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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of May 28, 2020

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Thai PM assures MPs of clear guidelines on how to spend one trillion baht loan

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Thursday) assured members of parliament that the Government has put in place clear guidelines, in accordance with budgeting law, on how to make use…

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Panthongtae Shinawatra free as Attorney General will not appeal his acquittal

Thailand’s Attorney General has decided to not appeal against the acquittal, by the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases, of Mr. Panthongtae Shinawatra, the only son of former Prime…

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Commuters walk in and out of a train station at rush hour in Bangkok on May 25, 2020, as Thais continued their return to work following the lifting of restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Friday’s CCSA panel to consider easing lockdown restrictions

The curfew will definitely be shortened, restrictions on inter-provincial travel will be further eased and road checkpoints will be cut when the CCSA committee, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha,…

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Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city’s legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China’s national anthem. – Hong Kong police cast a dragnet around the financial hub’s legislature on May 27, firing pepper-ball rounds and arresting hundreds as they stamped down on protests against a bill banning insults to China’s national anthem.

China parliament approves plan to impose HK security law

China’s parliament approved plans Thursday to impose a security law on Hong Kong that critics say will eradicate the city’s promised freedoms.   The vote by the rubber-stamp National People’s…

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Passengers wait for their train at a commuter train station at rush hour in Bangkok on May 25, 2020, as Thais continued their return to work following the lifting of restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Government’s 400 billion baht in soft loans may save 6 million Thai jobs – NESDB

Only about a quarter of the 8.4 million Thai workers at risk of losing their jobs, due to COVID-19 related closures, are now expected to be made redundant, thanks to…

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A child wearing a face mask is carried into a train station at rush hour in Bangkok on May 25, 2020, as Thais continued their return to work following the lifting of restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Thailand records 11 new coronavirus infections

After a short respite, new COVID-19 infections in Thailand jumped back into double digits today, with 11 new cases. Cumulative infections in the country are now 3,065, with 11 more…

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Research shows 86% of parents worried about their kids returning to school

About 86% of parents are concerned about their children going back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they want assurances that the schools will have taken steps to prevent…

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Legal technicality forces Pailin to quit THAI board

Former PTT Plc President and CEO Pailin Chuchottaworn has resigned from the board of Thai Airways International, just one day after his appointment took effect, due to a legal technicality….

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha answers questions during an open session at the parliament house in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The parliament session Wednesday is the first since Thailand enforced coronavirus restrictions, and it was considered a special session to discuss the government’s plan to fund stimulus packages for businesses and industries impacted by the pandemic.

Thai PM defends one trillion baht loan decree in parliament

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defended his government’s decision to issue three executive decrees, one of which is to authorize the securing of a one trillion baht loan to cushion…

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Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, leaves British Columbia Supreme Court, after hearing the decision of Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes on her double-criminality judgment in Vancouver, on May 27, 2020. – Meng Wanzhou was dealt a legal setback Wednesday when a Canadian judge ruled that proceedings to extradite her to the US will go ahead. The decision on so-called double criminality, a key test for extradition, found that bank fraud accusations against Meng would stand up in Canada. The interim ruling denying Meng’s attempt to gain her freedom means she will continue to live in Vancouver under strict bail conditions while her case plays out. (Photo by Don MacKinnon / AFP)

Canadian court rules against Huawei exec fighting extradition

An executive for Chinese tech giant Huawei suffered a legal setback Wednesday when a Canadian judge ruled that proceedings to extradite her to the United States will go ahead.  The…

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Labour federation opposes proposed rehabilitation scheme for THAI

Thailand’s Federation of State Enterprise Labour Relations, the umbrella organization of state enterprise unions, has voiced its strong objection to a court-sanctioned rehabilitation scheme for Thai Airways International, saying that…

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Opposition leader describes three loan decrees as a blank cheque

Thailand’s opposition leader, Sompong Amornvivat, today criticized the Government’s three public borrowing decrees, likening them to a blank cheque to spend without a proper screening mechanism. Taking the floor after…

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Three slain at Radio Thailand’s Phitsanuloke provincial radio station

Three people were shot dead this morning at Radio Thailand’s station in the northern province of Phitsanuloke, in what police suspect was the result of an internal dispute. The three…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 8, 2016 a Thai Airways Boeing 747 plane prepares to land at Changi International Airport in Singapore. – Thailand’s cash-strapped national carrier will look to undergo a restructuring through the kingdom’s bankruptcy court, premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha said May 19, 2020, as the stricken company is battered by the crash in tourism caused by the coronavirus.

