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Myanmar Journal: “It is getting difficult, oppress them instead”

June 17 – Local media in Mandalay reported that the Voice of Myanmar’s chief editor Nay Myo Lin and...

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Business International News World

Global shipping industry faces labor shortage amid India COVID-19 surge

The global shipping industry is facing a severe labor shortage amid travel restrictions sparked by the COVID-19 surge in...

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Highlights of the week Opinion Politics

COVID-19 to determine election timing, and perhaps winners

Humans make rules, dissolve parliaments, woo voters, mark ballots, and set up administrations, but the new normal of politics...

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International News World

Kim told North Korea to prepare for ‘dialogue and confrontation’ with US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said his country needs to prepare for “both dialogue and confrontation” with...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update International News World

Australia further restricts AstraZeneca vaccine over clotting concerns

Australia recommended that AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jab should not be given to people under 60 on Thursday, a fresh blow...

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Highlight News Politics

Bell rings for round 2 of Constitution fight, with Thailand’s supreme law at stake

The draft bill for a national referendum on charter change is back in the spotlight, with Parliament due next week to...

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Highlight News Opinion Politics

After controversial rulings, Thai opposition pushes to criminalise judicial distortion of law

The opposition Move Forward Party is pushing for an amendment to the Criminal Code that would punish judicial personnel...

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Politics Profiles

The giant-killer of Thai politics, Ruangkrai Leekitwattana takes aim at new target    

Politics is a game where there are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends, only permanent interests. The old...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine shows 90.4% efficacy in late stage trial

Novavax Inc on Monday (June 14) reported late-stage data from its U.S.-based clinical trial showing its vaccine is more...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General News

Thailand’s mass vaccination drive stutters off the start line with more hurdles ahead

Thais are experiencing déjà vu amid fear of vaccine shortages, confusion about free vaccination, and authorities’ empty assurances. Events...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle General

Dubai’s yachts offer socially-distanced luxury

Dubai earned a reputation for delivering luxury for those with cash to splash years ago, but amid the Covid-19...

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News Opinion Politics

Signals point to an early election in Thailand

When Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered his Cabinet last week to speed up implementation of public projects as the...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Food, Travel and Lifestyle General

Tasty treats and travel benefits: the perks of getting a COVID jab in Thailand

Thailand is offering a rich menu of incentives for people to get jabs during the just-launched mass vaccination drive,...

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Politics Profiles

Oh brother! PM’s family hit with graft accusation 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s younger brother, General Preecha, has become the first member of the premier’s immediate family to...

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News Sport World

Euro 2020 opening marks return of mega-scale sports events

Postponed by a year, the biggest sporting event since the coronavirus brought the world to a halt kicks off...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General News

A guide to Thailand’s 3 vaccination paths    

Adults in Thailand, including foreign expats, now have three paths to COVID-19 vaccination, getting a free shot through government...

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Asean News

Myanmar military aircraft crashes, monk worshipped by Senior General dies

A military aircraft, carrying the chief monk of Zaygon Monastery and donors, has crashed due to bad weather as...

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General Highlights of the week

Why social media should leave Loong Phol alone

The Japanese say everyone has three faces. The first is put on for the world, the one you wear...

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Business Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight Opinion

Cautious optimism infects Thailand as mass vaccination heralds reopening 

The launch of Thailand’s mass vaccination program on June 7 has sparked hope that the country can reopen for...

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Tips and tricks to make life a little easier – and tastier – before and after vaccination

As more of us become eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, we are increasingly concerned about preparing, including what to...

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Asean News Sport

Vietnam to postpone SEA Games until next year

Vietnam plans to postpone this year’s Southeast Asian Games, state media said Wednesday, as the country grapples with a...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Highlight

Confusion reigns as Thailand’s 3 million expats wait for their shots

Many government figures have announced that all 3 million of Thailand’s foreign residents can join the mass COVID-19 vaccine...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update International News World

WHO official says can’t force China to give more information on COVID-19 origins

A top World Health Organization official said that the WHO cannot compel China to divulge more data on COVID-19’s...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update International News World

COVID-19 may have leaked from Wuhan lab: US report

The hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation, according...

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Around Thailand Environment Food, Travel and Lifestyle General News

Thai researchers breed and release endangered bamboo sharks to the ocean

In the Gulf of Thailand, fisheries researchers use a guideline to scuba dive to the ocean floor where they...

