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Israeli flags are placed around pictures of hostages in Gaza, at the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC, on Feb 26,//AFP

US airman dead after self-immolating outside Israeli embassy

Washington, United States – A US airman has died after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington at the weekend in protest over the war in Gaza, the…

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US Secret Service vehicles block access to a street leading to the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC on February 25, 2024 after a man self-immolated there.//AFP

US airman sets himself on fire outside Israeli embassy in Washington

Washington, United States – An active member of the US Air Force set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington on Sunday, officials said, as media reported he was…

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A donkey-pulled car passes in front of the Al-Faruq mosque, levelled by Israeli bombardment in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on a foggy day on February 25.//AFP

Israel army proposes plan for ‘evacuating’ civilians in Gaza Strip: PM office

Jerusalem, Undefined – The Israeli prime minister’s office said Monday the military presented a plan for evacuating civilians in the Gaza Strip, along with an “operational plan”.  “The (Israeli army) presented…

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Former US president and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump kisses the US flag as he arrives to speak during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting on February 24.//AFP

Trump coasts to another victory in race for Republican nomination

Charleston, United States – Donald Trump cruised to a lightning victory Saturday in South Carolina’s Republican primary, blitzing rival Nikki Haley in her home state and continuing his march to the nomination…

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People lay flowers for late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at the monument to the victims of political repressions in Saint Petersburg on February 24.//AFP

Navalny’s body given to his mother: Navalny spokesperson

Warsaw, Poland – The body of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed to his mother, more than a week after he died in an Arctic prison colony, his…

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Palestinian radio presenter Maysam Barghouti, 36, sits at Radio Ajyal, a station based in the ocupied West Bank city of Ramalah that features personal messages from families of prisoners held in Israeli jail on February 9//AFP

‘Dad, come back’: Palestinians send radio messages to loved ones in Israeli jails

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories – Palestinians with relatives in Israeli prisons have been deprived of visiting rights during the Israel-Hamas war, opting instead to send messages to loved ones on a radio…

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US charges yakuza gang leader over conspiring to sell nuclear material

New York, United States – US authorities said Wednesday they had charged a member of the Japanese yakuza criminal underworld with handling nuclear material sourced from Myanmar and seeking to sell it to fund…

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Taylor Swift gets government grant to perform in Singapore

The upcoming Taylor Swift concerts in Singapore have received financial support from the Singapore government in the form of a grant, as reported by the Straits Times online. Tourism-related sectors,…

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File photo : Yang Jun//Reuters

Australian writer will not appeal suspended China death sentence

Chinese-Australian dissident Yang Jun will not appeal a suspended death sentence imposed by a Beijing court, his family said Wednesday in a statement denouncing China’s “inhumane” justice system.  Yang was…

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File photo : Gripen//skiesmag.com

Thai Air Force faces a choice between F-16 and Gripen to replace aging fleet

The Royal Thai Air Force plans to acquire 12 new fighter jets — either the US F-16 or the Swedish Gripen — to replace an aging fleet in the coming…

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This picture taken from Rafah shows smoke billowing over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip during Israeli bombardment on February 20, 2024, amid continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.//AFP

UN Security Council vote on Gaza faces threat of US veto

United Nations, United States – The UN Security Council will vote on a new draft resolution Tuesday calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, despite the threat of a third US…

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People lay flowers and candles at a memorial on February 18 in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin, following the death of the Kremlin’s most prominent critic Alexei Navalny in an Arctic prison.//AFP

Russian courts hand jail terms to dozens of Navalny mourners

Moscou, Russia – Russian courts have sentenced dozens of people detained at events commemorating Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to short prison sentences, official court announcements showed, with 154 sentenced in Saint…

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Demonstrators hold a portrait of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny beside placards reading ‘Killers’ and ‘Russia without Putin’ during a rally in front of the Russian embassy in Warsaw on February 16.//AFP

Mourners in Europe, US pay tribute to Navalny

Berlin, Germany – Supporters of Alexei Navalny turned out across Europe and in the United States on Friday to pay tribute to the man widely acknowledged as Russia’s main opposition figure,…

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Fille photo : Former US president Trump//AFP

Trump fined $355 mn, banned from NY business in fraud trial

New York, United States -A New York judge ordered Donald Trump to pay $355 million over fraud allegations and banned him from running companies in the state for three years Friday…

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A still from one of the new sample videos produced in Sora – it’s completely AI generated.

