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New royalist group formed to protect the Thai Monarchy

Former Democrat MP for Phitsanuloke province, Dr. Warong Dejkitvigrom, unveiled a new royalist group today (Wednesday), which is dedicated to protecting the Thai Monarchy, culture and way of life. Dr….

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

About 20 police officers mishandled Vorayuth’s hit and run case

About 20 police officers, including a police commissioner, have been found, by a police fact-finding panel, to be at fault over the mishandling the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case. Pol…

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Thai PM’s security increased after a car chase on the expressway

Security for Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been stepped up after an incident on Monday morning when his motorcade, travelling from his home to Government House, was chased by…

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A Thai-Airway Boeing 747 taxies on the tamac of the freed Suvarnabhumi international airport after making the first arrival flight at the protest-hit airport in Bangkok on December 3, 2008. Airlines gradually resumed international and domistic flights to and from the airport after protesters ended a blockade, with full operations expected on December 4, 2008. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam (Photo by HOANG DINH NAM / AFP)

Creditors object to THAI’s rehabilitation plan administrator appointment

A lawyer for some of Thai Airways International’s creditors has voiced reservations over the national flag carrier’s appointment of a company to administer its rehabilitation plan. The objection was raised…

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Thai activist Parit Chirawak sits inside Samanrat police station in Bangkok on August 14, 2020. – Thai police on August 14 arrested prominent democracy activist, Parit Chiwarak also known as “Penguin” after his participation in protests calling for government reforms, a new constitution and an overhaul of a law shielding the powerful monarchy. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Amnesty Thailand calls for immediate release of protest leader Penquin

Amnesty International (AI) Thailand has called on the Thai police to release student protest leader Prit “Penquin” [sic] Chivarak immediately, after he was arrested on Friday on charges of inciting…

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Pol Lt Col Thanasait Taengchan testifies before the House committee on law, justice and human rights. He holds the key to some crucial answers of the case.

Hit-and-run case: New focus on police forensic expert

The spotlight in the much-publicized hit-and-run incident involving an heir to the Red Bull business empire is now back on a police forensic expert whose account was crucial in leading…

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

How the tide shifted in Red Bull heir case

The tide appears to have turned against Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, who just a month ago looked set to walk free from all legal responsibility for a fatal…

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Ex-police chief to present new evidence of Red Bull heir’s Ferrari speed

Former national police chief, Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang, accompanied by Associate Professor Dr. Saiprasit Kerdniyom, of King Mongkut Institute of Technology (KMIT), are to meet with Pol Lt-Gen Manoo Mekmok,…

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Police chief to take over reinvestigation of Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case

Thailand’s national police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, has decided to take personal command of the reinvestigation of the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case, after a senior police officer decided…

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Flooding predicted in central region, but Bangkok will be safe – Dr. Seri

Thailand’s central region has a 70% chance of experiencing flooding over the next two months, with Ayutthaya province expected to be hardest hit because of its limited water retention area…

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Deputy Attorney-General in Red Bull Heir case quits

Deputy Attorney-General Nate Narksook, who endorsed the public prosecutors’ decision not to prosecute Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya on a charge of reckless driving causing death, has tendered his resignation….

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Students attend the flag-raising ceremony at a secondary school in Bangkok on July 1, 2020, as schools reopened after being temporarily closed due to the threat of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. – Pupils in Thailand returned to school on July 1, though with strict rules to prevent fresh coronavirus outbreaks, as the kingdom pushed towards normality with the pandemic raging on beyond its borders. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Thailand’s schools to resume normal classes this Thursday

Starting this Thursday, all schools in Thailand, under the supervision of the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC), will resume in-person teaching, but on a trial basis. All directors of…

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Appeals Court upholds Premchai’s 6 month sentence for illegal possession of firearms

Thailand’s Appeals Court has upheld the six-month prison sentence, imposed by the lower court on construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta, who was convicted of illegal possession of firearms.   Mr. Premchai,…

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

Prosecutors tell police to reinvestigate Ferrari’s speed in Vorayuth case

Police have been instructed, by public prosecutors, to question two automotive specialists who insist that the speed of the Ferrari, being driven by Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya when it…

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Student protests in Chiang Mai, Phitsanuloke and Maha Sarakham provinces

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

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

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

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

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Student activists asked to be patient over their demands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schools tentatively set to reopen as normal on August 13th

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

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

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

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Another missing ferry crew member found trapped inside sunken vessel 

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

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PM dissatisfied with the handling of Red Bull heir case

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

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Police suspected of helping to conceal evidence of illegal gambling

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

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

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

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

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Jermsak appointed chairman of Thai PBS board of governors

