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Belarus’ leader wins sixth term with over 80% of votes

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Election officials in Belarus said Monday that the country’s longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has won his sixth consecutive presidential term, taking over 80% of the…

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A woman waits at her departure gate at the almost empty terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on August 1, 2020, as passenger numbers plummeted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand records no new COVID-19 infections

No new COVID-19 infections have been reported in Thailand today by the CCSA, as the situation in the Philippines is now of the greatest concern among all ten ASEAN member…

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Pro-democarcy protesters stand outside the criminal court building demanding a representative be allowed inside were two leader still detained at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand August 8, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Protesters warned they will face prosecution if they offend the Thai Monarchy

Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Minister, Buddhipongse Punnakan, has warned protesters to refrain from offending the Monarchy, as pro-democracy and royalist groups rallied in front of Parliament this morning (Monday)….

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Malaysian former Finance Minister and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, center, arrives at courthouse in Butterworth, Malaysia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Lim pleaded not guilty to a second graft charge relating to a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project. Lim has slammed the charges as political persecution by the new government.

Malaysia’s ex-finance minister charged again in graft case

PENANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s former finance minister pleaded not guilty Monday to a second corruption charge related to a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project and slammed the case as…

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Return of Thais from Bahrain suspended after consular official gets COVID-19

The repatriation of Thais from Bahrain, as well as consular services at the Thai Embassy in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, have been suspended until August 22nd after a Bahraini official in…

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Uphill mission awaits new finance minister

Predee Daochai is taking on what is probably the most unenviable task — steering Thailand out of its worst economic crisis in modern history.   By accepting Prime Minister Prayut…

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law: top aide

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested on Monday over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law in a wide-ranging police…

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Student protests in Chiang Mai, Phitsanuloke and Maha Sarakham provinces

Anti-government protests were held today by pro-democracy groups in Thailand’s northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Phitsanuloke and the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham. The protesters repeated their demands for…

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File—File picture taken Aug.4, 2020 shows students from Lagos State Model School wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus attend lectures inside a class room in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria officials resumed both public and private schools on Monday for students following months of closure to curb the spread of coronavirus. As Germany’s 16 states start sending millions of children back to school in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic, those used to the country’s famous “Ordnung” are instead looking at uncertainty, with a hodgepodge of regional regulations that officials acknowledge may or may not work. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Masks in class? Many questions as Germans go back to school

BERLIN (AP) — Masks during class, masks only in the halls, no masks at all. Distance when possible, no distance within same-grade groups, no distance at all. As Germany’s 16…

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Student activists asked to be patient over their demands

Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Woravuth Silpa-archa, has urged student activists to be patient, pointing out that not all their demands can be met at once. Student activist groups,…

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Customers eat in a food court at communal tables divided by plastic partitions in Bangkok, Thailand.

Three new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand today

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, all having arrived from abroad and in state quarantine. According to a CCSA news bulletin, one is a 31-year old Bangladeshi businessman,…

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Thailand listed in US travel advisory as one of seven COVID-19 low risk locations

Thailand is among only seven countries and territories categorized in the latest US travel advisory as being at low-risk for COVID-19 infection. Professor Dr. Nop Siriruek Songsivilai, Secretary-General of the…

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A Lebanese protester carries a wounded demonstrators to safety at the headquarters of the Lebanese association of banks in downtown Beirut on August 8, 2020, following a demonstration against a political leadership they blame for a monster explosion that killed more than 150 people and disfigured the capital Beirut. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Electric night of Lebanon protests after blast

Lebanese protesters stormed several ministries Saturday in apparently planned raids after an explosion blamed on government negligence at Beirut port devastated the city and ignited unprecedented popular rage. The day started with…

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Twitter, TikTok discuss potential combination

Twitter is in preliminary discussions for a possible combination with TikTok, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, after US President Donald Trump said he would ban the app, calling it a…

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Court releases detained activists on bail

