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Tourism rebound lays foundation for Thai economic recovery

The recent recovery in tourism, as reflected in the rapid rise in foreign arrivals, is offering Thailand’s ailing economy...

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Analysis Politics

Potjaman, Paetongtarn and Thaksin: the power triangle behind Pheu Thai

Khunying Potjaman Damapong’s rare appearance at a Pheu Thai Party rally on September 10 was viewed as symbolic for...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Soothing tired eyes with a hundred shades of green

Located between downtown Nan and the Thai–Lao border, Pua is a bucolic green valley dotted with local villages, small...

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Highlight World

Paying last respects to Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Palace has invited members of the public to offer their condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Out of chaos comes the calm

The weather forecasters might be predicting rain for October but the Thai capital’s art scene will bring out the...

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Analysis Business Economy Highlight

Thailand’s daily wage hike will not necessarily put more food on the table

Although the minimum daily wage will rise by an average of 5 percent from October 1, not many workers...

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Politics Profiles

Ekkachai Srivilas: The soldier turned peacemaker for Thailand’s bitter political conflicts

Soldier turned peace campaigner, General Ekkachai Srivilas was best remembered for his role as director of the Office for...

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Highlights of the week Opinion World

The Queen and Liz Truss

What had Queen Elizabeth II done in the 1990s that she didn’t over the last two decades? Nobody knows...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Health

A guide to Thailand’s COVID vaccination drive among babies and young kids

The youngest possible segment of the Thai population – aged from six months up to five years old –...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

King Bhumibol bust to put Lausanne back on the map of Thai tourists

The bust of King Bhumibol Adulyadej will become a new landmark for Thai tourists planning a visit to Switzerland....

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle General Health

Laughter really is the best medicine

Health is the best gift you can give to yourself. And Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital (SiPH) is more than happy...

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General

A guide to Thailand’s new rules of the road

The transition to new traffic laws, which list more types of offenses and harsher penalties for offenders, has already...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Thai PBS World Exclusive Tourism World

South Korea and Thailand team up to drive tourism back to the boom times

Thailand and South Korea can add to their list of “things in common” their tourism industries, both of which...

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ASEAN Business Economy

Vietnam’s VinFast hands over first electric SUVs, eyes U.S. deliveries

Vietnamese carmaker VinFast on Saturday (September 10) began handing its first batch of 100 all-electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs)...

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Politics Profiles

Nipon Boonyamanee among rare breed of Thai politicians who quits to face music  

It is rare for Thai politicians to voluntarily vacate their seats, not to mention a coveted ministerial post. But...

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Analysis Opinion

Bangkok’s seasonal floods reveal the problem of short-term thinking

With more heavy downpours forecast through the remaining rainy season, there is both good news and bad news for...

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Highlights of the week Opinion

World remembers it, reflects on it, and probably more

It’s “that month” again, arguably the most significant period of the year when many in America are concerned. But...

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World

Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on throne

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around...

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Highlight Politics

A closer look at the Constitutional Court’s 9 judges as PM tenure ruling looms

Thailand’s Constitutional Court is poised to issue its ruling on the expiry date of suspended prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s...

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Opinion

Op-Ed: The right policies can protect the workers of Asia and the Pacific

Most of the 2.1 billion strong workforces in Asia and the Pacific are denied access to decent jobs, health...

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ASEAN

23 dead, 11 injured in Vietnam karaoke bar fire

The death toll from a fire that tore through a karaoke bar in southern Vietnam has risen to 23,...

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Analysis ASEAN

Myanmar dissidents seek an ‘ASEAN-Plus’ forum to end crisis

Myanmar’s dissident groups have proposed the establishment of an ASEAN-Plus inclusive platform to engage all stakeholders in resolving the...

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Analysis Politics

Is Gen Prawit maneuvering to become Thailand’s next PM?

Since his very first day as acting prime minister, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has aroused suspicion that he intends to...

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Analysis Business Economy

Global headwinds could blow Thai economy off track 

The decelerating export growth in July has raised concerns that the outlook for Thailand’s economic growth may be bleak...

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Business Economy General News

Free university education would boost equality – but can Thailand afford it?

The student debt forgiveness campaign believes the budget Thailand has set to reduce inequality – 700 billion baht –...

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Sport World

Serena Williams loses to Tomljanovic in US Open farewell

Leave it to Serena Williams to not want to go quietly, to not want this match, this trip to...

