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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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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)

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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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High time for action against corruption, not just talk – Privy Councilor Paiboon

A privy councilor has told a seminar, on the occasion of Anti-Corruption Day on Friday, that he is sick of the seemingly endless talking about the scourge of corruption, stressing that…

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DSI to announce breakthrough in investigation of Karen activist Billy’s disappearance

The Department of Special Investigation is due to hold a news conference today (Tuesday) to announce the recent discovery of important evidence which may shed light on the mysterious disappearance…

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Health Minister allegedly duped by bureaucrats into delisting hemp as Category 5 drug

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul appears to have been duped by some bureaucrats who managed to persuade him to approve a ministerial announcement delisting hemp, hemp extracts and hemp seed…

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Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group were granted bail after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while authorities…

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Protesters carry a black version of Hong Kong’s national flag during a march in Hong Kong’s Kowloon district of Kwun Tong on August 24, 2019, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. – Hong Kong riot police on August 24 fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo poles, as a standoff in a working-class district descended into violence. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

HK mass rally plan cancelled after leading activists arrested 

HONG KONG (Agencies) – A major pro-democracy march planned for Saturday in Hong Kong has been cancelled, after three prominent pro-democracy activists were arrested on Friday. Activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow…

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Beijing has not intervened so far over unrest in Hong Kong, despite ramping up the rhetoric against demonstrators (AFP Photo/Lillian SUWANRUMPHA)

Beijing expresses ‘strong dissatisfaction’ with G-7 on Hong Kong

BEIJING (AFP) – Beijing on Tuesday voiced “strong dissatisfaction” with a joint statement issued by the Group of Seven (G-7) leaders, who backed Hong Kong’s autonomy and called for calm…

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TAT wants night-life establishments to close at 4 am to promote tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to propose the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to extend the closing hours of night entertainment establishments by another t wo hours from…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters attend a rally in Victoria Park demanding democracy and political reforms in Hong Kong, China, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Hong Kong protesters throng streets under heavy rain

HONG KONG (Reuters) – At least 100,000 anti-government protesters joined a mass rally in Hong Kong on Sunday, filling major thoroughfares in heavy rain in the eleventh week of what…

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Protesters trigger second day of Hong Kong airport chaos

(AFP News) Hundreds of flights were cancelled or suspended at Hong Kong’s airport on Tuesday as pro-democracy protesters staged a second day of hugely disruptive rallies, defying warnings from the…

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Thais warned to stay away from protest areas in Hong Kong

Thai people living in or visiting Hong Kong have been advised, by the Thai Consulate there, to stay away from the protest areas, or to exercise caution if they want…

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Fishermen told to be more cautious operating in dugong feeding grounds

Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will seek cooperation from fishermen in exercising greater caution when fishing in or near known dugong feeding grounds for the safety of the…

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Updates – Rescue operation for missing Filipino tourists hindered by bad weather

Mr. Apichet Yim-on, head of the Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation rescue team, told Thai PBS World this morning that the rescue operation for the two missing Filipino tourists near Freedom Beach…

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Kanom Cheen Galore

By Ohhappybear     Not too long ago, I got assigned a story about wedding foods in Thailand. The topic sounds innocent enough, but when I delved into it, I found…

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(Photo) Anti-extradition bill protesters march to West Kowloon Express Rail Link Station at Hong Kong’s tourism district Tsim Sha Tsui, China July 7, 2019/REUTERS (Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong protesters march again, hope to explain grievances to Chinese visitors

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of one of Hong Kong’s main tourism districts on Sunday to explain to mainland Chinese visitors their…

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Former Future Forward NGN committee member threatens exposé

Former Future Forward party’s New Gen Network (NGN) committee members have renewed their call for the party to reconsider the firing of the entire committee, while warning that it will…

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Senders of parcels warned not to post 7 prohibited items or face legal action

Members of the public using postal services are warned not to mail seven prohibited items or face legal action. They are also advised not to lend their ID cards to…

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Rock singer turned runner Toon Bodyslam takes to the streets again

Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai, who rose to national hero status in Thailand when he led a 2,215km, 55-day charity run and raised 1.37 billion baht for state hospitals in 2017, donned…

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Fishermen warn of mass protest if sea fishing banned off Nakhon Si Thammarat province

Local fishermen in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat warned today of mass protests against the provincial governor if he fails to come to their rescue and allow them…

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Choosing Thailand’s Prime Minister Follow the vote that will decide the country’s political future with ThaiPBS World on Wednesday, June 5, starting 11.00am at Facebook: ThaiPBSWorld with Thepchai Yong &…

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A West African green monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus) in Simenti, Senegal whose response to threat was compared with Vervet monkeys/AFP

Monkey experiments offer clues on origin of language

Green and vervet monkeys live on either side of Africa and their evolutionary paths diverged 3.5 million years ago, and yet the two species share a hard-wired vocabulary when faced…

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New sex offences law with harsher penalties now enforceable

Sex offenders, especially rapists and people who disseminate or share visual images such as video clips of sexual activities, will face harsher penalties under the newly-amended Criminal Code, which is…

