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Thailand: More than 70,000 homes floods, Bangkok on alert

Floods in Thailand killed at least six people and inundated the country’s northern and central provinces. Soldiers on Tuesday set up barriers and sandbags to protect archaeological ruins and landmarks as well as neighbourhoods in the old royal capital Ayutthaya, some 60km north of Bangkok. “We will give people a warning if there is a […]

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Thailand police chief wanted after viral video shows him torturing and killing drug suspect

Thailand cops are hunting a now sacked police chief after a video went viral showing the apparent torture and killing of a drug suspect. Police searched the Bangkok luxury estate of Thitisan Utthanaphon, who is widely known by the nickname “Jo Ferrari”. He and six others are accused over the fatal incident earlier this month. […]

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Thailand: Covid-19 patients sent back to their hometowns on sleeper trains

Thai citizens seeking Covid-19 treatment in Bangkok are being returned to their hometowns by train, in an effort to alleviate the burden on the capital’s medical system. Thailand is struggling to contain its worst Covid-19 wave of the pandemic, with hospitals in Bangkok becoming overwhelmed by a surge in cases and demand for beds greatly […]

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Thailand Covid-19 Surge: 70% of daily new infections found in prisons

Thailand reported the highest daily record of 9,635 new coronavirus cases on Monday with more than 70 percent of the cases among people in prison, as the Southeast Asian country scrambles contain a third wave of the virus. Thailand’s COVID-19 task force said 6,853 of the new cases came from the country’s notoriously overcrowded jails, […]

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Thailand’s Phuket residents jump ahead of Covid-19 vaccination queue to boost tourism sector

Thailand’s tourism sector has jumped to the head of the COVID-19 vaccination line, with the country’s most popular resort island embarking on a mass inoculation programme two months ahead of the rest of the country. The island of Phuket aims to deliver shots to at least 460,000 people – most of its population – as […]

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Thailand: Three-storey house collapses in Bangkok, 5 dead

A burnt-out three-storey house collapsed on the outskirts of the Thai capital Bangkok on Saturday, killing at least five people. The building caught fire on Saturday morning and was put out about an hour later, media reports said. The cause of the fire was unknown. Social media videos show he scorched, blackened building collapsing amid a […]

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Thailand: Riot police clash with protesters over monarchy reform

Police in Thailand used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters in Bangkok who gathered demanding reform of the monarchy and the release of pro-democracy activist leaders. Thai police dressed in riot gear pushed back about 1,500 protesters who had pulled down part of a barricade of shipping containers outside the Grand Palace. Police […]

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Thai PM sprays reporters with disinfectant after getting upset with questions at news conference

The Prime Minister of Thailand sanitized members of the press after fielding a slew of questions from journalists at his weekly news conference in Bangkok. Upset with a final question about a possible Cabinet reshuffle, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, told reporters to mind their own business, he then grabbed a container of alcohol mist and doused […]

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Man who drove his car onto Bangkok airport runway claims to have taken ‘wrong turn’

A man in Thailand drove his car right onto an active airport runway, shocking airport staff. The motorist under the influence of drugs, drove his car towards a plane which had just landed at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. The video was filmed by ground staff. “I don’t know how the car made it onto the […]

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Covid-19 outbreak at shrimp market in Thailand prompts mass testing of thousands

Thailand began mass testing of thousands of people for Covid-19 and extended curbs on movement, a day after locking down a province following the country’s worst outbreak yet. The outbreak at a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, a province southwest of Bangkok and a centre of the seafood industry that is home to thousands of […]

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Thailand books pro-democracy activists under controversial law for criticising the royal family

Thailand revived its controversial law against criticising the royal family in an attempt to curb months of anti-government protests. Several activists have been summoned to face charges under the lèse-majesté law, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for each count. On Tuesday, a prominent student activist, 22-year-old Parit Chiwarak, said […]

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Thai parliament REJECTS monarchial reforms amid intensifying pro-democracy protests

Thailand’s parliament on Wednesday voted to move forward with two proposals on amending the constitution but stopped short of backing a motion that included monarchical reform, amid intensifying protests against the country’s military-backed government. The vote came a day after the worst night of violence in the country’s five-month protest movement saw live ammunition used […]