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News World

US announces $1.1 billion arms package for Taiwan

The United States on Friday announced a new $1.1 billion package of arms to Taiwan, vowing to keep boosting...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Coronavirus Outbreak Update Food, Travel and Lifestyle General Health

Long COVID: what to expect, what to eat and what to avoid

Life in Thailand may seem to have returned to normal, but the coronavirus that has plagued the world for...

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Crime General Highlight News

4 million reasons to believe Thailand has a problem with illegal guns

Recent incidents of gun violence and police crackdowns on illegal guns have proved how easy it is to acquire...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Coronavirus Outbreak Update World

Chinese city of 21 million shuts down over Covid outbreak

Around 21 million people in the Chinese city of Chengdu effectively went into lockdown on Thursday as authorities raced...

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Environment World

Hawaii quits coal in bid to fight climate change

The last bits of ash and greenhouse gases from Hawaii’s only remaining coal-fired power plant slipped into the environment...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Floral feast in Thai fine dining

A simple yet very effective way of elevating any culinary is to add a splash of color with edible...

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News World

UN weather agency predicts rare ‘triple-dip’ La Nina in 2022

The U.N. weather agency is predicting that the phenomenon known as La Nina is poised to last through the...

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Business Economy News

Consumers feeling the pinch of rising cooking gas and electricity prices

Consumers will soon feel the pinch of the higher cost of living, as the higher prices for cooking gas...

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Business Economy Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Creative Economy Agency empowers Thai creative business on the global stage

With the goal of taking Thailand’s creative industry to another level and having a greater impact on GDP, the...

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Highlights of the week Opinion

What’s Bitkub’s problem? Born too soon or existing too controversially?

If Jirayut Srupsrisopa is a true blockchain enthusiast, he must be uncorking the champagne when that massively-lucrative deal with...

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ASEAN

Cambodian psychiatrist helping genocide survivors wins ‘Asia’s Nobel Prize’

A Cambodian psychiatrist treating victims of the Khmer Rouge and a French environmentalist cleaning up Indonesian rivers were among...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Opinion

12 Signs that show you’ve been in Thailand for a long time

Things are very different from the days when you first arrived in Thailand. Back then, you questioned those “weird”...

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APEC 2022 Highlight Politics

Domestic political turmoil poses challenge in hosting APEC Summit  

As Thailand waits anxiously for a court verdict that will determine the political future of General Prayut Chan-o-cha and whether...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Coronavirus Outbreak Update

New weapons – and precautions – as controls lifted on COVID ‘magic bullets’

From Thursday (September 1), COVID-19 patients can buy prescription antiviral medicines from pharmacies, as authorities ease access to weapons...

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Business Economy

Poor market sentiment sinks SCB’s multi-billion-baht deal for Bitkub

Siam Commercial Bank (now named SCB X), Thailand’s oldest commercial bank, created a flutter in the markets in November last...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

A Chiang Rai road trip: the Golden Triangle revisited

If there is a silver lining to the pandemic, it is that road trips are becoming more popular. Fuelled...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

US agents in Memphis seize shipped ancient Egyptian artifact

Federal agents in Memphis have seized a potentially 3,000-year-old ancient Egyptian artifact that was shipped in from Europe. U.S....

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Analysis Opinion Politics

Verdict on Prayut’s tenure in 30 days soonest

The nature of the decision by the constitutional court last Wednesday might have been unexpected for many people, as...

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Business Economy Highlight

Are consumers paying price for electricity mismanagement in Thailand?

Over the next four months, electricity in Thailand will soar from 4 baht per unit to a record high...

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General Health

Hidden danger: how asbestos can harm our health

You’ve probably heard of asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral in rock and soil which is widely used in manufacturing....

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Coronavirus Outbreak Coronavirus Outbreak Update Health News World

Moderna sues Pfizer, BioNTech over Covid vaccine

Moderna said Friday it is suing rival vaccine makers Pfizer and BioNTech, alleging the partners infringed on its patents...

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Highlight Politics Profiles

The rise to power of ‘big brother’ Prawit Wongsuwan, new caretaker PM

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan is generally considered a weak link in Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration, tainted by the...

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Analysis Opinion Politics

Does court ruling signal the end of PM Prayut’s time in power? 

Now that the court has suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha from duty after agreeing to rule on his eight-year...