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News Sport World

Half of Japanese think Olympics will go ahead whether they want or not: poll

Half of the Japanese public think the Olympics will take place this summer whether they want it to or...

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Asean News

Trial of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to begin next week

The trial of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will begin next week, her lawyer told AFP Monday,...

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Business International News World

China reports its exports up 28% and imports hit decade-high

China’s exports rose 27.9 percent in May while imports grew at the fastest pace in more than a decade...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General News

Pre-registered vaccine recipients’ appointments cancelled before inoculations began today

A number of pre-registered vaccine recipients received phone calls late this morning (Monday), notifying them of the cancellation of...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General

Guide to getting ready for your COVID-19 jab

Today (June 7) marks the first day of the government’s long-planned nationwide COVID-19 vaccination rollout for priority groups: the elderly...

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China blasts US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for Tiananmen candles

China on Saturday berated the US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for displaying candles to commemorate the June...

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Asean News

Myanmar junta leader admits not in full control of country

Leader of Myanmar’s military junta Gen Min Aung Hlaing has admitted that he didn’t expect to see huge popular...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

WAI to the New Normal

The world stopped and panic broke out when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus outbreak a public...

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General News World

Twitter to let you undo or edit tweets at a price

Twitter Inc said it will roll out a new subscription product initially in Australia and Canada called Twitter Blue,...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight Highlights of the week

Does COVID-19 origin really matter?

The answer is “Yes” and “No”. “Yes” because a non-politicised knowledge can help prevent or soften a future pandemic...

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General News

How Thai media’s love for ‘LIKEs’ turned a murder suspect into a national idol

It took the media just a few months last year to turn a murder suspect into a national celebrity,...

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General News

Key Rohingya smuggling ring leader dies in prison

A former army officer who was serving a heavy jail term for his involvement in a major Rohingya trafficking...

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Asean Highlight Myanmar Report News

Myanmar Report: Schools reopen amidst political conflict and COVID-19 outbreak

Basic education schools across Myanmar finally reopened on June 1st, after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year,...

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Business Coronavirus Outbreak Update News Opinion

Latest Thai stimulus injection expected to stem the bleeding, not boost economy

The government launched its latest stimulus package on June 1 in a bid to shore up the economy and...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Opinion Thai PBS World Exclusive

Why a struggling restaurateur sees no hope for any state help

“This year, I don’t know why we fight, it will not make a difference. We have been making sacrifices...

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General International News World

Pandemic plunges 100 million more workers into poverty: UN

The pandemic has pushed over 100 million more workers into poverty after working hours plummeted and access to good...

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General News

US provided $30 million in COVID-19 related assistance to Thailand

The US government has provided $30 million in COVID-related assistance to Thailand, as a part of their commitment to...

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News Opinion Politics

A year on from Thai activist’s kidnap in Cambodia, family in anguish but authorities silent

This month marks a year since Thai government critic Wanchalearm “Tar” Satsaksit disappeared following his apparent abduction in Cambodia...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight

The naming of COVID variants invites another pandemic – of racism

Many Thais were shocked and frustrated at international news reports identifying a “Thai variant” of COVID-19 last week. Among...

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Business Highlight News

Housing demand remains but buyers hesitant

The third wave of Covid-19 continues to dampen the housing market and leads to changes in the type of...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update International News Sport World

Tokyo Olympics fans to need vaccination or virus test: report

Tokyo Olympics fans may have to be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus before being allowed into venues,...

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News Sport

Osaka threatened with French Open disqualification over media boycott

Naomi Osaka has been threatened with disqualification from the ongoing French Open by Grand Slam organizers if she continues...

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Business Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight

Thai restauranteurs struggle to stay afloat amid rising infections

Covid-19 will forever change the restaurant business as many eateries are forced to close. The current wave of the...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

The Lupin, a legume from down-under, jumps on the superfood bandwagon

Thailand meet Lupin: Lupin meet Thailand!  No, we are not talking Reus Lupin, the Defence Against Dark Arts professor...

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Asean International Myanmar Report News

Myanmar Journal: “The laws of an illegitimate government mean nothing”

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update International News World

COVID-19 vaccines update

Full coverage on COVID-19 vaccines reports. May 29, 2021: A closer look at Sinopharm, Thailand’s first alternative vaccine A...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle News

‘Music soothes pain’: Cellist plays to ease suffering for end-of-life patients

Once a week, the rooms of the Jeanne Garnier end-of-life care home in southern Paris reverberate to the sound...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General News

A closer look at Sinopharm, Thailand’s first alternative vaccine

A vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm looks set to become the first alternative jab available to Thais, as Chulabhorn...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update International News World

Sinovac’s CoronaVac reduces mortality by 97 percent: Uruguay study

The CoronaVac vaccine, produced by Chinese firm Sinovac, reduces coronavirus mortality by 97 percent, according to early results of...

