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Prince William meets President Biden, awards climate prizes

Prince William greeted U.S. President Joe Biden at Boston’s waterfront on Friday, the final day of a visit by British royals trying to focus attention on tackling environmental issues. William and his wife, Kate, attempted to…

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Substandard durian on sale in China not imported from Thailand

Durian, reported to be on sale in some Chinese cities, were not exported from Thailand, but are substandard produce from elsewhere, according to Alongkorn Polabutr, an advisor to Agriculture Minister…

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“Royal Procession with the People” brings old tradition to life on screen.

Bringing Thailand and South Korea even closer through art

Thailand and Korea share no borders and are 6 hours away by plane, yet everything Korean has become part of Thai life including music, food and TV series.  The ties…

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Saudi Arabia’s midfielder #10 Salem Al-Dawsari celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group C football match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on November 22, 2022. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

When money measures athletes’ success

The name is Salem Al-Dawsari. If that does not ring a bell, he scored a World Cup goal that shocked the world the other day. Ones can be forgiven for…

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Path to chaos (Part II)

The Democrats are cautiously optimistic and the Republicans are clenching their jaws, but if chaos could speak, it would wholeheartedly thank American voters for the midterm results. The slippery slope…

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Body of missing Russian woman found in sea off Pa Tong Beach

Rescue teams in Phuket have found the body of a Russian woman, who went missing from Nai Thon Beach in Thalang District last Friday. Pol Maj-Gen Sermphan Sirikhong, commander of…

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One Man and the River: A mission that triggered tidal wave of criticism

Tomorrow (Oct 22), singer-cum-actor Phakin “Tono” Khamwilaisak will brave strong criticism – and even stronger currents of the Mekong – in his bid to swim across the border on his…

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Water experts’ meeting endorses BMA’s urgent water drainage system for eastern Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) urgent project to improve drainage and to build a concrete flood wall from Nong Bon Canal to Makham Thet Canal, to link with Prawet Burirom…

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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia

Marcos wants to ‘reintroduce’ Philippines

Looking to “reintroduce the Philippines” to the world, new President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has ambitious plans for his nation on the international stage and at home — if, that is,…

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Fake lubricant and dry cell batteries worth over ฿4m seized by Thai police

Police from the Consumer Protection Police Division (CPPD) seized fake lubricating oil, worth over a million baht, from a warehouse in Chaloem Phra Kiat district of Thailand’s central province of…

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A helicopter flies over an upturned boat with a survivor sitting on the hull off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand, on Saturday, September 10, 2022 [AP]

Five dead after NZ boat reportedly collides with whale

Five people are dead after a boat flipped over in waters off of New Zealand’s South Island on Saturday, with “indications” the vessel capsized after colliding with a whale. The boat, which had 11 people on board, mostly from a…

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Cadets practice an emergency situation during a lesson in a bomb shelter on the first day of school at a cadet lyceum in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

As teachers worry, kids at Ukraine cadet school wait for war

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The heavy rubber gas masks placed atop small wooden desks are nothing strange to these children as they file past the bomb shelter’s iron door to…

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Los Angeles residents protest ‘Fast and Furious’ street races

A Los Angeles neighborhood featured in the “Fast and Furious” movies held protests against the filming of the franchise’s latest installment Friday, claiming the community has been blighted by a spate of illegal and dangerous street racing….

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Parliament vice president refutes allegation he took order to adjourn meeting

Vice President of Thailand’s Parliament and Senate Speaker Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, categorically refuted today (Thursday) a suggestion that he had received an order from someone to adjourn the joint sitting of…

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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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NHSO improves 1330 hotline service for COVID-19 patients

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) has improved its 1330 hotline service to accommodate those testing positive for COVID-19 with rapid antigen tests, by providing them with counselling and medication…

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Rescuers extract a body from a residential building damaged by a Russian military strike, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in the town of Chasiv Yar, in Donetsk region, Ukraine July 10, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Dozens feared trapped after Russian strike on Ukraine apartment building

CHASIV YAR/KYIV, Ukraine, July 11 (Reuters) – Rescuers picked through the rubble of an apartment building in eastern Ukraine searching for two dozen people, including a child, feared trapped after…

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Candidates’ posters for the Upper House election are displayed outside a polling station in Tokyo, Japan July 10, 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan ruling party set for strong election showing after Abe killing

