COVID-19 closures and restrictions extended to end of August in Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced today (Monday) the extension of COVID-19 restrictive measures, including closures of several venues and delivery-only service for eateries located in shopping malls, until the…

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A passenger arrives from a flight at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Travelers fully vaccinated against coronavirus from the United States and much of Europe were able to enter Britain without quarantining starting today, a move welcomed by Britain’s ailing travel industry. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK eases travel restrictions as industry lobbies for more

LONDON (AP) — Britain opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and the European Union on Monday as travel industry leaders urged the government to further ease…

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COVID cases may drop in 2 weeks with extended semi-lockdown, mass vaccinations – MoPH

New COVID-19 infections and deaths are expected to drop and the pandemic situation in Thailand brought under control in the next two weeks, if the latest semi-lockdown measures, now imposed…

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In this April 22, 2021, file photo, flags of some of the ASEAN member countries fly at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an emergency plan to help control a coronavirus outbreak that many fear is spiraling out of control in the military-ruled nation. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

ASEAN diplomats discussing crisis envoy, aid to Myanmar

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an…

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Deputy abbot Mahapromphong (L) from Wat Suthi Wararam Buddhist temple watches as elderly Covid-19 coronavirus patient Worapoj Salee receives oxygen from medics in the Charoen Krung neighbourhood in Bangkok on July 30, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Survey shows most Thais seriously concerned about the worsening pandemic

A vast majority of Thai people still have serious concerns about the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The level of happiness, among people in Bangkok and the newly designated ‘dark red’ provinces,…

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‘Pai Dao Din’ arrested while leading protest to demand release of other protesters

Thailand’s anti-government “Talu Fah” group leader Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, aka “Pai Dao Din”, and other protesters were arrested this afternoon (Monday) in front of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), located in…

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Thai digital minister to meet media representatives over much opposed gag order

Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said today (Monday) that he will invite media representatives for talks, to resolve misunderstandings about recent media gag orders issued by the government and…

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Donated Pfizer vaccine passed to Thai government on Monday, some medics eligible for shots

1.5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, donated by the US government and which arrived in Thailand last Friday, were handed over to the Thai government this morning (Monday), with…

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A youth receives the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a clinic in Phnom Penh on August 1, 2021, as Cambodia began vaccinating adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17. (Photo by Pring SAMRANG / AFP)

Cambodia begins Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers

Cambodia began a rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers in its capital Phnom Penh and three provinces Sunday, with Premier Hun Sen’s grandchildren among the first to get the jab….

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Classmates of Thai PM’s daughters want her to ask her father to resign

Former classmates, who studied at the Faculty of Communication Arts of Chulalongkorn University with, both twin daughters of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, have asked them to tell their father to…

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Thailand’s herbal heroes stand ready to fight against COVID-19

Green Chiretta (Fah Talai Jone) and certain other medicinal herbs are selling like hotcakes now that the public has realized they can help keep COVID-19 at bay. The Public Health…

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Many recovered asymptomatic, mild cases in Bangkok’s 43 ‘community isolation’ venues go home

Many “green” COVID-19 cases, or those who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, in Bangkok’s 43 community isolation facilities have returned home after recovering and being cleared of the virus,…

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The giant panda Huan Huan and her second twin cub, are seen inside their enclosure after she gave birth at Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, Central France, on August 1, 2021. (Photo by Guillaume SOUVANT / AFP)

Panda loaned to France gives birth to twins: zoo

Huan Huan, a giant panda on loan to France, gave birth to twin cubs very early Monday, according to the Beauval Zoo.  The twins, born around 1 am, are Huan…

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Red Line launch sparks Bangkok’s electric transport revolution

The long-awaited Red Line commuter train service launches with a soft opening today (August 2) – two years behind schedule and more than 14 years since the project got the…

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Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attends the IX Moscow conference on International Security in Moscow on June 23, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko / POOL / AFP

Myanmar army ruler takes prime minister role, again pledges elections

Myanmar’s military ruler Min Aung Hlaing has taken on the role of prime minister in a newly formed caretaker government, state media reported on Sunday, six months after the army…