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Highlight Opinion Politics

Govt move to restrict freedom of information is a mandate for corruption, critics warn

Proposed amendments to the Official Information Act are aimed at protecting state secrets, contrary to the law’s original goal...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle News

Rolls-Royce launches tailor-made automobile for just three clients

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, which along with the wider luxury goods sector is recovering strongly from pandemic fallout, has launched...

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International News Sport World

French Tennis Federation says Osaka’s press conference boycott a ‘phenomenal error’

Naomi Osaka’s decision to boycott press conferences at Roland Garros was blasted as a “phenomenal error” by the head...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

What’s in a name? Thai favourites that hint at coming from elsewhere

Many Thai dishes that are, well, quintessentially Thai, have been given foreign names over the years. Take American fried...

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Business Highlight News Opinion Politics

Does 2022 budget bill answer the country’s needs?   

Critics say the 2022 budget bill scheduled for debate in Parliament next week has several flaws, ranging from the...

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Business Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight Thai PBS World Exclusive

How Thai hotels adapted to survive and provide quarantine with comfort

It used to be hard to imagine the word “quarantine” would come up in conversations about travel. That was...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlights of the week Opinion

COVID-19 throws all ideologies into melting pot

First, it was China’s “comfortable survival”. Then, it was the intriguing question of whether or how much states should...

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Business International News Uncategorized World

India’s Tata Steel will continue to pay salaries to families of COVID-19 victims

India’s giant Tata Steel has announced that it will keep paying salaries to the families of employees who die...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Thailand’s AstraZeneca plan stumbles again as third wave rises

In October last year, the government chose the AstraZeneca vaccine as its main weapon against COVID-19. However, arming itself...

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Highlight Opinion Politics

Govt facing onslaught over COVID policy as parliamentary battle commences

COVID-19 will top the agenda when the new session of Parliament kicks off this week, with battle focusing on...

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Business Highlight Opinion

Govt’s latest COVID-relief loan triggers fears over transparency, public debt   

Controversy has erupted over the government’s move to borrow another huge sum to aid recovery from the virus crisis. ...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update International News World

EU summit embraces Covid certificate to unlock travel

EU leaders on Tuesday welcomed the introduction of a bloc-wide Covid-19 pass that they hope will unlock a tourist...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update International News World

Hong Kong could soon throw away millions of unused vaccine doses

Hong Kong may soon have to throw away millions of Coronavirus vaccine doses because they are approaching their expiry...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Know your enemy: Getting to grips with the COVID variants attacking Thailand 

In the space of a few months, three variant COVID-19 viruses have been detected in Thailand, the British, the...

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Profiles

How Aiyawatt’s Thai style leads Foxes to triumphant victory

Within a six-year span, Leicester City Football Club has achieved the unthinkable for pundits and fans alike: an English...

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International News World

EU leaders agree on new sanctions against Belarus, including ban on use of EU airspace, airports

The European Union agreed Monday to impose sanctions on Belarus, including banning its airlines from using the airspace and...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Treating cancer the natural way, an alternative holistic approach for cancer sufferers

After decades of undergoing chemotherapy and radiation with all the unpleasant side effects they bring, cancer sufferers in Thailand...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update International News World

Moderna, Novavax to produce more COVID-19 vaccines in S.Korea

Moderna Inc and Novavax Inc entered into a deal with the South Korean government to manufacture their COVID-19 vaccines, as the...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle International World

Pink joined onstage at the Billboard Music Awards by her 9-year-old daughter, showing off gymnastic skills

Showing off her signature aerial and acrobatic moves at the Billboard Music Awards, Pink was matched by her 9-year-old...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Dogs can detect SARS-CoV-2

Dogs can be trained to detect more than 90 percent of Covid-19 infections even when patients are asymptomatic, according...

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International News World

UN urges ‘genuine political process’ between Israel and Hamas

A UN official in war-battered Gaza called for a “genuine political process” to avert further bloodshed, after the military...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight

All eyes on China’s Sinovac – Thailand’s vaccine choice for emergency

Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine is coming under greater public scrutiny as the Thai government procures millions more doses. Thailand has...

