Arrest warrants to be issued after Saturday’s Chamchuri mall explosion

Police are to issue warrants for the arrest of at least two people suspected of throwing a “ping pong bomb” onto a group of police officers in front of the…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of January 17, 2021

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FILE / Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Thai PM insists COVID-19 vaccines must be proven safe before inoculation starts

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Sunday that Thailand will not start COVID-19 vaccination of Thai people until it is proved to be safe. In his Facebook post today, the…

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This aerial picture shows the Governor’s office building damaged following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Mamuju on January 17, 2021. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Indonesia hunts for survivors as quake death toll hits 60

A powerful earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has killed at least 60 people, authorities said Sunday, with thousands left homeless as rescuers raced to find anyone still alive under mountains…

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374 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Sunday with Phatthalung’s first infections

Thailand’s southern province of Phatthalung has become the country’s 61st and latest province to record COVID-19 cases, as 374 new infections are recorded nationwide today (Sunday). 321 of the new…

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59 areas in Bangkok and suburbs polluted with excessive PM2.5 on Sunday

Air quality in Bangkok and its suburbs has slightly improved today, with 59 areas being affected by excessive PM2.5 dust, including Din Daeng Road which was identified as the most…

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335 more COVID-19 cases recorded this afternoon in Samut Sakhon province

Late Saturday afternoon, the Samut Sakhon provincial health office reported 335 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total in this coastal province to 4,359 since mid-December. The new cases include 311…

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Four injured by explosion in confrontation between police and protesters in Sam Yan area

Three anti-riot police officers and a reporter were slightly injured this afternoon (Saturday) when a missile, thought to be some type of explosive device, was thrown at a group of…

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Two arrested at Bangkok’s Victory Monument for trying to display an anti-lèse-majesté law banner

Two anti-establishment protesters were arrested by Thai police, on Saturday afternoon, after they and their colleagues defied police orders to disperse and to refrain from putting up a banner calling…

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One death and 230 new COVID-19 cases recorded Saturday in Thailand

Another COVID-19 patient has died as 230 new infections are recorded today in Thailand. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the victim, the country’s 70th so far, was a…

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Reconciliation committee ‘doomed to fail’ without participation from protesters

Though a reconciliation committee has now been established, critics say it has little chance of resolving Thailand’s ongoing political conflict when one side is absent from the panel.  Proposed by…

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Bangkok blanketed in excessive amounts of PM2.5 dust pollution

Almost the entire city of Bangkok is suffering under a blanket of atmospheric dust particles today (Saturday), with 70 locations recording excessive levels of PM2.5, which is especially dangerous for…

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Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin

Youths believed to have died of benzodiazepine overdose in ketamine powdered milk

Excessive levels of a substance in the benzodiazepine family, formerly marketed as “Valium” but now called Diazepam, has been detected in the bodies of some of the young Thais who…

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Two camp sites in Khao Yai national park closed after camper killed by elephant

Two public camp sites in Thailand’s Khao Yai national park have been closed indefinitely after a tourist was stomped to death by a wild elephant there early this morning (Friday)….

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FILE. US President Donald Trump / AFP

Trump administration takes final swipes at China and its companies

The Trump administration in its waning days took another swipe at China and its biggest firms on Thursday, imposing sanctions on officials and companies for alleged misdeeds in the South…

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Rescuers search for survivors at the Mitra Manakarra hospital in Mamuju city. / AFP

Powerful Indonesia quake kills at least 34, topples buildings

A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Friday, killing at least 34 people, levelling a hospital and severely damaging other buildings, authorities said. Hundreds more were injured when the…

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188 new COVID-19 cases and 628 recoveries recorded in Thailand on Friday

Thailand recorded 188 new COVID-19 cases today, while 628 people have recovered from the disease, according to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin. The new infections are 154 locally-acquired, including 73…

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Health-threatening pollution over 10 areas of Bangkok and suburbs on Friday

Poor air quality today in ten areas in Bangkok and its peripherals has reached unhealthy levels, with the amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere exceeding the 50-micron safety threshold,…

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Strong quake in Indonesia’s Sulawesi kills at least seven, injures hundreds

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least seven people, injured hundreds and damaged many buildings on Friday, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said, as…

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All hotels and resorts in Kanchanaburi to close due to latest COVID outbreak

Yesterday, the Governor of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, Jirakiat Poomsawat, issued an order to close all hotels and resorts immediately and until further notice, including businesses that function like a hotel….