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Prosecutors seek higher illegal hunting penalties for Premchai and gang

Public prosecutors appealed to the Appeals Court today against the verdicts and sentences imposed on construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta and three others, demanding higher penalties for illegal hunting in the…

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Dinosaur footprints found in Sakhon Nakhon national park

About a dozen footprints, from what is believed to have been a Theropod dinosaur, which existed on Earth about 140 million years ago, have recently been found embedded in stone…

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Director of ‘Friend Zone’ talks about the film and ‘soft power’

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Meet the Director “Friend Zone”

Director of ‘Friend Zone’ talks about the film and ‘soft power’

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The ortolan bunting, like one seen here in Lithuania, is a prized delicacy in France/AFP

Illegal hunting threatens songbird prized as delicacy: study

Every year, nearly five million breeding pairs of ortolan buntings — a type of tiny songbird classified as endangered in several countries — migrate from Europe to Africa for the…

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Pheu Thai turns to Thaksin’s son to woo Democrats and Bhumjaithai

With time running out, and desperate to form a majority pro-democracy government, the Pheu Thai party has resorted to enlisting the help of Mr. Panthongtae Shinawatra, the only son of…

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Increasing opposition to government withdrawing Philip Morris lawsuit

The Thailand Health Promotion Institute has joined anti-tobacco advocates in opposing the recommendation from the Foreign Ministry that the Thai government withdraw the 60 billion baht lawsuit against Philip Morris,…

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(Photo) Indonesia’s Joko Widodo (C), who has won a second term as president, spoke to reporters with his running mate Ma’ruf Amin (R) in Jakarta three days before the official results were announced/AFP

Indonesia opposition plans legal challenge after president’s re-election confirmed

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo comfortably won re-election in last month’s poll, an official count showed on Tuesday, throwing the spotlight on his opponent Prabowo Subianto who has…

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Photo: (AFP) Canada has also been dragged into the Huawei spat, after it arrested the firm’s CFO in December on a US extradition request

China formally arrests two Canadians on state secrets charges

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have formally arrested on state secrets charges two Canadians detained last year, the government said on Thursday, drawing condemnation from Canada in a case that…

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Facebook tightens live-streaming in crackdown on violence

Facebook will bar “dangerous” people from posting live videos on its platform, in response to the livestream of the March 2019 mosque massacre in New Zealand Facebook announced Wednesday it…

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Thai army to buy 37 US-made armored cars

The Royal Thai Army has placed an order for thirty seven 1126 Stryker armored cars from the United States, valued at an estimated US$80 million, under the Foreign Military Sales…

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Durian growers ask Commerce Ministry to find new export markets

Durian growers in the eastern province of Chanthaburi, Thailand’s largest source of the “king of Thai fruit”, have asked the Ministry of Commerce to seek new export markets for durian,…

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Six ex-PAD leaders among thousands pardoned by the King

Six former leaders of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PAD), a political group which was active over a decade ago, are among thousands of inmates pardoned by His Majesty the King…

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Six Prachachat candidates disqualified by EC

Six election candidates representing the Prachachat party have been disqualified by the Election Commission (EC) after they were found to be members of other parties as well. EC deputy secretary-general…

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Pheu Thai MP-elect in Chiang Mai slapped with orange card by EC

Pheu Thai party’s prospective MP for Chiang Mai’s Constituency 8 has had his right to contest an election suspended for one year after the Election Commission (EC) faulted him for…

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Defence Ministry dismisses report on Gen Prawit’s wealth

Thailand’s Ministry of Defence has described as false a report on an overseas-based website which named Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, also defence minister, as being among Asia’s 45 richest…

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Prawit orders action against seasteading settlement off Phuket

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered the Royal Thai Navy and security agencies to take action against the planned seasteading settlement on the high seas off Phuket in accordance with international…

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Queen Sirikit in hospital for bladder inflammation treatment

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital suffering cystitis, which is an inflammation of the bladder, according to the Bureau of the Royal Household today. The Queen’s…

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Transport Co plans 9,000 bus trips a day from Bangkok for Songkran

The state-run Transport Company will increase its bus and passenger van services by 3,000 to 9,000 trips per day from April 10-13 to accommodate the sharp rise in the number of…

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Sacred water rite for coronation ceremony tomorrow

Formal activities preceding the Royal Coronation Ceremony of His Majesty the King will commence tomorrow with the drawing of sacred water in every of the 76 provinces throughout the country…

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Thanathorn summoned to acknowledge sedition charges 

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit complained today that his party is being intimidated by a “dark power which refuses to let go of Future Forward” after he was summoned by the police…

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PM to fly to Chiang Mai on Tuesday to discuss haze problem

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will fly to the northern province of Chiang Mai on Tuesday morning to chair a meeting of upper northern provincial governors to discuss the haze problem…

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Is the EEC’s future hanging in a balance?

The future of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) could hang in a balance as it remains uncertain which parties will form the new government.  The EEC, the massive-scale infrastructure project…

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Bhumjaithai party remains uncommitted 

Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has made clear that the party has not yet decided which of the two camps to join, the Pheu Thai-led or the Palang Pracharat-led coalitions,…

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