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A protester holds onto the shirt of a fallen comrade, during a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations against the military coup, in Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon on March 14, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Exclusive: ASEAN summit on Myanmar crisis set for April 24

ASEAN leaders have agreed to meet and discuss the situation in Myanmar on April 24 at the grouping’s secretariat headquarters in Jakarta, according to a high-level source. Myanmar military junta…

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This photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on March 26, 2021 shows white uniforms with black ribbons hanging on the fence of th University of Medicine, Mandalay as part of protest by members of the medical community in Mandalay against the military coup. (Photo by Handout / FACEBOOK / AFP)

Myanmar military shoots at protesting medical workers

Myanmar’s military opened fire on protesting healthcare workers Thursday, killing at least one bystander as the demonstrators fled for safety to a nearby mosque.  The country has been in turmoil…

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Public health minister says Thailand will continue with the use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Thailand will go ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination program using the AstraZeneca vaccine, because authorities have not found any rare, but significant and serious side effects among the vaccine’s recipients…

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“Time to sacrifice” – Another lonely Ramadan in Thailand

From cancelled Iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers in the provinces with 50 COVID-19 infections or more, almost all Muslims across Thailand are bracing for a bleak fasting month of…

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3 elephants killed by a falling Ta Khian tree in Chiang Mai during freak storm

Three elephants were crushed to death under the weight of a huge falling Ta Khian (Hopea Odorata) tree and three others suffered injuries at an elephant shelter in Mae Wang…

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More high-risk venues closed in Prachuap Khiri Khan as new COVID-19 cases surge

The provincial administration of Thailand’s southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan has ordered the closure of several more types of venue, which are considered to represent a high risk for…

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Chula U students protest against strict controls at their dormitory

A group of Chulalongkorn University students have rallied in the compound of their dormitory to protest against the imposition of strict controls over their access to and from the dormitory…

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Betta fish or Siamese fighting fish are raised inside plastic and glass bottles at Tran Ngoc Thang’s ornamental fish farm in Hanoi. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Solo swim: the fighting fish raised alone in Vietnam

Thousands of glass and plastic bottles lie across the floor of Tran Ngoc Thang’s farm in Hanoi, each one home to an aggressive, brightly coloured fish that must be raised…

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Progressive early years education with the proof in the pudding

Progressive learning is something very new, even alien to most people, especially in Asian countries which focus very much on test results and rankings. But even though it is a…

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Solo protester demanding release of Ratsadon members arrested in front of Criminal Court

A resident of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, who is facing a lèse majesté charge in his home province, was arrested by Pahonyothin police in Bangkok today (Wednesday), as…

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Nakhon Ratchasima opens its first field hospital for COVID-19 patients

The first field hospital in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima is scheduled to open on Thursday, to ease congestion at general hospitals. Located in the Chartchai Hall building of…

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Targeted controls to be introduced as daily new COVID-19 infections pass 1,000

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to develop tighter controls, including targeted lockdowns, in provinces classified as Red zones, as daily COVID-19 infections surge to a new high…

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Complaint filed against owner and manager of Hua Hin pub over COVID-19 cluster

A complaint has been lodged with Hua Hin district police, by the district’s assistant health official and the deputy district officer, against the owner and manager of the Maya pub…

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Members of the medical community hold up the three finger salute at the funeral of Khant Nyar Hein at his funeral in Yangon on March 16, 2021, after the first year medical student was shot dead during a crackdown by security forces on protesters taking part in a demonstration against the military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: “They want students to be stupid”

It is now over 2 months since Myanmar’s military coup on February 1st, ousting the elected civilian government, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Over 700 people have…

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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra waves to supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on August 1, 2017. (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Yingluck verdict opens another can of worms in the rice-pledging saga

Supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra are cheering an April 2 ruling by the Administrative Court, claiming it clears the fugitive former prime minister of all legal responsibility for her government’s graft-plagued…

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COVID-positive Transport Minister Saksayam and his mysterious timeline

The release of Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob’s timeline has failed to dampen public curiosity about his movements before he tested positive for COVID-19. Even after he launched legal action against…

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US soldiers from Second Platoon, Bravo Troop, 33rd Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team take position during a patrol in Ibrahim Khel village of Khost province on April 11, 2010.(Photo by MASSOUD HOSSAINI / AFP)

Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before this year’s 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, finally ending America’s longest war despite mounting fears of a…

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An intensive care nurse checks the vital data of a patient infected with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in an intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital in Freising, southern Germany on April 12, 2021. (Photo by LENNART PREISS / AFP)

Study shows Covid patients with sedentary habits more likely to die

Among covid patients, a lack of exercise is linked to more severe symptoms and a higher risk of death, according to a study covering nearly 50,000 people who were infected…

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US agencies recommend ‘pause’ in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine over blood clot fears

US health authorities recommended a “pause” Tuesday in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine “out of an abundance of caution” over potential links to a rare type…

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Bang Bon field hospital opens to accept first 10 COVID-19 patients

The field hospital in Bangkok’s Bang Bon district received its first group of 10 COVID-19 patients today (Tuesday). Dr. Sooksant Kittisupakorn, director of the medical services office of the Bangkok…

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Access to Kaeng Krachan national park tightened after COVID-19 scare

Tighter control of access to and from Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan national park, in Phetchaburi province, has been imposed since Monday after a person, who visited the park between April 2nd…

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In this file photo taken on March 31, 2021 this handout photo from the National Task Force-West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) via the Philippine Communications Operations Office (PCOO) shows Chinese vessels anchored at Whitsun Reef, some 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Palawan Island in the South China Sea. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Philippines summons Beijing’s envoy over boats in South China Sea

The Philippine foreign ministry said Tuesday it had confronted Beijing’s envoy over the “illegal lingering” of Chinese boats at a contested reef in the South China Sea, stepping up the diplomatic row….

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In this file photo taken on March 12, 2021, protesters hold up the three-finger salute and placards with the image of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi while using their mobile torches during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon.(Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Another charge for Suu Kyi, just before the annual Thingyan

April 12 – The next court hearing for Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled for April 26th, after a criminal charge, under section 25 of the natural disaster management law,…

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Anti-coup protesters march carrying slogans on pots with flowers as they mark the Thingyan festival on Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. Activists were organizing a boycott of the official celebration of Thingyan, the country’s traditional New Year, usually a time for family reunions and merry-making. (AP Photo)

Myanmar activists cancel new year festivities, hold silent protests

April 13 (Reuters) – Opponents of military rule in Myanmar cancelled traditional new year festivities on Tuesday and instead showed their anger at a Feb. 1 coup through silent displays of defiance…

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965 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand on Tuesday

Thailand recorded 965 new COVID-19 cases today (Tuesday), a slight reduction from yesterday’s 985. This raises the total number of infections, since early last year, to 34,575, said Disease Control…

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Couple to face legal action for not disclosing their COVID infections

Health officials have recommended that the disease control committee of the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat consider taking legal action against a couple, who allegedly concealed the facts about…

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Five people die in tour bus blaze in Khon Kaen province

Five passengers, including two children, were killed and several others were injured when a double-decker tour bus, in which they were travelling, caught fire on the Friendship Highway in Ban…

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The rise and fall of Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand’s first COVID-positive Cabinet minister

Saksayam Chidchob was previously best known as the “nominee” of his older brother, veteran politician Newin. However, last week he landed himself in trouble by becoming the first Cabinet member…

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The huge challenges facing Thailand’s ageing society

National Elderly Day on April 13 serves as a reminder that Thai society is ageing fast. The country is facing a multitude of challenges as its elderly population expands rapidly…

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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is seen from Namie town, Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Japan’s government said Tuesday it has decided to start releasing massive amounts of radioactive water stored in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in two years after treatment. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water to sea in 2 years

TOKYO (AP) — Radioactive water accumulating in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant will be released into the sea in two years after it is treated, Japan’s government said…

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April 12, 2021 in Hyderabad. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)

WHO warns pandemic at ‘critical point’ as South Asia cases surge

The Covid-19 pandemic has entered a critical phase as infections exponentially increase despite widespread measures aimed at stopping them, the WHO warned, with record case numbers in South Asia triggering…

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An anti-coup protester raises a decorated Easter egg along with the three-fingered symbol of resistance during a protest against the military coup on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo)

Myanmar students to hold a charity art and culture event in Bangkok

An art and culture concert, called “Myanmar Spring”, is to be held on April 24th at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC Hall). The charity event is being organized…

