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#Germany started proceedings against #Italy at the #ICJ for alleged violations of its sovereign immunity.

It’s been a long time in the making. Many of us are probably not surprised. 🫢

It’s time for Germany v. Italy—Reloaded.

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After the ICJ’s 2012 judgment in Germany v. Italy (link below), the Italian Parliament passed Law 5/2013. That law required Italian courts to decline jurisdiction in claims against Germany of the kind which had given rise to the ICJ litigation. 👩🏻‍💼

icj-cij.org/public/files/c…
Little did they know that the #ConstitutionalCourt would declare that law unconstitutional a year later, in the now-famous Sentenza 238/2014. 🙅🏻‍♂️

The Constitutional Court declared that the law was incompatible with the fundamental right…
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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has just issued a pilot notice (NOTAM) informing airlines around the world of the latest measures for air travel to #Thailand. This will be effective from 1st May 2022 onwards: caat.or.th/th/archives/64…

Translation in THREAD ⤵️
1. Passengers who have been fully vaccinated are able to enter #Thailand without having to do any COVID-19 testing. However, passengers are advised to do an ATK test if they have symptoms.
2. Passengers who have not been vaccinated or not fully vaccinated can do a RT-PCR test 72 hours before departure and will be able to enter the country without any additional COVID-19 testing. Otherwise they will be quarantined as ordered by quarantine officials for five days.
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This morning, I took a boat trip from my resort on Koh Phi Phi Don to Maya Bay. Koh Phi Phi Lay has only recently reopened to tourists after been closed for just over three years. This is a short THREAD of that experience.
[2] Boats are no longer allowed to enter Maya Bay and moor on the beach. They can go to the entrance to the bay for taking pictures. Boats have to then go around to the back where there is a jetty. We were there at 9:30am and I counted 40 boats. Mainly long-tailed boats.
[3] As Koh Phi Phi Ley is part of the national park, you have to pay an entrance fee. 400 Baht for foreigners and 40 Baht for Thais. When you arrive at Maya Bay on the other side, there is a viewing platform to look down on the beach and a snack shop. #Thailand
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On the sidelines of #OIC48CFM, FM @SMQureshiPTI held 1️⃣6️⃣ bilateral interactions with visiting dignitaries.

Follow this thread for details ⬇️

📍#OICInPakistan
FM @SMQureshiPTI met FM Sameh Hassan Shoukry of Arab Republic of #Egypt ahead of #OIC48CFM.

➖ They exchanged views & perspectives on a wide range of bilateral, regional & int’l issues.

🗓 20 March 2021

🔗: mofa.gov.pk/foreign-minist…

📍#OICInPakistan
📍@PakinEgypt

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FM @SMQureshiPTI met the SG @OIC_OCI HE Hissein Brahim Taha ahead of #OIC48CFM.

➖They reviews agenda & exchanged views on expected outcomes.

➖They also discussed issues confronting the Ummah.

🗓 21 March 2022

📍#OICInPakistan
📍@PakinEgypt

🔗: mofa.gov.pk/foreign-minist…
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🇹🇭 Twitter has launched @HiCommunities for people to tweet on fixed topics. It is similar to Facebook groups.

🧵 This is a THREAD👇of 𝗧𝘄𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 either based in #Thailand or with a Thai theme.

Let me know in the replies if you can recommend others. Image
[01] 🇹🇭 Thailand Pass Community: “Everything you need to know about applying for a Thailand Pass and the various schemes, Test & Go, Sandbox and Quarantine. We are happy to help you for free.” #Thailand twitter.com/i/communities/…
[02] 🇹🇭 Thailand Foodies: “Help share pictures of your favourite food and restaurants in Thailand. Not just Thai food. Any food that you can buy and eat here.” #Thailand twitter.com/i/communities/…
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The @CDCgov is listening! Today, @EthnicMediaSvc hosts a roundtable with Bhutanese, Burmese, and Uyghur refugees and how these communities have managed the pandemic. #refugees #COVID19 #healthequity #publichealth #RIM
Speakers include: Faustina Palmatier, Karen Society of Buffalo; Aung M. Naing, President and Co-founder, Network of Myanmar American Associations @netmaa Sudarshan Pyakurel, Executive Director, Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio
Also: Parshuram Chamlagai: Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh; Omer Kanat, Founder and President, Uyghur Human Rights Project @Omerkanat1 @uyghurproject
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In this month’s cover of @CTCWP I look at the who/what/where/when/why/how of Iranian external assassination, surveillance, & abduction plots, based on a personal dataset. ctc.usma.edu/february-2022/

