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Battle for Bangkok raging online and offline as governor election looms

Battle is heating up both online and offline as Bangkok governor candidates woo voters of all generations ahead of the May 22 election. In the offline realm, candidates are jostling…

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A volunteer from the Bangkok Community Help Foundation administering a rapid antigen test, which screens for the Covid-19 coronavirus, to a resident of the Khlong Toei community in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

2021: The year Thailand walked a COVID tightrope of hope and horror

To the disappointment of all Thais, 2021 has been another year of COVID-19 outbreaks. Despite an accelerating mass vaccination drive across the country, the end of the pandemic is not…

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The Thai economy is heavily dependent on tourism as a major employment generator. Businesses have been hit hard by the prolonged pandemic situation and the fallout of lockdown restrictions since 2020.(Photo by Richard Balog)

2021: Economic recovery stuck in pandemic quicksand

After the sharp economic contraction triggered by the pandemic in 2020, hopes were high that Thailand’s economy would stage a recovery in 2021.  The COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 had…

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Cannabis-infused food and beverages are in for 2022.

The food, nutrition and wellness trends that are in for 2022

Consumers behaviors have shifted dramatically during the pandemic, triggering new food trends that prompt innovations. And the health, sustainability, food safety, and animal welfare trends are set to be the…

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The Selfridges department store on Oxford Street in central London. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

2021: The year of mergers and acquisitions that shook the markets

In one of the most-watched acquisition deals of 2021, Siam Commercial Bank Pcl (SCBX) on November 2 announced it was taking a 51 percent stake in Bitkub Online Company for…

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Surf-skating, LALISA, #RealSizeBeauty and Clubhouse – Here’s the BUZZ of 2021

The BUZZ of the year is back, with more mesmerizing trends! 2021 has sparked a lot of new and interesting trends, some of which weren’t expected to become a craze…

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A political activist throws paper signs outside the Constitutional Court of Thailand in Bangkok on November 10, 2021, after the court ruled that three Thai protesters’ demands on monarchy reform amounted to calls to overthrow the constitutional monarchy. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

2021: Year of unprecedented monarchy debate capped by a chilling court ruling

Before the birth of the youth-led protest movement in 2020, criticism of the monarchy and calls for changes to the institution were only limited to academia. But after the movement…

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Electoral officials count votes at a polling station in Bangkok on March 24, 2019 after polls closed in Thailand’s general election. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

2021: Year of powerplays, purges and defections as parties begin countdown to Thai general election  

Thai political parties have undergone change, evolution and even transformation in the past year, ahead of a general election expected in the coming year. Parties large and small – as…

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2021: A year of crackdowns and ‘lawfare’ for Thailand’s anti-establishment movement

The Thai government has been accused of waging “lawfare” against the anti-establishment movement over the past year, charging its key leaders with serious criminal offenses after they demanded political and…

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Surveys show that most students, parents and teachers want proper schooling to resume, but COVID-19 is still blocking the road back to normal education. (Photo by Robo Wunderkind)

2021: The year that kept students out of school and glued to screens

For millions of students in Thailand, 2021 has been a year of online classes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt their schooling. When virus cases began surging earlier this…

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(Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP)

2021 saw fierce battle to change Thai Constitution and junta legacy, but there was only one winner  

Politicians and activists have attempted to change the Thai Constitution repeatedly over the past year, but only one of the 21 amendment bills managed to clear the obstacle course set…

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As crypto assets become more mainstream, potential implications for the wider economy are set to increase, said the IMF. (photo by @executium)

2021: The year of crypto craze and challenges it poses

Trading in digital assets in Thailand saw high growth in 2021, on par with global markets, as large numbers of investors have entered the market. The low-interest rates offered by…

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“Ganja & Thai Traditional Medicine in the City” fair in Bangkok on March 18, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

2021 – the year cannabis and kratom became legal in Thailand

Cannabis and kratom completed their long journeys to legalization this year, in what was seen as an uncharacteristically liberal move by conservative Thai authorities. Given that alcohol and cigarettes remain…

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Interest in moving out of Thailand takes Internet by storm

In just two days, over half a million Thais have joined a new Facebook group called “Let’s Move Abroad”, amid increasing criticism of the Thai government’s handling of the COVID-19…

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“Time to sacrifice” – Another lonely Ramadan in Thailand

From cancelled Iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers in the provinces with 50 COVID-19 infections or more, almost all Muslims across Thailand are bracing for a bleak fasting month of…

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Bangkok Night Club COVID-19

You are special, you will not get infected… so what should we do with you?