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Large anti-government demonstration in Bangkok on Sunday

Various groups of anti-government protesters, in and on hundreds of cars and motorcycles, gathered at Bangkok’s the Democracy Monument, in the Ratchaprasong commercial district and on Vibhavadi Rangsit highway this…

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Two executives of Hua Hin pub blamed for COVID-19 cluster get 3 months in prison

Two executives of the Maya pub, in Thailand’s Hua Hin resort town, which was the epicenter of cluster of over 1,000 COVID-19 infections following an illegal concert held there in…

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New daily COVID-19 infection and death toll highs in Thailand on Saturday

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections (18,912) and deaths (178) both reached new 24 hour highs on Saturday, according to the CCSA. The new infections include 18,102 locally transmitted and 810 among…

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People pack Bang Sue Grand Station to get inoculated on final day of the walk-in service

Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok was packed with people today (Saturday), queuing in multiple lines to get vaccinated on the last day of the walk-in service. The service was…

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Thai Public Health Ministry model predicts 40,000 COVID cases and 500 deaths per day soon if restrictions not obeyed

Thailand may see over 40,000 new COVID-19 infections and 500 deaths per day, peaking mid-September, if the current lockdown restrictions are not rigorously followed and enforced and without full cooperation…

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Insured in Thailand can now claim medical expenses during home or community isolation

People with appropriate insurance cover can now claim medical expenses incurred while they are in home or community isolation, for up to 14 days, from their insurers, according to Mr….

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Thai-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi province closed to reduce risk of infected people crossing

The governor of Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi has ordered the closure of the border with Myanmar, effective Monday until further notice, as a precaution against a possible influx of…

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Criticism of government allowed, assures spokespeople, as Internet censorship looms large

Criticism of the government, as well as calls for faster and more procurements of certain COVID-19 vaccine brands, are allowed, as long as they are based on facts, Government Spokesperson…

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A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell/File Photo

U.S. CDC internal report says Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, the Washington Post said,…

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UK poised to become Asean’s 11th dialogue partner

The United Kingdom is expected to be admitted as the 11th dialogue partner of Asean next week when the Asean foreign ministers meet virtually for the 54th annual meeting, according to a…

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36,861 people in 518 factories in Thailand hit by COVID-19 cluster infections

Cluster infections have been found in 518 factories, located in 49 provinces of Thailand, affecting 36,861 workers who tested positive for the disease between April 1st and July 29th this…

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File- In this Monday, July 6, 2020, file photo, Tong Ying-kit, 23 years old, arrives at a court for the violation of the new security law after carrying a flag reading “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our times” during a protest in Hong Kong. Tong has been sentenced to nine years in prison in the closely watched first case under Hong Kong’s national security law as Beijing tightens control over the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case

HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first prosecution under Hong Kong’s national security law as the ruling…

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Thai backhoe and truck owners seek debt moratorium from Finance Ministry

Owners of six-wheel trucks and backhoe excavators are seeking help from the Finance Ministry, by negotiating with commercial banks or other financial institutes, to freeze their debt and interest payments…

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Protesters led by “Pai Dao Din” call for parties to leave government coalition

Anti-government protesters, who call themselves the “Talu Fah” group, gathered in front of Bhumjaithai party’s head office in Bangkok today (Friday), demanding that the party withdraw from the coalition government….

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39,500 COVID-infected people are in home or community isolation

Altogether 39,500 asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients have, so far, registered to remain in home or community isolation, under the supervision of 104 community clinics and other health service…

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PM says ‘sorry’ over COVID losses, hints at semi-lockdown extension in ‘Dark Red’ zone

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said “sorry” over COVID-19 losses and that he is sympathizing with a lot of people suffering from the pandemic and its impacts, while hinting at a…

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From left, silver medal Daniele Garozzo of Italy, gold medal Ka Long Cheung of Hong Kong and bronze medal Alexander Choupenitch of the Czech Republic celebrate on the podium of the men’s individual Foil final competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hong Kong investigates China anthem booing during Olympics broadcast in mall