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11 new COVID-19 cases in Rayong, anyone who visited Suan Mook market last week at risk

The Governor of Rayong, Channa Iamsaeng, announced this morning that 11 new COVID-19 infections have been found in the province, raising the number to 552. So far, only one COVID…

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Pattaya hotels want to be closed so employees can claim state benefits

Hotels and tourism-related businesses in Pattaya want the Chon Buri provincial administration to order the temporary closure of all hotels in the town, so that their employees can claim unemployment…

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Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat, the deputy national police chief

20 police and 10 officials implicated in trafficking illegal workers from Myanmar

About 20 police officers and 10 officials from other state agencies are suspected of being involved in the smuggling of illegal migrant workers from Myanmar into Thailand, said Pol Gen…

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Three groups of people excluded from 7,000 baht from new Rao Chana scheme

Three types of people will be excluded from the new Rao Chana (We Win) subsidy program, under which recipients will receive a 3,500 baht/month cash subsidy for two consecutive months…

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S. Korea’s top court upholds ex-president’s 20-year jail term

South Korea’s top court upheld a 20-year prison sentence for disgraced former president Park Geun-hye on Thursday, in the final ruling over the corruption scandal that brought her down. The decision brings to an…

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12 areas of Bangkok and its peripherals suffer excessive PM2.5 on Thursday

People in Thailand’s capital, and its four neighbouring provinces, have been warned to brace for an increase in PM2.5 pollution, with 12 areas facing excessive amounts today and tomorrow. The…

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Thailand’s CCSA gets a new spokeswoman

Towards the end of today’s CCSA briefing on the COVID-19 situation in Thailand, Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin introduced a new spokeswoman, Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan, who will be joining the team providing…

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A staff member works during a media tour of a new factory built to produce a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at Sinovac, one of 11 Chinese companies approved to carry out clinical trials of potential coronavirus vaccines, in Beijing on September 24, 2020. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)

Critics inject doubt over Thailand’s vaccine deal with China

As contagion-hit Thailand rushes to register two COVID-19 vaccines, a debate has sprung up about the efficacy of one of the candidates – China’s CoronaVac. Even the Global Times, a…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of January 14, 2021

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Blind employees of massage shops affected by latest COVID-19 outbreak

Many Thai massage shops employ blind and visually impaired staff and such shops in Bangkok have been temporarily closed, by order of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on January 2nd, to…

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271 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths recorded on Thursday

Thailand’s CCSA announced today that two new COVID-19 related fatalities have been recorded, bringing the national toll to 69. One was a 71-year-old British man with diabetes, thyroid and lung…

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Baby gets COVID-19 as concern grows over clusters in families and work places

A three-month old baby, in the Bang Bon area of Bangkok, has tested positive for COVID-19, apparently acquired from a family friend, as health officials voice concern over a rise…

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Law and the virus fail to halt Thailand’s ‘guerrilla’ protest movement

The new wave of COVID-19 has forced leaders of the anti-establishment movement to break from street rallies and focus instead on legal cases stemming from their campaign. As a result,…

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads the final vote of the impeachment of President Donald Trump, for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Congress last week, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the…

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo receives a shot of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 13, 2021. Courtesy of Agus Suparto/Indonesian Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Indonesia launches one of world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination drives

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia launched one of the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination campaigns on Wednesday with President Joko Widodo getting the first shot of a Chinese vaccine as his country…

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Opposition Pheu Thai Party proposes more cash for those affected by COVID-19

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party has voiced disagreement with the government’s plan to provide cash giveaways of 3,500 baht a month for two months to people affected by COVID-19, noting…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of January 13, 2021

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A pedestrian walks past an electronic quotation board displaying share prices of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo on January 13, 2021. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Global stocks mixed after Wall St rebounds from uncertainty

Global stocks were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded, shrugging off uncertainty about a possible new attempt to impeach President Donald Trump over last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol….