For some reason, many people have this mentality, that they will not get infected with the virus that has been rampaging around the world since early 2020. Elites attend exclusive…

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Angkhana Neelapaijit, a former human rights commissioner and chair of the sub-committee on gender equality and women’s rights

Closing the gender gap in the workplace

To commemorate International Women’s Day today, a human rights activist, a top company executive and managers share insights into sustaining and growing gender diversity and inclusion Gender in the workplace…

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COVID-19 Social Distancing

How the year of ‘new normal’ changed Thai life forever

2020 was less than two weeks old when coronavirus first arrived in Thailand, triggering a “new normal” that brought jolting changes to all our lives. As the end of the…

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Another land scandal yet rocks Thai politics

Some major political changes in Thailand followed high-profile troubles with the land. A Democrat-led government crumbled in the 1980s after some politicians of the ruling party were accused of grabbing…

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Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee newly elected to the US House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket, celebrates with her supporters after her Congressional 5th District primary victory in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 6. US voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise.

How a Democratic U.S. House could alter foreign policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats will use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward President Donald Trump’s…

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Visa on arrival fee waiver for tourists from 21 countries for 60 days

The Cabinet on Tuesday agreed to waive the fee for visa on arrival for tourists from 21 countries for a 60-day period until the end of January.   Tourists from…

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WHO approves Thailand’s anti-HIV Efavirenz

The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Thailand’s anti-HIV drug Efavirenz developed by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization. GPO chairman Dr Sophon Mekthon told a press conference on Friday that Efavirenz…

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GAT/PAT tests to be held on February 16-19

GAT/PAT (General Aptitude Test and Professional and Academic Aptitude Test) tests for pre-university students will be held one week earlier to avoid clashing with the election day which is expected…

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India inaugurates world’s tallest statue to celebrate independence hero

KEVADIA, India (Reuters) – India on Wednesday inaugurated the world’s tallest statue, a $400-million effigy of independence hero Vallabhbhai Patel that towers nearly twice the height of New York’s Statue…

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Land and building tax bill to go back to NLA this month

The land and building tax bill which has been held up for more than a year will be submitted to the National Legislative Assembly for deliberation in the second and…

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UN chief names new envoy to Syria: sources

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has informed the Security Council that he wishes to appoint Norwegian diplomat Geir Pedersen as the next special envoy to Syria. Pedersen is currently Norway’s…

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S.Africa fires kill 7 including baby, pregnant woman

Raging wildfires have killed seven people including a baby and a pregnant woman in a farming settlement along South Africa’s famed Garden Route, disaster management services said Monday. Firefighters have…

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Trump says he plans to scrap birthright citizenship

President Donald Trump said he will scrap a constitutional guarantee to citizenship for anyone born on US soil in a headline-grabbing move bolstering his anti-immigration platform a week before midterm…

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GAT/PAT tests for pre-university students likely to be moved forward

The General Aptitude Test/Professional and Academic Aptitude Test (GAT/PAT tests) are likely to be moved forward for about a week to February 16-17 instead of February 24 which would coincide…

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44 assemblymen support bill to decriminalize marijuana for medical purpose

A total of 44 members of the National Legislative Assembly have signed in support of a draft bill to decriminalize marijuana for medical purpose by deleting marijuana from Category 5…

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China, France launch satellite to study climate change

The first Franco-Chinese satellite was launched into orbit on Monday to study ocean surface winds and waves around the clock, better predict cyclones and improve scientists’ understanding of climate change….