New text-to-video generator by OpenAI

TikTok clips, animation and all things filmed – video is a ubiquitous medium with huge influence, but the knowledge and equipment needed to put ideas on a screen can be…

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intuitive Machines, the Houston company leading mission “IM-1”, hopes to become the first non-government entity to achieve a soft touchdown on the Moon./AFP

Private US spaceship takes off for the Moon

A US spaceship attempting a lunar landing lifted off early Thursday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the second such private-led effort this year after the first ended in…

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Lisa, BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK singer Lisa to star as ‘White Lotus’ hits Thailand

Singer Lisa of megastar K-pop girl group BLACKPINK will join the cast of “The White Lotus”, HBO said Tuesday, as the third season of the hit TV series moves to…

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How a Japanese woman’s first trip to Thailand ended in tragedy

Tamako Kawashita was cheerful and in high spirits when she left Japan for what she expected to be a wonderful trip to Thailand 17 years ago. “Her life, however, ended…

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An image grab shows Claude Monet’s “Le Printemps” (Spring) after two activists threw soup at the glass-covered artwork. SCREENSHOT: X/NEXTA

Activists throw soup at Monet painting in Lyon museum

Protesters hurled soup at a Monet painting on Saturday in a museum in southeast France, the latest action by a campaign group that pulled a similar stunt on the Mona Lisa last…

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Photo taken in December 2023 shows members of the Mandalay People’s Defence Forces (MDY-PDF) preparing to release a drone on the frontline amid clashes with Myanmar’s military in northern Shan State.//AFP

Parnpree-Blinken to discuss Myanmar crisis in DC

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahindra-Nukara is scheduled to meet the US State Secretary Antony Blinken in Washington DC on Monday to discuss bilateral issues with the Myanmar…

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House committee welcomes humanitarian aid plan for Myanmar

Thailand’s plan to send humanitarian assistance to displaced persons inside Myanmar should be followed by a more active role by the current Srettha government in helping find a peaceful solution…

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File photo : Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa// AFP

Star Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa dies at 88

Charismatic Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years and delighted audiences with his energetic style, died at his home in Tokyo aged 88,…

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Srettha wishes for prosperous year for Thai-Chinese relationship.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin delivered his Chinese New Year message today, wishing a prosperous year for the relationship, trade and investment between Thailand and China and increased visits by the…

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This combination photo shows US President Joe Biden ((L) and France’s President Emmanuel Macron (R).//AFP

Biden mistakes dead leader for living one, again

US President Joe Biden has confused a European leader with a dead predecessor for the second time in a week, telling a campaign event he met Helmut Kohl four years after the…

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A book by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has the word “Plagiarist” scribbled in at the library Tempelhof-Schoeneberg in Berlin on December 8, 2023. Damaged covers, scribbled political messages, torn out pages: in a municipal library in Berlin, traces of acts of vandalism cover an entire table and testify to a “culture war” attributed to the far right.//AFP

German libraries up defences against far-right attack

Defaced and destroyed, books  torn up and political messages scrawled across their pages: the evidence of an alleged far-right vandalism spree at a city library in Berlin covers an entire…

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Britain’s King Charles III and Britain’s Queen Camilla wave as they leave by car from Clarence House, travelling to Buckingham Palace, in London on February 6.//AFP

Harry jets in to visit King Charles after cancer diagnosis

London, United Kingdom – Charles III’s estranged son Prince Harry arrived in London on Tuesday, heading for his father’s side less than 24 hours after it was announced that the king had cancer. Harry, who now lives…