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Two senior Thonglor police officers transferred over pub COVID-19 cluster

The superintendent of Thonglor police station, Pol Col Duangchote Suwancharas, and Pol Lt-Col Thanakorn Ngamyen, the inspector for suppression affairs, have been transferred to the operations centre of Metropolitan Police…

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This photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on April 4, 2021 shows a protester making the three-finger salute while holding posters with others featuring detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon’s Insein township. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hit with new criminal charge

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with a fresh criminal charge on Monday, as the junta’s tough crackdown on dissent rolls on. The 75-year-old Nobel laureate…

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Road construction vehicles torched in Thailand’s southern Pattani province

Suspected insurgents set fire to a backhoe, one road grader, a water truck and two utility poles in the southern border province of Pattani on Monday. Six armed men, believed…

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985 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand on Monday as surge slows slightly

Thailand recorded 985 new COVID-19 cases today (Monday), as the surge in daily new infections appears to be slowing, said Disease Control Department Director-General Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong today. He also…

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An elderly woman sits along an alley in a low-income neighborhood in Bangkok on May 4, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Songkran Holiday Blues for the Elderly

Songkran is the Thai New Year holiday that many Thais look forward to spending a week-long off from work and being with their loved ones, especially Thai elders that wait…

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Demonstrators pose with a banner with the symbolic three-finger salute and names of those who were killed during protests that have taken place since the military coup in February, in the Kamayut township of Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, April 11, 2021. The salute is a symbol of resistance to express their disdain towards the military regime in Myanmar. (AP Photo)

ASEAN summit: Will Myanmar listen to its friends?

When ASEAN leaders sit down for a summit to address the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, they know full well that the whole world will be watching. And they also realize…

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In this file photo taken on January 1, 2020, a one-horned rhinoceros crosses the Rapati River in Sauraha Chitwan, some 150 km southwest of Kathmandu. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP)

Rhino population in Nepal grows in conservation boost

Nepal’s population of endangered one-horned rhinoceros has grown by more than a hundred over the past six years, officials said, with campaigners hailing the increase as a conservation “milestone”. The…

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Children play with toy guns next to a banner put up by activists in protest against the military coup in Yangon on April 11, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Russia and China thwarting international response to Myanmar crisis: EU

Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday, as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700….

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Public Health Minister and Prime Minister inspected a package of Sinovac vaccines.

Thai Govt facing backlash as third wave of COVID threatens to engulf Thailand

COVID-19 has been around for more than a year already in Thailand. Since it began spreading in early 2020, experts have been warning about more dangerous waves of infection to…

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China considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines to boost protection rate

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top disease control official has said the country is formally considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines, as a way of further boosting vaccine efficacy. Available data shows Chinese…

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Chiang Mai records 281 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai recorded an additional 281 COVID-19 cases today (Sunday), mostly related to nightspots, prompting provincial authorities to expand facilities at the field hospital. According to…

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DCD says COVID-19 infection rise will ease in a month if prevention is strictly enforced

New COVID infections are expected to fall to an average around 440 cases per day a month from now, but only if all the preventive measures, introduced by the Disease…

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Manager of two Thonglor pubs sentenced to two months in prison

The manager of two pubs, in Bangkok’s Thonglor area, which were blamed as the source of the current Thonglor COVID-19 cluster, has been sentenced to two months in prison, without…

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Thailand records 967 new COVID-19 cases today, a single day record in 2021

COVID-19 infections in Thailand continue to surge, with 967 new cases being recorded today (Sunday), according to the CCSA. The new infections include 964 locally acquired infections, of which 530…

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The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) Secretary-General, Mana Nimitmongkol

Probe sought into politicians and officials over Thonglor COVID-19 cluster and boxing matches in Songkhla

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) Secretary-General has called on the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), the ombudsman and the ethical standards committee to investigate politicians and government officials who recently…

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This National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease(NIAID) handout photo obtained March 31, 2021 shows a colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (teal) infected with UK B.1.1.7 variant SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (orange), isolated from a patient sample. (Photo by Handout / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / AFP)

