A view of the flags of Finland, NATO and Sweden during a ceremony to mark Sweden’s and Finland’s application for membership in Brussels, Belgium, May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool

With eye on Russia, U.S. Senate backs Finland and Sweden joining NATO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved on Wednesday Finland and Sweden‘s accession to NATO, the most significant expansion of the 30-member alliance since the 1990s as it responds to Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine. The Senate voted 95 to 1 to support…

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3 weeks or 5 years – how much longer can Prayut legally stay in power?

Questions over whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha can legally remain in office after August 24 have resurfaced as the date approaches. On that date, Gen Prayut will have been in…

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ASEAN reaffirms One China Policy

In responding to recent cross-strait developments, ASEAN’s foreign minister has called for all parties to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from provocative action and to adhere strictly to the principles contained…

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PM Prayut’s advisor named leader of new party

A veteran politician and advisor to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was today appointed leader of Ruam Thai Sang Chart, a newly-formed political party which is seen as a political vehicle…

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A handout picture taken and released by the Russian Foreign Ministry press service on August 3, 2022, shows Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his meeting with Myanmar Senior General and Chairman of the State Administration Council in Naypyidaw. (Photo by HANDOUT / RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Russian Foreign Ministry press service” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Russia backs Myanmar junta’s efforts to ‘stabilise’ country, hold elections

AFP – Russia backs the Myanmar junta’s efforts to “stabilise” the crisis-wracked country and hold elections next year, its foreign minister said in talks with top generals on Wednesday, according…

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CAAT advises Thai airlines to avoid air space over and near Taiwan

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued an advisory to all Thai airlines to avoid air space around Taiwan, as the Chinese government has declared the airspace a…

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Thai telecom regulator wants more study of True-DTAC merger plan

The board of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) wants a more comprehensive study of the planned merger between True Corporation (True) and Total Access Communication (DTAC) before it…

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Trump-backed candidates prevail in U.S. midterm primaries

Aug 2 (Reuters) – Republican voters on Tuesday chose a raft of candidates supporting Donald Trump’s 2020 election falsehoods in multiple party primaries for the November general election – a…

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MP gets one-year jail term for letting someone vote on her behalf

The Thai Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders sentenced Palang Pracharath MP for Bangkok Thanikan Pornpongsaroj to one year in prison today (Wednesday), suspended for two years, and…

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House budget committee agrees to restore ฿369m budget to RTAF for combat jet purchase

The House Budget Scrutiny Committee agreed by 45:22 votes today (Wednesday) to restore 369 million of the 738 million baht requested by the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) for fiscal…

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This handout taken and released by Taiwan’s Presidential Office on August 3, 2022 shows US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking in the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Will Pelosi launch thousands of war drones?

There is too much at stake in today’s world for China and the United States to lock horns militarily. However, Xi Jinping telling his US counterpart Joe Biden not to…

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COVID-19 vaccination urged for children to prevent serious illness from MIS-C

Parents are being advised to take their young children for COVID-19 vaccination, as doing so can help to reduce the risk of severe symptoms or death from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome…

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Six suspects in Thai actress drowning indicted by public prosecutors

The Nonthaburi provincial public prosecutors decided today (Wednesday) to indict six suspects allegedly connected with the fatal fall into the Chao Phraya River on February 24th of the late TV…

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Thailand reports third monkeypox case in German tourist in Phuket

A German tourist is being treated at a private hospital in Phuket, with the first lab test producing a positive result for monkeypox, according to Phuket’s Provincial Health Chief Dr….

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This handout taken and released by Taiwan’s Presidential Office on August 3, 2022 shows US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L) waving beside Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Chinese embassy – US Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan a threat to regional security

The Chinese Embassy in Thailand said today (Wednesday) that the visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a serious threat to regional security and will push China-US…

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Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya entering Thong Lor police station in Bangkok, after he was summoned following a hit-and-run case which resulted in the death of a police officer. – The case against the Thai heir to the Red Bull billions accused of a fatal hit-and-run was “compromised” from beginning to end, the premier’s office said on September 1, 2020, calling the entire procedure “dishonest”. (Photo by various sources / AFP)

Drug charge against Red Bull heir dropped due to expired statute of limitations

Thai prosecutors have blamed amendments to the narcotics law for having to drop the drug abuse charge against Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya in the decade-old and high-profile hit-and-run case….