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(FILES) Britain’s King Charles III looks on during an official welcoming ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on September 20, 2023, on the first day of a state visit to France. Britain’s King Charles III has been diagnosed with a “form of cancer” according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace on February 5, 2024. (Photo by Yoan VALAT / POOL / AFP)

UK’s King Charles III diagnosed with cancer

King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer and has begun treatment, Buckingham Palace said on Monday, sparking a flood of support from around the world. Charles, who became king…

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US singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus accepts the Record Of The Year award for “Flowers” on stage during the 66th Annual Grammy Awards at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 4.//AFP

Miley Cyrus wins Record of the Year Grammy for ‘Flowers’

Pop chameleon Miley Cyrus bested a stacked field that included Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish to win the Grammy for Record of the Year on Sunday. She nabbed the prize…

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French forensic and judicial police collect evidences after a knife attack at Paris’s Gare de Lyon railway station, a major travel hub on February 3.//AFP

Knife attacker wounds three at major Paris train station

Paris, France – Three people were injured Saturday in a knife attack at Paris’s Gare de Lyon railway station, a major travel hub, police said, adding that a suspect had…

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File photo : model Poonam Pandey//AFP

Indian model slammed for Instagram death hoax

New Delhi, India – An Indian model sparked an online backlash Saturday after revealing she had faked her death in an Instagram post as part of a cervical cancer awareness…

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Anti-war Russian rockers held in Thailand arrive in Israel

A Russian-Belarusian band that denounces Moscow’s Ukraine invasion arrived in Israel Thursday after being held in Thailand on immigration charges that had sparked fears they could be deported to Russia…

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Srettha to call Cambodian PM about air pollution from his country

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said yesterday that he will call his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Manet, to discuss the transboundary airborne pollution being generated by the many hotspots in Cambodia. A…

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Human Rights Watch asks Thailand not to deport rock band to Russia

Human Rights Watch has pleaded with the Thai authorities not to deport a Russian rock band members back to their homeland. Elaine Pearson, the Asia Director of the Human Rights…

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China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with US security advisor Jake Sullivan during a meeting in Bangkok last week.

Latest China-US thaw welcomed

Last week, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan held two days of talks at a five-star hotel in Bangkok. The outcome of their in-depth…

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Aleksandr “Shura” Uman, left, and Yegor “Lyova” Bortnik perform during the Bi-2 rock band concert in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.//AP

Thailand may deport visiting dissident rock band that criticised war in Ukraine back to Russia

A visiting dissident rock band that has been critical of Moscow’s war in Ukraine and whose members were arrested last week in Thailand might face deportation to Russia, according to…

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Russian-sanctioned rock band arrested in Phuket and face deportation to Russia

The Russian-sanctioned rock band Bi-2, which includes four Israeli citizens was arrested in Phuket last Thursday for performing without appropriate permits, Israeli media reported. The members of the band were…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on January 29, 2024 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin (R) shaking hands with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT / AFP)

China to lend Thailand a new panda – PM

China has agreed to lend a new panda to Thailand and has expressed interest in the land bridge mega project, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today, following his discussion with…

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This image grab taken from AFPTV footage shows two environmental activists from the collective dubbed “Riposte Alimentaire” (Food Retaliation) hurling soup at Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” (La Joconde) painting, at the Louvre museum in Paris, on January 28, 2024. Two protesters on January 28, 2024 hurled soup at the bullet-proof glass protecting Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” in Paris, demanding the right to “healthy and sustainable food”, an AFP journalist said. It is the latest attack on the masterpiece in the French capital’s Louvre museum, after someone threw a custard pie at it in May 2022, but it’s thick glass casing ensured it came to no harm. (Photo by David CANTINIAUX / AFPTV / AFP)

Activists splash soup on glass-protected Mona Lisa

Two protesters on Sunday hurled pumpkin soup at the bullet-proof glass protecting Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” in Paris, demanding the right to “healthy and sustainable food”, an AFP journalist…

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China, Thailand sign mutual visa waiver agreements

