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Friday, November 25, 2005
News: Regional
Police Arrest One Legged Disease Spreader.

Police have re-arrested a German national who is suspected of spreading the HIV virus by having sex with young girls in the Chaiyaphum district.
Officials are preparing to deport the man back to his native country. This will have been the second time the man has been deported.
He has confessed that he knows that he has AIDS, but wants to give it to as many people as possible. Thailand currently lacks a law to effectively deal with the situation.
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News: Regional
Fatal Flood.

Four people are confirmed dead today as a result of severe flooding in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. The governor has declared the province a disaster zone.
5 meter waves are impacting the shores of Koh Samui as a result of heavy rain and wind there.
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News: International
Vietnam Charges ex-Pop Star.

Vietnam officials have released a report indicating their intentions to charge former pop-star Gary Glitter with engaging in lewd sex acts with a minor.
The maximum penalty he could face is a 12 year incarceration.
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News: International
China Confirms another Bird Flu Outbreak.

Top Chinese government agricultural officials have confirmed another case of an outbreak in the northwestern Xinjian region. The outbreak constitutes the seventh outbreak within a 10 day period.
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Weather: Bangkok
Heavy Rains for Cumphon.

Heavy rains are expected today for the Chumphon province. The increase of rain is being caused by a low pressure front moving in from the west. The heavy rains and high winds will impact areas south of Chumphon.
It will be cool and fair in Bangkok, with weather warming-up over the weekend. Weather in the North will follow a similar trend.
Today it will be around 21c.
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Thursday, November 24, 2005
News: International
China: 32 days – 21 outbreaks of Bird Flu.

China confirmed the 21st case of Bird Flu outbreak today. Slightly more than 30 days have elapsed since China first reported a case of Bird Flu back in mid-October 2005. The region is experiencing one of the highest levels of outbreaks to date.

China reports two deaths related to the virus to date.
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News: Regional
Oil Spill Continues to Spread.

Sunday’s oil spill off the coast of Chon Buri threatens to continue to spread farther and wider than anticipated. High winds and weather patterns are contributing factors for the rapid spread of the spill.

Official statements are discounting the seriousness of the spill. It is clear that the spill could impact coral and tourist beaches near the Khang Khao islands.
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News: Regional
Grenade Fatality.

An 11 year-old boy was fatally injured today when he found a grenade on the side of a road near his school in the Chang Mai province.

The boy killed himself and three other classmates when he pulled the detonation pin of the grenade.

Officials are trying to determine ownership and responsibility of the grenade.
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Weather: Bangkok
Heavy Rains Continue in South.

The weather in the South of Thailand continues to be unfavorable with heavy rainfall and high winds. The storm pattern is currently moving westward and weather should ease in the South within the next few days.

Bangkok is expected to be cool with temperatures in the low 20’s.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005
News: Regional
Government Official’s Body Found.

The decapitated body of a local government official was found Wednesday in Southern Thailand. He is suspected to have been murdered by Islamic militants operating in the area according to a police report.
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News: Bangkok
Thaksin Speaks Out.

Prime Minister Thaksin indicated to the Thai-Rak-Thai party that he will remain in office until the end of his term in 2009.

He further advised the cabinet to avoid political arguments and problems with oppositional political parties.
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News: Health
China Suffers from more Bird Flu Cases.

In an almost unrelenting fashion, China issued statements reporting that three more outbreaks of the avian influenza has been discovered in randomly selected birds.

The government has just approved clinical trials of a human vaccine against for treatment of the virus.
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News: International
Singapore Arrests 116 Illegal Immigrants.

A 116 people were arrested in Singapore on Wednesday, in what is being called Singapore’s largest single day round-up of illegal immigrants.

Singapore immigration officials conducted the raid in the early morning hours and was lead by Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. Two Thai nationals were part of the arrested group.

The Thai embassy in Singapore has not released a statement regarding the raid.
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Weather: Bangkok
Mild Weather Continues.

