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Excessive PM2.5 dust found in the atmosphere of 22 areas of Bangkok today

Air quality in Bangkok today has improved slightly, compared to yesterday, with only 22 areas found to have PM2.5 dust exceeding the 50-micron safety threshold. The whole of Bangkok was…

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Anutin hits back at claim that money lured former Future Forward MPs to his party

Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has cried foul over the leak on social media of a telephone conversation, apparently between two former members of the now defunct Future Forward party….

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A shop burns as a mob sets it on fire during violence between two groups in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. At least 10 people were killed in two days of clashes that cast a shadow over U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the country. (AP Photo)

Hindu, Muslim clashes kill 13 in Delhi as Modi, Trump talk

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hindus carrying pickaxes and iron rods hurled rocks at Muslims protesting a new citizenship law Tuesday on a second day of deadly clashes that cast a…

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Opposition alleges army behind cyber attacks on critics, holds PM responsible

An opposition MP on Tuesday night held Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha responsible for a network of social media that have been waging a cyber war against critics of the…

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Censure debate to end at 7pm Thursday night

Government and opposition whips have agreed to conclude the censure debate at 7pm on Thursday night, with the MPs and cabinet ministers being instructed to keep their speeches concise to…

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Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protests in 2011, died Tuesday at age 91. The burly autocrat with the trademark…

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Bhumjaithai ranks second largest in coalition government following defection of Future Forward MPs

The Bhumjaithai party has become second largest party in the coalition government, displacing the Democrat party, following the defection of nine former MPs from the now defunct Future Forward party….

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Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a press conference today (Feb 25, 2019) in Tehran.

Iran deputy health minister has coronavirus

Iran’s deputy health minister has been infected with the new coronavirus, a ministry official said on Tuesday, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic. “The coronavirus test for Mr…

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Air pollution closes all municipal schools Wednesday until Friday

All schools under the supervision of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have been ordered closed from tomorrow (Wednesday) until Friday, as air quality in the capital worsened today and the…

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Opposition and Govt at odds over allocation of time for the censure debate

Opposition MPs have protested against what they allege is too much time being given to cabinet ministers to address the censure accusations and have proposed the convening of a special…

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Students gather at a pro-democracy rally against military rule and the Constitutional Court’s ruling to dissolve the progressive opposition Future Forward Party, at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on February 24, 2020. – A stridently anti-military Thai party was dissolved on February 21 and its key members banned from politics for a decade over a $6 million loan by its billionaire founder, a withering blow to the kingdom’s pro-democracy movement. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Future Forward’s dissolution triggers student rallies

The dissolution of Future Forward Party has prompted students at at least three major universities in Bangkok to stage political rallies to voice their opposition to what they see as…

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Suspects in abduction of senior judge’s brother taken for re-enactment

Three of the six suspects, alleged to have been involved in the abduction and subsequent murder of the elder brother of a senior judge at the Bangkok South Criminal Court,…

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Kasetsart University’s student movement

At 4.30pm on February 24th, over a thousand Kasetsart University (KU) students, and other people interested in playing an active part in political justice and democracy after the Constitutional Court…

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All Bangkok suffering excessive PM2.5 dust today

The whole of Thailand’s capital and its vicinity were found to have excessive amounts of PM2.3 dust in the air this morning, measured between 55 and 90 microns, according to…

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People wait in a line to buy face masks at a retail store in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 25, 2020. – South Korea reported 60 more COVID-19 coronavirus cases on February 25, the smallest increase for four days in the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s morning updates. The country now has 893 cases. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China

The new coronavirus has peaked in China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned, as infections mushroom in other countries. Financial markets have gone…

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Despite attacks, Prayut manages to keep his cool

Promoting cronyism, favouring big businesses and being incompetent.  These were  among charges levelled by the opposition against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on the first day of the censure debate on…

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Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo moment

Weinstein, 67, convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of #MeToo campaign. Harvey Weinstein was convicted on Monday of…

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Piyabutr stunned by sudden defection of nine former Future Forward MPs

Former secretary-general of the Future Forward party, Dr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, was been dealt a huge setback upon learning that nine MPs from the defunct party have defected to the government…

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US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the ‘Namaste Trump’ event at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, in Ahmedabad, India on Monday. US First Lady Melania Trump also attended the event.

