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No ‘hidden’ virus cases in Thailand, official insists

By THE NATION

 

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Sopon Iamsirithaworn

 

Thailand’s current barricade against the spread of Covid-19 takes the form of two-stage screenings for the virus in eight provinces and ramped-up checks on Thais returning home from countries and territories where it’s been found, the director of the Disease Control Department said on Wednesday (February 19).

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149147-no-‘hidden’-virus-cases-in-thailand-official-insists/

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People over 50 most at risk of Covid-19 infection

By The Nation

 

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People over 50-years old, especially those with congenital diseases, are more prone to coronavirus (Covid-19) infection, said Prof Doctor Yong Poovorawan, head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149159-people-over-50-most-at-risk-of-covid-19-infection/

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Anutin hits back at critics on video call

By The Nation

 

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Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul discussed control measures of the coronavirus infection with health officials in Sweden via a video call today (February 19) as international academics expressed a lack of confidence in Thailand's handling of the virus outbreak. 

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149160-anutin-hits-back-at-critics-on-video-call/

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Tranquil Thailand's gun culture in spotlight after shooting sprees

By Chayut Setboonsarng and Panarat Thepgumpanat

 

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FILE PHOTO: A buddhist monk and rescue workers carry a body of a victim of a gun battle involving a Thai soldier on a shooting rampage at a hospital, in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Normally serene Thailand has been on edge since a rogue soldier went on the rampage in a northeastern city this month, killing 29 people in a shooting spree that ended in a standoff with police at a shopping mall.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149203-tranquil-thailands-gun-culture-in-spotlight-after-shooting-sprees/

 

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Pro-democracy groups debate 'place of citizens'

By THE NATION

 

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Democracy Restoration Group and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights and iLaw, hosted a debate under the topic of ‘What is Citizens’ Place, When Judges are Powerful’ at Thammasat University on Wednesday (February 19).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149205-pro-democracy-groups-debate-place-of-citizens/

 

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Weekend of cuteness descends on Bangkok with Royal Canin Cat Show

By The Nation

 

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The sixth Royal Canin International Cat Show is ready to land on its feet at Central Plaza Lat Phrao in Bangkok on February 28, continuing through March 1, daily from 10-9, in the fifth-floor BCC Hall. Admission is free.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149206-weekend-of-cuteness-descends-on-bangkok-with-royal-canin-cat-show/

 

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Army chief orders study of ‘lone wolf’ behaviour

By The Nation

 

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Pelted with questions about how to prevent the emergence of “lone wolves” in the military like the sergeant-major who went on a murderous shooting spree in Nakhon Ratchasima this month, the Army’s commander has ordered Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) to examine cases like it and find out what motivates them.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149207-army-chief-orders-study-of-‘lone-wolf’-behaviour/

 

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Baht keeps strength despite coronavirus outbreak, economic decline

By The Nation

 

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The Thai economy in 2020 would expand at a much lower rate than previous forecast and way below its full potential, mainly due to the combined impact from the coronavirus outbreak, delay to enactment of the Annual Budget Expenditure Act and drought on a large number of businesses and employment, according to the minutes released today by the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Thailand .

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149208-baht-keeps-strength-despite-coronavirus-outbreak-economic-decline/

 

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Tourist sector in Phuket reeling from lack of Chinese tourists

 

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Tourism-related businesses in Phuket have been hard hit by the sharp drop in the number of tourist arrivals, especially Chinese, as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak in China and its spread to several other countries.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149209-tourist-sector-in-phuket-reeling-from-lack-of-chinese-tourists/

 

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Hot responses to 2020 Olympic Day Walk & Run on March 1

By THE NATION

 

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Pichai Chunhavajira, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand (IOC), together with representatives from main sponsors, held a press conference for the 2020 Olympic Day Walk & Run scheduled for Sunday (March 1) at Suphachalasai National Stadium.

 

Sponsors of the event include Toyota Motor Thailand, PTT, PTT Global Chemical, PTT Exploration and Production, Thai Oil, Bangchak Corp, Bridgestone Sales (Thailand) , IRPC, GPP International, Thainamthip, Otsuka Nutraceutical, Bangkok Life Assurance, Tourism Authority of Thailand and other private and public corporations.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149212-hot-responses-to-2020-olympic-day-walk-run-on-march-1/

 

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Virtual Bundesliga International Series kicks off in Spring 2020

By THE NATION

 

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The Bundesliga is taking the next step in expanding its eFootball tournaments across the world as it launches the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) International Series 2020.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149213-virtual-bundesliga-international-series-kicks-off-in-spring-2020/

 

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Trump offered to pardon Assange if he cooperated over email leak, UK court hears

 

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WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/Files

 

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with WikiLeaks' publication of Democratic Party emails in 2016, a London court heard on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149214-trump-offered-to-pardon-assange-if-he-cooperated-over-email-leak-uk-court-hears/

 

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Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

By Joseph Menn

 

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FILE PHOTO: The Google internet homepage is displayed on a product at a store in London, Britain January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149216-exclusive-google-users-in-uk-to-lose-eu-data-protection-sources/

 

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Long-time Trump adviser Stone to be sentenced by judge he antagonized

By Sarah N. Lynch

 

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FILE PHOTO: Roger Stone, former campaign adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives for his criminal trial on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing justice and witness tampering at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., November 6, 2019. REUTERS/ Tom Brenner/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since his January 2019 arrest, President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone has repeatedly tested the patience of the federal judge who presided over his trial. On Thursday, that judge will tell the self-described "dirty trickster" how long he will serve in prison.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1149217-long-time-trump-adviser-stone-to-be-sentenced-by-judge-he-antagonized/

 

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