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Closure of Mae Fah Luang airport runway extended until Friday night

Thailand’s Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport has announced an extension to the closure of the airport’s runway, until Friday night, to facilitate the removal of Nok Air’s disabled Boeing…

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds a news briefing after a session of Foreign Ministers Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan July 29, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Russia’s Lavrov to meet military leader on visit to Myanmar

(Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Myanmar on Wednesday, TASS news agency reported, marking one of the most high-profile visits to the Southeast Asian country since the military seized power…

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US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night despite threats from Beijing of serious consequences, becoming the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled…

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Thai PM’s term in office challenged by group of 99 academics and activists

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s term in office has been challenged by a group of 99 academics, activists and people from various professions, all of whom signed a petition letter demanding…

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This handout photo taken and released by Malaysia’s Department of Information on August 2, 2022, shows Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi waving as she leaves the Parliament House after a meeting with Malaysian officials in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by NAZRI RAPAAI / MALAYSIA DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION / AFP)

Russia condemns potential Pelosi visit to Taiwan as ‘provocation’

AFP- Moscow on Tuesday denounced a potential visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan as a provocation, expressing full solidarity with ally China. “What is connected with this tour…

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14.5 billion baht compensation approved for medics caring for COVID-19 patients

The cabinet approved today (Tuesday) a 14.5-billion-baht budget to compensate and to provide risk payments to medics involved in caring for COVID-19 patients, or in efforts to contain the spread…

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Bangkok braces for more widespread flooding

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is bracing for another round of widespread flooding, after the city was pounded by more than 100mm of rain last night and with more rain…

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Pipeline leak in Myanmar forces partial suspension of natural gas supply to Thailand

Supply of natural gas to Thailand, from Myanmar’s Zawtika field in the Andaman Sea, has been suspended after a leak was found in the overland pipeline. There has been no…

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People living near Thailand’s waterways warned of flooding, overflows this week

The National Water Command Centre is advising people living near rivers, waterways and reservoirs to prepare for possible flooding, overflows and flash floods from today until August 10th due to…

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Data collected from 352 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital from September 2021 show that 82 percent had at least one long-COVID symptom. (Photo by Fusion Medical Animation)

New public assembly ban imposed in Thailand to contain COVID-19

An announcement has been issued by Chief of Thailand’s defence forces, Gen. Chalermpol Srisawat, in his capacity as the chief officer in charge of solving emergency situations related to security…

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CAAT investigating Nok Air accident, passengers complain about time taken to leave aircraft

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said in a press release yesterday (Monday) that it has summoned officials and pilots of Nok Air and officials of Mae Fah Luang-Chiang…

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Osama bin Laden sits with his adviser Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the al Qaeda network, during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir (not pictured) in an image supplied by Dawn newspaper November 10, 2001. Hamid Mir/Editor/Ausaf Newspaper for Daily Dawn/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Biden: Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri killed in U.S. strike in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The United States killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, President Joe Biden said on Monday, the biggest…

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Pelosi set to visit Taiwan despite China warnings, sources say

TAIPEI/BEIJING, Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was set to visit Taiwan on Tuesday, three sources said, as the United States said it wouldn’t be…

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India confirms Asia’s first monkeypox death

KOCHI, India, Aug 1 (Reuters) – India confirmed its first monkeypox death on Monday, a young man in the southern state of Kerala, in what is only the fourth known…

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Green Line train contracts between BTS and Krungthep Thanakom to be disclosed

Krungthep Thanakom, the business arm of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), has agreed to publically disclose the details of its contract and memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the company…

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Bankrupt Sri Lanka seeks urgent help to feed children

Sri Lanka issued an urgent appeal on Monday to tackle rapidly spreading malnutrition among children as its economic crisis leaves nine out of 10 people dependent on state handouts. The Ministry for Women and Child Affairs…

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Nok Air plane which slid off runway on Saturday sustains damage to landing gear

Workers have been using heavy equipment to move the Nok Air Boeing 737-800, which is partially blocking the runway of Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport, after it was discovered…

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A man reads the Global Times newspaper that features a front page article about U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Asia tour at a street display wall in Beijing, China, August 1, 2022. The front page headline reads: “Pelosi visits Asia in the smell of gunpowder.” REUTERS/Thomas Peter

As Pelosi begins Asia tour, China warns against visiting Taiwan

SINGAPORE, Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off a closely-watched Asia tour on Monday in Singapore as China warned that its military would never “sit idly by” if she were to visit Taiwan, the…