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Family members of the crashed Indonesian Lion Air JT-610 react at Pangkal Pinang airport, in Bangka Belitung province on October 29.

Indonesia’s Lion Air plane with 189 aboard crashes into sea near Jakarta, wreckage found

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A Lion Air flight with 189 people on board is believed to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia’s island of Java on Monday, shortly…

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A woman pauses as she adds flowers to a growing pile of tributes outside Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium in Leicester, eastern England, on October 28 after a helicopter belonging to the club’s Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed outside the stadium the night before.

Leicester City owner, four others were on crashed helicopter: source

LEICESTER, England- Leicester City soccer club chairman and owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who were on board a helicopter which crashed next to the club’s stadium on Saturday,…

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British media say Vichai on board helicopter that crashed

King Power and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board the helicopter that crashed in a ball of flames in the club’s stadium car park last night after a…

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Fishermen told government cannot ban seafood import from Myanmar

The Thai government cannot stop the import of squid and cuttlefish from Myanmar as demanded by Thai fishermen because this will breach the World Trade Organization and AFTA agreements, said…

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Trump holds Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince responsible for Khashoggi’s death

STANBUL (REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump, in his toughest comments yet, said Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince bore ultimate responsibility for the operation that led to Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, piling…

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Gen Prayut, Mahathir to discuss South peace talks

How Malaysia will help Thailand revive the peace talks in the trouble-plagued south will top the agenda of the meeting between Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Malaysian counterpart…

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A section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge seen from Lantau island in Hong Kong.

China’s Xi opens major sea bridge during symbolic tour to southern China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping opened one of the world’s longest bridges on Tuesday, during a tour to southern China that is seen by some as an…

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How the man behind Khashoggi murder ran the killing via Skype

(Reuters) – He ran social media for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. He masterminded the arrest of hundreds of his country’s elite. He detained a Lebanese prime minister. And, according to…

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Amid scepticism, Saudi official provides another version of Khashoggi death

RIYADH (REUTERS) – As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying international scepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official laid out a new version of…

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Depression lands, causing widespread heavy rain

The anticipated depression made landfall in Kui Buri district of Prachuab Khiri Khan province at 10 pm Saturday night and has weakened into a low pressure cell, causing more rain…

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Trump, Europeans call Saudi account of Khashoggi death incomplete

 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump joined European leaders on Saturday in pushing Saudi Arabia for more answers about Jamal Khashoggi after Riyadh changed its story and acknowledged that the…

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Thailand’s Nation Brand ranking drops two spots this year to 31th  

Thailand drops two spots from 29th to 31st in the Nation Brands Index 2018 out of a total of 100 rankings worldwide, according to Brand Finance, a British consultancy firm on the…

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Saudi Arabia says journalist Khashoggi died after fight in consulate

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Saturday preliminary results of investigations showed US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after a fight with people he…

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Free visa on arrival for tourists from 21 nations,including China

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to seek cabinet approval on a proposal to offer a temporary waiver for fee on visa on arrival for visitors from 21 countries, including…

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Over ten reef sharks sighted near Maya beach

The sighting on Tuesday of a school of about a dozen of black tip reef sharks swimming near the Maya beach has caused excitements among officials of the Hat Nopparatthara-Phi-Phi…

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First group of Rohingya refugees to start returning to Myanmar soon 

The repatriation of the first group of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh is likely to begin after the next meeting of the Myanmar-Bangladesh Joint Working Group at the end of this…

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The nation holds events in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol 

A huge portrait of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been put on display at Sanam Luang for people to lay wreaths and to pay respect to the beloved Monarch…

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A woman prays next to an injured man in the Immaculate Conception Hospital in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, on October 7, 2018. A strong aftershock sent panicked residents fleeing into the streets on October 7 — hours after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least 12 people along Haiti’s northwest coast.