Human rights lawyer Anont Nampa and political activist Phanupong Jaadnok were granted bail by the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court late this afternoon, after its approval of a police application for them…

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NACC may question Ground Water Resources Dept. head about alleged graft

Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) may invite the Director-General of the Ground Water Resources Department to provide more information about his allegation that some members of the House budget scrutiny…

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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)

Three new COVID-19 infections in state quarantine recorded in Thailand today

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), all of whom are Thai’s who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, two new of…

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Pro-democarcy protesters stand outside the criminal court building demanding a representative be allowed inside were two leader still detained at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand August 8, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Student Union threatens more protests if arrested activists are not released

Thailand’s Student Union announced on social media this afternoon (Saturday) that they would stage a protest in front of the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court if two anti-government activists are remanded in…

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FILE – In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del. Biden’s latest gaffes concerning Black Americans risk exacerbating his challenges with young Black voters who have been more skeptical of him than their older counterparts. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden’s controversial remarks about race this week risk alienating young Black voters who despise President Donald Trump but are not inspired by his Democratic rival. When…

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FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference prior to the anniversary of the mosque attacks that took place the prior year in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Hunter

New Zealand PM Ardern launches ‘COVID election’ campaign promising jobs

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday launched her re-election campaign promising a “laser-like” focus on boosting jobs and economic growth hit by the COVID-19 pandemic….

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FILE PHOTO: Bourke Street mall, a normally busy shopping hub in Melbourne, is seen devoid of people after the city re-entered Stage 3 restrictions as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo

Australia’s Victoria sees ‘stabilisation’ in new coronavirus cases

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, recorded 466 cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday and 12 COVID-19 deaths, though authorities expressed hope for a stabilisation in new…

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U.S. imposes sanctions on Hong Kong’s Lam, other officials over crackdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the territory’s current and former police chiefs and eight other top officials for…

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Air India repatriation flight crash-lands, at least 17 killed

KOZHIKODE, India (Reuters) – At least 17 people were killed and more than 100 injured when an Air India Express passenger plane repatriating Indians stranded by the COVID-19 pandemic overshot…

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Trump to try going it alone on coronavirus aid after talks with Congress break down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials trying to broker a deal on new coronavirus legislation will advise President Donald Trump to act on his own to deliver relief to Americans…

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Police officer who gave conflicting accounts of Ferrari speed claims he miscalculated

The police forensic expert who gave conflicting statements about the speed of the Ferrari, driven by Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya and which was involved in the controversial hit-and-run case,…

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CCSA panel to allow sport spectators and entry of Chinese fruit traders

The CCSA’s panel considering the easing of lockdown restrictions has agreed to allow spectators to attend sports events and to allow Chinese traders to enter Thailand to buy Thai fruit…

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Elderly drivers with driving licenses for life to undergo fit to drive tests

Thailand’s Land Transport Department is considering a recall programme requiring holders of driving licenses for life, aged over 70, to visit the department, or its branch offices, for a test…

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Students have their temperatures checked and receive hand sanitiser to disinfect their hands as they arrive at the Makkasan Phitthaya government secondary school in Bangkok on July 1, 2020, as schools reopened after being temporarily closed due to the threat of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. – Children across Thailand, some of whom have been kept at home under self-quarantine by their parents due to coronavirus fears, have now returned to their classrooms as all schools reopen in the country, though authorities recommended that class sizes be restricted to 20-25 students while doorknobs, desks and other areas at risk of spreading infection be sanitised frequently throughout the day. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Schools tentatively set to reopen as normal on August 13th

A panel of the CCSA has agreed to allow schools to reopen as normal, tentatively on August 13th, without the need for social distancing, but students will be required to…

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Supporters of Free People movement to protest arrest of three activists

Anti-government activists have threatened to hold a demonstration this evening, in front of Bang Khen police station in a suburb of Bangkok, to protest the arrests of three activists by…

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Former senator and consumer campaigner Rosana Tositrakul and ex-transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt are the only two so far to have announced their candidacy for Bangkok governor.

