Supreme Court verdict in construction tycoon’s poaching case expected Wednesday

The Thong Pha Phum provincial court in Kanchanaburi province is scheduled to release the Supreme Court verdict tomorrow morning (Wednesday) in the controversial illegal hunting case involving construction tycoon Premchai…

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Peng Shuai to Xinjiang – the issues overshadowing the Beijing Olympics

From human rights to coronavirus and tennis star Peng Shuai, February’s Beijing Olympics have been overshadowed by several controversies. With under two months until the Games begin, the United States…

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Authorities slammed for mass arrest of protesters of Songkhla’s industrial project

Environment advocacy and community rights groups slammed the Thai government today (Tuesday) over the arrest of about 36 protesters, from Songkhla’s Jana district, who were rallying at Government House in…

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People walk through Westminster Underground station during morning rush hour, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Next pandemic could be more lethal than COVID, vaccine creator says

LONDON (Reuters) – Future pandemics could be even more lethal than COVID-19 so the lessons learned from the outbreak must not be squandered and the world should ensure it is prepared for the next viral onslaught, one of the creators…

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Concerns raised over possible lockdown after Thailand detects first Omicron case

After the recent relaxation of COVID-19 related restrictions, sales have gradually improved in restaurants and other businesses, but they are warning that reintroducing harsh measures or lockdowns could severely affect…

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Subscribers to government’s co-payment scheme urged to spend before program expires

Subscribers to the third phase of the 50:50 co-payment stimulus scheme have been advised to spend the balance in “Pao Tang” accounts, as the scheme will expire on December 31st…

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Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $150bn over hate speech

Los Angeles (AFP) – Rohingya refugees sued Facebook on Monday for $150 billion over claims the social network is failing to stem hate speech on its platform, exacerbating violence against the…

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A visitor to the Shougang Park walks past the a sculpture for the Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. China on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House confirmed Monday, a move that China…

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Thai tourist dies and nine injured in a road accident at Doi Ang Khang in Chiang Mai

A Thai tourist was killed and nine others were hurt, including five who have serious injuries, when a van in which they were travelling crashed into roadside rocks in the…

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Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin

Myanmar’s Foreign Minister to visit Phnom Penh

Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin will fly to Cambodia’s capital tomorrow (Tuesday) to pay a one-day courtesy call on the new ASEAN chair, according to an informed but unnamed…

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PM urges public not to panic over first case of Omicron variant in Thailand

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is asking the Thai public not to panic over the discovery of Thailand’s first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, but to remain on their…

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Putin heads to India with eye on military, energy ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in India on Monday for just his second overseas trip since the pandemic, seeking to bolster military and energy ties with a traditional ally…

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Thailand’s first Omicron case in hospital for observation, no symptoms yet

The asymptomatic American businessman, who was confirmed as Thailand’s first case of a COVID-19 Omicron variant infection on his arrival from Spain, is currently under observation in hospital, said Dr….

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Veteran member Nipit Intharasombat quits Democrat party

After 29 years with the Democrats, Thailand’s oldest political party, Nipit Intharasombat, the party’s deputy leader and eight-term former MP for Phatthalung province, has decided to call it quits, effective…

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FILE – Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi waits to address judges of the International Court of Justice on the second day of three days of hearings in The Hague, Netherlands on Dec. 11, 2019. Myanmar court on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 sentenced ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years for incitement, breaking virus restrictions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Myanmar court sentences ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years

BANGKOK (AP) — A special court in Myanmar’s capital sentenced the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of…

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This screen image released by shows an entry for allyship, named’s word of the year. ( via AP) anoints allyship word of the year for 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Allyship, an old noun made new again, is’s word of the year. The look up site with 70 million monthly users took the unusual step…

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Asia markets down on Omicron, US jobs data worries

HONG KONG (AFP): Asian markets broadly fell in morning trading Monday, tracking uncertainty over the Omicron variant of Covid-19 as well as disappointing US jobs data and the future of…

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Crash of Thai Air Force’s F-5 fighter jet may have been caused by bird strike