Trump’s India visit prioritizes pageantry over policy

AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AP) — Prioritizing pageantry over policy, President Donald Trump basked in India’s welcoming embrace on a day that featured a mega-rally with cheering crowds, a mutual admiration show…

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Government’s economic policies favour big corporations – Pita

The Government’s economic policies are tailored to favour large corporations at the expense of the poor, resulting in the minority rich becoming richer while the poor get poorer, said party…

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Mahathir made caretaker PM after King accepts resignation

KUALA LUMPUR – Hours after accepting his resignation as prime minister, Malaysia’s King on Monday appointed Dr Mahathir Mohamad as interim prime minister. Mahathir will continue to run the administration…

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PM2.5 dust particles forecast to blanket city until end of month

Bangkok residents have been advised to protect their health by wearing face masks while they are outdoors, but to avoid outdoor activities where possible, from today until the end of…

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COVID-19 officially designated a dangerous infectious disease in Thailand

Thailand’s National Committee for the Control Infectious Diseases has decided to designate COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease, as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread. Public Health Minister Anutin…

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Eight people, including two children, injured in Songkhla explosion

Two school children were among eight people injured by shrapnel from a roadside bomb near a public park in the Sabayoi district of Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla today. Also…

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Opposition leader launches censure debate in parliament

Opposition leader Sompong Amornvivat opened up with rapid-fire salvos against the administration of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, accusing it of complete incompetence, failure in national administration, corruption, nepotism and widespread…

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COVID-19 expected to be designated dangerous infectious disease today – Anutin

The National Committee to Control Infectious Diseases is expected to upgrade Thailand’s preparedness to cope with COVID-19 to Stage 3, as a strengthened precautionary measure to prevent the further spread…

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Defiant Pannika dares PM to sue over her allegation of Government involvement in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal

Former spokeswoman for the now defunct Future Forward party, Pannika Wanich, has challenged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to file a personal defamation claim against her for implicating him in the…

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Malaysian PM Mahathir sends resignation letter to king

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has submitted a letter of resignation to Malaysia’s king, his office said on Monday, amid talk of forming a new governing coalition….

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42 opposition MPs lined up for censure debate

Thailand’s opposition parties have lined up 42 speakers for the censure debate this afternoon (Monday), with half of them targeting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who doubles as the defence minister….

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Workers wearing protective gears arrive to spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a market in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his government had increased its anti-virus alert level by one notch to “Red,” the highest level. It allows for the temporary closure of schools and reduced operation of public transportation and flights to and from South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korean cases jump, China counts 150 more virus deaths

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported another large jump in new virus cases Monday a day after the the president called for “unprecedented, powerful” steps to combat the…

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Law professors oppose Constitutional Court’s dissolution of Future Forward

Thirty-six law professors, at the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University, have issued a statement voicing their disagreement with the Constitutional Court’s decision to disband the Future Forward party, and…

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New measure for students and officials returning from COVID-19 high risk countries

All educational personnel from the Education Ministry and students, who have visited six COVID-19 high risk countries, have been told to stop working in their offices or to take leave…

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Anwar cries foul as Malaysian parties plan sweeping coalition change

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s would-be leader Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday accused 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s party and “traitors” in his own camp of plotting a wholesale change in…

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Palang Pracharath wins Khamphaeng Phet by-election

Palang Pracharath, the key member of the Prayut coalition government, won the by-election in the central province of Khamphaeng Phet on Sunday, a day ahead of the no-confidence debate. Phetchphum…

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Five suspected insurgents killed in Narathiwat

Five suspected southern insurgents were shot dead by security forces on a mountain in Cho Airong district of Thailand’s southern border province of Narathiwat on Sunday. The security forces also…

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Opposition trains its guns on Prayut government

For the first time since taking office last year, the Prayut government will on Monday face a no-confidence debate, with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five other members of his…

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Thai Foreign Ministry hopes allies will respect Thai sovereignty

The Thai Foreign Ministry said today that it believes countries friendly to Thailand will respect her sovereignty and support acts which are in compliance with the Thai Constitution, just as…

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Environmental group opposes erosion barrier on Phuket’s Surin Beach

Environmental academics have voiced opposition to a project, by a tambon administration organization in Phuket province, to build a beach erosion barrier on the famous Surin Beach, claiming that the…

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Government and Opposition ready for tomorrow’s showdown in parliament

Thailand’s Government and Opposition are combat ready for a showdown in the first censure debate in six years, which kicks off tomorrow, with opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng saying Saturday…

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Former deputy commerce minister in police custody

Former deputy commerce minister, Pol Lt-Col Banyin Tangpakorn, and two other people were taken into police custody this morning, in Thailand’s central province of Nakhon Sawan, on suspicion of involvement in the…

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After the Verdict: Where do we go from here?