Thailand and China agreed on Sunday to waive visa requirements for each other’s nationals to facilitate travel and tourism between the two countries, hurt by COVID-19. Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree…

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File photo : Cobra Gold Exercise

Cobra Gold will kick off next month

The 43rd Cobra Gold will kick off later this month for a two-week duration to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation among multinational troops, according to an informed military source. The source mentioned…

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Photo shows US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (L) and Chiina’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi/ (R)./AFP

Thailand plays no role in organizing US-China Talks : spokesperson

Thailand is pleased to have served as the venue for a meeting between China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan who will meet to discuss…

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) meets with Pita Limjaroenrat, opposition politician from the Move Forward party, for talks. Pita’s progressive Move Forward Party (MFP) was the surprise winner of the parliamentary elections in May 2023, but he was not elected head of government. //dpa

Visiting German leader commends Thai court on Pita’s shareholding case

Visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier says that the Thai Constitutional Court’s decision to acquit the former Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat of violating electoral law sends a message to the…

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The US-built Sukhothai Rattanakosin-class corvette vessel

US military to investigate 2022 loss of Sukhothai corvette vessel

The Navy is to let the US military to investigate the cause of the sinking of the US-built Sukhothai Rattanakosin-class corvette vessel in the seas off Prachuap Khiri Khan province…

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U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan attends a session during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 16, 2024. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

White House’s Sullivan, China’s foreign minister to discuss ties, Taiwan in Bangkok

US-China ties and Taiwan will be topics raised at a meeting between the U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bangkok, building on a…

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File photo : Shinji Aoba, who is suspected of the Kyoto Animation studio arson attack, looks up as he is transported on a stretcher to the Fushimi police station in Kyoto on May 27, 2020.//AFP

Japan arsonist who killed 36 appeals death sentence

Tokyo, Japan – A Japanese man sentenced to death for an arson attack that killed 36 people at an anime studio appealed the ruling on Friday, a court said. Shinji Aoba,…

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A pet-friendly hotel is a prime example of the growing trend in lifestyle hotels, attracting numerous pet parents.

High hopes for Thai tourism in 2024

Industry leaders are expressing optimism for 2024 even though Thailand’s tourism industry has not fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels either in terms of foreign tourist arrivals or revenues. Indications that…

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File photo : Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi//AFP

Thai-China visa exemption to be signed during Wang Yi’s visit

State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China will commence his four-day official visit to Thailand today, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s press release. During his four-day…

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German president begins official visit to Thailand

Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier began his official visit to Thailand today, at the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who hosted a welcoming ceremony at Government House, which included…

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Pedestrians walk past a H&M store in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on July 25, 2023.//AFP

H&M pulls ad accused of sexualising kids

Sydney, Australia – Swedish fast fashion giant H&M on Tuesday said it had pulled an advert for school clothing, which critics said sexualised young girls. The campaign was launched in Australia…

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, January 7, 2024. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool/File Photo

Netanyahu rejects Hamas conditions for Israeli hostage deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected conditions presented by Hamas to end the war and release hostages that would include Israel’s complete withdrawal and leaving Hamas in power…

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File photo : Japanese journalist Shiori Ito//AFP

Japanese journalist brings lonely #MeToo battle to Sundance

Park City, United States – When Japanese journalist Shiori Ito accused a prominent TV reporter of rape, becoming a rare high-profile #MeToo voice in her homeland, she was initially ignored by…

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apan’s ‘Moon Sniper’ lander took off from Tanegashima Space Centre aboard a H-IIA rocket in September (STR). Photo: AFP

Japan’s ‘Moon Sniper’ lands but power running low

Tokyo, Japan – Japan on Saturday became the fifth nation to achieve a soft lunar landing, but said its “Moon Sniper” spacecraft was running out of power due to a solar…

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File photo : Reuters

Nearly 300 Myanmar soldiers flee to India after rebel gains

Guwahati, India – Nearly 300 Myanmar soldiers crossed the border into India to flee an advance by armed insurgents fighting the country’s junta, an Indian paramilitary officer told AFP on Friday.  Clashes have…