Aftershock sows panic after Haitian quake kills at least 12

A day after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least 12 people along Haiti’s northwest coast, a strong aftershock sent panicky residents fleeing into the streets, witnesses and the authorities said…

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Mahathir says quarrelling with ex-PM Najib keeps his brain active

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has a piece of advice for senior citizens:  They should not be sleeping, but they should keep reading, writing and even quarrelling to keep active…

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4 whale sharks spotted near Koh Talu off Prachuab Khiri Khan

Four whale sharks have been sighted hunting for fish near Koh Talu, about three kilometres from the coast of Bang Saphan Noi district of the southern province of Prachuab Khiri…

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Princess Soamsawali leaves hospital, almost fully recovers

Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali has been discharged from Chulalongkorn Hospital and returned to Thewet Palace after almost full recovery, the Royal Household Bureau said in its third announcement since…

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Police probe missing paintings of late national artist Thawan Datchanee

Security has been stepped at Ban Dum (Black House) of the late national artist Thawan Datchanee in Muang district of the northern province of Chiang Rai after more than 100…

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Search mounted to look for seven missing following flash flood and mud slide

The Third Army Region has sent out a search and rescue team to look for seven missing people after a refugee camp in Sob Moei district of the northern province…

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Over 20 sea turtles beach and most die in Phuket and Phang-nga in two months

More than 20 sea turtles landed on two beaches in Phuket and Phang-nga provinces and most of them died with the rest being seriously injured with little chance of survival…

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This photo by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken and released on September 15, 2018 shows shows seawater being sucked into the air in Taitung county, eastern Taiwan, as Super Typhoon Mangkhut approached waters near southern Taiwan.

40 provinces face heavy rain from Typhoon Mangkhut

Forty provinces have been warned to brace for heavy rain and possibly very heavy rain today and the next few days as an indirect effect from super Typhoon Mangkhut which…

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First warning of super typhoon Mangkhut from Weatherman

The Meteorological Department issued its first warning today of impacts from super   typhoon Mangkhut which was predicted to blow through Luzon of the Philippines and into the upper part of…

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New High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is seen on a TV screen delivering her speech during the opening day of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights in Geneva on September 10, calling for the creation of a new “mechanism” tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar.

UN human rights chief calls for new “mechanism” to deal with atrocities against Rohingya 

GENEVA — New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet today called for the setting up of a new “mechanism” to prepare criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar,…

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Tham Luang rescue saga: From struggle to celebrations 

The Tham Luang Cave rescue efforts during June 23-July 10, 2018 involved thousands of people from all over the world. They included divers, rescue workers, police officers, soldiers and volunteers…

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Princess Soamsawali’s condition improves: Royal Household Bureau

The health condition of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali has improved satisfactorily, but doctors at the Chulalongkorn Hospital have advised her to remain at the hospital for another period of…

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Thais and foreigners to receive Royal decorations for roles in Tham Luang rescue 

A total of 114 foreigners and 74 Thai civilians who were involved in the operations to rescue the 12 Wild Boars boys and their football coach from Tham Luang cave…

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Wild Boars boys, thank-you party, Australian underwater cave explorer

“Wild Boars” boys dream of taking Thailand into World Cup

The 12 Wild Boars boys and their coach whose dramatic rescue from Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai in July riveted the whole world  said today they have a dream…

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Damage caused by a powerful quake in Hokkaido

A lot of damage caused by a powerful 6.6-magnitude quake rocked the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Thursday, killing at least eight people, collapsing homes, and triggering landslides that left…

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All Nippon Airways check-in desks announces the cancellation of all flights due to an earthquake

A board next to the All Nippon Airways (ANA) check-in desks announces the cancellation of all flights due to an earthquake, at Chitose airport in Chitose city, Hokkaido prefecture on…

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Richard Liu Qiangdong, chairman and CEO of online retailer JD.com, was in Bangkok last November to promote his company’s business investments in Thailand.

JD.com CEO arrested on allegation of rape: police report

MINNEAPOLIS/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The founder and chief executive of Chinese retailer JD.com Inc, Richard Liu, was arrested in Minneapolis last week following an allegation of rape, according to a public…

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Hundreds stranded as Purple Line train service disrupted during evening rush hours

Several hundreds of mostly office workers were stranded at Taopoon train station of the Purple Line train this evening after its service was temporarily suspended due to technical problems. Many…

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The sentencing of two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years in jail early this month is seen as part of the campaign to silence independent media in Myanmar.
The sentencing of two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years in jail early this month is seen as part of the campaign to silence independent media in Myanmar.