Divided opposition faces uphill battle in bid to rule Bangkok

The upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election looks set to be the next battleground between the self-proclaimed pro-democracy bloc and the coalition government camp.  And it appears that the former faces a…

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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong files court challenge to 2019 poll disqualification

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong filed a court challenge on Friday against his disqualification from district polls, in a move which may have implications for…

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Facebook employees to work from home until July 2021

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak and will give them $1,000 for home office needs, a…

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People walk in front of a child playing music on her electric keyboard in central Bangkok on July 24, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand records 15 new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand today (Friday) shot up to 15, all of them Thais who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine.   CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin…

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Thai civil society to launch signature campaign for a People’s Constitution

Thai human rights NGO iLaw and civil society networks, including People Go and the Constitution Advocacy Alliance, are to launch a signature-gathering campaign to push for the drafting of a…

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India hits 2 million coronavirus cases as deaths pass 41,000

NEW DELHI (AP) — India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases of infection and more than 41,000 deaths.   India’s health ministry…

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Mekong nations pressed to share data as water level falls to new low

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The inter-governmental Mekong River Commission on Friday urged China and Southeast Asian countries to share more data on hydropower dam operations, as water flow in the Mekong…

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Malaysia charges former finance minister with corruption

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s former finance minister and senior opposition leader Lim Guan Eng was charged with corruption on Friday relating to soliciting a bribe for a $1.5 billion…

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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains…

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Forest ranger drowns crossing a raging river to erect a rope bridge

A park ranger has drowned as he tried to cross a swollen river in Khao Laem National Park, in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi, to set up a rope bridge…

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Another missing ferry crew member found trapped inside sunken vessel 

Divers have found the remains of another missing ferry crew member in the sunken Racha 4 ferry, but were unable to recover the body.   Rear Admiral Nopparat Lumlert, deputy…

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Thailand records two new COVID-19 infections in quarantine

Thailand today recorded two new COVID-19 cases, among Thais who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine.   According to the CCSA, the two new cases had returned…

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HM the King of Thailand has approved the country’s new Cabinet

His Majesty the King has approved a new Cabinet ministers, as proposed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.   The Royal Command, announcing the new appointees, was published in the Royal…

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Canadian pastor guilty of defying Myanmar’s coronavirus law

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced the Canadian pastor of an evangelical church to three months imprisonment after finding him guilty of violating a law…

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PM dissatisfied with the handling of Red Bull heir case

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that he is not satisfied with the way the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case has been handled by the police and public prosecutors…

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Two Thai workers injured in massive explosion in Beirut

Two Thai workers are among those injured in the massive ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut on Wednesday, which killed over 130 people and injured more than 5,000.   Mrs. Thianrat…

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Police suspected of helping to conceal evidence of illegal gambling

Police are being questioned over the way they are treating the recent shooting incident at an illegal gambling den, in Bangkok’s Thung Mahamek area, in which four people, including a…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing a protective face mask, offers a wreath to the cenotaph for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2020, on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.

Hiroshima marks 75 years since atomic bombing in scaled-back ceremony

TOKYO (Reuters) – Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Thursday for the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with ceremonies downsized due to the coronavirus and the city’s mayor…

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FILE – In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, whose grandfather co-founded energy drink company Red Bull, walks to get in a car as he leaves a house in London. Thailand’s prime minister responded Wednesday, July 29, 2020, to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges against the Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run accident eight years ago. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Red Bull heir case transcends political differences

When Vorayuth Yoovidhya crashed his supercar into a motorcycle, killing a police officer, Yingluck Shinawatra was Thailand’s prime minister and few people heard of Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. At the time, the…

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The thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. The post in question featured a link to a Fox News video in which Trump says children are “virtually immune” to the virus. Facebook said Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 that the “video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.” (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. The post in question featured a link to a Fox News…

