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Thailand to ease nightlife lockdown, allow some entry to foreigners

Bangkok - Thailand's nightlife will restart with some restrictions this week, the kingdom announced Monday, part of a return to normalcy as it prepares to welcome business travellers and medical tourists after a ban on foreign entry.

Thailand targets narco millions hidden in gold, steel and crypto

Bangkok - The downfall of a meth syndicate laundering tens of millions of dollars of drug money through Thai gold shops, oil and construction firms has cast rare light on the staggering scale of Asia's narco profits -- and the ruses used to hide them.

Video shows abusive taming of baby elephant for Thai tourism

Bangkok - Footage of a distressed baby elephant jabbed by bullhooks at a Thai camp to tame it before joining the tourist industry has been released by conservationists in an appeal to end the practice.

Pro-democracy protests mark anniversary of Thai revolution

Bangkok - Thais on Wednesday marked the anniversary of a 1932 revolution which ended absolute monarchy with heavily symbolic events, demanding reforms to a political system dominated by the arch-royalist army.

Protesters demand answers on missing Thai activist

Bangkok - Protesters on Monday demanded a probe into the disappearance of a Thai pro-democracy activist last seen in Cambodia, defying state of emergency laws as anger and fear for his safety mounted online.

Family of missing Thai activist pleads for 'release'

Bangkok - The family of a self-exiled Thai democracy activist pleaded Sunday for his release, three days after he was allegedly abducted in neighbouring Cambodia.

Walls close in on Thailand's poorest as virus shrivels economy

Bangkok - Shuffling around their tiny slum home which is too small to stand up in, Thanapat Noidee and his wife Papassorn share donated noodles with their sons and worry about bills, as the coronavirus pushes Thailand's poor deeper into penury.

Thailand enters global race for vaccine with trials on monkeys

Saraburi - Thailand is conducting tests on macaque monkeys as it races to produce a cheaper, alternative coronavirus vaccine it hopes will be ready by 2021, a top researcher said Monday.

Lives not lost: Asia sees unexpected gains in virus lockdowns

Pathum Thani - Emergency workers usually busy attending accidents on Thailand's roads mill around ambulances parked at a service station -- fewer crashes and crimes a welcome outcome for several Asian countries during coronavirus lockdowns.

Lives not lost: Asia sees unexpected gains in virus lockdowns

Pathum Thani - Emergency workers usually busy attending accidents on Thailand's roads mill around ambulances parked at a service station -- fewer crashes and crimes a welcome outcome for several Asian countries during coronavirus lockdowns.

Long queues as Thai malls reopen after virus shutdown

Bangkok - Shoppers flocked to Thailand's top-end malls on Sunday, eager for retail therapy as shopping centres reopened in a gradual easing of restrictions to revive the virus-ravaged economy.

Laos to press ahead with 'destructive' new dam on Mekong

Bangkok - Environmentalists have criticised Laos for pressing ahead with plans for another "destructive dam" on the Mekong River, a waterway already strangled by hydropower schemes.

Op-Ed: The other disaster — By 2070, big areas ‘unliveable’ due to heat

Sydney - Meanwhile, climate change just keeps rolling along. A new international study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that billions of people could be displaced by unbearable heat.

Queues for food as pandemic causes pain for jobless Thais

Bangkok - Long lines of unemployed relying on free food across Bangkok, scrambles for cash handouts and fishing in fetid canals -- Thais are getting increasingly desperate as the pandemic destroys the economy and the government struggles to respond.

Thai man trampled by elephant from park closed by pandemic

Bangkok - A Thai farmer was trampled to death by an elephant foraging for food, a police officer said Friday, as the kingdom's controversial animal parks struggle to feed the giant mammals during the pandemic.

Poles apart: Thais find novel way to mark virus hit Songkran

Nonthaburi - Thai temple-goers poured water into the hands of monks Wednesday using a bamboo pole decorated with mangoes and bananas -- a novel hack to enforce social distancing while honoring the country's New Year traditions.

Gold glitters as cash-strapped Thais sell jewellery

Bangkok - Thais are flocking to Bangkok's Chinatown to sell their gold jewellery as the price of the precious metal spikes and the economy tanks due to the coronavirus pandemic.Gold surged to a seven-year high on Tuesday to $1,731.

Overcrowded Thai dog shelter blames coronavirus for drop in donations

Bangkok - Cramped tooth and claw in vast cages, hundreds of dogs pass the day sleeping, fighting, or waiting to be fed at a controversial Thai shelter that does not believe in adoptions and blames a drop in donations on the coronavirus.

Scared but desperate, Thai sex workers forced to the street

Bangkok - A shutdown to contain the coronavirus has killed Thailand's party scene and forced sex workers like Pim out of bars and onto desolate streets. She's scared but desperately needs customers to pay her rent.

Thailand imposes nationwide curfew to curb virus spread

Bangkok - Thailand will introduce a six-hour night curfew in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus, authorities said Thursday, warning anyone who breached the order faced a two-year jail term.
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