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

YANGON (Reuters) – A Myanmar judge today found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years, in a landmark case seen…

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People watch as a massive fire engulfs the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil’s oldest, on Sunday. The cause of the fire was not yet known, according to local media.

Massive fire tears through Brazil’s 200-year old National Museum

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A massive fire raced through Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items,…

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Manhunt for a monk suspected of girdling and poisoning over 100 trees in temple

The forest management office in the southern province of Krabi are gathering evidence to take legal action against a monk who allegedly girdled more than 100 trees and then poisoned…

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Poll shows majority of people want political restrictions to be scrapped or eased

More than 45 percent of the respondents to an opinion poll want political restrictions to be completely scrapped against about 18 percent who want them to stay. Suan Dusit Poll…

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Mahathir fears Malays will lose out if more Chinese businessmen are allowed in

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad voiced fears that Malays and the Bumiputera would be out-competed if Malaysia welcomes a flood of traders and entrepreneurs from China, the New Straits Times Malaysia…

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Former “Wadah” leader Wan Nor made leader of Prachachart Party

Former Narathiwat MP and leader of the Wadah group of southern Muslim politicians Mr Wa Muhamad Noor Matha or Wan Nor was today voted leader of the newly-formed Prachachart Party…

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Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organised to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018.

Fake photos in Myanmar army’s ‘True News’ book on the Rohingya crisis

YANGON (Reuters) – The grainy black-and-white photo, printed in a new book on the Rohingya crisis authored by Myanmar’s army, shows a man standing over two bodies, wielding a farming…

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Probe ordered into cutting of a royal Bodhi tree in Prachuab Khiri Khan

A fact-finding panel has been set up at the order of Prachuab Khiri Khan governor to probe the cutting down of a Bodhi tree at a temple in this southern…

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Chao Phraya riverside residents in Ayutthaya, Ang Thong told to face possible flooding

People living on both sides of the Chao Phraya River in the central provinces of Ayutthaya and Ang Thong were told to brace for possible flooding as more water is…

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British cave diver’s lawyer prepares libel lawsuit against billionaire Elon Musk 

British cave diver Vernon Unsworth who played a crucial role in the rescue of 12 Wild Boars boys and their coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave in July has…

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HM Queen fully recovers from flu, to be discharged today

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has fully recovered from flu and doctors at Chulalongkorn Hospital advised her to be discharged today, the Bureau of the Royal Household announced.   The bureau…

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Over 50,000 people forced to flee  homes after collapse of dam spillway in Myanmar

More than 50,000 people were forced to flee their homes, five people went missing and 27 villages went under floodwater on Wednesday night after a dam spillway collapsed in Bago…

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British girl urged to file rape complaint by Sept 25

The 19-year-old British woman who claimed to have been drugged and raped while vacationing on Koh Tao island of Surat Thani’s Koh Phangan district should come and file a complaint…

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A major bridge along Yangon to Mandalay highway linking Yangon to capital Naypyidaw is seen damaged by rampaging flood waters from a dam on August 29, 2018.

A dam spillway in central Myanmar collapsed early August 29

Residents negotiate a flooded road after rampaging waters from Swar Chaung dam spillway submerged villages in Bago region, central Myanmar on August 29, 2018. A dam spillway in central Myanmar…

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The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the situation in Myanmar at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

Myanmar rejects UN report on genocide against Rohingya

The government of Myanmar this morning rejected the findings of a UN investigation accusing its armed forces of genocide against the Rohingya. Myanmar has come under immense pressure this week…

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Five districts in Nong Khai heavily flooded

Five districts of the northeastern border province of Nong Khai have been heavily flooded by overflows from tributaries of the Mekong River, local authorities reported this morning. The five districts…

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Anwar believes Mahathir will keep promise of power transfer