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Rally at Supreme Court to demand release of two hunger-striking activists

A group of pro-democracy activists rallied in front of the Thai Supreme Court in Bangkok this morning (Monday), to demand the release of two anti-establishment activists who have been on…

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Pheu Thai to seek NACC probe over party-list seat calculation change

Thailand’s main opposition party Pheu Thai is planning to ask the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate the conduct of senators and MPs who vote in favour of amending the…

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Thirty suspected monkeypox cases in Thailand cleared of disease

All 30 suspected monkeypox cases have been cleared of the disease by lab tests, but the Disease Control Department will continue to trace any more suspected cases, the department’s director-general,…

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Religious beliefs and political participation in US politics

From the Catholic voting bloc to American evangelicalism and progressive atheists, the groups are prone to being generalized as a distinctive bloc with a particular approach to politics. At a…

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Two killed as part of flyover collapses on Rama II Road in Samut Sakhon

Two people were killed and two others injured when a support beam of a U-turn flyover bridge, undergoing maintenance, collapsed on Sunday night, forcing the Highways Department to temporarily close…

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Vietnamese mother and daughter drown in sea off Phuket

Two Vietnamese tourists drowned yesterday (Sunday) in the seas off Nai Thon beach in Thalang district of Phuket, despite a “red flag” warning posted on the beach. An eyewitness said…

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A firefighter works to douse a fire in a building, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Mykolaiv, in this handout picture released on July 31, 2022. State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Mykolaiv Region/Handout via REUTERS

Russian strikes kill Ukrainian grain tycoon; drone hits Russian naval base

KYIV, July 31 (Reuters) – Russian missiles pounded the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv on Sunday, killing the owner of a major grain exporter, while a drone strike on Russia’s Black Sea naval base in Sevastopol was launched from within the city…

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A flooded area is flown over by a Kentucky National Guard helicopter deployed in response to a declared state of emergency in eastern Kentucky, U.S. July 27, 2022. U.S. Army National Guard/Handout via REUTERS

Kentucky floods kill at least 28 – ‘Everything is gone’

July 31 (Reuters) – Floods unleashed by torrential rains in eastern Kentucky have killed at least 28 people, including four children, Governor Andy Beshear said on Sunday as authorities worked to provide food and shelter for thousands of displaced…

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Putting Yala back on track by turning it into a center of Malay fashion

With the COVID crisis now receding, Yala City Municipality is working on getting quickly back on its feet with a series of events aimed at boosting the economy and people’s well-being….

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A chimney stands at a destroyed building as the McKinney Fire burns in Klamath National Forest, Calif., on Sunday, July 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Western flames spread, California sees its largest 2022 fire

YREKA, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling the largest wildfire so far this year in California braced for thunderstorms and hot, windy conditions that created the potential for additional fire growth…

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Thai taekwondo team performs well at 2022 World Taekwondo Junior Championship

Thai taekwondo team, in the 12-14 age group has, so far, won two golds, one silver and two bronzes at the Sofia 2022 World Taekwondo Junior Championships in Bulgaria. Nitipoom…

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Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai airport’s runway closed for three more days

Thailand’s Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport has announced that its runway will remain closed until Wednesday night at 10pm, as workers try to move a Nok Air aircraft, which…

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Eight provinces along Mekong River warned of rising water levels this week

People living along the Mekong River in Thailand’s eight northern and north-eastern provinces have been advised to brace for the effects of the rising level of the river until August…

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A combine harvests wheat during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russia-controlled village of Muzykivka in the Kherson region, Ukraine July 26, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says harvest could be halved by war

ODESA, July 31 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president said on Sunday that the country’s harvest could be half its usual amount this year due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Ukrainian harvest this…

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An interior view shows a classroom of a professional college heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine July 30, 2022. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova

Russia invites U.N., Red Cross experts to probe Ukraine jail deaths

ODESA, Ukraine, July 31 (Reuters) – Russia on Sunday invited United Nations and Red Cross experts to probe the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners held by Moscow-backed separatists, while Ukraine’s president…

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Law enforcement officers block a street following a reported combat drone attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea July 31, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

Russian official says Ukraine carried out drone attack on Black Sea fleet HQ

July 31 (Reuters) – A senior official in Russian-annexed Crimea accused Ukraine on Sunday of carrying out a drone attack ahead of planned celebrations to mark Navy Day, injuring five and forcing…