TOKYO/NARA, July 10 (Reuters) – Japanese voters went to the polls on Sunday for a parliamentary election that may give the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) a surge of support…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters after the National Security Council meeting in Tokyo on February 24, 2022 following ongoing the crisis between Russia and Ukraine. (Photo by JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

Japan PM Kishida calls China’s development in E. China Sea “unacceptable”

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday that he was disappointed in China’s efforts to develop areas in the East China Sea, saying that it was “unacceptable.” Speaking to…

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EC rejects call to penalise former Palang Pracharath leader Uttama

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has rejected a demand, from political activist Srisuwan Janya, for punitive action to be taken against former leader of the Palang Pracharath party, Uttama Savanayana, for…

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Rohingya refugees sit on wooden benches of a navy vessel on their way to the Bhasan Char island in Noakhali district, Bangladesh, December 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Biden administration rules Myanmar army committed genocide against Rohingya

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has formally determined that violence committed against the Rohingya minority by Myanmar’s military amounts to genocide and crimes against humanity, U.S. officials…

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Residents line up for COVID-19 test in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province Tuesday, March 15, 2022.(Chinatopix via AP)

COVID-19 cases more than double in China’s growing outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — China’s new COVID-19 cases Tuesday more than doubled from the previous day as the country faces by far its biggest outbreak since the early days of the…

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Thai woman claims close call with organ trading gang in Cambodia

A 25-year-old Thai woman from Bangkok, who was lured to work illegally in Cambodia for a call centre, escaped and fell victim to an organ trading gang, has safely returned…

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Thai court won’t let student activist on lèse majesté charge study in Germany

The Bangkok South Criminal Court has rejected an application from a Thai student, currently facing a lèse majesté charge, seeking to be allowed to pursue her post-graduate studies in Germany…

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Thailand’s Mae Ram Phueng beach declared disaster zone following oil spill

The Rayong provincial administration has declared Mae Ram Phueng beach a disaster zone and asked all beach-front traders to suspend business until the completion of the operation to remove crude…

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A satellite image shows Mango islands after Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano eruption, in Tonga, January 20, 2022. Satellite Image @2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Tonga struggles with ash, psychological trauma after eruption and tsunami

Jan 23 (Reuters) – Families have stopped children playing outside as Tonga struggles to deal with ash and the psychological fallout of last week’s volcanic eruption and tsunami, aid workers…

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Voluntary curfew in Ubon Ratchathani, 23 eateries closed in Chiang Mai as COVID infections surge

Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Governor Pongrat Phiromrat is seeking cooperation from people in the north-eastern Thai province by not leaving their home or lodgings between 11pm and 4am, as the province…

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Thai Health Ministry says cloth face masks effective if worn properly

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is insisting that cloth face masks can protect against the Omicron COVID-19 variant, if they are made of muslin and worn properly. The statement was…

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Muscle pain, fatigue among initial symptoms of Omicron variant – DCD

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has published basic information about the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, so the public can monitor for physical symptoms. The initial symptoms include muscle pain and fatigue,…

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Thailand signs ฿500m deal to buy 50,000 courses of Molnupiravir COVID-19 medication

Thailand’s Medical Services Department signed a 500-million baht deal with MSD (Thailand) today (Thursday) to buy 50,000 courses of Merck’s Molnupiravir (Lagevrio) oral anti-viral medication for the treatment of COVID-19…

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Fintech revolution poses challenges to Thai consumers

Banks and big corporations have seen disruption of their business models, but they have adjusted their operations quickly enough to cope with radical changes in financial services. While Thai consumers…

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More empty beds found in Bangkok’s field hospitals as more patients recover

As the number of recovering COVID-19 patients has exceeded the number of new infections in the past 10 days, so has the quantity of unoccupied hospital beds in Bangkok and…

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Signs of improving COVID-19 situation in Thailand

The COVID-19 situation in Thailand is improving, with the rate of daily new infections steadily slowing and more patients recovering, at an average of over 20,000 cases a day for…

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Mass screening in four villages conducted in Nan after 1 infects 23 with COVID

An asymptomatic COVID-19 patient, who returned to his hometown in Wiang Sa District of Thailand’s northern province of Nan from a COVID-19 “dark red” zone without isolating or notifying authorities,…