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

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Search for three missing Samui ferry crew suspended this afternoon

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

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

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

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

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

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Body of another ferry crew member washed ashore near Samui Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two Samui Island ferry survivors rescued but the skipper dies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Police hunting a thief following a fatal bag snatching in Pattani

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

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House panel to amend Thai Constitution to allow wider amendments

The House Committee, formed to study problems with and ways to amend Thailand’s Constitution, has resolved to change Section 256 of the charter, to clear the way for broader constitutional…

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Nok Air determined to carry on after filing court rehabilitation plan

Nok Air chairman Prasert Boonsamphan has assured that the Thai airline is determined to carry on operating, after the Central Bankruptcy Court accepted the company’s business rehabilitation plan yesterday. He…

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Huawei’s founder has defiantly hit back after a bruising week for the Chinese smartphone giant

Huawei overtakes Samsung as top smartphone seller: report

LONDON (AP) — A technology research firm says Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the world’s biggest smartphone seller, as its home market in China emerged from the coronavirus pandemic…

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(Photo) Facebook has curbed access to its “graph search,” a tool that was criticized by privacy activists but also became important for research by human rights activists and investigative journalists/AFP

Australia to make Google and Facebook pay for news content

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said on Friday it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with Australian media businesses fair pay for news content….

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump taps the screen on a mobile phone at the approximate time a tweet was released from his Twitter account, during a roundtable discussion on the reopening of small businesses in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Twitter says spear-phishing attack on employees led to breach

July 30 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc, whose internal systems were breached about two weeks ago, said on Thursday the incident targeted a small number of employees through a phone “spear-phishing”…

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Facebook offers sincere apology to the Thai people over auto-translate error

Facebook has admitted to an error in its automatic translation, from English to Thai, and has offered a profound apology to the Thai people. The mistake appeared on Thai PBS’s…

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Key witness in Red Bull heir case dies in road accident in Chiang Mai

A key defence witness, whose testimony was instrumental in the decisions by the police and public prosecutors to review and not litigate the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case, died in…

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Thai army to delay sending troops for overseas training

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is considering delaying plans to send troops for overseas training, due to safety concerns, after 9 of the 151 troops returning from a training course…

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Appeals Court upholds one-year prison term for Premchai on bribery charge

Thailand’s Appeals Court today upheld the one-year prison sentence imposed, by the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases, on construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta for attempted bribery. Mr. Premchai, president…

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Red Bull heir Vorayuth asked to come clean by eight of his relatives

Eight members of the billionaire Yoovidhya family issued an open letter today (Wednesday) expressing regret over the alleged mishandling of the Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya’s fatal hit-and-run case, calling…

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Thailand’s LGBT students march to demand gender equality

LGBT students staged a protest march in Bangkok today (Wednesday) to demand equality, regarding the right to wear clothes and hairstyles in accordance with the gender with which they identify,…

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30,000 rural jobs on offer to boost local economies

Thailand’s Interior Ministry has about 30,000 job offers for rural inhabitants, to boost household consumption and to take care of elderly people who cannot help themselves. The employment opportunities are…

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OAG panel meets to probe prosecutors’ handling of Red Bull heir’s case

The seven-member fact-finding panel, of Thailand’s Office of the Attorney-General (OAG), held its first meeting today to discuss their work related to the controversial decision, by public prosecutors, not to…

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Law professors demand explanations from prosecutors and police over Red Bull heir’s case

A group of 32 law professors, at Thailand’s Thammasat University, signed a statement on Monday calling on the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) and the Royal Thai Police (RTP) to…

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PM uncomfortable with the prosecutor’s decision to drop Red Bull heir case

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is reported to be uncomfortable with the widespread public criticism of the decision, by public prosecutors, not to pursue the case against Red Bull heir…

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Backlash as Red Bull heir let off the hook over fatal hit-and-run

The dropping of all legal proceedings against Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya over a 2012 fatal hit-and-run incident has triggered a tide of public outrage against both his family…

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Four new COVID-19 cases recorded on Monday in Thai state quarantine

Thailand recorded four new COVID-19 cases today, all arrivals from abroad and in state quarantine. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin told a news briefing today (Monday) that three of the…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 25, 2020

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In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, whose grandfather co-founded energy drink company Red Bull, walks to get in a car as he leaves a house in London. Charges have been dropped against the Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who is accused in a 2012 car crash that killed a Bangkok police officer, Thai police said Friday, July 24, 2020.

