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Tradition prevails as Phuket prepares to host Vegetarian Festival

Believed to be the birthplace of the vegetarian festival in Thailand, Phuket has decided to hold its well-known and...

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Highlight News Opinion Politics

How long can PM Prayut remain in power? 

August 24 marked the seventh anniversary of General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s tenure as Thailand’s prime minister. It also spurred questions...

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Tough test ahead as Thailand mulls reopening schools

The second semester for most Thai students will start on November 1. But whether their classes are held online...

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Murakami library unveiled at author’s alma mater in Tokyo

Haruki Murakami fans can marvel at a vast collection of the Japanese author’s novels, scrapbooks and vinyl at a...

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Environment General News Technology

Solar powered van stops in Paris as part of road trip

A vehicle which is fuelled entirely by solar power has arrived in Paris, France as part of its test...

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News World

Huawei executive freed in Canada after deal with US prosecutors

A bitter diplomatic spat between Canada, China and the United States drew to a close on Friday, as Ottawa...

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ASEAN Highlight Myanmar Report News

Myanmar Report: Death of the independent press

Since the February 1st military coup, led by the Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the Tatmadaw (military), Myanmar...

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Can ‘Madame Football’ revive sinking fortunes of Thailand’s national team?

After the Thai men’s team capped years of poor form by again failing to qualify for the FIFA World...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update News World

WHO backs antibody treatment for high-risk Covid patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday recommended the synthetic antibody treatment Regeneron for Covid-19, but only in patients...

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Business General Highlight News

Government makes bold move to woo wealthy, highly skilled foreigners

Labor experts and investors are throwing their support behind the government’s move to lure one million wealthy expats and...

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Politics Profiles

General Vitch: New player in Palang Pracharath’s game of strategy

Though he survived a plot to unseat him at the latest censure debate, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is now...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Highlight News

Thailand nears deadline to reopen – but Bangkok needs more time

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s 120-day deadline to reopen the country is approaching fast – but few provinces are ready...

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Highlights of the week Opinion

Complexities of Evergrande phenomenon

In a more ideologically straightforward world, Chinese “merchants” and capitalism don’t go anywhere near each other. That, however, is...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle News

Edible insect vending machine launched across Japan

Foods with insect extracts and edible insects are being sold in vending machines across Japan. One such vending machine...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General News

US Study shows only 4 of almost 10,000 arriving passengers had COVID-19

Of the 9,853 passengers, who underwent COVID-19 testing in the USA, only 4 were found to be positive in...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Highlight

To boost or not to boost: The pros and cons of getting a third COVID shot

With the government offering a free booster dose from September 24 and the paid option of the Moderna vaccine...

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SpaceX all-civilian orbital crew completes historic mission

Four SpaceX tourists returned to Earth safely on Saturday after spending three days in space, successfully concluding the first...

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Shrink-wrapped Arc de Triomphe finally displays artist Christo’s vision

Crowds stood admiring the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday (September 18) after it was draped in silvery...

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Highlight Opinion Politics

Will new law end Thailand’s dark era of torture and disappearances?

Uproar over the recent killing of a drug suspect by police investigators has revived debate on the need for...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Opinion

The downside of digital learning

Virtual learning during lockdown has been a brand new experience for all students and parents, with both doing their...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle General News

‘Worn Out’: Dutch museum finds unknown Van Gogh drawing of old man

A Dutch museum on Thursday (September 16) unveiled a previously unknown work by Vincent van Gogh — a study...

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Highlights of the week Opinion Politics

Can Prayut and Thammanat walk on separate tightropes?

They were skating on thin ice together like a pair, but, currently, the prime minister and arguably the most...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

From nasal sprays to sniffer dogs: Thai researchers develop unique weapons to fight COVID-19

When Thailand began its battle against COVID-19 early last year, local scientists were quick to launch research programs on innovative...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Highlight Opinion

Letting Thai culture live and breathe through time

Culture is like a little bird in your hand. You want to keep it and nurture it. Grasping it...

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Electoral change lights fuse for political explosion in Thai Parliament and government

An early general election has become more likely after Parliament voted on Friday (September 10) to approve a charter...