A guide to the UK variant fuelling Thailand’s third wave of COVID-19

After wreaking havoc overseas, the highly-contagious UK variant of COVID-19 has entered Thailand and sparked a fresh nationwide outbreak centred on nightspots in Bangkok’s upmarket Thong Lor area. This latest…

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Queen Sirikit of Thailand smiles while gesturing along with Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on a car, on July 1960 in London. (Photo by – / CENTRAL PRESS / AFP)

Thailand’s monarch offers condolences to HRH Queen Elizabeth II following the death of Prince Philip

His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn has sent a message offering his condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the death of her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of…

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People walk past closed shops on Khao San Road, a once popular tourist strip in Bangkok. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Third wave of COVID infections spins new economic risks

Thailand’s new wave of COVID-19 infections has raised the economic risk level, but a clear picture of the impact will only emerge after the Songkran break. The Thai economy contracted…

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COVID surge in Chiang Mai prompts expansion of field hospital and appeal for donations of consumables

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai is running short of ambulances, to bring those with COVID-19 to the field hospital,which was recently set up at the international trade exhibition centre,…

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BMA and military told prepare facilities to handle surge in COVID-19 infections

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to adopt a three-step plan, including the expansion of city hospital capacity and the setting up of a field…

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Red-shirt followers gather in remembrance of 2010 violent crackdown

Followers of Thailand’s United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or the red-shirt movement, assembled at the October 14th memorial, at the Kok Wua intersection on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok…

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A worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) sprays disinfectant in the Orussey market, after it was temporarily closed following a few vendors testing positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Phnom Penh on April 4, 2021. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Cambodian PM threatens quarantine-breakers with jail

Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen threatened quarantine-breakers with jail time Saturday and warned civil servants they could lose their jobs if they go unvaccinated, as the country grapples with a…

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Field Hospital prepared by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) for the latest wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.

New COVID-19 infections leapt to 789 today, as a million more vaccine doses arrive

The number of daily new COVID-19 infections in Thailand is increasing dramatically, with 789 being recorded today, compared to 559 cases yesterday, as a new batch of one million much…

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Chon Buri records 141 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

Thailand’s eastern coastal province of Chon Buri reported 141 new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), most of them linked to entertainment outlets, according to the latest statement from the provincial health…

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Travellers went through COVID-19 screening process before entering to the Mo Chit Bus Terminal on 9 April 2021.

Expert warns of high chance of wider COVID-19 outbreak during Songkran

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections are expected to increase rapidly during the two weeks following the Songkran holidays, especially now that the UK strain of the virus is spreading, according to…

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Hiring market optimistic after COVID-19 economic freeze in 2020

2020 has been an unprecedented year for every industry around the world, with over-stressed health systems and heighten economic stress, which makes the hiring market challenging, including in Thailand. The…

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UN envoy on Myanmar to meet FM Don

UN special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener, who arrived in Bangkok Friday, will meet with Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and representatives of UN agencies as part of her efforts…

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Drive-through Covid swap test at a Bangkok hospital. (photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Bangkok’s hospitals have sufficient COVID-19 test kits

Bangkok’s hospitals still have enough COVID-19 test supplies, but they have had to suspend testing due to a shortage of hospital beds, according to the Director-General of the Department of…

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Ratsadon leader Patiwat Saraiyaem granted bail by court

The Criminal Court today granted bail for Patiwat Saraiyaem, alias Mor Lum Bank, one of the three anti-establishment Ratsadon leaders who sought bail, after he pledged not to take part…

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Ad hoc panel to procure vaccines with private sector participation

Thailand’s former public health minister, Clin.Prof. Emeritus Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn has been appointed head of an ad hoc panel to procure alternative brands of COVID-19 vaccines for the Thai people, besides AstraZeneca…

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87 new COVID-19 cases in Hua Hin today, most linked to a pub

Another 87 new COVID-19 cases, most linked to a pub in the resort town of Hua Hin, were recorded today (Friday) in Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Provincial Governor Pallop Sinhaseni…

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UN envoy in Bangkok to pursue efforts to end Myanmar crisis

UN envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener is in Bangkok to begin a tour of Asia in an effort to help find ways to end the ongoing crisis in Myanmar….

