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    Two Phuket baby elephants ‘arrested’

    Published on 12/05/2013

    » PHUKET: In an echo of a probe last year into “illegal” elephants in Phuket, officials are investigating the backgrounds of two baby elephants in Phuket that are suspected to have been taken from the wild or smuggled in from a neighbouring country.

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    New attack on nominee loopholes

    Published on 05/09/2013

    » The office of the Ombudsman is seeking new legislation to prevent foreigners illegally owning land via Thai nominees. Under the proposed legislation, foreigners would face long terms of imprisonment or fines up to two million baht for trying to hide their purchase of land. Those found holding Thai papers illegally might be allowed up to a year to transfer the plots to legitimate entities. The current loopholes are said to be mainly setting up registered companies with a 51:49 Thai-foreign ownership or by marrying a Thai. There is a suspicion that many plots of land are illegally owned by Thais in mainland Thailand and on the islands of Phuket and Koh Samui. At the moment land ownership deals are not public information, leading to suspicious transactions by Thais and foreigners alike. Critics say that there is no reason for new laws. What’s needed is strict enforcement of existing legislation including the anti-money laundering rules and the notoriously lax tax laws on property transactions.

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    Suthep, EC reject invite to talks on poll postponement

    News, Published on 14/01/2014

    » The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and the Election Commission (EC) have rejected the premier's overture to discuss a possible postponement of the Feb 2 election.

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    Raided printing house can still produce ballot papers

    News, Mongkol Bangprapa, Published on 20/01/2014

    » The Kurusapa printing house is still able to produce ballot sheets for the Feb 2 general election even after it was stormed by protesters last week, an Election Commission source says.

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    Brazil coach faces tax cheat inquiry

    AFP, Published on 14/05/2014

    » Portuguese authorities are investigating Brazil's national football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for tax fraud, media reports said Wednesday less than a month before the start of the World Cup.

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    Scolari to become World Cup legend or loser

    AFP, Published on 15/05/2014

    » Luiz Felipe Scolari is putting his legendary status on the line as Brazil's coach at the World Cup, and now faces a major distraction after Portuguese authorities charged him on Wednesday with tax fraud.

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    Cell phone question mark at World Cup stadiums

    AFP, Published on 21/05/2014

    » At least two of Brazil's 12 World Cup host stadiums will not be able to provide fans the cell-phone and Internet coverage that organizers had promised, telecoms companies revealed.

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    However you look at it, Brazil are World Cup favourites

    AFP, Published on 29/05/2014

    » Markets are bullish on Brazil, physicists say their victory in the World Cup is a near certainty, bookmakers are now giving only the shortest odds.

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    Neymar tops tweet chart as World Cup social media battle kicks off

    AFP, Published on 13/06/2014

    » Brazil hero Neymar topped the Twitter charts as football fans in more than 150 countries sent out 12.2 million tweets during the opening match of a World Cup set to represent a landmark in the development of social media.

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    'Sick notes' for sale as World Cup fever grips China

    AFP, Published on 19/06/2014

    » A time difference of up to 12 hours between China and Brazil has given Chinese wheeler-dealers a lucrative opportunity selling fake sick notes to football fans staying up all night to watch World Cup games.

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