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Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge for Trade Relations S. Iswaran (centre L) leaves the State Court in Singapore on January 18.//AFP

Singapore transport minister resigns over corruption charges

Singapore’s transport minister has resigned his post after being charged with 27 offences in a corruption probe that has also ensnared a billionaire hotel tycoon. S. Iswaran was arrested in…

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Photo : Srettha’s X account

Srettha touts “Land Bridge” project at Davos, seeking Adani Group support

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin makes his government’s “land-bridge” mega-project in southern Thailand a key selling point while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. In his latest X post, he…

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File photo : Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the state of Qatar,//AP

Parnpree to meet Qatar PM, seeking release of remaining Hamas Thai hostages

Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara will seek a meeting with the prime minister of Qatar, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss the fate…

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China sees one of its worst years of growth since 1990 as recovery stalls

China’s economy last year grew at one of its slowest rates in more than three decades, official figures showed Wednesday, as it was battered by a crippling property crisis, sluggish…

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A campaign organized by Israeli Embassy in Thailand held on January 12.//Photo : Israel in Thailand FB

Thai FM “invites” Israel’s ambassador to Thailand following her campaign last week

The Foreign Ministry invites the Israeli Ambassador to Thailand to a meeting to express its dissatisfaction with her embassy’s campaign last week for the release of those, including Thai nationals,…

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Trump passes major US election test with easy win in Iowa

Donald Trump romped to a lightning-quick victory Monday in Iowa’s caucuses — the first vote in the US presidential race — cementing his status as the presumptive Republican standard-bearer to…

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People are setting up the red carpet for the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on January 14.//AFP

‘Succession’ set to dominate TV’s delayed Emmys

Los Angeles, United States – Postponed by four months because of Hollywood strikes, the Emmy Awards will finally celebrate television’s best and brightest on Monday, with the last season of HBO’s…

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[FILE] Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen attends a rally outside the headquarters of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taipei on January 13, 2024, after Lai Ching-te won the presidential election. Taiwan’s ruling party candidate Lai Ching-te, branded a threat to peace by China, on January 13 won the island’s presidential election, a vote watched closely from Beijing to Washington. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Taiwan’s Tsai meets US delegation after crucial vote

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday met US delegates who arrived on the island on the heels of an election won by a pro-sovereignty candidate who Beijing said would bring…

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Former US President and 2024 Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump dances at a ìCommit to Caucusî event at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, on January 14, 2024. (Photo by Christian MONTERROSA / AFP)

US presidential election heats up as frigid Iowa tests Trump

Voters venture into sub-zero temperatures Monday to kick off the US Republican presidential nomination race with the Iowa caucuses, the first major test of whether front-runner Donald Trump can beat…

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(LtoR) Princess Isabella of Denmark, Crown Prince Christian of Denmark, King Frederik X of Denmark, Queen Mary of Denmark, Princess Josephine of Denmark and Prince Vincent of Denmark wave to the crowd after a declaration of the King’s accession to the throne, from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 14, 2024. (Photo by Bo Amstrup / AFP)

Denmark’s King Frederik X takes throne ushering in new era

Denmark’s King Frederik X acceded to the throne on Sunday, ushering in a new era after his mother Queen Margrethe abdicated, with more than 100,000 Danes turning out for the…

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Taiwan’s president-elect vows to defend island from China threats

Taiwan’s president-elect Lai Ching-te vowed Saturday to defend the self-ruled island from “intimidation” by China, after voters defied warnings from Beijing and swept him to election victory. Lai — branded…

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Taiwan’s Vice President and presidential candidate of ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Lai Ching-te leaves a booth while holding his ballot papers as he votes in the presidential election at a polling station in a high school in Tainan on January 13, 2024. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Taiwan’s presidential favourite Lai Ching-te, wins election held under China’s glare

Taiwan’s ruling party candidate Lai Ching-te, branded a threat to peace by China, on Saturday won the island’s presidential election, a vote watched closely from Beijing to Washington. Lai delivered…

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A mobile phone screen shows a blocked Weibo page about Taiwan’s election, on Pingtan Island, the closest point in China to Taiwan’s main island, in China’s southeast Fujian province, on January.//AFP

China’s Weibo blocks trending Taiwan election hashtag

Beijing, China – China’s Weibo social media platform blocked a hashtag on Taiwan’s election Saturday after it became one of the site’s top-trending topics following polls opening on the self-ruled island….