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Asean Environment Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Eco brick library for Myanmar orphans faces delays

A humble library for orphans in Yangon, built of recycled plastic waste, stands empty without books or archives. It...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Fog of confusion over ‘walk-in jabs’ thickens in Thailand

Thailand has been abuzz with talk of “walk-in vaccinations” for the past few weeks after top government figures indicated...

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General Profiles

Prasit Jeawkok, the ‘saintly tycoon’ turned billion-baht fraud suspect

A wealthy businessman once viewed by many as a saint and a model of success now stands accused of...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

Doctor expresses regret for not being able to admit a 2-month old COVID-19 patient

A senior doctor has expressed deep sorrow for her difficult decision not to admit a two-month-old baby, suffering from...

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Highlight Highlights of the week Opinion

Biggest thing to fear is fear itself

A lot can go wrong if or when “Walk-in” (or whatever they call it) vaccination facilities are opened. People...

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Thailand’s first female top judge and her mission to modernize the judiciary  

The first female president of Thailand’s Supreme Court, Metinee Chalodhorn, faces a tough mission to defend the judiciary’s reputation...

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Business Highlight News

Thailand’s dilemma: how to shore up economy as infections surge

Thailand’s economic outlook is bleak, with the daily COVID-19 caseload hitting four figures following mid-April’s Songkran holiday. The economy...

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Two Thai people killed in Israel were on lunch break according to eyewitness

The two Thai workers, killed in an attack by Hamas while on the Ohad Agricultural Estate in Israel, were...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Curtain closes on the legendary sukiyaki restaurant in Bangkok’s Siam Square

Coca Siam Square, once a cool place for youngsters in the old days, now closed down for good, but...

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General News Opinion

Charity fraud under the spotlight as #fakepoverty goes viral

Thais’ generosity has never been lacking when it comes to pleas for donations. And thanks to mobile banking, money...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Happiness in a crescent shape – Four places to find the best-value croissants in town

Craving a tasty croissant to enjoy with your cappuccino but not happy about having to queue, particularly in the...

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News Opinion Politics

From friends to foes: How former yellow-shirt leaders have turned against Prayut

Thai politics has taken a surprising twist amid the worsening COVID-19 crisis, with supporters of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General News

The Covid-19 vaccine: should I get the shot or not?

Nine individuals talk about their reasons for getting the vaccine and their hesitancy for doing so. They also share...

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General Highlight News

‘Teachers Ready’: Thailand attempts to kick-start education after COVID shutdown

Hit by a third wave of COVID-19 infections, Thailand’s education authorities have been forced to postpone the reopening of...

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Asean News Opinion

The more delay, the bigger chance of a great civil war: NUG

A cry for help – Prevent civil war and restore human rights by officially recognizing us, Myanmar’s pro-democracy government...

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Business Highlight Opinion

China’s poverty solution hailed as model for Thailand

Thai politicians and academics are showing a growing interest in China’s experience in poverty reduction. Leaders of the ruling...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News Opinion

Thailand’s overcrowded prison system a COVID-19 timebomb

Alarm is growing in Thailand after the Department of Corrections revealed that 2,835 COVID-19 cases had been found inside...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Private hospitals ready to inject choice into Thailand’s COVID jab rollout

Currently, two COVID-19 vaccine brands are available under the Thai government’s free rollout, AstraZeneca and Sinovac, but recipients cannot...

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General International News World

Japanese billionaire Maezawa to travel to International Space Station in December

Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yozo Hirano will be the next tourists to travel to the...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General News

To jab or not to jab? Here’s why the answer should always be yes

To get vaccinated or not to get vaccinated is a question many Thais are still asking themselves, even as...

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Thailand COVID Vaccine
Highlight Highlights of the week Opinion

Endgame. Whose endgame?

Intensifying vaccination drama in Thailand is taking place against an intriguing international backdrop featuring an apparent race between the...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Highlight News Opinion

Thai govt must revisit, review, replan vaccine rollout to survive latest wave

The third wave of COVID-19 that rolled into Thailand last month has rocked not just the fragile economic recovery...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight

‘Vaccine hesitancy’ bites in Thailand – but one province has the antidote

At a time when Thailand is struggling to convince its citizens to sign up for free COVID-19 vaccination, Lampang...

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Politics Profiles

Anwar Salaeh, the Democrat fighting for party’s return to anti-authoritarian roots    

While for outsiders Anwar Salaeh is a rebel MP, most of his fellow Democrats consider him a black sheep...

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