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police said on Friday they were launching an investigation into booing of China’s national anthem in a shopping mall broadcasting live the city’s first…

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Thailand’s ban on fake, distorted news, fearmongering begins Friday, as media threatened with censorship

The Thai government has barred media from disseminating fake or distorted news and news that could stir fear regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, effective from today (Friday), with a threat of…

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First batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines donated by US arrives in Thailand

The first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine donated by the U.S. government arrived in Thailand this morning (Friday), according to the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. The 1.5 million doses, of…

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A medical worker prepares to administer a vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as Israel continues its national vaccination drive, during a third national COVID lockdown, in Ashdod, Israel January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israel to offer Pfizer booster shot against COVID-19 to the over-60s

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will begin offering a third shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID–19 vaccine to people aged over 60, a world first in efforts to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, launching…

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People look out at cars sitting in floodwaters at the entrance of a tunnel after heavy rains hit the city of Zhengzhou in China’s central Henan province on July 21, 2021. (STR / AFP)

China accuses BBC of ‘fake news’ over floods reporting

Beijing on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the BBC, accusing it of broadcasting “fake news” and saying the organization was “naturally unpopular” over its coverage of devastating floods in…

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4 billion anti-Covid shots injected worldwide

More than 4 billion doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered around the world, eight months after the vaccination drive started, according to an AFP count Thursday. Global injections have…

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More tigers found in Thailand’s nature, as world marks International Tiger Day Thursday

17 more tigers have been found in Thailand’s natural environment this year, bringing the total to 177, according to the country’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, as…

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People walk across a crossing near Shimbashi Station in Tokyo Thursday, July 29, 2021, a day after the record-high coronavirus cases were found in the Olympics host city. (AP Photo/Kantaro Komiya)

Officials in Tokyo alarmed as cases hit record highs

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials sounded the alarm Thursday as Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for the third straight day with the Olympics well underway. “We have never experienced the…

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Bangkok’s Chinatown street food stalls, gold shops see worst trade in years

The Thai capital’s once bustling Chinatown is now uncharacteristically quiet, with many businesses suffering from the impacts of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. The 9pm to 4am curfew in Bangkok and…

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Clinical trials show that an inhaled COVID-19 vaccine made by China is safe and effective.

Clinical trials have shown that an inhaled COVID-19 vaccine made by China is safe and effective, according to a study published on Monday in The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed general…

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Seven volunteers in Bangkok under probe over vaccination registration scam

Seven volunteers, helping people at the Bang Sue Grand Station vaccination to register for COVID-19 inoculation appointments, are under investigation by railway police, but no charges have yet been filed….

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Thai FDA warns against use of disinfectant spray gun

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) is warning against the use of alcohol spray guns, as their tiny droplets are ineffective at disinfecting surfaces and such spraying could cause any…

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This satellite imagery taken on March 23, 2021 and received on March 25 from Maxar Technologies shows Chinese vessels anchored at the Whitsun Reef, around 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Bataraza in Palawan in the South China Sea. – Chinese vessels gathered near a disputed reef in the South China Sea are “fishing boats” sheltering from poor weather, the foreign ministry said March 22, a day after the Philippines described their presence as an incursion. (Photo by Handout / Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies / AFP)

China urges Asean to conclude the COC

China has called on Asean to speed up the negotiations on a code of conduct (COC) for the South China Sea, which has been dragging on since 2012. On 28…

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New daily COVID-19 records each day as Thailand logs 17,669 new cases, 165 deaths Thursday

New COVID-19 records have been set almost every day over the past fortnight, as Thailand logged daily record high infections of 17,669 and a new daily death toll high of…

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Ban Paew Hospital Samut Sakhon

Doctor suggests prayer as she describes the desperate situation at Ban Paew Hospital

“At this moment when science, medicine and medical treatment are not easily accessible, we will have to rely on the deities,” said Dr. Sandy, a pseudonym used for a Facebook…

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UK to donate 415,000 AstraZeneca doses to Thailand, delivery expected in early August