Law professor demands explanation from prosecutors over Red Bull heir’s case

Thammasat University Vice Rector, Prinya Thaewanarumitkul, has questioned the decision, by the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG), to drop the charge of reckless driving causing death to other people against…

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In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford blood samples from coronavirus vaccine trials are handled inside the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England Thursday June 25, 2020. Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. In research published Monday July 20, 2020 in the journal Lancet, scientists said that they found their experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55. (John Cairns, University of Oxford via AP)

COVID-19 vaccines expected next year at about 620 baht per dose

The first anti-COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be available for use in humans next year, at an estimated cost of 620 baht per dose, said Dr. Siriroek Songsivilai, secretary-general of…

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Thailand records 3 new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine on Saturday

Three new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Thailand today (Saturday), all in state quarantine. According to the CCSA’s Facebook page, one is a 23-year old Thai woman, who arrived from…

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FILE – In this April 17, 2008, file photo a threatened Chiricahua leopard frog comes out from hiding in a special tank at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Albuquerque, N.M. A U.S. Forest Service volunteer recently photographed the rare frog in an earthen stock tank near the town of Camp Verde in central Arizona, the agency said Thursday, July 23, 2020. The aquatic frogs were thought to be only in eastern Arizona, western New Mexico and northern Mexico but historically were more widespread. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Rare leopard frog found beyond its known range in Southwest

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A rare frog has been found beyond its known range in the Southwest. A U.S. Forest Service volunteer recently photographed a Chiricahua leopard frog in an…

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(Photo) Facebook has curbed access to its “graph search,” a tool that was criticized by privacy activists but also became important for research by human rights activists and investigative journalists/AFP

Court: Judge wrong to dismiss complaint against Facebook

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Friday that a judge was wrong to dismiss a cafe owner’s complaint against Facebook that said his social media account…

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FILE – In this Aug 25, 2019, file photo, a Southern Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora picturata) walks in its pen at a sanctuary in Cuc Phuong national park in Ninh Binh province, Vietnam. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday signed a directive to ban wildlife imports and closes illegal wildlife markets as a response to the thread of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)

Vietnam bans wildlife imports, markets amid new health fears

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam announced Friday that it was banning wildlife imports and would close wildlife markets in response to renewed concerns about the threat from diseases that can…

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FILE- In this March 14, 2019, file photo, people walk on the Stanford University campus beneath Hoover Tower in Stanford, Calif. A week after revoking sweeping new restrictions on international students, federal immigration officials on Friday, July 24, 2020, announced that new foreign students will be barred from entering the United States if they plan to take their classes entirely online this fall. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Gov’t: New foreign students can’t enter US if courses online

A week after revoking sweeping new restrictions on international students, federal immigration officials on Friday announced that new foreign students will be barred from entering the United States if they…

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Black Lives Matter organizer Teal Lindseth, 21, leads protesters on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Black activists: Portland’s focus on feds only aids message

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, people in Portland came out in droves to protest police brutality and racism, chanting that “Black…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 24, 2020

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Army chief concerned about activist criticism of Thai Monarchy on social media

Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong said today that he is uncomfortable with some student activists using improper language about the Monarchy on social media. While admitting that student activists have…

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Another PTT executive tipped to be Thailand’s new Energy Minister

PTT Global Chemical Plc., a subsidiary of PTT, formally notified the Securities Exchange Commission’s Secretary-General, today (Friday), of the resignation of Mr. Supattanapong Panmeechao from the executive and supervisory boards…

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Justice Minister questions NACC’s graft charges filed against his wife

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin is questioning the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over its recent decision to summon his wife, Mrs. Anongwan, to acknowledge corruption charges related to the Fai Maew…

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Transport Minister to continue fight against Hopewell compensation award

While accepting the decision of Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court, ordering the Transport Ministry and State Railway of Thailand (SRT) to pay 24 billion baht in compensation to Hopewell Thailand, Transport…

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5 new members of Thai PBS Board of Governors elected

A former senator, a social activist, a journalist, a flood management expert and an economist have been chosen as the five new members of the board of governors of the…

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End of Hopewell saga – Thai state to pay ฿24 billion compensation

The over twenty year long legal battle surrounding the Hopewell Project has come to a close after Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court upheld the Central Administrative Court’s decision to reject a…

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Railway construction thought to have caused flooding in Pak Chong district

People in Pak Chong district, of Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, are asking whether the flooding there on Tuesday was caused by the blocking of natural waterways, by a…

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PM confirms he has the list of potential new ministers

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-o-cha, said today that he has the list of potential new ministers, for the Cabinet reshuffle, and it is now being vetted by officials, to make…

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PM defends proposed extension of state of emergency

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Tuesday) defended a proposed extension of the state of emergency for another month, maintaining that such an extension has nothing to do with anti-government…