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Chonburi orders all entertainment venues to close

The Communicable Disease Committee of Thailand’s Chonburi province has ordered all entertainment venues to close from tomorrow (Saturday), including cinemas and theatres, to control the spread of COVID-19. All districts…

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Closure of entertainment venues in 41 provinces starts midnight tonight

From midnight tonight (Friday) all the entertainment outlets, including pubs, bars, karaoke bars and massage parlours, in Bangkok and 40 other provinces will close for a minimum of 14 days,…

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Most Government House officials to work from home until April 21st

About 80% of officials, working at the office of the permanent secretary of Prime Minister’s Office, have been told to work from home, as the government takes steps to try…

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Thailand records 559 new COVID-19 cases and another fatality on Friday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand continue to surge, with 559 new cases recorded today (Friday), compared to yesterday’s 405, including 268 cases in Bangkok alone. 138 are among those under observation…

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Ten military facilities in Bangkok reserved for field hospitals as needed

Thailand’s Ministry of Defence has made available ten areas in Bangkok for the setting up of field hospitals, with a combined capacity of up to 3,000 patients, in case COVID-19…

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Thai judiciary skids into more controversy 

The Thai justice system has been hit by a fresh scandal following allegations that bribes were paid to judges for a court ruling in favour of Toyota Motor Thailand Co…

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Parking space turned into a temporary swap area at a Bangkok hospital. (photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Thailand sees a run on hospitals as Covid-19 cases linked to entertainment venues are reported

People who visited seven bars and pubs in Bangkok in March have been told to urgently seek coronavirus tests after a new cluster of infections was identified. As a result,…

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Experts concerned more children are contracting COVID-19 in the latest wave

An expert in infectious diseases in children has expressed her concern that more children are catching COVID-19 from family members, while the COVID-19 vaccines for children are still under development….

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CCSA closes all entertainment venues in 41 provinces for 14 days minimum

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has decided to close all entertainment outlets, including pubs, bars, karaoke bars and massage parlours, in 41 provinces, including Bangkok, for at least…

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Opposition Pheu Thai party seeks Charter Court ruling on PM’s ministerial status

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party has challenged the ministerial legitimacy of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his announcement, in April 2019, extending the concession contract, for another 40 years, of…

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Commuters with facemasks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus walk to a train station at rush hour in Bangkok a few months ago.

Thailand records 405 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

At 30,310, Thailand’s cumulative COVID-19 infections have broken the 30,000-mark for the first time, with 405 new cases recorded today (Thursday), most of them linked to entertainment venue clusters. Of…

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CCSA to consider closure of all entertainment venues in 41 provinces

On Friday, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health will propose that the CCSA orders the closure of all entertainment venues, such as pubs, bars and massage parlours, in 41 provinces for…

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Chonburi records 40 more COVID-19 infections related to entertainment cluster

Chonburi province has reported 40 new COVID-19 cases, all related to entertainment venues in various cities, including Bangkok, according to the provincial health department. There are another 510 people, considered…

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Thais advised to stay home for Songkran to limit spread of COVID-19 UK strain

Thailand’s top virologist, Dr. Yong Poovorawan, has expressed his concern that the UK strain of COVID-19, which is now linked to the Thonglor cluster and is spreading through Bangkok and…

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Twitter spotlights Asia democracy movements with #MilkTeaAlliance emoji

Twitter has launched an emoji to spotlight the “#MilkTeaAlliance” online protest movement that has forged links between pro-democracy activists across Asia, the social media giant said Thursday. The alliance —…

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In this file photo taken on February 11, 2021, model, actor and singer Paing Takhon wears a traditional Chinese outfit while holding a sign during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar actor arrested as junta hunts 120 celebrities

A leading Myanmar actor, singer and model who has backed the country’s anti-coup protests was arrested on Thursday, reports said, as the junta hunts more than 100 celebrities for supporting…

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Sick of polarised politics, Bangkok voters favour ‘independent’ as governor election looms

While opinion polls show Bangkok voters favour independent candidates in the upcoming governor election, observers say the “swing vote” in the capital makes it difficult to predict a winner. Many…

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Myanmar ambassador to London locked out of embassy after breaking with military

LONDON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ambassador to London told Reuters he was locked out of the embassy on Wednesday, with sources saying his deputy had shut him out of the building…

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Tax hikes may be unavoidable in post-COVID economy  