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FILE – In this Aug. 19, 2021 file photo, Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. In the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, China has seen the realization of long-held hopes for a reduction of the influence of a geopolitical rival in what it considers its backyard. Yet, it is also deeply concerned that the very withdrawal could bring instability to that backyard – Central Asia – and possibly even spill over the border into China itself in its heavily Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban takeover prompts fears of a resurgent al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lightning-fast changes in Afghanistan are forcing the Biden administration to confront the prospect of a resurgent al-Qaida, the group that attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001,…

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine gains full U.S. regulatory approval

(Reuters) – The U.S. drug regulator on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE COVID–19 vaccine – the first to secure such Food and Drug Administration validation – prompting President Joe Biden to make a fresh pitch to vaccine skeptics…

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Move Forward party-list MP, Sirikanya Tansakul

Thai opposition seeks to trim government spending substantially at budget bill debate

Opposition parties are seeking to slash the government’s 3.1 trillion baht spending in the 2022 fiscal year, by 100-300 billion baht, on the first day of the three-day budget bill…

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12-18 year-olds in Thailand with 7 diseases urged to get Pfizer vaccine

Thailand’s Department of Health is recommending that those aged from 12 to 18, who are suffering from any of the seven specified underlying diseases, get inoculated with Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine…

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Thailand’s daily COVID death toll skyrockets to 312 Wednesday, 2nd day of new high

Thailand’s daily COVID-19 death toll skyrocketed to 312 on Wednesday (August 18th), the first time the number surpassed the 300-mark, as new records have been set for a second straight…

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Thai research body predicts a million jobless by year end if pandemic persists

Thailand’s economic think-tank, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), predicts that the number of unemployed in the kingdom will reach one million by the end of this year, if the…

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10 million vaccine doses to be distributed in Thailand in August

10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, mainly AstraZeneca and Sinovac, will be distributed across Thailand in August, with Bangkok receiving 1.25 million, according to the Public Health Ministry. The vaccines…

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In this April 22, 2021, file photo, flags of some of the ASEAN member countries fly at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an emergency plan to help control a coronavirus outbreak that many fear is spiraling out of control in the military-ruled nation. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

ASEAN diplomats discussing crisis envoy, aid to Myanmar

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an…

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Thailand’s largest fruit and veg market placed under tighter controls

“Talad Thai”, Thailand’s largest fruit and vegetable market, in Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Pathum Thani, has been declared a maximum controlled and restricted zone. Pathum Thani’s Governor Chaiwat Chuenkosum yesterday…

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Purchase of 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for 2022 approved by NVC

The National Vaccine Committee (NVC) approved today (Wednesday) the procurement of another 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for next year, but withheld its approval of a draft announcement, regarding…

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Thai FDA expected to approve locally-made Favipiravir antiviral drug this month

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) is expected to approve the registration of locally-produced Favipiravir antiviral medication this month, to be used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, according to…

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Pro-democracy protesters walk from Democracy Monument in an anti-government march as they commemorate the anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution in Bangkok on June 24, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Protesters to resume rally tomorrow in Bangkok to call for PM’s resignation

Although without its leader, Jatuporn Prompan, who was escorted back to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence, the anti-government “Thai Mai Thon” (Impatient Thais) political group announced today…

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Thai study finds 2 doses of Sinovac can’t beat Delta variant, AstraZeneca can

Inoculation with two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine can boost the neutralizing antibody level to 80-90% and provide immunity to the Alpha variant of the COVID-19 virus to some extent,…

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COVID-19 infections in Thailand could surge to 10,000 a day next week, CCSA says

New COVID-19 infections could surge to 10,000 a day next week, almost doubling this week’s daily figures as more Delta variant cases have been found, according to the Centre for…

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6,166 new COVID-19 cases and 50 more deaths in Thailand on Monday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand continue to surge, with no sign of abating, logging 6,166 cases today (Monday) and 50 more deaths, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)….

