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Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election

By Mark Hosenball and Joseph Menn

REUTERS

 

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A man looks at campaign posters of the 11th candidates who run in the 2017 French presidential election in Enghien-les-Bains, near Paris, France April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

 

(Reuters) - French voters are being deluged with false stories on social media ahead of the country's presidential election, though the onslaught of "junk news" is not as severe as that during last year's U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979497-experts-say-automated-accounts-sharing-fake-news-ahead-of-french-election/

 

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Google is about to do the unthinkable and add its own ad blocker to Chrome

BY JONATHAN FAIRFIELD

 

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Google is planning to add its own ad blocker to its popular Chrome web browser, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

 

Full story: http://tech.thaivisa.com/google-is-about-to-do-the-unthinkable-and-add-its-own-ad-blocker-to-chrome/21127/

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Is Bangkok really banning street food?

CNN staff

 

Fears that Bangkok plans to ban all street food sparked global outrage this week.

 

(CNN)When news broke this week that Bangkok was reportedly planning to clear the streets of its beloved street food vendors, outrage broke out among fans of the city's famously cheap eats as the story racked up global headlines.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979494-bangkok-bans-its-street-food-leaving-foodies-fed-up-vendors-in-a-pickle/?do=findComment&comment=11816888

 

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Video: What a waste of money! Thai boxer banned from Japan for incompetence!

 

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BANGKOK: -- A Thai boxer has been banned by the Japan Boxing Commission after a performance that looked more like swimming than fighting.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979504-video-what-a-waste-of-money-thai-boxer-banned-from-japan-for-incompetence/

 

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Phuket boy, 15, and mum survive motorbike slam into back of 10-wheeler

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Rescue workers arrived to find Andaman, 15, and his mum Ms Prapa, 42 – and their motorbike – all jammed under the truck. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: -- A 15-year-old youth and his mother escaped serious injury earlier today (April 20) after the youth fell asleep while driving the motorbike, which slammed into the back of a 10-wheeled truck parked by the side of the road.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979510-phuket-boy-15-and-mum-survive-motorbike-slam-into-back-of-10-wheeler/

 

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Phuket Governor urges officials to lead by example

The Phuket News

 

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Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong. Photo: PR Dept

 

PHUKET: -- Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong today urged all government officials to work earnestly and avoid trouble, thus setting a good example to the general public.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979512-phuket-governor-urges-officials-to-lead-by-example/

 

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Top Suphanburi figure expected to be arrested in "sex with 14 year old case"

 

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SUPHANBURI: -- A top figure in the province of Suphanburi is expected to be under arrest soon in the case of a 14 year old girl supplied for sex.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979515-top-suphanburi-figure-expected-to-be-arrested-in-sex-with-14-year-old-case/

 

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Songkran groping video: Not confirmed as Pattaya, says station chief

 

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PATTAYA: -- The chief of police in Pattaya said that no action would be taken until the female victim shown in a lecherous video makes a complaint.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979517-songkran-groping-video-not-confirmed-as-pattaya-says-station-chief/

 

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NLA pushes through Royal Administration Act in confidential meeting
By Kasamakorn Chanwanpen
The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed in a confidential meeting on Thursday three consecutive readings of an act on the regulation of the royal administration proposed by the Cabinet.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979518-nla-pushes-through-royal-administration-act-in-confidential-meeting/

 

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Le Pen loses ground to Macron in French election race - poll

 

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Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, attends a campaign political rally in Paris, France, April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/Files

 

PARIS (Reuters) - French centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to come out on top in the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday as far right leader Marine Le Pen fell further behind him in an Elabe poll published on Friday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979519-le-pen-loses-ground-to-macron-in-french-election-race-poll/

 

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Thai Embassy issues travel advisory after attack in Paris
By The Nation

 

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French Police officers after a shooting near the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, 20 April 2017. EPA

 

PARIS: -- The Royal Thai Embassy in Paris has issued a travel advisory for Thais living and wanting to travel to Paris and nearby places in France after an attack at Paris’ famed Champs Elysees on Thursday night.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979521-thai-embassy-issues-travel-advisory-after-attack-in-paris/