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Jermsak appointed chairman of Thai PBS board of governors

Jermsak Pinthong, a former Bangkok senator and a well-known academic, has been appointed chairman of the board of governors of the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS). Jermsak, 70, succeeds…

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OBEC to propose to CCSA this Friday that its 4,500 schools reopen

Thailand’s Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) will, on Friday, propose to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that all the 4,500 schools under its supervision resume classes. Since…

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Search for three missing Samui ferry crew suspended this afternoon

The search for the three missing ferry crew members, in rough seas off See and Ha islands, resumed this morning, but was called off during the afternoon due to strong…

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Thai army chief says that there is no vaccine to cure the disease of hate

Thailand’s Army Commander-in-Chief, General Apirat Kongsompong, told army cadets today that COVID-19 is curable, but “hating our own country is an incurable disease.” He made the remark after asking some…

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China says US cabinet visit to Taiwan ‘endangering peace’

China said Wednesday a visit by a top US cabinet member to Taiwan was endangering peace and stability in the region, with relations between the two powers at historic lows….

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Toll expected to rise in blast that shook Beirut, killing 100, injuring thousands

Lebanese rescue workers dug through rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut, killing 100 people and injuring nearly 4,000 in a toll that…

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Thailand records seven new COVID-19 cases in quarantine

Thailand today recorded seven new COVID-19 cases, six of them are Thai returning from abroad, including one American woman, all in state quarantine. CCSA assistant spokesperson Panprapha Yongtrakul told a…

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Vicha Mahakhun – Red Bull heir case probe must lead to change in two major agencies

The head of the independent panel, appointed by the Government to investigate the handling of the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case by the police and public prosecutors, has announced that…

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Police seize property, worth about 200 million baht, from suspected drug gang

Thai anti-narcotics police have seized property, estimated to be worth 200 million baht, from a suspected drug trafficking gang, of mostly northern hill tribe people, in coordinated raids in four…

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Govt feels heat as pressure mounts for charter amendments

Calls for amendments to pave the way for a new charter are growing after anti-establishment protesters returned to the streets last month. This time around, pressure to change the current…

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Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Toll expected to rise in blast that shook Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands

Lebanese rescue workers dug through the rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut, killing 78 people and injuring nearly 4,000 in a toll…

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A picture shows the scene of a huge explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. – A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, an AFP correspondent said. The blast, which rattled entire buildings and broke glass, was felt in several parts of the city. (Photo by Janine HAIDAR / AFP)

Massive blast in Beirut kills at least 10 people and injures hundreds

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A huge explosion near the centre of Beirut killed at least 10 people, injured hundreds and sent shockwaves across the Lebanese capital, shattering windows and causing apartment…

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Thailand’s PM voices support for constitutional amendments

The Thai Government is supportive of attempts, by the House of Representatives, to amend the Constitution, and the Government will draft its own set of constitutional amendments for submission to…

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Senator Kamnoon Sidhisamarn proposes an amnesty bill as a way to bring about national reconciliation.

Thai senator questions the necessity of US troops in joint exercise now

Senator Kamnoon Stthisamarn has questioned the necessity of the arrival of US troops in Thailand, for joint exercises with their Thai counterparts, despite objections from the CCSA. Writing in his…

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to the electoral commision to formalize her re-election bid as a parliament member in Yangon, Myanmar August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi confirms contesting for second term

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday formally declared her intention to seek a second term in an election in November that is seen as a test of the…

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A Kashmiri shopkeeper sits at the entrance of his half closed shop during lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, July 27, 2020. Indian-controlled Kashmir’s economy is yet to recover from a colossal loss a year after New Delhi scrapped the disputed region’s autonomous status and divided it into two federally governed territories. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Curfew in parts of Kashmir ahead of revocation anniversary

Authorities clamped a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Shahid…

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A pro-government and pro-monarchy rally demanding the protection of traditional Thai values is reflected in the sunglasses of a demonstrator wearing a Joker mask in downtown Bangkok on July 30, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand records one new COVID-19 infection