KUALA LUMPUR —  Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim says he believes Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will keep his promise to hand over the reins to him. In…

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PM disagrees with higher penalties for drivers without driving licenses

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that he personally did not agree with a police proposal to increase the penalties for drivers without driving licenses.  Asked about the controversial proposal…

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New Malaysian peace talks facilitator hopeful of peace agreement

The new Malaysian facilitator for peace talks in southern Thailand said today he sees the possibility of an agreement to end the violence that has plagued the Thai region for…

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AOT accepts Ja Sam’s widow as an airport inspector

The Airports of Thailand has accepted Mrs Waleeporn Kunan, widow of the late former SEAL member Lt-Cmdr Samarn Kunan, as an inspector attached to Suvarnabhumi international airport, in recognition of …

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Many Rohingya survivors and victims were traumatised by the killings and rapes inflicted on the Muslim minority last year as 700,000 fled across the border.

Myanmar military leaders should face ‘genocide’ charges – UN report

The call, accompanying the first report by UN investigators, amounts to some of the strongest language yet from UN officials who have denounced alleged human rights violations in Myanmar since…

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Mong Thongdee wins paper plane championship

Mong Thongdee, who won Thailand paper plane championship nine years ago when he was 12,  won the Thailand paper plane championship in the general individual category at Muang Thong Thani…

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Senator John McCain, ex-POW and political maverick, dead at 81

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president as a self-styled maverick Republican in 2008 and became a prominent…

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Police defend  proposal for stiff fines for drivers without driving licenses

Thailand has become the world’s Number One with the highest rate of road accidents with ten million drivers out of a total of 31 without driving licenses, said Pol Maj-Gen…

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Australia’s incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leaves a press conference with his grandchildren after a party meeting in Canberra today during which Treasurer Scott Morrison was voted as Australia’s seventh prime minister in 11 years.

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison to become new prime minister

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison will become Australia’s new prime minister after winning a Liberal party leadership vote today, ending an internecine battle that has scarred the conservative…

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Customs to tighten up watch on couriers of brand-name products

The Customs Department will set up an intelligence gathering centre to keep track on people posing as passengers but in fact are couriers smuggling in brand-name products from overseas.  …

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New operating hours from 4 pm-midnight for Khao Sarn vendors

Vendors on Khao Sarn road, one of Bangkok’s best known landmarks among backpackers,  will be allowed to do their business from 4 pm until midnight instead of 6 pm until…

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Free bus service to avoid mass transit construction routes

Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) will provide free bus service starting  September 1 for city  commuters to encourage them to avoid travelling through areas where construction of three mass transit…

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US-China trade war escalates

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China today escalated their acrimonious trade war, implementing punitive 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion worth of each other’s goods, even as mid-level…

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Wild Boars boys thank the world for teaching them ‘love’

The 12 Wild Boars soccer players and their coach who captured the world’s attention last month while stranded in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai said they wanted to…

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Thailand wins two prestigious awards at 8th World Puppet Carnival, Russia

Young Thai puppet art performers of Nataya Bangkok Club have won two prestigious awards – Best Traditional Show Award and Audience Award – in the 8th World Puppet Carnival in…

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Former journalists of Radio Free Asia (RFA) Oun Chhin (left) and Yeang Sothearin walk out of Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on August 21.

Radio Free Asia reporters on espionage charges in Cambodia released on bail

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday freed on bail two former Radio Free Asia reporters who were charged with espionage, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Wednesday. 49-year…

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Long-awaited reunion ends with a tearful farewell

South Korean Lee Geum-Sum, 92,  waves to her North Korean son Lee Sung-Chul, 71, as she is leaving on a bus after a three-day family reunion meeting at the Mount…

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Representatives of the member countries of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ) link arms for a photo session to demonstrate their commitment to fight against fake news at a forum held in Bangkok on Tuesday.

ASEAN journalists call for joint efforts to battle fake news

Recognizing fake news as a global challenge, media representatives of ASEAN countries have agreed  that the fight against falsehoods and disinformation must be a joint effort of all stake-holders in…

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