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In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford blood samples from coronavirus vaccine trials are handled inside the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England Thursday June 25, 2020. Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. In research published Monday July 20, 2020 in the journal Lancet, scientists said that they found their experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55. (John Cairns, University of Oxford via AP)

UK coronavirus vaccine prompts immune response in early test

LONDON (AP) — Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who…

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11 youths nabbed for assaulting a hospital doctor

Police in Samut Prakan province have arrested 11 youths who assaulted medical personnel at a hospital, allegedly for failing to save the life of their injured friend, and then went…

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Anti-government protesters keep vigil at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument

Anti-government protesters rallied at the Democracy Monument in the heart of Bangkok on Saturday evening, to demand the dissolution of Parliament, the drafting of a new Constitution and the ouster…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 18, 2020

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A health worker collects nasal swab samples from a woman during a mass test for the new coronavirus in a neighborhood in Tangerang, Indonesia, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: China battles new outbreak in far west Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — The number of confirmed cases in a new COVID-19 outbreak in China’s far west has risen to 17. The National Health Commission said Saturday that 16 more…

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Des Moines Public Schools custodian Tracy Harris cleans a chair in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. School districts that plan to reopen classrooms in the fall are wrestling with whether to require teachers and students to wear face masks. In Iowa, among other places, where Democratic-leaning cities like Des Moines and Iowa City have required masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus, while smaller, more conservative communities have left the decision to parents. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Millions of kids told full return to school in fall unlikely

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Millions more children in the U.S. learned Friday that they’re unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic…

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Diplomat refused accommodation at a condominium is not an Estonian envoy

The Honorary Consul-General of Estonia in Thailand said today that the diplomat, who was refused entry to a condominium in Bangkok last night, is not an Estonian, but a European…

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Three outsiders invited to join the Thai government’s economic team

Three outsiders have accepted Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s invitation to join the Cabinet as the new economic team, replacing the team of former Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, who quit…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 17, 2020

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Thailand may get its first female Supreme Court president

The Supreme Court of Thailand is expected to get its first female president, when the Judicial Commission meets on July 24th to approve the nomination of Mrs. Methinee Chalothorn, currently…

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Rayong hotel closed for disinfection as PM apologizes for mishandling VIP arrivals

The hotel in Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong, where the Egyptian military mission stayed last week, has closed for at least 14 days from today (Tuesday) for a full cleansing…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 13, 2020

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

Some Rayong schools closed Tuesday over COVID-19 Egyptian soldier

Six municipal schools and two nurseries in Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong are to be closed from tomorrow (Tuesday) until further notice, as a precautionary measure, after members of an…

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Protests at Chana industrial estate project public hearing 

Opponents of the Chana industrial estate project staged a protest on Saturday morning, in front of Chana Wittaya School in Chana district of Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, where a…

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Brave teenager fights to save her hometown – and environment

Khairiyah Rahmanyah from the deep South of Thailand may not be as famous as Sweden’s young environmental activist Greta Thunberg, but they both have plenty in common. Not only are…

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

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Thailand’s Energy Minister Sontirat may join Kla Party

There is speculation that Energy Minister, and former Secretary-General of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party, Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, will join Mr. Korn Chatikavanich’s Kla party around August this year. A…

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Madeline Curry attends a protest with her father outside the Minneapolis 5th Police Precinct while wearing a protective mask that reads “I CAN’T BREATHE”, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.

Analysis from medical experts: Floyd’s speech didn’t mean he could breathe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded “I can’t breathe” to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out…

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Students attend the flag-raising ceremony at a secondary school in Bangkok on July 1, 2020, as schools reopened after being temporarily closed due to the threat of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. – Pupils in Thailand returned to school on July 1, though with strict rules to prevent fresh coronavirus outbreaks, as the kingdom pushed towards normality with the pandemic raging on beyond its borders. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Thai schools told they cannot arbitrarily cut students’ hair

Thailand’s Ministry of Education has issued a letter, to all schools under its jurisdiction, to abrogate the 1975 regulations, regarding their students’ hair style and length, and to forbid the…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 9, 2020

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Cabinet endorses civil partnerships between same-sex couples

Thailand’s Cabinet approved the Civil Partnership Bill and amendments to the Civil and Commercial Code today (Wednesday), both of which aim to legalize same sex partnerships. The bill defines partners…

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No new COVID-19 infections reported in Thailand on Tuesday

Not a single COVID-19 infection, or related fatality, has been recorded in Thailand today (Tuesday), according to the CCSA. The country’s accumulated infections to date are at 3,195, while the…

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PETA accused of cultural racism and double-standards

US-based animal rights protection group PETA has been accused of double standards and cultural racism after it claimed that the use of monkeys in harvesting coconuts in Thailand is cruel,…

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