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ASEAN Opinion

Op-Ed: China-Vietnam fraternal ties are strong

Do not be fooled by the popular optics portraying China and Vietnam as eternal enemies. They are not, as...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

What children – and parents – can expect from Thailand’s vaccination drive for kids

Children aged 12 and up will soon be rolling up their sleeves for a jab against COVID-19, which has...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Highlight News

A user’s guide to Thailand’s new digital health pass

Thailand has launched its very own “digital health pass” via the Public Health Ministry’s Mohpromt application, and all residents...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Embracing intangible cultural heritage

While countries around the world are harnessing their unique mix of cultural heritage to boost their economies Thailand, one...

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News World

China orders gaming giants to cut ‘effeminate’ gender imagery

Chinese authorities have ordered gaming giants to end their focus on profits and cut content perceived to be breeding...

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News World

Calls for unity as divided US marks 20th anniversary of 9/11

America marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Saturday with pleas for unity at solemn ceremonies given added resonance by...

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Opinion World

Op-Ed: Twenty years on, reflections on Sept 11

The quick fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has made the 20th anniversary of Sept 11 even more sad. The...

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Opinion Politics

Thammanat’s exit could spell doom for ruling party at next election

The surprise departure of Palang Pracharath’s secretary-general, Thammanat Prompow, from the Cabinet threatens to cause disarray in the ruling...

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ASEAN News

Vietnam to reopen resort island to foreign tourists to boost economy

Vietnam plans to reopen the beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists from next month, authorities said, as...

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Nutrition a key weapon in strengthening kids’ immune system during Covid-19 pandemic

Graphic designer Sirintira Tonvorakul started to worry after reading about the recent surge in Covid-19 cases amongst children in...

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Highlights of the week Opinion Politics

What’s “Dirty job man” up to?

The question regarding Prayut Chan-o-cha and Thammanat Prompao is whether it’s a “mountain out of a molehill” situation or...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle General

The dhamma double-act mixing Thai Buddhism with laughter – and stirring controversy

Two famous monks from Bangkok’s Wat Soithong caused a sensation last weekend when they appeared on Facebook Live together...

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Opinion Politics

Censure debate signals end of Prayut’s ‘command-and-control’ leadership 

Halfway through their government’s four-year term, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his brothers in arms – Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and...

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Opinion Politics

Rumbling undercurrent unsettles Prayut despite censure win

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha managed to survive his third no-confidence vote, but a brewing storm in the ruling party...

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Jabs, tests and apps: A guide to travel in Thailand as COVID controls ease

Tourism operators are offering some irresistible deals now that the government has eased travel restrictions for people in the...

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ASEAN Opinion

Op-Ed: Suga’s short legacy in Asean

The news that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is to step down later this month and will not stand...

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News World

Biden wants Afghan exit to end US global cop role

“America is back,” goes President Joe Biden’s catchphrase, but his unapologetic exit from Afghanistan shows America won’t be back...

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Around Thailand General News

British man rescued after being lost 3 days in Thai jungle

A 72-year-old British man was found safe three days after disappearing in a thick jungle in northeastern Thailand while...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Bangkok’s dark secrets to be revealed in a new Thai-made Netflix series

Film buffs around the world will be treated to a glimpse of Bangkok’s darkest corners, where conspiracy hides behind...

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ASEAN Food, Travel and Lifestyle Myanmar Report News

Myanmar Report: Going back to the drawing board – Myanmar’s first ever full-range hobby store

When the country of Myanmar first truly opened up to the outside world in 2015, many there were exposed...

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Business Highlight Opinion

Economic recovery hinges on whether relaxation of lockdown is sustainable

The government has started to ease some lockdown restrictions from September 1. Department stores have been allowed to reopen...

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Environment News World

China’s paper mills turn leftover bamboo from panda into paper products

Paper mills in southwest China’s Sichuan Province are turning leftover bamboo from panda bases into useful products in an...

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Highlights of the week Politics

With coronavirus playing variable, Thai political war rages on

Rival Thai politicians and their supporters are gambling on how the country’s COVID-19 situation will pan out in the...

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General Highlight

The journey of traditional herb kratom – from banned narcotic to legal cash crop

For nearly 80 years, traditional herbal remedy kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) featured on the list of banned substances. But on...

