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

Iran deputy health minister has coronavirus

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

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COVID-19 officially designated a dangerous infectious disease in Thailand

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

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

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

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

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

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How media shape Thais’ understanding of Middle East

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

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

Iran reports fifth coronavirus death, most outside Far East

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

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WHO sounds alarm over Africa coronavirus preparedness

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

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

South Korea reports 142 more coronavirus cases, total 346

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

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Westerdam cruise ship heads for Cambodia

A cruise ship with over 2,000 people on board and which has been denied entry by three countries is now on its way to Cambodia after Thai authorities said it…

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Preparations under way to evacuate 21 Thais on Westerdam cruise ship

Preparations are under way to evacuate 21 Thai citizens on board Holland America’s MS Westerdam cruise ship and to provide necessary supplies to the ship, once there is a greenlight…

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WHO names deadly virus from China as ‘COVID-19’

The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that “COVID-19” will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the…

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Thailand misses good opportunity to show its humanity

Thailand has thrown away a very good opportunity, amidst all the crises, to demonstrate to the world that the country has humanity, said Assistant Professor Piti Srisaengnam, a lecturer at…

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PM says Thailand will provide supplies to Westerdam cruise ship

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that the Government will provide humanitarian aid to Holland America’s Westerdam cruise ship, after it was refused permission to dock at Laem Chabang…

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“Parasite” producers Kwak Sin-ae (R) and Bong Joon-ho (L) accept the award for Best Picture for “Parasite” during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 9, 2020.

‘Parasite’: South Korea’s barrier-breaking satire

South Korean thriller “Parasite” — a dark comedy about modern poverty and wealth that has brought down language barriers to open new audiences to foreign film — can now call…

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2020 Oscar winners in main categories

Here are the winners in key categories for the 92nd Academy Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Hollywood. South Korean film “Parasite” was the big winner of the…

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Brad Pitt back on top with Oscar win

Brad Pitt’s Oscar win on Sunday marks a fitting comeback for the veteran actor whose personal life, rather than his on-screen roles, have dominated headlines in recent years. Pitt won…

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Seven more new coronavirus cases reported in Thailand

The Disease Control Department has reported seven new coronavirus cases today, bringing total confirmed cases in Thailand since January 3rd to 32, including 10 who have recovered and returned home….

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Three more coronavirus cases found on Japan cruise ship

Three more people on a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the number aboard to 64, the government said Saturday, with passengers facing a two-week quarantine….

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Ahead of Britain’s departure from the EU, Brussels’ Grand-Place was on Thursday lit in red, white and blue

Britain hails new start as it says farewell to EU

Britain on Friday ends almost half a century of integration with its closest neighbours and leaves the European Union, starting a new — but still uncertain — chapter in its…

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Affected tour operators see priority in Thai-Chinese relations

Though a drastic drop in Chinese tourists to Thailand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak means a fall in tourism revenue, long-term relationship between Thailand and China is more…

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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo, a British Airways plane, at left, is towed past other planes sitting parked at Heathrow Airport in London. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

More airlines drop flights to China as virus spreads

BANGKOK (AP) — British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new virus…

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Medical workers take the temperature of passengers after they got off the train in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, January 29, 2020. Picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

More Japanese evacuated from China virus epicenter as death toll climbs

TOKYO/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A plane of Japanese evacuees from the virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan arrived in Tokyo on Thursday as the total number of confirmed deaths from the newly…

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American flags blow in wind around the Washington Monument with the U.S. Capitol in the background at sunrise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will resume in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Impeachment trial to begin with rules fight, long days

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol, a contentious proceeding to render judgment on his Ukraine actions as Americans form their own…

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The Kiev-bound Ukraine International Airlines plane was shot down in a catastrophic error shortly after takeoff from Tehran on January 8, killing all 176 people on board

Iran confirms two missiles fired at Ukraine airliner

Iran has confirmed two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner brought down this month, in a catastrophic error that killed all 176 people on board and sparked angry protests….

