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Saudi de facto ruler approved operation that led to Khashoggi's death - U.S

By Jonathan Landay, Phil Stewart and Arshad Mohammed

 

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 24, 2018. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to U.S. intelligence released on Friday as the United States sanctioned some of those involved but spared the crown prince himself in an effort to preserve relations with the kingdom.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207642-saudi-de-facto-ruler-approved-operation-that-led-to-khashoggis-death-us/

 

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Malaysia's AmBank to pay $700 million in 1MDB-linked settlement

 

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask walks past an Ambank branch, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian banking group AMMB Holdings Berhad (AmBank) said on Friday it will pay the government 2.83 billion ringgit ($699 million) to settle claims linked to a massive financial scandal at state fund 1MDB, a hefty payment that is expected to have a material impact on the group's earnings.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207644-malaysias-ambank-to-pay-700-million-in-1mdb-linked-settlement/

 

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Former gymnasts launch legal case against UK governing body

By Simon Evans

 

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MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Seventeen former gymnasts in the UK have launched a group-claim lawsuit against the national governing body British Gymnastics alleging a range of abusive behaviour.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207646-former-gymnasts-launch-legal-case-against-uk-governing-body/

 

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Temple of Zoom: 200,000 Thai Buddhists mark holy day via video link

By Artorn Pookasook and Athit Perawongmetha

 

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Volunteers work on computers showing devotees gathering via the Zoom application during a ceremony to commemorate Makha Bucha Day at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple, following the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 200,000 Buddhist devotees gathered via Zoom video link on Friday to attend an annual prayer and lantern ritual held in Thailand to mark Makha Bucha Day, one of the religion's holiest holidays.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207647-temple-of-zoom-200000-thai-buddhists-mark-holy-day-via-video-link/

 

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Existing emissions pledges barely scratch climate targets, U.N. tally finds

By Matthew Green

 

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FILE PHOTO: Cars move on a road during a day with polluted air, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Pledges made so far under the 2015 Paris accord would deliver less than a 1% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 -- a fraction of the 45% cut needed to avert catastrophic climate change, according to a U.N. report published on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207648-existing-emissions-pledges-barely-scratch-climate-targets-un-tally-finds/

 

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Gunmen kidnap 300 schoolgirls in increasingly lawless northwest Nigeria

By Hamza Ibrahim

 

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More than 300 girls have been kidnapped from a school in the increasingly lawless northwestern Nigeria. David Doyle reports.

 

KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - An operation to rescue more than 300 girls kidnapped in Nigeria had failed to pinpoint their location by late on Friday, almost 24 hours after gunmen seized them in a raid on their school.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207649-gunmen-kidnap-300-schoolgirls-in-increasingly-lawless-northwest-nigeria/

 

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UK to prioritise next stage of COVID-19 vaccines by age, not job

By Alistair Smout

 

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Nurse Elspeth Huber from Hannage Brook Medical Centre administers the COVID 19 vaccine during home visits to the most venerable people amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) near Wirksworth, Derbyshire Britain, February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Carl Recine

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Police and teachers will not jump to the head of the queue in the second phase of Britain's COVID-19 vaccination rollout, with people instead prioritised by age, officials advising the government said on Friday, describing this as the best way to keep up the pace of immunisations.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207650-uk-to-prioritise-next-stage-of-covid-19-vaccines-by-age-not-job/

 

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Shining a light on ‘Fixed Stars’ – the rebel MPs rocking Thai coalition’s unity

 

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Watanya Opsasi, MP from Palang Pracharath party.


The prime minister and nine Cabinet members managed to sail through the recent censure vote, but the voting has rejiggered a rift between the coalition’s two largest partners.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207652-shining-a-light-on-‘fixed-stars’-–-the-rebel-mps-rocking-thai-coalition’s-unity/

 

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More than 300 abandoned cats rescued from two Bangkok houses

By Prapan Chankaew

 

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 300 cats left in cages in two houses in Bangkok have been rescued after neighbours alerted animal activists that their owner had abandoned them.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207656-more-than-300-abandoned-cats-rescued-from-two-bangkok-houses/

 

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'Tigers or crocodiles': Grim prospects for Cambodian migrants at home and in Thailand

By Matt Blomberg

 

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Cambodian migrants look through grills of a truck as they wait to cross the Thai-Cambodia border at Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaew June 15, 2014. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that over the past week 100,000 Cambodians have poured over the border, as the military that seized power in a May 22 coup intensifies lax measures to regulate illegal labour. The military's ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) insists Cambodians are leaving of their own accord and said 60,000 had crossed the border as of Saturday. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - GM1EA6F1JRB01

 