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Polls open in Taiwan’s election

Voters began casting ballots Saturday in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections, a poll closely watched as China steps up its rhetoric over the self-ruled island. Polls opened at 8:00 am…

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People wait in line to vote in the presidential election at a polling station in an elementary school in New Taipei City on January 13.//AFP

Taiwan votes in key election under Chinese threats

Taipei, Taiwan – Millions of Taiwanese headed to the polls Saturday for a presidential election, following threats from China that choosing the wrong leader could set the stage for war on…

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A child holds a Taiwan’s national flag during an election campaign rally of Kuomintang (KMT) in New Taipei City on January 12, 2024. I-Hwa CHENG / AFP

Taiwan parties mass for rallies on eve of pivotal vote

Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to noisy closing rallies Friday as Taiwan’s presidential candidates made a last push for votes in an election that China has warned could take…

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File photo : Houthi military helicopter flies over the Galaxy Leader cargo ship in the Red Sea in this photo released November 20, 2023.//Reuters

Biden says US, UK struck Huthis in ‘defensive action’

Washington, United States – President Joe Biden said Thursday that US and British forces had launched air strikes against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen in “defensive action” after attacks on shipping…

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With Taiwan vote, US believes tensions won’t go past simmer

Taiwan’s election had long loomed for US policymakers who feared a showdown with China. Ahead of the vote Saturday, Washington now largely expects to avoid near-term escalation — but is…

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File photo : Newly appointed French Prime minister Gabriel Attal//AFP

Gabriel Attal picked as France’s youngest PM

Paris, France – French leader Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday picked Gabriel Attal as prime minister in a bid to give new momentum to his presidency, with the 34-year-old becoming France’s youngest and…

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CES pet tech: Throw a dog a bone — or an AI collar

Las Vegas, United States –  They don’t own smartphones and can’t go online, but that doesn’t prevent them from being connected: Pets are benefitting from a slew of animal-oriented technology at…

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Taiwan issues alert over China satellite as poll ramps up security fears

Taiwan issued a national emergency alert on Tuesday as China launched a satellite, days before the self-ruled island holds a crucial presidential election that has heightened security worries. The alert…

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Photo taken on Kinmen Island by Central News Agency on 1 November 2022.

Taiwan island scarred by China war prepares for key vote

Spikes jut from the beaches of Taiwan’s Kinmen island, military checkpoints serve as traffic roundabouts and bunkers double up as tourist cafes — reminders everywhere of the conflict decades earlier…

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This picture taken on December 23, 2023, shows Penny Huang, 44, taking part in a campaign rally for Taiwan People’s Party leader Ko Wen-je in Hsinchu. //AFP

‘We are a democracy’: Taiwan’s voters raise their voice

Taiwan’s voters go to the polls on January 13 to elect a new president.  Their choices are frontrunner Lai Ching-te from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, major opposition Kuomintang candidate Hou…

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An Apple iPhone appears untouched after plummeting 5,000m from Alaska Airlines flight 1282 on Jan 5, 2024. (Photo: X/Seansafyre)

iPhone survives 16,000-foot fall from Alaska Airlines flight

Washington, United States –  Now that’s what you call airplane mode — an iPhone that plummeted 16,000 feet (5,000 meters) from an Alaska Airlines flight landed without a single crack in the screen…

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A supporter of Taiwan’s main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) waves the Taiwan’s national flag while waiting for the arrival of KMT’s presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih, during a campaign rally in Kaohsiung on January 7, 2024, a week before the presidential election. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