The United Kingdom will donate 415,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand, which are expected to arrive in the next 1-2 weeks, according to the British Embassy in…

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his final State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Lisa Marie David/Pool Photo via AP)

Philippines’ Duterte says unvaccinated may be shut in

MANILA (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is warning that Filipinos who refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will not be allowed to leave their homes as a safeguard…

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Khao San Road, a once popular tourist strip in Bangkok. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Virus surge kills chance of early economic recovery for Thailand  

Thailand’s economic recovery looks set to be delayed further, with many research houses revising down their growth forecasts for this year. The economy contracted 6.1 percent last year amid the…

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Has Thaksin finally found a way of returning to Thailand ‘through the front door’?

The one wish Thaksin Shinawatra made while blowing out 72 candles on his birthday cake on Monday (July 26) was to be able to return home. Thaksin was ousted in…

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Hackers stealing vaccination appointments for sale to face stiff legal action

Thailand’s Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has promised stiff legal action against hackers who allegedly stole information, from the computer system of a mobile phone service provider, about people who have…

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US plans to donate 2.5 million doses of vaccine to Thailand

US Senator Tammy Duckworth revealed last night that the US government planned to provide 2.5 million doses of vaccine to Thailand. The Thai-American lawmaker told a webinar on Thai-US relations…

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In this photo taken and released on October 29, 2019 by the Royal Thai Government, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) attends the launching of anti-fake news centre at the Government House in Bangkok. Thailand is set to open its first centre to combat fake news, a minister said October 29, the latest Asian country to push for greater cyber scrutiny in what activists fear is a smokescreen for targeting critics.

Thai media vow to fight until government lifts restrictions on free expression

The National Press Council of Thailand, the News Broadcast Council of Thailand, the Thai Journalists Association, the Online News Providers Association, the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the National Union…

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This aerial view handout from Thailand’s National Marine Park Operation Center in Trang taken and released on April 22, 2020

Minister Varawut orders national parks to remain open to the public

Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation has been instructed, by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, to withhold an order to close down all national parks…

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Rohingya refugees and others hold umbrellas as they search for survivors after a landslide triggered by heavy rains in a camp at Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (AP Photo/ Shafiqur Rahman)

Six killed in landslide, flooding at Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

At least six Rohingya Muslims, including children, were killed and several others injured on Tuesday (July 27) after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, officials…

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Panipak Wongpattanakit during the women’s 49kg taekwondo at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Kicking back with Panipak, Thailand’s Olympic Taekwondo queen

Panipak Wongpattanakit has etched her name in history as the first Thai woman to win an Olympic gold medal with a kick. Crowned the Taekwondo champion after scoring a last-minute…

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Vaccination at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station to continue, as focus turns to younger people

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gave an assurance today (Tuesday) that vaccination services at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station will continue as normal, but social distancing measures must be tightened…

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IMF sees 6% world growth, warns developing nations falling behind

The global economy will expand by six percent this year, but disparities between nations are widening as advanced economies accelerate while developing countries fall behind, the IMF said Tuesday.  While…

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This handout video grab taken on April 27, 2021 and received from the Philippine Coastguard on May 5, 2021 shows the Philippine coastguard ship BRP Cabra (front) monitoring Chinese vessels at Sabina Shoal, a South China Sea outcrop claimed by Manila located about 135 kilometres (73 nautical miles) west of the Philippine island of Palawan. (Photo by Handout / Philippine Coastguard / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /PHILIPPINE COASTGUARD” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

US says China’s sea claims have ‘no basis’ in international law

Singapore (AFP) – Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that Beijing’s expansive claims in the South China Sea have “no basis in international law”, taking aim at China’s growing assertiveness…

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People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk past extra papers reporting on Japanese gold medalists at Tokyo Olympics, in Tokyo Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo reports record virus cases days after Olympics begin

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s capital, Tokyo, reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to avoid non-essential…

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Study shows AZ+mRNA vaccination regimen is as good as two doses of mRNA

An immunogenicity study, conducted in Germany, shows the mixed use of viral vector and mRNA vaccines induces a significantly high level of anti-spike and neutralizing antibodies, close to the level…