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The rags to riches story of the latest Miss Universe Thailand

The latest Miss Universe Thailand, 23-year-old Anna Suengam-iam, was born into a family of garbage collectors. She was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2022 in the final of the pageant late…

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Nok Air cancels all fights on Sunday between Bangkok and Chiang Rai

Nok Air has suspended all flights today (Sunday) between Bangkok and Chiang Rai province after one of its planes skidded off the runway at Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport…

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A Long March-5B Y3 rocket, carrying the Wentian lab module for China’s space station under construction, takes off from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan province, China July 24, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo

Chinese rocket falls to Earth, NASA says Beijing did not share information

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – A Chinese rocket fell back to Earth on Saturday over the Indian Ocean but NASA said Beijing had not shared the “specific trajectory information” needed to know where possible…

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Man arrested for hiring 12 luxurious cars and selling them to used car dealers

Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police have arrested a former army sergeant on charges of counterfeiting and using counterfeit official documents and fraud, for allegedly hiring luxurious cars from car hire…

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19 forest rangers killed this year honoured on World Ranger Day

Thailand is commemorating the 19 forest rangers who died, and those who were injured in the line of duty protecting forests and wildlife, for World Ranger Day, which falls on…

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Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the papal flight back from Canada Saturday, July 30, 2022, where he paid a six-day pastoral visit. Pope Francis wrapped up his Canadian pilgrimage by meeting with Indigenous delegations and visiting Inuit territory in northern Nunavut. In one of his addresses, he assailed the Catholic missionaries who “supported oppressive and unjust policies” against Native peoples in the country’s notorious residential schools and vowed to pursue truth and healing. (Guglielmo Mangiapane/ Pool via AP)

Pope says he’ll slow down or retire: ‘You can change a pope’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that he can no longer travel like he used to because of his strained knee ligaments, saying his weeklong Canadian…

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A view shows the Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft’s Moscow oil refinery on the south-eastern outskirts of Moscow on April 28, 2022. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)

Russia suspends gas supplies to Latvia

Russian energy giant Gazprom Saturday suspended gas supplies to Latvia following tensions between Moscow and the West over the conflict in Ukraine and sweeping European and US sanctions against Russia….

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Zipmex Thailand investors plan to rally at SEC office on Monday

Thai investors in digital assets with the Zipmex cryptocurrency exchange have threatened to gather in front of the office of Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday, to seek…

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This picture taken on June 10, 2022 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 11 shows a Pyongyang City Sanitation and Quarantine Station staff testing for Covid-19 coronavirus infections in Pyongyang. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / – South Korea OUT / —EDITORS NOTE— RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. /

North Korea reports no new cases for first time since Covid outbreak

North Korea reported zero fever cases on Saturday for the first time in more than two months since it confirmed its first Covid-19 infections in May. “There were no new…

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8 women on a pilgrimage die in a road accident in Khon Kaen province

Eight women were killed and two others injured, including a 9-year-old girl, when a passenger van, in which they were travelling on a pilgrimage, flipped and ploughed into a roadside…

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13 “high risk” people in isolation to monitor for monkeypox symptoms

Thirteen people have been isolated under observation for 21 days, after being identified as being at high risk, having had close physical contact with a 47-year-old Thai man, who has…

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Lead shot found in remains of elephant in Kanchanaburi wildlife sanctuary

Kanchanaburi forensic police have found five shotgun pellets embedded in the remains of an elephant in Salak Phra wildlife sanctuary in the province, but they do not believe that they…

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LGBTQ community confronts ‘excruciating’ monkeypox — and its stigma

The spread of the monkeypox virus and its prevalence among gay men has raised widespread fear, growing anger and a number of uncomfortable questions for a community still scarred by…

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‘No bikinis’ sign on Samae San Island removed by the Thai Navy

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has decided to remove a sign telling tourists not to wear bikinis from Samae San Island, off the eastern province of Chon Buri, to prevent…

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Warning about Chinese rocket debris falling back to Earth on July 31st

Thailand’s Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) issued a warning today (Friday) concerning debris from a Chinese Long March 5B rocket, which will fall back to Earth this Sunday….

