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    The long road to mercy

    Spectrum, Father Joe Maier, Published on 19/02/2012

    » Seven, she favours that number. She's seven times seven years of age and has been "Mother Gung" to our HIV/Aids kids under seven for seven years now. It's been, she says, "a long journey, and I choose to stay".

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    Long odds in online lottery fight

    Spectrum, Published on 05/08/2012

    » The multi-billion baht illegal underground lottery is spreading online, with punters able to bet 24 hours a day on both lottery numbers and stock market numbers around the world.

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    Miss Dao and her amazing feats

    Spectrum, Father Joe Maier, Published on 23/09/2012

    » She has mostly had to learn everything herself. Mum couldn't be there for her, and Miss Dao also has to take care of Granny, as she'd promised her mother. You know, things like mixing her betel nut chaw and holding her hand crossing the street. She has three older half-brothers and a half-sister, but they aren't close. Her half-sister is married, and Dao only saw her once at the temple for her mother's cremation.

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    Duty or obstacle? _ a look at conscription and national service

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 03/03/2013

    » Last month, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha made a shocking announcement - especially for males under 21 who had never been conscripted - that those who had attended <i>Ror Dor</i> military school might no longer be exempt from national service.

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    Taking a gamble on illegal betting

    Spectrum, Published on 08/09/2013

    » On a TV above the blue neon-lit bar in Myanmar's Tamwe township, the hapless-looking Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger grimaced, sputtering an indiscernible obscenity, his hands resting forlornly on his hips.

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    Defending the losses

    Spectrum, Published on 20/10/2013

    » The government's resident troubleshooter Varathep Rattanakorn - who oversees the much-maligned rice-pledging scheme - says the controversial subsidy is being tightened up, but has refused to reveal key figures.

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    Betting the farm

    Spectrum, Angus Mitchell, Published on 20/10/2013

    » Whether it's an agreement that the loser buys the next round before the billiard balls are broken, a Super Bowl or FA Cup office pool, or practising your poker face during a game of Texas hold'em with the guys, gambling is well integrated into the fabric of societies around the world. While betting a little money during any of these pastimes can add a bit of excitement to a sporting or recreational event, they are all illegal in Thailand. Loser buys the drinks? In Thailand, even the winner can go to jail.

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    GAMBLING IN THE KINGDOM _ Part two

    Spectrum, Angus Mitchell, Published on 27/10/2013

    » Last week we introduced the Gambling Act BE 2478 (1935), which prohibits all forms of betting and games of skill or chance where a wager, either in the form of money or goods, is placed on the outcome. Providing an overview of the only two legal forms of gambling in the Kingdom, the national lottery and domestic horse racing, we explained how each operates and how the public can engage in legalised gambling through these outlets.

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    Aliens have Landed: Part 1

    Spectrum, Angus Mitchell, Published on 22/12/2013

    » Thailand is one of the most desirable countries in the world in which to live, in part because the cost of living is relatively low. Yet unless they are with an employed partner or are drawing upon savings, pensions, lottery winnings or the largesse of indulgent parents, any foreigner who wants to stay in Thailand needs to work to sustain their lifestyle.

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    Former street urchin now taking his fight to the PDRC

    Spectrum, Post Reporters, Published on 09/02/2014

    » Forty years ago, a child was abandoned at a rubbish dump by parents he would never know. The boy grew up on the streets and in orphanages, doing what he could to survive, to make money, and to eat. He fought his way out of this dire existence, sometimes legally and often not, educated himself and is now a political activist - a hardline red-shirt who the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) believes poses the greatest threat to its supporters.

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