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2. This study is based on a dataset that includes 98 cases of assassination, abduction, attack, & surveillance plots by the #Iran regime from Dec 1979–Dec 2021 Image
3. WHO is targeted by #Iran? Of the 98 cases, 42 target dissidents, 31 target Jews/Israelis, 24 target diplomats, 24 target Western interests, & 7 target Gulf interests (note: some cases target multiple) Image
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Here is the #Covid19 round up for Wednesday. All the facts which matter in one handy thread.

Starting with the recently published #UK figures which show a surprisingly large fall in cases, bucking the recent trend of smaller reductions...
Wednesday is usually the day with the highest newly reported #Covid19 cases in the #UK, but numbers are down today, indeed by 27%.

However, I believe it's probably a blip and we may see higher numbers tomorrow and/or Friday.

But Covid deaths continue to fall. From 199 to 164
Looking at new #Covid19 cases by country within the #UK, good to see Scotland falling again.

#England 29,703 (-30.5%)
#NIreland 2,294 (-20.6%)
#Scotland 6,756 (-9.3%)
#Wales 903(-19.7%)
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Today I’m on a boat trip organized by the @MFAThai for Thai media to explore historical neighborhoods along the river in #Bangkok where foreigners used to live. The trip is called "ย่านฝรั่งในบางกอก" (Foreign Quarter in Bangkok). This is a live THREAD of the day trip #Thailand
Wat Rachathiwat in Dusit district was originally established pre-Ayutthaya. It was given its present name by King Mongkut who once resided here. Of interest is the Khmer style ordination hall with murals in a fresco style by an Italian artist.

📍MAP: goo.gl/maps/QVaM7WAjp…
In 1674, King Narai granted land in Bangkok to the Portuguese community to build the Church of Immaculate Conception. Later, Vietnamese Christians settled here. The present church building dates back to 1847.

📍MAP: goo.gl/maps/YwiRTFsnJ… #Bangkok
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1/4) Pls Help! Two Japanese Cats Missing in Phuket: Japanese owner of two Japanese cats imported from Japan to Phuket is appealing for help for anyone on the island who might have seen the two felines now missing. #Thailand
#Phuket #ทาสแมว
(2/4) The two cats, Komo Chan, five-year old male and female Tama Chan, 6, went missing two months ago soon after they landed at the owner's tropical home in Phuket as a Thai staff had forgotten to shut the house's gate & the two Japanese cats decided to go out for an adventure.
(3/4) On Monday, the owner, Kim Chan, decided to put up large banners at various spots in Phuket with a reward of 30,000 baht each. She spoke to a reporter in tears on Monday saying she and her family are very attached to the two cats as they raised them from a very young age.
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(1/4) Another Night of Insomnia: Ploywarin Chiwarak, younger sister and the only sibling of detained monarchy-reform movement co-leader Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak, posted a message on her Facebook at 4am Monday saying she couldn'tsleep. #WhatsHappeningInThailand #Thailand
(2/4) This is another night that I couldn't sleep because I think of you," wrote Ploywarin, adding that earlier Parit told her when they met at the court where he face multiple lese majeste charges & said they both went back to their home in Lampang province in his dream.
(3/4) "But I don't know why I wasn't happy," Parit told Ploywarin. "How could you be happy when you're in jail," Ploywarin told Parit in the dream. Ploywarin said Parit then told her that he woke up and realised he was really in prison. #Thailand #WhatsHappeningInThailand #KE
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(1/3)Family of Waraluck Supwatjariyakul urges anyone who has an information about the driver of a red Ducati big bike to contact police after Waraluck was killed on a crosswalk on Phya Thai Road in front of Bhumirajanagarindra Kidney Institute Hospital, Bangkok, at 3.10pm Friday.
(2/3) Other vehicles stopped for the pedestrians at the crosswalk but not the big bike.
Waraluck, a young ophthalmologist, lost her pulse on the spot and died soon after. Another casualty was a police officer who was injured. #WhatsHappeningInThailand #Thailand #KE
(3/3) According to Don't Drive Drunk Foundation, 47 people were killed on the road in Thailand in the 24 hours period on Thursday and 2,676 injured - the day before Waraluck was killed.
Phya Thai Police can be reached at 02-354-6958. #Thailand #KE
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Q: What is the difference between Test & Go and Sandbox?
A: With Test & Go, you’re free to go anywhere you like in #Thailand once you have passed your 1st test. But you have to stay in a SHA++ hotel with a partner hospital on Day 5 while you wait for results of the 2nd test.
Q: What is the point of the Sandbox when Test & Go will now be open to people from all countries?
A: You must understand that the global pandemic is ongoing and things can change. If there is a major outbreak they could suspend Test & Go again and Sandbox will be the backup plan.
Q: I have already applied for a Thailand Pass for the Sandbox. Can I switch to Test & Go?
A: Yes, but you have to apply for a new Thailand Pass when registration re-opens on 1st February. Although some people got the QR Code straight away, it can take up to 7 days.
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A new study from #Thailand