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2 suspects arrested for ‘recruiting’ workers for scam call centres in Cambodia

Thai police from the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) have arrested a man and a woman for allegedly recruiting Thai people to work with a call centre scam gang in…

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Top Thai virologist says monkeypox is difficult to control

Monkeypox is difficult to control because most of the cases only develop mild symptoms, with a few blisters for 2-4 weeks, or remain asymptomatic according to Dr. Yong Poovorawan, head…

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Benjakitti Park in Bangkok in January, 2022. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Working towards a greener, happier city

Trees and green spaces tend to make us feel happier. Who doesn’t enjoy walking or jogging in the park surrounded by lush greenery or looking out of a window at…

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Laotian couple, wanted for fraud charges in the Lao PRD, arrested in Pathum Thani province

A couple of Laotian nationals were arrested on fraud charges this morning (Friday), at a hotel in Pathum Thani province, by Thai police from the Combating Transnational Criminals and Illegal…

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Bangkok fit to host Biden-Xi talks

Bangkok is a suitable venue for the first face-to-face talks between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping later this year. The Prayut Government should approach both governments…

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Representations of cryptocurrencies in this illustration taken, January 24, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Crypto platform Zipmex files for bankruptcy protection in Singapore

July 29 (Reuters) – Southeast Asia-focused cryptocurrency exchange Zipmex said it had filed for bankruptcy protection in Singapore, becoming the latest victim of the global downturn in digital currencies. Singapore-based Zipmex resumed…

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Thailand’s second monkeypox case now in hospital

Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced today (Thursday) the confirmation, by the Medical Sciences Department, of Thailand’s second monkeypox case. He said that the patient, a 47-year-old Thai man,…

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‘Sentinel surveillance’ and Thailand’s defence against monkeypox 

Thailand has raised its surveillance of monkeypox to “sentinel” level in response to its first local case and the World Health Organization (WHO)’s declaration of a global public health emergency. …

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A staff holds a cannabis plant at the Government Pharmaceuticals Organisation (GPO) medicinal marijuana greenhouse outside Chon Buri, south of Bangkok on October 8, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Public Health Ministry reconsiders stand on tough legal action against cannabis users

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has rescinded its recommendation to the police that they take legal action against people found to have committed any of four offences in violation…

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Lessons to learn from Zipmex’s troubles and the crypto market turmoil 

The role of a digital asset exchange is to serve as a marketplace where investors can buy and sell their cryptocurrencies and other digital assets, while the revenue of the…

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Flood warnings for Chao Phraya riverside residents in Bangkok and suburbs

Riverside residents in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan are warned to brace for high tides for the next 4 days, when the level of the Chao Phraya River is forecast…

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Thai PM leads officials and public in expressing best wishes to the King on his birthday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife led cabinet ministers, senior government officials and military officers, as well as their spouses, in a merit-making ceremony at Sanam Luang this morning…

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It could be “so near yet so far” again for birthday boy

A Pheu Thai “landslide” is very likely, no matter how the party-list calculation fights end. In fact, despite the Thai Raksa Chart setback and failure to win a single party-list…

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Call for demolition of housing project at foot of Doi Suthep dismissed by court

Chiang Mai’s Administrative Court dismissed a case yesterday (Wednesday), filed by a self-proclaimed conservationist, demanding that the Treasury Department demolish all houses and buildings on a plot of land at…

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Pipes at the landfall facilities of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/

Russia cuts gas flows further as Europe makes savings plea

Russia delivered less gas to Europe on Wednesday in a further escalation of an energy stand-off between Moscow and the European Union that will make it harder, and costlier, for the bloc to fill up storage ahead of…

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Boulders fall as a vehicle negotiates a road during an earthquake in Bauko, Mountain Province, Philippines on Wednesday July 27, 2022. A strong earthquake left some people dead and injured dozens in the northern Philippines on Wednesday, where the temblor set off small landslides and damaged buildings and churches and prompted terrified crowds and hospital patients in the capital to rush outdoors. One passenger was injured after a boulder hit the vehicle. (AP Photo/Harley Palangchao)

Strong quake kills 5, injures dozens in northern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake set off landslides and damaged buildings in the northern Philippines on Wednesday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens. In the capital,…

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Ex-MP Sira Jenjaka given suspended sentence of eight months for defamation

Former Palang Pracharath MP for Bangkok Sira Jenjaka was sentenced to eight months in prison and fined 40,000 baht today (Wednesday) by the Bangkok South Criminal Court, after he was…

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Thai Health Ministry starts trial of LAAB drug in immunocompromised patients

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has started administering a Long Acting Antibody (LAAB) treatment to three patients suffering from chronic kidney disease, to boost their immunity against COVID-19 infection,…