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the past two weeks, Cambodian migrant Mony Sunret has been hanging around an electrical workshop in the Thai province of Rayong, hoping to pick up odd jobs and save enough money to make a covert exit from Thailand.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207655-tigers-or-crocodiles-grim-prospects-for-cambodian-migrants-at-home-and-in-thailand/

 

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Pattaya: Drunk Thai driver kills compatriot cyclist out exercising

 

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Image: Siam Chon News

 

Nong Prue police and Sawang Boriboon foundation attended an accident on the Pornprapha Nimit road by the reservoir at 7 am on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207659-pattaya-drunk-thai-driver-kills-compatriot-cyclist-out-exercising/

 

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Khon Kaen man, 22, blows himself up with a pipe bomb

 

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EOD explosives experts were on the scene in a village in Khon Kaen after a 22 year old man who lived alone blew himself up with what appeared to be a pipe bomb.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207660-khon-kaen-man-22-blows-himself-up-with-a-pipe-bomb/

 

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Investigations continue into death of "pretty" Wawa - "man of means" involved

 

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Pahonyopthin police and forensics officers armed with a search warrant went to a house in Sena Nikhom Soi 1 in Chatuchak district of Bangkok yesterday after the death of a hostess or pretty called Wawa.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207661-investigations-continue-into-death-of-pretty-wawa-man-of-means-involved/

 

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Tiger Woods recovering, in 'good spirits' after follow-up procedures-tweet

 

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FILE PHOTO: Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - November 12, 2020 Tiger Woods of the U.S. in action during the first round REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

(Reuters) - Fifteen-time major winner Tiger Woods is recovering and in "good spirits" after he received successful follow-up procedures on injuries sustained this week in a car accident, according to a statement posted to his Twitter account on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207664-tiger-woods-recovering-in-good-spirits-after-follow-up-procedures-tweet/

 

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Ready for your COVID-19 jab? Thailand’s inoculation plan explained

 

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Thailand’s COVID-19 inoculation programme will likely kick off on Sunday, with top government figures receiving the first jabs to boost public confidence. The vaccine brings hope that the country’s year-long virus nightmare may soon be over.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207666-ready-for-your-covid-19-jab-thailand’s-inoculation-plan-explained/

 

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Monopoly: Phuket Edition tokens go on holiday

By The Phuket News

 

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The creators of ‘Monopoly: Phuket Edition’ are looking for suggestions of what to use as tokens in the specially revamped edition.

 

PHUKET: The creators of ‘MONOPOLY: Phuket Edition’ are looking for suggestions as to what to use as ‘tokens’ in the game that is being specifically tailored to Phuket.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207668-monopoly-phuket-edition-tokens-go-on-holiday/

 

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Video: Gold shop robbers soon in custody after 6.5 million baht heist at Big C in Nonthaburi

 

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Police in Bangkok have made a quick arrest after two men were caught on CCTV stealing gold from the Yaowarat Krung Thep 2 shop in Big C Rattanathibet in Nonthaburi on Thursday. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207669-video-gold-shop-robbers-soon-in-custody-after-65-million-baht-heist-at-big-c-in-nonthaburi/

 

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Pattaya: 10,000 Thai tourists - but they are all off to Koh Larn!

 

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Sophon Cable TV reported that the port of Bali Hai in South Pattaya was thronging with 10,000 plus Thai tourists yesterday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207671-pattaya-10000-thai-tourists-but-they-are-all-off-to-koh-larn/

 

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Two dead at Laem Chabang port as heavy container load comes loose and crushes man and wife in truck-trailer cab

 

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Chonburi police and rescue services were called after an incident at the B5 area of Laem Chabang port in SriRacha on Thailand's eastern seaboard.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207672-two-dead-at-laem-chabang-port-as-heavy-container-load-comes-loose-and-crushes-man-and-wife-in-truck-trailer-cab/

 

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Patong jet-skis cleared for compliance

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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Marine Department officers check jet-skis at Patong Beach yesterday (Feb 26). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: A check on jet-ski operators at Patong Beach yesterday (Feb 26) found no irregularities, the regional office of the Marine Department, based in Phuket, has announced.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207680-patong-jet-skis-cleared-for-compliance/

 

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Biden scores legislative win as House passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

By Richard Cowan and Andy Sullivan

 

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FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol dome is seen in Washington, U.S., December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207706-biden-scores-legislative-win-as-house-passes-19-trillion-covid-19-relief-plan/

 

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Myanmar police launch most extensive crackdown; one woman dead, media say

 

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Protesters take cover as riot police officers fire teargas canister during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 27, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

 

(Reuters) - Police in Myanmar launched their most sweeping crackdown in three weeks of protests against military rule on Saturday in towns and cities across the country, with media reports of a woman shot dead and dozens of people detained.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207708-myanmar-police-launch-most-extensive-crackdown-one-woman-dead-media-say/

 

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