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TAT announces compulsory medical insurance for foreign visitors





Bangkok, 23 October, 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to share the latest announcement from the Office of Insurance Commission (OIC) that foreign visitors will be able to purchase compulsory COVID-19 insurance policy online prior to visiting the Kingdom.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188784-tat-announces-compulsory-medical-insurance-for-foreign-visitors/

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Burned-out buildings and armed gangs in Lagos despite president's plea

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A police vehicle is pictured at a police checkpoint that was burnt down as Nigeria's Lagos state remains under curfew, Nigeria October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Seun Sanni


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Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188828-burned-out-buildings-and-armed-gangs-in-lagos-despite-presidents-plea/


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Sudan becomes third Arab state to set aside hostilities with Israel this year

By Matt Spetalnick, Steve Holland and Jeff Mason



Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner applaud as U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on the phone with leaders of Israel and Sudan speaking about the decision to rescind Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to take steps to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Khartoum the third Arab government to set aside hostilities with Israel in the last two months.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188829-sudan-becomes-third-arab-state-to-set-aside-hostilities-with-israel-this-year/


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Warring Libya rivals sign truce but tough political talks ahead



FILE PHOTO: Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs in Libya Stephanie Williams wearing a face mask attends the talks between the rival factions in the Libya conflict at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland October 20, 2020 . Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo


GENEVA/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's warring factions signed a permanent ceasefire agreement on Friday, but any lasting end to years of chaos and bloodshed will require wider agreement among myriad armed groups and the outside powers that support them.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188830-warring-libya-rivals-sign-truce-but-tough-political-talks-ahead/



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Malaysian PM seeks king's nod to declare state of emergency, sources say

By Joseph Sipalan, A. Ananthalakshmi and Rozanna Latiff



FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin wearing a protective mask arrives at a mosque for prayers, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Putrajaya, Malaysia August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo/File Photo


KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin met the king on Friday to ask him to declare a state of emergency, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said - a move that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim denounced as an attempt to cling to power.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188831-malaysian-pm-seeks-kings-nod-to-declare-state-of-emergency-sources-say/


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Bamford grabs hat-trick as Leeds end Villa's winning start




Soccer Football - Premier League - Aston Villa v Leeds United, Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - October 23, 2020 Leeds United's Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Laurence Griffiths


BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Leeds United's Patrick Bamford scored a second-half hat-trick as they brought Aston Villa's 100% start to the season to an abrupt end with a 3-0 away victory in the Premier League on Friday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188832-bamford-grabs-hat-trick-as-leeds-end-villas-winning-start/


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France's Macron: Expect to live with virus at least till mid-2021




French President Emmanuel Macron chairs a meeting with the medical staff of the Rene Dubos hospital center, in Pontoise, in the Val d'Oise, France October 23, 2020, as the country faces a new wave of infections to the COVID-19. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS


PARIS (Reuters) - France will have to live with the coronavirus at least until next summer, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188833-frances-macron-expect-to-live-with-virus-at-least-till-mid-2021/


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Thousands protest across Poland against curbs on abortion access

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People protest against imposing further restrictions on abortion law, near the house of Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Warsaw, Poland October 23, 2020. Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. POLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN POLAND.


WARSAW/GDYNIA, Poland (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people protested across Poland on Friday in defiance of tight coronavirus restrictions, following Thursday's ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that imposes a near-total ban on abortion in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188834-thousands-protest-across-poland-against-curbs-on-abortion-access/


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Ministries eye easing COVID-19 measures to allow health tourism

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministries of Public Health, Tourism and Sports and Transport have discussed ways to ease some COVID-19 measures, to facilitate health tourism, which will help stimulate the Thai economy and bring revenue into the country.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188836-ministries-eye-easing-covid-19-measures-to-allow-health-tourism/


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Born without arms, plenty of moxie, Pakistani man masters snooker




Muhammad Ikram, 32, who was born without arms, plays snooker with his chin at a local club in Samundri, Pakistan, October 20, 2020. Picture taken October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza


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Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188837-born-without-arms-plenty-of-moxie-pakistani-man-masters-snooker/


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French/Thai cooperation increases as requests made in international crime/laundering cases




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Thailand's justice minister Somsak Thepsuthin welcomed a new era in Thai/French relations when it comes to crime busting.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188841-frenchthai-cooperation-increases-as-requests-made-in-international-crimelaundering-cases/


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French woman who tested positive for Covid: Detailed timeline announced




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The timeline of the 57 year old French woman who has tested positive for coronavirus in Koh Samui has been announced by health officials.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188844-french-woman-who-tested-positive-for-covid-detailed-timeline-announced/


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Koh Samui: Hotel operators plan to petition PM about quarantine - story comes before French woman tested positive


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Channel 3 picked up on the story that hotel operators on Koh Samui are to present opinions and ideas to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to run alternative local quarantine on the island.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1188846-koh-samui-hotel-operators-plan-to-petition-pm-about-quarantine-story-comes-before-french-woman-tested-positive/


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