The Royal Thai Air Force F-5 fighter jet, which crashed into a rice field in Chai Badan district of the central province of Lop Buri last Friday, struck a large…

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The photo shows physical imitations of cryptocurrency in Dortmund, western Germany, on January 27, 2020. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP)

Sword of regulatory curbs hangs over cryptocurrency investors

Cryptocurrency holders are staring at an uncertain future, as the authorities are at a crossroads on how to regulate the use of digital assets amid their increasing popularity.  Investors who…

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Ex-transport minister Chadchart favourite to be next Bangkok governor in latest Nida Poll

Former transport minister in the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Chadchart Sittipunt, is leading the Bangkok gubernatorial race among eligible voters, with the election to be held early next…

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Large crowd show up to welcome King and Queen of Thailand

A large number of people, most wearing yellow shirts, gathered at Chaloem Phrakiat King Bhumibol Adulyadej Park, at the location of the former Nang Loeng Royal Turf Club racecourse, to…

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Thailand removed from Germany’s list of COVID-19 high risk countries

Germany has removed Thailand from its list of COVID-19 high-risk countries, effective from today (Sunday), under which people arriving from Thailand can enter Germany without the need for quarantine, if…

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Thai stargazers urged to enjoy view of a bright Venus on December 7th

The planet Venus will be at its brightest this year on December 7th and stargazers in Thailand can see this celestial phenomenon with the naked eye by looking to the…

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PM makes merit to mark the anniversary of King Rama IX’s birth and Thailand’s Father’s Day

This morning (Sunday), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife led members of the cabinet, privy council, the legislature, the judiciary and the three armed forces, as well as their…

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Million-dollar bond as US school shooter parents plead not guilty

The parents of a 15-year-old who shot dead four students at a US high school with a gun bought by his father pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter Saturday, as…

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An area is seen covered in volcanic ash at Sumber Wuluh village in Lumajang on December 5, 2021, after the Semeru volcano eruption that killed at least 13 people. JUNI KRISWANTO / AFP

  Indonesia volcano eruption kills 13, dozens injured

 The death toll from a sudden, spectacular eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Semeru has risen to 13, disaster officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched villages blanketed in molten ash for survivors….

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Reopened Thai schools face biggest test as COVID fear stalks classrooms

Of the 12,000 or so Thai schools that resumed onsite learning in November, 71 per cent have successfully ensured that students can sit in class and study with their friends at least half of…

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Search for stray tiger in Thailand’s Kamphaeng Phet province continues

Wildlife officials have been trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to track down a four-year old tiger, named Vichit, which strayed out of its habitat in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary five days ago….

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897kgs of crystal methamphetamine bound for Taiwan seized at Bangkok port

Thai customs officials seized 897 kilograms of crystal meth at Bangkok port today (Saturday). The drugs were being transported to Taiwan. Customs officials attributed the seizure to a tipoff from…

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Security guard murdered in front of a mosque in Thailand’s Yala province

A village security guard was shot dead in front of a masjid in Muang district of the southern border province of Yala after attending Friday night prayers. The victim, Sudeng…

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The latest wave of cyber-attacks has been blamed on spyware known as Pegasus, made by the Israeli technology firm NSO Group.

Inside the Pegasus spyware scandal infecting Thailand

Concerns over possible state-sponsored cyber-spying have been raised after at least six critics of the Thai government were reportedly warned by Apple Inc that their smartphones were being targeted. It…

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Thai PM has no objection to holding New Year countdown event

Thailand’s Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has been assigned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to discuss with businesses how a New Year countdown event can be held in a…

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Miss Universe Thailand’s unorthodox but traditional costume

Miss Universe Thailand 2021, Thai-Australian Model Anchilee Scott-Kemmis, will wear an unorthodox Thai costume based on that of an ancient Thai female combatant, featuring rope-bound hands instead of boxing gloves,…

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Constitutional Court’s full verdict enrages LGBT community, rights defenders

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled on November 10 that Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code defining marriages as only between men and women is constitutional, following a petition filed…