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Mahidol-GPO’s human trials of its COVID-19 vaccine show promising results

The first phase of human trials of Thailand’s vaccine candidate, jointly developed domestically by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) and the Tropical Medicine Faculty of Mahidol University, has produced a…

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This handout from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration taken and released on April 21, 2021 shows beds and items provided to patients in a field hospital set up in the Bangkok Arena indoor multi-purpose sporting venue to accomodate an upsurge in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the country. (Photo by Handout / BANGKOK METROPOLITAN ADMINISTRATION / AFP)

Use of schools, temples instead of homes proposed for asymptomatic, mild COVID-19 cases

A senior doctor, at the Faculty of Medicine of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University, has expressed concern over the idea of home isolation for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, or those with mild symptoms,…

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Residents wearing face masks look on from behind barbed wire fence set up by authorities to block off a village in an effort to halt the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Beting Tanjung community in southern Thailand’s Pattani province on May 9, 2021. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

Surge in new COVID-19 infections forces lockdown of 8 Pattani sub-districts

Eight sub-districts in Thailand’s southern border province of Pattani have been locked down, by order of the provincial governor, in his capacity as head of the provincial communicable disease control…

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Small toy figurines are seen on representations of the Bitcoin virtual currency displayed in front of an image of China’s flag in this illustration picture, April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Bitcoin tumbles 10% in wake of deepening China crackdown

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) – Bitcoin tumbled almost 10% on Monday as recent volatility in the cryptocurrency market showed no signs of dampening down, with market players citing jitters over China‘s expanding crackdown on bitcoin mining in thin liquidity for the…

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Free state quarantine for arrivals in Thailand by air, sea to cease from July 1

There will no longer be free, state provided quarantine for international arrivals in Thailand by air and sea from July 1st, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)…

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Dr. Chawetsan Namwat, director for emergency health hazards and diseases of the Department of Disease Control (DDC)

No link established between COVID-19 vaccinations and deaths of 13 people – DDC

Autopsy results have found no link between COVID-19 vaccines and the post-vaccination deaths of 13 people, according to Dr. Chawetsan Namwat, director for emergency health hazards and diseases of the…

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3,129 new COVID-19 infections in Thailand today, including 1,032 in Bangkok

COVID-19 infections in Bangkok continue to surge, with 1,032 new cases out of a total of 3,129 recorded nationwide today (Thursday). 30 more deaths were also recorded, according to the…

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PM apologizes (again) for jab postponements, promises more vaccines

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday apologized again for the widespread postponements of vaccination appointments across the country, and for misunderstandings surrounding the government’s vaccine management, while making promises of…

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Postponed vaccinations of elderly, those with 7 diseases in Bangkok to resume on Wednesday

COVID-19 vaccine jabs for the elderly and those with any of seven specific non-communicable diseases in Bangkok, whose vaccination appointments were postponed due to an insufficient vaccine allocation, can get…

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Delta (Indian) COVID-19 strain in 11 Thai provinces – Medical Sciences Department

The Delta (Indian) variant of COVID-19 has spread to 11 provinces in Thailand, with 348 people found to be infected to date, including 318 cases in Bangkok alone, according to…

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U.S. federal agents escort a suspect at Reforma border crossing bridge in Ciudad Juarez May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo

U.S. agents to start wearing body cameras when serving warrants

U.S. law-enforcement agents will be required to wear body cameras when serving search and arrest warrants, the Justice Department said on Monday, adding a measure of accountability already required of…

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People hold up their phones with the light on in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on June 4, 2021. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

China blasts US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for Tiananmen candles

China on Saturday berated the US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for displaying candles to commemorate the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown, slamming it as a “clumsy political show” to…

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Climatic change means less rain for Thailand and hotter May and June this year

You may be wondering why it is hotter now than it was in April, which is supposed to be the hottest month of the year in Thailand. Dr. Sutat Weesakul,…

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Exclusive: Startups in Thailand optimistic about growth despite pandemic, call for government support

There are hundreds of business startups in various industries in Thailand, with 235 currently listed in the directory of Techsauce, the leading site for tech and business news in Southeast…

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WHO approves Sinovac, Thailand’s current main vaccine, for emergency use

The World Health Organization has approved the Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine for emergency use, which is the second Chinese vaccine to receive approval from the global body, after Sinopharm. According to…

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Malaysia PM orders ‘total lockdown’ amid COVID-19 surge

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday announced a nationwide “total lockdown” starting in June as coronavirus infections in the country surged to record levels. Muhyiddin said the stricter lockdown…

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New poll shows most parents worry about schools reopening amid COVID-19

A poll, conducted by Thailand’s Health Department, has revealed that many parents remain very concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, ahead of the scheduled school reopening on June 14th. A whopping…

