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China to test whole city of 9m as Europe rolls out new virus rules

All nine million people in a major Chinese port city will be tested for Covid-19 following a tiny outbreak, health officials said Monday, as surging infection numbers in Europe force…

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Two engineers from Energy Business Department nabbed for alleged bribery

Two senior engineers, working for Thailand’s Energy Business Department, have been arrested at their office by anti-corruption officials for allegedly demanding bribes from an oil business related company, to facilitate…

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Covid-19 and the world: It’s “death” versus “new life”

In the view of Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, the coronavirus pandemic has presented humanity with an opportunity to build a new world. “It’s a…

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AMLO is verifying reports of four Thai banks’ alleged role in suspicious transactions

Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) is in the process of verifying a report, by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), that four Thai banks have been involved in suspicious…

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May 20, 2020, file photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech after her inauguration ceremony at a government guest house in Taipei, Taiwan. U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach is due to meet Tsai and other senior officials, the island’s foreign ministry said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Krach is the highest-level official from the State Department to visit the island in decades. Keith is due to arrive in Taiwan on Thursday afternoon to begin a three-day visit that has already drawn a warning from China.

U.S. envoy leading second recent high-level visit to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A senior U.S. State Department official is due to arrive in Taiwan on Thursday for a three-day visit that has already drawn a warning from China….

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Chinese investment in Australia plunges as tensions mount

Chinese investment in Australia almost halved in 2019, new data released Monday showed, as relations between the two countries deteriorated. Researchers from the Australian National University said Chinese investment Down…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he enters his first re-election campaign rally in several months in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Collins won’t say in debate who she’ll vote for in November

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrat Sara Gideon sought to link Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, with President Donald Trump during their first debate Friday night, and she demanded several…

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Seven new COVID-19 cases in quarantine recorded in Thailand today

Thailand today recorded seven new COVID-19 cases, all in alternative state quarantine (ASQ), and two new recoveries. According to the CCSA, one new infection is a 40-year old Brazilian, who…

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Japanese PM Abe resigns over worsening health

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, announced his resignation because of poor health on Friday, ending a stint at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy…

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Thailand records one new COVID-19 case in state quarantine

Thailand today recorded one new COVID-19 infection among returnees in state quarantine, while eight more people have recovered from the disease and returned home. According to the CCSA, the new…

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New royalist group formed to protect the Thai Monarchy

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

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Tracing underway after Malaysian found with COVID-19 on return from Thailand

Thai health investigators have been looking for an unknown number of people who were in close contact with a Malaysian man, who tested positive for COVID-19 after his return to…

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Students warned to avoid referring to the Thai Monarchy in an improper way

One of Thailand’s respected scholars, Sulak Sivaraksa, has advised students, who are calling for reform of the Thai Monarchy, to avoid referring to this institution in an improper manner and…

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Copies of Apple Daily newspaper with front pages featuring Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, are displayed for sale at a newsstand in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Hong Kong police have arrested Lai and raided the publisher’s headquarters, broadening their enforcement of a new security law and raising fears about press freedom in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Hong Kong residents buy newspaper to support free press

HONG KONG (AP) — Long lines of people bought up copies of the Apple Daily paper at Hong Kong newsstands Tuesday to support a free press in the semi-autonomous Chinese…

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Search for three missing Samui ferry crew suspended this afternoon

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

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Thaksin gets 5 years for illegal shareholding and excise cut for mobile operators

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty, by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Posts, for…

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

Royal Thai Police withdraw arrest warrant against Red Bull heir

The Royal Thai Police announced today (Friday) that it agrees with the decision, by special public prosecutors, to drop the final charge against the Red Bull (Krating Daeng) heir, Vorayuth…

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

UK coronavirus vaccine prompts immune response in early test

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

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Pheu Thai chief strategist demands answers about lax control over Egyptian military mission

The opposition Pheu Thai Party’s chief strategist, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, has accused the Government of lowering its guard when it allowed an Egyptian military mission to enter and stay in…

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Thai army confirms US army agrees to abide by Thai anti-virus regulations

The US military delegation, due to visit Thailand on July 9th and 10th, will strictly observe the regulations imposed by the CCSA to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Thailand’s Army…

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Hong Kong police arrest suspect at airport after officer assaulted in security law protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested a 24-year-old man at the city’s airport in the early hours of Thursday on suspicion of attacking and wounding an officer during…

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Gavin Roberts wears his father’s police hat as he looks at the flag-draped casket of his father, Glen Ridge Police Department officer Charles Roberts, at his funeral service, after the 45-year-old father of three died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S., May 14, 2020.