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Alec Baldwin denies responsibility for fatal shooting on movie set

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) Alec Baldwin on Thursday denied responsibility for the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of his Western movie “Rust,” saying he would have killed himself if he believed it…

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Pilot injured in Air Force F5 jet crash Thailand’s in Lop Buri province

The Thai Air Force pilot of a F5 fighter jet was injured after he ejected from his plane when it developed mechanical trouble and before it crashed into a rice…

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Muscle pain, fatigue among initial symptoms of Omicron variant – DCD

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has published basic information about the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, so the public can monitor for physical symptoms. The initial symptoms include muscle pain and fatigue,…

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100 embankment ‘roads to nowhere’ built by Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department

The Royal Irrigation Department has spent about 795 million baht since 2017 building more than 100 canal embankments, similar to the one in Chaichana district of the north-eastern province of…

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PM2.5 pollution returns to Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is warning of an increase in PM2.5 dust between December 5th and 7th, especially in Khlong Sam Wa, Min Buri, Nong Khaem, Tawee Wattana, Bang…

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Passengers wait in line inside the terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

New U.S. COVID-19 international travel testing rules take effect Monday

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – New rules requiring international air travelers arriving in the United States to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel will take effect…

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FILE / Passengers wait in line inside the terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., November 24, 2021 / REUTERS

U.S., Germany plan new restrictions as Omicron rattles investors

BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States, Germany and Russia joined countries planning stricter COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday as the Omicron coronavirus variant rattled markets, with investors concerned about the impact on the global economic recovery….

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Thai civil society urges government to end plans to join CPTPP

Thailand’s anti-CPTPP civil society organizations, claiming to represent 400,000 citizens, issued an open letter today (Thursday), addressed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, urging the government immediately to cease plans to…

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Curb on reporting monarchy reform push could kill debate in Thailand

Observers say the broadcast regulator’s recent warning against media reporting demands for monarchy reform could lead to self-censorship by both media outlets and academics. Some media outlets view the move…

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, salutes during the Global Citizen festival, on Sept. 25, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah, File)

UK court backs Meghan in dispute over privacy with publisher

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex on Thursday won the latest stage in her long-running privacy lawsuit against a newspaper publisher over its publication of parts of a letter…

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House committee slams Thai police for arresting, defrocking Cambodian monk

Thailand’s House committee, tasked with scrutinising a bill against torture and enforced disappearances, has cried foul over Tuesday night’s arrest and defrocking of a monk by Thai immigration police, prior…

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FILE Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha / Photo from Royal Thai Government

PM confirms no Thailand’s border closure yet, dashes hope for early revival of nightlife

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Thursday) made clear that his government has no plan to close Thailand’s borders again, to prevent the spread of Omicron, while dashing hopes that pubs,…

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Benja Apan and Natchanon Pairot

Thai anti-establishment protester jailed for two months for contempt of court

A member of Thailand’s “United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration” anti-establishment group, Natchanon Pairot, was sentenced to two months in prison without suspension today (Thursday), after he was found guilty of…

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Thai navy rescues 7 crew from sunken trawler in rough seas off Surat Thani

Seven Thai crew members of a capsized fishing vessel were safely plucked from stormy seas about 20 nautical miles off the coast of the southern province of Surat Thani by…

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Central Retail Corp invests ฿4.5 bn in Grab Thailand shares

Central Retail Corporation, Thailand’s leading retail conglomerate, has announced the conclusion of a partnership deal with the Thai unit of Singapore-headquartered ride-hailing application Grab, Grab Taxi Holding (Thailand) Company Limited….