#COVID19 breakthrough infection after #CoronaVac inactivated vaccine induced robust antibody responses & cross-neutralization of #SARS2 variants, but less immunity against #Omicron

1/
Binding antibody levels in sera from patients with breakthrough infection (BI) were significantly higher than those in individuals who had received AstraZeneca Vaccine as a third vaccination. 2:
However, neutralizing activities against wild-type and variants including Alpha, Beta, & Delta were comparable in patients with BI & individuals who received a 3rd vaccination with AZ vax, which activities are exceeding 90%. 3/
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As #Myanmar 🇲🇲 enters 2022 the #PDF and allied resistance groups are taking the initiative across the country, launching multiple hit-and-run attacks on the military.

Fighting is especially heavy in the #Demoso Township in #Kayah state irrawaddy.com/news/burma/mya…
#Myanmar 🇲🇲: one example was an attack by the Eagles Army (#PDF group in Tigayaing Township) on two military patrol boats going down the Ayeryawady river.

Around 20 soldiers were reportedly killed by mine attacks on the boats. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Myanmar 🇲🇲: another attack was launched by the Aung San Force (#PDF group in #Magway) who dropped explosives from a drone down on a military convoy of 150 soldiers below. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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Total Cost of living in Bangkok,Thailand

2018 - 2021
(4 years)

- thread - 👇🏽
1/ Total Overall Costs (2018-2021)

• 2 171 710 baht
(2.17million)

• R1 044 088
(1million)

US Dollar
• $65 411

#thailand Image
2/ Averages

Average yearly amount needed to live in Bangkok

• 542 927 baht
• R261 022
• $16 352

Average monthly amount needed to live in Bangkok

• 45 244 baht
• R21 751
• $1 362

(Based on personal costs)
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Monday's #Covid19 thread starts here. Still holidays around the world for many, including #UK. But here all eyes on Boris Johnson - will he, or won't he make more restrictions or even lockdown? We should know today.

I've got more hospital data in the thread, updated real time..
So let me start with #UK. I've managed to get new health data, which will be critical to the decision on new restrictions in #England

As of y'day there were 7,536 #Covid19 patients in English hospitals; up 17.1% in a week.

But 2,425 of those are in London and that's up 45.5%
Strangely, South-East & South-West areas of #England have fewer #Covid19 patients in hospital.

Occupied hospital beds by region (weekly change):

#London 2,425 +46%
#Midlands 1,345 +17%
#East 681 +16%
#NorthWest 945 +8%
#Yorkshire/NE 847 +3%
#SouthEast 803 -2%
#SouthWest 490 -5%
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🚂 Calling all train fans! There is an event at Hua Lamphong station from now until 16th January 2022 where you can get up close with steam locomotives and also visit places in the 105 year old station that are not normally open to the public. [THREAD] #รถไฟไทย #thaitrain [1/7]
As well as taking pictures of the steam locomotives, there are also various carriages on display from the wooden benches in 3rd Class to the sofas in the 1st Class carriage. There is also a board room with a very long table #รถไฟไทย #thaitrain #Bangkok
At the front of Hua Lamphong station, you will find the railway museum which is open every day during the train exhibition. Entry is free. There is a lot of train memorabilia that will fascinate all train fans #รถไฟไทย #thaitrain #Bangkok4Free
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(THREAD) There's lots of confusion about the new travel rules to #Thailand b/c of #Omicron. There's bigger confusion for those scheduled to arrive here and what they're facing, leading a lot of frantic queries (RIP my inbox).