Taiwan hits campaign fever pitch in final weekend before poll

Tens of thousands of people gathered in southern Taiwan for “Super Sunday” rallies by three presidential candidates making a final weekend push before a crucial January 13 election.  The poll…

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Japan quake toll hits 161 as snow hampers relief

The death toll from Japan’s New Year’s Day earthquake jumped to 161 on Monday as snow complicated relief efforts with more than 2,000 people still cut off and many others lacking…

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List of Golden Globe winners

Los Angeles, United States – Here are the winners of the 81st Golden Globe Awards, which were handed out on Sunday. “Oppenheimer” was the big winner with five awards including best…

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File photo : US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin taken in October 2023.

US defense chief pledges transparency after hospitalization

Washington, United States – US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday accepted responsibility for failing to disclose a recent hospitalization, following reports that even top White House officials and President Joe…

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Laukkai town//Photo by Myanmar Skyline

Myanmar rebels claim control of key town near Chinese border

A Myanmar rebel alliance group has gained control of a key town along the country’s volatile northern border with China after weeks of fierce fighting with junta troops, it said…

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Thai Embassy in Tokyo promotes a splash of Thai colour

The Thai Embassy in Tokyo has introduced Thai-styled clothing colours to Japanese netizens, claiming that they bring good fortune. The Embassy’s X account states in Japanese that, in Thailand, each…

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Thai driver’s fueling video in Malaysia sparks digital outcry, prompts complaints to Malaysian PM

A video, showing a woman believed to be Thai, filling her car’s tank with benzene 95 at a gas station, has gone viral in Malaysia. The car bore Surat Thani…

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South Korean opposition party leader Lee Jae-myung, who was attacked in Busan, lies on a stretcher as he arrives at Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul on January 2.//AFP

Stabbed South Korean opposition leader ‘recovering well’: doctor

Seoul, South Korea – South Korean opposition party leader Lee Jae-myung, who was stabbed in the neck, is recovering well but still needs close monitoring to avoid complications, a Seoul National University…

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An official looks at the wreckage of a Japan coast guard plane on the tarmac at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda in Tokyo on January 3.//AFP

Japan probes plane inferno after ‘miracle’ escape

Japanese investigators on Wednesday probed a near-catastrophic collision at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport of a coast guard plane and a passenger jet that killed five people, with almost 400 others narrowly…

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This photo provided by Jiji Press shows a Japan Airlines plane on fire on a runway of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on January 2, 2024. / AFP

‘It was a miracle’: How passengers escaped a JAL fireball in Tokyo

The flight between the northern city of Sapporo and Tokyo’s Haneda airport is Japan’s busiest air route, and one of the most frequent services anywhere in the world. Japan Airlines (JAL) operates 16 round-trip…

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Japan Airlines’ A350 airplane is on fire at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Japan January 2.//Reuters

All passengers, crew on JAL plane escape blaze at Tokyo airport

TOKYO – A Japan Airlines jet was engulfed in flames at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Tuesday after a possible collision with a Coast Guard aircraft, with the airline saying that…

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Legal Battles Loom as First Mickey Mouse Copyright Ends

Los Angeles – Almost a century after his big-screen debut, Mickey Mouse enters the public domain Monday, opening the floodgates to potential remakes, spin-offs, adaptations … and legal battles with Disney….

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File photo : Thai PM Srettha Thavisin

Thais and Chinese to travel visa-free, starting March 1

Starting from March 1, Thais and Chinese traveling to each country will no longer need a visa, as part of the latest agreement between both governments, said Thai Prime Minister…

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This handout photo released by the Riverdale Police Department on January 1, 2024 shows authorities speaking to Kai Zhuang near the site where he was found in the mountains near Brigham City, Utah, on December 31, 2023, after being reported missing. A Chinese exchange student who fell victim to a “cyber kidnapping” scam in which his parents were extorted for $80,0000, was found alive but “cold and scared” in a tent in the Utah wilderness, police said. //AFP