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Thailand pulmonologist COVID-19
This photograph taken on January 4, 2021 in Paris, shows figurines next to a vaccine vial reading “Covid-19 vaccine”. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Pulmonologist suggests both Thais and migrants inoculated first dose within this year

Thai pulmonologist, Dr. Manoon Leechawengwongs, is suggesting that Thailand provides first dose inoculations to all Thais and migrants within this year, rather than half the country being inoculated with 2…

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Thailand COVID-19 vaccines
(FILES) In this file photo a pharmacist fills a syringe to prepare a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for front-line health care workers at a vaccination site at Torrance Memorial Medical Center on December 19, 2020 in Torrance, California. – Canada announced on January 12, 2021 a deal to secure an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which would allow for more than half of Canadians to be inoculated before summer. The American and German pharmaceutical giants will also accelerate deliveries of their jointly-developed vaccine over the coming months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

PM will allow local administration to buy FDA-approved vaccines

Local government bodies in Thailand will be allowed to acquire COVID-19 vaccines using their own budgets, but the vaccines must be approved by the Food and Drug administration of the…

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Thailand records 157 new COVID-19 cases as virus spreads to 60 provinces

157 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded today (Wednesday), as the contagion spreads to 60 of Thailand’s 77 provinces, with Phitsanuloke being the latest to record its first case, according…

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About 1,400 Thais returning from Myanmar to be repatriated through Mae Sot

Thailand’s northwestern province of Tak is preparing for the arrival of some 1,400 Thai citizens, most of whom crossed the border illegally to work in casinos and entertainment venues in…

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Hair salons and motorcyclists affected by latest COVID outbreak

The latest outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting many businesses,mostly due to the stringent measures imposed by the government. Among such businesses are hair salons, where customers can only be serviced…

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The Shwe Kokko New City project in Myawaddy near the Thai border in Karen State. Photo courtesy of The Irrawaddy

Myanmar to rein in controversial China-backed gambling hub near Thai border

YANGON—The Myanmar government has begun taking steps to tackle what are seen as irregularities surrounding a controversial China-backed city development project in a Karen-controlled area opposite Mae Sot District of…

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Pence says he opposes removing Trump with the 25th Amendment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday that he is opposed to invoking the 25th Amendment…

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Five pieces of misleading information about COVID-19

“Don’t believe everything you read” is good advice for all netizens, as we are still seeing a large amount of fake news being published online. Recently, COFACT Thailand has identified…

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17 more need treatment after apparent use of “K powdered milk” drug cocktail

Seventeen people have required medical treatment after suspected use of the “K powdered milk” drug cocktail during the past two days. Four of them were admitted to the Boromarajonani National…

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PM2.5 to return to Bangkok and suburbs on Thursday

People living in Bangkok and its peripherals have been warned of an increase in PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere from this Thursday, as the cold weather front from China weakens….

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Heart failure caused deaths of 7 youths thought to have used “K powdered milk”

Heart failure has been cited as the cause of the deaths of seven young Thais, suspected to have used a cocktail of illicit drugs known as “K powdered milk”. Pol…

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FILE PHOTO: A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Democratic drive to impeach Trump after Capitol siege speeds ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats will give President Donald Trump one last chance on Tuesday to leave office days before his term expires or face an unprecedented second impeachment over his…

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654 bags of used medical gloves for resale seized by the police today

The Metropolitan Police Bureau and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today seized 654 bags of used rubber gloves, which were being repackaged as new medical gloves,from a warehouse in…

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FILE / Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Electricity, water and internet bills to be reduced to help public and SMEs

Thailand’s cabinet has resolved to launch a set of urgent relief measures, to help the public and SMEs, by boosting liquidity, increasing benefits for the unemployed and reducing the cost…

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Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah (Photo by NAZRI RAPAAI / Malaysia’s Department of Information / AFP)

Malaysia declares emergency to curb virus, shoring up government

Malaysia’s king declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday to curb the spread of COVID-19, a move that bolsters Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s precarious hold on power and forestalls…