Here's a breakdown of the contradictory statements.
1) First, about #Omicron: The #COVID19 variant is wreaking havoc across the world, leading many countries to re-introduce restrictions. #Thailand has at least 63 confirmed #Omicron cases with dozens of more suspected cases being analyzed, as a domestic transmission is feared.
2) Since Nov 1, in a bid to revive tourism, #Thailand introduced a nearly quarantine-free scheme for fully vaccinated arrivals from selected countries (called "Test & Go". They'd only need to stay for 1 night and can leave when their PCR test is negative.
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What we know about the new travel restrictions (5.45pm):

1) #Thailand to suspend new applications for (nearly) quarantine-free entry for fully vaccinated travelers form 63 countries and territories due to #Omicron variant from Dec 22 onwards to (at least) Jan 4, ’22.
2) All approved #ThailandPass holders can still enter Thailand as scheduled, but will have to undergo a 2nd PCR test at a “govt-assigned facility” on the 7th day at no extra cost. All those that are still waiting for their confirmation are advised to wait until it.
3) All new arrivals (meaning those applying for a #ThailandPass after Dec 22) to #Thailand can only enter via a hotel quarantine or via the #PhuketSandbox scheme. Duration differs depending on departure location and vaccination status.
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⛴ Good morning from Bangkok. Today I’m on a special one-day excursion on the Chao Phraya River aboard the RIVA Express. I love doing boats trips and so couldn’t resist. Cost is 699 Baht and there will be seven stops. This is a live THREAD of the trip. #Bangkok ImageImageImageImage
The RIVA Express has a lower deck which is air-conditioned and an upper deck which is open to make it easier to enjoy the views and take pictures. There are also male/female toilets #Bangkok #Thailand ImageImageImageImage
[⛴ STOP 01] Our first stop was the Guan Yu Shrine, which is the soul of Thai-Chinese people. Inside there are three statues with the oldest dating back to 1736 when the shrine was established. King Taksin is believed to have come here.

📍MAP: goo.gl/maps/tTcqgQzuh… #Bangkok ImageImageImageImage
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Good morning from Bangkok Railway Station. Today I’m taking the excursion train to Nam Tok in Kanchanaburi. There will be a couple of stops along the way before we get to the waterfall. This is a THREAD of the trip #รถไฟไทย #thaitrain #Thailand ImageImageImage
When you get on the Nam Tok excursion train, it’s important that you get in the right carriage. This is because the train also has carriages for the excursion to Hua Hin. At the junction, the train will split. We will go west and the other half will go south #รถไฟไทย #thaitrain ImageImageImage
Tickets for the day-long excursion train to Nam Tok are only 120 Baht for 3rd Class carriages with fan. If you want air-conditioning, it is 240 Baht for 2nd Class. The train runs only at the weekend and public holidays. There’s a couple of stops along the way. #รถไฟไทย #thaitrain ImageImageImage
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This morning I’m exploring Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem on foot. This outer moat for the Grand Palace was dug in the 1850’s during the reign of King Rama IV. The canal is 20m wide, 3m deep and 5.5km long. All of the land on the right hand bank of this photo belongs to the railway. Image
As you can see from these photos, the BMA are improving the landscape on each side of Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem for 1,250 meters where it runs alongside Bangkok Railway Station. They will widened the path to include a jogging track and also plant 151 more trees. #Bangkok ImageImageImageImage
These are artist impressions of what this section of Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem canal will look like. The BMA anticipates that this new green area will be finished by March 2022 #Bangkok #Thailand ImageImageImageImage
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In a world grappling with pandemic-related construction delays and cost overruns, #Laos will launch its $6b #China-backed high speed #railway on schedule in coming week. Can it maximise returns on the debt it took on? Deep dive -->> straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/l… Pic: Vientiane Times
A senior #Laos finance ministry official tells me Laos-China #railway will be "a very effective investment". But Laos leaders are keenly aware that "economy is going to collapse" if it does not get finances in order, says economist straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/l… Pic: Vientiane Times
Over in #Thailand's Nong Khai, near the terminus of the #Laos-China #railway, locals are getting ready for potential influx of tourists and goods from China. Railway officials tested freight capacity of existing Thai-Laos rail link during my trip there

straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/l…
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