Opinion The Constitutional Court’s verdict to dissolve the Future Forward Party (FFP) and ban 16 party executives from politics for 10 years on February 21, 2020 sends a shock wave…

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Thai Health Ministry mulls listing Italy as high risk for COVID-19 infection

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is considering listing Italy as one of the high-risk countries for COVID-19 infection, travellers arriving from which will be screened at their port of entry…

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Flash mob at Thammasat against disbanding of Future Forward

The Student Union of Thailand held a brief rally, at the Tha Phrachan campus of Thammasat University Saturday evening, to protest against the Constitutional Court’s decision to dissolve the Future…

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How media shape Thais’ understanding of Middle East

With limited access to news and information from media in the Arab world, Thai people’s understanding and perception of the situation in the Middle East is often shaped by what…

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Iranians, some wearing protective masks, wait to cross a street in the capital Tehran on February 22, 2020.

Iran reports fifth coronavirus death, most outside Far East

Iran on Saturday reported one more death among 10 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the Islamic republic to five — the highest of any country…

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WHO sounds alarm over Africa coronavirus preparedness

The World Health Organization warned Saturday that African health systems would be ill-equipped to respond to the deadly coronavirus outbreak should cases start to proliferate on the continent.  WHO chief…

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Srisuwan to ask EC to take legal action against Thanathorn et al

Political activist Srisuwan Janya said today that he will lodge a complaint on Monday asking the Election Commission (EC) to take legal action against former Future Forward party leader Thanathorn…

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Ex-NIA deputy chief accuses US embassy of interference in Thailand’s internal affairs

Thailand’s former National Intelligence Agency deputy director Nanthiwat Samart has accused the US embassy in Bangkok of interfering in Thailand’s domestic affairs over the Constitutional Court’s decision on Friday to…

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US embassy, Amnesty International oppose dissolution of Future Forward party

The US embassy in Bangkok has expressed concern that the Constitutional Court’s decision on Friday, to dissolve the Future Forward party, risks disenfranchising more than six million Thai voters who…

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Medical workers wearing protective gear transfer a suspected coronavirus patient (C) to another hospital from Daenam Hospital where a total of 16 infections have now been identified with the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Cheongdo county near the southeastern city of Daegu on February 21, 2020.

South Korea reports 142 more coronavirus cases, total 346

South Korea reported 142 more coronavirus cases Saturday, the sharpest spike in infections yet, with more than half of the new cases linked to a hospital in a southern city. The…

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Prime Minister Mahathir has the support of his would-be successor Anwar Ibrahim to stay on until after November. – Photo from Malaysiakini

Mahathir given mandate to stay on until after November

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad has been given the mandate by the ruling coalition to stay on as the country’s leader until after the APEC summit in…

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Defiant Thanathorn vows to carry on to reach their unmet objectives

Former Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has vowed to carry on reaching for the party’s unfinished objectives, to stop the junta from prolonging its stay in power, to reform…

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Filipino couples kiss while wearing their face masks in a government-sponsored mass wedding in Bacolod City, Philippines, February 20, 2020. Bacolod City Public Information Office/Handout via REUTERS

Masks and kisses: Philippine couples brave virus to exchange vows

MANILA (Reuters) – Wearing blue surgical masks amid a coronavirus outbreak, 220 couples exchanged vows and kisses in the central Philippines to launch their married lives. Lovers and their relatives…

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A supporter of Future Forward Party broke down in tears after hearing the verdict.

Loans allowed Thanathorn to dominate party — Charter Court

The 191-million-baht loan extended by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit to his now-defunct Future Forward Party was outside the ordinary course of business and allowed him to exercise influence over the party, according…

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Shopping mall gold shop robbery suspect pleads guilty to all nine charges

The school director, who shot dead three people, including a 2-year old boy, during a gold shop robbery at the Robinson shopping mall in Lop Buri province on January 9th,…

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Future Forward Party supporters react to the constitutional court’s verdict to dissolve the party at the political party’s headquarters in Bangkok on February 21, 2020.