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Highlights of the week Politics

Weeks of tension, tightropes and looking over shoulders

A major political suspense is materializing following Wednesday’s Constitutional Court decision to suspend Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha from duty....

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Opinion

“Thirteen Lives” – highly recommended for all except for the claustrophobic

As one of over a thousand media covering the 12 boys and their coach trapped inside a northern Thailand...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Study shows dogs get teary-eyed when they reunite with owners

Dog owners know the pure joy of returning home from a long trip to be greeted by their tail-wagging,...

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Business Economy General

To write off or not to write off: Two sides of student loan repayment battle

The Student Loan Fund (SLF) is dismissing calls for it to write off 337 billion baht of loans taken...

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ASEAN General

Singapore to repeal colonial-era law against gay sex

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced Sunday the country will repeal a colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex, though...

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World

UN to end travel ban exemptions for Taliban officials

The United Nations is set to end travel ban exemptions for 13 Taliban officials Friday, pending any deal by...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Health Highlight Opinion

Is Thailand’s booster program losing race against fast-mutating COVID?

Thanks to constant mutations, the COVID-19 virus is still several steps ahead of vaccine developers. While researchers have managed...

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Analysis Highlight Politics

Specter of Thaksin’s tax saga returns to haunt Thailand

Supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra say the recent Central Tax Court ruling in his favour proves his innocence in a...

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Opinion World

Op-Ed: Holding onto hope

When the merchant vessel Razoni sailed from Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa earlier this month with more than...

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Entertainment Profiles

Remembering Add Sombat, a true Thai heartthrob

Back in his heyday half a century ago, late actor Sombat Metanee was the man of every woman’s dreams,...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Sdok Kok Thom: Labours of love and hard work

In the 1980s, the eleventh-century temple of Sdok Kok Thom in Sa Kaeo province wasn’t your typical tourist attraction....

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Highlights of the week Opinion

Now, is Pheu Thai landslide possible?

The answer depends primarily on two factors. The first one is quite ironic considering the Palang Pracharath “conspiracy theory”,...

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Analysis General Opinion

Can Chadchart solve multibillion-baht puzzle and get Skytrain back on track?

Three months after Chadchart Sittipunt took over as governor, his Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is still struggling to solve...

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Opinion Politics

Youth groups, eyeing change, wait with bated breath for ruling on PM

August 24 has portents of becoming judgement day as leaders of many youth movements are planning major protests if...

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General Opinion

Thailand’s bio-circular economy and the problem of imported trash

In the eyes of critics, Thailand’s Waste Management Master Plan has trashed the country’s waste problem to the point...

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Analysis Opinion Politics

Prayut and his brothers-in-arms plot path back to power after election

New political parties are being launched to extend the rule of the so-called “3Ps” – generals Prayut, Prawit and...

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Analysis ASEAN

ASEAN wary of change in status quo in Taiwan strait

For years ASEAN has benefited from its ambiguous relations with Taiwan, while enjoying formal ties with mainland China. But...

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General Health Opinion

Thailand’s free and accessible Women’s health care

Thailand’s health care for women at government medical facilities is free of charge and quite comprehensive. The problem is...

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Business Economy General Opinion

Hardscrabble lottery vendors hit by digital revolution

Small lottery vendors across the country are now dreading the expansion of digital lottery tickets – which are sold...

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Analysis General Highlight Opinion

Thailand has strong fire-safety laws, so why do deadly nightclub blazes keep happening?

The Mountain B pub blaze that killed 18 people and injured dozens shows Thailand has failed to learn lessons...

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Highlight Highlights of the week Opinion

Hug her like you mean it

Here’s a little tip if you don’t want to buy a basket of chicken essence or bird’s nest soup,...

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Business Economy

How the US rate hike impacts the baht and Thailand’s economy

The US is the world’s largest economy and the US dollar is widely used worldwide, as a result, the...

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Analysis Opinion Politics

Three scenarios for destruction of ‘doomed’ election formula

The draft bill to amend the electoral law – which saw a last-minute change in the calculation method for...

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ASEAN Myanmar Report

Activists carry out annual ’88’ remembrance protests in Yangon

Despite a heavier than usual deployment of police and soldiers, activists in Yangon managed to carry out guerrilla protests...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Mother’s Day celebrations with a cultural slant

Mother’s Day is coming soon, and if you looking for ways to spoil your mum (and dad too), why...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Health Highlight

COVID still a killer for 500,000 vulnerable people – but Thailand has new defense

Thailand is strengthening its defenses against COVID-19 for about 500,000 immunocompromised people who – vaccinated or otherwise – remain...