Chinese student found in US woods after ‘cyber kidnapping’ scam

A Chinese exchange student who fell victim to a “cyber kidnapping” scam in which his parents were extorted for $80,000, was found alive but “cold and scared” in a tent…

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This handout photo taken on October 6, 2023 and released by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan on October 20 shows Japan’s Emperor Emeritus Akihito (L) and Empress Emerita Michiko posing for a photo at the Akasaka imperial property residence in Tokyo. (Photo by Hiro Komae / Imperial Household Agency / AFP

From Edward VIII to Emperor Akihito: famous abdications

Following the announcement by Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II of her plans to relinquish the throne, AFP looks at other memorable abdications over the past century: – King Edward VIII: for…

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Road cracks caused by an earthquake is seen in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan January 1, 2024, in this photo released by Kyodo. (Kyodo via REUTERS)

Massive earthquake jolts Japan, residents rush to evacuate coast

TOKYO, Jan 1 (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake struck central Japan on Monday, triggering warnings for residents to evacuate some coastal areas, knocking out power to thousands of homes and…

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Revelers take part in celebrations ahead of the 2024 New Yearís Eve Ball drop in Times Square on December 31, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by John LAMPARSKI / AFP)

Fireworks, weapons light up skies as world enters 2024

Fireworks illuminated skies over Paris, Rio and Sydney to celebrate the entry to 2024, while rockets and strikes marked the year’s earliest hours in Israel, Gaza and Ukraine. Much of…

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(FILES) Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her son, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, pose during an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin on November 10, 2021. Denmark’s popular Queen Margrethe II, Europe’s longest-serving monarch, said on December 31, 2023 that she would abdicate on January 14, 2024 and pass the baton to her son Crown Prince Frederik. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II announces surprise abdication

Denmark’s popular Queen Margrethe II, Europe’s longest-serving monarch, said Sunday that she would abdicate on January 14 and pass the baton to her son Crown Prince Frederik. Margrethe, 83, has…

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[FILE] The Elizabeth Tower, commonly known by the name of the clock’s bell, “Big Ben”, is pictured at the Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament, in central London on March 6, 2023. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP)

Britain’s Big Ben marks 100 years of New Year ‘bongs’

London’s Big Ben on Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of its “bongs” to ring in the New Year being broadcast live across the world. Ever since New Year’s Eve 1923 when…

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File photo : New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky over the Harbour Bridge during the fireworks display in Sydney on January 1, 2023.//AFP

World prepares to ring in 2024

Sydney, Australia  – Jubilant crowds will bid farewell to the hottest year on record Sunday, closing a turbulent 12 months marked by clever chatbots, climate crises and wrenching wars in Gaza and…

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China says Taiwan ‘hyping up’ election interference claims

China’s defence ministry on Thursday accused Taiwan’s leadership of “hyping up” claims that Beijing is interfering in the self-ruled island’s upcoming presidential election.  Taipei officials have repeatedly raised concerns about…

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The New York Times sued ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and Microsoft in a US court on December 27, alleging that the companies’ powerful AI models used millions of articles for training without permission. Through their AI chatbots, the companies “seek to free-ride on The Times’ massive investment in its journalism by using it to build substitutive products without permission or payment,” the lawsuit said. ANGELA WEISS / AFP

New York Times sues OpenAI, Microsoft in copyright clash

The New York Times sued ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and Microsoft in a US court on Wednesday, alleging that the companies’ powerful AI models used millions of articles for training without permission….

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This photo taken on August 3, 2023 shows veteran politician Alan Leong at the Civic Party headquarters, once the second largest opposition party in the city, as he prepares to vacate the party’s office space in Hong Kong. Six lapel pins bearing the Civic Party’s founding date are all Hong Kong veteran politician Alan Leong kept when the once-prominent opposition group cleared its headquarters and shuttered its doors days before the new year. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Jailed, unseated, exiled: Hong Kong opposition party shuts its doors

Six lapel pins bearing the Civic Party’s founding date are all Hong Kong veteran politician Alan Leong kept when the once-prominent opposition group cleared its headquarters and shuttered its doors…

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