Charter Court dissolves Future Forward, slaps political ban on its executives

The Constitutional Court has ordered the Future Forward Party dissolved after finding it guilty of breaking the law by obtaining loans from its leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit.   The court also…

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Health minister attempts to allay fears over planned COVID-19 dangerous infectious disease designation

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has asked members of the public to stay calm over the ministry’s proposal to designate COVID-19 as Thailand’s 14th dangerous infectious disease.   In his…

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No chopper crash, but forest fires on a mountain in Rayong

The search and rescue operation for a reported helicopter crash on a mountain in Muang district of Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong was called off late Thursday night, after no…

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Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain novel coronavirus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Coronavirus to be big topic for G20 as China reports uptick in cases

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday although the rise in infections remained at its slowest pace since January, a downward trend which…

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member works at the workshop of Fusen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in Nanyang in central China’s Henan Province, Thursday Feb. 20, 2020. The company has resumed production to ensure the supply of medicines during the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with comprehensive measures taken to protect the workers. (Feng Dapeng/Xinhua via AP)

China reports further fall in new virus cases, 118 deaths

BEIJING (AP) — China reported a further fall in new virus cases to 889 on Friday as health officials expressed optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more…

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Constitutional Court to rule on Future Forward’s fate today

The Constitutional Court is set to rule this afternoon whether Future Forward Party has broken the law by obtaining loans totaling over 191 million baht from its leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit….

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Defiant Thanathorn says party would still take loan if he could turn back time

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said today that, if he could turn back the clock, his party would still have taken the loan and would do so openly. On…

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Unidentified helicopter crashes on mountain in Thailand’s Rayong province

Rescue workers and fire fighters have been dispatched to a hill in Muang district of Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong on Thursday night where an unidentified helicopter has crashed. Flames…

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House rejects Future Forward’s proposal for panel to study ways to stop coups

The Future Forward party’s ambitious attempt to put an end to coups in Thailand, through the setting up of a House committee to study ways and means to prevent them,…

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Thailand to designate COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease

Thailand is to formally declare COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease because there are signs that the situation may get worse in the next two months. Dr. Sophon Iamsirithavorn, director…

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Investigators see ‘xenophobic motive’ behind Germany shootings

German investigators said Thursday they suspected a “xenophobic motive” behind shootings at a shisha bar and a cafe that left 10 dead overnight in the city of Hanau.   Hours…

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Two coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess passengers die

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Two passengers from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship moored near Tokyo have died, public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday, as a second group of passengers began disembarking after…

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Chulalongkorn University imposes travel ban on staff members and students

In a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand, Chulalongkorn University has imposed a ban on visiting or transit stopovers in seven countries and two special administration regions…

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Eight killed in shootings in Germany: police

At least eight people were killed in two shootings at shisha bars in Germany, with an unknown number of attackers still at large, police and media said.   The shootings…

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Two former Japan cruise ship passengers die: media

Two former passengers of the coronavirus-wracked Diamond Princess have died, local media reported Thursday, as fears mount about those who have left the ship after testing negative for the virus….

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People wear masks as they commute during the morning rush hour Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Chuo district in Tokyo. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 75,000 people globally. More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China. Most of the cases outside China involve people from a cruise ship quarantined at a Japanese port. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

China says number of new virus cases rose by just 394

BEIJING (AP) — China says the number the of new virus cases rose by just 394 from the previous day, with a rise in the death of 114.   The…

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Tourist sector in Phuket reeling from lack of Chinese tourists

Tourism-related businesses in Phuket have been hard hit by the sharp drop in the number of tourist arrivals, especially Chinese, as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak in China…

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Man arrested for over charging for face masks

A man has been held in custody for allegedly over charging for face masks in a sting operation the Internal Trade Department. The department’s deputy director-general, Prayote Pensut, said today…

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Former Sangha Council member given suspended jail term

The former abbot of Wat Saket, who is also a former member of the Sangha Council, was today sentenced to 36 months in prison, with the term suspended for two…

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Pheu Thai questions PM’s excuse for staying in Army welfare housing

Pheu Thai party spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard has challenged the excuses offered by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and Interior Minister Anupong Paochai justifying their continued stay…

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Suspect in Bangkok shopping mall shooting taken into custody

The suspected gunman, who allegedly shot and killed his ex-wife and wounded another person at a beauty clinic in the Century Plaza shopping mall near the Victory Monument in Bangkok…

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Many women in South Korea face promotional barriers at work while carrying heavy childcare burdens and often feel forced to give up their careers

South Korea’s first female anchor

Under gleamingly bright studio lights, Lee So-jeong reads straight from a teleprompter, rehearsing her lines ahead of the primetime newscast for South Korea’s national public broadcaster, KBS.   Five times…

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137 Thai Wuhan evacuees leave for home

137 of the Thai evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan were given a warm send-off as they left the Royal Thai Navy’s Sattahip base for home this morning.  …

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BEM expressway operation concession extensions approved by cabinet