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Four protesters, two policemen killed as Iraq unrest resumes

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Six Iraqis including two police officers were killed and scores were wounded in Baghdad and other cities on Monday in clashes with security forces, medical and security…

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Travelers wear face masks as they walk outside of the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. China reported Monday a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country’s busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

China coronavirus claims 4th victim as more screenings added

BEIJING (AP) — A fourth person has died in an outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, authorities said Tuesday, as more places stepped up medical screening of travelers from…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi hold talks during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.

China and Myanmar ‘stand together’ despite Rohingya backlash

China and Myanmar are set to ink mammoth infrastructure deals following a meeting on Saturday between President Xi Jinping and fallen rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who pledged to…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.

Embassy protest plan banned as President Xi meets Myanmar leaders

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar authorities have rejected a plan by a group of protestors to rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Yangon to oppose “exploitation of natural resources”…

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As he is about the face an impeachment trial, US President Donald Trump will be able to tout a trade deal with China

US, China set to sign vital trade truce

The world’s two dominant economic powers, the United States and China, are poised to sign a trade truce Wednesday that will allow businesses around the globe to breathe a sigh…

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FILE PHOTO – Incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President-elect William Lai attend a rally after their election victory, outside the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan January 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Taiwan president urges China to review policy after election win

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen urged China on Wednesday to review its policy towards the island, days after she won a landslide re-election victory, in a rebuke that…

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Protesters demonstrate in Tehran, Iran January 11, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media by Reuters

Iran social media posts call for more protests after plane disaster

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian social media posts urged citizens to take to the streets for a fifth day on Wednesday, after public anger erupted following the belated admission by the…

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Britain, France, Germany formally accuse Iran of breaking nuclear deal

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain, France and Germany formally accused Iran on Tuesday of violating the terms of its 2015 agreement to curb its nuclear program, which eventually could lead to…

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In this Dec. 20, 2019, file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo. Iran on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, acknowledged that its armed forces “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible. (Charly Triballeau/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Iran announces arrests over downing of Ukrainian plane

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s judiciary said Tuesday arrests have been made over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board…

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Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Britain’s pragmatic queen brokered a deal Monday to secure the future of the monarchy, charting a course for Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, that allows…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 10, 2018 (L-R) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London to watch a military fly-past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF). – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on January 13, 2020, said Prince Harry and his wife Meghan would be allowed to split their time between Britain and Canada while their future is finalised. The couple said last week they wanted to step back from the royal frontline, catching the family off guard and forcing the monarch to convene crisis talks about the pair’s future roles. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Queen agrees ‘period of transition’ for Harry and Meghan

Queen Elizabeth II on Monday said Prince Harry and his wife Meghan would be allowed to split their time between Britain and Canada while their future is finalised.   The couple…

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Prince Harry last year revealed that he had grown apart from his older brother William

Harry, William present united front ahead of royal crisis summit

Prince Harry and his brother Prince William put on a united front as they were summoned to showdown talks Monday on Harry’s future after he and his wife Meghan unilaterally…

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Senior royals including Harry’s father Prince Charles (L) and brother Prince William (R) will attend the crisis meeting with the queen

Queen gathers royals for crisis meeting with Prince Harry

Queen Elizabeth II and other senior British royals were gathering for a meeting Monday with Prince Harry in an attempt to solve the crisis triggered by his bombshell announcement that…

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Iran — under sanctions

“Off the Grid” of TRTWORLD gained rare access to Iran and talked to people inside and outside the capital Tehran about the effect of American sanctions . And found out…

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How US, Iran arrive at "no peace, no war" relationship

Interview with Dr. Srawut Aree, Director of Muslim Studies Center, Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University about tensions between US and Iran.#ThaiPBSWorld

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How US, Iran arrive at “no peace, no war” relationship