Bankruptcy court accepts THAI’s protection petition for consideration

Thailand’s Central Bankruptcy Court today has accepted Thai Airways International’s bankruptcy protection petition for consideration and set the first hearing for August 17th.   The court’s decision to accept the…

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Commuters walk in and out of a train station at rush hour in Bangkok on May 25, 2020, as Thais continued their return to work following the lifting of restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections today surge to 9

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand surged from three yesterday to nine today, all of them Thais who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine, including two who were…

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Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong’s future

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that Hong Kong could lose its status as a global financial center if a proposed Chinese crackdown goes ahead, and promised a “very…

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The four men tasked with piloting THAI through bankruptcy restructuring

Hope for Thailand’s ailing national airline now rests on the shoulders of four new board members, who have been tasked with the tough job of cleaning up and preparing the…

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Thai doctor faces charges for involvement in cross-border surrogacy racket

Anti-human trafficking police have summoned a Thai doctor to acknowledge charges of involvement in a Chinese-funded cross-border surrogacy service, using Thai women to bear babies for Chinese couples. The police…

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Five students arriving from Saudi Arabia test positive for coronavirus

Five Thai students, returning from Saudi Arabia via Malaysia, have tested positive for COVID-19. They are among a group of 39 returning from Saudi Arabia, who arrived in Thailand via…

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Thai state to provide 3,000 baht cash subsidy to 13 million in a “fragile group”

Citing health security, the Thai Cabinet today approved the CCSA’s proposal for an extension to the nation-wide state of emergency for another month, to the end of June. Government spokesperson…

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Thai government extends state of emergency until end of June

Citing health security, the Thai Cabinet today approved the CCSA’s proposal for an extension to the nation-wide state of emergency for another month, to the end of June. Government spokesperson…

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THAI files rehabilitation petition with Central Bankruptcy Court

Beleaguered Thai Airways International today (Tuesday) filed a bankruptcy protection petition with the Central Bankruptcy Court in Bangkok. The move followed the Finance Ministry’s sale of 3% of its shares…

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FILE : In this file photo taken on July 26, 2009, Macao tycoon Stanley Ho, talks to reporters after the Macau chief executive election in Macao. On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the family of Stanley Ho, the Macao casino tycoon considered the father of modern gambling in China, has died at 98. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Stanley Ho, who built Macao’s gambling industry, dies at 98

Stanley Ho, the Macao casino tycoon who was considered the father of modern gambling in China, died Tuesday in Hong Kong, his daughter Pansy Ho said. He was 98. Known…

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Office workers wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk to work in Bangkok, Thailand

Three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand

Thailand today recorded three new COVID-19 cases, but no fatalities. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin told a news briefing today (Tuesday) that all three new cases are Thais who have…

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FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference, in Hong Kong, China February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong’s leader says security laws will not affect city’s rights and freedoms

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday added to a raft of attempts by local and Beijing officials to provide reassurance that proposed national security laws…

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FILE PHOTO: Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

WHO warns of “second peak” in areas where COVID-19 declining

Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said…

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Cabinet to be asked to let Finance Ministry proceed with THAI rehabilitation

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm will propose to the Cabinet on Tuesday an amendment to its May 19th resolution, to replace the Transport Ministry with the Finance Ministry as the…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of May 25, 2020

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2 children thought to have been poisoned by mother fed corrosive substance

The director of Thammasat Hospital confirmed today that two young children, admitted with bleeding in the digestive tract, vomiting of blood and stomach inflammation, were not suffering with a disease,…

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Transport Ministry backs down over administering THAI rehabilitation plan

The Ministry of Transport has backed down over its demand to have a role in the administration of the court-sanctioned rehabilitation plan for Thai Airways International, now that the ailing…

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Probe to find out the where 72-year old was infected with coronavirus

Health investigators are still unable to locate where a 72-year old man visited and contracted COVID-19, because the man visited many places in the 14-days prior to May 18th, when…

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Thailand reports two new coronavirus cases and one death

Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 cases and one death today (Monday), bringing cumulative infections to 3,042 and fatalities to 57. According to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, one of the…

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New Zealand’s Ardern stays cool as earthquake strikes during live interview

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was unflustered by an earthquake that struck the capital Wellington on Monday while she was doing a live TV interview, and…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask walks at a business district amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Japan looking to end Tokyo’s state of emergency, eyes fresh $930 billion stimulus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is looking to lift a state of emergency for Tokyo and remaining areas still facing restrictions while also considering fresh stimulus worth almost $1 trillion to…

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White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world’s coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the U.S….