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This file photo taken on July 6, 2020 shows Tong Ying-kit, who is charged with inciting secession and terrorism after he drove a motorbike into police while flying a protest flag during a rally on July 1, 2020, arriving at the West Kowloon court in Hong Kong. – A Hong Kong court will lay down a marker on the city’s future legal landscape on July 27, 2021 when it delivers its verdict on Tong in the first trial using a national security law imposed by China to stamp out dissent. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

First person charged under HK security law found guilty of terrorism, inciting secession

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The first person charged under Hong Kong’s national security law was found guilty on Tuesday of terrorism and inciting secession in a landmark case that carries long-term implications for how the legislation will reshape the city’s common law traditions. Former waiter Tong Ying-kit, 24,…

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Bottles of the Sinovac vaccine are seen at a hospital, as Indonesia drives mass vaccination for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Antibodies from Sinovac’s COVID-19 shot fade after about 6 months, booster helps – study

BEIJING (Reuters) – Antibodies triggered by Sinovac Biotech’s COVID–19 vaccine declined below a key threshold from around six months after a second dose for most recipients, although a third shot had a strong booster effect, according to a Chinese study. Chinese researchers reported the…

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Empty tourist boats anchor off Rawai Beach on Phuket, southern Thailand, Monday, June 28, 2021. Thailand’s government has begun the “Phuket Sandbox” scheme to bring the tourists back to Phuket starting July 1. Even though coronavirus numbers are again rising around the rest of Thailand and prompting new lockdown measures, officials say there’s too much at stake not to forge ahead with the plan to reopen the island to fully-vaccinated travelers. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Phuket ‘sandbox’ continues despite more closures amid surge in COVID-19 cases

The Phuket “sandbox” scheme, in which fully vaccinated COVID-19 negative foreign tourists are allowed into the country through the island, without quarantine, as an initial step in the country’s reopening…

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South Koreans working at North Korea’s Kaesong industrial complex are seen stranded in a waiting room of an office controlling border crossing in Paju on March 9, 2009 following North Korea severing of inter-Korean communications lines used for the passage of people to its Kaesong industrial complex. North Korea put its military on combat alert on 9 March, 2009 as US and South Korean troops began a major joint exercise, and warned that any attempt to block its upcoming satellite launch would spark a war. AFP PHOTO/WON DAI-YEON (Photo by WON DAI-YEON / AFP)

Two Koreas restore severed communications in surprise thaw

Seoul (AFP) – North and South Korea signaled a surprise thaw in relations on Tuesday, announcing a restoration of cross-border communications that were severed more than a year ago and…

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Two girls told by mother to go to orphanage as they watch her die of COVID at home

Two girls, aged 7 and 9, who later tested positive for COVID-19, were rescued from their home in Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district yesterday (Monday), after watching their mother die…

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Bitcoin soared 10 percent to top $38,000 on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)

Amazon eyes cryptocurrency but not poised for Bitcoin

New York (AFP) – Amazon on Monday denied a report that the e-commerce giant planned to begin accepting Bitcoin payments by the end of this year, but acknowledged an interest in cryptocurrency….

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Call-out culture: Poison or nectar for social activism in Thailand?

Calling people out has become popular among Thai social-media users in recent times, and now they are pressuring local celebrities and stars to take a stance – usually on political…

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This still image taken from video by Blue Origin shows Jeff Bezos (R) celebrating after exiting Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard craft capsule returned from space, safely landing on July 20, 2021, in Van Horn, Texas. – Blue Origin’s first crewed mission is an 11-minute flight from west Texas to an altitude of 65 miles (106kms), and back again, to coincide with the 52nd anniversary of the first Moon landing. (Photo by Handout / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Blue Origin” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Bezos offers NASA a $2 billion discount for Blue Origin Moon lander

Washington (AFP) – Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos wrote an open letter to NASA on Monday offering a $2 billion discount to allow his company to build a Moon lander. The…