Thai PBS World talk to Dr. Srawut Aree, Director of Muslim Studies Center, Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University about tensions between US and Iran. #ThaiPBSWorld

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file photo, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tours the fire devastated Wildflower farm owned by Paul and Melissa Churchman in Sarsfield, Victoria. Australia’s deadly wildfires have proven to be not just a crisis for the country, but a crisis for the country’s prime minister _ one so grave that some have questioned whether his leadership can survive it. (James Ross/Pool Photo via AP)

Australian PM’s leadership criticized during wildfire crisis

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — As his country burned, Australia’s prime minister was cursed and jeered out of a town, called an “idiot,” a “moron” and worse, and skewered at home…

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A firefighter manages a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Storms bring relief and danger to Australian wildfires

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thunderstorms and showers brought some relief for firefighters battling deadly wildfires across Australia’s drought-parched east coast on Wednesday, but also raised concerns that lightning will spark…

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Debris is seen from a plane crash on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian airplane carrying at least 170 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, killing all onboard, state TV reported. (AP Photos/Mohammad Nasiri)

Ukrainian airplane crashes near Iran’s capital, killing 176

SHAHEDSHAHR, Iran (AP) — A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital’s main airport, turning farmland on the outskirt…

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Why is there tension between US and Iran?

Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated dramatically after Qassem Soleimani, the top Iranian military commander, was killed in a US air attack in Baghdad. But what is the origin of the tensions? Let's find out together.

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Why is there tension between US and Iran?

Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated dramatically after Qassem Soleimani, the top Iranian military commander, was killed in a US air attack in Baghdad. But what is the…

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, hands off the microphone to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to deliver a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

US prepares for possible Iranian reprisal after drone strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials braced for Iran to respond to the killing of its most powerful general, noting heightened military readiness in the country and preparing for a possible…

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Huge crowds flock to Iranian general Qasem Soleimani’s home town Kerman where he is to be buried after his killing in a US air strike in Baghdad on Friday

Iranians mass for burial in hometown of general killed by US

Iranians gathered in Kerman for the burial Tuesday of top general Qasem Soleimani in the final stage of funeral processions after he was killed in a US strike in Iraq….

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Mourners surround a truck carrying the flag draped coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades in the holy city of Qom south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The men were killed in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, Jan. 3 in Iraq. The funeral drew a crowd said by police to be in the millions in the Iranian capital, filling thoroughfares and side streets as far as the eye could see. (Amir Hesaminejad/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

Thailand urges parties in US-Iran conflict to exercise extreme restraint

The Thai government has called on all parties in the intensifying US-Iran not to escalate the situation. In a statement, released today (Monday) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the…

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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks following the U.S. Military airstrike against Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq, in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., January 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Trump stands by threat on Iranian cultural sites, warns of ‘major retaliation’

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday stood by his threat to go after Iranian cultural sites, warning of a “major retaliation” if Iran strikes…

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US film director Quentin Tarantino (C), poses with cast and crew of “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood” including actors Brad Pitt (next to Tarantino) and Leonardo DiCaprio, after the film won three Golden Globes

War film ‘1917’ stuns Golden Globes as Tarantino bags most prizes

War epic “1917” shocked the Golden Globes on Sunday by claiming the top prize for best drama film, while Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” won the most…

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In this Nov. 5, 2016 photo, Gen. Esmail Ghaani speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran. A new Iranian general has stepped out of the shadows to lead the country’s expeditionary Quds Force, becoming responsible for Tehran’s proxies across the Mideast as the Islamic Republic threatens the U.S. with “harsh revenge” for killing its previous head, Qassem Soleimani. (Mohammad Ali Marizad/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

Iran general replacing Soleimani vows revenge for US killing

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian general who replaced the leader killed by a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad vowed Sunday to take revenge as Tehran abandoned the remaining limits of…

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A handout picture released by Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force on January 4, 2020, shows Iraq’s caretaker prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi (C-R) arriving for the funeral of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad’s district of al-Jadriya, in Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone.