 

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Colas, cigarettes: North Korea airline diversifies as threats mount of sanctions

By Sue-Lin Wong and James Pearson

REUTERS

 

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Air Koryo planes are parked at the airport in Pyongyang, North Korea April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

 

PYONGYANG/SEOUL (Reuters) - Even after disembarking from North Korea's Air Koryo plane at Pyongyang airport, it's difficult to miss the airline's brand. The Air Koryo conglomerate makes cigarettes and fizzy drinks, besides owning a taxi fleet and petrol stations - and all have the same flying crane logo as the carrier.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979522-colas-cigarettes-north-korea-airline-diversifies-as-threats-mount-of-sanctions/

 

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There's a python in the 'hood - well under the hood actually!

 

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AYUTTHAYA: -- An Ayutthaya man got a nasty shock yesterday when he opened the hood of his pick-up to find a three meter long python taking a nap in the engine compartment.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979529-theres-a-python-in-the-hood-well-under-the-hood-actually/

 

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Arisman jailed for one year for defaming Abhisit
By The Nation

 

BANGKOK: -- The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the Appeals Court’s conviction ruling against red-shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong and sentenced him to one year in jail for defaming former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

 

Full story:  https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979531-arisman-jailed-for-one-year-for-defaming-abhisit/

 

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Court to rule on gruesome murder case against Spanish man
By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Ratchadapisek Criminal Court in Bangkok will give a verdict on the murder case in which Spanish national Artur Segarra Princep was accused in the gruesome murder of fellow countryman David Bernat last January.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979538-court-to-rule-on-gruesome-murder-case-against-spanish-man/

 

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South Korea on heightened alert as isolated North readies for army celebration

By Ju-min Park and Ben Blanchard

REUTERS

 

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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un observes a target-striking contest by the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo, released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), April 13, 2017. REUTERS/KCNA/Files

 

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979539-south-korea-on-heightened-alert-as-isolated-north-readies-for-army-celebration/

 

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Commerce to make Thailand “Paradise of Street Food” 

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Ministry of Commerce plans to make Thailand as a "Paradise of Street Food" after the country was named for having the best street food in the world for the second consecutive year this year.

 

Full story:  https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979540-commerce-to-make-thailand-“paradise-of-street-food”/

 

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UPDATE:

 

Spaniard accused in murder sends out grim signal
By The Nation

 

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Artur Segarra Princep, accused in the torture and murder of a compatriot in Bangkok early last year, arrives at court on Friday for the verdict.

 

BANGKOK: -- The Spaniard accused in the gruesome murder of a compatriot arrived at a Bangkok court for the verdict on Friday smiling and showing reporters a Bible citation written in ink on his left palm.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979538-court-to-rule-on-gruesome-murder-case-against-spanish-man/

 

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Over 6.3 million people have paid respects to Royal Urn of late King
By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Bureau of Royal Household on Friday reported that 6,303,587 people had paid their respects before the Royal Urn of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace’s Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall in the past 169 days.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979546-over-63-million-people-have-paid-respects-to-royal-urn-of-late-king/

 

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Security tight for Krue Se Mosque raid anniversary 
By The Nation

 

PATTANI: -- Internal Security Operations Command has alerted police, troops and the Interior Ministry to step up security ahead of next week’s anniversary of the bloody 2004 raid on the Krue Se Mosque in Pattani.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979548-security-tight-for-krue-se-mosque-raid-anniversary /

 

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Man arrested for impersonating a police officer in Phuket

Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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Police arrest 32-year-old Rutsani Bahea at the Bestro Hotel. Photo: Patong Police

 

PHUKET: -- A 32-year-old Thai man from Pattani province was arrested at a hotel in Patong yesterday (Apr 20) on an arrest warrant issued issued by Phuket Provincial Court for impersonating a police officer.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/979549-man-arrested-for-impersonating-a-police-officer-in-phuket/

 

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