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Facebook assembles team to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook on Monday said it was combining specialists from across its hardware, gaming and virtual reality units to build an immersive digital world known as the “metaverse.” The “metaverse,” a…

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Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan forest listed as world natural heritage site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) agreed to list Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan forest complex as a world natural heritage site during its 44th session, held online between July 16th and 31st…

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Walk-in vaccination at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station to end on July 31st

Vaccination services at Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok will be provided to people over 18 years of age and those afflicted with any of the seven underlying diseases, who…

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Japan’s Momiji Nishiya celebrates after performing a trick on her way to win the skateboarding women’s street final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Sports Park in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Japan’s Nishiya, 13, first women’s Olympic skateboard champion

Japan’s Momiji Nishiya became one of the youngest individual Olympic champions in history when she won the inaugural women’s skateboarding gold at the age of 13 years and 330 days…

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Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit

Thailand’s industry minister assures sufficient medical oxygen for domestic demand

Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit gave an assurance today (Monday) that there is enough medical oxygen to meet domestic demand for vital lifesaving use. The minister said today that he has…

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New COVID-19 infections rise to 15,376 with 87 deaths in Thailand on Monday

COVID-19 infections increased by 15,376 today (Monday), as 87 more patients died, including 5 who died at home and posthumously tested positive for the virus, according to CCSA Assistant Spokeswoman…

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A restaurant in a mall in Bangkok. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

CCSA to consider allowing eateries in malls and department stores to provide take-away and delivery services

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will be asked to ease restrictions on eateries in shopping malls and department stores, by allowing them to provide take-away and delivery services….

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(Photo by Taekwondo Association of Thailand)

Choi Young Seok, the “Thai” coach who won Thailand its first Olympic gold medal in Taekwondo

Behind every successful man is a supportive (albeit sometimes grumpy) woman, but behind the Olympics gold medal success of taekwondo heroine Panipak “Tennis” Wongpattanakit is a South Korean man who…

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Op-Ed: Worsening Japan-South Korea ties bad for ASEAN 

Hopes that two Asian economic giants, Japan and South Korea, would be able to reconcile and improve their soured bilateral ties at the 2020 Olympics have been dashed. South Korean…

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Surviving the lockdown by getting creative

The great Covid lockdown has been reinstated, and the end may not be coming any time soon. Aside from online shopping and watching a movie marathon on one of the…

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Vietnam received another 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine through COVAX

The second lot in the latest batch of over 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine granted by the US through the COVAX Facility was handed over to Vietnam late…

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China’s port city of Quanzhou won UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status

Southeast China’s port city of Quanzhou, once hailed as “the very great and noble city” by the Italian explorer Marco Polo, won UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status Sunday, bringing the…

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A comprehensive guide to home and community isolation in Thailand

Most people who test positive for COVID-19 today will likely have to go into “home isolation” or “community isolation”, as Thailand’s public-health system is overwhelmed by new cases. The culprit…

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500,000 doses of US-donated Pfizer vaccine to be given to Thailand’s frontline medics

No fewer than 500,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine, from the 1.5 million doses donated to Thailand by the United States, will be administered to frontline medical personnel, said Dr. Rungruang…

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This handout photo from the Royal Thai Army taken and released on May 16, 2021 shows military personnel in personal protective equipment (PPE) carrying a coffin of a victim of the Covid-19 coronavirus for cremation at a Buddhist temple in Nakhon Ratchasima, amid a surge in cases in Thailand of the virus. Handout / ROYAL THAI ARMY / AFP

Temples in Thailand offering free cremation services for COVID-19 victims

Over 590 temples throughout Thailand are offering free cremation services for those who die from COVID-19, as the national death toll steadily rises, said Prime Minister’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai…

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Samut Sakhon governor offers to quit if he can’t solve communication problem with COVID-19 patients

Samut Sakhon’s Governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri has volunteered to resign if his officials fail to contact COVID-19 patients, currently in community isolation facilities or pre-admission centres, within 24 hours of the…

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Nuttaa Mahattana: the democracy icon who turned on the anti-govt movement