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Passenger van operators want PM to help freeze car instalments for 3-6 months

Operators of passenger vans, offering services between Bangkok and its suburbs, have asked the government to negotiate with financial institutions to grant them a debt moratorium, of three to six…

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A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walks past a sign for Covid-19 coronavirus testing at the Urban Institute for Disease Prevention and Control in Bangkok on January 11, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Thailand records 287 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration or CCSA has reported 287 new COVID-19 cases today, 278 of which are locally-acquired infections, 9 were imported, and there have been no new…

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A student passes through the inspection gate on the first day of the reopening of the International Pioneers School in Bangkok on June 16, 2020, following its temporary closure due to the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. – Some schools in Thailand have reopened as they adopted preventive measures such as social distancing and regular disinfection to halt the spread of the virus. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Millions of kids suffer ‘COVID slide’ as Thai education hit by new virus wave

The fresh wave of COVID-19 is threatening to plunge Thai students into a deeper “summer slide”, a recent report by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) suggests….

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Mae Sot district to erect field hospital for infected Thais back from Myanmar

The sports stadium, in the border town of Thailand’s Mae Sot, has been designated as the site of a field hospital, to accommodate infected Thai workers returning from Myanmar’s Myawaddi…

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273 crew members of a Thai aircraft carrier are being quarantined

In Sattahip district, in the eastern province of Chon Buri, 273 crew members on the Chakrinarubet aircraft carrier have been quarantined, in a building in Sattahip naval base, after two…

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Red ‘general’ Jatuporn no longer marching to Thaksin’s tune

The old saying “there are no permanent friends or foes in politics” has been proven true once again. Jatuporn Prompan, an activist/politician and a long-time loyal ally of the Shinawatra…

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Thai workers look at job advertisements displayed at the Labour Ministry in Bangkok.(Photo by PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP)

Household debt in Thailand highest in 12 years

COVID-19 can be blamed for pushing Thai household debt to its highest level in 12 years, around 480,000 baht per household, said The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce…

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This photograph taken on December 19, 2020 shows longtail boats moored at a beach on Koh Lipe island in the Andaman Sea. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Tourism sector propose debt moratoria and electricity subsidy

Thailand’s Tourism Council is calling for the government to help revive the industry urgently, grant long-term debt moratoria, and cut power bills for a year. Vice president of the council,…

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COVID-19 export fruit

China is delaying imports of Thai produce from red-zone provinces

China’s custom authorities are imposing more stringent COVID-19 testing measures on imports, and there has been a big impact on Thai produce as some Chinese companies have not yet placed…

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249 new COVID-19 cases today, increase in middle-aged women getting infected

Thailand today has recorded 249 new COVID-19 cases, raising the cumulative total to 10,547 since early last year, including 6,090 cases since December 15th, when the first infection of the…

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The Royal Thai Naval vessel HTMS Chakrinarubet

Entire crew of a Thai aircraft carrier to be tested for COVID-19

About 500 officers and men on board the Chakrinarubet aircraft carrier are to be tested for COVID-19 after two were found to be infected and ten others, who are close…

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Children’s Day YouTube video melts hearts, sparks hot debate on inequality 

With Children’s Day last Saturday (Jan 9) mostly limited to online activities due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a YouTuber stole the show with her video about poor kids in a…

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Photo from Trip with dolls page

Pattaya is a ghost town, but a handful entrepreneurs persevere

It was often said that Thailand’s world famous seaside resort town of Pattaya never sleeps. That was broadly true, until late last month, when the country’s second wave of COVID-19…

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This handout from the Badminton Association of Thailand taken and released on January 10, 2021 shows an official wearing a face mask and shield while cleaning the net as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, ahead of the Thailand Open badminton tournament in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Bubble badminton: tour returns behind closed doors in Bangkok

A wretched spell for badminton ends at this week’s Thailand Open, where players will emerge from hotel quarantine to restart the world tour in bubble conditions in Bangkok. The world’s…

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Seven youths found dead in different areas of Bangkok