Iraq PM attends mourning for commanders killed in US strike

Iraq’s prime minister attended a mourning procession in Baghdad on Saturday for Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed in a US strike the previous…

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Shock, fear and sadness grip Australia’s ‘bushfire refugees’

Thousands of Australians forced from their homes by rampaging bushfires now find themselves stuck in makeshift camps, fearful for the future and turned refugees in their own country. On golf…

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US killing catapults Iraq back to aftermath of 2003 invasion

Iraqi factions threatening to oust US troops, officials denouncing American “violations” and fears of a new Gulf war: a US strike has catapulted Iraq back to the tumultuous aftermath of…

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Qasem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was killed in a US strike on Baghdad’s international airport

Top Iran commander Qasem Soleimani killed in US strike on Baghdad

Top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed Friday in a US strike on Baghdad’s international airport, prompting Tehran to vow “revenge”, dramatically upping the stakes in bitter tensions between Tehran…

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This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump. (Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office via AP)

Iran vows ‘harsh’ response to US killing of top general

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has vowed “harsh retaliation” for a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad’s airport that killed Iran’s top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East,…

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A young man carries a new plastic bag, suddenly a rare sight on the streets of the capital as a ban on plastic bags took effect with the new year, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Shoppers in central Mexico City could be seen Wednesday carrying reusable shopping bags and reused plastic bags, as stores stopped providing disposable plastic bags to their customers.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico City plastic bag ban to take residents back in time

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For centuries, Mexico City residents brought warm tortillas home in reusable cloths or woven straw baskets, and toted others foods in conical rolls of paper, “ayate”…

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Let’s see how people in other countries celebrated the arrival of 2020

Let’s see how people in other countries around the world celebrate the arrival of a new decade in 2020.   Happy New Year and decade from Thai PBS World  …

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Climate protests hit the global headlines in 2019

The year the world woke up to the climate emergency

Schoolchildren skipping class to strike, protests bringing city centres to a standstill: armed with dire warnings from scientists, people around the world dragged the climate emergency into the mainstream in…

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Abiy Ahmed Ali poses after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony at the city hall in Oslo on December 10, 2019.

Ethiopia PM Abiy urges unity as he collects Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed collected the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Tuesday, appealing for unity as ethnic violence flares in his country and reconciliation efforts with former foe Eritrea have stalled….

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Tourists visiting national parks at New Year must have bags to carry their garbage

Starting January 1st, tourists visiting national parks in Thailand will be required to carry their own plastic bags to contain the garbage they generate and take it out of the…

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Belgian student Laurent Simons, 9 years old, poses during a photo session at his home on November 21, 2019 in Amsterdam. – Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology and is on course to finish his degree in December. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Nine-year-old Belgian prodigy set for university degree

Like many other nine-year-olds, Laurent Simons likes TV and his pet dog. But he also wants to make artificial organs, and is about to get the qualifications to set him…

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PM praises Pope Francis for his contributions to human kind

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today praised visiting Pope Francis for his contributions to the unity of humankind, human resource development, especially among youth, poverty elimination, social equality, environment conservation…

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Pope Francis during his meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House Thursday morning with his cousin Sister Ana Rosa Sivori acting as his interpreter . – Photo from Vatican News

Pope: The commitment to live in justice, solidarity and harmony

Pope Francis delivered his first official discourse in Thailand to members of government, civil and religious leaders, and the diplomatic corps at the Government House after meeting Prime Minister Prayut…

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Smoke haze blankets Sydney as bushfire threat rises

Sydney was shrouded in dangerous haze Tuesday as smoke from bushfires blazing along Australia’s eastern seaboard sent pollution levels soaring in the country’s biggest city.   Official data showed that…