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General News Opinion

Op-Ed: Thailand-South Korea ties turn more strategic

Chung Eui-yong, a young South Korean diplomat who served in Thailand 30 years ago, had always dreamed of returning...

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ASEAN News

Malaysian PM in quarantine after contact with COVID-19 patient

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is under quarantine following close contact with a COVID-19 patient, his office said...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

A True Taste of Thailand … in Berlin

The call would go out the moment officials were spotted nearing the informal market. Vendors would quickly unfurl the...

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News World

North Korea appears to have restarted nuclear reactor: UN agency

Nuclear-armed North Korea appears to have restarted its plutonium-producing reprocessing reactor in a “deeply troubling” development, the UN atomic...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

The rollercoaster life of Queen Rambhai Barni

At 14, she married a prince and at 21 became queen. At 31, she moved to the UK with...

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SpaceX launches ants, avocados, robot to space station

A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday....

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Prayut govt tipped to escape – but wounded – from this week’s censure debate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is bracing for his third censure debate this week when he and five other Cabinet...

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Is Talugas part of two-pronged strategy by anti-government protesters?

Recent weeks have seen the emergence of youth-led violent protests at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection – in what observers...

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ASEAN Business News

Asian tourism sees ups, downs in 2nd year of pandemic

From the Great Wall to the picturesque Kashmir valley, Asia’s tourist destinations are looking to domestic visitors to get...

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News World

US believes new Kabul airport attack ‘highly likely’ soon: Biden

US military commanders believe that another terror attack like the deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport is “highly likely...

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Environment Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Consumers more ethical despite the pandemic

From edible items to residential units, consumers are increasingly concerned about their health and Mother Nature. Chuleeporn Yamnil is...

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Profiles

The high-rolling career of ‘Joe Ferrari’, top cop in corruption spotlight 

The public is watching closely to see if the scandal over a drug suspect shown tortured to death at...

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Covid symptoms last a year for many patients: study

Fatigue and shortness of breath still afflict many patients a year after their hospitalization for Covid-19, according to a...

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Crime General Highlight News

Former police station chief arrested over death of drug suspect in custody

Former chief of the Nakhon Sawan Muang police station, Thitisan Utthanaphon – nicknamed ‘Joe Ferrari’ – surrendered to police...

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News World

Deadly blast near Kabul airport kill at least 13

Two suicide bombers and gunmen targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport on Thursday, in the waning days of...

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ASEAN News

Philippines approves commercial use of genetically engineered rice

The Philippines said on Wednesday it has approved the commercial propagation of genetically modified Golden Rice after more than...

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ASEAN News

U.S., China accuse each other of “bullying” nations

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the US should stop disrupt in “regional peace and stability” after U.S....

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Environment News

LED streetlights contribute to insect population declines: study

Streetlights — particularly those that use white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) — not only disrupt insect behavior but are also...

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Around Thailand Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Farming together: A farmer in Phetchaburi offers a farm-sharing experience to casual gardeners

Love growing plants, but don’t have enough time or sufficient space? Fret not. Today, you can rent a piece of...

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General News World

YouTube removed 1 million ‘dangerous’ videos on Covid-19

YouTube said Wednesday it has removed more than one million videos with “dangerous coronavirus misinformation” since the start of...

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Politics Profiles

Tanat Thanakitamnuay – the royalist rich kid turned ‘wounded hero’ for democracy

Tanat Thanakitamnuay was addressing a crowd of anti-government protesters in Bangkok on August 13 when he was hit by...

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News World

Hong Kong to amend law to step up film censorship

Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday said they plan to amend a film censorship law to forbid screenings of movies...

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ASEAN News

Vietnam says Cuba to supply COVID-19 vaccine, transfer technology

Cuba will supply large quantities of its home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, Abdala, to Vietnam and also transfer the production technology...

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Politics Profiles

Suchart Sawasdsri: Artist caught in political crossfire

As a prolific writer and editor, Suchart Sawasdsri was honored with the role of the national artist (literature) in...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General News

Thailand secures options to switch to new COVID-19 vaccine which is under development

Thai Government has secured the option to switch to AstraZeneca’s new vaccine candidate which is designed to maintain the...

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Highlight News Politics

Protest casualties a result of police brutality or work of ‘third hand’?

Police are under fire over their handling of anti-government protesters who have taken to the streets almost daily since...