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FILE PHOTO: Students wait for a commuter ferry under the Sydney Harbour Bridge amidst the easing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Sydney, Australia, May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australia’s most populous state braces for travel chaos as schools, offices reopen

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state on Monday deployed hundreds of crowd control staff to enforce social distancing on public transport amid an expected commuter surge as schools and…

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Woman under investigation for allegedly poisoning two children

Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division (CSD) are investigating a 29-year old woman who allegedly poisoned two children and displayed their suffering on the social media, to solicit public donations for medical…

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China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

China said Sunday that relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War”, fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic, as Muslims around…

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Passengers attempt to observe social distancing as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as they ride in a BTS commuter train during rush hour in Bangkok on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand tourism to contract by 1.69 trillion baht this year – Kasikorn Research

The Thai tourism sector is forecast to suffer a revenue reduction, estimated at 1.69 trillion baht this year, due to the COVID-10 pandemic and the weak purchasing power of tourists,…

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Hua Hin’s horses for hire to return to beaches next Friday

Life is gradually returning to Thailand’s Hua Hin seaside resort, after Prachuap Khiri Khan provincial administration eased lockdown restrictions on May 18th, allowing hotels, food shops, shopping malls, department stores,…

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People stand in line to enter the Siam Paragon shopping mall as it reopened after restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus were lifted in Bangkok on May 17, 2020.

Ten new normal behaviors of Thai people – Suan Dusit Poll

Most Thai people have changed their tourism behavior by visiting destinations and using transport which are safe, according to an opinion poll by Suan Dusit University. The Suan Dusit Poll…

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Riot police fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during a march against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong, China May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong police fire tear gas on biggest protests since COVID curbs

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas and pepper spray to disperse thousands protesting on Sunday against Beijing’s plan to directly impose national security laws on the…

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No new coronavirus infections reported on Sunday in Thailand

For the fourth day this month, Thailand recorded no new COVID-19 infections or coronavirus related fatalities.  CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Panprapha Yongtrakul said at a news briefing that zero daily…

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Pheu Thai Party gears up to grill Government over 1.9 trillion baht loan

Opposition Pheu Thai Party is gearing up to grill the Government in parliament over three executive decrees, which authorize the administration to secure 1.9 trillion baht in loans to cushion…

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Thailand considers shortening curfew hours to midnight until 4am

Thailand’s National Security Council (NSC) has been assigned, by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the CCSA chief, to consider whether the current 11pm to 4am curfew can…

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Hong Kongers fret over Beijing’s planned new security laws

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Newspaper vendor Man, 60, was speechless when she saw the headline that Beijing plans to impose national security laws on Hong Kong, and worried what the…

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid//File Photo

Iran to reopen religious, cultural sites: president

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Saturday moved to open businesses, religious and cultural sites as it eases restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Museums and historical sites are to…

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Three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand today

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), but no new fatalities. Cumulative infections in the country to date are 3,040, with 2,916 recoveries and 68 still in hospital.  The…

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FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, attends a news conference with officers over Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong, China May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing politicians say national security law good for business

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing politicians sought to allay worries about the impact of China’s proposed national security legislation on the Asian financial hub’s business environment, saying it…

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FILE PHOTO: Police officers patrol near the Sydney Opera House following the implementation of stricter social-distancing and self-isolation rules to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australia calls on younger people to get virus tests as reopening accelerates

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state said on Saturday it recorded just three new cases of the coronavirus the previous day and urged younger people to get tested as…

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FILE PHOTO: Volunteers in protective gear measure the body temperature of a man at the entrance of a residential compound following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Chuanying district of Jilin, Jilin province, China May 22, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

China reports no new coronavirus cases on May 22, first time since pandemic began

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China recorded no new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland for May 22, down from four the previous day, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in a…

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80 bodies recovered, more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

A total of 80 bodies have been recovered after a Pakistani plane crashed with nearly 100 people on board in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, provincial health officials said…

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Aerial picture showing gravediggers burying an alleged COVID-19 victim at the Vila Formosa Cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil

South America ‘a new epicentre’ of COVID-19: WHO

South America has become “a new epicentre” of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday, following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections. “In a sense,…

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Phatchadaporn Sallach of Nawarat Thai Masssage in Lippstadt prepares a massage bed in line with the new hygiene measures.