U.S. coronavirus cases now over 2 million

(Reuters) – Total U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 2 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as health officials urge anyone who took part in massive protests for racial justice…

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Thailand records eight new COVID-19 cases today, no deaths

New COVID-19 cases in Thailand rose by eight today – all of them are Thais returning from abroad and isolated in state quarantine facilities. No new fatalities were reported. According…

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DPM Somkid reiterates the need for Thailand to borrow one trillion baht

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, told Parliament today of the need to borrow one trillion baht to cushion the economic impacts of COVID-19, because existing…

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Hua Hin’s horses for hire to return to beaches next Friday

Life is gradually returning to Thailand’s Hua Hin seaside resort, after Prachuap Khiri Khan provincial administration eased lockdown restrictions on May 18th, allowing hotels, food shops, shopping malls, department stores,…

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid//File Photo

Iran to reopen religious, cultural sites: president

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Saturday moved to open businesses, religious and cultural sites as it eases restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Museums and historical sites are to…

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Trump blames China for ‘mass worldwide killing’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Donald Trump on Wednesday again lashed out at China over the coronavirus pandemic, blaming Beijing for “mass worldwide killing”.   His early morning tweet, which…

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A Rohingya refugee boy runs at Kutupalong camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh last week.

Severe weather warning as Cyclone Amphan heads toward Bangladesh

Packed with winds measuring 195kph, Cyclone Amphan is moving through the upper part of the Bay of Bengal towards Bangladesh at a speed of 10kph. This will bring heavy rain…

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Korn says THAI Airways should file for bankruptcy to enable rehabilitation

Former Finance Minister and Kla party leader Korn Chatikavanich has proposed that Thai Airways International files for bankruptcy, so the beleaguered national flag carrier can enter rehabilitation under the protection…

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A general view shows an empty street in Bangkok on April 3, 2020, ahead of a nationwide night curfew aimed at stemming the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thai economy set bottom-out after Government reopens some businesses

The Thai economy has reached its low point, with the gross domestic product (GDP) forecast to contract by 3% to 5%, instead of 1.5-2% as originally estimated, and exports will…

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Workers of ABS-CBN and members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines rally to show support for the broadcaster in Manila on May 5, 2020. – The Philippines’ top broadcaster ABS-CBN on May 5 was ordered off the air over a stalled operating licence renewal, drawing fresh charges that authorities were cracking down on press freedom. (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Philippine top TV broadcaster critical of Duterte ordered shut

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ telecoms body ordered the country’s leading broadcaster ABS-CBN Corp to cease operations on Tuesday, as a parliament dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte’s loyalists dragged its…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of April 22, 2020

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TDRI predicts coronavirus may push Thailand’s poor 18.9 million

A researcher at Thailand’s economic think-tank, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), has predicted that the number of poor people in Thailand might grow three-fold to about 18.9 million if…

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A mural reads “Stay Home, Life is Beautiful’ Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Los Angeles. Murals with themes centered around the Coronavirus have been popping up on the walls of businesses in the California city. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday unveiled an outline for what it will take to lift coronavirus restrictions in the nation’s most populous state, asking more questions than answering them as he seeks to temper the expectations of a restless, isolating public. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Thai army orders probe into General who allegedly let 152 Thais from US go home

The Permanent Secretary of the Defence Ministry has recalled an army major-general from Suvarnabhumi international airport and ordered an investigation into his reported decision to let 152 Thais, arriving from…