COVID-19 has dealt a double blow to Thailand’s finances, reducing tax revenue while increasing the amount of money the government must spend to keep the economy afloat. The Cabinet recently…

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Thai divers safely rescue trapped monk from flooded cave

The monk, who was trapped in a flooded cave in Noen Maprang district of Thailand’s Phitsanuloke province, was rescued and brought out safe and sound today (Wednesday) by divers. A…

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BMA considers field hospitals as health officials warn COVID-19 infections may increase exponentially

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Ministry of Interior and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to arrange space for the setting up of a field hospital in Bangkok,…

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Thailand’s third wave of COVID-19 dampens Songkran festivities

A third wave of COVID-19 infections hit Thailand hard this week, with hundreds of new cases detected on a daily basis in an outbreak that has impacted the highest echelons…

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Thailand records 334 new COVID-19 cases as pub cluster spreads to 15 provinces

Thailand recorded 334 new COVID-19 cases today (Wednesday) as the cluster, linked to entertainment venues in Bangkok and its suburbs, spreads through 15 provinces and infects 291 people in just…

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Thailand’s transport minister in Buri Ram hospital for COVID-19 treatment

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, after he developed a fever of 38oC and was admitted to Buri Ram Hospital for observation and tests on…

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Buri Ram and Bung Karn impose restrictions on travellers from Red zones

Thailand’s northeastern provinces of Buri Ram and Bung Karn have imposed restrictions on all travellers from the five Red zones of Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi…

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Malaysia ex-PM Najib served with bankruptcy notice over tax bill

Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak has been served with a bankruptcy notice for failing to pay more than $400 million in unpaid taxes, a move that the ex-premier described…

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Oxford pauses COVID-19 vaccine study in kids, awaits more data on blood clot issues

The University of Oxford said on Tuesday it had paused a small UK trial testing the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with AstraZeneca Plc in children and teenagers, as it waits…

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Monk trapped in flooded cave in Thailand’s Phitsanuloke province

A forest monk, who took refuge inside a cave in Noen Maprang district of Thailand’s northern province of Phitsanuloke during a pilgrimage, has become trapped by flood waters. Rescue workers…

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Thailand’s transport minister enters self-isolation after staff member gets COVID-19

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has voluntarily begun self-isolation for 14 days, after one of his staff, who visited an entertainment venue in the Thonglor area, was found to be infected…

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Two pubs in Chiang Mai closed for 14 days after infected woman visited them

The Chiang Mai provincial communicable disease committee has decided to close two pubs in Muang district for 14 days, after it was discovered that a COVID-19 infected woman visited both…

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Thai Deputy PM’s free bowls of troubled water

Deputy Prime Minister and Palang Pracharat party leader General Prawit Wongsuwan appears to have landed himself in hot water by reportedly handing out 200,000 water bowls (“khan” in Thai) to…

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on the ground behind the Perseverance rover. The image was acquired on April 4, 2021 (Sol 43) at the local mean solar time of 14:13:44.(Photo by Handout / NASA/JPL-CALTECH / AFP)

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity mini-helicopter has survived its first night alone on the frigid surface of Mars, the US space agency said, hailing it as “a major milestone” for the tiny craft…

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Thailand entering third wave of COVID-19 infections – Dr. Thiravat Hemachudha

Thailand is entering the third wave of COVID-19 infections, with the disease spreading widely and most of those infected asymptomatic. By the time symptoms start, they will become very sick…

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Celebrities opt for voluntary isolation and screening in the aftermath of Thonglor COVID cluster

Several Thai celebrities have voluntarily cancelled their shows, undergone COVID-19 tests and isolated themselves for 14 days, after they learned about the growing Thonglor COVID cluster. GMMTV entertainment company has…

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250 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Tuesday, including 156 cases in Bangkok

Thailand recorded 250 new COVID-19 cases today (Tuesday), with Bangkok topping the list with 156 cases related to theThonglor cluster, according to the CCSA. Of the new infections in Bangkok,…

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Screengrab from the Chao Phraya River Development video presentation published in 2020.

Why Bangkok’s Chao Phraya Promenade is still a dream

Unveiled as a grand facelift for Thailand’s best-known river, the Chao Phraya Promenade project has made zero progress since its opponents secured an injunction from the Central Administrative Court early…

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