Once a darling of the anti-establishment movement, Nuttaa “Bow” Mahattana is now being denounced as a traitor to the cause – though the human rights activist insists she is just…

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A boy walks on a bamboo bridge by his home in a poor community on the outskirts of Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Undoing Reform: The Hidden Costs of the Coup in Myanmar

Six months after the February 1st coup, Myanmar remains conflict-ridden as anti-coup protests continue and armed civilian militia proliferate. What is following the political crisis is an economic one, with…

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Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit holds a gold medal during medal ceremony for the women’s 49kg taekwondo at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Panipak wins taekwondo’s 49kG gold medal for Thailand

On a day of many upsets, Thailand’s taekwondo flyweight queen Panipak Wongpattanakit did not disappoint in the end, winning her first Olympic gold by a hair on Saturday (July 24)…

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COVID-19 testing Bangkok

14,260 new COVID-19 infections, 119 more deaths in Thailand on Saturday

New COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours (Saturday) dropped slightly to 14,260, from yesterday’s 14,575, while the death toll increased to 119, from 114 on Friday, according to CCSA….

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Phetchabun Governor Krit Kongmuang

Poultry plant in Thailand’s Phetchabun closed after 1,600 workers infected with COVID-19

A frozen poultry processing factory in Thailand’s northern province of Phetchabun has been closed down after more than 1,600, of the 7,200, were found to be infected with COVID-19 during…

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Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Thailand Shifts Strategies, Joins COVAX, Strengthens Public Health to Battle Covid-19

With funding from the European Union (EU) and new strategies, Thailand hopes toget infections and mortality rates from the coronavirus down in the next couple of months To this end,…

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The Dos and Don’ts when Doing a COVID Test at Home

You wouldn’t think about doing Covid-19 self-testing any time soon, but the day may have come. The news that the Food and Drug Administration hadapproved eight antigen Covid-19 test kits…

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13.35% of people in Bangkok’s 40 most crowded communities have COVID-19

13.35% of people in Bangkok’s 40 most crowded communities have COVID-19

5,086 of 31,518 people in 40 of Bangkok’s most crowded communities, who were given rapid antigen tests by members of the Rural Doctors Society (RDS) between July 21st and 23rd,…

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Man found dead near Bangkok’s Victory Monument tests positive for COVID-19

Man found dead near Bangkok’s Victory Monument tests positive for COVID-19

An 80-year man was found dead near the Victory Monument in Bangkok this morning (Saturday) and an initial examination, using an antigen test kit, found him infected with COVID-19. Sub-Lt…

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2.3 million more doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to be delivered to Thailand next week

AstraZeneca (AZ) Thailand will deliver another batch of 2.3 million doses of its viral vector vaccine to the Ministry of Public Health this coming week and is trying to secure…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a welcoming ceremony for Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos outside the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China’s Xi urges people in Tibet to ‘follow the party’ in first visit as president

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping made his first visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region as national leader this week, and urged people there to “follow the party”, the official Xinhua news agency…

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Photos by GABRIEL BOUYS and Ronny Hartmann / AFP

AstraZeneca and Pfizer to be used as booster doses for Thai medics – DDC

The AstraZeneca vaccine will be used as a third, booster dose for medical personnel before the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine, after which both will be used, according to Thailand’s…

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Fireworks illuminates over National Stadium during the opening ceremony of 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Amid fireworks, Tokyo’s opening ceremony begins

With a blaze of indigo and white fireworks lighting the night sky, the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has started. It began with a single female athlete at the center of…

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Photo from Veerasak Vichitsangsri Facebook

Samut Sakhon governor spurns ministerial regulation for patient admission to triage facilities

Samut Sakhon governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri has decided to bypass ministerial red tape to speed up the admission of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients to pre-admission centres, to prevent the…

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Photo from Thammasat University Hospital for COVID-19

Thammasat hospital introduces ‘Withhold Intubation’ rule in severe aging COVID-19 cases

Due to the severe shortage of life-saving medical equipment, such as ventilators, the management of Thammasat University hospital has decided to apply a “Withhold Intubation Rule” for severe COVID-19 patients…

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