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Army chief orders probe into Lumpini boxing event blamed for COVID-19 spread

The Army has ordered an investigation into the alleged involvement of senior army officers in organizing the “Lumpini Champion Kiatpetch” Thai boxing event at the Lumpini boxing stadium on March…

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First Thai woman dies of COVID-19 while abroad

A 66-year old Thai woman, who worked as a chef at a Thai restaurant in Washington DC, died of COVID-19 at the Med Star Hospital in Georgetown on Saturday. According…

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waves to supporters as he leaves the presidential residence, Palacio da Alvorada, in Brasília, on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests negative for coronavirus

Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro said Friday he had tested negative for the new coronavirus, after a scare over a trip on which at least one infected member of his staff…

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In this March 9, 2020 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers place a boy pulled from the rubbles of a collapsed hotel on a stretcher in Quanzhou, southeast China’s Fujian Province. Several have been killed and others trapped when in the collapsed Chinese hotel that was being used to isolate people who had arrived from other parts of China hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Sunday. (Zeng Demeng/Xinhua via AP)

Mom, son safe after 52 hours trapped in China hotel rubble

BEIJING (AP) — A 10-year-old boy and his mother have been rescued 52 hours after being trapped in the collapse of a virus quarantine site in southeastern China. Video released…

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A passenger has his temperature checked as a precaution against a new coronavirus before boarding a flight to Vladivostok, Russia, at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Italy quarantines north in drastic bid to slow virus spread

ROME (AP) — Italy took a page from China’s playbook Sunday, attempting to lock down 16 million people — more than a quarter of its population — for nearly a…

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A dog wears a paper cup over its mouth on a street in Beijing on February 4, 2020. – The number of total infections in China’s coronavirus outbreak has passed 20,400 nationwide with 3,235 new cases confirmed, the National Health Commission said on February 4. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Hong Kong finds coronavirus in pet dog samples, unclear if infected

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities said on Friday they quarantined a pet dog of a coronavirus patient after its nasal and oral samples tested “weak positive” for the…

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Suspected forest arsonist nabbed with fire-setting devices

An employee of a rock crushing plant, in Mae Tha district of Thailand’s northern province of Lampang, has been taken into police custody on suspicion of starting fires in the…

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PM orders precautionary plans to cope with Stage 3 spread of COVID-19

Thailand’s Committee for Emerging Infectious Diseases has been instructed, by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, to develop precautionary measures to cope with a Stage 3 spread of COVID-19 in the country….

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Quotes of the week

“The Future Forward Party is a soul, an ideology, an idea. Although the body died, the soul and ideology of the party remained.” Piyabutr Saengkanokkul Member of Parliament, Secretary-General of…

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Thai holiday over, Chinese visitors fly home to Wuhan

BANGKOK (AP) — The holiday was over for almost 80 Chinese visitors to Thailand. They were lining up at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to catch a flight home — to Wuhan,…

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Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus Outbreak

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A medical nurse is seen inside an isolation ward as patients (unseen) coming from Hong Kong requested medical checks as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, at a governement run Fever Hospital in Hyderabad, on January 27, 2020. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)

Coronavirus Outbreak

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How China is dealing with coronavirus outbreak

As the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak reaches 106 in Wuhan, these are measures taken by Chinese authorities to deal with the spread of the deadly virus…

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Is PM2.5 the entire story yet?

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National Children’s Day celebration at Thai PBS

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National Children’s Day

National Children’s Day celebration at Thai PBS

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Health-threatening level of PM2.5 dust covers areas of Bangkok

62 areas in Bangkok and its suburbs have been experiencing health threatening levels of PM2.5 particulate matter in the air, measuring between 92 and 103 microns, since this morning (Saturday)….

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The #MeToo movement and the Harvey Weinstein scandal

Harvey Weinstein was once one of Hollywood’s most powerful film producers. He has been accused of abusing his position and is fighting a number of rape, sexual assault and sexual…

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Airborne PM2.5 dust particulate continues to increase in Bangkok and its suburbs

Thirty-three areas in Bangkok and suburban areas were found to have dangerous levels of PM2.5 dust particles at 71 microns, according to reports from the Pollution Control Department at 7am….

