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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. 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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Thailand’s tourism operators lobby for borders to reopen on July 1

A group of leading tour operators and hoteliers in Thailand has launched a campaign to reopen the country on July 1, 2021. They say vaccines are a game changer that…

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Charter court to rule on status of five MPs convicted over PDRC protests

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) decided today (Tuesday) to ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the MP status of five politicians who were found guilty last week over their roles…

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Thai beauty queen fired as Mental Health Ambassador over political comments

Thailand’s Mental Health Department decided today (Tuesday) to drop Miss Universe Thailand 2020 Amanda Obdam as its brand ambassador over her online political comments, only after a week of her…

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Cabinet shake-up brings headache for PM Prayut, opportunity for Thamanat

A Feb 24 Criminal Court verdict has placed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a situation he was dreading — the need for a Cabinet reshuffle he reportedly tried to delay…

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Watanya Opsasi, MP from Palang Pracharath party.

Shining a light on ‘Fixed Stars’ – the rebel MPs rocking Thai coalition’s unity

The prime minister and nine Cabinet members managed to sail through the recent censure vote, but the voting has rejiggered a rift between the coalition’s two largest partners. Six MPs…

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Bangkok governor checks readiness of hospital offering COVID-19 vaccination to elderly people

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang inspected the readiness of the hospital for the elderly in Bang Khun Thian district today (Thursday) ahead of providing COVID-19 vaccinations to elderly people, after the…

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Arnond, the royalist scholar and loyal defender of Thailand’s monarchy

Assistant Professor Arnond Sakworawich first came under the spotlight last November, when he sparred on TV with firebrand protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sitthijirawattanakul over royal assets. Viewers were glued to…

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PM hails arrival of Sinovac vaccine as a historic day for Thai people

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hailed the arrival in Thailand of the first lot of 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine from China today (Wednesday) as a historic day for the Thai…

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Thai police prepare for protest at Ratchaprasong intersection

Police have deployed two water cannons and water trucks ahead of a planned protest this evening at Ratchaprasong intersection, in the heart of Bangkok, by the anti-establishment Ratsadon group. Anti-riot…

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Revenue treads carefully into VAT collection from tech giants

Legal challenges await the Revenue Department’s plan to collect value-added tax (VAT) from cross-border e-services for the first time in Thailand, given the threat of counter measures from the US…

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Police charge forward to disperse protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar ratcheted up their pressure against anti-coup protesters Saturday, using water cannons, tear gas, slingshots and rubber bullets against demonstrators and striking dock workers in Mandalay, the nation’s second-largest city. (AP Photos)

2 Myanmar protesters killed by police fire, reports say

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — Two anti-coup protesters were shot dead by riot police who fired live rounds Saturday in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, local media reported. One of the victims…

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Thailand’s PM dismisses opposition allegations that he took bribes from illegal gambling

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has flatly denied opposition MPs’ allegations that he received ill-gotten gains from illegal gambling dens. Responding to the accusation, made during the censure debate today (Tuesday)…

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That which cannot be questioned is always a problem.

“Humans are a nation’s most important resource. Nowadays, everyone is equal, equally neglected as a human resource,” said Inthira Charoenpura, who has often been in the headlines recently, not for…

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This photo taken on December 7, 2020 shows actress Inthira “Sine” Charoenpura sitting on an inflatable duck, associated with the anti-establishment movement, at her home in Bangkok. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

“That which cannot be questioned is always a problem” said the fairy godmother of the anti-establishment protesters

“Humans are a nation’s most important resource. Nowadays, everyone is equal, equally neglected as a human resource,” said Inthira Charoenpura, nickname “Sine.” The 40-year-old actress has often been in the…

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How one Myanmar restaurant in Bangkok supports anti-coup activity

As expatriates from Myanmar around the world react to the military’s lightning takeover of their homeland, one restaurant in neighboring Thailand is working a diner at a time to help…

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Myanmar has 134 More Political Prisoners Following Military Coup

As of Friday morning, 134 officials, leaders and lawmakers from the National League for Democracy (NLD), political activists, monks and writers have been detained by the military, according to the…

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Crazy about croissants

Seems Thais just can’t have enough of the French crescent-shaped pastry Decades ago, if someone predicted that Thais would happily queue for hours to buy croissants just as they once did…

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802 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand today

The CCSA announced that 802 new cases have been recorded today (Friday), 781 of which are local transmissions, mostly found through proactive screening, and 21 imported cases. The new cases…

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Stakes high for Thailand’s opposition as censure debate targets govt 

The opposition is unlikely to upend the government in next month’s censure debate, as has been the case previously. But its performance will show if opposition MPs are indeed serious…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows a fisherman on the Laos side of the Mekong River near Huay Xai town in Bokeo province, with the Thai province of Chiang Rai in the background. – Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

The Mekong report China doesn’t want to see

The Mekong river is a life line of millions of people in six countries. In the past few years, however, life has been very difficult for people who depend on…

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Tourism Council of Thailand says Q1 2021 tourism confidence index drops to 53

It is estimated that 6.69 million foreign travellers visited Thailand in 2020, an 83% decrease from 2019. The visitors generated revenue of around 300 billion baht, an 80% decrease from…