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House panel allows same-sex foreign couples to register civil partnership in Thailand

The House committee vetting the Civil Partnership Bill decided today (Wednesday) to amend the bill to make it possible for same-sex couples who are both foreigners to register their partnership…

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BMA prepares for Chao Phraya River overflows from end of July

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is gearing up to cope with overflows from the Chao Phraya River, as a result of high tides which may flood low-lying residential areas in…

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Cabinet approves ฿10.9 billion for new zoo in Pathum Thani

The cabinet has approved a total budget of 10.9 billion baht, spread over the 2023 to 2027 fiscal years, for the construction of a new zoo in the outskirts of…

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Suitable private labs to be allowed to test for monkeypox, no new case yet

Private laboratories in Thailand will be allowed to test specimens of suspected monkeypox infection, in addition to facilities at major hospitals and the Department of Medical Sciences, Deputy Public Health…

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Talks held between Thailand and Saudi Arabia to set cooperation framework

A high-level Thai delegation was in Saudi Arabia on July 25th and 26th to hold discussions between counterparts to form a framework of cooperation in investment and other areas, according…

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Activists including Myanmar nationals take part in a rally to protest against Myanmar’s junta execution of four prisoners, including a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, outside the United Nations University in Tokyo on July 26, 2022. / AFP

Myanmar’s execution of activists is an outrage

The military junta’s latest action has further worsened the prospect of a peace process in Myanmar. The ASEAN joint statement issued on Tuesday said it all: ASEAN denounces and is…

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A closer look at the new education bill that will shape the future of Thailand 

The National Education Bill is set to enter the Parliament for further deliberation in September, sparking new hope for some but concern for others.  The passage of this bill is…

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Residents evacuate their building after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, some 300 kilometers away, was felt in Manila on July 27, 2022. / AFP

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits northern Philippines: USGS

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Philippines Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, shattering windows of buildings at the epicentre and shaking high-rise towers more than 300 kilometres (185 miles)…

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An activist takes part in a rally to protest against Myanmar’s junta execution of four prisoners, including including a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, outside the United Nations University in Tokyo on July 26, 2022. / AFP

Myanmar junta executes three more political prisoners, more anticipated

Three more political prisoners have been executed in Yangon Region’s infamous Insein Prison, according to sources. The identities of the three are unconfirmed so far and they were executed almost…

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Thai cabinet extends State of Emergency until end of September

The cabinet agreed yesterday (Tuesday) to extend the State of Emergency, from August 1st to September 30th, citing the need to control the spread of COVID-19, especially the new Omicron…

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A view shows pipes at the landfall facilities of the ‘Nord Stream 1’ gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany, July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse/File Photo

Europe agrees compromise gas curbs as Russia squeezes supply

BRUSSELS, July 26 (Reuters) – European Union countries approved a weakened emergency plan to curb their gas demand on Tuesday, after striking compromise deals to limit the cuts for some countries, as they brace for further Russian…

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Thai cabinet exempts locally-assembled and produced EVs from customs duties

The electric vehicle industry in Thailand was given a shot in the arm today (Tuesday) when the cabinet decided to exempt from customs duties battery electric vehicles (BEVs), which are…

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Thai man at hospital in Phuket with suspected monkeypox, diagnosis pending

A Thai man, who may be infected with monkeypox, was sent from Thalang Hospital in Phuket to Vachira Phuket Hospital this afternoon (Tuesday) for tests and diagnosis. The ambulance arrived…

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Cabinet approves 5th phase of co-payment scheme for September-October

The cabinet decided today (Tuesday) to roll out the 5th phase of the popular 50:50 co-payment scheme by providing 800 baht to each of the 26.5 million Thais who have…

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Registration for free COVID-19 vaccination booster at Bang Sue Grand Station begins Wednesday

The vaccination centre at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station will provide free COVID-19 booster vaccination shots to the public throughout August. Those interested in getting booster shots of Pfizer or…

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Nigerian may have been infected with monkeypox in Thailand – senior doctor

The Nigerian man, who was confirmed to be Thailand’s first and so far only monkeypox case, may have contracted the virus in the country, said Dr. Wasun Chantratita, chief of…

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Zipmex ordered to resume trading, withdrawals, following worrying freeze

Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered Zipmex, Thailand’s second largest cryptocurrency exchange after Bitkub, to resume trading and digital asset withdrawals within three days after an official announcement…

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