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, seen on a screen, during a meeting in Taipei, Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021. (Kyodo News via AP)

Beijing summons Japan envoy over ex-PM’s ‘erroneous’ Taiwan remarks

Beijing (AFP) – Beijing summoned the Japanese ambassador to China over former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s “extremely erroneous remarks” on Taiwan, the foreign ministry said Thursday, as tensions rise over the…

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Thai Central Bank warns against use of cryptocurrencies in transactions

Volatility and security risks mean that Thailand’s Central Bank remains unconvinced about the use of digital assets to purchase goods and services, as many shops have started allowing payment using…

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Djokovic says he ‘fully’ supports WTA’s China decision over Peng

Madrid (AFP) – World number one Novak Djokovic said he supports “fully” the Women’s Tennis Association’s decision to suspend its tournaments in China over concerns about the safety of female player…

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Omicron rapidly dominating in South Africa; U.S. reports first case

JOHANNESBURG/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Heavily mutated Omicron is rapidly becoming the dominant variant of the coronavirus in South Africa less than four weeks after it was first detected there, and the United States on Wednesday became the latest country to…

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Protest leader Rung Panusaya freed from prison after courts granted bail

After 17 days behind bars, Thai anti-establishment protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul was released from the Central Women’s Correctional Institute at about 8pm tonight (Wednesday) into to the embrace of…

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Government blocks opposition bid for debate on royal motorcade incident

Governing coalition parties today (Wednesday) successfully blocked an attempt by the opposition Move Forward party to have a debate in the House of Representatives over the blocking, by anti-establishment protesters,…

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Japan suspends new flight reservations as omicron spreads

TOKYO (AP) — Japan continued its aggressive stance against a new coronavirus variant on Wednesday, asking international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in the country…

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252 arrivals from 8 African countries asked to report for RT-PCR tests immediately

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is appealing for 252 Thais and foreigners, who arrived in Thailand between November 15th and 27th from any of eight African countries affected…

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Asian highway blocked by heavy flooding in Thailand’s Chumphon province

Land travel between Thailand’s southern provinces and Bangkok has been disrupted in Chumphon province, as the Asian highway, the main artery, is heavily flooded, rendering it impassable to all vehicles…

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Photo by Handout / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / AFP

Omicron may become dominant variant with its high transmissibility – Dr. Yong Poovorawan

The new coronavirus variant, known as Omicron, is likely to replace the Delta variant as the dominant strain if it continues to spread quickly and easily, said Dr. Yong Poovorawan,…

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Thailand’s cancel culture takes on Thai singer in new K-Pop band

Another Thai-born artist, Sitala Wongkrachang, is set to debut in a Korean girl group in January, but her family’s history of involvement in political activism in Thailand is coming back…

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U.S. tightens COVID-19 travel rules as countries race to quell Omicron threat

WASHINGTON/TOKYO, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Air travellers to the United States will face tougher COVID-19 testing rules, as several countries moved to seal-off their borders amid heightened uncertainty around the…

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TAT governor says foreign arrivals not yet slowing, despite Omicron variant

There is little sign yet of a slow-down in international arrivals to Thailand, despite the spread of new coronavirus variant, Omicron, in several countries. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)…

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(File) Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul

Thailand backs WHO initiative for international instrument on pandemic response

Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has expressed full support for the development of a legally binding international instrument, which is a combination of a treaty and other international texts…

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Global economy rebounds, but for how long?

The world economy woke up from its pandemic-induced coma in 2021, but soaring inflation, global supply chain bottlenecks and a resurgent coronavirus have taken the shine off the comeback. Now…

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In this file photo taken on May 18, 2021 a general overhead view shows Israel’s Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv. – (Photo by Gil COHEN-MAGEN / AFP)

Tel Aviv ranked world’s priciest city for first time

Tel Aviv is the world’s most expensive city to live in as soaring inflation has pushed up living costs globally, according to a survey published on Wednesday.  The Israeli city…

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Search on for a tiger which strayed out of Huai Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary

Wildlife officials have been trying to track down a wild tiger, called “Vichit”, after it wandered out of its habitat in Huai Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary a few days ago….

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Former PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban bailed after being charged with corruption

A former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Suthep Thaugsuban, was granted bail by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders after malfeasance charges were filed against him, by…

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Dutch authorities: omicron variant circulating 11 days ago

PARIS (AP) — The Dutch health authority says it has found the new omicron variant of the coronavirus in two local cases going back as far as 11 days, showing…

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Did vaccine inequality lead to the Omicron variant?