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Emergency responders gather at the scene of a shooting where several people were reported dead including the shooter on May 26, 2021 in San Jose, California

Nine killed by employee in California rail yard mass shooting

A public transit worker shot dead eight people at a California rail yard Wednesday before turning his gun on himself as police arrived, officials said after the latest mass shooting…

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FILE – In this April 26, 2021, file photo, people queue up for coronavirus vaccine in Mumbai, India. The disparities of the coronavirus pandemic were already stark in India, where access to health care is as stratified and unequal as other parts of its society. Now, the divide along the lines of wealth and technology are further widening that chasm, and many people are falling through the gaps as vaccines remain inaccessible to millions. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

India’s Tata Steel will continue to pay salaries to families of COVID-19 victims

India’s giant Tata Steel has announced that it will keep paying salaries to the families of employees who die of COVID-19, until the deceased employee would have been 60 years…

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The first female president of Thailand’s Supreme Court, Metinee Chalodhorn. (photo by Court ogf Justice)

Thailand’s first female top judge and her mission to modernize the judiciary  

The first female president of Thailand’s Supreme Court, Metinee Chalodhorn, faces a tough mission to defend the judiciary’s reputation against growing allegations of double standards as political conflicts escalate. Meeting…

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1,919 new COVID-19 cases and 31 more fatalities recorded in Thailand today

Thailand logged 1,919 new COVID-19 cases, including 855 in Bangkok alone, and 31 more deaths today (Tuesday), said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin. Cumulative infections in the country, since early…

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Thailand suspends entry certificates for all foreigners from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal

The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to suspend issuance of certificates of entry (COE) to all foreigners travelling to Thailand from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal immediately. Foreign Ministry…

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COViD-19 mass screening in Bon Kai area of Bangkok.

COVID outbreak in densely populated communities could spell disaster for Bangkok

Whether Bangkok can avoid its worst nightmare in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis depends largely on how well authorities control the outbreak raging through its overcrowded Klong Toei communities. More than…

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Eight measures to curb COVID-19 surge in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey community

Eight measures are being rolled out to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in the densely populated Khlong Toey community in Bangkok, which houses about 80,000 registered people and an…

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Screencapture from Myawaddy TV news reports about detained Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi.

Myanmar charges Japanese journalist over ‘fake news’

The Myanmar junta has charged under a “fake news” law, a report said Tuesday, in the latest blow to press freedom since the military seized power. Freelance reporter Yuki Kitazumi…

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Is murky past about to catch up with govt ‘fixer’ Thamanat?

When General Prawit Wongsuwan took control of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party in June last year, among his core tasks was to manage the internal power struggle between party factions….

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Focus turns to slums in Bangkok as breeding grounds for COVID-19

Crowded communities and slums in Bangkok have become a breeding ground for COVID-19, with six slums in six districts each having recorded more than 300 infections, according to the CCSA….

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Nimibutr Stadium becomes first COVID-19 triage centre opened in Bangkok

Thailand’s first COVID-19 triage centre, or pre-admission centre, was opened on Friday, with little fanfare, at the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok. It will receive the first group of COVID-19 patients…

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Eateries in Thailand’s COVID-19 deep-red zones adapt to new restrictions

Many eateries in Thailand’s deep-red zone provinces, including Bangkok, are having to adapt to the new COVID-19 restrictions, even though it means their income will decrease, after the CCSA announced…

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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (C) answers questions from the media at Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Has Anutin become a pawn in Prayut’s COVID blame game?

As Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul is being blamed for perceived failures in handling Thailand’s latest and worst wave of COVID-19, whose tide of infections and deaths has triggered partial…

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Thailand’s Ratsadon leaders Somyos and Pai Dao Din granted bail

Two anti-establishment Ratsadon group leaders, Somyos Prueksakasemsook and Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, alias Pai Dao Din, indicted on lèse majesté and sedition charges, were granted bail by the Criminal Court today. Somyos…

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Thailand records 1,767 new COVID-19 cases and 2 more fatalities on Sunday

Daily new COVID-19 infections in Thailand reached another new high today (Sunday) with 1,767, up from yesterday’s 1,547. There were also two more fatalities. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said…

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COVID-positive Transport Minister Saksayam and his mysterious timeline

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

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Pol Col Duangchote Suwancharas (Photo from blog.addnine.com)

