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Yingluck's trip: Hugs in Paris, speculation in Thailand

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Grainy photos show former Thai prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra in a warm embrace at a Paris airport after her arrival from Thailand. 

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Here is the latest photo from Paris. That is Mr Thaksin's daughter, Paetongtarn, on the left. From Facebook page: ยิ่งลักษณ์ รายวัน โดย ดร.ดำเนิน

Friday morning update

There is much interest on what kind of ticket Ms Yingluck was travelling on. Here is what the Bangkok Post had to say in this morning's newspaper edition:

Checks with airline staff found Ms Yingluck had not purchased any return ticket. She was travelling on a one-way ticket to Europe.

A source said it was possible Ms Yingluck and her followers may purchase return tickets later or they might have already bought one-way and return tickets from different airlines.

Thaksin Shinawatra hugs his young sister Yingluck at Paris airport on Thursday. https://twitter.com/Pen_Passavee

Hugs in Paris, speculation in Thailand

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was reunited with her brother Thaksin on her arrival in Paris after flying out of Thailand early on Thursday.

Mr Thaksin’s son Panthongtae Shinawatra on Thursday afternoon posted an image on Instagram showing his father tightly hugging a woman.

He said that someone sent him the photo while he was having his hair cut.

His photo did not show the woman's face, but a second photo posted to twitter, clearly showed it was indeed Mr Thaksin's younger sister.

And now we have this 11-second video:

Ms Yingluck and her son left Bangkok for Paris on flight TG930, which departed at 12.05 am Thursday.  

Speaking to reporters at the airport late on Wednesday before departing, Ms Yingluck asked for privacy.

"Let me take a leisure trip with my son. Please let's talk when I return in August," she said. Ms Yingluck is scheduled to return to Thailand on Aug 10. She said earlier she planned to visit France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and the USA.

The former prime minister arrives at Suvarnabhumi airport last night with her son, prior to their departure for Paris TAWATCHAI KHEMGUMNERD

The trip has provoked intense interest here in Thailand and there has been much speculation that she would not be returning to fight her court cases.

This speculation appeared to be strengthened today when several news agencies reported she and her son were travelling on one-way tickets. This has not been confirmed, however.

There was also interest in the number of bags she was taking with her, with estimates as high as 15.

Story includes information from our online reporters.

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Vocabulary:

depart: to leave - ออกจาก

departure: leaving - การออกจาก

estimate: an amount that you guess or calculate using the information available - ประมาณการ

image: a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ

intense: very strong - แรง, เข้มข้น

leisure: relating to activities that you do to relax or enjoy yourself - เกี่ยวกับเวลาว่าง

privacy: the freedom to do things without other people watching you or knowing what you are doing - ความเป็นส่วนตัว

provoke: to cause a reaction - ก่อให้เกิด

reporter: someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว

reunite: to bring together again - รวมตัวกันใหม่, รวมกันใหม่

scheduled: planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา

source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว

speculation: ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information - การคาดการณ์

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