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Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at bases in Iraq

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guards commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases…

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Trump vows to hit 52 Iranian targets if Iran retaliates after drone strike

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or U.S. assets after a drone strike that killed Iranian military commander…

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PM to head command centre to tackle drought

At their meeting on Tuesday, the cabinet is expected to approve the establishment of a command centre and associated budget to tackle drought. Government spokeswoman Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat said today…

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Charter court dismisses case against six opposition MPs

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has dismissed a complaint, by 61 Palang Pracharat MPs, demanding six opposition MPs be stripped of their parliamentary status for their participation in a panel discussion on…

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Five day road death toll rises to 256 as mass return to Bangkok begins

The death toll in road accidents over the past five days has increased to 256 in 2,529 accidents, with 12 deaths in Bangkok, the most in any province, according to…

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Some Like It Hot

Authentic Thai food is spicy (or extremely spicy, for those who are not used to it). On average, each Thai consumes about one kilogram of chilli per year. With a…

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Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg speaks at a climate change rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Keane

I wouldn’t have wasted my time on Trump, says Greta Thunberg

LONDON (Reuters) – Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg said on Monday that talking to U.S. President Donald Trump at a United Nations summit on global warming would have been…

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Bangkok tap water may turn brackish as seawater intrudes into Chao Phraya

The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) is keeping a close watch on the intrusion of seawater into the Chao Phraya River, to the extent that it may affect the…

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PM joins launch of New Year holiday safe driving campaign

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today joined the Ministry of Public Health, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (Thai Health) and its network to launch the “No Drink Driving for a Safe…

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Sanitary napkin: big market for this delicate product

Sanitary napkin is always a sensitive subject because the wrong type of cotton pad can easily irritate women’s skins. Recently, this feminine care product became a political debate, sort of,…

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Probe into why tourists allowed near gaurs in Khao Paeng Ma no-hunting zone

The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has been ordered to investigate how tourists were allowed special access to watch gaurs at Khao Paeng Ma no-hunting zone in…

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Another day of infamy for the EC – Piyabutr

Future Forward party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has called the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to ask the Constitutional Court to dissolve the Future Forward party “another day of infamy” for this…

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Court orders AOT to remove all barriers blocking access to Central Village Luxury Outlet

Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the ruling of a lower court ordering the Airports of Thailand Company (AOT) to remove all the barricades on Highway 370 blocking access to…

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People participate in a rally in support of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to defend Myanmar at the International Court of Justice in The Hague against accusations of genocide against Rohingya Muslims, in Yangon on December 10, 2019. – Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is set on December 10 to personally defend Myanmar in The Hague against accusations of genocide, in a remarkable fall from grace for the woman once hailed as a rights icon. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

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King and Queen to tour Bangkok’s Chinatown this evening

Their Majesties the King and Queen will tour Chinatown, or Yaowaraj, this evening and preside over the opening of the Chalerm Phrakiat exhibition, showcasing the biographies and Royal activities of…

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Opposition claims ‘inducement’ offered to lure its MPs to reach a quorum for House meeting

The Opposition’s chief whip claims there is an ongoing attempt by someone in the Government bloc to “bribe” about 20 opposition MPs with “bananas worth an eight-digit amount” to be…

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No DNA found in bone fragments in Billy’s murder case – DSI

No analysable DNA has been found in nine fragments of burned human bone found separately in the river in Kaeng Krachan national park in Phetchaburi province, after the discovery of…

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Democrat MPs will be told not to miss House meetings

Democrat MPs will be asked not to miss House meetings, unless they are sick or have urgent matters to which they must attend, in order to avoid a repeat of…

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Permits for export of stocks of three banned chemicals to be issued

Deputy Agriculture Minister Mananya Thaiseth has told traders of three hazardous farm chemicals that she is ready to sign export permits within three days so they can ship the substances…

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Chaiwat ordered transferred from Ubon Ratchathani to Pattani province