In October 2020, as scientists around the world raced to develop a vaccine to fight COVID-19, the leader of the World Health Organization warned against looming “vaccine nationalism”. In a…

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Cabinet approves one-year visa for foreigners seeking medical treatment in Thailand

The Thai cabinet approved, in principle, the issuance of medical treatment visas at their meeting today (Tuesday). The visa will allow foreigners seeking medical treatment in Thailand to stay for…

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President of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason (C) receives the New Colours during the ceremony to declare Barbados a Republic and the Inauguration of the President of Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, Barbados, on November 30, 2021. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)

Barbados says goodbye to queen, transforms into republic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Barbados stopped pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday as it shed another vestige of its colonial past and became a republic for…

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RT-PCR test requirement on arrival in Thailand to remain in place

The RT-PCR COVID-19 test requirement upon arrival in Thailand will remain in place in light of the emergence of the new “Omicron” COVID-19 variant in many countries, the Thai cabinet…

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Thai virologists think mixed vaccine use may give some protection against Omicron

A leading Thai virologist, Dr. Yong Poovorawan, and Professor Dr. Wasun Chantratita, head of the Centre for Medical Genomics at Ramathibodi hospital, believe that a mix-and-match vaccine regimen may offer…

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Myanmar court postpones verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

(AP) — A court in Myanmar postponed its verdict on Tuesday in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow testimony from an additional witness. The court…

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A man puts on a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while working at a community nucleic acid testing center in Hong Kong, China November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Lam Yik

Hong Kong expands travel curbs on Omicron fears, Australia reports 5 cases

HONG KONG/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Hong Kong expanded a ban on entry for non-residents from several countries as global health authorities raced to curb a potential outbreak of the Omicron virus, while Australia‘s cabinet will review on Tuesday…

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Road to nowhere in Thailand’s Yasothon is an embankment resembling a road

The mysterious asphalted road running to nowhere through a rice field in Maha Chaichana district of the north-eastern province of Yasothon, which has been the subject of an investigation by…

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Compensation for nightlife businesses and employees to be proposed to CCSA

Thailand’s Ministry of Labour is set to propose to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) the compensation for nightlife business owners and their employees, after the reopening of nightclubs…

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What Thailand can learn about telecom mergers from developed countries

A hot debate has been raging in Thailand since the recent announcement of the plan to merge True Corporation, a subsidiary of conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group, and Total Access Communication…

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies during a remote video hearing held by subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on “Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation” in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2021. U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee/Handout via Reuters

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hands reins to technology chief Agrawal

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey is stepping down from his role and Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal will now lead the company, the social networking site announced on Monday. The appointment of Agrawal, a 10-year veteran of Twitter, signaled a…

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Thailand’s Progressive Movement wins 38 mayoral seats in Sunday’s sub-district elections

Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said today (Monday), that he is pleased and proud with the movement’s achievement in the Sub-district (Tambon) Administrative Organization (TAO) elections on Sunday, which saw…

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A medical worker walks past a screen monitoring coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Bagae Hospital in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

High COVID case count, Omicron prompt S.Korea not to relax curbs

SEOUL, Nov 29 (Reuters) – South Korea said on Monday it has shelved plans to further relax COVID-19 restrictions due to the strain on its healthcare system from rising hospitalisation…

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Eateries in Bangkok can serve alcohol until 11pm from December 1

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang issued an announcement today (Monday), further easing restrictions on eateries in the capital, by allowing them to serve alcohol to customers up to 11pm from December…

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A vial and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed stock graph and words “Omicron SARS-CoV-2” in this illustration taken, November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/file photo

Omicron poses very high global risk, world must prepare -WHO

GENEVA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The heavily mutated Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally and poses a very high risk of infection surges that could have “severe consequences”…

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Thai royalists rally again in Bangkok to campaign for expulsion of Amnesty International

Royalist groups gathered in Bangkok’s Silom commercial district today (Monday), to rally public support for their signature collection campaign, aimed at forcing Amnesty International out of Thailand for allegedly interfering…

