thai-accuses-prayut-of-favouring-businessman-for-convention-centre/

 

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As verdict looms, campaign launched to prevent dissolution of Future Forward Party

By The Nation

 

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Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

 

Prominent figures and celebrities have joined a campaign against the dissolution of the Future Forward Party (FWP) ahead of the Constitutional Court verdict on Friday (February 21).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148626-as-verdict-looms-campaign-launched-to-prevent-dissolution-of-future-forward-party/

 

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Airports' expansion work ready for bidders

By THE NATION

 

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Photo credit: Department of Airports website

 

The Department of Airports is ready to call bids for expansion projects, worth a total of Bt3.6 billion, to boost the capacities of four airports this year, said director-general Tawee Gasisam-ang.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148627-airports-expansion-work-ready-for-bidders/

 

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Direct-sales watchdog panel being readied

By THE NATION

 

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Candidates are being considered for membership on Thailand’s first committee charged with overseeing direct sales and direct marketing businesses.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148629-direct-sales-watchdog-panel-being-readied/

 

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Phuket Opinion: Atishoo, Atishoo…

By The Phuket News

 

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An officer checks that a thermoscan camera at Phuket airport is working. Photo: TAC Phuket

 

PHUKET: Some chickens certainly came home to roost this week as Thailand’s – and Phuket’s – tourism industry started to reel from the fallout of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and the ensuing plunge in the number of Chinese tourist arrivals.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148631-phuket-opinion-atishoo-atishoo…/

 

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Americans disembark from virus-hit cruise; China says new cases slow

By Engen Tham and Stella Qiu

 

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Buses believed to carry the U.S. passengers of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, leave at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

 

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - American passengers were taken off a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home after being quarantined for two weeks off Japan, while China said the rate of new coronavirus cases had slowed, calling that proof its steps to fight the outbreak were working.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148635-americans-disembark-from-virus-hit-cruise-china-says-new-cases-slow/

 

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Rouhani says Iran will never yield to U.S. pressure for talks

 

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) in Tokyo, Japan, December 20, 2019. Charly Triballeau/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

 

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that Tehran's help was essential in establishing security in the Middle East.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148636-rouhani-says-iran-will-never-yield-to-us-pressure-for-talks/

 

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EU must develop 'appetite for power', Borrell says

 

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FILE PHOTO: Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission arrives at a European Union foreign ministers emergency meeting to discuss ways to try to save the Iran nuclear deal, in Brussels, Belgium, January 10, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/File Photo

 

MUNICH (Reuters) - European Union governments need to be willing to intervene in international crises or risk prolonging paralysis in their foreign policy, the EU's top diplomat said on Sunday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148637-eu-must-develop-appetite-for-power-borrell-says/

 

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South Wales residents rescued from Storm Dennis flood water

 

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Flooded toilets in Taff Wells, South Wales, Britain, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Residents had to be rescued after water poured into their homes in south Wales and the Welsh borders on Sunday as Storm Dennis caused a second day of disruption, with the Environment Agency saying it had issued a record number of flood warnings.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148638-south-wales-residents-rescued-from-storm-dennis-flood-water/

 

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