Thai massage parlours in Germany battered by ‘new normal’

Owners of traditional Thai massage parlours in Germany are cautiously preparing for life in the “new normal” now that the lockdown has been relaxed. Chutima Altheim, owner of Nalin Massage…

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First group of stranded Myanmar migrant workers due to return home Saturday

Thai officials, in the western border province of Tak, held a special meeting today in preparation for the repatriation of about 50,000 migrant workers from Myanmar. Between 1,500 and 2,000…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of May 22, 2020

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Transport Ministry to nominate 4 professionals to sit on THAI’s new board

Thailand’s Ministry of Transport will nominate four professionals to the new board of Thai Airways International, tasked with managing the financially-strapped national flag carrier under the court-sanctioned rehabilitation plan. Transport…

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Plane crashes in Pakistan with around 100 on board

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with around 100 passengers and crew crashed on Friday in a residential area of the southern city of Karachi, with…

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A woman wearing traditional face cosmetic has her temperature taken as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus at the central railway station in Yangon on March 19, 2020. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar editor jailed for 2 years over coronavirus error

A Myanmar news editor has been jailed for two years after his agency reported a coronavirus death that turned out to be false, his lawyer said Friday.   The country…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of May 21, 2020

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Pedestrians walk on the main street of Chinatown after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 21, 2020. – Thailand continued easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 17 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be re-imposed should cases increase again. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand extends state of emergency until end of June

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has endorsed the proposal of the National Security Council to extend the country’s current state of emergency until the end of June, as…

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Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the…

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‘This is the end of Hong Kong’: China pushes security law after unrest

China’s parliament said it will introduce a proposal Friday for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move the US warned would “highly destabilising”…

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Draft contract for Eastern Airport City and U-Tapao airport projects endorsed

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee today approved the draft joint venture contract for the development of the 290-billion baht Eastern Airport City and U-Tapao airport project. The project…

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Public Health and Education ministries prepare to reopen schools on July 1st

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has been coordinating with the Education Ministry to make preparations for the reopening of schools nation-wide on July 1st, to ensure the safety of…

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NSC to propose extending emergency decree until end of June

Thailand’s National Security Council is to recommend, to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), an extension of the state of emergency until the end of June, as Thailand records…

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WHO reports most coronavirus cases in a day as cases approach five million

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization expressed concern on Wednesday about the rising number of new coronavirus cases in poor countries, even as many rich nations have begun emerging…

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Balancing act for Prayut as storm over party leadership looms

A leadership battle is simmering in the core coalition Palang Pracharath Party, with its influential chief strategist General Prawit Wongsuwan being pushed by his supporters in the party to replace…

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Thai central bank cuts policy rate by 25 basis points to 0.50%

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Thailand has cut the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, to a new record low of 0.50%, with immediate effect….

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Focus shifts from Covid-19 to political challenges facing Prayut govt

As coronavirus-related restrictions ease and people gradually resume their normal lives, Thai politics is all set to heat up again. Politicians will resume business as usual when Parliament opens for…

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Former National Office of Buddhism officials given heavy prison terms 

Former director of the National Office of Buddhism (NoB), Panom Sornsilp, and three other former senior officials were yesterday handed heavy prison sentences, after they were found guilty of corruption…

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Man sentenced to death in Singapore via Zoom call

A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered…

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Opposition wants more time to debate 1.9 trillion baht loan decrees

The Opposition has voiced objection to the duration of the three-day parliamentary debate on the Government’s three executive decrees, to seek 1.9 trillion baht in loans, claiming that they need…

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Infections in Brazil, already the third-highest globally, are climbing by the thousands, with the outbreak in the world’s sixth-largest country expected to accelerate and not peak until early June

Brazil virus deaths surge as pandemic bites in Latin America

Brazil saw its highest number of coronavirus deaths yet Tuesday as, more than four months after COVID-19 first emerged in China, the force of the pandemic was beginning to hit…

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In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, center, walks ahead of Vice-President Lai Ching-te, left of her, as they attend an inauguration ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Tsai was inaugurated for a second term amid increasing pressure from China on the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

Taiwan President Tsai calls for stability in China relations

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called for stability in relations with China in her inaugural address Wednesday but said she would not accept Beijing’s political terms that would “downgrade Taiwan and…

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Thailand may have its own COVID-19 vaccine next year

Thailand may have its own coronavirus vaccine next year, as the country makes progress in curbing the spread of the contagion, with one new case recorded today and no fatalities….

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WHO faces virus probe after Trump threat

The World Health Organization agreed Tuesday to launch an investigation into its coronavirus response, as Beijing accused Washington of shirking its responsibility after President Donald Trump threatened to quit the…

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15 candidate administrators of THAI rehabilitation plan nominated by Transport Ministry

The Transport Ministry has nominated 15 candidates for administrator, of the rehabilitation plan for ailing Thai Airways International, to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for consideration. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said…

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Thai GPO to produce anti-viral Favipiravir next year

Thailand is expected to be able to produce the anti-viral drug, Favipiravir, early next year, Mrs. Nanthakarn Suwanpidokkul, a special specialist attached to the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), said today….