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Thai doctors confirm no ‘Omicron’ strain detected yet but say it is highly transmissible

There has been no detection of the new COVID-19 Omicron mutation in Thailand yet, but experts say it spreads faster and more easily than the Beta and Delta strains, while…

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Massive blaze at engine oil warehouse in Nakhon Pathom now under control

Fire crews have managed to control a huge fire at an engine oil warehouse in Samphran district of Thailand’s central province of Nakhon Pathom, after battling the blaze with chemicals…

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A general view of people trooping to the Manila baywalk dolomite beach along Roxas boulevard in Manila city on October 17, 2021, a day after authorities eased its quarantine restrictions in the nation’s capital. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry

Manila (AFP) – The Philippines has temporarily suspended a decision to allow fully vaccinated tourists entry in a bid to prevent a new, heavily mutated coronavirus variant taking off in the…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida answers to reporters’ questions about a measure against the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, at his official residence in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Japan announced Monday it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors from around the world as a new coronavirus variant spreads. (Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan bans entry of foreign visitors as omicron spreads

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Monday it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors from around the world as a new coronavirus variant spreads, prompting an increasing number of countries…

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Measures discussed to help Thailand’s struggling entertainment sector

Thai Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin is scheduled to meet with representatives of musicians, artists, pubs and bars today (Monday), to discuss their problems and ways to ease their suffering, since…

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How live streaming is transforming shopping in Thailand

With its offer of bargains, interaction, entertainment and value to consumers and the chance for retailers to earn significant cash, it’s little wonder that livestream shopping on social media is such…

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70% voter turnout in Thailand’s first sub-district elections in eight years

About 70% of eligible voters went to the polls on Sunday to cast their ballots in Thailand’s first nationwide Tambon (sub-district) Administrative Organization (TAO) elections in eight years, according to…

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Singapore, Malaysia reopen busy land border for vaccinated travellers

Singapore and Malaysia re-opened one of the world’s busiest land borders on Monday, allowing vaccinated travellers to make the crossing after nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden…

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A petrol attendant stands next to a newspaper headline in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Is new COVID-19 variant a cause of concern for Thailand?

With the holiday season just around the corner, Thai hearts sank when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new COVID-19 mutant “Omicron” a variant of concern. The fresh virus…

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Prince Norodom Ranariddh gestures during an interview with Reuters at his home in central Phnom Penh, Cambodia October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

Former Cambodian premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh dies at 77

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian former prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the current king’s half-brother, who spent his later years in the political shadow of his one-time rival Prime Minister Hun Sen, has died in France….

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LGBTQ+ groups and supporters rally in Bangkok to demand equal rights

Thailand’s feminist, LGBTQ+ and pro-democracy groups held exhibitions at Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok today (Sunday), in support of their joint campaign seeking equal rights for all genders. Those attending the…

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Thai PBS wins two consolation prizes for online news coverage

Thai PBS has won two consolation prizes from the Online News Producers Association for its news coverage of “Doing Homework for Hire” and for its video clip on “What If…

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Royalists to rally against Amnesty International in Bangkok on Monday

Thai royalist groups will gather on Silom Road, in Bangkok’s CBD, on Monday to rally public support for its campaign to oust Amnesty International from Thailand for alleged interference in…

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Israel closes borders to all foreigners over Omicron

Israel is to close its borders to all foreigners later Sunday in a bid to stem the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, authorities said. “The entry…

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Has Prayut’s order as junta chief put Thailand on gold miner’s chopping block?

New developments in negotiations between the Thai government and mining company Kingsgate Consolidated have left the public worried that Thailand will either have to pay billions of baht in compensation…

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Photo from Facebook page “ยัน มาร์ฉัล – Yan Marchal”

Long-time French expat and satirist deported and blacklisted by Thai authorities

A French expatriate, well known for his Tiktok political parodies of Thailand’s military junta, government and monarchy, was forced to fly back to France late last night after he was…

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