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case today, a Russian national arriving from Russia, who is currently in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, the new case is a 33-year old…

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Body of another ferry crew member washed ashore near Samui Island

Rescuers have recovered the body of a ferry crew member, which had washed ashore on a small island not far from Samui today (Tuesday). Meanwhile, Thai Navy SEAL divers have…

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Senior Thung Mahamek police likely to be transferred after fatal casino shooting

Five top police officers, attached to Thung Mahamek, are expected to be transferred after four people, including a police officer, were shot dead at an illegal casino in the Yan…

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FILE – In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, whose grandfather co-founded energy drink company Red Bull, walks to get in a car as he leaves a house in London. Thailand’s prime minister responded Wednesday, July 29, 2020, to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges against the Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run accident eight years ago. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Police to be asked to relaunch probe into Vorayuth hit-and-run case

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will recommend the police to relaunch an investigation into charges of reckless driving causing death against Vorayuth Yoovidhya, an heir to the Red…

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Spain’s former king Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014.

Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos heads for exile under corruption cloud

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who is facing investigation at home and abroad for corruption, announced Monday that he will go into exile. The 82-year-old revealed he would leave the…

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Prosecutor seeking Trump’s taxes cites probe of his business

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City prosecutor fighting to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns told a judge Monday he was justified in demanding them because of public…

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Autopsy confirms death of key witness in Red Bull heir’s case was accidental

A second autopsy, conducted on the body of Julachart Mardthong, a key defence witness in Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case, has confirmed a police report that he died in an…

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Thai PM assures no interference in justice process, insists doubts over Red Bull heir case be cleared

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha assured today that he will not interfere with process of justice, but reiterated that all doubts surrounding the alleged mishandling, by public prosecutors and the…

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Thai Navy SEALs to join search for missing crew of sunken ferry off Samui Island

Members of the Thai Navy SEALs will be sent to Samui Island to help in the search for four missing crew members, from the ferry which sank in rough seas…

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Three new COVID-19 infections reported in quarantine in Thailand on Monday

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases today, all Thais returning from abroad and currently in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, two new cases are a 26-year old Thai woman…

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FILE PHOTO: Seafarers who have spent the past months working onboard vessels arrive at the Changi Airport to board their flight back home to India during a crew change amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Singapore to make travellers wear electronic tags to enforce quarantine

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will make some incoming travellers wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure that they comply with coronavirus quarantines as the city-state gradually reopens its borders, authorities…

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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A man wears a protective mask as he drives past a banner promoting prevention against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hanoi, Vietnam July 31, 2020. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

Vietnam virus outbreak hits factories employing thousands in Danang epicentre

HANOI (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central city of Danang more than a week ago has spread to at least four factories in the city with…

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Sinlaku weakens but heavy rain continues in most parts of the country

Tropical depression Sinlaku is weakening to a low pressure system, but will still bring heavy rain to 44 provinces in Thailand until Tuesday, the Meteorological Department reported on Monday morning….

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Philippines to reimpose stricter coronavirus lockdown in capital as cases spike

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines will reimpose a stricter coronavirus lockdown in and around the capital for two weeks from Tuesday, authorities said on Sunday, as the country struggles to…

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FILE PHOTO: Bourke Street mall, a normally busy shopping hub in Melbourne, is seen devoid of people after the city re-entered Stage 3 restrictions as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo

Australia’s Melbourne braces for closures, losses as it emerges from night-time curfew

(Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous city Melbourne emerged on Monday from its first night-time curfew to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus, as residents braced for further closures and…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he enters his first re-election campaign rally in several months in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. election will be Nov. 3 as planned, Trump advisers say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday sought to shut down the Republican president’s musings on delaying the 2020 vote, saying there will be an…

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Two Samui Island ferry survivors rescued but the skipper dies