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Trump threatens to halt WHO funding, review U.S. membership

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider…

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Cabinet endorses court-sanctioned rehabilitation scheme for ailing THAI

Thailand’s cabinet has decided to let financially-strapped Thai Airways International enter a court-sanctioned rehabilitation scheme, under the Thai bankruptcy laws. Speaking at a news conference today (Tuesday), Prime Minister Prayut…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of May 18, 2020

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A woman wearing a facemask smiles in a shopping mall as it reopened after restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus were lifted in Bangkok on May 18, 2020.

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand

Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 infections today and no new fatalities. Cumulative cases in the country, to date, are 3,033, with 2,857 recoveries and 56 deaths. The two new cases…

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COVID-19 strands 3 Nigerians at Suvarnabhumi airport for 2 months

Like a rerun of “The Terminal”, a 2004 American comedy-drama film starring Tom Hanks based on the true story of an Iranian refugee stuck at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport…

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Top virologist warns school reopening must not be a political decision

The right timing for the opening of the first school semester of this year should not be a political decision, but should be based on scientific reasoning, with the physical…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask passes by a billboard depicting Chinese President Xi Jinping as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Belgrade, Serbia, April 1, 2020. The text on the billboard reads “Thanks, brother Xi”. Picture taken April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic/File Photo

China’s Xi says supports WHO probe when COVID-19 controlled

China supports a comprehensive review of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic led by the World Health Organization (WHO) after the virus that causes the disease is brought under…

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with resturant executives in the State Dining Room of the White House May 18, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Trump reveals he is taking hydroxychloroquine

President Donald Trump on Monday made the surprising revelation that he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that his own government experts say is not suitable for fighting the novel…

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THAI union opposes reduction of Finance Ministry’s stake in the ailing airline

The labour union of Thai Airways International has voiced objection to any plan to reduce the Finance Ministry’s stake in the national flag carrier. The Ministry is the major shareholder…

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Second forensic probe finds evidence of assault on body of abducted child

Thailand’s Institute of Forensic Medicine has found signs of assault on the body of the three-year old girl, who went missing from her home in a village in Dong Luang…

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People stand in line to enter the Siam Paragon shopping mall as it reopened after restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus were lifted in Bangkok on May 17, 2020.

Over 2.6 million shoppers download Thai Chana virus tracing app

More than 2.6 million shoppers have registered for and downloaded the Thai Chana mobile application, following its launch yesterday to coincide with the second phase of resuming businesses and leisure…

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A Rohingya refugee boy runs at Kutupalong camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh last week.

Severe weather warning as Cyclone Amphan heads toward Bangladesh

Packed with winds measuring 195kph, Cyclone Amphan is moving through the upper part of the Bay of Bengal towards Bangladesh at a speed of 10kph. This will bring heavy rain…

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Thailand reports three new COVID-19 infections

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day today (Monday), bringing the cumulative total 3,031, with no new fatalities. The new cases include a 29-year old a…

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Ex-deputy commerce minister indicted on murder and other charges

Former deputy commerce minister Banyin Tangpakorn, and five other individuals, were indicted today in connection with the abduction and murder of the brother of a senior judge handling a case…

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Why is Taiwan excluded from the WHO?

(AFP) – The annual policy making meeting of the World Health Organization which begins in Geneva today with the fight against the coronavirus the main item on its agenda is…

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Shoppers queue up at the entrance of Central World shopping complex on Sunday as shutdown restrictions ease.

Thais adopt ‘new normal’ as malls reopen after shutdown eases

Thais woke up on Sunday to find malls open for the first time since March 22, as the government’s second phase of easing lockdown measures unveiled the “new normal” of…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask walks at a business district amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Japan slips into recession, worst yet to come as pandemic wreaks havoc

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s economy slipped into recession for the first time in 4-1/2 years, GDP data showed on Monday, putting the nation on course for its deepest postwar slump…

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New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern turned away from cafe under her own coronavirus rules

In New Zealand, no one is exempt from the strict coronavirus prevention measures – not even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was denied entry to a cafe because of her…

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Democrat party hits back at Progressive Movement’s laser messages

Thailand’s Democrat party has accused the Progressive Movement of distorting facts about the crackdown on red-shirt protesters in Bangkok by the government of then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva a decade…

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Thailand’s rainy season officially begins May 18th

Thailand officially enters the rainy season tomorrow (Monday), said Meteorological Department director-general Squadron Leader Somsak Khaosuwan today. Citing a meteorological model, he said that the rainy season this year will…

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