Seven young Thais have been found dead from, as yet, unknown causes. A seventh is thought to have died from overdosing on a new form of narcotic cocktail, known among…

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(FILES) In this file combination of pictures shows US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and US President Donald Trump / AFP

Democrats forge ahead to impeach Trump, again

US Democrats said Sunday they would push to remove President Donald Trump from office during the final days of his administration after his supporters’ violent attack on the Capitol, with…

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Appeal for urgent blood donations as Thai hospitals run critically low

The Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS) has issued an urgent appeal for blood donations from members of the public as supplies at hospitals across the country are running critically low,…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of January 10, 2021

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Thai Gov to launch new round of co-payment scheme registrations next week

People who missed out on the second phase of the 50:50 co-payment scheme, due to technical problems, can register again this week, said Kulaya Tantitemit, spokesperson for the Finance Ministry…

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PM orders help to be sent to flood victims in Thailand’s 4 southern provinces

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern over the flooding in the country’s four southern provinces and has ordered manpower and materials to be rushed to the area. Government…

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The Indonesian Navy’s hydrographic survey vessel KRI Rigel (L) is seen with other boats during recovery operations near Lancang Island on January 10, 2021, following the January 9 crash of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 into the Java Sea following takeoff. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Indonesia says located black box recorders from crashed plane

Authorities have pinpointed the location of two black boxes from a crashed Indonesian jet, they said Sunday, referring to cockpit voice and flight data recorders that could help explain why…

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A Union flag flutters in the breeze as the sun sets in Hartlepool, north-east England, on January 1, 2021, where 69.6% of voters in the 2016 “Brexit” referendum opted to leave the EU (European Union). (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Brexit deal’s ‘rules of origin’ spark trade confusion

Many British businesses are swiftly discovering that they must now pay duties on exports bound for the European Union, despite the breakthrough Brexit free trade deal clinched over Christmas. The…

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Vietnam to limit inbound flights ahead of Lunar New Year

HANOI, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Vietnam will limit flights bringing citizens home from now until the end of the Lunar New Year in mid-February, when big gatherings indoors are expected,…

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Bangkok lockdown

A year after first death in China, coronavirus source still a puzzle

It is the world’s most pressing scientific puzzle, but experts warn there may never be conclusive answers over the source of the coronavirus, after an investigative effort marked from the…

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Another 245 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand on Sunday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand are still on the rise, as 245 new cases are recorded today (Sunday), said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin today. He added that the screening to…

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Outspoken academic blames “COVID mafia” for second wave of COVID-19

In his post on on Sunday, former Thammasat University lecturer Kaewsan Atipothi claimed that the first wave of COVID-19 last year was the result of globalization and Thailand’s “close contact with the international community”, but the second…

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Body parts found at Indonesian plane crash site

Body parts and debris were hauled from waters near Indonesia’s capital on Sunday from a Boeing passenger plane that crashed shortly after take off with 62 people on board. The…

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Health Minister mulls no free medical treatment for gamblers or illegal Thai immigrants

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has floated the idea of denying free medical treatment to Thais who cross borders illegally to work in Myanmar, only to return infected with…

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Indonesian soldiers are seen at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport after Sriwijaya Air plane with more than 50 people on board lost contact after taking off, in Tangerang, near Jakarta, Indonesia, January 9, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesian Sriwijaya Air plane loses contact after taking off from Jakarta

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A Sriwijaya Air plane with more than 50 people on board lost contact after taking off from Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday en route to Pontianak in…

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200 Thais in Myawaddi Township to be screened before returning to Thailand

A coordinating centre has been set up in the Myanmar border town of Myawaddi, opposite Thailand’s Tak province, to screen about 200 Thais before they can be allowed to reenter…

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5 districts in Pattani declared public disaster zones as flood water rises  

Five districts of Thailand’s southern border province of Pattani have been declared disaster zones after the swollen Pattani River overflowed its banks. Water spilling from canals in Muang district has…

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News update

Thailand records 212 new COVID-19 cases – total now over 10K for the first time

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is asking everyone to delay any interprovincial travel until January 31st at the earliest, in the hope that the rate of new infections…

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SRT suspends weekend tourism and commercial train services until Feb 28th

From today (Saturday), until February 28th, the State of Railway of Thailand (SRT) has suspended 49 weekend tourism and commercial services, in line with the CCSA’s policy to discourage travel…

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The ‘MorChana’ contact tracing application on a smartphone.