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DJ Matoom Thailand Super Spreader
A photo Techin Ploypetch posted on his facebook page on the night of his birthday, January 9th, 2021

How one partygoer became Thailand’s first ‘super-spreader’

Thailand looks poised to confirm its first official “super spreader” as fears grow over the scale of the latest cluster infection. The hashtag #DJ Matoom is top-trending on Twitter after…

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This photo illustration shows the Thai ‘MorChana’ contact tracing application on a smartphone in Bangkok on January 7, 2021, after Thai health officials encouraged people to use the tracking app to help curb the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Row over contact-tracing app threatens to blow hole in Thailand’s COVID defence

Thailand’s much-touted contact-tracing app, MorChana, risks losing its “national hero” status as questions emerge about its efficacy and transparency. Last Friday (Jan 15), the MorChana Volunteer Team abruptly announced the…

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A protester gives the three-finger salute at a demonstration against section 112, Thailand’s royal defamation lese majeste law, at Victory Monument in Bangkok on January 16, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Fresh push to abolish lese majeste law triggers fierce pushback from Thai establishment

Thailand’s heated debate over the lèse-majesté law has been revived, with supporters and detractors clashing on social media following the arrest of dozens of alleged violators in recent weeks. Some…

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Law and the virus fail to halt Thailand’s ‘guerrilla’ protest movement

The new wave of COVID-19 has forced leaders of the anti-establishment movement to break from street rallies and focus instead on legal cases stemming from their campaign. As a result,…

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Medical personnel register a security guard for Covid-19 coronavirus testing at a private hospital in Bangkok on January 8, 2021 after the Thai government imposed further restrictions due to the recent outbreak. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Communication breakdowns leave Thailand vulnerable to second virus wave

When it comes to staying safe from COVID-19, knowledge is power. However, Thais seeking clear guidance on the crisis were hit by yet another communication breakdown this week, as government…

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Thailand plans to inoculate at least 60 million people against COVID-19

The office of Thailand’s Prime Minister announced today that the cabinet has resolved to allocate about 1.2 billion baht for the first 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This first…

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Samut Sakhon confirms another 900 COVID-19 cases

Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province has confirmed another 900 new COVID-19 cases, from proactive screening of about 3,800 workers in local factories. The province’s public health department says they are considering…

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Samut Sakhon governor has COVID-19, public health minister and officials quarantined for 14 days

Samut Sakhon Provincial Governor Weerasak Wijitsaengsri has tested positive for COVID-19, while Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and senior officials, who were in the coastal province on Sunday for a…

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Trump signs pandemic aid and spending bill, averting government shutdown

PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday signed into law a $2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package, restoring unemployment benefits to millions of Americans and…

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110 new COVID-19 cases recorded today in Thailand, with 60 linked to Samut Sakhon

Thailand recorded 110 new COVID-19 cases today, including 94 locally acquired infections and 16 arrivals from abroad in state quarantine. The CCSA’s Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin said that, of the 94…

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Merry Christmas

Santa Claus has come to town, and he’s volunteering at the aquarium!He’s busy feeding the marine life, in the seven-meter deep tank, at “SEA LIFE Bangkok” until Dec 27th, 2020….

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Keep calm, Taiwan says after first local COVID-19 case in eight months

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on people on Wednesday to keep calm after the island confirmed its first locally transmitted case of COVID-19 since April 12, as the government announced…

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Half of Singapore’s migrant workers in dormitories have COVID-19

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Nearly half of Singapore’s migrant workers residing in dormitories have had COVID-19, according to the government, indicating the virus spread much more widely among those living in…

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Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes during a demonstration at the Kaset Intersection, near Bangkok, on Oct. 19. A growing tide of protests called for the prime minister to resign. [Sakchai Lalit—AP via TIME]

Pictures of Thai protests among in TIME magazine’s Top 100 Photos of 2020

2020 has been filled with headlines, from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, bushfires, to street protests. Every year, TIME Magazine compiles photos, captured by news photographers around…

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PM leads merit-making ceremony to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife led members of the cabinet, the Privy Council, parliament, the judiciary, the armed forces, senior officials and their spouses and the public in…

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Betong residents told stay alert after Thai woman in quarantine diagnosed with COVID-19

People in the border district of Betong, Yala province, have been warned not to lower their guard and to wear face masks every time they are outdoors after a Thai…

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Bangkok protest location changed from Crown Property Bureau to SCB HQ

Last evening, the leaders of protest groups United Front for Thammasat and Demonstration and Free Youth Movement announced a location change for today’s 3pm protest, from the Crown Property Bureau…

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Human rights Pichet dance

One dance to cover 7 human rights issues

Pichet Klunchun sets out to do the impossible with a specially created show to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Can several complicated human rights issues…

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Prayut’s ‘lawfare’ risks blowing Thailand’s political divide wide open

Fear is growing that Thailand’s ongoing political conflict will intensify, with no visible way out, after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared that “all existing laws” would be wielded against anti-establishment…

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Trump fires US election security official who rejected fraud claims

Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the government’s top election security official, who had rejected the president’s unsubstantiated claims of “massive” fraud in the vote he lost to Joe Biden.  Trump…

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If the education system is good, other things would follow

“I feel it is about education. I think, if the standard of education were good, other things would follow. If the infrastructure were good, other things can improve,” said Issadaorn…

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