Former Kaeng Krachan national park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-akson has been ordered transferred, from the Conservation Area Management Office in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani to the southern border province…

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Holed up in university, Hong Kong protesters issue demands

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters who have barricaded themselves in a Hong Kong university partially cleared a road they were blocking and demanded that the government commit to holding local…

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Global value chain – an opportunity for ASEAN

The global market model is transitioning slowly into what is now known as the global value chain (GVC) which is not simply about making something and then exporting it across…

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ASEAN PHOTO GALLERY

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Global value chain – an opportunity for ASEAN

The global market model is transitioning slowly into what is now known as the global value chain (GVC) which is not simply about making something and then exporting it across…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 4

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) arrives at a business forum on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Bangkok on November 2, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Asean Photo Gallery

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Well-known economist Dr Duenden dies in fallen tree accident at home

A well-known economist at Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Dr Duenden Nikhomborirak, died after being struck by a falling tree at her residence in Wattana district, Bangkok this morning (Thursday)….

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Hong Kong enters recession as protests show no sign of relenting

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong has fallen into recession, hit by more than five months of anti-government protests that show no signs of relenting, and is unlikely to achieve…

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NHSC members who refuse to ban 3 controversial herbicides should leave the country – Deputy Agriculture Minister

Deputy Agriculture Minister Mananya Thaiseth has warned the 27 members of the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) to heed the public’s demand for a complete ban on paraquat, glyphosate and…

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Thousands in bloody protests across Iraq, 31 dead

housands of protesters clashed with riot police in Iraq’s capital and across the south on Thursday, the third day of mass rallies that have left 31 dead.   Defying curfews,…

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Special Branch police to stop background checks on Muslim students

Special Branch police have withdrawn their demand for universities to provide them with information about the backgrounds of their Muslim students. Spokesman of the House Committee on Laws, Justice Process…

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Hong Kong flash-mob rallies erupt as anger mounts over shot protester

Spontaneous flash-mob rallies broke out in Hong Kong on Wednesday as anger mounted over police shooting a teenage protester who attacked officers in a dramatic escalation of the violent unrest…

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Study predicts up to B800m health related opportunity cost if haze lasts 2 weeks

The return of haze to Bangkok and its peripherals will incur a health derived opportunity cost to the economy, estimated at 700-800 million baht, if the poor air quality lasts…

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Rush to spend “Chim-Shop-Chai” giveaways causes glitches in KTB’s system

The rush to spend the 1,000-baht giveaways, under the government’s “Chim-Shop-Chai” (Eat-Shop-Spend) program, by some 2.5 million successful subscribers has disrupted the computer systems of the state-run Krung Thai Bank,…

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Hong Kong on edge ahead of sensitive Chinese anniversary

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s metro stations and roads re-opened on Monday, after a chaotic weekend that saw police fire water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters…

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Thai student held in Egypt for suspected links to IS extremist group

A Thai student is being held by the Egyptian security agency in Cairo on suspicion of having links to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.   The Thai Embassy in…

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (2nd L) and Hong Kong Cantopop singer, actress and LGBT activist Denise Ho (C, bottom) leave after a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2019. – Leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement on Tuesday appealed directly to US lawmakers to exert pressure on Beijing, warning that an erosion of the city’s special status would embolden China’s leaders around the world. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP)

Activists push US Congress to pass Hong Kong bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that…

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Suan Dusit Poll shows most people dissatisfied with performance of MPs

Most respondents to a recent Suan Dusit Poll are disappointed with the performance of their MPs, because of their indulgence in old-style political games, characterized by mud-slinging, bickering, broken promises,…

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PM and former PDRC leader Suthep have first encounter for 5 years

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had his first close encounter in over five years with Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, the former leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, during his visit to…

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ASEAN civil society bodies boycott government-arranged conference venue when told to submit list of participants for screening

ASEAN civil society organizations kicked off their three-day meeting, being held in parallel with the ASEAN economic ministers’ meet in Bangkok at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus, today (Tuesday) with a…

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