Bangkok will have mild weather today, with the evening hours around 20c.

The Southern areas of Surat Thani extending to Malaysia remain under a heavy storm watch advisory.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
News: International
Bird Flu Resurfaces in Vietnam.

Another case of bird flu surfaced today in Vietnam. A 54 year old man died as a suspected result of the Avian Flu virus. The man was a resident in Ho Chi Minh City and was admitted to the HCMC hospital. Soon after his arrival he developed severe symptoms and died.

Hanoi has been temporarily declared free of the virus.
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News: Bangkok
Egat Problems Continue.

A large consortium made of consumer organizations demanded that the Thai government drop plans to have Egat publicly listed.

Finance Minister, Thanong Bidaya continues to insist that privatization is the way that Egat should proceed. Many fear that privatization will bring a host of new problems for the organization.
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News: International
Taiwan Corruption Charges.

Many top officials including an ex-presidential advisor have been charged with corruption stemming from importing labor from Thailand. Thai works have been increasingly imported into Taiwan to complete mostly hard labor tasks. However, there has been a recent shift in demands for Thai house workers.
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Weather: Bangkok
Bangkok Weather Stays Cool.

Weather will remain cooler than normal for the next several days for the Bangkok region. There will be heavy rains for the South, particularly for Surat Thani extending to Narathiwat.

The Gulf of Thailand will have heavy seas for the next couple of days.
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Monday, November 21, 2005
News: International
Taiwan Discovers Local Alternatives.

Taiwan made an important discovery into the creation of alternatives to Tamiflu. Tamiflu has recently received sharp criticism for its side-effects.

Tawainese scientists have discovered three local alternatives for some of the key ingredients for producing a bird-flu anti-virus. It is made from Shimikish acid, which is an extract from Ba Jiao in China. This give rise to hopes that alternative forms of treatment and prevention will continue to surface.
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News: Bangkok
MRTA Experiences Problems.

Daily communters were delayed this morning by a technical problem which halted all MRTA services during the morning hours. The MRTA underground railway systems transports tens-of-thousands of morning commuters each weekday.

The problems were fixed and services have fully resumed.
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Weather: Bangkok
Bangkok: Mild and sunny.

Today in the greater Bangkok metro area will be sunny with a very small chance of afternoon showers. The south of Thailand is currently under a heavy storm weather warning. This warning covers all provinces South of Chumphon.

The upper part of Thailand will remain cool and dry - 7 degrees in the Northern mountains.
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Friday, November 18, 2005
News: Bangkok
Teachers Win First Round of Talks.

The Thai Teacher’s Union has announced that they have resolved many of the problems that have been plaguing the nation’s teaching system. As a result, they have called off the planned November 29th rally.

One of the key concessions the teachers were able to secure was that any lateral transfers of teachers made within the system will be voluntary as opposed to compulsory.
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News: Bangkok
PM Thaksin Sues Again.

Democratic Opposition leader, Abhisit Jejjajiva and his Democratic Party vist Sondhi Limthongkul at the Manager’s office. The visit was spurred by another law-suit filed against him on behalf of Prime Minister Thaksin.
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Weather: Bangkok
Bangkok Weather Mild.

Today's weather over Bangkok will be mild and partly cloudy. There is a 10% chance of rain in the afternoon. The evening, expect dry and cooler temperatures.

The northeast has a chance of rain in the evening as well. The rain continues to pour in the south, and will continue throughout the day.

The north will be cooler and mild in the evening.
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Selling Alcohol after 12:00am illegal.

Effective yesterday, all venues across the nation can no longer sell any form of alcohol after 12am according to the Excise Department.

There are currently two daily periods when alcohol may be sold: 11am - 2pm and 5pm - 12am. Selling alcohol at mini marts and gas stations, as well as several other venues will be banned commencing next year.

It is unclear if the new regulation is extended to bars, night clubs, and other places of entertainment.
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