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General Health

Interact with your children often and early for healthy development  

The first five years of life are the building blocks of a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. It’s...

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Analysis General Health Opinion

Are ‘rebound’ infections cause for concern and are antivirals to blame?

Concern over COVID-19 “rebound” infections is soaring globally after US President Joe Biden tweeted on Sunday (July 31) that...

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Analysis Highlight Opinion Politics

3 weeks or 5 years – how much longer can Prayut legally stay in power?

Questions over whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha can legally remain in office after August 24 have resurfaced as the...

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Highlights of the week Opinion World

Will Pelosi launch thousands of war drones?

There is too much at stake in today’s world for China and the United States to lock horns militarily....

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International Relations News World

US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night despite threats from Beijing of serious consequences, becoming...

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News Opinion World

Religious beliefs and political participation in US politics

From the Catholic voting bloc to American evangelicalism and progressive atheists, the groups are prone to being generalized as...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Tourism

Putting Yala back on track by turning it into a center of Malay fashion

With the COVID crisis now receding, Yala City Municipality is working on getting quickly back on its feet with a...

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Environment General

Working towards a greener, happier city

Trees and green spaces tend to make us feel happier. Who doesn’t enjoy walking or jogging in the park...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Opinion

Fried rice gets a superstar boost

Thanks to Chinese singer Jackson Wang, one Thai rice dish has suddenly become a hot favorite. Wang revealed his...

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General Health

‘Sentinel surveillance’ and Thailand’s defence against monkeypox 

Thailand has raised its surveillance of monkeypox to “sentinel” level in response to its first local case and the...

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Business Economy Opinion

Lessons to learn from Zipmex’s troubles and the crypto market turmoil 

The role of a digital asset exchange is to serve as a marketplace where investors can buy and sell...

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Highlights of the week Opinion Politics

It could be “so near yet so far” again for birthday boy

A Pheu Thai “landslide” is very likely, no matter how the party-list calculation fights end. In fact, despite the...

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Business Economy General

A closer look at the new education bill that will shape the future of Thailand 

The National Education Bill is set to enter the Parliament for further deliberation in September, sparking new hope for...

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Politics Profiles

Gen Anupong Paochinda: From coup-maker to interior minister facing ‘party putsch’

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda was hit by the highest no-confidence vote among the 11 Cabinet members targeted by the...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Jilted at the altar? How Thai law treats abandoned grooms and brides 

Women are said to be happiest and most beautiful on their wedding day, with the love of their life...

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Opinion Politics

The Rolls-Royce bribery scandal that sent Thai national airline into nosedive

A bribery scandal involving Thailand’s national airline and British jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is back in the media spotlight...

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Highlight Opinion World

The US TIP report is not all about human trafficking

The US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) has been as much a statement of Thailand’s efforts to combat...

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Economy Food, Travel and Lifestyle Tourism

TCEB and Phuket unite for BIE assessment of Expo 2028 bid

Thailand’s public and private sectors are busy preparing for an inspection by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) from...

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Analysis Opinion World

Can Europe live without Russian natural gas?

Europe faced an energy crisis even before drama emerged about the Nord Stream 1 pipeline reopening from Russia to...

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Health World

WHO again considers declaring monkeypox a global emergency

As the World Health Organization’s emergency committee convened Thursday to consider for the second time within weeks whether to...

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General Health Opinion

COVID patients caught in crossfire of battle over drug monopoly

Although COVID-19 patients have the option of being treated at private hospitals, health authorities still insist that doctors only...

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Highlight Opinion Politics

Pegasus spyware scandal returns to haunt Thai govt

Allegations that Thai authorities used surveillance spyware on government critics returned to haunt those in power just a day...

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ASEAN Opinion

OP-ED: The story of a man who needs help but who will be hanged in Singapore

Nazeri bin Lajim, a 64-year-old Singaporean, has only hours left to live. Singapore intends to execute him in the...

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Highlight Highlights of the week Opinion Politics

Beauty and travesty of censure

Here’s a simple question: Who was the last Cabinet member to be ousted in a no-confidence vote? The answer...

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Analysis Business Economy Highlight

What the weakening baht means for Thailand’s economy

The plunging value of the baht appears ominous and raises worrying questions about its impact on the Thai economy....

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