A closer look at Thailand’s (non-mandatory) contact tracing apps

Two mobile applications, ThaiChana and MorChana, have become popular in Thailand after millions felt compelled to download them in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak early last year. The Centre…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo supplied by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 9, 2021. KCNA/via REUTERS

North Korea’s Kim calls U.S. ‘our biggest enemy’ in challenge to Biden

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more advanced nuclear weapons and said the United States is “our biggest enemy,” state media said on Saturday, presenting…

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Police arrested 19 Rohingya in Pathum Thani

In Bangkok’s neighboring province of Pathum Thani, police arrested 19 Rohingya at a construction site in Bang Khu Wat sub-district in Muang district yesterday. Seven of them tested positive for…

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21 nabbed in a raid of illegal gambling den in a Pattaya condo

Police arrested 21 Thai and foreign gamblers in a raid on an illegal gambling den in a condominium building in Pattaya early this morning. Among those arrested are 14 Chinese,…

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Medical personnel register a security guard for Covid-19 coronavirus testing at a private hospital in Bangkok on January 8, 2021 after the Thai government imposed further restrictions due to the recent outbreak. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Communication breakdowns leave Thailand vulnerable to second virus wave

When it comes to staying safe from COVID-19, knowledge is power. However, Thais seeking clear guidance on the crisis were hit by yet another communication breakdown this week, as government…

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People walk past an electronic board displaying message for seniors to take precaution against the COVID-19 coronavirus at Raffles Place financial business district in Singapore on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore jails woman for lying to coronavirus contact tracers

A Singaporean woman was sentenced to five months in prison on Friday for hiding her meetings with a male friend from coronavirus contact tracers as she did not want her…

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Twitter permanently suspends Trump’s account

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Friday that it has permanently suspended U.S. President Donald Trump’s account due to the risk of further incitement of violence. “After close review…

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Residents walk along a road submerged by floodwaters in Mentakab in Malaysia’s Pahang state on January 8, 2021, following heavy monsoon rains. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Six dead, nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia floods

At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia after monsoon rains pounded the country’s east coast, authorities said Friday, causing what residents described as the worst flooding in…

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Almost 700 asymptomatic patients admitted to field hospitals for observation

686 asymptomatic COVID-19-infected patients have been admitted to field hospitals in Thailand’s Red Zone provinces of Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chon Buri and Chanthaburi for observation, said Dr. Veeravuth Imsamran, deputy…

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Officials told to prepare for parliament to reconvene on January 20th

Thailand’s parliament is due to reconvene on January 20th, after about a two-week break over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sukit Atthopakorn, an advisor to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai,…

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Thailand Politics

Thaksin’s top cop has a new mission – a corruption-free, developed Pathum Thani  

With fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as his role model, Pol Lt-General Camronwit Toopkrajank is on a mission to turn his hometown of Pathum Thani into a highly developed…

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Rohingya Muslims sit on the ground during a police raid on two houses where they were staying while en route to Malaysia, in Shwepyitha township, Myanmar’s Yangon region, Jan. 6, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Yangon Region Police Force)

Myanmar police arrest nearly 100 trafficked Rohingya in raid

Nearly 100 Rohingya smuggled from Myanmar’s conflict-scarred Rakhine state were arrested in a raid in Yangon, police announced Thursday, with authorities saying they had been headed to Malaysia as part of a…

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Thailand recorded 205 new COVID-19 cases today, no fatalities

Thailand recorded 205 new COVID-19 cases today, 131 locally transmitted cases, another 58 being discovered through proactive screening, of which over 90% are asymptomatic. The rest are among those entering…

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Thailand outbreak

Expert says construction of field hospitals necessary before hospitals overflow

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, Dr. Prasit Watanapa, said today that field hospitals are necessary, especially in areas experiencing increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections. These temporary…

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