Rescue teams plucked two survivors of the capsized ferry from rough seas around Samui Island today and recovered the body of the vessel’s skipper. Marine police sources said today that…

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PM orders help to be sent to flood-hit areas in Thailand’s Loei province

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered relief and rescue units to the northeastern province of Loei, to help flood victims and evacuate those in hard-hit areas, as tropical storm Sinlakul,…

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Five new COVID-19 cases are recorded in Thailand on Sunday

Thailand today recorded five new COVID-19 cases, all in state quarantine, while the death toll remains 58. According to the CCSA report, one of the five new cases is a…

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PM orders body of key witness in “Boss” to be kept for further examination

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the body of Mr. Jaruchart Mardthong, a deceased key witness in the Red Bull heir hit-and-run case, to be kept for further examination to…

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Ferry capsizes in rough seas off Samui Island, seven people still missing

Marine police and rescue workers have been searching the seas around Thailand’s Samui Island for people missing after a ferry capsized as it left the island for the mainland on…

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Police say key witness in Red Bull heir’s case met other biker before his death

Chiang Mai police have found new evidence showing that the dead key defence witness in the Red Bull heir’s case, Mr. Jaruchart Mardthong, and the other motorcyclist involved in the…

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Thammasat law professor insists Red Bull scion’s case can still be revived

Thammasat University Vice-Rector, Parinya Tewanarumitkul, said Saturday that there is new evidence which could be used to justify the reopening of the hit-and-run case against Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya,…

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Police hunting a thief following a fatal bag snatching in Pattani

Police in Thailand’s southern border province of Pattani are looking for a thief on a motorcycle, who snatched the shoulder bag of a woman riding pillion on another motorcycle, causing…

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Samsung Electronics to halt production at its last computer factory in China

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co will halt operations of its last computer factory in China, the South Korean tech giant said on Saturday, the latest manufacturer to shift production…

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FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logo is displayed on the smartphone while standing on the U.S. flag in this illustration picture taken, November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

Trump says will ban TikTok amid pressure on Chinese owner to sell

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok in the United States, ratcheting up the…

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BOT cuts interest rates on credit cards and loans by 2-4% from today

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has ordered commercial banks and financial institutions to cut the higher interest rates, charged to customers with credit card balances and personal loans, by 2-4%,…

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Two foreigners landing in Thailand have COVID-19 and are in quarantine

Thailand today recorded two new COVID-19 cases, both foreigners arriving from Europe and now in quarantine. According to the CCSA, one is a Serbian footballer, arriving on a chartered flight…

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Malaysia makes mask wearing mandatory

Starting August 1st, Malaysians will be joining their counterparts in places such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Victoria in Australia where face masks are mandatory in public spaces to stem…

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FILE PHOTO: People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on a news conference held by Lee Man-hee, founder of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, in Seoul, South Korea, March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Heo Ran

South Korea sect leader arrested over coronavirus outbreak

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean authorities arrested the founder of a secretive Christian sect at the centre of the country’s largest outbreak of COVID-19 infections on Saturday for allegedly hiding…

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People wait in line for COVID-19 test in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, July 31, 2020. Vietnam reported on Friday the country’s first ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days without any cases. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Vietnam reports 2nd death, more cases linked to hospital

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A second person died of coronavirus complications in Vietnam, officials said Saturday, a day after it recorded its first-ever death as it struggles with a renewed…

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FILE PHOTO: People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on a news conference held by Lee Man-hee, founder of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, in Seoul, South Korea, March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Heo Ran

South Korea court approves arrest of sect leader linked to COVID-19 outbreak

SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean court approved on Saturday the arrest of the founder of a controversial church at the centre of the country’s largest batch of COVID-19 infections,…

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FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, wearing a protective mask, speaks during a news conference over global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong delays election citing pandemic, but democracy camp sceptical

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a Sept. 6 election to the Chinese-ruled city’s legislature by a year because of a rise in coronavirus…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 31, 2020

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