On Tuesday, the cabinet agreed to extend the management and toll collection concessions of Bangkok Express Metro Company (BEM) in exchange for withdrawing 17 pending court cases between BEM and…

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An unidentified passenger is surrounded by the media after she disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Passengers begin leaving after ship’s virus quarantine ends

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Hundreds of passengers began leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday after the end of a much-criticized, two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of…

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In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

New virus cases in China fall, deaths top 2,000

BEIJING (AP) — New virus cases in China continued to fall Wednesday, with 1,749 new infections and 136 new deaths announced after China’s leader said disease prevention and control was…

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Chinese journalists in US designated as operatives of Chinese state

The US government has declared Chinese journalists working in the US as operatives of the Chinese state and not practitioners of journalism out of fears that they are allegedly involved…

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Nine day holiday for Songkran ditched by PM

The idea of a nine day holiday over the Songkran festival this year, to promote domestic tourism following a sharp decline in tourist arrivals, especially from China, appears to have…

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Future Forward issues closing defence statement in 191.2m baht loan case

According to the Future Forward party’s closing statement, which was released today by party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, the Constitutional Court has no power to dissolve the party or to ban…

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Yuichiro Ono (left), Character Designer and Creator of Business Fish. He created many other characters including Masked Wrestler Q, Moai-kun, Mr. Egg, etc. That Achieved 698 million sticker downloads worldwide. His unique artstyle has become popular among Western and South East Asian users on Social Media.

Digital Stickers – From 2D artwork to creative communication

Every day, social media develops new ways to connect people in their daily lives. One of the latest trends is “Digital Stickers”. Usually, a sticker is a type of self-adhesive…

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138 Thai evacuees from Wuhan expected to go home on Wednesday

The 137 Thai evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan, who have been under observation in guest houses at the Sattahip naval base since February 4th, are expected to return…

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One woman killed and another injured in shooting at Bangkok mall

Shoppers, at a mall near the Victory Monument in downtown Bangkok, were sent running for cover when a gunman opened fire this afternoon (Tuesday), killing one woman and wounding another….

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Head of hospital dies in coronavirus epicenter; global economic impact spreads

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The head of a leading hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, died of the disease on Tuesday while South Korea…

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Future Forward’s deputy leader in hot water for living in army welfare housing

The Future Forward party has been dealt a huge and embarrassing setback because it has been disclosed that its deputy leader, Lt-Gen Pongsakorn Rodchomphu, has been living in an army…

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Temperatures in most parts of Thailand to fall today and tomorrow

People living in most parts of Thailand, except the southern region, have been advised to take care of their health as a strong cold front from China is predicted to…

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It’s OK if Opposition limits debate on previous government to 20%

The government’s chief whip says there would be no objection to the Opposition questioning the performance of the previous administration, also under the premiership of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, if such…

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Emergency decree in Deep South extended for 3 months

The emergency decree, currently in effect in Thailand’s three southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat and certain districts of Songkhla province, is to be extendeduntil June 19th. The…

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Four people in custody accused of spreading fake news about coronavirus

Four people have been arrested by police, for allegedly spreading fake news about the COVID-19 virus, in coordinated raids in four provinces.   Armed with search warrants, officials from the…

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Activists in Jakarta protest against the 2014 shootings of four teenagers in Indonesia’s insurgency-wracked Papua province

Indonesia military to blame for 2014 Papua killings: rights commission

Indonesia’s military shot dead four students in the country’s restive Papua region during 2014 protests and carried out “gross human rights violations”, a commission investigating the uprising concluded Monday.  …

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Ex-Pheu Thai leader Yongyuth Vichaidit to serve 2 years in prison

Former leader of Pheu Thai party, Yongyuth Vichaidit, was today sent to prison to serve his two-year sentence after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal to the high court.  …

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Army signs MoU for private sector management of its real estate assets

Thailand’s Army and the Treasury Department signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) this morning, under which the Army’s 40 commercial welfare schemes, which include golf and race courses, land, buildings…

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Fire at Phu Kradueng 320 hectares of forest damaged

More than 320 hectares of forest in Thailand’s popular mountain-top tourist destination of Phu Kradueng, in the north-eastern province of Loei, have been damaged by a forest fire, suspected to…

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Thailand reports new coronavirus case

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand said on Monday it had recorded one new case of the coronavirus and was increasing screening of visitors from Singapore and Japan entering the country in…

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People wearing protective face masks cross a street in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

New virus infected more than 71,000 globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 71,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year…

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