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In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 photo, human rights lawyer Hoda Nasrallah poses for a portrait at her office in Cairo, Egypt. Since her father’s death last year, Huda Nasrallah, a Christian, has stood before three different judges to demand an equal share of the property left to her two brothers by their father. Nasrallah is taking on Egypt’s Islamic inheritance laws that mean female heirs inherit half that of men. A final verdict is expected to be handed down later this month. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Egyptian woman fights unequal Islamic inheritance laws

CAIRO (AP) — One Egyptian woman is taking on the country’s inheritance laws that mean female heirs inherit half that of men.   Since her father’s death last year, Huda…

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Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

NEW DELHI (AP) — Schools in India’s capital are shut after air quality plunged to a severe category for the third consecutive day, enveloping New Delhi in a thick gray…

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Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors…

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A reconstruction of a tunnel formerly used to escape former East Germany (GDR) at Bernauer Strasse is pictured in Berlin on November 7, 2019 during the inauguration of the access.

Escape tunnel underneath Berlin Wall opens to public

BERLIN (AP) — An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall opened to the public on Thursday for the first time amid celebrations of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of…

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Five killed, 120 injured in Iran earthquake

A night-time earthquake in northwestern Iran on Friday killed five people and injured 120, according to early reports on state television.   The 5.9-magnitude quake struck about 120 kilometres (75…

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Thailand falls in English proficiency index: What’s wrong with Thai education system?

Thailand’s English proficiency ranking among non-native English speaking countries has dropped for the third consecutive year to 74th out of a total of 100 countries. According to the EF English…

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‘Ghost’ fishing gear: the trash haunting ocean wildlife

Far out in the South Atlantic Ocean, invisible to the South African coastline, diver Pascal Van Erp surfaced with an abandoned lobster cage covered in algae and other marine organisms….

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ASEAN believes RCEP makes tremendous progress despite India’s absence

Even though India is not yet on board the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN leaders believe that they have made a breakthrough to make one of the world’s most…

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RCEP deal hits snag but expected to be concluded next year

Concern, by India, over the prospect of cheap and mass-produced Chinese products flooding the Indian market has stalled plans to sign the world’s largest trade deal, known as the Regional…

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UN chief urges region to lead fight against climate change

UN Secretary General António Guterres has called on countries in the Southeast Asian region to be at the front line in stopping the use of coal power which has been…

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Appeals Court increases prison sentences for Rohingya human traffickers

The Appeals Court on Thursday upheld the convictions of, and lengthened the sentences for a former army general, several police officers and local officials all found guilty of trafficking Rohingya…

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UK defends Brexit deal after Trump trade warning

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office has defended his Brexit deal with the EU, after US President Donald Trump warned it would make it impossible for the two nations to…

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Second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge officially opens

The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, across the Moei River in Mae Sot district of Thailand’s north-western province of Tak, was officially opened to traffic today (Wednesday). The new crossing is…

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Vietnam emerges as a beneficiary of the US trade war with China

The prolonged trade war between the US and China has prompted a number of companies to move out of China to avoid the punitive tariffs and Vietnam has emerged as…

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EU agrees Brexit delay to January 31, eyes formal approval on Tuesday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to delay Brexit until Jan.31, said the bloc’s chairman, Donald Tusk. “The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s…

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EU to discuss Brexit delay as Britain squabbles over an election

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will discuss on Friday the length of another delay to Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanded an election to break the paralysis that…

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Anti-government protests resume in Iraq after bloodshed

Anti-government rallies have renewed across Iraq, the second phase of protests that turned deadly earlier this month and which could balloon after the endorsement of populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.  …

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Hong Kong police, protesters exchange tear gas, petrol bombs

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters throwing petrol bombs on Sunday as thousands staged an illegal march through the Kowloon district that will test…

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Johnson returns to London to drum up support for Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — After winning the backing of European Union leaders for his new Brexit deal , Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in London Friday looking to secure enough support to get…

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New protests planned as marches converge in Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Catalan regional capital is bracing for a fifth day of protests over the conviction of a dozen independence leaders.   Clashes with police broke out…

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Tai Yai Delicacies in Mae Hong Son

Tai Yai or Shan people are a predominant ethnic group in Mae Hong Son province north of Thailand. That makes the foods in this small, misty town unique and delicious….