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Business News World

PayPal to let UK users buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency

PayPal on Monday said it will this week begin to allow users in Britain to buy, hold and sell...

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News World

US orders American airlines to aid Afghan evacuation

The United States on Sunday enlisted several major airlines in its frantic evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghans,...

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Anti-vaccine demonstrates in France for sixth weekend

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of France again on Saturday against the government’s Covid-19 vaccination...

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News World

US considers having airlines help with refugees

The Biden administration is considering calling on U.S. commercial airlines to provide planes and crews to assist in transporting...

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ASEAN News Opinion World

Op-Ed: Implications of American VP’s visit 

Vice President Kamala Harris has picked the two outstanding US allies in ASEAN for her first visit to the...

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News World

West struggles with Afghanistan chaos, Biden again defends withdrawal

Chaos around the Kabul airport was so bad this week that the U.S. military was forced to use three helicopters to...

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Around Thailand Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Fancy mooncakes up for grabs on e-platforms

The economy might be ailing but bakers of mooncakes are betting on a healthy appetite for their tasty pastries...

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Business Highlight News Opinion

Thailand’s economy staring at recession at year-end

The Thai economy rebounded in the second quarter, growing by 7.5 percent year on year, after a 12.1 percent...

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General News

Former revenue chief and senior official get life for ฿3bn illegal tax refund

Former Revenue Department Director-General Sathit Rangkhasiri and a former Bangkok-based senior revenue official, Siripong Riyakarnthirachote, were sentenced to life...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Environment News

Segregation the answer to contaminated waste, experts say

After a steep decline early this year, coronavirus cases are again on the rise due to the fast-spreading Delta...

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Business News

Thai consumer spending in foreign currencies increases 200%

Thai consumer spending in foreign currencies increased 200% during the second quarter year on year, according to a multi-currency...

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Around Thailand Coronavirus Outbreak Update Profiles

RDS: The group of doctors fighting COVID – and corruption – in Thailand 

Though its name suggests it has closer links with communities upcountry, the Rural Doctors Society (RDS) is now a...

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Popcat fever offers Thailand respite from worries of COVID crisis

In this time of despair, a small sense of achievement has arrived to boost Thais’ morale – winning a global...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight Opinion

Does Thailand’s deal for 8.5 million ATKs pass the corruption test?

Thailand’s surging COVID-19 crisis has spawned a series of rumors and scandals, with the latest centered on rapid antigen...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

How COVID-19 has changed the way we shop

The ongoing outbreak is affecting our lives in various ways and going to grocery shopping is no exception. Gone...

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Highlights of the week Opinion World

Kabul falls while US fails

Most armed conflicts in the world have “proxy” written all over them, so one of the most-ridiculed Joe Biden...

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Business News Opinion

Cutback in deposit insurance a challenge for banks and account holders

Many depositors may have to think hard about the safety of their cash deposits in commercial banks after deposit...

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News World

Death toll in massive Haiti quake jumps to over 1,200

The death toll in Haiti’s powerful earthquake jumped to over 1,200 on Sunday, as crews desperately dug through collapsed...

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News World

Japan marks 76th anniversary of WWII defeat

Japan marked the 76th anniversary of its World War II surrender on Sunday with a somber ceremony in which...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Highlight News

Phuket extends restrictions for 14 days due to high numbers of new COVID-19 cases

Phuket has extended its restrictions until the end of August, including the sealing off of the island to outsiders,...

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News World

Haiti searches for survivors after quake kills at least 304

At least 304 people died and hundreds were injured after a major earthquake struck southwestern Haiti on Saturday (August...

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News World

Biden sends more troops to evacuate Americans and allies as Taliban approach Kabul 

Taliban fighters on Saturday captured the key northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif and closed in on Kabul, as US...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update General Highlight News

Thailand’s slow procurement of jabs and revival of ‘vaccine diplomacy’

The government’s slow vaccine procurement has left Thailand lagging behind many countries – including its own neighbors – in...

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Protection for medics or impunity for govt: COVID amnesty bill under spotlight

The government is poised to declare one of its most controversial decrees under emergency law – one that would...

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News World

New Zealand hopes to relax border controls next year

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern said Thursday that strict border controls would remain this year but she hoped to cautiously...

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