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

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

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How party fever in Bangkok’s decadent nightlife scene spawned Thailand’s 3rd wave  

The fun of Thailand’s nightlife has sent new COVID-19 infections soaring over the past few weeks. Since March 22, clubgoers and staff have spread the highly contagious UK variant to…

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Hopewell, the ‘ghost’ transport project still haunting Thailand 3 decades on

A landmark ruling last month by the Constitutional Court has handed the Thai government a lifeline in its three-decade-old battle over the multibillion-baht Hopewell saga. On March 17, the court overturned…

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Encroachment case threatens political death sentence for MP Pareena

Colourful MP Pareena Kraikupt has gone down in history as the first person to be indicted for “grave ethical offences” under the new anti-corruption law, for her alleged encroachment on…

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Former park chief Chaiwat vows to fight for justice over his termination

Former chief of Kaeng Krachan national park, Chaiwat Limlikhit-akson, has vowed to appeal against the order, issued by the civil service committee of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,…

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A pro-democracy protester holds a sign while calling for the release of anti-government protest leaders outside Bangkok Remand Prison in Bangkok on March 9, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Days of dread and terror at Bangkok Remand Prison

Anti-establishment protest leaders imprisoned on charges of lese majeste and sedition claim their lives may be in danger behind bars. They recently voiced fears of being assaulted or even killed…

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A man uses his mobile phone to check Facebook in Naypyidaw on March 16, 2021, as Myanmar authorities ordered telecommunication companies to restrict their services on the mobile data networks, following the February 1 military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Fueling the fear and division, it all began with the internet cuts

Digital communication has become a key factor in the anti-coup movement in Myanmar, using social media applications, from the most popular platforms like Facebook to more secure messaging apps. It…

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New hurdles await in Thailand’s tortuous road to charter change

The government-sponsored draft bill for a referendum on charter change is hanging in the balance after lawmakers were forced to postpone their vote when a significant point in the draft…

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Unexpectedly large crowd of protesters gather at Ratchaprasong intersection

Anti-establishment protesters gathered at the Ratchaprasong commercial centre in the heart of Bangkok this evening to hear speakers lambast Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, demand the abolition of lèse majesté law…

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Phuket tour bus operators seek government help after a year of unemployment

Tour bus operators on Thailand’s resort island of Phuket are asking for help from the provincial administration after being sued for missing their lease repayments, with some facing bankruptcy, due…

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CCSA confirms dry Songkran but no travel restrictions

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) confirmed today that the Songkran celebrations next month will be dry, with no water splashing, no concerts, no foam parties or daubing of…

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As exams loom, the ‘COVID generation’ of Thai students fear for their futures

Worried that disruption from the latest COVID-19 outbreak will derail their futures, thousands of Mathayom 6 students are trying hard to have their university entrance exams postponed. #Courtpetitionsforexampostponement is trending…

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Khin Maung Zaw, lawyer for detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, answers questions from the media after leaving Zabuthiri township court in Naypyidaw on March 15, 2021, as the country remains in turmoil six weeks after a military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar court adjourns Suu Kyi hearing over internet issues -lawyer

A court in military-ruled Myanmar was unable to hold a virtual hearing on Monday (March 15) for ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi because of internet problems, and the hearing has been adjourned until March…

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Controversy, delays and now a health scare – Thailand’s vaccination drive stalls again

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s COVID-19 vaccination was again cancelled at last minute on Friday. The cancellation adds another twist to the already-dramatic story here of the COVID-19 vaccine that has…

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Mahouts ride their elephants dressed to commemorate National Elephant Day at the Elephant Royal Kraal Village in Ayutthaya on March 13, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

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Thai PM to be inoculated using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine this week

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to be given his first shot of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, tentatively on Thursday, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Monday). He said…

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Five elephants fall sick after eating grass laced with Paraquat weed killer

Three elephants, which have fallen sick after eating grass laced with Paraquat, in Om-goi district of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai, have arrived at the elephant hospital in Lampang…

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A man wearing a face mask walks past a closed restaurant in Bangkok on February 15, 2021, as Thailand records it worst economic performance in more than two decades. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Economy must come before politics in Thai Cabinet reshuffle, say experts

Business leaders and academics insist solving Thailand’s economic crisis must be the top priority in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle. “The new ministers should also be highly competent and capable of…

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