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Locals clean a house, in the aftermath of typhoon Hagibis, in Yanagawamachi district, Date City, Fukushima prefecture, Japan October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Japan typhoon death toll climbs to 74, rescuers search for missing people

DATE, Japan (Reuters) – Rescue workers in Japan searched for the missing on Wednesday as the death toll from one of the worst typhoons to hit the country rose to…

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FILE PHOTO: Anti-government demonstrators march in protest against the invocation of the emergency laws in Hong Kong, China, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

U.S. House takes hard line on China over Hong Kong, Huawei

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed four pieces of legislation taking a hard line on China, three related to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and…

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Opportunity from the rise of China

Today, the role of China in the world has dramatically increased in importance, both in terms of the economy and politics, according to a speech given by President Xi Jinping…

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Typhoon Hagibis batters Japan with ‘unprecedented’ rain

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis barrelled through Japan Saturday, killing at least two people and lashing large parts of the country with “unprecedented” rain that caused floods, landslides and emergency disaster warnings. Around 7.3 million people…

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Typhoon Hagibis approach brings strong waves to Japan's shore

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis brings strong waves to the southern tip of Japan's Izu Peninsula. It is forecast to crash into land in central or eastern Japan early Saturday evening, packing maximum gusts of 216 kilometres per hour (134 miles per hour), Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.#ThaiPBSWorld #Japan #japanTyphoon #Hagibis #SaveJapan

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Typhoon Hagibis approach brings strong waves to Japan’s shore

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis brings strong waves to the southern tip of Japan’s Izu Peninsula. It is forecast to crash into land in central or eastern Japan early Saturday evening, packing…

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Modi tells Xi summit will launch ‘new era’ for India and China

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that his summit with Chinese leader Xi Xinping would launch a “new era” between the neighbours who are seeking to overcome troublesome differences….

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Kenya’s Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park. With an unofficial time of…

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Live cameras at many of Japan’s landmarks show the effects of Typhoon Hagibis in real-time

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis churned towards Japan on Saturday, heading straight towards the capital with potentially record-breaking rains and sparking evacuation orders, transport disruption and power outages even before making landfall. These links…

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Power outages, evacuations as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis churned towards Japan on Saturday, heading straight towards the capital with potentially record-breaking rains and sparking evacuation orders, transport disruption and power outages even before making landfall. Rated “large…

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea.   Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought…

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NATO chief calls on Turkey to show ‘restraint’ in Syria operation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed “serious concerns” on Friday about Turkey’s ongoing operation against Kurdish forces in Syria and called for “restraint”.  “I shared… my serious concerns about this…

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Brexit deal hopes hang on British breakfast with Barnier

Britain and Europe’s top Brexit negotiators sit down together Friday to test what British and Irish leaders say might be a “pathway” to a deal.   Technical talks on an…

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Indonesia minister stabbed by IS-linked pair

Two members of an IS-linked terror network stabbed Indonesia’s chief security minister Wiranto on Thursday, the intelligence head said, as the powerful politician underwent emergency surgery for his wounds. Television images…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves to the media from the doorstep of 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, ahead of meeting mental health campaigners. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

UK, Irish leaders to meet as Brexit deal hopes wane

LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Britain and Ireland are meeting in an attempt to find common ground for an elusive Brexit deal, with just three weeks until the U.K….

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Iran women allowed into football stadium for first time in decades

Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy….

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Ecuador protesters break into Congress

Ecuadoran protesters broke into the country’s Congress building on Tuesday as demonstrations over a fuel price hike introduced by President Lenin Moreno’s government intensified.   Demonstrators, many of them indigenous…

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